Murakami mirror systems expansion in Taylor County to employ 20 on investment of $2.7 million

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday that Murakami Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc., which makes automotive vision systems, will build a more than $2.7 million, 20 employee warehouse on its Taylor County campus. “This investment by Murakami highlights the increasing strength of Kentucky’s automotive sector, which employs more than 100,000 people statewide,” Bevin said. “It shows ongoing confidence in...

Bevin makes appointments to medical licensure board, Jefferson County tourist commission

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Richard Whitehouse and Dr. Kenneth Payne have been appointed to the State Board of Medical Licensure. Whitehouse, of Louisville, is executive director of the Kentucky Dental Association. He will represent citizens at-large and serve for a term expiring Aug. 31, 2020. Payne, of Louisville, is an obstetrician/gynecologist...

Louisville legislator files measure to eliminate Confederate related state holidays

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Kentucky lawmaker is filing legislation for the 2018 session aimed at removing Confederate-related holidays from the list in the state’s statute. Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, said it includes Robert E. Lee Day on Jan. 19, along with Confederate Memorial Day and Jefferson Davis Day, both of which are observed June 3. However, it does not include removing statues across...

Governor Bevin makes numerous appointments to statewide boards and commissions

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Michelle Diane Penque has been appointed to the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors. Penque, of Cold Spring, is senior business project analyst at Greater American Insurance Company. She will represent the public at-large and serve for the remainder of an unexpired term ending June 21, 2020. The Kentucky Board of Home...

Rural Blog: ARC annual report finds Eastern Kentucky economy needs 30,000 additional jobs

The Appalachian Regional Commission annual report outlined a bleak view of Eastern Kentucky as leaders in the region gathered to focus on its future. The report, released Aug. 3, said 37 of Kentucky’s 54 counties in the ARC region are economically distressed, meaning that they rank in the bottom 10 percent of the 3,113 counties in the U.S. in metrics such as poverty and unemployment. The counties,...

Bevin appoints pair to Southern States Energy Board; two added to nutritionists licensure panel

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Amanda Hege and Carolyn Hofe have been appointed to the Kentucky Board of Licensure and Certification for Dietitians and Nutritionists • Amanda Hege, of Lexington, is director of community outreach for the University of Kentucky Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition. She will represent licensed dietetic educators...

Governor makes Carnegie Hero Medal presentations to Lori Doppelheuer Kearney and Lou Scharold

Gov. Matt Bevin hosted a special ceremony at the Kentucky State Capitol to present two distinguished Kentuckians, Lori Doppelheuer Kearney of Maysville and Lou Scharold of Alexandria, with the Carnegie Hero Medal. The Kearny family with Gov. Bevin Established by industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1904, this award recognizes individuals who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree in attempting to...

Commentary: Four additional concerns regarding Kentucky’s fiscal outlook in coming years

By Pam Thomas Special to KyForward The fact Kentucky has a severely underfunded pension system and that Gov. Matt Bevin plans to call a special session on the issue has been widely publicized. So has the round after round of state budget cuts in recent years. On top of those challenges are added fiscal problems, made even clearer recently, that present a daunting picture for the Commonwealth in 2018...

Jefferson County Board of Assessment Appeals rules Bevin didn’t get special deal on home purchase

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin paid more for his Anchorage home than it was worth based on findings by the Jefferson County Board of Assessment Appeals. Bevin purchased the home in March for $1.6 million. Three members of the Board of Assessment Appeals declared it and 10 acres of property worth $1.39 million. Gov. Matt Bevin purchased the home in March for $1.6 million. Three members...

Louisville’s Multi Packaging Solutions earns Governor’s Safety and Health Award recognition

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Multi Packaging Solutions in Louisville Thursday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 278,279 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “Congratulations to Multi Packaging Solutions on earning another Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working over 200,000...

Former UK dental leader files lawsuit, alleges he lost position for criticizing Bevin’s Medicaid changes

A Kentucky oral-health leader has filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit against University of Kentucky officials and an unnamed state official, alleging that he lost his post-retirement job in UK’s College of Dentistry because he criticized Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposal for changes in the Medicaid program. M. Raynor Mullins sued Mark Birdwhistell, the UK HealthCare vice president...

Bevin launches new Instagram account to further expand his presence on social media

Gov. Matt Bevin has expanded his social media presence by launching an Instagram account on Wednesday. “Gov. Bevin will share content with Kentuckians that provides a unique, fresh outlook on his vision for the Commonwealth,” said Communications Director Amanda Stamper. “Followers are going to see a different side of the governor, and this office, as we experiment with the storytelling method...

Bevin names Varga to brain injury trust fund board; three added to massage therapy panel

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointment to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Mary L. Varga has been appointed to the Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board. Varga, of Louisville, is a fitness instructor and certified personal trainer. She will represent individuals with a brain injury. She will serve for a term expiring June 30, 2021. The Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund...

Department of Financial Institutions report highlights strength of growing financial services industry

The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) released its 2016 Annual Report, highlighting the strength of the Commonwealth’s financial services industry. The report summarizes the status of state-chartered banks, credit unions, lenders, and investment firms and professionals operating in Kentucky. The report also highlights DFI’s work to promote reasonable regulation and consumer...

KyCIR: Kentucky ACLU sues Bevin over blocking select followers on social media accounts

By Ryland Barton Kentucky Public Radio The ACLU of Kentucky is suing Gov. Matt Bevin for blocking people on Facebook and Twitter, saying the governor is violating the free speech rights of his constituents. The challenge was filed on behalf of two Kentucky residents who say they have been “permanently blocked from engaging in political speech” on the governor’s official social media pages. “I...

Commentary: Coverage of Bevin’s real estate deal results in another case of unbalanced journalism

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward The Executive Branch Ethics Commission (EBEC) recently cleared Gov. Bevin of any wrongdoing involving a deal on a home by a campaign donor, but considering the way the Louisville Courier-Journal trotted out the story since it broke earlier this year, its uncertain they’ll accept the unanimous ruling in Bevin’s favor. A week before the EBEC issued...

Bevin names three to KET panel; KHEAA board, postsecondary education council get new members

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Gary Dan Griffith, Mary Bartlett Broecker, and Dr. Melissa Chastain have been appointed to the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television. Griffith, of Owensboro, is chief executive officer for the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. He will serve for a term expiring June 30, 2021. Broecker, of LaGrange, is an active...

Carter Lumber to locate manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, create 50 jobs for $10 million facility

Carter Lumber Co., a building materials supplier with more than 150 US locations, will invest $10 million and create 50 full-time jobs to locate a Kight Home Center manufacturing facility in Warren County, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. “Carter Lumber and its brands have been longtime members of the state’s retail community, so it’s great to see them adding a manufacturing operation and creating...

Budget officials predict bleak outlook for Kentucky’s financial situation as new fiscal year gets underway

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State budget officials painted a bleak outlook for Kentucky’s financial situation for the fiscal year that began this month. In other words, be prepared to tighten belts. Two weeks ago, because of a $152 million shortfall, Gov. Matt Bevin implemented a 1 percent spending cut across most state agencies and renegotiated contracts with managed care organizations to fill the...

Fancy Farm ritual coming up next week — even without major elections, lots of hot air and barbecue

By Ryland Barton Kentucky Public Radio The annual Fancy Farm picnic and political speaking event takes place next week in far-west Kentucky’s Graves County. Though no major elections are scheduled to take place this year, state political leaders will still roll up their shirt sleeves and hurl insults at each other during the 137th iteration of the charity event. Gov. Matt Bevin has declined an invitation...