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Kentucky.gov is the official website of the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Kentucky (/ k ə n ˈ t ʌ k i / () kən-TUK-ee), officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States.Although styled as the "State of Kentucky" in the law creating it, Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth (the others being Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts).

Come sit at the Kentucky table, where some recipes are as old as the state and others at the culinary cutting edge. Hot brown to cheese grits to gourmet dining, from hole-in-the-walls to innovative culinary experiences, you’ll want to try it all.

Follow the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper for the latest headlines on Central Kentucky news. Find daily local breaking news, opinion columns, videos and community news.

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Kentucky was the first region west of the Allegheny Mountains to be settled by American pioneers. James Harrod established the first permanent settlement at Harrodsburg in 1774; the following year Daniel Boone, who had explored the area in 1767, blazed the Wilderness Trail through the Cumberland Gap and founded Boonesboro.

About UK. The University of Kentucky has a broad range of resources centered on a single campus in the heart of the Bluegrass. Our wide array of programs allows us to excel in multidisciplinary studies and fosters an environment of cooperative engagement across all colleges, programs, and research endeavors.

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Wherever you travel in Kentucky, you are never far from one of our 49 Kentucky State Parks. There's no way to pick the best Kentucky State Parks because each park has its own unique attributes, from shorelines to majestic mountains, from winding caves to enchanting woodlands.

NEED DESCRIPTION HERE. Ballard WMA remains temporarily closed due to Ohio River flooding. The tentative reopening could occur Jan. 19, depending on river levels and how much time is needed to repair roads and infrastructure damaged by the flooding.

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Kentucky >> Harrodsburg Kentucky ~ Clay Hill ~ Historic Mansion | Flickr

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Kentucky >> Jackson Kentucky about 1969 | Much has changed in our little… | Flickr

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Kentucky >> Common Mammals of Kentucky

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Kentucky >> Bonfire Wood | Bloomfield, Kentucky USA - October 2011 | M W | Flickr

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Kentucky >> Kentucky Kappa Delta

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Kentucky >> Lake Cumberland Area Development District – Kentucky Atlas and Gazetteer

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Kentucky >> Wiedemann's Brewery, Newport, Kentucky

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Kentucky >> The latest from Jimmy Carter in Nashville: Kentucky Corvette Museum Salutes Star Cars

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Kentucky >> Babe Parilli - 1965 Topps #17 - Vintage Football Card Gallery