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Governor Matt Bevin sends letter to lawmakers seeking support for pension proposal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin sent a letter to state lawmakers Wednesday, seeking support for his pension proposal affecting Kentucky’s regional universities, quasi-governmental agencies and their employees considered during a special session before July 1. 
Members of his administration held briefings on his plan for Republican lawmakers last week and for House Democrats earlier...

National Green New Deal tour to draw more than 300 to Frankfort Saturday to discuss plan’s impact on Ky.

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service More than 300 people are to gather in Frankfort this Saturday to talk about what the Green New Deal could mean for Kentucky. Sponsored by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Green New Deal legislation aims to jump-start the U.S. economy and curb global warming by shifting the country to 100% clean, renewable energy sources...

Navy Submarine USS Louisville completes final deployment, to be decommissioned in Pearl Harbor

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The fourth U.S. Navy ship to be named after Kentucky’s largest city has returned to Pearl Harbor from the final deployment before being decommissioned. The USS Louisville, a Los Angeles-class fast attack nuclear submarine, is ending an historic 33-year career, which included participation in Operation Desert Storm. The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Louisville...

As special session looms, Ky. House Democrats are still not sold on Governor’s pension proposal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s still no word on when Gov. Matt Bevin will call a special session of the General Assembly to address a public pension bill because he doesn’t appear to have enough votes to pass his proposal. The governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Bryan Sunderland, Budget Director John Chilton and Kentucky Retirement Systems Executive Director David Eger spent more than two hours...

Pres. Trump formally sends to Senate nomination of Kyian Kelly Craft as U.S. Ambassador to the UN

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today President Donald J. Trump has formally sent to the U.S. Senate, the nomination of a Kentuckian to serve as the nation’s ambassador to the United Nations. 
Kelly Craft of Lexington has been serving as Ambassador to Canada since 2017, becoming the first woman to serve in that post. Kelly Craft with Gov. Matt Bevin and husband, Joe, as she is sworn in as Ambassador to...

Governor Matt Bevin says pension bill is ‘getting done’ as special session looms sometime this month

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin says the legislation is ready and that a special session will be called sometime in May to provide relief for regional universities and other quasi-governmental agencies who face a huge jump in pension costs July 1. On Tuesday, Bevin spoke with reporters on the status of proposed legislation. “The bill is written, the bill has been scored. I met with all...

Governor Matt Bevin holds ceremonial bill signing for selective abortion bill, says ‘hypocrisy’ must end

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin held a ceremonial bill signing on Monday for one of four pro-life bills that passed the 2019 General Assembly. House Bill 5, known as the “Human Rights of the Unborn Child and Anti-Discrimination Act,” sponsored by Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty, R-Belton, bans an abortion based upon the gender, race or perceived disability of an unborn child. Gov. Bevin...

Survey finds that student loan debt is the number one cause of financial hardship for Kentuckians

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A new survey of nearly 400 Kentuckians finds that student loans are the number one cause of financial hardship for respondents. Other reasons for experiencing financial hardship include medical debt, rent, payday lending, credit cards and car payments. Student loans, medical debt and car payments are some of the reasons Kentuckians are feeling financially pinched....

AAA poll reveals 92 percent of Ky drivers worried about use of electronic devices behind the wheel

As Distracted Driving Awareness Month continues, a recent AAA poll of Kentucky motorists found that 92 percent are very or somewhat concerned for their safety due to other drivers being distracted by electronic devices. Yet despite the growing concern, 80 percent say they see more drivers around them distracted by electronic devices. The survey of 613 drivers took place March 14-15. It included men...

Kentuckians step up to help Nebraska grain farmers, livestock producers after devastating floods

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky In America’s breadbasket, where the iconic image is “amber waves of grain,” Nebraska grain farmers and livestock producers are instead facing sodden, sand-covered fields, washed-out fencing and a tragic loss of cattle after the worst flooding in 50 years hit their region in March. Kentucky farmers understand what they’re going through, and they are...

AAA: Gas prices may rise due to Iranian sanctions waivers announcement by U.S. State Department

After posting a week-over-week drop of 3 cents, gas prices in Kentucky have begun to creep upward following the U.S. State Department’s announcement to end sanction waivers for countries that import oil from Iran. Crude oil prices are seeing an immediate impact as a result of Monday’s announcement. “With the end of waiver sanctions, Americans could see increased gas prices this summer, leading...

Kentucky Derby attendees are urged to report any suspicious indications of human trafficking

Staff report Kentucky Derby attendees are urged to be the alert, not just for their best bet but for human trafficking at the 145th Run for the Roses. Unfortunately, human traffickers target many large-scale sporting events to prey on victims and profit from the crim. 
“By raising awareness with partners, our community will be better prepared to stop traffickers this Derby,” said Attorney General...

Labor cabinet denies Beshear request to rescind subpoenas; attorney general prepared to file suit

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has denied a request by Attorney General Andy Beshear to withdraw subpoenas to 10 local school districts seeking teacher attendance records. And if they don’t, the attorney general says he will sue. “I will not allow this governor to bully our teachers and fine them up to $1,000 a day,” Beshear said in a statement. “If the governor’s...

Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Terry Gill resigns, Gov. Bevin recommends Sarin as interim

Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday accepted with regret the resignation of Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, effective at the end of May. Terry Gill “The impact that Terry’s leadership has had on the economy of our commonwealth cannot be overstated,” Gov. Bevin said. “He brought to our economic development efforts the perspective of a business executive who knows...

KY Supreme Court rules in favor of Frost Brown Todd on Department of Revenue open records case

Kentucky taxpayers now have access to the state’s Department of Revenue (DOR) tax rulings. The case, Department of Revenue v. Mark F. Sommer,was successfully argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court by Frost Brown Todd (FBT) Member Jennifer Barber. The Court ruled that the state Department of Revenue took an “unreasonable and overly broad view” of public records statutes when they refused to...

Richmond soldier died in Iraq in non-combat incident; Gov. Bevin asks flags lowered on day of his interment

Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died in Iraq while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, of Richmond, died April 20 in Ninawa Province, Iraq, in a non-combat-related incident. The incident is under investigation. “Our hearts are broken for the family of this young Kentucky soldier,”...

Earth Day is celebrating its 49th year with the theme ‘Protect our Species’ — and work for everyone to do

Staff report The first Earth Day began on April 22, 1970, activating 20 million Americans from all walks of life and launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.  Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, according to Earth Day Network, mobilizing...

Health department issues alert about Hepatitis A threat if you ate at Roosters on April 16

An employee at Roosters, 124 Marketplace Dr., has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of hepatitis A. As a result, customers who ate at the restaurant on April 16, 2019, may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus and are advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination. While it is relatively uncommon for restaurant customers to become infected with the hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler,...

Sen. McConnell aims to sponsor legislation making 21 the legal age to buy tobacco products in all states

By Al Cross and Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he would sponsor legislation to make 21 the legal age to buy tobacco products in every state – a change that 12 states have recently adopted, but one that failed to pass the Kentucky legislature this year. McConnell said at a Louisville news conference that his move was prompted by the epidemic...

KYTC names student winners of its Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest — winners are across the state

Students from four Kentucky counties earned first place in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) 2018 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest, which seeks to promote a clean environment. Winners represent Western Hills High School in Franklin County, Murray High School in Calloway County, Grace Academy in Allen County and Rich Pond Elementary in Warren County. “I am always impressed with the talent...