Ryland Barton

  Kentucky lawmakers return to Frankfort for the final day of this year’s legislative session on Thursday and will have to decide whether to override vetoes made by Gov. Matt Bevin and pass any bills at the last minute.

kentucky.com

Lexington police officers in uniform and those applying for a job in law enforcement can now have visible tattoos.  Chief Lawrence Weathers says the policy change has been considered for some time. The previous rules were restrictive.  He expects the new policy to increase the police applicant pool.

Fraternal Order of Police President Jason Rothermund agrees.  He recalls meeting an African American officer in Louisville, who said such a change would have him consider a move back to Lexington.

Becca Schimmel

Congressman Brett Guthrie is joining the chorus of Republicans who say President Donald Trump has been vindicated by Robert Mueller’s report.

UK Health Care

Kentucky representatives of the American Cancer Society Action Network are hailing palliative care legislation signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin.  The measure establishes a Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council and a Palliative Care Consumer and Professional Information and Education Program.

  If Kentucky implements new Medicaid rules this summer, hospitals could see their revenue drop by 20 percent.  That’s according to an analysis of hospital finances in states that have approved or pending Medicaid waiver applications. 

breakingthebronzeceiling.com

Lexington organizers are seeking artists for three-dimensional permanent outdoor artwork recognizing the local history of women. 

City Council Member Jennifer Mossotti says initiating the Request for Qualification is an effort to find the best artist for the downtown project.  She says it may not be a statue. “I think there are so many options to look at and to commemorate women’s history that I just don’t want to be shortsighted and say we have to have one particular statue or it has to be this or that,” said Mossotti.

Wet Spring Doesn't Dampen Forest Fires

Mar 26, 2019
wtvq.com

Kentucky Division of Forestry officials say the spring fire season is well underway with wet conditions for much of 2019 thus far.  Still, wildfires remain a significant threat.

Just this month, officials with the Division of Forestry report crews have taken on more than 189 fires.  Those fires have damaged more than 1,500 acres.  Fire Management Chief Brandon Howard says a relatively wet fall and spring hasn’t snuffed out the threat of forest fires. “In the past two weeks we’ve definitely seen an increase.  I’d say we’re on an average pace right now,” said Howard.

Sydney Boles/Ohio Valley ReSource

When Seth Long first began experimenting with maple syrup production, he tapped hollow pegs called spiles into individual trees, collected drips of sap in milk jugs, and carried each gallon down the the steep mountainside on foot.

Now, Long rides an open-air buggy up muddy switchbacks to a 500-gallon collection tank from which translucent blue tubes branch out like arteries. There, gallons of sap accumulate from Long’s 270 maple trees before they flow through those tubes 900 feet down the mountain to Long’s grant-funded sugar shack.

 

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture 2018 crop report for Kentucky shows both  Henderson and Christian counties among the state’s leaders in production. 

Henderson County led the state in soybean production with 5.4 million bushels grown on 102,400 acres.

Christian County was the leader in corn production with 12.8 million bushels grown on 72,500 acres.

But Ohio County came in strong by getting the most yield per acre for both those crops.

WFPL.com

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul on Monday called the probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election a “colossal waste of money and time,” saying that the summary of the investigation released over the weekend vindicated President Donald Trump.

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  The federal government is considering a work requirement for some people who get food assistance through SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A new study uses Kentucky as an example of what that change could mean for the country.

 

Courtsey CVI

A congressional subcommittee will hear testimony Thursday in support of a bill that would help clean up and redevelop surface mine land. The bill enjoys bipartisan support, but still faces hurdles.

Sydney Boles/Ohio Valley ReSource

When Seth Long first began experimenting with maple syrup production, he tapped hollow pegs called spiles into individual trees, collected drips of sap in milk jugs, and carried each gallon down the the steep mountainside on foot.

Now, Long rides an open-air buggy up muddy switchbacks to a 500-gallon collection tank from which translucent blue tubes branch out like arteries. There, gallons of sap accumulate from Long’s 270 maple trees before they flow through those tubes 900 feet down the mountain to Long’s grant-funded sugar shack.

 

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