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Regional

  • Trees and drought

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - Oaks are the most important tree species to wildlife in Kentucky forests, but the impact of this years drought remains to be seen. White oaks are faring better than red oaks so far.

    White oaks produce acorns that are a critical food source for squirrels, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, black bear and many non-game species. White oak acorns are preferred by wildlife because they are more palatable. Acorns produced by red oaks contain tannin, which makes them bitter.

  • Kentucky Military History Museum to undergo renovations

    July 28, 2012, will be the last day the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal will be open to the public this year before undergoing its final phase of renovations. It will reopen in March 2013.

    The Kentucky Military History Museum is operated jointly by the Kentucky Historical Society and the Department of Military Affairs.
    The Kentucky Military History Museum reopened to great fanfare on Veterans Day 2011 after interior phases of renovation were completed.

  • ‘Click It or Ticket’ cites over 19,000 unrestrained motorists

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - This year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement effort, coordinated by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, resulted in citations to 19,594 motorists for not buckling up.

    The annual campaign, supported by more than 220 state and local law enforcement agencies, was held May 21-June 3.

  • ‘Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass’ aims to decrease fatalities

    FRANKFORT, Ky. -  In an effort to raise awareness of traffic safety laws and encourage safe driving habits, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety has been partnering with state and local law enforcement on the “Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass” campaign throughout July.

    “We are concerned with our current highway fatality numbers,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock. “The year started with a reduction, but beginning in May, our fatalities began a dramatic increase.”

  • Carroll couple arrested in connection with thefts

    A couple suspected in thefts from seven businesses in recent months has been arrested and lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center.
    Nathan C. Seaward, 27, and Candida M. Blanton, 33, a homeless couple living in a van at the end of Lock Road were arrested July 16, 2012 by Carroll County Deputy Sheriff Clay Cable and Carrollton Police Sgt. Rick Jackson.

  • Kentucky State Police plan safety checkpoints

    The Kentucky State Police will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints in the counties of Oldham, Trimble, Henry, Owen, Carroll and Gallatin during the period of July 30 - August 13, 2012.

    The intent of a traffic safety checkpoint is to provide for high visibility public safety service, focusing on vehicular equipment deficiencies, confirming appropriate registration of vehicles and the licensing of drivers.  Violations of law or other public safety issues that arise shall be addressed in accordance with Kentucky traffic and regulatory laws.
     

  • Lawmakers briefed on new regulations for farm vehicles

    FRANKFORT - Overweight and large farm vehicles now have their own regulation separate from the overweight commercial truck regulation, lawmakers were told in a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Transportation last week.
    The division was made to simplify farm vehicle requirements and make them easier to understand, Ann D’Angelo, of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said.

    Minor changes were also made to the regulation to comply with laws passed during the most recent legislative session, she said.

  • KSP plans checkpoints

    The Kentucky State Police will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints in the counties of Oldham, Trimble, Henry, Owen, Carroll and Gallatin during the period of July 23 - August 6, 2012.
    The intent of a traffic safety checkpoint is to provide for high visibility public safety service, focusing on vehicular equipment deficiencies, confirming appropriate registration of vehicles and the licensing of drivers.  Violations of law or other public safety issues that arise shall be addressed in accordance with Kentucky traffic and regulatory laws.
     

  • Public help sought in monitoring health of Kentucky’s deer herd

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - Wildlife watchers can help researchers track and monitor the health of Kentucky’s deer herd.

    “For years, the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study Group has tracked outbreaks of EHD - or epizootic hemorrhagic disease - in deer,” said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The public can assist researchers by reporting sick animals and pinpointing locations.”

  • 40 troopers graduate from KSP Academy

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 40 new troopers at ceremonies held July 6 in Frankfort. Their addition to the force brings the agency’s strength to a total of 948 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.