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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awards contracts to 17 additional Bridging Kentucky projects

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Bridging Kentucky Program continues to forge ahead toward a busy construction season across the Commonwealth. With the recent awards of 17 additional bridge projects, KYTC now has awarded 114 projects that are part of the Bridging Kentucky program, launched in mid-2018. Meanwhile, more than 120 additional projects will move to the construction phase over the...

Kentucky launches initiative to fast track veterans, transitioning military personnel to aircraft mechanics

Transitioning military personnel and veterans with aviation or power plant mechanics experience are now eligible to become Federal Aviation Administration certified in Kentucky. Through a collaborative effort among the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), the University of Louisville, and the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs...

Unemployment rates drop in 89 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford jobless rate at 2.7 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 89 Kentucky counties between April 2018 and April 2019, rose in 21 and stayed the same in 10 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 2.7 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 2.9 percent; Boone,...

KYTC seeks public input on developing highway project goals for disadvantaged businesses

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is seeking public input on proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals to ensure certified businesses can compete fairly for federally-funded transportation projects. The Cabinet’s Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development (OCRSBD) is developing an annual DBE participation goal, in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration....

Scam Alert: AG warns about home repair scammers; if it sounds too good to be true, it is

Now that warm weather is here, the Attorney General’s office is warning Kentuckians that it also brings out seasonal home repair scammers who go door-to-door, offering to do work at prices that are too good to be true. 
Over the past two years, the AG’s office has received nearly 400 home repair scam complaints from Kentuckians in 25 counties, including Boone, Caldwell, Fayette, Franklin, Grayson,...

Kentucky Division of Waste Management announces recipients of grants from Waste Tire Trust Fund

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has awarded $500,471 in grant funding for benches, picnic tables, landscaping, walking trails and pour-in-place surfacing projects that utilize recycled waste tires. The grants are available from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly, which receives a $2 fee from the sale of each new tire in the state. The fund...

Vote today: Polls open at 6 a.m. — find your polling place at the link and check out a voter’s guide

Polls open for the Primary Election today at 6 a.m. and will close at 6 p.m., though anyone in line at 6 p.m. will be able to vote. Defy the predictions of low-turnout by exercising your right to vote today. Kentuckians can prepare to vote by visiting GoVoteKY.com, the Commonwealth’s one-stop portal for election resources. Voters can avoid Election Day surprises by verifying their current registration...

Ky. creates insurance innovation ‘sandbox’ to allow development of creative risk management solutions

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has signed into law legislation that will permit and encourage insurance innovation in the Commonwealth. House Bill 386 creates a “sandbox” that will allow for the development of creative risk management solutions. This legislation positions Kentucky as a leader in considering and embracing innovation across the insurance industry. Gail Russell “Implementation of the...

Secretary of State urging Kentuckians to head to the polls and vote in Tuesday’s Primary Election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging eligible Kentuckians to go vote in Commonwealth’s Primary Election tomorrow, on May 21. “My projection Is that the 2019 Primary Election turnout will be consistent with the past constitutional office election years, at 12.5 percent or above. That being said, my hope is the voters of Kentucky prove me wrong and that we don’t have...

DOCJT recognizes 22 officers from across Kentucky who graduate from the sergeant’s course

Law enforcement officers from agencies across the Commonwealth were recognized today for completing the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Academy of Police Supervision. APS, also called the sergeant’s academy, is a three-week, 122-hour training program targeted for newly promoted sergeants or officers who are on their agency’s promotion list to become sergeants. While in APS,...

Ky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2019 unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2019 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for April 2019 was unchanged from March 2019. The preliminary April 2019 jobless rate was down 0.4 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded for the state...

Kentucky lawmakers name Jay Hartz as next Director of Legislative Research Commission

Legislative leaders have named Jay Hartz as the next Director of the Legislative Research Commission. Hartz, the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Senate President’s Office, is a familiar figure to many in the State Capitol, where he’s known for his extensive knowledge on legislative operations and policymaking. He’s also known for his good humor and the colorful bowties he frequently favors. When...

Lexington temporarily suspends paper recycling; market suffering from ‘overabundance of material’

Changes in the global marketplace for recycled materials are forcing the Lexington Recycle Center to temporarily suspend recycling of paper products. The change will go into effect immediately. “Outlets for paper products are accepting only limited amounts due to an overabundance of material in domestic markets,” said Nancy Albright, Lexington’s Commissioner of Environmental Quality and Public...

Today is deadline to request mail-in absentee ballots for Kentucky’s Primary Election May 21

Today is the last day for Kentuckians to request a mail-in absentee ballot for Kentucky’s May 21 Primary Election. “Kentuckians who cannot get to the polls on Election Day have the option of voting absentee before the election,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official. “I am thankful for our county clerks who facilitate absentee...

Democratic gubernatorial candidates to debate at UK Wednesday in Gatton Student Center Ballroom

A Democratic party gubernatorial candidate debate will be held on the University of Kentucky campus this Wednesday (May 15). The debate is free and open to the public at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Gatton Student Center Ballroom. The UK community is invited to attend. Candidates Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen and Geoff Young will participate in the debate that is co-sponsored by the UK Student...

Kentucky General Fund receipts surge ahead 10.7 percent in April with revenues of $1,289.9 million

State Budget Director John Chilton has reported that General Fund receipts surged ahead 10.7 percent in April with revenues of $1,289.9 million. April’s receipts compare favorably to the $1,165.3 million collected in April 2018. Through the first 10 months of FY19, the General Fund has grown 4.8 percent. Receipts reached a new all-time peak in April, besting the previous record by $124.6 million. The...

Debate for candidates for Democratic primary for Governor on May 15 at UK; Republicans declined

A Candidate Debate for the Democratic Primary for Governor in Kentucky will be held on the University of Kentucky campus Wednesday, May 15. Candidates Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen and Geoff Young will participate in the debate that is co-sponsored by the UK Student Government Association, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky/Lexington and Gray Television and its nine TV stations serving...

U.S. District Court grants ballot access to third-party political groups previously denied by House Bill 114

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge William C. Bertelsman granted a temporary injunction to ensure that libertarians, independents, political groups and organizations have access to the ballot in upcoming elections. (Click for larger image) Elections in the Commonwealth of Kentucky were thrown into chaos with the passage of House Bill 114 (HB 114), failed legislation pushed by the Republican majority,...

KET, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet unveil new resource to aid state’s demand for skilled workers

Kentucky’s workforce is ever changing. By the year 2020, it is projected that 63 percent of Kentucky jobs will require some postsecondary education or advanced training to meet workforce demands. Currently, Kentucky is facing a shortage of highly skilled workers to fill the approximately 115,000 open jobs available in the Commonwealth. To help address Kentucky’s workforce demands, KET and the Kentucky...

PSC denies request by Atmos Energy to increase rates, but fixed customer charge will rise

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has denied a request by Atmos Energy to increase rates, leaving the total base rate portion of the monthly bill essentially unchanged for residential customers. But, in an order issued Tuesday, the PSC restructured the monthly bill, increasing the fixed customer charge while reducing the usage-dependent charge for delivery of each 1,000 cubic feet (Mcf)...