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  • Record deer harvest among state Fish and Wildlife highlights for ‘13

    Earlier this year, Outdoor Life magazine picked Kentucky as the nation’s top spot for trophy white-tailed deer.

    The state produced 42 reported entries into the Boone and Crockett Club record book in 2012.

    “We’ve got more hunting opportunities now than we’ve ever had,” said Karen Waldrop, wildlife director for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “And we’re nationally recognized as a deer destination.”

  • Gambling has shot in state Legislature

    By Scott Wartman

    Kentucky Enquirer

    The Problem: For the past six years, the state Legislature has grappled with whether to allow casinos in the state.

    Horse industry leaders say casinos in surrounding states have pulled away customers from Turfway Park and Kentucky’s five other thoroughbred horse tracks.

  • Remembering the Possum
  • Beshear hails $44M Race to the Top grant as ‘game changer’

    Kentucky’s new $44.3 million Race to the Top grant will jump-start learning, support parents and improve early learning programs for thousands of Kentucky preschoolers, Gov. Steve Beshear said Thursday.

    The White House announced Thursday that Kentucky is among the six winners of a Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant to support early learning and development reform agendas. The winning states, which will receive a combined $280 million, must show a willingness to carry out sweeping improvements to programs focused on children from birth to age 5.

  • Medicare change period begins Jan. 1

    The Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period is Jan. 1 through Feb. 14 of every year.

    During this time, Medicare beneficiaries who have coverage through a Medicare Advantage plan (also known as a Medicare Replacement plan or Medicare Health plan) can drop their Medicare Replacement plan and return to Original Medicare.  Changes that you make during the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period go into effect the first day of the following month. 

    During the MADP you can make changes only if you have a Medicare Replacement plan. 

  • Motor fuels tax rate to decline by 1.5 cents per gallon on Jan. 1

    Kentucky’s gas tax on sales of gasoline, diesel and ethanol motor fuels will decrease by 1.5 cents per gallon on New Year’s Day, reflecting a drop in the calculated average wholesale fuel price.

    The decrease would result in a loss to the Kentucky Road Fund of about $45 million on an annualized basis.

    “The Road Fund is our source of revenue for building, improving and maintaining Kentucky roads and bridges, so any loss of revenue is concerning,” Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said Thursday in a state news release.

  • Reduce stress to prevent child abuse

    Stress can increase during the holidays, even in the most loving of families. And that can put some children at risk for abuse.

    With children home from school, holiday travel and seasonal shopping and associated expenses, parents can get frazzled more easily than usual. What is typically a fun and joyful time for children can become devastating when parents or caregivers cope with stress by becoming abusive.

  • Sharon, DFW case ends in settlement agreement

    By DAVE TAYLOR

    Landmark News Service

    A settlement has been reached by Trimble County Deputy Sheriff Dennis Sharon and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources regarding Sharon’s Sept. 28, 2012, termination of employment as a conservation officer with the department.

  • Panel’s report doesn’t offer changes in child death reports

    By BETH MUSGRAVE

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — An external panel created to review child-abuse deaths and serious injuries did not make specific legislative or policy changes in its first annual report as required by law.

  • Trimble man charged with murder

    By DAVE TAYLOR

    Landmark Content Service

    A Trimble County man was arraigned Tuesday morning in Trimble County District Court charged with the Nov. 27 murder of 24-year-old Angela Long.

    Robert Louis Baldwin III, 25, made the appearance in court via videoconference from the Carroll County Detention Center where he is being held on a $1 million bond.