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Nine Kentucky students honored for work in 2018 Public Service Recognition Week poster contest

Nine of the Commonwealth’s most talented young artists were honored in Frankfort Monday for their work in the 2018 Public Service Recognition Week poster contest winners. During a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion, Gov. Matt Bevin and Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas Stephens praised the talent and creativity of the winners. “More than 1,300 students representing 86 schools from across...

Kentucky Highway Plan prioritizes 1,000 bridge repairs, 5,000 miles of pavement improvements

Kentucky’s 2018 Highway Plan will prioritize spending on more than 1,000 bridge repairs and 5,000 miles of pavement improvements during the next six years. “The recently enacted six-year Highway Plan represents the most balanced approach released by Kentucky in decades for addressing the Commonwealth’s transportation needs,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “This data-driven plan moves us in the right...

Paris attorney Brian Privett appointed Circuit Judge for Kentucky’s 14th Judicial Circuit, Division 2

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Brian Privett, of Paris, to the office of Circuit Judge for the 14th Judicial Circuit, Division 2, of Kentucky. Brian Privett Privett is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. Beginning his legal career in 2007, he has practiced civil litigation, real property, wills and estates, family law, criminal defense, criminal prosecution, collections,...

Bevin files another suit against attorney general Andy Beshear in back and forth over pension reform bill

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s a new wrinkle in the lawsuit filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear seeking that the public pension reform bill passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin be thrown out.   An important part of the suit alleged Senate Bill 151 is unconstitutional because it was signed by House Speaker Pro-Tem David Osborne, who Beshear argued is not...

Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt forced to resign at Tuesday special board meeting

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Board of Education, with new members appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin in place, voted to accept the forced resignation of Education Commissioner Dr. Stephen Pruitt during a special board meeting on Tuesday.   Pruitt has been commissioner since September 2015. Bevin made it clear Tuesday before the board’s vote he was unhappy with the state’s recent...

Kentucky lawmakers override governor’s vetoes as teachers watch from the gallery, protest outside

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky General Assembly overrode three major vetoes from Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday when thousands of teachers again made their presence felt in the Capitol, showing up to call for more money for education and protesting changes to their pension plan. Lawmakers voted to override three of Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes on Friday. (LRC photo) Lawmakers overturned vetoes...

Bevin vetoes rare disease council, end-of-life controlled substances; legislature can override

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky lawmakers, so far, have two vetoes by Gov. Matt Bevin to potentially override when they return from recess on April 13. Senate Bill 7, would establish and fund the Kentucky Rare Disease Advisory Council, to support rare disease research and treatment for 10 years. The bill received unanimous approval in both the Senate and House and delivered to the governor on...

Bevin uses social media to ask state workers to pressure lawmakers over troubled pension plan

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin turned to his Facebook page Saturday night to ask current and retired state workers to put pressure on lawmakers to act on the troubled public pension plan. Bevin’s four-minute video said if structural changes aren’t made, the teachers’ retirement system will be out of money in 12 to 15 years. “You should be very concerned,’’ he said. “I’m...

KSP Angel Initiative offers help, not handcuffs, for those seeking treatment for addiction

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) have announced the launch a new initiative that encourages individuals suffering from a substance use disorder (SUD) to visit a local KSP post for assistance with treatment. The KSP Angel Initiative will pair individuals seeking addiction treatment with a local officer who will assist with locating an appropriate treatment program. It is completely voluntary, and the...

Rogers, Bevin announce $3.4 million project to address water supply issues in Martin County

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and Gov. Matt Bevin have announced a $3.4 million project to alleviate water supply issues within the Martin County Water District. The project will help secure clean water for the people of Martin County and will be administered by the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (KY DAML), which has received preliminary approval from the U.S. Office...

Long-awaited pension reform bill introduced in state Senate — without controversial provisions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A long-awaited pension reform bill, filed Tuesday in the state Senate, will not force any current or future government workers into a 401(k)-style retirement plan. That proposal had sparked boisterous protests, especially from Kentucky’s teachers. Sen. Joe Bowen, sponsor of SB 1, files the measure with Chief Senate Clerk Donna Holiday as Senate President Robert Stivers...

In a state thick with cancer, threatened research and screening organizations make cases for state money

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget for the next two fiscal years calls for cuts to five cancer research and prevention programs, including screenings for breast, colon, cervical, lung and ovarian cancer, and for research on lung cancer, all of which plague the state. The programs are included in a list of 70 that Bevin proposed to eliminate to save the state...

Bevin hosts community leaders at 52nd annual Kentucky Governor’s prayer breakfast in Lexington

Gov. Matt Bevin was joined in Lexington Wednesday by approximately 1,200 community leaders, elected officials, private citizens, and members of the faith-based community for the 52nd annual Kentucky Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. “People turn to prayer, not because it’s insignificant or a cultural crutch, but because it truly changes things,” said Gov. Bevin. “People earnestly,...

New website will help Kentuckians with substance abuse disorders connect to treatment centers

Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday announced a new tool in Kentucky’s fight against the opioid epidemic. FindHelpNowKY.org allows users to search in real-time for a local substance use disorder (SUD) treatment center and will be promoted as part of the Governor’s ‘Don’t Let Them Die’ campaign, which seeks to bring awareness to the opioid crisis. “Kentucky is stepping up, ready to lead the nation...

Hardin Scientific Inc. announces $11.6 million facility planned for Greensburg, will create 50 new jobs

Biotech device maker Hardin Scientific Inc. will locate its new $11.6 million manufacturing and development operation in Green County, a project expected to create 50 full-time jobs. “Hardin Scientific combines cutting-edge science with the kind of business initiative we want to encourage more of in Kentucky,” said Gov. Matt Bevin of the announcement. “Companies like this are fueling our state’s...

Kentucky college presidents tell budget committee how Governor’s proposed budget will affect schools

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three of Kentucky’s public university presidents appeared before a legislative committee on Thursday to describe how Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget will affect them. University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto told the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education that the cuts in programs contained in the state’s two-year spending plan will impact...

Medicaid enrollees sue federal agencies, officials, alleging Ky Medicaid changes violated the law

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Sixteen Kentucky Medicaid enrollees filed a class-action lawsuit in Washington Wednesday, claiming that federal officials violated federal law this month by approving changes to Kentucky Medicaid and declaring their intent to approve similar changes in other states. The lawsuit alleges that work requirements in the program, to be phased in starting July 1, “sharply...

Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Hargan, Gov. Bevin host roundtable on Kentucky HEALTH

Gov. Matt Bevin today welcomed acting U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Eric Hargan, along with officials and citizens of the Commonwealth, to the Governor’s Mansion for a roundtable discussion on Kentucky HEALTH and community engagement. The roundtable included Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner, Kentucky Health & Family Services Secretary Vickie...

Novelis Inc. build new $305 million aluminum processing plant in Todd County, create 125 jobs

Aluminum supplier Novelis Inc. has announced a nearly $305 million investment in Todd County with plans for a new processing plant in Guthrie to produce automotive-grade sheet and creating 125 new jobs. “We are excited to see Novelis, a leader in the global aluminum industry, expand its Kentucky presence and bring new advanced-manufacturing jobs to Todd County,” said Gov. Matt Bevin Tuesday. “Partnering...

CHFS, Home of the Innocents partner to provide transitional healthcare to foster youth

The Home of the Innocents in Louisville on Monday celebrated a new partnership to provide improved transitional behavioral health services to children in foster care. As part of a collaboration with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Home opened the Children’s Assessment and Transitional Service (CATS) Center this month. The goal of the program is to provide mental and medical health...