Department of Criminal Justice Training graduates 115th class of Public Safety Dispatch Academy

Twenty-two law enforcement dispatchers have graduated last week from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. This class included nine trainees of distinction. The graduates hail from communications centers across the state, and comprise DOCJT’s 115th telecommunications academy class, which first began in 1999. The five weeks of training consisted...

Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Dorsey Ridley files for re-election to 4th district

Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, filed for re-election to his 4th district Senate seat Friday in Frankfort. Senator Ridley, citing a strong record that includes education, economic development and progress in highway infrastructure, represents the 4th Senatorial District that includes Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union and Webster counties. Since winning a...

Department for Community Based Services opens newly renovated offices in Fayette County

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), officially opened its new Fayette County office Thursday. DCBS is the agency that provides child and adult protective services and determines eligibility for Medicaid, welfare assistance, child care assistance, food stamps and other programs. “Our priority is to provide quality...

DOC signs agreement with CoreCivic to transfer 800 inmates to Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville

Faced with aging facilities and a growing inmate population, the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) has signed an agreement with CoreCivic that will help address those long-standing challenges while providing the highest level of inmate safety, public oversight, and accountability. The agreement will allow DOC to transfer approximately 800 inmates to the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville within...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases October unemployment data

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October unemployment rate was 5 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for October 2017 was down from the revised 5.2 percent reported for September 2017. The preliminary October 2017 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage...

Environmental Health Summit places focus on developmental impact of childrens’ surroundings

Public health specialists, health care providers, environmental experts, school personnel and representatives from child health organizations were among those gathered today at the Children’s Environmental Health Summit in Bowling Green. CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson opened the event by providing an overview of issues impacting children’s health and urging attendees to continue their...

Budget director to call on Cavanaugh Macdonald to redo Teacher Retirement System pension bill analysis

State Budget Director John Chilton will call upon Cavanaugh Macdonald to redo its analysis of the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) pension bill utilizing a more appropriate set of assumptions for comparative purposes. Cavanaugh Macdonald’s initial analysis of the current pension proposal uses assumptions that are very different from those in its annual valuation reports, including significant changes...

After the Thanksgiving feast, recycle your cooking oil — free — at Gobble Grease Toss

Are you frying your Thanksgiving turkey this year or serving other fried goodies on your Thanksgiving table? Recycle your used cooking oil for free at the Gobble Grease Toss. The Gobble Grease Toss will be held Friday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Redwood Cooperative School, 166 Crestwood Dr. The cooking oil collected at the event will be recycled into biofuel by Kelley Green Biofuel and used...

Beshear urges victims of fraud involving Western Union in KY to file claims; 7000 eligible for $6.7m

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that Kentuckians who have been victims of fraud induced wire transfers involving Western Union need to begin filing claims as part of a global settlement reached January with the company. An estimated 7,000 Kentuckians are eligible for roughly $6.7 million in claims. Kentuckians who reported to Western Union, the Federal Trade Commission or Beshear’s...

Lexington developer chosen to design, build new Frankfort state office building and parking structure

The build-to-suit selection committee for the proposed new Frankfort state office building and parking structure met last week to interview short-listed firms prior to deciding on the finalist. CRM/DW Wilburn #2 LLC of Lexington has been selected to design, build, finance, and operate the 385,500-square-foot, 1,500 employee office building and 1206 space parking structure. However, before a final contract...

Dept. of Agriculture, Farmer Veteran Coalition extend Homegrown by Heroes program through 2021

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday an expansion of the Homegrown By Heroes program. At the Kentucky Agricultural Council meeting today in Louisville, Commissioner Quarles announced that the KDA has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Farmer Veteran Coalition to extend their partnership through 2021. Additionally, the KDA is expanding membership eligibility...

City of Lexington Waste Management adjusts trash collection schedule for holiday season

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management will adjust its collection schedule for the upcoming Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Residents and businesses whose regular curbside waste collection day falls on a holiday will be serviced on Wednesday instead. Monday customers will be serviced the Wednesday following the holiday, and Thursday and Friday customers will be serviced the...

Governor’s annual Equal Employment Opportunity conference draws more than 275 participants

More than 275 state leaders convened in Louisville on Wednesday at the Muhammad Ali Center to participate in the Governor’s 31st Annual Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) conference. “This conference gives state leaders an opportunity to share best practices for building an inclusive work environment, one of the core values by which our state agencies operate,” said Personnel Cabinet Secretary...

Secretary of State launches new online candidate filing portal for 2018 election cycle

The candidate filing period for the 2018 election cycle has opened and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging potential candidates to use a new online filing portal on the Secretary of State’s website. “The 2018 election cycle is what’s known in Kentucky as a county election year, so it will feature thousands of candidates,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s...

Statewide meeting to address disparities in outcomes for children and families of color in child welfare

Racial disproportionality and disparities for youth and families of color in the area of child welfare services will be the topic of statewide meeting this week. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), Hardin County Family Court Judge Brent Hall, and community leader and juvenile justice advocate Pastor Edward Palmer will host the...

27-year veteran Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, announces early that he won’t seek re-election

Longtime state lawmaker Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, has announced that he will not seek re-election to another term in the Kentucky House of Representatives. Wayne said he was announcing his retirement from the House a year before the next election so that interested candidates would have time to plan their campaigns. Wayne has served in the legislature for 27 years, championing social justice issues....

Jeff Hoover resigns as Speaker of the House, will keep his seat in the legislature

Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover announced he will resign as speaker effective immediately but keep his seat in the House at a press conference Sunday afternoon at the State Capitol. The press conference came 24 hours after Gov. Bevin called for the resignation of anyone involved in secret coverups of sexual harassment. The Courier-Journal first reported that Hoover settled an allegation by a woman...

Gov. Bevin issues strong statement on sexual harassment allegations, without mention of Hoover

Staff report Gov. Matt Bevin added fuel to the fire of sexual harassment allegations in Frankfort without mentioning House Speaker Jeff Hoover’s name. Bevin held a news conference on Saturday at the state Capitol and his communications office issued this statement late Saturday afternoon: “These alleged actions, which haven’t been denied, are reprehensible, indefensible and unacceptable....

Diabetes Symposium draws hundreds of educators, prevention specialists from several states

More than 400 diabetes educators and healthcare professionals from several states gathered in Louisville today for the Diabetes Symposium. The event focused on diabetes prevention and control, the impact of diabetes on public health and the need for enhanced prevention efforts. It was hosted by the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). “It...

Mothers Against Drunk Driving names Sen. Adams, Rep. Benvenuti 2017 Legislators of the Year

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has named two Kentucky 2017 Legislators of the Year for their tireless work to help eliminate the 100 percent preventable crime of drunk driving. Senator Julie Raque Adams and Representative Robert Benvenuti sponsored the HB 222, which ended shock probation for DUI offenders who kill. The bill passed and was signed into law this year. Rep. Benvenuti is also continuing...