Kentucky Supreme Court dismisses Beshear’s lawsuit challenging Bevin’s action on U of L board

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit claiming Republican Gov. Matt Bevin acted inappropriately by abolishing and replacing the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear had filed suit against Bevin, claiming the governor had acted illegally in revamping the board. Gov. Matt Bevin Justices dismissed the case on Thursday...

Proud to say yes to her nation’s call, Kelly Craft officially becomes U.S. ambassador to Canada

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kelly Craft, the new United States ambassador to Canada, said she was proud to serve in the tradition of the American experience and say yes to the nation’s call. “It was the founders who left their farms and families to craft a new nation,” Craft said during a ceremony at the U.S. State Department. “It is the men and women who have shed blood, both home and abroad,...

Ridley proposing legislation to reinstate mailed notices for expiring driver’s licenses

State Sen. Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, has filed legislation to reinstate the practice of sending reminders through the mail to alert drivers that their licenses, permits or personal identification cards are about to expire. “Tens of thousands of citizens across the commonwealth have let their license lapse and you could be one of them,” said Ridley, the Senate Democratic Caucus Chair and a member...

Kentucky awarded $530,000 grant to assist small businesses with international markets

Kentucky’s small businesses can apply for a portion of a $530,000 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant, received through the U.S. Small Business Administration, to help companies begin exporting or boost current international sales, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Wednesday. “Small businesses are the backbone of Kentucky’s economy, and we are excited to see the doors of opportunity that these...

Bevin appoints five new members to state’s Telehealth Oversight Board

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Deborah Burton, Erika Skula, Dr. Brett Oliver, Dr. Janet Mills and Timothy L. Olsen have been appointed to the Telehealth Board. • Deborah Burton, of Lexington, is telehealth program manager for KentuckyOne Health. She will represent third parties and serve for a term expiring July 15, 2020. • Erika Skula,...

Beshear hires four law firms to investigate opioid manufacturers; Bevin says action is premature

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has hired four law firms to investigate and sue companies who have contributed to the opioid epidemic in Kentucky. However, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration says the Kentucky attorney general’s announcement of a state contract to investigate opioid manufacturers is premature. The Finance and Administration Cabinet...

Bevin names Copley new Commonwealth’s Attorney for 32nd Judicial Circuit

Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Rhonda Copley, of Ashland, as Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 32nd Judicial Circuit of Kentucky. Copley has practiced law for 26 years, with experience in family, criminal, foster parent/private adoptions, probate, and appellate cases—including the Kentucky Supreme Court. “I am honored that Gov. Bevin has selected me to serve my community as Commonwealth’s Attorney...

Auto supplier Metalsa adding 113 new jobs at Owensboro facility with $36.5 expansion project

Automotive frame manufacturer Metalsa Structural Products Inc. will add 113 jobs at its Owensboro facility with a $36.5 million expansion to produce a new line of stamped and welded components. “With three production facilities in the commonwealth, Metalsa stands as one of our largest automotive employers,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “We are grateful for this additional expansion and these new jobs....

Gov. Bevin designates September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky to encourage disaster planning

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky. Kentucky Emergency Management urges Kentuckians to “BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN – MAKE A KIT.” Kentuckians face threats to their safety and property throughout the year; from tornadoes, flooding, straight line winds, lightning, winter storms, man-made hazards,...

Constance Alexander: What Kentucky needs is more college graduates, commitment to lifelong learning

My parents believed girls were best suited to teaching or nursing, and boys to engineering. As a result, my oldest sister became a nurse, and my big brother went off to college as an engineering major. The remaining three Alexander girls majored in education, mostly at my mother’s insistence that women had to have something “to fall back on,” like in the game of Monopoly, a sort of “Get out...

Richard Nelson: Fixing the foster care system critical to improving the lives of Kentucky children

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward If Hurricane Harvey’s record rainfall doused the fiery political climate, then the images of rescue workers saving children have softened embittered hearts in our politically divisive age. One evocative photo depicts a disaster relief worker slogging through muddied Houston waters carrying an Asian woman who is cradling her infant. Yet as Harvey leaves...

Bevin’s proposed budget cuts for current fiscal year would be illegal, Beshear says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Spending cuts being considered by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration would be illegal, his Democratic political nemesis has claimed. Attorney General Andy Beshear told reporters at a Capitol press conference Tuesday that two statutes and a recent Kentucky Supreme Court decision bar Bevin from forcing the state agencies to make the cuts. “One part of his...

Bourbon Heritage Month: Festival, proclamation highlight impact of native spirit on state’s economy

As the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival kicks off in Bardstown, Gov. Matt Bevin praised Kentucky’s $8.5 billion Bourbon industry for its growing impact on the state’s economy and notable boost to tourism, declaring September “Bourbon Heritage Month” in the Commonwealth. “Kentucky’s historic Bourbon industry is currently enjoying tremendous growth. The love of Bourbon is quickly becoming...

Bevin appoints department veteran Damon Preston as Kentucky’s new Public Advocate

Gov. Matt Bevin and Justice Secretary John Tilley announced today that Damon Preston has been appointed as Kentucky’s next Public Advocate, continuing his decades of steadfast work at the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) on behalf of indigent clients. Preston is taking the helm after 20 years of service at key levels of the department. Since joining the DPA in 1997, he has worked as a staff attorney,...

Council on Postsecondary Education welcomes new member Halbauer, approves KSU tuition increase

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) welcomed new member Kimberly Halbauer of Fort Thomas at its meeting Monday in Louisville. Halbauer is a senior vice president and investment advisors executive at Fifth Third Bank. Appointed to the Council by Gov. Matt Bevin in July, Halbauer was administered the oath of office by Jefferson District Court Judge Eric Haner. Kimberly Halbauer In action items,...

Appeal expected on ruling on state’s only remaining abortion clinic; could wind up in U.S. Supreme Court

By Robin Cornetet Kentucky Today A federal judge will soon decide whether Kentucky’s only remaining abortion clinic can continue to operate without contracts in place with an ambulance service and a local hospital. Regardless of how U.S. District Court Judge Greg Stivers rules, the legal fight is expected to continue through a lengthy appeals process that could potentially end up with the U.S. Supreme...

Bevin asks state agencies for 17 percent budget cuts to cover anticipated $200 million shortfall

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday asked most state agencies to cut their budgets by 17 percent in anticipation of the ongoing budget crisis. John Chilton, Bevin’s budget director, sent a letter to all Constitutional officers, cabinet secretaries and the heads of the legislative and judicial branches on Friday. The cuts are necessary to deal with a $200 million shortfall projected...

Bevin names Knott to Fish and Wildlife Commission; two added to board of medical licensure

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointment to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Kenny L. Knott has been appointed to the Fish and Wildlife Resources Commission. Knott, of Glasgow, is a wood procurement manager at Roy Anderson Lumber Co. in Tompkinsville. He will represent the 4th Fish and Wildlife District and serve for a term expiring Aug. 13, 2021. The Fish and Wildlife Resources Commission is...

Jason Bailey: Proposed 401ks cost more than Kentucky’s existing defined benefit pension plans

The 401k-type defined contribution (DC) plans proposed by PFM in their final report would cost more than Kentucky’s existing defined benefit (DB) plans, according to data from PFM itself and the systems’ actuaries. Under a switch, the state would pay more for a plan that reduces the retirement security of its workers. PFM’s proposed DC plan would require employees to make a minimum three percent...

WPT Corporation adds second plant in Ohio County, creating 40 new jobs on $6 million investment

Nonwoven fabrics manufacturer WPT Corp. will open a $6 million, 40-job plant -— its second in Ohio County —- to add capacity for materials used in hygiene and filtration products such as diapers and furnace air filters, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday. “As a family-owned and operated company, WPT Corp. is taking a major step forward in establishing a new production facility. Our state and...