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West Virginia Division of Natural Resources donates 15,000 blue catfish to boost Kentucky River numbers

A generous donation of 15,000 blue catfish from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources boosted fish populations in the Kentucky River. “We’re grateful to West Virginia for helping us fortify blue catfish populations in areas where numbers are low and catfishing is popular,” said Paul Wilkes, acting director of fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Earlier...

Wildcats go to Lynn Bowden in come-from-behind win over Razorbacks to end three-game slide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops put the ball in Lynn Bowden’s hands and the Wildcats ran with it, ending a three-game losing streak with a 24-20 win over Arkansas Saturday night. Stoops and his staff made the decision to make a switch at quarterback to give Sawyer Smith more time to heal in preparation for the remainder of the season. Bowden, who also fielded a punt return, rushed for...

Stoops, Wildcats eager to get back on the field, end three-game slide as they face Razorbacks Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A bye week did Kentucky some good last week. Coming off three consecutive losses, including a 24-7 loss at South Carolina nearly two weeks ago, the Wildcats took advantage of an open date to get healthy for the remainder of the season, a stretch of games that includes five home contests, including a regular-season finale against instate rival Louisville. “We needed...

Cutthroat Trout added to Cumberland River; trial stockings began in March for the first time

Hatchery crews with the Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources stocked 38,000 cutthroat trout in late March in the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam. “These are surplus Yellowstone strain cutthroat trout from Norfork National Fish Hatchery in Arkansas,” said Dave Dreves, assistant director of fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “All we had to do...

Tyler Herro steps up to lead Wildcats to comeback win in close call against Razorbacks Tuesday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyler Herro was the hero for Kentucky Tuesday night. 
The freshman guard scored a career-high 29 points to lead the fourth-ranked Wildcats to a 70-66 triumph over Arkansas. The victory kept Kentucky (24-4, 13-2 Southeastern Conference) in a first-place tie with LSU in the Southeastern Conference standings with there games remaining. The comeback was Kentucky’s largest...

Tennessee looming, but Wildcats not looking past Tuesday matchup with struggling Razorbacks

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky owns a six-game winning streak over Arkansas but that won’t matter when the Wildcats take on the Razorbacks Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. “Our prep is the same as it’s been for Transylvania and IUP,” Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus said. “You have a little bit more information at this time of year so your preparation is probably a little more intense....

Airbnb delivers $2.1 million in tax revenue to Kentucky in first year of agreement

Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced Tuesday that it remitted more than $2.1 million in home sharing tax revenue on behalf of its Kentucky hosts in the first year of its tax agreement with the state, greatly exceeding initial projections. In September 2017, Airbnb and the Kentucky Department of Revenue announced a historic tax agreement, allowing the home sharing...

Bevin joins 16-state coalition in Supreme Court amicus brief protecting Second Amendment rights

Gov. Matt Bevin has joined 15 states in a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief supporting Second Amendment rights, in response to New York City’s restrictions on handguns kept for self-defense. The brief was filed in response to the costly and restrictive “premises permit” required by the city to own a personal handgun for self-defense. The permit prohibits taking a weapon outside the home for...

Beshear fighting temporary injunction request seeking to halt nation’s health care system

Attorney General Andy Beshear is fighting a request for a temporary injunction filed this week by a group of states seeking to halt the nation’s health care system while an ongoing lawsuit on the issue plays out in federal court. Beshear Beshear and a group of state attorneys general are intervening in the lawsuit – Texas et al. v. United States et al. – that claims the ACA is unconstitutional...

Beshear, AGs file court action to block ACA lawsuit; claims Kentucky would lose $49.7 billion in funding

A group of state attorneys general is joining together to protect the nation’s health care system by seeking to intervene in and combat a lawsuit aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act, Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced. The lawsuit claims that the ACA is unconstitutional because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated the ACA penalty for failing to purchase health insurance – known...

Win a relief for Cats, but surging Arkansas will provide another challenge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today What a difference a win made for Kentucky. “The whole mood changed the day after the win (over Alabama),” Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel said. “It felt like we haven’t gotten a win in forever. Now it’s time to put a winning streak together.” The Wildcats’ 81-71 win over Alabama last Saturday snapped a rare four-game winning streak and was Kentucky’s first...

Rural Blog: Analysts think Ky.’s newly approved Medicaid work requirement poses little political risk

“On Jan. 12, Kentucky became the first state to get federal permission to suspend Medicaid coverage for “‘able-bodied’ adults who don’t complete 80 hours per month of community engagement activities,” like employment, education, job-skills training and community service,” Tony Pugh reports for McClatchy’s DC bureau. And though Kentucky is one of the poorest...

Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: What's going on?

Willie Cauley-Stein had one block Tuesday against Arkansas, and the drought is on. He has four blocks in three SEC games, and even though it wasn’t likely he’d get a ton against a three-happy Razorbacks team (even though they only took 11 out of 45 total attempts Tuesday), it’s still troublesome that at the end of regulation, Cauley-Stein had a one-on-one against 6-6 Alandise Harris,...

Pre-Arkansas quotes from John Calipari

The drill, as always: Questions are paraphrased and in italics. ** JOHN CALIPARI On how much Arkansas’ playing style is like Nolan Richardson’s ’40 Minutes of Hell’: They’re playing that way. They’re playing that way offensively. Motion into driving and attacking, and a few pick-and-rolls. Get it up quick, get a shot off quick, go rebound it. Defensively: deny and switching, being active...

Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: The blocks are drying up

Willie Cauley-Stein had one block Saturday against Vanderbilt. It wasn’t a season low; he had no blocks in the second game of the season against Northern Kentucky. Still, the last four games have tied a season-low drought of blocked shots for the Wildcats’ center. He has eight blocks in Kentucky’s last four games. Combine any four consecutive games in UK’s first 15 games, and...