Northern Kentucky Tribune

Work by 29 Kentucky artists will hang in Frankfort for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit, an annual initiative coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council.

This exhibit is on display through May 8 in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capital Ave. in Frankfort.


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  • 5 Minute Mystery
  • Burl Ives Show    

Coale Johnson

Apr 7, 2017
Walking Rain

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #161 (April 9 at 8:00 p.m.)

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Coale Johnson was 14 when his musical journey started when he “borrowed” his sister’s guitar and she never really got it back.

Johnson started his formal studies in Chicago and then went on to Berklee School of Music in Boston. It didn’t take long to realize that academia was really no place for a free spirited guitar player.

Professor Longhair

Apr 7, 2017
Washington Post

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #100 (April 7 at 8:00 p.m.)

A founding father of New Orleans R&B, Roy "Professor Longhair" Byrd was nevertheless so down-and-out at one point in his long career that he was reduced to sweeping the floors in a record shop that once could have moved his platters by the boxful.

Staton Named to Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners

Apr 7, 2017
Morehead State University

  Morehead State University’s Dr. Amy Johnson Staton, assistant professor of veterinary technology, has been appointed to the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners by Gov. Matt Bevin.

Staton will represent veterinary technicians across the state. She shall serve for a term expiring July 14, 2020.

The Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners has eight members, all appointed by the governor. The board's mission is to regulate and control the licensing and conduct of veterinarians within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

The weather forecast calls for a redbud winter to hit this week. This old saying refers to cold snaps that occur in early April when the redbud trees bloom.

The up and down nature of spring weather can cause consternation among anglers when planning fishing trips. Concerns about the weather is one of three things to consider when planning fishing trips this spring.

1.    Barometric pressure is key to unlocking fish behavior in spring:


Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes welcomed and congratulated new United States citizens at a naturalization ceremony on Thursday at the national headquarters of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Grimes recognized 97 new citizens from 39 different countries who took the oath of citizenship to become Americans officially. She spoke to the new citizens and their families about the importance of voter participation, civic engagement, and being committed to their communities.


Gov. Matt Bevin, as part of his Red Tape Reduction initiative, has signed documents to eliminate more than 65 obsolete, inactive and superseded boards and commissions.

A 2012 Legislative Research Commission (LRC) study identified 571 boards, commissions and similar entities such as authorities, councils and committees in Kentucky—a figure “nearly twice the number of the typical state.”

Gov. Bevin issued an executive order on March 23 eliminating 29 boards and commissions that were originally established by gubernatorial executive order.

Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Attorney General Andy Beshear, the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board and the University of Louisville today announced an upcoming special screening of “I Am Jane Doe,” a worldwide documentary on child sex trafficking.

The 2017 film chronicles the battle of several American mothers on behalf of their middle-school daughters, who are victims of sex trafficking, against printed and online adult classifieds.


Carter Caves State Resort Park is offering paddling excursions on Tygarts Creek this spring.

This 6-mile canoe or kayak trip will go down Tygarts Creek, cutting through Kentucky's most scenic limestone gorge. The excursions will last about 3.5 hours. The park will provide canoes, paddles, life vest, shuttle ride from the Welcome Center and guides for your trip. The park does not have kayaks, and paddlers have the option to bring their own kayak. Participants should have some paddle experience before signing up for these trips and be at least 12 years old.


Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry would like to announce open auditions for the 2017 summer season. They will be at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Vocalists and instrumentalists are welcomed. Vocalists will need to bring a prepared piece to sing, and be ready to showcase the ability to sing harmony. Instrumentalists will need to have a song of their choice and have the ability to read charts. All participants need to bring a photo and a short bio with them.


Dr. Nancy B. Johnson, former provost of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), gave a guest lecture on leadership for the college’s Honors Program on Tuesday, March 28 on the Prestonsburg campus.

Dr. Johnson retired in 2016 after spending 38 years in higher education.  She started her career at Maysville Community and Technical College and came to BSCTC in 1998.  She served as provost from 2005 to 2016.

Myra Elliott, dean of academic services, said it is important for students to have a firm understanding of leadership.


The Kentucky Historical Society and Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will hold a special listening session to commemorate the 225th anniversary of Kentucky’s statehood at 2 p.m., Monday, April 17 in the Gearheart Auditorium on the Prestonsburg campus of BSCTC.

Dr. Stephanie Lang, associate editor of the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society and graduate of Prestonsburg Community College (now BSCTC), will facilitate an engaging discussion about what makes the Bluegrass State, when viewed through the lens of history, unique.


Spring has sprung! Now is the time to brighten up your decor, update your look, or find the perfect gift for that special someone. The Red Caboose will host its Spring Fling Artist Market on Saturday, April 8, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The market will occupy the Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau’s meeting space at Heritage Station, 210 11th Street, Huntington, WV, and spill out onto the sidewalk to include an open air market. You will find everything from all-natural skincare products to handmade jewelry to ceramics to one-of-a-kind artwork.

Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Monday Attorney General Beshear said a possible ring of door-to-door scammers have recently targeted the Louisville area, with one household losing more than $70,000 over the past year.

The current scam involves someone coming door-to-door claiming to offer services related to home improvement, or simply requesting financial aid for their “business.” Once the victim makes a payment, the con artist makes off with the money.

A friend of Morehead State University and this radio station has died. Former WMKY General Manager and MSU faculty member Larry Netherton passed away Friday in Louisville. He was 75. Netherton served the university and WMKY for 25 years, retiring in 1996. The studio from which we are broadcasting is named after him. WMKY was unquestionably one of his passions and he loved NPR. Every radio in his house was tuned to 90.3 FM.

April Fools Show

Apr 4, 2017

In this instance, April fools refers to the cast, not the material. We discussed the disadvantages of foam soap, a section on the pros and cons of the PPACA a.k.a. ACA a.k.a. Obama Care, since it is the only system left to discuss.

MSU Athletics

Led by a school single-game record-tying six hits from junior third baseman Eli Boggess, the Morehead State baseball team belted Massachusetts 22-0 at Allen Field Sunday and completed a three-game sweep of the Minutemen.

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

The Council on Postsecondary Education awarded $620,000 in federal grant funding to five education partnerships to deliver professional development for P-12 teachers.

Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, and the University of Kentucky will receive $130,000 each. Kentucky State University will receive $100,000.

Celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day Across Kentucky

Apr 3, 2017
The Odyssey Online

The Kentucky Writers’ Day Celebration is May 1, and for Kentuckians who can’t travel to Frankfort for the celebration, the Kentucky Arts Council provides a planning guide for recognizing Writers’ Day in their own communities.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife

Now that the Kentucky-based teams are no longer in the NCAA basketball tournament, the Final Four isn’t nearly as exciting, and somewhat depressing, to watch.

The best cure for any bruised feelings left by March Madness is to get out in early April and chase largemouth bass. A huge largemouth bass shaking its head vigorously trying to throw your white spinnerbait soothes any broken basketball heart.

Water temperatures range from 52 degrees at Lake Cumberland in the east to 58 degrees on Kentucky Lake in the west. In other words, it is prime time.


Experience the beauty of the Carter Caves Wildflower Pilgrimage April 21-22 at Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill.

Throughout the weekend guests will experience the beauty of the area during wildflower walks. This is the perfect weekend for experienced wildflower enthusiasts, beginner bloomers or those who just enjoy being in the woods to get outside and experience the natural beauty of spring.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Carter Caves. All trips are free this year.

Cabela's Crappie USA Tournament

Cave Run Lake played host to the Crappie USA Event this past Saturday, April 1, 2017. Over 60 anglers from five different states were competing for not only the $6,300.00 in cash and prizes, but a chance to advance to the prestigious Cabela's Crappie USA Classic. This year's classic will be held October 26 – 28, 2017on Kentucky & Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee.

Pro Division Results

Kentucky Arts Council

Kentucky students are much more media literate than they are given credit for, said Bighill media artist Bob Martin. Martin is a teaching artist in the media arts category in the Kentucky Arts Council’s adjudicated Teaching Artists Directory.

“They want to be witnessed. They have a lot to offer regarding how they see our society,” Martin said. “Just about every young person has a camera in their pocket. Storytelling through social media is a wonderful opportunity to engage them.”

Kentucky Attorney General's Office

For the second time in as many months, Attorney General Andy Beshear is releasing information to the public on the work of his office after a request for information by Gov. Matt Bevin.

Beshear is releasing information on his Office of Civil and Environmental Law’s Administrative Hearings Branch after a March 10 letter by the governor.

Last month, Bevin requested information on the AG’s Office of Civil and Environmental Law’s Open Records/Open Meetings Branch and information on the office’s civil attorneys and caseload.


Joining advocates and lawmakers from across Kentucky, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes formally recorded a new law that will help aid communication between more than 700,000 deaf and hard of hearing Kentuckians and law enforcement. Gov. Matt Bevin signed Senate Bill 189 into law last week.


Applications are now available for the second-annual St. Claire Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship. The application deadline is April 30.

The St. Claire Auxiliary established a college scholarship endowment to assist students who have an interest in medicine and a heart for community service. “We are excited to offer a scholarship that places importance on a student’s contributions of volunteer service,” St. Claire Regional Director of Volunteer Services Regina Thompson said.

To qualify for the scholarship, an individual must:

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

A $364,000 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet upgrade to navigational lights on three Ohio River bridges will mean traffic impacts for interstate commuters in Boyd and Greenup counties this April.

In Ashland, to lessen traffic impacts, no work will take place on the 12th Street Bridge before 9 a.m. and no work will take place on the 13th Street Bridge after 3 p.m. At other times, motorists should expect daily lane closures on the Ashland bridges and the South Portsmouth Bridge, according to the following schedules:


Gov. Matt Bevin ceremonially signed two pieces of recently enacted legislation that will improve the lives of children removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.

House Bill 180 allows youth to be temporarily placed with non-relative adults who already have a significant emotional relationship with the child. House Bill 192 allows foster children to obtain their learner’s permits and driver’s licenses without the signature of their parent or guardian.

The Council on Postsecondary Education set 2017-18 tuition and mandatory fee ceilings for resident undergraduate students at its meeting Friday at Northern Kentucky University.

The ceilings limit tuition and mandatory fee increases to 3 to 5 percent and include:

•3 percent for Western Kentucky University

•4 percent for the University of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University

•5 percent for Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University and Murray State University.