A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky Main Street Fall meeting begins Tuesday, will showcase Central Kentucky Communities

Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) directors from across the state will network with their colleagues, and peers from the Wyoming Main Street Program, during a four-day meeting this week in central Kentucky. The meeting will showcase the “crossroads communities” of Bardstown, Campbellsville, Danville, Harrodsburg, Perryville and Springfield, so-named for their strategic location between major...

AG issues opinion that election officials can post list of certified write-in candidates at polling places

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a legal opinion tlast week, saying that it was OK for election officials to post a list of certified write-in candidates at polling places. 
Poll workers have been trained to not post the list of certified candidates because it violates the state’s ban on electioneering. 
In his opinion, Beshear said posting the list would...

Clay, Livingston counties certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress

Gov. Matt Bevin announced this week that Clay and Livingston Counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress. “Everything we aspire to economically is contingent on our communities having a skilled workforce that is ready and able to fulfill the needs of employers,” Bevin said. “Earning the Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification gives counties a competitive...

Grimes says Kentucky businesses break filing records for third consecutive year

For a third year in a row, Kentucky businesses are breaking filing records, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Thursday. More than 163,000 businesses have chosen to utilize the Secretary of State’s online filing system this year to complete their annual report requirement, outpacing the 2017 record by nearly 1,000 filings and more reports being completed daily. Alison Lundergan...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases July 2018 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary July unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for July was up from the 4.2 percent reported for June. The preliminary July 2018 jobless rate was down 0.7 percentage points from the 5 percent recorded for the state in July...

CHFS offering substance use disorder resources and wellness information at the Kentucky State Fair

Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville can get information and expert guidance on substance use disorder/addiction resources and learn more about other health and family assistance programs at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) exhibit. The fair opens Thursday and concludes Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The CHFS exhibit will be in the Health Horizons...

Kentucky Secretary of State, county clerks from across state join DHS national cybersecurity exercise

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and county clerks from all parts of Kentucky on Wednesday participated in a national cybersecurity exercise with 45 states across the nation and hosted by the Department of Homeland Security. The national exercise assisted elections stakeholders in identifying best practices and opening lines of communications to facilitate partnerships for cyber incident...

LFUCG is searching for volunteers with interest in local waterways for water quality testing

Lexington residents who have an interest in our local waterways may be interested in an upcoming opportunity to participate in sampling the water quality of our creeks. LFUCG will be holding a workshop to train interested citizens on how to collect water samples. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, August 21 from 9 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Town Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant at 301 Lisle...

KYTC announces major drivers license changes, introduces new voluntary travel ID credential

The credential Kentuckians rely on most to verify their identities will undergo major upgrades in 2019 to enhance security and to keep travelers on the move. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials today announced the launch of the Confident Kentucky initiative to improve the security of state driver’s licenses and introduce a new Voluntary Travel ID credential that meets federal standards...

Kentucky State Police welcomes class of 61 new recruits to latest 25-week training academy

Sixty-one recruits from throughout the Commonwealth and one other state reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort today to begin 25 weeks of training that will determine whether they have what it takes to join “The Thin Gray Line.” Their ranks are an encouraging sight to the law enforcement agency which experienced a large number of retirements recently. “Fifty-six troopers...

Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for July totaled $830.2 million, a 4.7 percent increase from 2017

State Budget Director John Chilton has announced that Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for July, the first month of Fiscal Year 2019, totaled $830.2 million, a 4.7 percent increase compared to July 2017 receipts. The official revenue estimate for FY19 calls for revenue to grow 3.3 percent compared to FY18 actual receipts. Based on July’s receipts, General Fund revenues need to increase 3.2 percent...

Justice Secretary John Tilley announces $1.9 million available to fight violence against women

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced this week that $1.9 million in funding is available through the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Program. The application period officially opens Aug. 14. Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley VAWA funds may be used to develop and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution, judicial strategies and victim services in cases throughout Kentucky...

Kentucky Supreme Court probes state’s medical review panels, legislation on malpractice lawsuits

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on legislation passed by the 2017 General Assembly that established rules on how to file malpractice lawsuits. Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, who himself is a physician, required any lawsuit against doctors, other healthcare providers, hospitals and nursing homes would have to be reviewed...

Lexington’s new upLIFT program offers free Lextran transportation services for city’s homeless

Lexington is partnering with Lextran to launch upLIFT, a new program that will offer free, conditional transportation services for the area’s homeless population. The program’s goal is to eliminate one of the most common barriers — transportation — for those who are homeless and seeking employment, medical services, child care, housing or other basic living activities. “Giving a person...

Division of Waste Management taking applications for illegal dumping and litter abatement grants

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management is calling for grant applications for two of its signature programs, illegal dump cleanup and litter cleanup along public roads. “These popular grant programs have played an important role in maintaining the natural beauty of communities across the commonwealth and in helping improve Kentuckian’s quality of life,” said EEC Secretary Charles Snavely. Since...

Governor’s office announces appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: David Allgood, Paul Hitchcock, Michele Williams, Mark Rothel and Jennifer Ulbricht have been appointed to Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities. • David Allgood, of Louisville, is director of advocacy for the Center for Accessible Living. He will represent local and non-governmental agencies and...

History-making Senator Mitch McConnell tells Fancy Farm faithful he intends to run again in 2020

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Already the longest-serving Republican leader ever in the U.S. Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to cement his place in history with yet another term. McConnell, 76, told GOP faithful in western Kentucky on Saturday that he will run for re-election in 2020. “I don’t like starting late,” he said. McConnell, the architect of a Republican resurgence...

City of Lexington, Fayette Circuit Court launch assistance program to help homeless obtain IDs

The City is partnering with the Fayette Circuit Court Clerk’s office to launch a new program that offers assistance to local homeless citizens in need of official IDs. The Homeless ID Assistance Program will provide funding that will cover the cost of obtaining state-issued identification cards for homeless citizens who cannot otherwise afford them. The program is the first of its kind in the state,...

Foster care advocates join Kentucky’s initiative to transform child welfare system

Gov. Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin announced Wednesday that Chris and Alicia Johnson will join the administration as special advisers in the Office of Faith and Community Based Initiatives. In this capacity, the Johnsons will support the Bevin’s commitment to protecting our state’s most vulnerable children by helping advance statewide foster care and adoption reform. The Johnsons will...

Bevin appoints Josh Benton as Deputy Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday the appointment of Josh Benton as Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Benton will serve the cabinet with current Deputy Secretary Brad Montell. “Improving Kentucky’s workforce development is a top priority for our administration,” said Bevin. “I am grateful for the expertise and enthusiasm Josh brings to...