Author: Associated Press

Kentucky offers sweepstakes to encourage summer reading

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is offering financial incentives for children to do some summer reading. The state says four Kentucky children will each win $1,000 to put toward a college savings account by participating in a summer reading program at their local public library. The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and KY…

Assumptions add unfunded liabilities in teacher pension fund

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A new set of assumptions approved by the Teachers’ Retirement System of Kentucky will add $3 billion in unfunded liability to its books. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that it will also require up to $200 million more annually from the state budget. The system’s Board of Trustees approved recommendations on Monday from an experience study. The…

AppHarvest to open 2 more indoor farms, expand into berries

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — AppHarvest is continuing its fast-paced growth in Kentucky. The company on Monday announced the start of construction for two more indoor farms and its expansion into growing berry crops. The company says its new 30-acre indoor farm in Somerset will primarily grow strawberries. Its newest Morehead facility will produce leafy greens. AppHarvest CEO Jonathan Webb says…

Judge blocks parole board rule on new hearings

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has temporarily blocked a new parole board policy that would give dozens of convicted murderers another chance at potentially cutting short their life-in-prison sentences. The temporary restraining order was issued this week by a circuit judge. It was requested by Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele. Cameron says the order…

Bodies of 2 brothers pulled from Ohio River

WICKLIFFE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say the bodies of two brothers who had apparently been boating have been pulled from the Ohio River. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources said in a statement that conservation officers were investigating what led to the deaths. The statement said officials were originally called Saturday morning after a damaged 17-foot aluminum…

Waiver available to avoid repaying excess jobless benefits

File PhotoFRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Thousands of Kentuckians can now apply for a waiver that could clear them from having to repay the overpayments included in their unemployment benefits. The Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance says it has mailed notices to about 14,000 unemployment claimants. They were identified as having been overpaid in 2020. The state agency says the notice…

Kentucky agency wants public to report sick or dying birds

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials are asking residents in some counties to stop feeding birds and for anyone who encounters a sick or dying bird to report it online. The Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has been receiving reports of sick and dying birds with swollen eyes with crusty discharge and neurological signs. Similar problems have been reported…

Bourbon tourism shaking off pandemic slump in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — With tourists flocking to distilleries, concerns about a pandemic hangover for Kentucky’s world-famous bourbon industry are quickly evaporating. Heaven Hill Distillery recently opened a $19 million tourist center in Kentucky bourbon country and demand is already overflowing. Distillery officials say reservations are filling up quickly to learn about whiskey making and sample its spirits. It’s a…

Lawsuit seeks removal of Kentucky wildlife commissioner

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Two months after the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources rehired its former commissioner despite objections from Gov. Andy Beshear, a lawsuit has been filed seeking his removal. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Oldham County sportsman Larry Richards filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Franklin Circuit Court. Along with removing Commissioner Rich Storm, Richards is asking the…