Florida lottery CEO, secretary Delacenserie named new president of Kentucky Lottery Corp.

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Tom Delacenserie as the new president and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. Delacenserie was confirmed by the lottery’s board of directors at a special meeting Tuesday, and his start date will be June 5. Delacenserie is the current secretary and CEO of the Florida Lottery. He assumed that role in 2015, but his work there goes back to 2000 when he started as a...

State extends time for developers to submit plans to replace Capital Plaza Tower complex

The Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet has amended the official notice stating the Commonwealth’s intent to pursue redevelopment of the Capital Plaza Tower Office Building, Fountain Place Shops, Frankfort Convention Center, and surrounding areas in downtown Frankfort. While developers interested in this project must still submit a completed “Commonwealth of Kentucky Solicitation” form...

Hampton, Tilley to speak at ceremony honoring Kentucky’s fallen law enforcement officers

Three Kentucky law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty will be honored at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony on May 23 at the memorial monument site in Richmond, Ky. Versailles Police Officer George Freeman, Oldham County Police Officer Charles D. Howley and Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Bowman will be honored among their family, friends and comrades. Kentucky...

State auditor’s office releases results of investigation into Louisville Arena Authority finances

Kentucky auditor Mike Harmon released the results of a financial statement audit conducted by his office of the Louisville Arena Authority (LAA), which was created in 2006 to oversee the financial management of the KFC Yum! Center. “Concerns have been raised for some time about the management of the KFC Yum! Center, especially in light of projections that the arena’s current revenue will not...

Bevin issues executive order intended to improve efficiency of state’s 911 emergency system

Gov. Matt Bevin has issued an executive order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s emergency response system by reorganizing the Kentucky 911 Services Board. “The citizens of the Commonwealth depend on 911 dispatch centers for life-saving communications during emergency situations day and night,” Bevin stated. “As Kentucky’s 911 system transitions from an outdated...

Bevin announces new NGA partnership to help reduce child hunger in Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin announced that the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has selected Kentucky as one of only 10 states to participate in a learning lab on state strategies to reduce childhood hunger. “The Commonwealth has taken steps to begin addressing the unacceptable problem of childhood hunger,” said Bevin. “In 2016, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan...

Kentucky’s first Republican Speaker of House in 95 years looks back on session — and plans ahead

By Brad Bowman The State Journal Jeff Hoover hasn’t taken time to celebrate the end of the 2017 session as Kentucky’s first elected Republican speaker of the House in 95 years. He’s assembling a new infrastructure workgroup and crafting legislation for the next session to address Kentucky’s crippling opioid problem and lack of treatment for addiction. Hoover remains focused on the future,...

Yarmuth doubts McConnell will bring a health care bill to a vote in U.S. Senate this year

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the U.S. Senate is working on its own health-care bill, but Kentucky’s only Democrat in Congress said Friday that McConnell won’t bring the bill to a vote in order to protect his fellow Republicans from retribution by voters, Ronnie Ellis reports for CNHI News Service. “I’m convinced that Mitch McConnell will not allow anything to get out of the...

PSC reduces Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative rate hike request; monthly bills to increase slightly

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) granted Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. a revenue increase that is somewhat smaller than the amount requested by the electric distribution cooperative. With the rate increase granted by the PSC, a typical Farmers residential customer will see their average monthly electric bill rise by about $4.49 (4.2 percent), from $106.46 to $110.95. That includes...

Division of Waste Management announces recipients of grants for landscaping, trail projects

he Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) announced that $210,123 in grant funding has been awarded for landscaping and walking trail projects that utilize recycled waste tires. The grants are from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly to receive a $1 fee from each retail sale of a new tire in the state. The fund helps manage the approximately 5 million scrap tires...

Kentucky Court of Appeals sides with Hands On Originals in gay rights dispute over tee shirts

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – Hands On Originals, a Lexington tee shirt company, has won another round in the ongoing legal dispute over whether it violated Lexington’s fairness ordinance by refusing to print shirts for a gay rights group. The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a lower court ruling that Hands On Originals didn’t violate the Lexington ordinance when it refused...

Newly adopted guidelines for hiring state troopers expands application process, KSP says

The Kentucky State Police will now be able to accept more applications than ever thanks to new hiring qualifications established by the legislature. Now, anyone who possesses a high school diploma or GED and has three years of work experience qualifies to apply for employment as a Kentucky State Trooper. Prior to the new guideline, applicants were required to have 60 hours of college credit, two years...

Four fitness centers around state in hot water for failing to register with attorney general’s office

Attorney General Andy Beshear said Wednesday that his office is better protecting Kentuckians by holding several fitness centers in Kentucky accountable for failing to properly register with his office. By law, fitness centers or gyms, spelled out in statute as “health spas,” are required to file an annual registration statement with the Office of the Attorney General, and post a bond, if they...

Bevin names Tucker to pharmacy advisory committee, Corbett to judicial commission

Gov. Matt Bevin Wednesday made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Dr. Andrea M. Tucker has been appointed to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Advisory Committee. Tucker, of Winchester, is an OB/GYN. Tucker will represent obstetrician/gynecologists. She shall serve for a term expiring May 9, 2020. The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Advisory Committee consists of 12 gubernatorial...

State Finance Cabinet seeking proposals to tear down 28-story Capital Plaza Tower Building

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – The tallest building in Frankfort will be demolished, bringing a major change to the capital city’s skyline, possibly as soon as February. The Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet is issuing a request for proposals to raze the 28-story Capital Plaza Tower office building constructed in 1972. Also slated for the wrecking ball are the Frankfort Civic...

Bluegrass Book Buddies: Hampton adds literacy component to Lt. Governor’s Challenge Series

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton announced a new literacy challenge Tuesday, the Bluegrass Book Buddies (KYB3), as part of the Lt. Governor’s Challenge Series. It is the second challenge of that series, which also includes the ‘Entrepreneurship Challenge’. The KYB3 Challenge is an initiative inviting Kentuckians of all ages to try reading in a fresh way through meaningful community and shared...

Thank a Teacher: Bevin declares May 8-12 as Teacher Appreciation Week for those who make a difference

Gov. Matt Bevin recently signed a proclamation officially declaring May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week in Kentucky, joining the National Educators Association in honoring and celebrating teachers and recognizing their invaluable contributions to society. “Teachers are responsible for educating and guiding Kentucky’s children and the future of the Commonwealth and use their vast expertise and...

State Division for Air Quality urging Kentuckians to ‘Learn Before You Burn’ this spring

Spring-cleaning season has arrived, and for many Kentuckians that means burning unwanted debris. But before you light that burn pile, the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) reminds you to learn before you burn. Illegal burning could result in fines of up to $25,000 per day per violation. Many people may not realize that burning garbage is illegal in Kentucky. “Garbage doesn’t just disappear...

Petroleum cleanup grants of up to $100,000 available through Cleaner Commonwealth Fund

The Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program is announcing the availability of petroleum cleanup grants through the Cleaner Commonwealth Fund (CCF). The CCF is a grant-and-loan fund established with an $850,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Grant. The program is releasing $100,000 to provide money for up to two awards to do cleanup projects in Kentucky. In this...

Johnson to be formally sworn in as Court of Appeals judge in Lexington courthouse ceremony Monday

Judge Robert G. Johnson of Georgetown will be formally sworn in as a Kentucky Court of Appeals judge Monday at an investiture ceremony in Lexington. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will take place at 3:30 p.m. ET at the Robert F. Stephens Circuit Courthouse in Courtroom I on the fourth floor. The courthouse is located at 120 N. Limestone St. Judge Robert G. Johnson Court of Appeals...