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...

Brandenburg Telephone Company to build 40-mile section of KentuckyWired fiber optic cable project

Brandenburg Telephone Company (BTC) has entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth of Kentucky to build part of its KentuckyWired fiber optic cable project in Meade and Breckinridge counties. BTC will construct approximately 40 miles of the 3,400-mile ultra-high speed network that will extend into every county in the Commonwealth. “I cannot stress how significant this partnership will be for...

Public employees, teachers rally at State Capitol in opposition to public pension reform plan

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Hundreds of public employees and teachers rallied at the State Capitol on Wednesday in opposition to the public pension reform plan revealed by Gov. Matt Bevin and Republican legislative leaders late last month.   Chanting “Find Funding First!” and “We Are Kentucky!”, the crowd braved chilly temperatures and intermittent drizzle to protest the plan. 
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New Commuting Patterns Report offers interactive look at the Commonwealth’s commuting habits

The Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) has created the Kentucky Commuting Patterns Report, the first report of its kind aimed at tracking commuting patterns for all citizens living and or working in Kentucky. “The Kentucky Commuting Patterns Report answers core questions about where Kentuckians live and work,” said KCEWS Executive Director, Dr. Kate Akers. “Policymakers...

New report outlines revenue options to provide solution to Kentucky’s pension funding problems

As the governor, legislative leaders and stakeholders wrestle with potential harmful changes to pension benefits of Kentucky public employees, a new report from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP) is a reminder there is another way to pay down our liabilities and move the state forward. (Click to view full report) The report, Revenue Options To Meet Obligations and Protect Investments, lists...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission seeks nominations, student submissions for 2018 Awards

The Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission, part of the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment, is seeking nominations for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. awards. Nominations are being sought for the 2018 Adult and Youth Leadership Award as well as submissions from students in the area of artistic expression in essays, visual artwork and poems. The prestigious Leadership Award recognizes...

Public Service Commission to take public comment in Hazard, Ashland in Kentucky Power rate case

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold two meetings next week to receive public comments on a rate increase proposed by Kentucky Power Co. The meetings will be Nov. 6 in Hazard and Nov. 8 in Ashland. Details of the meetings are as follows: Hazard Monday, November 6, 5:30 p.m. EST Auditorium Perry Central High School 305 Park Avenue Ashland Wednesday, November 8, 5:30 p.m. EST Auditorium Bellefonte...

Public Service Commission reports Natural Gas costs to rise this winter, provides assistance options

Kentucky residents who heat their homes with natural gas will see somewhat higher prices at the start of the 2017-2018 heating season than they did a year ago, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) advised today. Gas prices have risen, on average, about 13 percent from this time last year, but are still about 58 percent below the November 2008 average price of $11.70. When base rates – which...

Unemployment rates fall in 102 counties; Fayette, Scott, Woodford among those with low jobless rates

Unemployment rates fell in 102 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in five and rose in 13 counties between September 2016 and September 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.   Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.1 percent. It was followed by Fayette...

Gov. Bevin signs document promoting partnership with Aichi Prefecture Government of Japan

Gov. Matt Bevin and Gov. Hideaki Ohmura, of the Aichi Prefecture Government in Japan, together signed a memorandum of understanding Monday evening emphasizing each region’s commitment to continue their partnership. Aichi Prefecture is home to numerous manufacturing corporations, including 59 companies that operate a total of 94 facilities in Kentucky. About 40 executives from those companies, as...

Personnel Cabinet names 28 state employees to Governor’s Minority Management Trainee Program

Twenty-eight Commonwealth employees have been chosen to participate in the latest Governor’s Minority Management Trainee Program (GMMTP), a two-year professional development program scheduled to begin next month. Created by executive order in 1995, the class was established to provide guidance and leadership development opportunities for minority employees and to increase the representation...

Justice Cabinet creates incentive fund to provide alternatives to out-of-home placement for youth

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and the Department of Juvenile Justice are launching a new incentive fund for local programs that supervise youth in the community, cutting taxpayer costs and reserving secure facilities for only the most serious offenders. The move is part of a comprehensive overhaul of Kentucky’s juvenile justice system – known as Senate Bill 200 – that took effect...

Agriculture commissioner declares October Farm-to-School month to promote local food in Ky. schools

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has proclaimed October as Farm to School Month in Kentucky to raise awareness of the importance of making local foods available in Kentucky schools. “Kids need fresh, nutritious foods to grow up healthy and strong,” Commissioner Quarles said. “When schools buy local, farmers and food businesses benefit by finding new markets for their products. During Farm...

Patterson named communications director for Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet

Secretary Don Parkinson of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet has named Cody Patterson as the Cabinet’s Director of Communications. “We are excited to have Cody join the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet,” said Secretary Parkinson. “He brings a fresh perspective and proven statewide experience to our mission of enhancing the Commonwealth.” Patterson served as the Communications...

Chief Justice Minton provides update of state’s courts during 2017 State of Judiciary Address

Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. gave the legislature an update today on how the Judicial Branch is handling the complex issues facing the court system. “As we meet today, the challenges before us are many,” he said. “We’re grappling to keep up with rapid technological and social developments. The opioid epidemic has expanded court caseloads and altered Drug Court treatment in ways...

Sen. McGarvey pre-files bill offering civil protections to those who help animals locked in hot cars

Senator Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, working with Louisville Metro Councilman Brandon Coan, has pre-filed legislation that, if approved in the 2018 Regular Session, would offer civil protection for persons who cause damage to a vehicle to remove a domestic animal locked inside in the heat. Bill Request 18 amends KRS 411.245 to add domestic animals to current “Look Before You Lock” law. This provision...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases latest unemployment statistics

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary September unemployment rate was 5.2 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 September 2017 was down from the revised 5.5 percent reported for August 2017. The preliminary September 2017 jobless rate was up 0.2...

Sen. Julian Carroll pre-files bill to expand legislation on cannabis oil, allow doctors to write prescriptions

Senator Julian M. Carroll, D-Frankfort, has pre-filed a bill that would increase the safety measures associated with the legal use of cannabis oil for medical purposes, while also allowing doctors to write prescriptions. The bill, filed today, would expand language from the 2014 cannabis oil bill, Senate Bill 124, that permits state public universities, specifically the University of Kentucky and the...

Bevin, Senate and House leaders unveil plan to stablize Kentucky’s ailing pension systems

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin and legislative leaders unveiled the framework of the proposed changes to the public pension plans, which will be voted on during a special legislative session. Flanked by House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, and Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, Bevin outlined the plan during a Capitol press conference Wednesday morning. While he termed the...