Cabinet for Health and Family Services announces top child support collection officials and staff

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has recognized the state’s 20 top-performing child support collection partners and other staff who have helped secure outstanding child support payments this year. The winners were announced Friday at a ceremony in Frankfort hosted by the CHFS Child Support Enforcement program (CSE), part of the CHFS Department for Income Support (DIS). The...

Public Service Commission denies surcharge request to cover debts incurred by failed Bullitt Utilities

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has denied an effort to impose a surcharge on customers of a failed Bullitt County sewer system in order to pay off debts of the bankrupt company that abandoned the utility. The proposed surcharge would have imposed a $17 monthly fee for a period of 20 years on the 700 customers formerly served by Bullitt Utilities. In an order issued today, the PSC ruled...

Law enforcement groups tell legislative panel legalizing pot not the way to raise funds for pensions

As Kentucky lawmakers explore ways to pay for public employee pensions, a coalition of law enforcement groups say legalizing marijuana for recreational use isn’t the answer. “I’m not willing to risk my grandchildren’s health to save my pension,” Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard W. Sanders said Thursday while testifying before the Interim Joint Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs...

Beshear to transfer additional $10,000 to state police lab to help test sexual assault forensic exam kits

After announcing a nearly $3 million federal National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant, Attorney General Andy Beshear has said his office will transfer an additional $10,000 to the Kentucky State Police crime laboratory to continue the testing of sexual assault forensic exam (SAFE) kits. The money is the amount of interest accumulated since February from the multimillion-dollar Risperdal settlement....

Public Service Commission moves to end duplicative reporting requirements for Kentucky water utilities

Acting to end a duplicative reporting requirement, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is telling water utilities they are no longer required to send copies of “boil water” advisories to the PSC. The PSC instead will be informed of boil water advisories via a daily report that it receives from the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW), which has primary responsibility for enforcing drinking...

Kentucky introduces new certification program to focus on energy resiliency and security

Resiliency and security are two important topics to consider in our changing energy landscape. Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) is addressing both of them, launching a new program in partnership with Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI). The program, called PEER, or Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, is a comprehensive certification program for measuring and improving...

Secretary of State Grimes announces launch of redesigned, mobile-friendly elections website

The State Board of Elections has a redesigned and streamlined website at its online home, elect.ky.gov, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Thursday. “The State Board of Elections is focused on providing important information to its constituents, Kentucky’s voters, and the public,” said Grimes, chair of the State Board of Elections. “The redesigned elect.ky.gov...

Failure to pay toll on Louisville bridges could have affect on future vehicle registration

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today If you cross the downtown or east end Ohio river bridges between Louisville and southern Indiana and don’t pay the tolls, it may cost you the chance to renew your vehicle registration. RiverLink, the toll operator for the Kennedy, Lincoln and Lewis and Clark bridges, has announced the registrations will be placed on hold, starting later this month, until the back tolls...

Fayette County residents offered free trash disposal day for non-hazardous waste Saturday

The City of Lexington is partnering with the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station to offer Fayette County residents a free trash disposal day for non-hazardous household waste. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 14 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station, 1505 Old Frankfort Pike. Fayette County residents may dispose of up to one pickup truck load of household waste. Bulky...

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department of Community Based Services earns reaccreditation

Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) – the state’s human services agency – has been reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA). COA is an international, independent, not-for-profit, child- and family-service and behavioral health care accrediting organization. Kentucky is one of only four states in the country with this distinction. The...

State General Fund receipts show 4.1 percent increase in September; growth is 2.9 percent for year

State Budget Director John Chilton reported Tuesday that General Fund receipts rose 4.1 percent in September. Total revenues for the month were $1,032.4 million, compared to $991.7 million during September 2016. So far this fiscal year (FY18), the General Fund has grown 2.9 percent. Road Fund receipts for September totaled $125.7 million, an increase of 1.8 percent from September 2016 levels. Chilton...

Kentucky League of Cities names annual award winners at annual conference in Northern Kentucky

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) has announced its annual awards for Elected City Official of the Year, the City Employee of the Year and Enterprise Cities Awards for innovative city programs and projects. The winners were recognized at the KLC Conference & Expo in Covington. KLC will make formal presentations locally to all winners in coming weeks. The Elected City Official of the Year...

Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks’ celebrate 25 years of Trust For Life at AOC college

Kentucky circuit court clerks celebrated the 25th anniversary of their Trust For Life program as part of the 2017 Circuit Court Clerks Fall College that took place Sept. 17-20 in Covington. The Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks created the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life to educate Kentuckians about the life-saving mission of organ donation. The program was the first of its...

Finance and Administration Cabinet announces operator contract for Beaver Dam Rest Area

The Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet on Monday announced the contract award to Martin and Bayley, Inc. to renovate and operate the Beaver Dam convenience rest area located on the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway near Madisonville. Martin and Bayley, Inc., experienced convenience rest area operators in five states, has a 20-year contract to renovate, fit up, reconstruct, operate and...

New smoking Quit Line advertising campaign to lead people to state’s free counseling service

Kentucky’s Tobacco Quit Line is taking center stage in a new advertising campaign that encourages people to stop using tobacco products. The ads are designed to lead people to the Commonwealth’s free tobacco counseling service, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). “We often hear about the dangerous health effects of smoking – so we wanted to create a campaign that emphasizes what is possible when you...

Beshear warns of recent scam involving impersonators of Attorney General’s office

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A new scam reported by the Attorney General’s office involves someone trying to impersonate the Attorney General’s office itself. Attorney General Andy Beshear said his office was contacted on Friday after a Louisville resident received what appeared to be a letter from the Office of the Attorney General. It included an official looking seal, a photo of the attorney...

Attorney General’s office to oppose East Kentucky Power’s 16 percent rate hike request

Attorney General Andy Beshear joined Eastern Kentucky lawmakers, school and local officials, and advocates to announce his Office of Rate Intervention is recommending that the Public Service Commission (PSC) deny AEP/Kentucky Power’s more than $60 million proposed increase. The 16-percent increase, Beshear and the group said, would further devastate the more than 168,500 Kentuckians in the utility’s...

Bevin announces pair of new state judicial appointments for Jefferson County

Gov. Matt Bevin made two state judicial appointments for Jefferson County. Derwin Webb, of Louisville, has been appointed Circuit Judge for Kentucky’s 30th Judicial Circuit, Family Division 10. Andre Bergeron, of Louisville, has been appointed District Judge for Kentucky’s 30th Judicial District, Division 9. Webb has practiced law for two decades in the Greater Louisville area, including stints...

Legislative leaders say progress being made on agreement to shore up public pensions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislative leaders gave no details on a public pension reform plan, saying there is more work to be done before a special session is called. House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, did say they are much closer than three weeks ago. “I would hope that over the next week or 10 days, we would be closer to where we would be in position to make some public announcement. We’re...

Nearly $3 million in homeland security grants awarded statewide for law enforcement equipment

After an extensive evaluation and review process, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) announced 114 grant recipients spread across 77 counties will receive a total almost $3 million under Kentucky’s 2017 Homeland Security Grant Program to purchase law enforcement, fire and emergency services equipment. “My greatest responsibility as governor is to ensure our citizens and resources are...