A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky Proud ‘Meet-Up’ will connect produce growers and buyers at KSU on Nov. 8

Produce growers and buyers will get together to look for opportunities to work together during the Kentucky Proud Produce Grower-Buyer Meet-Up on Nov. 8 at the Kentucky State University Research and Demonstration Farm near Frankfort. “The meet-up gives growers of all sizes the chance to pitch their products to buyers and form mutually beneficial business partnerships,” Agriculture Commissioner...

Domestic Violence Prevention Board to host candidates forum on October 16 at main library

The Domestic Violence Prevention Board will host a Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 16, 2:30 – 4 p.m. in the Farish Theater at the Central Branch of the Lexington Public Library at 140 E Main St. This event is free and open to the public. The Candidate Forum provides an important opportunity to hear each candidate’s position on issues related to domestic and dating violence, sexual violence,...

Rand Paul files legislation to cut off aid to Saudi Arabia until missing journalist is freed

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Sen. Rand Paul filed legislation on Thursday that would cut off aid to Saudi Arabia until a missing journalist is determined to be alive and free. Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, was last seen alive entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 2, and Turkish authorities believe he was murdered. “Time and again, clear evidence has...

Kentucky Department of Corrections expanding public alert system to include halfway houses

The Kentucky Department of Corrections is expanding its automatic notification system to provide public alerts in the event of an inmate escape from a halfway house, Commissioner Jim Erwin announced Wednesday. The department has already used the notification system, AlertXpress, for more than a decade, providing alerts in instances where an inmate escapes from a prison. By the end of this year, the...

Bevin joins 16-state coalition in Supreme Court amicus brief protecting Second Amendment rights

Gov. Matt Bevin has joined 15 states in a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief supporting Second Amendment rights, in response to New York City’s restrictions on handguns kept for self-defense. The brief was filed in response to the costly and restrictive “premises permit” required by the city to own a personal handgun for self-defense. The permit prohibits taking a weapon outside the home for...

Transportation cabinet waives certain motor vehicle carrier regulations due to hurricane Michael

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

OVR awarded $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to help injured or ill employees retain jobs

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been awarded a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to help injured or ill employees remain in their job or return to work. Kentucky is one of only eight states to receive a federal Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) demonstration grant to develop a pilot...

Today marks final day for Kentuckians to register or change voter registration for Nov. 6 General Election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentuckians that today is the voter registration deadline for Kentuckians who intend to vote in the 2018 General Election Nov. 6. “To be able to have your voice heard at the ballot box, you have to be registered,” said Grimes. “[Oct. 9] is the last day to register and make changes to your registration – including updating...

Secretary of State’s second annual Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl food drive to begin October 15

The second annual Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl, a food drive the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office is hosting with the Kentucky Association of Food Banks and the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) will kick off October 15. “One in six Kentuckians – and even more heartbreaking, one in five Kentucky children – regularly struggle with hunger,” said Secretary of State Alison...

Adopt-a-highway groups to clear Kentucky’s roadways of litter during ‘Fall Sweep’ Oct. 8-14

October is a time for football, colorful leaves and flannel. For the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), October 8-14 is also time for the Commonwealth’s Adopt-a-Highway groups to participate in the “Fall Sweep” to clear roadside litter. “We appreciate our Adopt-a-Highway groups’ commitment to maintaining a clean environment that allows everyone to enjoy the natural beauty of Kentucky...

PSC allows KU, LG&E to drop certain energy efficiency programs after costs outweigh benefit

After a thorough review of the costs, benefits and need for demand-side management (DSM) programs offered by Kentucky Utilities Co. and Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (KU/LG&E), the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has authorized all but one of the programs proposed by the utilities. In an order issued today, the PSC found that while many of the DSM programs cost more than they save,...

Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Commission recommends new catfish and pay lake regulations

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has proposed new regulations establishing statewide limits on trophy catfish, and proposed tightening existing regulations on the commercial harvest of large catfish and their use by pay lakes. Commission members, at their Sept. 28 quarterly meeting, also approved three wildlife studies of bears, bobcats and otters. Most commission actions must be approved...

Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Leadership Conference set for Oct. 24-25

The Kentucky Personnel Cabinet will present the 32nd annual Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Leadership Conference Oct. 24-25 at the newly renovated Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville. Held each fall, the conference is one of the longest running of its kind in the country, celebrating the diversity represented among the people of the Commonwealth, and serving as a premier...

Lexington mayoral candidates Ronnie Bastin, Linda Gorton participate in public forum on Oct. 29

A forum for mayoral candidates Ronnie Bastin and Linda Gorton will be held on Oct. 29 from 6-7 p.m. in the Carrick Theater inside the Mitchell Fine Arts Center at Transylvania University at 300 North Broadway. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lexington, WKYT, Transylvania University, the Lexington Herald-Leader and WLAP. The forum will air live on The CW Lexington and will be...

Kentucky Office for the Blind, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation centralize services into one-stop office

To further eliminate employment barriers for Kentuckians with disabilities, Gov. Matt Bevin has issued an executive order streamlining the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office for the Blind into one centralized agency offering services to individuals with disabilities. Effective Oct. 1, the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet will consolidate services previously offered...

Federal extension allows continued use of current Kentucky driver’s licenses for air travel

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted the Commonwealth a REAL ID extension to allow Kentuckians to use their current state driver’s license to board domestic flights and visit military bases. A Kentucky driver’s license, permit or identification card in the current and upcoming standard version will continue to be accepted by federal...

Department of Agriculture seeks applications for industrial hemp research pilot program

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced today that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has opened the application period for Kentuckians wishing to participate in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program for the 2019 growing season. “I am proud to report that our program participants grew more than 6,700 acres of hemp this year, the most ever under the industrial hemp research...

First 72 On You: Tips for animal owners to help prepare pets for emergencies and natural disasters

As part of the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s First 72 Are On You disaster awareness campaign, the department is spotlighting the importance of preparing household pets and animals for emergencies. “If you are like the many animal owners in Kentucky today, your pet is an important member of your household and the best way to protect your pet from the stress and disruption of an emergency...

Kentucky Auditor: Taxpayers on hook for almost $1.5 billion over 30 years for KentuckyWired

A special examination by Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon’s office of KentuckyWired, the statewide broadband project announced in 2014, finds that taxpayers will be on the hook for almost $1.5 billion over 30 years for the project. That is among nine findings detailed in Harmon’s nine-month examination of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA) and KentuckyWired. Harmon’s report will...

Unemployment rates fall in 115 Kentucky counties in past year; Boone, Campbell, Woodford at 3.1 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 115 Kentucky counties between August 2017 and August 2018, rose in Owen, Monroe and Metcalfe counties, and stayed the same in Nelson and Lyon counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Boone, Campbell and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in Kentucky at 3.1 percent each....