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New data analysis service on endangered species offered free to Kentucky energy developers

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman has announced a new partnership between the Office of Energy Policy and the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves to provide a free, data analysis service to energy developers. The Kentucky Biological Assessment Tool (KY-BAT), developed and maintained by KNP, provides information to help projects avoid and minimize potential impacts to...

More than $3.6 million in CARES Act reimbursements announced for 15 Western Ky. local governments

In collaboration with the Department for Local Government (DLG), Gov. Andy Beshear this week announced 15 western Kentucky governments have applied for and been granted $3,667,367 in reimbursements from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for local governments with expenses related to COVID-19. Sixteen others have received preliminary approval, meaning they will receive reimbursements...

Cameron announces six randomly selected Kentucky counties to undergo post-primary election audits

Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Monday announced six randomly selected Kentucky counties to undergo post-primary election audits. His Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) will conduct independent inquiries to uncover any irregularities in the June 2020 primary election. “Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentuckians cast an unprecedented number of absentee ballots...

Kentucky offers in-person unemployment assistance in Covington, Prestonsburg beginning Monday

Individuals can make appointments for in-person unemployment insurance services that will be offered next week in Covington and Prestonsburg to assist Kentuckians while ensuring the safety of those needing assistance and limiting the spread of COVID-19. Individuals can schedule appointments for July 13 and July 14 in Covington during the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Covington in-person event will...

Supreme Court cancels in-person bar exams in 2020 as precaution, announces remote bar exam Oct. 5-6

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has entered amended order 2020-50 canceling the July 28-29 and Sept. 30-Oct. 1 bar examinations due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. To protect the health and safety of bar applicants, employees and volunteers, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions will administer a remote bar examination offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners on Oct. 5-6. All...

Paducah Assistant City Manager Michelle Smolen receives ICMA local government excellence award

The City of Paducah has announced that Assistant City Manager Michelle Smolen is the recipient of the Assistant Excellence in Leadership Award from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). ICMA is the world’s leading association of professional city and county managers and other employees who serve local governments. Smolen joined Paducah in 2016 with the primary responsibility...

New laws approved during regular session of Kentucky General Assembly go into effect July 15

Most new laws approved during this year’s regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly will go into effect on July 15. That means voters will be asked to show a photo ID at the polls, veterinarians will be allowed to make a report to authorities if they find an animal under their care has been abused, and holders of state-issued ID cards will be added to the list of potential jurors. While COVID-19...

Beshear, Kentucky 911 Services Board announce $2.9 million in grants to improve emergency call centers

Gov. Andy Beshear joined Kentucky 911 Services Board Chair and Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) Executive Director Josiah Keats in announcing 53 grants totaling $2,881,038.55 to improve and enhance 911 call center operations. “Kentuckians deserve to get fast assistance in an emergency. In an environment where seconds can literally be the difference between life and death, providing prompt...

Kentucky law enforcement reminds drivers to ‘Stop Speeding Before it Stops You’ as state reopens

As the Commonwealth reopens and traffic continues to increase, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is reminding drivers to “Stop Speeding Before it Stops You.” “Speeding is 100 percent preventable and obeying the posted speed limit reduces the risk of death or injury for drivers, passengers and other road users,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “Safe...

Boone Circuit judge issues temporary restraining order to keep Beshear administration from enforcing some executive orders

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Northern Kentucky judge has issued a temporary restraining order to keep the Beshear administration from enforcing some of their executive orders issued to control the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, a hearing was held on a lawsuit filed in Boone Circuit Court by Florence Speedway (a half-mile dirt track, not to be confused with Kentucky Speedway in Sparta), and Little...

Kentucky income tax filing deadline is July 15; COVID-19 disruptions caused three-month extension

The Kentucky Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers that the 2019 state income tax filing deadline is coming up on July 15. On March 26, Gov. Andy Beshear directed DOR to extend the filing deadline by three months in response to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor’s decision mirrored the federal income tax relief provisions issued March 20 by the Internal Revenue Service...

Beshear appoints new task force to guide and advance ‘America’s AgriTech’ capital in Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear has appointed members of a new task force that will guide the administration in building America’s AgriTech capital in Kentucky. “AgriTech is the future of agriculture, and Kentucky is uniquely positioned to embrace and deliver on it,” the Governor said. “Being the global leader in the AgriTech industry not only will make Kentucky’s farms more productive and efficient, but...

Grant program applications of nearly $2 million to fight violence against women available on Aug. 3

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Mary Noble announced that applications will be available Aug. 3 to apply for grant funding under the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Services, Training, Officers, Prosecution (STOP) Formula Grant Program. “Our state will distribute almost $2 million in federal funding through the VAWA STOP grant program to victim...

Secretary of State announces increase in new voter registrations during the month of May

Secretary of State Michael G. Adams announced that Kentucky began to see a rebound in voter registration during the month of May, with the state’s total number of registered voters increasing to 3,476,391 as of May 31. This number reflects an increase of 7,744, or 0.22% more registered voters than reported on April 30. Michael G. Adams Democratic registrants continue to represent just more than 48...

Regional Driver Licensing Office in Lexington opens; expands access to REAL ID-compliant licenses

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the opening of a new Regional Driver Licensing Office in Lexington to further expand access to REAL ID-compliant licenses and identification cards for Kentucky residents. The office is the latest in a network of regional offices operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). Unlike other KYTC regional driver licensing offices that operate alongside local Circuit...

Quarles challenges Beshear’s executive orders, claims violations of process in state constitution

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles filed a lawsuit Monday in the Scott Circuit Court in Georgetown to declare several of Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive orders to be violations of the processes outlined by Kentucky’s Administrative Practices Act and the state constitution. Quarles filed the case alongside Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, LLC, which joined him as a co-plaintiff in the case. “The...

New online system completes background checks faster for child care providers, schools

A new online system will help child care providers and schools process staff background checks faster, expediting the process while ensuring the safety of Kentucky’s children. The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has launched its Child Abuse/Neglect (CAN) Payment and Verification online portal, which allows users to request a check of the CAN Registry electronically instead...

State sets up in-person services by appointment for those seeking unemployment services, adds offices

People can make appointments for in-person unemployment insurance (UI) services that will be offered beginning today to assist Kentuckians while ensuring the safety of those needing assistance and limiting the spread of COVID-19. Beginning today, in-person UI assistance will be available to claimants by appointment only in Frankfort at the Mayo-Underwood Building located at 500 Mero Street. The appointments...

Kentucky Lottery enjoys strong performance in May; total of $132.1 million in sales helps KLC rebound

The Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors announced strong sales in the month of May have helped get the KLC back on track to meet budgeted sales amounts for the year. According to Interim Chief Operating Officer Maggie Garrison, May sales were $132.1 million, which is $33.7 million or 31.9 percent more than budgeted. “This was led by increases in our Scratch-off ticket sales, which...

Kentucky health officials issue advisory for Myrtle Beach travelers due to outbreak of COVID-19

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The state Department for Public Health issued an advisory on Thursday for Kentucky residents who have traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, over the past two weeks, due to an outbreak of the coronavirus. 
This follows a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases that began after Myrtle Beach hotels reopened May 15. Access to state attractions opened May 22, which was followed...