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This Week at the Capitol: Immigration, public assistance reform highlight busy opening week

There’s always a guessing game among Capitol observers in the early days of a Kentucky General Assembly session over which issues will be designated as Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 1 – honorifics reserved for matters considered to be among top priorities by legislative leaders. Part of that answer was unveiled last week when legislation on immigration was filed in the Senate as Senate Bill 1. The...

Smoke-free advocates rally in Frankfort for measures to decrease soaring youth use of e-cigarettes

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s Coalition for a Smoke-free Tomorrow rallied in Frankfort this week to call on state lawmakers to pass several measures aimed at decreasing electronic-cigarette use among the state’s youth, a phenomenon that continues to surge. Between 2017 and 2019, e-cigarette use more than quadrupled among the state’s middle-school students and...

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration and Leadership Awards ceremony set for Wednesday

A celebration commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 15 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort, including the annual presentation of adult and youth leadership awards. The event is presented by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic...

Kentucky’s 2020 General Assembly gets underway in Frankfort with leadership and procedural changes

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 2020 General Assembly was gaveled in at noon in Frankfort on Tuesday, with lawmakers meeting on 60-days before wrapping up on April 15. There was a new look in House Leadership for both Republicans and Democrats on the opening day. Speaker Pro Tem David Meade, R-Stanford, took over the duties as Majority Leader from Rep. John “Bam” Carney, who has been hospitalized...

KY Transportation Cabinet expanding REAL ID-compliant card access to Frankfort; it’s open to LEX

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is expanding REAL ID-compliant card access at the Frankfort regional driver licensing office to serve Fayette County residents as the agency continues preparations to open a local regional office in Lexington. Fayette County residents who have an existing driver’s license, permit or identification card may visit the KYTC-run office in Frankfort to apply...

Alison Lundergan Grimes recognizes J. Graham Brown School with 2019 Georgia Davis Powers Award

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented students from J. Graham Brown School the 2019 Georgia Davis Powers Award on Wednesday. In 2016, Grimes created the Georgia Davis Powers Award, honoring the late state Senator Georgia Davis Powers, the first African-American and woman elected to the Kentucky State Senate. The award is presented to schools with 100 percent of eligible students registered...

Governor Andy Beshear asks Kentuckians to ‘come together for the common good of all people’

Gov. Andy Beshear and first lady Brittainy wave to the crowd. (Photo by Robin Cornetet, Kentucky Today) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today On a cold, blustery Frankfort day, Andy Beshear was sworn into office as Kentucky’s 63rd governor on Tuesday. He wasted no time heating things up, using an executive order to make good on a campaign promise to replace the Kentucky Board of Education and saying he will...

Public Protection Cabinet relocates to Mayo-Underwood state office building in Frankfort

Beginning next Tuesday (Nov. 19), the Public Protection Cabinet (PPC) will relocate to the newly constructed Mayo-Underwood state office building located at 500 Mero Street in Frankfort. The agency move will conclude on Dec. 13. Currently, the Public Protection Cabinet and its agencies deliver critical services from locations throughout Frankfort. All PPC agencies will move to the Mayo-Underwood state...

Inaugural Kentucky Senior Hunger Summit looks to find solutions to senior food insecurity

The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) held its inaugural Kentucky Senior Hunger Summit on last week in Frankfort. The event connected community partners in finding real solutions to issues surrounding senior food insecurity. “There is no reason anyone in our state should go hungry. Whether it’s a child or an older adult or anywhere between. We have...

Free ‘Getting the Facts’ report from KHEAA will help Kentucky families with college search

Kentucky students and their families can get a free, personalized “Getting the Facts” report to help them choose the right college. The report is provided by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). “Getting the Facts” provides estimates of how much the family can expect to spend and how much financial aid the student may receive. Students can get estimates for up to six...

Kentucky author Wendell Berry receives inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award

Kentucky author Wendell Berry received the inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award, presented in a ceremony last week at the Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort. Presented by Kentucky Humanities, the literary award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact on the literary culture of the Commonwealth. The award is named in honor of Kentucky journalist Carl West,...

Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board to consider three nominations for National Register

Three sites from Kentucky — including a large historic district in Newport, an architecturally distinctive home in Whitesville, and the last surviving building from the Greenville Female Academy — will be considered for National Register of Historic Places listing during a meeting Tuesday in Frankfort. The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board will review these nominations at 10 a.m. Tuesday...

Public auction of surplus, confiscated items set for Oct. 28 at Fish and Wildlife headquarters in Frankfort

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct its fall public auction of surplus and confiscated items on Oct. 28 at department headquarters in Frankfort. Surplus auction items include four-wheel-drive Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge trucks, Yamaha all-terrain vehicles, ATV trailers, Boston Whaler boats with Mercury motors, aluminum canoes, jon boats and more. Bidding on surplus items...

Bevin launches ‘Hope and Help’ initiative to combat substance use disorder, provide vital resources

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced a new statewide public awareness effort to continue the Commonwealth’s historic momentum in combating the opioid epidemic. The Governor’s Office, in collaboration with the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet’s (JPSC) Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), is launching the “Hope and Help” initiative to provide vital resources to individuals...

Salato Wildlife Education Center celebrates monarch butterfly’s annual migration south on Sept. 7

Special programs at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will celebrate the beginning of the monarch butterfly’s annual migration south. Participants can learn more about these valuable pollinators and receive expertise and advice on gardening for Kentucky’s native pollinators on Sept. 7 at the Salato Center. Special programs at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will...

New state office building in downtown Frankfort officially named The Mayo-Underwood Building

Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William M. Landrum III officially announced the name of the new state office building — The Mayo-Underwood Building — in Frankfort on Tuesday. The name references the Mayo-Underwood School, the African-American school that stood for more than 40 years at the corner of Mero Street and Wilkinson Blvd, where the new building is now situated. In his remarks,...

Come Find Bourbon; Covington, Frankfort, and Bardstown, launch new tourism collaboration

As a fresh, new answer to the common question of where to stay when exploring Kentucky Bourbon Country, the tourism commissions of Northern Kentucky, Frankfort, and Bardstown today launch a new marketing initiative. Under the banner Come Find Bourbon and the new website www.ComeFindBourbon.com, Covington, Frankfort, and Bardstown invite visitors to spend more time enjoying immersive bourbon experiences...

Salato Wildlife Education Center to host Hunting and Fishing Day celebration on Aug. 10; admission is free

Bring the entire family to Frankfort on Aug. 10 and join the celebration at Salato Hunting and Fishing Day. On this special day, admission to the Salato Wildlife Education Center is free for everyone. Salato Hunting and Fishing Day will include activities such as 3-D archery, archery trap shooting, air rifle shooting, casting and fishing. Salato staff also will offer an elk presentation at the center’s...

Lexington angler Clay Smith hooks state-record saugeye on Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam

Lexington angler Clay Smith was trolling a pink and white Berkley Flicker Shad crankbait for trout on the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam when a fish struck. “I hooked it and thought it was an extremely large trout or a walleye,” Smith said. “When I got it in the boat, I truly thought it was a walleye. My fishing buddy thought it was a sauger.” It turns out it was both. Smith’s 8-pound,...

Nine designated Certified Local Government communities earn historic preservation grants

Twelve projects in nine designated Certified Local Government (CLG) communities have been awarded matching grants for FY 2019-20, for activities ranging from exploring the role of public art in historic districts to creating an outdoor educational exhibit highlighting commercial properties and the people and businesses associated with their history. Grants totaling $76,811 went to Bardstown, Bellevue,...