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Stuart Sanders: Legislature reflects on history, changes, during session in Old State Capitol

The Kentucky General Assembly recently held a session in the Old State Capitol in Frankfort. It was a special occurrence for the legislature, which last met in the historic structure more than a decade ago. State Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester (standing) speaks in a legislative session at the Old State Capitol building in Frankfort (Photo provided). This National Historic Landmark, completed in...

Salato Wildlife Center reopens Friday; popular family destination has two newly renovated exhibits

The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort reopens on Friday. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources operates the Salato Wildlife Center as part of its mission to educate the public about the state’s native wildlife. The facility offers viewing opportunities for a variety of wildlife, including a bear, eagle, bobcats, deer, bison, birds of prey and more. To mark the occasion...

Nine Kentucky Certified Local Government communities awarded historic preservation grants

Nine grants that will generate investment of nearly $100,000 in historic preservation-related projects have been awarded to seven Certified Local Government (CLG) communities for fiscal year 2018-19 by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC). The annual grants are part of a pass-through allocated from the federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) for state preservation...

KDFWR fall public auction of surplus, confiscated items set for Oct. 29 in Frankfort

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct its fall public auction of surplus and confiscated items on Oct. 29 at department headquarters in Frankfort. Surplus auction items include Triton and Polarcraft boats, Yamaha, Johnson and Evinrude boat motors, four-wheel-drive Chevy, Ford and Dodge trucks, Yamaha and Honda ATVs, side scan sonar units, office equipment, air condition...

Kids can trick-or-treat at Salato Wildlife Education Center’s ‘Halloween Walk with the Animals’ on Oct. 27

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources encourages youngsters – and the young at heart – to put on their costumes and join the Salato Wildlife Education Center staff in Frankfort for the best trick-or-treat experience in town on Oct. 27. Salato’s annual Halloween Walk with the Animals event features child-friendly activities including a hay bale maze, “Creatures of the Night”...

Investors Heritage Life Insurance will expand Frankfort headquarters with $1 million expansion

Investors Heritage Life Insurance Company will create 75 full-time jobs at its Frankfort headquarters, doubling its Kentucky workforce throughout the next five years with a $1 million investment. “This is a very exciting time for our company,” said Harry Lee Waterfield II, president and CEO of Investors Heritage. “We completed a merger transaction in March and our new partners, Aquarian Holdings,...

Grimes encourages new citizens to participate in democracy at naturalization ceremony

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Friday in Frankfort encouraged 36 new citizens from 26 countries to be active participants in democracy. The citizens took the oath of citizenship at the John C. Watts Federal Building. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (pictured right) at Friday’s naturalization ceremony in Frankfort. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Secretary of State)Grimes...

Beshear sues Walgreens as pharmacy, distributor; claims company failed to report flood of pills into KY

Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed suit against Walgreens for its dual role as distributor and pharmacy in allegedly failing to legally monitor its own operations that shipped and dispensed large quantities of opioids through its more than 70 locations statewide. Beshear Beshear said the company’s actions flooded Kentucky communities with dangerous prescription drugs, directly contributing to...

Blake Brickman: Andy Beshear’s lawsuit threatens future of Kentucky teachers’ pensions

Attorney General Andy Beshear is getting plenty of practice for his next campaign as he travels across the Commonwealth to spread fear and misinformation about the new pension reform bill (SB 151), designed to save Kentucky’s public pension system. Brickman His most dangerous lies are those of omission. AG Beshear doesn’t want Kentuckians to know about the positive things SB 151 does to help ensure...

Citizens Commerce Bank Converts to state charter; DFI assumes regulatory authority

The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) welcomed Citizens Commerce Bank as Kentucky’s 125th state-chartered bank effective June 1. Department of Financial Institutions’ Commissioner Charles Vice, center, delivers a new state charter to officials of Citizens Commerce. From left to right are: Jeff Ball, Executive Vice President and Senior Lender; DFI Division Director Marni Gibson; Eli Barber,...

At 17, she’s on her way to realizing a little girl’s dream — owning an ice cream business, going to UK

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter As a little girl, Taylor Cook, 17, of Frankfort, had always dreamed of one day owning her own ice cream business, and she also always dreamed of going to the University of Kentucky. When she reached high school, as a member of the Future Farmers of America, she was required to complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) throughout her high school experience....

Grimes takes part in naturalization ceremony with Kentucky’s 141 newest citizens

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week took part in her 80th naturalization ceremony since taking office, welcoming 141 new citizens from 46 countries. The ceremony occurred just before Mother’s Day weekend at the Woman’s Club of Louisville. The ceremony included the administration of the oath of citizenship required to become Americans at the federal courthouse. Grimes spoke...

Bluegrass Greensource kicks of fifth annual Main Street Clean Sweep in 19 area communities

Beginning today through April 27, Bluegrass Greensource will organize more than a thousand volunteers across Central Kentucky for community-led litter pickups in 19 different communities. Bluegrass Greensource and organizing sites are accepting volunteers to help clear streets, streams, sidewalks, and parks of litter and debris. There are multiple opportunities in Central Kentucky to get involved...

Could protesting teachers be returning to Frankfort on Friday?

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin referred to the Kentucky Education Association, not the teachers who belong to the union, as the problem during his Monday press conference announcing he was vetoing the budget and tax reform bills. Nevertheless, when lawmakers return to Frankfort on Friday to consider overrides to the governor’s veto actions, they could be facing more protesting teachers,...

Teachers gather in Frankfort for march on Capitol for voice on state budget as lawmakers convene

Staff report Traffic jams in Frankfort early this morning, long lines of cars at Interstate off-ramps, the Capitol parking garage already filled and crowds already gathered around the Kentucky Education Association building — all signs of a major gathering of teachers for protests as lawmakers address a state budget. A rally and march of the state’s teachers will start at KEA headquarters...

Once Frankfort’s tallest building, Capitol Tower Plaza comes tumbling down Sunday with implosion

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today In a matter of seconds, what once was Frankfort’s tallest building is now a pile of rubble. The Capital Tower Plaza, a 27-story, 330-foot building that was 46 years old, came tumbling down after being imploded on Sunday. Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William Landrum called it a milestone for the city of Frankfort, Franklin County and the state. The Capital...

The Week in Frankfort: Public pensions, dyslexia, terrorism, pawn shops, sex trafficking and more

The most-anticipated bill of the General Assembly’s 2018 session was unveiled this week with the introduction of a public pension reform bill in the Senate. The proposal is different in significant ways than the one that was unveiled last fall. Perhaps most significantly, the new plan does not call for moving public employees into a defined contribution 401 (k) –style system. Though some policymakers...

Frankfort this week: Marsy’s Law clears Senate; others followed on rare diseases, organ donors, pets

The General Assembly’s 2018 session passed one of its early milestones this week as the first bill to clear a chamber this year was approved by the Kentucky Senate on Wednesday.   The legislation, known as Senate Bill 3, brought back an issue lawmakers have considered before: adding language to the state constitution that specifies certain rights that should be afforded to crime victims. These rights...

TOPY America to invest $37 million in phase-one upgrades at Franklin County facility

Automotive wheel manufacturer TOPY America Inc. will invest $37 million in a first round of upgrades at its plant near Frankfort. “TOPY America is a 30-year mainstay of Kentucky’s automotive manufacturing base and Frankfort’s business community,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “We are delighted to see the company make such a substantial commitment to improving its operations and the day-to-day experience...

Join a few thousand of your friends at Saturday’s annual Governor’s Derby Celebration in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – Memories are waiting to be made with a few thousand friends at the annual Governor’s Derby Celebration in downtown Frankfort on Saturday. “Glenna and I hope to see you there,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. The family-friendly event has a long, festive tradition beginning on the first Saturday in May way back in 1935 when then-Gov. A. B. “Happy” Chandler...