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City of Louisville celebrates opening of city’s first HUD Envision Center at Family Scholar House

The City of Louisville and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have officially opened the doors of Jefferson County’s very first HUD EnVision Center at Family Scholar House, located on the Frank & Paula Harshaw Riverport Scholar House Campus at 3311 Cathe Dykstra Way. HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Denise Cleveland-Leggett, Mayor Greg Fischer, and Family Scholar...

Kentucky House Democrats propose ethics and election bills in advance of 2020 General Assembly

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three House Democrats announced they are proposing Executive Branch ethics and election-oriented bills, for consideration by the 2020 General Assembly. Minority Caucus Chair Derrick Graham, D- Frankfort, says all three bills share a common goal, “To increase accountability and transparency to the Constitutional state offices. As former U. S. Supreme Court Justice and Kentucky...

Lexington Fire Department hosts Fire Prevention and Wellness Festival kickoff at Masterson Station Park

The Lexington Fire Department hosted its annual Fire Prevention and Wellness Festival Sunday at Masterson Station Park. The event is scheduled each year to coincide with Fire Prevention Month, which is always held in October. This year’s festival featured free food, fire safety activities, fire truck rides, kids’ combat challenge, petting zoo, health screenings, and more. The festival theme “Not...

Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes participates in 100th naturalization ceremony

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes took part in her 100th naturalization ceremony since taking office in Louisville Friday. She welcomed 98 new citizens from 31 countries. The ceremony included the administration of the oath of citizenship required to become Americans. Grimes spoke to the new citizens and their families about the duties of civic engagement, voter participation, and commitment...

General Fund receipts fell 1.2 percent in September; Road Fund receipts increased 3.8 percent

State Budget Director John Chilton reported that General Fund receipts fell 1.2 percent in September with revenues of $1,064.5 million. This compares to $1,077.3 million collected in September 2018. So far this fiscal year (FY20), General Fund receipts have grown 1.1 percent. September closes out the first quarter of the fiscal year and collections declined for the first time since the third quarter...

Rebecca Combs Lyon named first female clerk of Kentucky Court of Appeals since 1975 Judicial Article

Rebecca Combs Lyon has become the first woman to serve as clerk of the Kentucky Court of Appeals since the Judicial Article creating Kentucky’s modern court system was enacted in 1975. She assumed the role Oct. 1. Prior to the enactment of the Judicial Article, Gov. Martha Layne Collins served as clerk of the Court of Appeals, then the highest appellate court in Kentucky. The appellate clerk...

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball announces return of record $84 million in unclaimed property

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, whose office operates what may be called the state’s Lost and Found Department, has returned $84 million in unclaimed property – more than any State Treasurer in Kentucky history in a four-year term – it was announced on Wednesday.

 Since taking office, Ball has revamped the unclaimed property process at the Treasury...

School districts can apply for funding to replace older buses through Kentucky Clean Diesel Grant

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has announced the 2019 Kentucky Clean Diesel Grant Program, which will provide more than $320,000 to fund projects to reduce diesel emissions from aging school buses in the Commonwealth. All Kentucky public school districts and private schools that own and operate school buses are eligible to apply for funding through this grant program, which will...

Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul touch on impeachment issue in speeches to Federalist Society in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Both of Kentucky’s U.S. Senators weighed in on the impeachment inquiry involving President Donald Trump while in Frankfort Monday to speak to the Federalist Society. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville, wouldn’t talk to reporters after his speech but did make a brief comment on impeachment during his remarks to the group. “People think of it as a judicial-type proceeding,...

Ky. launches effort to steer motorists to buckle up, put phones down to increase roadway safety

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is driving home a safety message to motorists aimed at preventing crashes by encouraging two life-saving actions behind the wheel- buckling up and putting down the phone. Launching today, the state’s first Buckle Up Phone Down campaign features videos, radio spots, digital advertising and a new dedicated website, kyhighwaysafety.com, to promote the initiative. “The...

AG Office warns of Social Security scam after Lexington woman loses $30k over fake IRS debt

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Fayette County woman has lost $30,000 to a Social Security scam, prompting Attorney General Andy Beshear to issue a Scam Alert. 

According to the Attorney General’s office, the suspended social security scam, which usually includes the scammer asking for confirmation of a social security number, has been reported nearly 90 times in 36 counties this year.

After...

Three historic districts among Kentucky places listed in National Register of Historic Places in 2019

Three historic districts from Kentucky have been added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2019, with a fourth to be considered by the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board when it meets again October 22. An expansion of Louisville’s Butchertown Historic District was the most recent listing approved by the National Park Service (NPS), adding 52 residential and commercial properties...

Legislation proposed for 2020 legislative session to strengthen penalties for assaulting sports officials

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation proposed for the 2020 General Assembly by two House members would increase penalties for assaulting a sports official. Rep. Randy Bridges, R-Paducah, and Rep. Brandon Reed, R-Hodgenville, are the sponsors of the measure, which also adds the crime of intimidation of a sports official. Proposed legislation on tougher penalties for attacking sports officials is...

Secretary of State urging Kyians to #BeCyberSmart ahead of upcoming General Elections

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, raising awareness about the importance of cybersecurity practices. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official, is encouraging Kentuckians to be vigilant as cyber threats continue to increase. “We work every day to monitor and fortify our defenses against any actor foreign or domestic, that seeks to undermine...

KYTC launches new, more efficient online portal for overweight/over-dimensional permit requests

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has launched a new online system for issuing travel permits for overweight/over-dimensional (OW/OD) vehicle drivers. Using verified, real-time data, the program provides intelligent routing based on road closures, vehicle weight, and vehicle dimensions. It also features automated issuance for common permit types distributed by the Cabinet. “By moving the...

Jeff Hoover, who resigned as House Speaker after a sexual harassment settlement, won’t seek reelection

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Rep. Jeff Hoover, the first Republican House Speaker in a century who later resigned that post after entering into a sexual harassment settlement, has decided not to seek re-election in 2020. In a statement he sent to WJRS in Russell Springs and aired on the radio station owned by his family, Hoover said: “After much thought and prayer for several months, and discussion...

Unemployment rates rise in 75 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford owns lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates rose in 75 Kentucky counties between August 2018 and August 2019, fell in 36 and stayed the same in nine counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3 percent. It was followed by Boone and Oldham counties, 3.3 percent...

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife seeks conservation officer recruits; applications being taken for 20 positions

Applications are now being accepted for conservation officer recruit positions with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The deadline to apply is 8 p.m. on Oct. 18. The department plans to fill 20 positions in locations across the state. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, possess a valid driver’s license and meet educational requirements or have experience in related fields. To...

CHFS holds Kentucky Fatherhood Summit; Bevin says fathers’ presence in children’s lives matters

Governor Matt Bevin joined the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) on Friday for the Kentucky Fatherhood Summit. The summit explored the best methods of outreach to fathers for the purpose of leveraging their individual experiences and abilities for the betterment of children, families, communities and the Commonwealth. “There is an undeniable correlation between the presence of fathers...

MADD honors Westerfield, Heath as “Legislators of the Year” for support of ignition interlock legislation

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has named two Kentucky “2019 Legislators of the Year” for their tireless work to pass a law requiring ignition interlocks for every drunk driver after the first offense. On March 26, Kentucky became the 33rd state in the nation with an all-offender law, thanks to Senate Judiciary Chairman Whitney Westerfield, who authored the lifesaving legislation, and Representative...