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Lawmakers propose setting up regional offices across state to implement federal Real ID program

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State lawmakers heard an update on Kentucky’s effort to implement the federal Real ID law Monday afternoon, including the proposal of setting up a dozen regional offices. The program has had numerous fits and starts since a pilot project began at the Franklin County Circuit Clerk’s office earlier this year. That included the length of time needed to process the applications,...

Dr. Patricia Purcell named new medical director for Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs

The Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs has named Dr. Patricia Purcell, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.P. as its new medical director. Purcell is board certified in Pediatrics. She serves as an associate professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where she participates in teaching residents and medical students. In her most recent professional role she provided general pediatric...

Kentucky Artisan Center offers discount on Black Friday, kicking off holiday shopping season

The Kentucky Artisan Center kicks off the traditional holiday shopping season with a Black Friday Sale, on Friday, Nov. 29, offering a 10% discount off all retail items. The Center offers unique works by over 850 Kentucky artists, including musicians, authors, and specialty food and beauty product producers.   Visitors that day can enjoy the center’s gallery exhibit, “The Art of the Book: 45 Years...

Beshear names state’s teachers as grand marshals of his parade; also names co-chairs of inauguration

Kentucky teachers will serve as grand marshals in Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s inauguration parade on Dec. 10 and Covington Mayor Joe Meyer has been named one of the honorary co-chairs of the Team Kentucky inauguration. The vote from teachers, who expressed anger over Gov. Matt Bevin’s action on their pension and were offended by some off-handed comments, was a large reason Beshear will replace...

Kentucky unemployment rate at 4.3 percent in October, drops slightly from September

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October 2019 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The unemployment rate for October 2019 was down from the 4.4 percent reported for September 2019. The preliminary October 2019 jobless rate was unchanged compared to the...

Public Protection Cabinet relocates to Mayo-Underwood state office building in Frankfort

Beginning next Tuesday (Nov. 19), the Public Protection Cabinet (PPC) will relocate to the newly constructed Mayo-Underwood state office building located at 500 Mero Street in Frankfort. The agency move will conclude on Dec. 13. Currently, the Public Protection Cabinet and its agencies deliver critical services from locations throughout Frankfort. All PPC agencies will move to the Mayo-Underwood state...

Allegations of fraud debunked after two Bevin re-election campaign workers claim voting irregularities

Erika Calihan (above) and Kris Stuebs, of Lexington alleged voter fraud at a press conference Wednesday at the Capitol. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two Lexington women who worked on Matt Bevin’s re-election campaign are raising questions about possible polling irregularities and manipulation of the election night numbers in last week’s general election. During...

State budget director reports October General Fund receipts rose 11.5 percent over last year’s total

State Budget Director John Chilton reported Tuesday that October’s General Fund receipts rose 11.5 percent, or $94.7 million, over last year’s total. Revenues for the month were $920.7 million compared to $826.0 million collected in October 2018. Receipts have increased 3.6 percent for the first four months of the fiscal year and can decline 0.7 percent during the final eight months of FY20 to...

Grimes announces deadline closed for candidates to request a recanvass for 2019 General Election

The deadline for candidates to request a recanvass in the November 5 General Election has passed, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Tuesday. The deadline to submit a written request to the Secretary of State’s office for a recanvass was 4 p.m., Eastern Time, Tuesday, November 12, per Kentucky law. Alison Lundergan Grimes The Secretary of State’s Office received one statewide...

Democrats won big in last week’s off-year elections, but analyst says don’t read too much into the trend

By Elaine S. Povich Pew Charitable Trusts Democrats flipped the Virginia legislature Tuesday — taking control of both chambers and the governorship for the first time in a generation — and apparently knocked off Kentucky’s Republican governor who had tied himself closely to President Donald Trump. Conversely, in deep-red Mississippi, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves won the race for governor and...

Lexington preparing for forecasted winter weather; drivers urged to use caution during a.m. commute

With a rain/snow mix expected in the evening hours combined with temperatures expected below freezing, the City is urging drivers to use extra caution on their morning commute. The City will be responding to calls for emergency treatment on roadways, bridges, hills and overpasses to ensure safe travel. As winter weather approaches, the City of Lexington is prepared. “Kentucky weather is oftentimes...

Beshear’s transition team going full steam and by book, despite Bevin’s election recanvass request

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While the voting results in the November General Election for Governor await the outcome of a recanvass request made by incumbent Republican Matt Bevin and certification by the State Board of Elections, work of the transition team for presumptive Democratic Governor-Elect Andy Beshear continues at the State Capitol. On Wednesday, Beshear, currently Kentucky’s attorney...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet completes 100th bridge project through Bridging Kentucky program

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has reached a major milestone, completing its 100th bridge restoration project through the transformational Bridging Kentucky program. KYTC also recently awarded a contract to restore 106 bridges through an innovative design-build project – a move that will efficiently deliver critical bridge projects in 21 Eastern Kentucky counties. Bridging Kentucky is a six-year,...

Secretary of State reminding Kentuckians of ‘dos and don’ts’ as they head to the polls this election day

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding voters of Election Day “Dos and Don’ts,” ahead of Election Day, on Tuesday, November 5. “Being prepared before going to the polls helps make Election Day run smoothly for everyone. This is an important election with races across the state that impact everyone in the Commonwealth. I encourage Kentucky voters to take note of these...

Here are your choices in Tuesday’s election for Governor/Lt. Governor, local special elections

Staff report Second of two parts: Governor/Lt. Governor and local special elections On Tuesday, November 5, voters will be choosing from these candidates to fill for four-year terms as Governor and Lt. Governor, who are on the ballot as a team. A vote for one is also a vote for the other. If you need specific information about your polling place or to find your local ballots, visit GoVoteKy.com. Northern...

Here are your choices for the constitutional offices you’ll be voting for on Election Day, November 5

First of two parts: Governor/Lt. Governor and Attorney General tomorrow as well as special local elections On Tuesday, November 5, voters will be choosing from these candidates to fill the constitutional offices of Auditor, Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner and Secretary of State. If you need specific information about your polling place or to find your local ballots, visit GoVoteKy.com. Northern...

Bevin announces $37.9 million in federal grant funding for 135 Kentucky victim advocacy programs

Gov. Matt Bevin joined with the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and victim advocates from across the state to announce a record $37.9 million in federal grants to support crisis intervention services for victims of crime. In total, 135 Kentucky programs have received funding this year through the federal Victims of Crime Act grant program, known as VOCA. The awards mark a 50 percent increase...

Kentucky lawmakers seek firsthand accounts of prison experiences, join #VisitAPrison Challenge

Members of the Kentucky General Assembly sought firsthand accounts of prison experiences from inmates, visitors and guards when they visited the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women Friday. The visit by members of the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus was part of the #VisitAPrison Challenge, a growing push for policymakers across the nation to personally learn more about the criminal justice system...

Secretary of State issues General Election turnout prediction, challenges Kentuckians to go vote

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is predicting approximately 31 percent of the 3,451,537 million people registered to vote in Kentucky will turn out on Election Day next week. “Based on current absentee voting, I believe turnout will be at or above the 2015 General Election,” said Grimes. “It’s simply not OK that only a small portion of Kentuckians will possibly elect...

Doing business with local county clerks is about to get more expensive as new fees introduced

The cost of doing business at the county clerk’s offices is about to go up. The new fees will take effect at the beginning of the new calendar year. In some cases, the fees will be three or four times what they are now. The Kentucky General Assembly approved the changes earlier this year, and Gov. Matt Bevin signed the legislation into law in March, to take effect in January. While county governments...