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Lottery breaks sales and dividend records, proceeds to state come in less than budgeted

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The Kentucky Lottery sales for Fiscal Year 2015 were $899.1 million (including $12.2 million in free tickets). This breaks the old sales record established in FY14 of $858.8 million by $40.3 million.   Those sales led to record-breaking profits returned …

Governor’s Mansion centennial celebration helps mansion’s endowment reach $1.1M

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  The Kentucky Executive Mansion Foundation Inc. today announced that its endowment has reached $1.1 million, thanks to events and sponsorships that resulted from the Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration.   “Governors’ mansions across the country are becoming increasingly rare, as …

Law enforcement officers, agencies honored for seat belt, child restraint enforcement

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The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety honored 123 law enforcement officers from 103 agencies across the Commonwealth for their efforts to increase the use of seat belts and child restraints in motor vehicles.   During the fifth annual Governor’s Occupant …

Kentucky State Police app enables citizens to more actively participate in crime prevention

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  Kentucky State Police have a new mobile smartphone app that will change the way KSP interacts with the public.     The app is available in both the Apple and Google Play stores free of charge and allows citizens …

KOHS and KSP launch new ‘Move Over’
campaign to protect emergency personnel

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  Every day on our roadways, emergency responders and public safety personnel put their lives at risk to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth. In an effort to protect them, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is joining the Kentucky …

Rep. Tom McKee elected chairman of SLC Agriculture & Rural Development Committee

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Kentucky state representative and chairman of the Kentucky House Agriculture and Small Business Committee Tom McKee (D-Cynthiana) was elected chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.   The SLC’s mission is to foster and encourage intergovernmental …

Traffic Report: July 27 – July 31
A road work heads up for the week

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Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   SPECIAL NOTES   Motorists should expect some congestion in downtown Lexington on Thursday, July 30, for the Central Bank Thursday Night Live at the Fifth Third Pavilion at …

Lexington citizens can weigh in on Civil War statues, marker at public meeting in August

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A public meeting has been set for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, to give all Lexington citizens an opportunity to express their opinions about the location and presentation of two of the city’s Civil War statues and an historic marker. …

Beshear issues executive order to increase security for National Guard members

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  Gov. Steve Beshear has issued an executive order directing Adjutant General Edward Tonini to take “any additional steps necessary” to increase security for National Guard members. The order comes after last Thursday’s shooting of four Marines and a Navy …

In honor of five Chattanooga shooting
victims, governor directs flags to half-staff

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Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff tomorrow, Thursday, July 23, until sunset Saturday, July 25, in honor of the Chattanooga military service members who lost their lives last week.   …

Kentucky’s ‘rainy day fund’ increases to $209.4M with addition of 2015 surplus funds

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  Kentucky’s “rainy day fund” received an $82.5 million boost today, increasing the fund balance to $209.4 million.   The $82.5 million in surplus is the product of a 5.3 percent increase in General Fund revenues for Fiscal Year 2015 …

Apprentice programs are working in the state, plugging ‘shortage of qualified trades people’

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  Spending $100 a year toward career training with a guaranteed job after four years is a pipe dream for most people.   For apprentices in carpentry, millwright work, floor covering and other trades in Kentucky and the region, however, …

While health care jobs fall short, officials say Medicaid expansion on track to pay for itself

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By Al Cross Special to KyForward   The basic financial premise of Kentucky’s expansion of Medicaid under federal health reform is that the addition of so many people and money to the health care system will create enough jobs to …

Wanted: Project management director for city of Lexington; deadline to apply is Aug. 6

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Lexington’s City Hall is taking management to a new level with the hiring of a project management director, whose responsibility is to create an efficient system for the city’s capital projects, Mayor Jim Gray said.   “Approved by council through …

Traffic Report: July 20 – July 24
A road work heads up for the week

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Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   SPECIAL NOTES   Motorists should expect some congestion in downtown Lexington on Thursday, July 23, for the Central Bank Thursday Night Live at the Fifth Third Pavilion at …

Kentucky Labor Cabinet, U.S. government join forces to protect ‘misclassified’ workers

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    The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor to combat the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Under a memorandum of understanding, both agencies may share information and coordinate law enforcement.   …

Governor declares state of emergency to expedite assistance to storm-ravaged counties

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Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts after severe storms swept through Kentucky Monday, causing widespread damage. Another severe storm is …

Lexington’s 3-1-1 centralized call center reaches milestone with 3.11-millionth call

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Have you ever had a time when the phone seemed to ring all day long? The people at LexCall – Lexington’s centralized call center – know that feeling well as they answer ringing phones five days a week. So much …

Drop In, Drop Off: Non-hazardous household waste disposal day in Fayette County July 18

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The city of Lexington is partnering with the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station to offer another opportunity for Fayette County residents to drop off non-hazardous household waste for free. The event will be held Saturday, July 18, from 6 a. m. …

Bolstered by a strong June, state’s General Fund receipts rose for fifth straight year

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  When it comes to Kentucky’s economy, there appears to be good news and … well … more good news.   The latest bit of good news came when State Budget Director Jane C. Driskell reported that Kentucky’s General Fund …