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Col Owens: Gestapo tactics must stop now; speak out for the America we know and love, not this

We have recently witnessed in Portland, Oregon, an occurrence which should never happen in our America – the insertion of unidentified armed men in unmarked vehicles “arresting” – i.e., kidnapping – unarmed civilians off the street. With no evidence of authority, no warrant for arrest. These people are mostly engaged in peaceful protest demonstrations. This is not the country we live...

BBB Trends: September is National Preparedness Month; are you ready? Here are some helpful tips

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Mass shootings. Tornadoes. Flooding. Now, hurricanes. It seems every community in our country has experienced some kind of disaster, tragedy or emergency event this year. We hear about them on the news and the question we always ask ourselves is: would we know what to do if that were to happen here in our home or in our community? National Preparedness Month,...

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...

BCTC first Kentucky community college to earn prestigious CAE-CDE designation from NSA, DHS

Bluegrass Community and Technical College is the first community college in Kentucky to be designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). This designation is granted by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through academic year 2024. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor...

Pilot rollout of Kentucky’s new driver’s licenses begins in early April in Franklin, Woodford counties

The pilot rollout of Kentucky’s new, secure driver’s licenses, spearheaded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, is scheduled to begin in early April in Franklin and Woodford counties. A phased, county-by-county rollout extending to the remaining 118 counties will begin two to three weeks later and conclude within a two-month period. “We only get to launch once and have adjusted the preliminary...

Kentucky Secretary of State, county clerks from across state join DHS national cybersecurity exercise

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and county clerks from all parts of Kentucky on Wednesday participated in a national cybersecurity exercise with 45 states across the nation and hosted by the Department of Homeland Security. The national exercise assisted elections stakeholders in identifying best practices and opening lines of communications to facilitate partnerships for cyber incident...

Secretary of State Grimes and DHS conduct cybersecurity seminar for Kentucky attorneys

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and the Department of Homeland Security conducted a cybersecurity seminar Friday for Kentucky attorneys at the Kentucky Bar Association’s annual conference. “I am proud of the relationship my office has built with the Department of Homeland Security as a key partner in election security,” Grimes said. “Like election officials, law firms...

The Rural Blog: U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says farmworker visa program to be overhauled

The departments of Labor, Agriculture, State and Homeland Security will modernize the H-2A visa program that brings in foreign farmworkers, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said recently. Farmers have been struggling to find enough workers since the Trump administration cracked down on illegal immigration; more than 55 percent of California farmers surveyed in March said half their land...

Secretary of State leads Board of Elections in move to require voter-verified paper trails in Kentucky

The State Board of Elections on the recommendation of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday moved to require all future election equipment purchased in Kentucky to provide a voter-verified paper trail. “The Board of Elections takes the integrity of our Kentucky elections very seriously, and we want Kentucky voters to be assured that their votes count and the results are accurate,”...

Keven Moore: Surviving an active shooter not about being fearless; it’s about swift, definitive decisions

Following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Americans are once again reminded of how vulnerable we all are. As the authorities try zero in on the motives behind the shooting, there are lessons that can be learned – lessons that could better prepare you for an active shooter situation. The Department of Homeland Security defines an active shooter as “an individual actively...