A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Jefferson County District Court announces May 15 launch of online platform for setting up fee payment

Individuals who need extra time to pay court fees in Jefferson County traffic cases will soon be able to set up payment plans online and get electronic notification of due dates. A one-year pilot project for these new options will launch Tuesday, May 15. Payment plans have long been available for prepayable fees associated with speeding tickets and other offenses, but plans must be set up in person...

Division of Air Quality’s special camera allows Kentuckians to ‘see’ invisible health hazards

You can’t see them with the naked eye, but Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) might be present in our everyday lives when filling our gas tanks, painting and mowing the yard or even putting burgers on the grill. Those VOCs, when mixed with nitrogen oxide and sunshine, create ground-level ozone. And while we need ozone in our upper atmosphere to protect us from the sun’s harmful rays, down on the...

Erwin named commissioner for Ky. Department of Corrections; Dailey selected as deputy commissioner

James Erwin, an accomplished leader in prison operations with more than three decades of experience, has been appointed as the new commissioner for the Department of Corrections, Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced Tuesday. Erwin was appointed as interim head of DOC last year after serving seven years as deputy commissioner of the Office of Adult Institutions. His career has spanned more...

Kentucky Department for Community Based Services celebrates opening of new Perry County office

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services officially opened its new Perry County office this week with a reception and tour of the facility on Highway 15 in Hazard. 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 and...

Ky. State Police release video safety resource for educators as part of School Safety Program

As part of its Safe Schools Program, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) is rolling out a new video, ‘Be Prepared, not Scared’, that provides tips for keeping children safe in schools. The video is designed for pre-school through elementary-level students and is available free of charge through the KSP website. KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders said the concept of the video is to prepare young children...

Community recipients named for landscaping, walking trail grants from Waste Tire Trust Fund

The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced $309,946 in grant funding awards for landscaping, walking trails and pour-in-place surfacing 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...

Secretary of State records more than $3.3 million Kentuckians registered for May 22 primary elections

A total of 3,368,119 Kentuckians are registered to vote in the Primary Election on May 22, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Friday. Democratic voters represent just more than 50 percent of the electorate with 1.68 million registered voters. Republican voters total 1.39 million or about 41 percent of voters, and 8.5 percent of voters – about 289,000 – affiliate with another party...

Public Service Commission fines City of Flemingsburg for natural gas safety violations

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has fined the city of Flemingsburg $60,000 for safety violations that led to an explosion during repairs to a leaking natural gas line. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC levied the $60,000 civil penalty but suspended $30,000 of the fine, subject to Flemingsburg providing additional training to employees of the city’s utility system. The explosion occurred...

Grimes announces absentee voting by mail is now underway for Kentucky’s May 22 primary election

Absentee voting by mail is now underway for Kentucky’s May 22 Primary Election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday. In-person absentee voting is open in many counties with all counties opening no later than May 7. “Voting in our elections is both a right and a responsibility,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. “If you know you cannot...

Gov. Bevin signs new law aimed at strengthening Kentucky’s bid for future Breeder’s Cup events

Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday joined state legislators and Thoroughbred horse racing officials at Louisville’s iconic Churchill Downs to ceremonially sign House Bill 259. HB 259, sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne and championed by Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, strengthens the Commonwealth’s bid to become a regular stop for Breeders’ Cup World Championships, a two-day, $30...

Governor’s office names winners in statewide opioid awareness public service announcement contest

Gov. Matt Bevin’s office today announced the winning teams in the “Find Help Now” / “Don’t Let Them Die” marketing challenge, a public service announcement (PSA) competition for Kentucky high school students designed to create awareness about the dangers of opioid use. Sponsored by the Governor’s Office, the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), the U.S. Centers for...

Gov. Bevin appoints Leathers as commissioner for Department of Workforce Investment

Ray Leathers of Shelbyville, a decorated U.S. Army veteran with 40 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, has been appointed commissioner of the Department of Workforce Investment by Gov. Matt Bevin. Leathers replaces Beth Kuhn, who will now be overseeing the community engagement component of Kentucky HEALTH through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Ray Leathers is bringing...

PSC grants rate increase to Big Sandy RECC; typical residential monthly bills to rise by about $7

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has granted Big Sandy Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation a revenue increase slightly larger than the amount requested by the electric distribution cooperative. With the rate increase granted by the PSC, a typical Big Sandy RECC residential customer will see their average monthly electric bill rise by about $7. That includes a $6.25 increase in the monthly...

Owensboro Municipal Utility to lease portion of broadband network to Kentucky Wired

The Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA) and Owensboro Municipal Utilities (OMU) have reached an agreement to lease a portion of OMU’s broadband network to Kentucky Wired. KentuckyWired is a Commonwealth project constructing 3,000 miles of fiber optic cable into all 120 Kentucky counties. The agreement allows OMU’s fiber network to serve as part of the Kentucky Wired network, thus...

2018 Governor’s Ambassador Awards honor state employees during Public Service Recognition Week

Some of Kentucky’s most worthy public employees were honored Friday with the presentation of the eighth Governor’s Ambassador Awards. Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas B. Stephens and Justice Cabinet Secretary John C. Tilley commemorated Public Service Recognition Week by recognizing the employees for exceptional service in the workplace and in their communities. “Focused and effective government...

Lake Cumberland Area Development District receives $300,000 federal EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it has selected the Lake Cumberland Area Development District to receive a $300,000 community-wide Brownfield Assessment Grant. The EPA selects recipients every year to receive funding for brownfield site revitalization. This helps local governments identify and redevelop vacant and unused properties, transforming communities and local economies....

U.S. veterans affairs under secretary joins in dedication of new state veterans cemetery in Hyden

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves joined state and local officials in Hyden Thursday to dedicate Kentucky’s newest state veterans cemetery. “Kentucky’s four existing cemeteries have interred more than 10,000 veterans and dependents since the first state veterans cemetery opened in 2004,” Reeves said. “I will say this: Kentucky knows...

Nearly half of Kentucky’s childcare providers now ‘highly ranked’ by state’s quality rating system

The Kentucky Division of Child Care has reached a significant milestone, with nearly half of the state’s child-care providers now highly ranked by the Commonwealth’s required quality rating system. The goal was part of the federal Race to the Top Initiative. Kentucky was awarded an RTTT Early Learning Challenge grant in 2014 from the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Health and Human...

Kentucky Office for the Blind to provide employment opportunities at state cafeterias

In support of Gov. Matt Bevin’s Kentucky Work Matters Task Force, blind and visually impaired Kentuckians will soon have increased career opportunities in the food service industry. The Kentucky Office for the Blind will assume management later this spring of two cafeterias that primarily serve state employees. The cafeterias are located at the Transportation Cabinet and the Cabinet for Health...

DOCJT graduates 25 law enforcement dispatchers form Public Safety Dispatch Academy Class 117

Twenty-five law enforcement dispatchers graduated Friday 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 117th telecommunications academy class, which first began in 1999. The five weeks of training consisted of 205...