A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky awarded nearly $1.1 million grant for apprenticeships from U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Dept. of Labor (USDOL) has announced that the Kentucky Labor Cabinet has been awarded $1,085,871 under the ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant Initiative to continue efforts to grow Registered Apprenticeships throughout the Commonwealth. “Receiving this funding is a testament to the success we’ve had expanding Registered Apprenticeships across the state and countless opportunities...

Adopt-a-Highway volunteers to ‘Summer Scrub’ roadsides; eligible for Beautify the Bluegrass contest

Throughout the Commonwealth, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Adopt-a-Highway (AAH) volunteers will participate in the scheduled 2018 Summer Scrub cleanup between Monday, June 18, and Sunday, June 24. Volunteer groups are eligible to submit their Adopt-a-Highway projects for entry in Gov. Matt Bevin’s Beautify the Bluegrass contest, sponsored by Kentucky Living. Summer Scrub is an annual roadside...

Gov. Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Gov. Bevin Audria Gail Denker, Ollie Faye Bowling, Jessica Lynn Wilson, and James T. Isenberg have been appointed as members of the Board of Nursing.  Dr. Audria Gail Denker, of Louisville, is a registered nurse. She will represent registered nurses from the Kentucky Nurses Association and serve for a term expiring...

House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins may be getting ready to run for governor, has family support

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democrat Rocky Adkins may be inching closer to a run for governor, telling reporters Wednesday that his family supports the idea. House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins is still mulling over a run for governor in 2019. He has the full support of his family. (LRC photo) “It’s a must that they be on board, and they are,” Adkins said. “This is a statewide race, and it’s...

Lawmakers named to permanent child welfare committee created by passage of HB 1

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislative leaders have named most of the members of the permanent Child Welfare and Oversight Advisory Committee created by the passage of House Bill 1, the adoption and foster care reform measure in the 2018 General Assembly. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, named three Republican members: Sens. Julie Raque Adams of Louisville, Tom Buford of Nicholasville...

KY Department of Agriculture, UK Extension partner for limited exhibit delivery for 2018 State Fair

Are you a state fair competitor who needs help getting your entries to the 2018 Kentucky State Fair (KSF)? In a new partnership, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, and KSF are teaming up to deliver selected agriculture and non-ag general department exhibits. Fair entrants must meet the July 2 entry deadline and must contact regional...

Beshear Welcomes Department of KY Veterans of Foreign Wars as ‘Mission Veterans Protected’ Partner

More than 200 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Attorney General Andy Beshear are joining forces to stop scammers who specifically target Kentucky veterans and their families. As part of the Department of Kentucky Veterans of Foreign Wars annual conference in Louisville, Beshear spoke with veterans about his office’s Mission Veterans Protected (MVP) program, which aims to help reverse the high rate of...

State Board of Elections certifies Kentucky Primary results, issues Certificates of Nomination

The State Board of Elections on Tuesday certified vote totals from the May 22 Primary Election and issued certificates of nomination to candidates who received the highest number of votes in the election, said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief elections official. Official results from the election are available at GoVoteKY.com. More than 792,000 Kentuckians, approximately...

With final spending numbers in, lobbying hits all-time high for 2018 General Assembly session

The final lobbying spending numbers for the 2018 General Assembly are in, and spending hit an all-time high of $10.67 million, putting Kentucky on track for a record-breaking year in which more than $22 million will be spent on lobbying. The lobbying spending reports filed by a wide array of businesses and organizations give another clear picture of the increasing importance of public policy to the...

Pew Charitable Trusts: Kentucky at high-risk to see revenues decline if negotiations on NAFTA tank

By Dave Nycaepir Route Fifty Implementation of U.S.-China tariffs or withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement would have bigger economic effects on some states compared to the more limited impacts of other recent trade decisions, a new Moody’s Investors Service report found. U.S. talks with Mexico and Canada to renegotiate NAFTA though it remains unclear exactly when a new deal might...

Lexington’s Historic Courthouse restoration wins Kentucky Heritage Council preservation award

Lexington’s transformation of the Historic Courthouse on Main Street into a modern mixed-use office and event space earned one of the state’s most prestigious statewide historic preservation awards this week. The Historic Courthouse under renovation (file photo) The Kentucky Heritage Council, the state’s historic preservation office, said the rehabilitation of the Courthouse “required innovative...

Hatton appointed commissioner of Department for Environmental Protection

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles G. Snavely has announced the appointment of Tony Hatton as commissioner of the Department for Environmental Protection. Hatton, who was named the DEP’s deputy commissioner in 2016, replaces former commissioner Aaron Keatley, who recently accepted a job as chief deputy director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Hatton’s appointment...

Kentucky HEALTH to partner with Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Medicaid waiver program

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has announced a partnership with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in preparation for the launch of Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long-Term Health), the state’s innovative Medicaid waiver program. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, a statewide nonprofit focused on health policy and advocacy, will support Kentucky HEALTH’s community engagement...

Gov. Matt Bevin appoints Billy Banks as magistrate for the Third District of Wolfe County

James “Billy” Banks, of Rogers, has been appointed Magistrate for the Third District of Wolfe County. Banks’ appointment fills the vacancy left by Garrett Denniston following his retirement. Banks served as magistrate of the third district of Wolfe County from 1994-2003. During his time as magistrate Banks worked closely with Congressman Hal Rogers on the PRIDE project, which cleaned up...

Bevin names Ramsey as Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday the appointment of Derrick Ramsey as Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, responsible for educating, preparing, and training Kentucky’s current and future workforce. Ramsey has decades of experience working in Kentucky’s higher education system. He began his career as a community relations officer at the University of Kentucky before...

Secretary of State Alison Grimes meets with Honor Flight veterans departing for capitol

Honoring the service of veterans across Kentucky on Memorial Day weekend, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Saturday morning met and welcomed World War II, Vietnam, and Korean veterans departing on a visit to the nation’s capital. “On this Memorial Day weekend, we join you in honoring the memory and sacrifice of those who stood by you in harm’s way. We also honor your...

Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony at Eastern Kentucky University honors five fallen officers

“At 31 years old, my world was shattered,” said Amy Ellis, widow of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis, who was killed in the line of duty five years ago today. “We lost all our hopes and dreams. I was terrified and angry.” Amy Ellis spoke Thursday during the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony, which honored the lives of five Kentucky officers who died in the line of duty. Ellis...

Small Business Administration approves disaster assistance for severe storms in February and March

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved disaster assistance loans for the severe storms and heavy flooding that affected the Commonwealth from Feb. 21 through March 21. SBA will make low-interest disaster loans available to homeowners, renters and businesses who sustained damage during the approved time period. “We are grateful to the U.S. Small Business Administration for making...

Carter, Rowan counties earn Best Maintained Rest Area Awards in KTC annual state competition

Offering the cleanest safe havens for road-weary motorists driving on the commonwealth’s interstates, two I-64 facilities in northeast Kentucky received the Best Maintained Rest Area Award today at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s 19th annual recognition ceremony. The Carter County Eastbound I-64 Rest Area and the Rowan County Westbound I-64 Rest Area tied for the award, which is based on...

Division of Waste Management announces grant funding for county waste-reduction programs

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management has announced 46 recycling, five composting, and 27 household hazardous waste grants to expand recycling, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills, and improve the environmental management of household hazardous waste, which includes electronic scrap and mercury. Grant dollars from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee for...