• Kentucky near bottom of new state ranking

    By Bailey Loosemore

    The Courier-Journal

    Kentucky’s not even close to being the best state in the country, according to a rank­ing released Tuesday.

    In fact, we came in 42nd on a list put out by the U.S. News and World Report, ranking just above Alaska and Oklaho­ma in the bottom 10 states.

    So what put us so low on the list? Well, here’s how the rank­ing worked.

  • Peak of float-and-fly fishing is upon us

    Although we’ve seen many warm fronts this winter with temperatures in the 60s just this past weekend, the water in our highland reservoirs is still cold.

    Water temperatures are in the high 40s in Lake Cumberland, Dale Hollow and Laurel River Lake. Once water temperatures drop below 50 degrees for extended periods, threadfin shad begin to suffer from the cold water.

  • Seven bills to watch in the Ky. Senate


    Lexington Herald-Leader

    The Kentucky General Assembly resumes its 2017 session Tuesday afternoon with an ambitious conservative agenda set by the state’s newly unified Republican leadership.

    When lawmakers adjourned Jan. 7 for a monthlong break, they had just passed a flurry of bills establishing new restrictions on abortion and labor unions, and Gov. Matt Bevin enthusiastically signed them into law.

  • Madison Police arrest pair for writing bad checks

    Madison Police arrested two Grant County residents for writing fraudulent checks.

    At approximately 1:45 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, the City of Madison received a call of a subject inside German American Bank at 430 Clifty Drive with a fraudulent check. Lieutenant Dan Slygh, Senior Patrolman Ricky Harris and Patrolman Brian Wyatt responded to the scene.

  • Beshear warns of online ‘Sweetheart’ scams

    As Valentine’s Day approaches, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians of the “sweetheart” scam, which reports suggest caused Kentuckians to lose more than $80,000 last year.

    A sweetheart scammer typically uses a fake photo and identity to approach a victim through social media or online dating sites and acts as if they are interested in getting to know him or her.

  • State’s organ donor registry saves lives with transplants

    “As we sat beside my 5-month-old son’s hospital bed, we begged God for a miracle.  Smith had been fighting 24 hours for his life but, really, he had fought since birth. Smith was born with a rare liver disease called Biliary Atresia. The bile ducts in his liver were not formed correctly. Bile was trapped and quickly caused cirrhosis to his liver,” explains Smith Webster’s mom, Holly from Jefferson County.

  • Beshear warns of IRS, tax-related scams

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – As tax season begins, Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a scam alert to help Kentucky families avoid falling victim to Internal Revenue Service and tax-related identity fraud.

    The start date for electronic filing of tax year 2016 federal and Kentucky returns begins Jan. 23 and, as a result, reports of tax identity fraud are increasing.

  • Louisville lawmaker introduces hate crime legislation


    Bowling Green Daily News

    A Louisville lawmaker has introduced legislation that would make it a hate crime to attack police, firefighters and emergency medical responders.

    House Bill 14 would allow a person to be found to have committed a hate crime if that person intentionally targeted a victim based on his or her employment or perceived employment in one of those fields. It can then be used as a sentencing factor if a court finds that a hate crime was the motivating factor of one of many felony offenses included within the bill.

  • Republicans push charter schools, other changes in Kentucky education


    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Republican state lawmakers have filed legislation for the 2017 General Assembly that would lead to significant changes for Kentucky public education, including charter schools, the statewide school accountability system and teacher requirements.

    Republicans have control of the state House for the first time since 1921. Education bills that failed in the past could be on the fast track under the Republican majority. The session resumes in February. Proposed legislation includes:

  • How Kentucky’s non-compliance with Real ID may cause you real problems


    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT - Kentucky’s decision to ignore federal security regulations for driver’s licenses will begin inconveniencing residents in coming weeks, and the pain is expected to become widespread by early next year.