New website will help Kentuckians with substance abuse disorders connect to treatment centers

Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday announced a new tool in Kentucky’s fight against the opioid epidemic. FindHelpNowKY.org allows users to search in real-time for a local substance use disorder (SUD) treatment center and will be promoted as part of the Governor’s ‘Don’t Let Them Die’ campaign, which seeks to bring awareness to the opioid crisis. “Kentucky is stepping up, ready to lead the nation...

Public Service Commission to hear public comment on Duke Kentucky rate case is Feb. 8 in Florence

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public meeting next week to provide information and receive public comments on an increase in electric rates proposed by Duke Energy of Kentucky. Details of the meeting are as follows: Thursday, February 8, 5:30 p.m. Auditorium Boone County High School 7056 Burlington Pike Florence, KY 41042 The public comment period will be preceded by a presentation...

Division of Waste Management taking applications for crumb rubber and tire-derived products grants

The Energy and Environment Cabinet is now accepting grant proposals for projects that promote the use of recycled waste tires. This grant has focused on funding crumb rubber mulch for landscaping projects in recent years, but the cabinet is encouraging applicants to expand the scope of potential projects for this grant cycle. In addition to landscaping mulch projects, the cabinet is seeking requests...

City of Lexington implements Nextdoor social network to better connect citizens to services

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government has started using Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve city and county-wide communications by connecting with residents on a hyper-local level. The City joins the Lexington Police Department and Lexington Emergency Management on Nextdoor, both of whom are celebrating one year on the platform. “Using Nextdoor, we can send...

Rep. David Meade files priority legislation addressing adoption and foster care changes

House Majority Caucus Chairman David Meade, R-Stanford, along with primary co-sponsor Joni Jenkins of Louisville, have filed a comprehensive measure to provide reforms that will improve Kentucky’s adoption and foster care systems. The bill is the first step in streamlining the actual placement of children into loving homes in a quick and affordable manner. House Bill 1 is based heavily off of recommendations...

Grimes joins West Virginia SOS in distributing ‘Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook’ to candidates

To mark their states’ candidate filing deadlines, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State, and Mac Warner, the Republican Secretary of State of West Virginia, are distributing the “Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook” to candidates in their states seeking to be on the ballot in 2018. Alison Lundergan Grimes The Playbook was created by Defending Digital Democracy...

Secretary of State reminding Kentuckians filing deadline for May primary closes at 4 p.m. today

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds potential candidates for Kentucky’s May Primary that today, Jan. 30, is the final day to file paperwork with the appropriate filing official. The deadline is 4 p.m. local time. The Secretary of State’s online Becoming a Candidate portal allows potential candidates to use a streamlined web application to fill out much of the paperwork required...

Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne says ‘Incredibly difficult budget’ taking longer than expected

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect, said he expects action on a public pension reform plan “soon,” and vowed to get the budget bill to the Senate faster than usual. “The last I checked with our budget director, the last scoring has not yet come back that we requested,” he said. “I hoped it would have been back by now, but I still haven’t seen it.” House...

Department of Revenue warning Kentuckians about phishing scams as tax season approaches

As part of the Kentucky Department of Revenue’s (DOR) on-going effort to deter tax fraud and identity theft schemes, the following information can help guard against a growing issue: phishing. Phishing emails appear to be from a trusted source but are actually sent by a malicious source to gain access to your personal or confidential information. This information is then used for further criminal...

LRC’s Week at the State Capitol: First measure approved by GA is proposed victims’ bill of rights

The first bill passed by both chambers of the General Assembly this year is a measure that will allow voters to decide on a “bill of rights” for crime victims. Senate Bill 3, more commonly known as Marsy’s Law, proposes adding a section to the Kentucky Constitution to give crime victims constitutional rights similar to those afforded to the convicted or accused. The right to notice of proceedings,...

HUD Sec. Ben Carson joins Gov. Bevin, Andy Barr for tours of Lexington’s transitional housing facilities

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, along with U.S. Representative Andy Barr, Governor Matt Bevin and non-profit organization leaders held a roundtable discussion on transitional housing and homelessness prevention in Lexington Thursday. “We have made great progress towards ending homelessness in Lexington and across Kentucky,” said Sec. Carson. “To end homelessness, we...

Unemployment rates fell in 117 of Kentucky’s 120 counties in 2017; Woodford has lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates fell in 117 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in two (Estill and Hickman counties) and rose in one county (Bath County) between December 2016 and December 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth...

Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Hargan, Gov. Bevin host roundtable on Kentucky HEALTH

Gov. Matt Bevin today welcomed acting U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Eric Hargan, along with officials and citizens of the Commonwealth, to the Governor’s Mansion for a roundtable discussion on Kentucky HEALTH and community engagement. The roundtable included Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner, Kentucky Health & Family Services Secretary Vickie...

Northern KY attorney nominated for U.S. appeals court; Union resident Nalbandian awaits confirmation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Northern Kentucky attorney has been nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati. Nalbandian The White House announced Tuesday the naming of John B. Nalbandian, of Union, to the federal appeals court bench. Nalbandian is a partner in the litigation practice group of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP,...

DPH commissioner to discuss strategies to address opioid epidemic at national conference

Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, Acting Commissioner at the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), will represent the state during a national Opioid Policy session this weekend. Organized by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), The Opioid Policy Fellows roundtable will discuss opioid addiction and overdose issues. The session runs January 26-28 in New Orleans, Louisiana. “This event...

Department of Local Government accepting applications for 2018 Recreational Trails Program

The Department for Local Government (DLG) is currently accepting 2018 grant applications for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), a federal assistance program funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). “Each year cities and counties have the opportunity to apply for this important federal assistance program that provides ongoing maintenance, restoration and development of trail systems...

CHFS, Home of the Innocents partner to provide transitional healthcare to foster youth

The Home of the Innocents in Louisville on Monday celebrated a new partnership to provide improved transitional behavioral health services to children in foster care. As part of a collaboration with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Home opened the Children’s Assessment and Transitional Service (CATS) Center this month. The goal of the program is to provide mental and medical health...

Federal funding authorization includes six-year extension of Children’s Health Insurance Program

The bipartisan agreement approved by the U.S. Congress to open the federal government through February 8 also included a commitment of six-year funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The short-term funding measure included the longer-term for CHIP, which provides coverage for millions of young people in families with modest incomes. Terry Brooks of Kentucky Youth Advocates...

PSC okays Kentucky American Water’s purchase of Eastern Rockcastle Water Association

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the sale of the Eastern Rockcastle Water Association to Kentucky American Water Co. (KAWC). KAWC is to pay no more than $770,000, subject to a final accounting of Eastern Rockcastle’s finances. In an order issued today, the PSC found that the sale will benefit Eastern Rockcastle’s customers, since KAWC has greater resources available to...

Lexington to join shelter providers in effort to count homeless in Fayette County as part of 2018 LexCount

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention will partner with community homeless shelter providers to conduct a count of homeless individuals and families in Fayette County as part of the 2018 LexCount. LexCount is a point-in-time snapshot of the homeless population in Lexington and Fayette County. The count includes people who are temporarily residing in emergency...