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Kentucky State Police partner with other state agencies to enforce ‘Move Over’ law this week

The Kentucky State Police has joined forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project for enforcement of the ‘Move Over’ law this week. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include Kentucky State Police, Indiana State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police, Michigan State Police, and the West Virginia State Police. Kentucky’s ‘Move Over’ law is designed...

Grant provides Kentucky State Police with fentanyl response kits to protect against contact the drug

Kentucky State Police troopers and officers have received another tool to combat the opioid crisis – fentanyl response kits that help them avoid contact with dangerous drugs. The kits were purchased with $25,000 in grant funds from Passport Health Plan. They include Tyvek suits, respirator masks, fentanyl protective gloves, safety glasses, and a portable gear bag. The Kentucky State Police Foundation...

Kentucky Center for Performing Arts should open on Sept. 1 for performances, after June 13 fire

Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William M. Landrum III announced that the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (KCA) building damaged by a June 13 fire will be open Sept. 1 for productions to resume. Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Deputy Secretary Regina Stivers and KCA President Kim Baker joined Sec. Landrum and provided information to patrons and the community. “Today is a...

Kentucky agencies awarding up to $3.2 million to nonprofit providers for expansion of drug treatment

The Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy and the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities are partnering to distribute up to $3.2 million to expand drug treatment for pregnant and parenting women. The funds will be distributed through a competitive grant process. Those eligible include not-for-profit providers that are licensed in Kentucky and have...

Transportation Department temporarily waives service hour restrictions on utility vehicles

As residents recover from damage caused by recent severe weather, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas today issued an official order waiving hours of service regulations for utility vehicles involved in power restoration and debris removal efforts in Kentucky. The order also includes commercial motor vehicles transporting relief supplies. Thomas issued the emergency declaration...

Kentucky ABC commissioner named to executive council of national administrators organization

Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner Christine Trout-Van Tatenhove has been named to the Executive Council of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) as a Chairperson of the Southern Region. Christine Trout-Van Tatenhove The NCSLA represents alcoholic beverage regulatory agencies in the United States, District of Columbia, and other local jurisdictions. Trout-Van...

Grimes appoints Louisville attorney Erica Galyon as assistant secretary of State effective Aug. 1

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Friday she is appointing Erica Galyon, a Kentucky attorney, as Assistant Secretary of State and chief of staff for the Secretary of State’s office effective Aug. 1. Galyon is associate general counsel at Farm Credit Mid-America, a multi-billion dollar agriculture lending cooperative based in Louisville. Formerly, she was senior vice president...

Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases June 2018 unemployment data

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary June 2018 unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for June 2018 was up from the 4.1 percent reported for May 2018. The preliminary June 2018 jobless rate was down 0.9 percentage points from the 5.1 percent recorded...

Dwayne F. Depp named commissioner for the Department of Workplace Standards

Acting Labor Secretary David A. Dickerson today announced the appointment of Dwayne F. Depp as the commissioner of the Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workplace Standards. “I’m thrilled for Dwayne and welcome his many years of leadership experience to our team here at the Labor Cabinet,” Secretary Dickerson said. “His extensive background in managing employees, budgeting and...

Kentucky State Police competing for 2019’s Best Looking Cruiser; Voting open through July 25

Kentucky State Police is competing with state law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S in the American Association of State Troopers (AAST) “2019 Best Looking Cruiser Contest.” The winning photo will be featured on the cover and premier January position of the association’s 2019 wall calendar. KSP’s photo features one of its newest Dodge Charger cruisers in front of the state capitol building...

Kentucky’s Division of Apprenticeship transitions to Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has announced the transition of the Division of Apprenticeship from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet to KEWDC’s Office of Employment and Training. The division, in cooperation with the U.S. Office of Apprenticeship and Training, oversees Kentucky’s registered apprenticeship program. Kentucky’s registered apprenticeship program is rapidly becoming...

Energy and Environment cabinet recognizes 42 water treatment plants with optimization awards

Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has recognized 42 surface water treatment plants in the Commonwealth for meeting the 2017 goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP). AWOP is a multi-state initiative administered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which encourages drinking water systems to voluntarily achieve optimization goals that go beyond regulatory requirements....

KYTC selects Stantec to manage $700 million Bridging Kentucky rehab and replacement program

Global consulting firm Stantec has been selected by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to assist in the planning, development, management, delivery, and oversight of the new Bridging Kentucky rehabilitation and replacement program. The Stantec-led Bridging Kentucky Program Team will have responsibility for more than 1,000 bridges across the state. As a critical first step, the team will help...

Ryan Quarles elected vice president of regional association of state agriculture departments

The Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA) has elected Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles to serve as vice president for 2018-2019. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles “I am honored to be elected by my peers to serve in this position to advocate for southern agriculture,” said Commissioner Quarles. “As Congress continues to debate the 2018 federal...

Kentucky Board of Architects and Certified Interior Designers names Harbut as new executive director

The Kentucky Board of Architects (BOA) and Certified Interior Designers announces the appointment of Cordelia Harbut as the new Executive Director. She succeeds the former Executive Director T. Rexford Cecil. Cecil retired in late June. Cordelia “Dee Dee” Harbut (KyForward file photo) Harbut, a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a master’s in business administration, brings a wealth...

Officials provide second update on repairs to Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts building

The Finance and Administration Cabinet on Friday provided a second update on the progress of restoration work on the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (KCA) in Louisville. The center sustained damage from a June 13 fire which began from sparks from ongoing construction on the building. Contractors, engineers, architects and others have made progress with the main theaters, bringing electrical...

Division of Waste Management announces grant recipients for rubber-modified asphalt projects

The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced that up to $444,988 in grant funding has been awarded for rubber-modified asphalt projects that use crumb rubber manufactured from waste tires. The grants will be used for the application of chip seal or asphalt overlay to county or metro government roads. Chip seal is a road surface treatment that combines asphalt with fine aggregate, and can...

Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship to include associate’s degrees, high school dual credit courses

Governor Matt Bevin has signed an Executive Order expanding the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS) to include students enrolled in certificate, diploma, and associate of applied science degree in the state’s top five high-demand workforce sectors. The scholarship will also now be available for high school students for dual credit career and technical education (CTE) courses in pathways in Kentucky’s...

Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions releases annual report on health of state’s banks

The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) on Tuesday released its 2017 annual report summarizing the status of state-chartered banks, credit unions, lenders, investment firms and professionals operating in Kentucky. The Reports highlights DFI’s work to promote reasonable regulation and consumer protection industry-wide. The report also notes industry trends and changes across the state. “As...

House Democratic Caucus asks state health officials for detail on how, why Medicaid benefits removed

In a letter sent Tuesday to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the House Democratic Caucus called on Secretary Adam Meier to offer a more detailed explanation about recent actions that removed three key health benefits for 460,000 Kentuckians enrolled in Medicaid. (Click to read full letter) The letter, which was signed by all 37 House Democrats, was initiated by state Representatives Joni...