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CASA of Lexington to plant pinwheels to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect prevention

April is national child abuse prevention month. This Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lexington gather at the Raising Cane’s located at 2555 Nicholasville Road in Lexington to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse. A proclamation will be presented in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month and CASA of Lexington will be joined by community leaders and representatives...

Officials celebrat $25 million BUILD investment for KY 261 interchange improvements in Pulaski County

Gov. Matt Bevin on Saturday joined U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Representative Hal Rogers, Kentucky Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas and local officials in Somerset to celebrate $25 million in federal funds for an interchange improvement and road widening project on KY 461 in Pulaski County. A $59.5 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development...

State releases unemployment data for February 2019; rates fell in 108 Kentucky counties in past year

Unemployment rates fell in 108 Kentucky counties between February 2018 and February 2019, rose in seven, and stayed the same in five 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 3 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 3.2 percent;...

General Assembly comes to close, passing over 200 bills, including school safety, no-tobacco schools

The General Assembly’s 2019 session came to a close Thursday evening, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved a school safety measure considered a signature issue of the session.   When the final gavel fell on this year’s 30-day session, the school safety measure had already been effective law for a couple of weeks. Because the measure contained an emergency clause, it took effect as...

Pension bill passes in waning moments, allows public universities, agencies to opt out of KERS

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today In the waning moments of the 2019 General Assembly, lawmakers passed public pension legislation that will affect the regional public universities and quasi-governmental agencies, such as health departments, who are in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System. 
House Bill 358 was changed by the Senate and the House would not agree to the Senate version, so a free conference...

Kentucky leadership to establish Barren County corrections training and re-entry program

Through a collaborative effort among Kentucky’s Executive leadership, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Derrick K. Ramsey, Labor Cabinet Secretary David A. Dickerson, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley are joining forces to launch a training and re-entry program for Kentucky inmates. Cabinet officials along with leadership from Barren County, the Kentucky...

David Cowan Buckingham appointed justice for First Supreme Court District of Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed the Honorable David Cowan Buckingham to the office of Justice for the First Supreme Court District of Kentucky. A native of Murray, Judge Buckingham graduated from Murray State University in 1974 and received his juris doctor from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law in 1977. He began his 29-year judicial career in 1982 as a district judge for the...

Duke Energy Kentucky receives approval from PSC to raise natural gas rates, monthly customer charge

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a settlement that allows Duke Energy Kentucky to raise its rates for delivery of natural gas, but reduces by about one-third the size of the increase that Duke Kentucky originally requested. In an order issued Wednesday, the PSC made minor modifications to the settlement reached by Duke Kentucky with the Kentucky Office of Attorney General,...

Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials to host Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on April 11

The Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (KBC-LEO) will be hosting a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on April 11 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Kentucky State University, in Bradford Auditorium located at 400 East Main Street in Frankfort. A reception will be held prior to the Forum at 5 p.m. All Democratic and Republican candidates for the office of Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky...

Gov. Matt Bevin, state officials commemorate ‘Signs of Progress’ to elevate Natcher Parkway to I-165

Gov. Matt Bevin joined federal, state and local officials and business leaders to celebrate the newly designated Interstate 165 between Bowling Green and Owensboro. The event in Warren County commemorated the ongoing project to sign 70 miles of the former William H. Natcher Parkway with distinctive red, white and blue shields, cementing the corridor’s elevated interstate status. “The official designation...

Various stormwater grant opportunities for Lexington organizations now available

Lexington’s Stormwater Quality Projects Incentive Grant Program is entering its 10th year of funding projects to reduce stormwater runoff, improve water quality and educate citizens about water issues in Lexington. Applications are open for all types of grants: infrastructure, education and neighborhood. Neighborhood and education grant applications are due on May 10. Infrastructure grant applications...

Second volume of statewide audit identifies two material weaknesses, 12 significant deficiencies

Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon on Monday released volume two of the annual Statewide Single Audit of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (SSWAK) for Fiscal Year 2018. Kentucky spent over $12.65 billion in cash and noncash awards received from the federal government in Fiscal Year 2018, which is an increase of $273 million compared to federal funds spent by the Commonwealth during Fiscal Year 2017. The 2018...

Public comment invited at six regional community forums for Citizens Foster Care Review Boards

The public is invited to attend any of six regional community forums across the state March 28-April 18 to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system. Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in the regions are hosting the forums. 

The forums are among the reforms called for in House Bill 1, which was passed in 2018 to address issues with foster...

Gov. Bevin busy with pen, signing half dozen bills into law; here’s a list

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Gov. Matt Bevin signed more than half dozen bills into law on this week, including ones dealing with traffic violations in work zones and amusement ride safety. 
Here’s a look at bills he signed. 
- House Bill 244, dealing with double fines for speeding in work zones, says to qualify for a violation there must be signs posted warning of...

Kentucky Lottery announces both sales and net income are up from last year’s records

In Friday’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors, it was announced that both sales and net income were up from the record-setting levels of the previous fiscal year.   Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison reported total sales through February were $722 million. This is $51.1 million (7.6%) more than the last fiscal year and $22.2 million (3.2%) ahead...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases February unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary February 2019 unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for February 2019 was down from the 4.2 percent reported for January 2019. The preliminary February 2019 jobless rate was down 0.2 percentage points from...

First Lady Glenna Bevin announces Allie Viney as winner of 2019 Kentucky Derby Poster Contest

First Lady Glenna Bevin has announced the winning entry, as well as the second- and third-place finishers, in her annual Kentucky Derby Poster Contest. This year’s first-place winner, Allie Viney, is a 10th-grader at Scott County High School. Viney will receive a $500 scholarship from Derby Celebration, Inc., and her poster will be on permanent display at the State Capitol. A copy of her artwork...

194 Ky. School Boards Insurance Trust members to receive $5 million in reimbursed payments

The Kentucky Department of Insurance (DOI) and Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI) received authorization from Franklin Circuit Court to disburse $5 million to 194 members of the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust (KSBIT) Fund. KSBIT members include numerous county boards of education, colleges, and cooperatives throughout the Commonwealth. “We are pleased to announce this $5 million...

KYSTATS report: Unemployment rates rise in 72 Kentucky counties in past year, drop in 37 others

Unemployment rates fell in 37 Kentucky counties between January 2018 and January 2019, rose in 72, and stayed the same in 11 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 3.1 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 3.3 percent; Oldham...

Kentucky breaks record for fourth consecutive year in 2018 with $31.76 billion in exported goods

Kentucky exports reached an all-time high for a fourth consecutive year with $31.76 billion in goods and services shipped abroad from the commonwealth in 2018, a 2.9-percent increase from the previous year. “Once again, Kentucky’s record-setting exports highlight the momentous economic progress we have achieved in recent years,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “Our rapidly expanding trade is the result...