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Organizations from across Kentucky hold strategic planning meeting on elimination of hepatitis C

Kentucky’s Department for Public Health hosted a statewide Hepatitis C (HCV) elimination meeting Monday. Staff from the state’s local health departments, universities, hospitals, corrections departments, behavioral health facilities, private providers, and other groups attended the strategic planning meeting. Kentucky leads the nation in both acute and chronic cases of Hepatitis C. HCV...

Bevin, KYTC announce $70 million construction project to continue Mountain Parkway expansion

Gov. Matt Bevin joined local elected officials in Magoffin County on Friday to announce the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will begin construction in August on the newest segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion, continuing a major corridor expansion to benefit Eastern Kentucky. The more than $70 million construction project will widen and improve a crash-prone section of the parkway near...

Court of Appeals sides with Bevin administration, independent cities in solid waste case

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed a judgment from Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd and unanimously ruled in favor of the Bevin administration and Jefferson County’s 83 independent cities in an important case regarding the decision-making powers of local governments. House Bill 246, a 2017 law championed by Rep. Jerry Miller, restructured the relationship between a county in a...

Unemployment rates drop in 55 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford owns lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates fell in 55 Kentucky counties between June 2018 and June 2019, rose in 51 and stayed the same in 14 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 3.4 percent. It was followed by Boone, Oldham, Shelby and Spencer counties,...

Grimes warns of false information about voter rolls; says partisan activist group’s tweets ‘misleading’

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is warning Kentucky voters of false information being circulated by Judicial Watch, a partisan activist group. Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, tweeted on Sunday: “HUGE: Kentucky set to remove up to 250k inactive voters.” Alison Lundergan Grimes Grimes is warning Kentuckians that this information is false and misleading. The State Board...

Governor signs pension bill into law following final approval in senate, bringing end to special session

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Senate gave final approval for a pension bill providing relief to the regional public universities and other quasi-governmental agencies on Wednesday, followed quickly by Gov. Matt Bevin signing the measure into law, and bringing an end to the special session after five days. Following two hours of floor debate, the measure passed the Senate 27-11, with two Republicans,...

Kentucky’s political tradition, Fancy Farm, coming up on Aug. 3 — here’s the lineup so far

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Six-minute speeches from gubernatorial candidates Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear highlight a long list of speakers at the much-anticipated Fancy Farm picnic on Aug. 3. The speaking order is set for next month’s political speaking event that is traditionally the kickoff for the fall campaign in Kentucky. Fancy Farm file photo by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today The...

Extension allows continued use of current state driver’s licenses for air travel until October 2020

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has determined the Commonwealth is fully compliant with REAL ID Act regulations following the pilot launch of new driver’s licenses, permits and IDs in Franklin and Woodford counties. This designation serves as the state’s last necessary extension, and allows Kentuckians to use their current...

Kentucky House members announce Commonwealth Caucus to prioritize everyday Kentuckians

A diverse group of junior members of Kentucky’s House of Representatives, representing House districts from across the state, announced the formation of the bi-partisan Commonwealth Caucus. Fed up with a broken political process that puts millionaires, billionaires and giant corporations ahead of everyone else, caucus members are committed to prioritizing the needs of everyday Kentuckians, their...

Kentucky State Police recognizes 14 civilian employees from across state at annual ceremony

Kentucky State Police honored fourteen civilian employees today at a ceremony in Lexington. These award winners have exceled in public service and dedication to the agency this past year. KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders spoke prior to the ceremony thanking the winners for their dedicated service. Award winners pictured from left to right: Karen Williams, Ronald Cobb, Beverly Wagoner, Whitney Lyell, Kevin...

PSC investigates nearly 1,000 damages to gas pipelines in past year, issues more than 400 citations

A year after taking over enforcement of the state’s call-before-you-dig statute as it relates to natural gas or hazardous liquid lines, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has issued more than 400 citations for violations of the law. The PSC assumed responsibility for enforcing the law on July 14, 2018. Since then, the PSC has received nearly 1,000 reports of excavation-caused damage to...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to spray for mosquitoes from 3-6 a.m. on Tuesday (July 23)

To help control mosquitoes, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will conduct mosquito-spraying activities in the pre-dawn hours next Tuesday (July 23) in parts of the 40505 and 40511 ZIP codes. The spraying is due to a high mosquito population found in a monitoring trap in the 40505 ZIP code region. To provide adequate spray coverage of the area, portions of 40511 ZIP code will also be sprayed. Spraying...

Kentucky’s unemployment rate for June at 4.1 percent, a slight increase from May’s jobless figure

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary June 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 June 2019 was up from the 4 percent reported for May 2019. The preliminary June 2019 jobless rate was down 0.3 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded...

Pension legislation the only item on agenda as Bevin makes formal call for special session Thursday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin issued his formal call Thursday afternoon for a special session of the General Assembly starting Friday at 8 a.m., with pension legislation the only item on the agenda. The governor’s proposal would only affect the state’s regional public universities, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and other quasi-governmental agencies such as local...

PPC Secretary Gail Russell appoints Marni Gibson as acting Deputy Commissioner of DFI

Public Protection Cabinet Secretary Gail Russell has appointed Marni Gibson as the acting Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). In addition, Commissioner Charles Vice promoted DFI staff members Chad Harlan and Hailey Nolan to senior management roles, which is effective immediately. Gail Russell Gibson, who has been with DFI since 2009, previously served as Director...

After more than 600 public comments, CHFS updates proposed tattoo administrative regulations

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has filed an updated proposed administrative regulation, outlining requirements for tattoo studios in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In the process of drafting the regulation, the Cabinet received more than 600 public comments. This input helped to inform the decision-making process and ensure the regulation was appropriate for modern industry standards. After...

Grimes leads Election Integrity Task Force post-election meeting to evaluate Ky’s voting process

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday led the Election Integrity Task Force (“EITF”) in post-election discussions concerning Kentucky’s Primary Election that occurred on May 21. Created by Grimes in 2012, the Task Force meets prior to election day and after to discuss any irregularities and continues to coordinate efforts to protect the elections. The Task Force is...

Kentucky is 29th state to join Electronic Registration Information Center to maintain voter rolls

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced Kentucky has joined the Electronic Registration Information Center, Inc. (ERIC) to continue efforts to maintain Kentucky’s voter rolls. ERIC is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve the accuracy of voter rolls and increase access to voter registration. Alison Lundergan Grimes “I have worked to make Kentucky’s election...

Kentucky state Rep. Savannah Maddox honored with Hazlitt Coalition National Freshman of the Year Award

Rep. Savannah Maddox of Dry Ridge has been honored with the Hazlitt Coalition National Freshman of the Year Award for her legislative accomplishments. “I would like to thank the Hazlitt Coalition for recognizing the hard work it takes to get critical pieces of legislation across the finish line,” Maddox said in response to receiving the award. “I am pleased I could make a positive impact during...

FairWarning: Little progress so far on US goal to cut food waste in half; big portions end up in landfills

By Susan Abram FairWarning While 1 in 8 Americans are considered to be “food insecure,” an estimated 40 percent of the nation’s supply of fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat goes to waste, discarded by farmers, retailers, restaurant owners and households. Three federal agencies have agreed to work together to cut that food waste in half by 2030. But a recent government oversight report found that...