Rural Blog: Bevin among group of prominent politicians using social media to bypass traditional reporters

Perhaps taking a cue from President Trump’s approach to the media, other politicians have followed suit with attacks on stories that don’t show them in a favorable light. One such politician is Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican elected in 2015 who had never held a political office. Bevin has been ramping up his attacks on journalists, on Tuesday on Facebook Live referring to some...

Camtech Manufacturing Solutions opens Science Hill facility, $2.8 million investment nets 15 new jobs

Gov. Matt Bevin joined Camtech Manufacturing Solutions LLC, a factory automation, machining and custom engineering services provider, in Science Hill to opening a new headquarters, which already allowed the company to grow employment from five to 20. “One of Kentucky’s great strengths is our expertise in engineering and manufacturing,” said Bevin. “With companies like Camtech growing and adding...

Low-income adults in Medicaid expansion in Kentucky, Arkansas report better health, care

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Two states that expanded Medicaid through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act showed a 41 percent increase in the number of enrollees with a regular health-care provider and a 23 percent increase in the share who report excellent health, according to a three-year study of Kentucky and Arkansas. The study also found that low-income adults with chronic...

Second round of Work Ready Skills Initiative awards totaling $33 million distributed to 15 winners

The Work Ready Skills Initiative Advisory Committee has selected recipients for its second round of funding. Approximately $33.1 million in bond money was dispersed to 15 projects aimed at developing a highly trained workforce to meet the needs of employers and to promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians. “The response to the Work Ready Skills Initiative has been truly astounding,” said Gov....

Bevin issues executive order intended to improve efficiency of state’s 911 emergency system

Gov. Matt Bevin has issued an executive order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s emergency response system by reorganizing the Kentucky 911 Services Board. “The citizens of the Commonwealth depend on 911 dispatch centers for life-saving communications during emergency situations day and night,” Bevin stated. “As Kentucky’s 911 system transitions from an outdated...

Bevin announces new NGA partnership to help reduce child hunger in Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin announced that the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has selected Kentucky as one of only 10 states to participate in a learning lab on state strategies to reduce childhood hunger. “The Commonwealth has taken steps to begin addressing the unacceptable problem of childhood hunger,” said Bevin. “In 2016, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan...

Former champ Holyfield bringing boxing back to Louisville with Real Deal Championship series

Four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and his company Real Deal Sports & Entertainment announced Friday that he will kick off his Real Deal Championship Boxing series June 24 at Freedom Hall in Louisville in partnership with locally based Top Knotch Boxing and Kentucky Venues. The undercard at Freedom Hall will consist of three amateur and eight professional bouts, including local boxers....

Bevin, Gray join celebration as Valvoline opens new $35 million world headquarters building in Lexington

Gov. Matt Bevin and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Thursday joined Valvoline Inc. executives and local officials to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new headquarters, a $35 million office on Valvoline Way off Palumbo Drive. “Kentucky is a premier location in America for corporate investment, and Valvoline’s decision to locate their world headquarters here stands as further proof of that,”...

Bevin names Tucker to pharmacy advisory committee, Corbett to judicial commission

Gov. Matt Bevin Wednesday made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Dr. Andrea M. Tucker has been appointed to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Advisory Committee. Tucker, of Winchester, is an OB/GYN. Tucker will represent obstetrician/gynecologists. She shall serve for a term expiring May 9, 2020. The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Advisory Committee consists of 12 gubernatorial...

Bluegrass Book Buddies: Hampton adds literacy component to Lt. Governor’s Challenge Series

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton announced a new literacy challenge Tuesday, the Bluegrass Book Buddies (KYB3), as part of the Lt. Governor’s Challenge Series. It is the second challenge of that series, which also includes the ‘Entrepreneurship Challenge’. The KYB3 Challenge is an initiative inviting Kentuckians of all ages to try reading in a fresh way through meaningful community and shared...

Work begins on 413-job, $33 million expansion of LINAK U.S. Inc. operation in Louisville

With ground turned Tuesday during a ceremony at LINAK U.S. Inc.’s plant, which manufactures linear actuators for hospital beds, office desks, farm equipment and other uses, Gov. Matt Bevin congratulated the company on its $33 million expansion that will create 413 full-time jobs. “Since locating in the commonwealth more than 20 years ago, LINAK has steadily grown its business and presence, in Louisville,”...

Thank a Teacher: Bevin declares May 8-12 as Teacher Appreciation Week for those who make a difference

Gov. Matt Bevin recently signed a proclamation officially declaring May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week in Kentucky, joining the National Educators Association in honoring and celebrating teachers and recognizing their invaluable contributions to society. “Teachers are responsible for educating and guiding Kentucky’s children and the future of the Commonwealth and use their vast expertise and...

Kentucky tourism industry generated $14.5 billion in 2016; impact increase in all nine regions

The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky was more than $14.5 billion in 2016, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Department of Tourism announced Monday. Kentucky’s tourism industry experienced the strongest overall economic impact growth rate since 2005. All nine of the state’s tourism regions registered gains again in 2016. “On the heels of the recent momentous success...

Schumacher selected as new District Judge for Kentucky’s 19th Judicial District by Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Jeffery Louis Schumacher, of Maysville, as District Judge for the 19th Judicial District of Kentucky—representing Bracken, Fleming and Mason counties. Schumacher has maintained a private law practice in Maysville for the past 25 years. He has served as Master Commissioner of the Mason Circuit Court since 2002, as Trial Commissioner for the Mason District Court since 2011,...

Bevin selects four new members for the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: William Eugene Brundage, Jr., James Younger, Alexander Gaddis and James Kent Morrison have been appointed to the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission. Douglas F. Brent has been reappointed. Brundage, Jr., of Louisville, is self-employed. He shall serve for a term expiring Oct. 20, 2020. Younger, of Independence,...

State employee charity Duffel Bag Drive will provide help for hundreds of children in foster care

A state employees’ charity drive inspired by Gov. Matt Bevin’s initiative to help improve the state’s child welfare system will help hundreds of children in need. The Foster Care Pack Drive, coordinated by staff at the Disability Determination Services (DDS), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Division of Income Support, raised $4,240.95 and collected 879 duffel bags for...

Bevin ‘planning for every scenario’ with projected budget deficit of up to $133 million looming

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – Gov. Matt Bevin said Thursday he is planning for every scenario when it comes to a possible state budget deficit for the fiscal year that ends on June 30. Budget Director John Hilton is currently projecting a $133 million shortfall that he blames on lower-than-expected income tax and sales tax collections. “Sadly, this is what I inherited,” Bevin said....

Labor Cabinet’s 15 ‘consultative surveys’ result in saving businesses enforcement penalties of $609,000

Last month, the Labor Cabinet conducted 15 free on-site visits, or “consultative surveys,” for employers across Kentucky. As a result of these confidential surveys, employers corrected 87 serious conditions that could have affected up to 3,197 employees and could have resulted in enforcement penalties of up to $609,000. The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education...

Join a few thousand of your friends at Saturday’s annual Governor’s Derby Celebration in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – Memories are waiting to be made with a few thousand friends at the annual Governor’s Derby Celebration in downtown Frankfort on Saturday. “Glenna and I hope to see you there,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. The family-friendly event has a long, festive tradition beginning on the first Saturday in May way back in 1935 when then-Gov. A. B. “Happy” Chandler...

Bevin appoints Dumas to head transformation of state’s adoption and foster care system

Gov. Bevin announced Wednesday the appointment of Daniel S. Dumas to oversee changes in the state’s adoption and foster care system, effective June 19, 2017. Since 2007, Dumas has served as a Senior Vice President at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. He also has prior experience in strategic consulting, leadership coaching, and serving in the United States Navy. Daniel S....