A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Volunteers needed in 24 Kentucky counties to review cases of children in foster care

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 24 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care. The boards need volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse, to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The counties in need of volunteers are...

Rep. James Comer, KACo President-elect Elbert Bennett talk impact of national legislation on Ky.

U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-KY, visited the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) this week, to discuss national legislation and how it could impact Kentucky’s counties. One of his constituents and KACo’s next president, Caldwell County Magistrate Elbert Bennett spoke with the congressman about the federal Farm Bill’s local impact, how hemp is creating opportunities in the state and...

Nearly $3 million in homeland security grants awarded throughout Kentucky to counter terrorism

After an extensive evaluation and review process, Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) announced Tuesday that 50 grant recipients will receive nearly $3 million under Kentucky’s 2018 Homeland Security Grant Program to purchase law enforcement, fire and emergency services equipment to counter threats of terrorism in the Commonwealth. “Ensuring the safety and protection...

Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in employee pension case at 10 a.m. Thurs.; here’s how to watch

There will be several ways for the public to view oral arguments when the Supreme Court of Kentucky hears the state employee pension case at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 20. The case is Matthew G. Bevin, In His Official Capacity As Governor Of The Commonwealth Of Kentucky, Et Al. V. Commonwealth of Kentucky Ex Rel. Andy Beshear, Attorney General, Et Al.

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First 72 on You: Third week of state’s National Preparedness Month efforts focuses seniors

The Department for Public Health (DPH) has launched First 72 On You information campaign during the month of September – National Preparedness Month (NPM), to increase emergency preparedness efforts for Kentuckians and their families. This week’s spotlight is on preparing older adults for disasters and emergencies. Older adults may be more vulnerable than younger adults during a disaster because...

First Lady Glenna Bevin holds foster care, adoption community engagement event in Owensboro

First Lady Glenna Bevin today visited Owensboro for a community engagement event aimed at empowering local faith-based, community and government groups to support Kentucky’s vulnerable children and families. The event is part of the First Lady’s new foster care and adoption initiative, “Uniting Daviess County: A Community of Care,” and featured officials from the Governor’s Office of...

League of Women Voters, LINKS, and library offering public forums for candidates; coming to YouTube

The League of Women Voters of Lexington, The Frankfort/Lexington Chapter of The LINKS, Incorporated, and the Lexington Public Library are co-sponsoring candidate forums for the 2018 general election. The first were held on Saturday as candidates for LFUCG Council At-Large and Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Districts 9, 11, and 12 will be today starting at 2:15 p.m. Next week on Saturday, September 22...

PSC lifts moratorium on some Duke Energy Kentucky efficiency efforts, eliminates others

After a thorough review of the costs, benefits and need for Duke Energy Kentucky’s demand-side management (DSM) programs, the Kentucky Public Service Commission has allowed the resumption of most of the programs, while modifying or eliminating others. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC found that some of the DSM programs are needed for Duke Kentucky to meet its obligations as a member of a regional...

Quarles elected second vice president of National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles was elected second vice president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture on Wednesday on the last day of its annual meeting. Ryan Quarles “I am honored and humbled to be elected to this high office in a national agriculture organization,” Quarles said. “It’s always important for Kentucky to have a seat at the table when...

Contract review committee puts state agencies on notice about retroactive approval of contracts

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The co-chairman of the General Assembly’s government contract review committee put state agencies on notice that he doesn’t like having to approve contracts with a retroactive starting date. 
Sen. Steven Meredith, R-Leitchfield, said on Tuesday he felt many of the reasons to approve contracts already entered in to by the agencies for such things as outside legal counsel...

Transportation Cabinet waves certain motor carrier regulations in anticipation of hurricane Florence

In anticipation of Hurricane Florence and its potential to cause damage to the southeastern United States, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas has waived certain regulations on commercial motor carriers involved in the relief effort. Secretary Thomas issued the emergency declaration that provides temporary regulatory relief for crews heading to the affected areas to deliver goods,...

First 72 On You awareness campaign focuses on preparing Kentucky families for disasters

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, has launched the First 72 On You information campaign during September – National Preparedness Month — to increase emergency preparedness efforts for Kentuckians and their families. This week’s spotlight is on preparing families for disasters and emergencies. “Some disasters come with warning and...

Gov. Bevin makes appoints to Kentucky boards and commissions, including a number from Central KY

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Charles Davidson has been appointed as a member of the Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission.    • Charles Davidson, of Hazard, is the general manager of Pine Branch Mining, LLC. He will represent permittees which participate in the fund and have mined and sold over one million tons but less than five million...

Lawmakers already preparing legislation for 2019 General Assembly; take a look at what’s in the hopper

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 2019 General Assembly doesn’t convene until January, but lawmakers have already prepared more than 30 pieces of legislation for consideration. The topics range from gun safety to sports wagering and from utility rates to tax exemptions. Here is a look at some of them: – Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, has proposed a bill dealing with unlawful storage of a firearm....

Secretary of State, U.S. Army 3rd Recruiting Brigade form partnership to strengthen Ky. communities

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes met with U.S. Army 3rd Recruiting Brigade Commander Col. Eric Lopez and U.S. Army Lexington Recruiting Company Commander Capt. Dustin Wallace recently at the State Capitol. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways in which the Army can make a positive impact in Kentucky communities. “Col. Lopez and Capt. Wallace are incredible leaders for the...

Cabinet for Health and Family Services announces key leadership appointments in various departments

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has announced the following key leadership positions in various departments. Carol H. Steckel, MPH, is the new Commissioner for the Department for Medicaid Services. Steckel is a Medicaid and managed care expert with more than two decades of experience transforming healthcare delivery systems in several states. Most recently, Steckel served the last five...

Public health officials launch information campaign to increase disaster preparedness efforts

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is launching the First 72 On You information campaign during the month of September, which is National Preparedness Month. The goal of First 72 On You is to increase emergency preparedness efforts for Kentuckians and their families. A Facebook Live discussion on this important topic will be held on Wednesday...

Public Service Commission adjusts Kentucky American Water rates to reflect federal tax changes

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has reduced the annual revenue of Kentucky American Water Co., thereby lowering the average monthly bill for residential customers. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC approved rates to reflect reduced federal corporate income tax rates that took effect at the first of the year. The result will be a savings of $3.84 per month for a typical residential customer...

Governor approves an additional $489,000 in grants to support victims, families in Marshall County

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet have approved an additional $489,000 in grant funds to support victims and families healing from the Marshall County High School shooting. “We are grateful for this additional allocation of federal funds to support the students, educators and families of Marshall County,” said Gov. Bevin. “Our hope is that these grants will be...

Kentucky Public Service Commission denies KU and LG&E bid to deploy advanced smart meters

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has rejected a proposal by the Kentucky Utilities Co. and Louisville Gas & Electric. Co. to deploy advanced “smart” meters and associated technology throughout their systems. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC stated that, although it “sees benefits in advanced metering,” the two utilities had “failed to provide sufficient evidence to persuade...