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Bevin signs order consolidating adult education services, WIOA partners under one agency

In an effort to align the state’s workforce resources, Gov. Matt Bevin has signed an Executive Order placing adult education services within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). Kentucky’s adult education services play a key role in helping Kentuckians become college and career ready by preparing individuals for the GED high school equivalency test, postsecondary education...

Division of Surplus property reports high interest in old Cardinal Stadium seating units for sale online

Interest in buying a piece of the old Cardinal Stadium, now under contract for demolition, is high according to the Kentucky Division of Surplus Property (DSP). On Monday, DSP started listing seating units — 2, 3, 4 and 5 seats — which were sold almost as soon they appeared online at GovDeals.com. More than 100 units were sold Monday and approximately the same number will be available...

PSC grants Inter-County Energy rate increase; utility covers more than 26,000 customers in 12 counties

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted Inter-County Energy Cooperative Corp. a revenue increase slightly smaller than the amount requested by the electric distribution cooperative. The increase means that a typical Inter-County Energy residential customer will see the average monthly electric bill rise by about $8.99, or about 8.3 percent. That includes a $6.23 increase in the monthly...

Analysis: What determines a ‘public record’? The nature, purpose of document, not where it is kept

By Amye Bensenhaver Special to NKyTribune On January 15, Attorney General Andy Beshear moved closer to overruling a heavily criticized 2015 open records decision issued by his predecessor, Jack Conway, on his last day in office. In the 2015 decision, cited by Senator Damon Thayer in 2018 as the basis for his ill-fated proposal to exclude “emails, texts or calls on devices paid for entirely with...

State report: December 2018 unemployment rates fall in 69 Kentucky counties from previous year

Unemployment rates fell in 69 Kentucky counties between December 2017 and December 2018, rose in 38, and stayed the same in 13 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 2.6 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 2.8...

Recent federal report shows continued improvement in workplace safety throughout Kentucky

Officials from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet applauded recent reports by the federal government that show continued improvement in workplace safety throughout Kentucky, including the lowest rate of nonfatal incidents recorded in more than two decades. According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of recordable nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses for all industries...

Attorney General’s office secures nearly $1.5M for Kentucky in settlement with hip implant manufacturer

The Office of Attorney General Andy Beshear has secured nearly $1.5 million for Kentucky from a settlement with a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary for allegedly making misleading claims to Kentuckians on the longevity of its hip implants. Andy Beshear Beshear and the coalition of state attorneys general recently reached a multi-million-dollar multistate settlement with Depuy Orthopedics to resolve...

Bevin releases online annual report highlighting Kentucky’s 2018 economic growth, accomplishments

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced the launch of an interactive website — www.BevinAnnualReport.com — highlighting the accomplishments of year three of the Bevin Administration. Gov. Matt Bevin “In just three years’ time, Kentucky has moved to the forefront of national influence, steadily gaining recognition as America’s center for engineering and manufacturing excellence,” said Bevin....

KSP introduces new mobile drug education trailer to inform public about effects of substance abuse

The Kentucky State Police have introduced a new mobile substance abuse education exhibit designed to help inform the public about the devastating effects of substance abuse. The 30-foot trailer features 14 flat screen monitors and one touch-screen monitor that present video messages about meth, heroin, marijuana, alcohol and tobacco. The videos include actual meth users who tell their real-life stories...

Largest federal employee union brings shutdown conversation to Kentucky with billboard campaign

KyForward staff The American Federation of Government Employees Council of Prison Locals is set to launch a billboard campaign in an effort to bring an end to the partial government shutdown. The campaign will specifically target U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, calling for him to bring House Resolution 21 to the Senate floor for a vote. Young The billboards are expected to contain...

Anti-smoking advocates gather in state capitol to encourage lawmakers to make schools tobacco free

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service There’s a new effort to clear the air on school campuses across the Commonwealth. Students, school district leaders and healthcare professionals joined the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow in the Capitol Rotunda to encourage state lawmakers to pass a “tobacco-free students bill.” As a Monroe County CARES Youth Prevention Ambassador, Noble Steenbergen...

New mental health resource will help provide tools to KEHP members who have children with special needs

A new, free benefit to support those caring for children with learning, social or behavior challenges, or developmental disabilities comes to state employees in 2019. Rethink, a new mental health resource, allows parents to utilize live teleconsultations with behavior experts, access more than 1300 “how-to” videos, and use printable resources in a variety of topics. “One in six children is diagnosed...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary Dec. unemployment rate drops to 4.4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December 2018 unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for December 2018 was down from the 4.5 percent reported for November 2018. The preliminary December 2018 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from...

Energy and Environment Cabinet announces grants to clean up illegal open dumps in 20 Kentucky counties

The Kentucky Energy and Environment has announced that approximately $1.15 million in grant funding has been awarded for the cleanup of 77 illegal dumps in 20 counties across the Commonwealth. “This grant program has significantly reduced the number of illegal open dumps across the Commonwealth,” Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely said. “I encourage all counties to consider using this grant to...

Senator Rand Paul reintroduces legislation that would ‘fix’ future government shutdowns

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Wednesday marked Day 26 of the partial government shutdown and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., wants to keep it from happening again. Paul reintroduced the Government Shutdown Prevention Act to incentivize Congress to properly consider and debate spending legislation. He was joined by other Republican senators, Mike Lee of Utah and Joni Ernst of Iowa, in co-sponsoring the bill. Sen....

Andy Beshear officially files to run for governor, calls candidates to release tax returns

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Accompanied by family members, Attorney General Andy Beshear and running mate Jacqueline Coleman filed their papers at the Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday as a gubernatorial slate for the May Democratic primary. 
Speaking to reporters, Beshear called upon all slates for governor to release their income tax returns for the last two years, in the interest of transparency.  
“After...

Chilton: General Fund receipts fell 0.8 percent in December, but Road Fund receipts rose 3.5 percent

State Budget Director John Chilton has reported that General Fund receipts fell 0.8 percent in December with revenues of $1,131.1 million. December’s receipts declined marginally compared to the $1,140.0 million collected in December 2017.  Through the first half of the fiscal year (FY19), the General Fund has grown 3.7 percent.  The official General Fund revenue estimate for FY19 calls for revenue...

Kentucky food benefits customers to get February benefits early in wake of government shutdown

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is giving an update to food benefits recipients because of the partial federal government shutdown and its effect on assistance distribution. Tuesday, Jan. 15, is the deadline for completion of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cases for early issuance. Applicants who are approved after Jan. 15 and before Jan. 30 will receive...

About crime in the U.S.: Here are five facts you should know — it really isn’t as bad as you think

By John Gramlich Pew Research Center Donald Trump made fighting crime a central focus of his campaign for president, and he cited it again during his January 2017 inaugural address. His administration has since taken steps intended to address crime in American communities, such as instructing federal prosecutors to pursue the strongest possible charges against criminal suspects. Here are five facts...

This week in the state Capitol: Leadership sworn in, some bills advance, recess until February 5

The excitement of the opening day of a Kentucky General Assembly session was evident amid the packed crowds, broad smiles, and welcoming handshakes throughout the State Capitol.   But the spirit of the first day might have been most clearly revealed in the trembling voices of some new lawmakers the first time they offered public comments in legislative chambers. The mix of nerves, emotion, and deep...