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Federal appeals court strikes down Medicaid work requirements that Bevin attempted to impose

A federal appeals court ruled Friday against the work requirements that then-Gov. Matt Bevin tried to impose on Medicaid enrollees who were not “medically frail” and had no dependents. The Trump administration was arbitrary and capricious when it approved Bevin’s plan and one in Arkansas, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled unanimously. Gov....

Beshear tours flooded areas in Southeastern Kentucky, provides briefing on response efforts

Gov. Andy Beshear and local leaders provided an update on the emergency management and relief response to flooding events in Southeastern Kentucky during a Thursday briefing at the London Joint Readiness Center. Joined by Senate President Robert Stivers, of Manchester; Senator Johnny Ray Turner, of Prestonsburg; Rep. Adam Bowling, of Middlesboro; Michael Dossett, director of the Kentucky Division of...

Dennis Keene: Beshear’s proposed budget moves Kentucky forward, reverses effects from years of cuts

In my previous roles at Southbank Partners and as the 67th district representative, my mission was to fight for economic development and growth for Northern Kentucky. Now, as the commissioner for the Department for Local Government (DLG) I am broadening that purpose by collaborating with local officials across the commonwealth to improve every community. So far, I am encouraged by Gov. Andy Beshear’s...

Southeastern Kentucky braces for more rainfall as officials declare waters at 100-year flood levels

Cumberland Falls was one of the flooded areas in southeastern Kentucky. (Photo from Kentucky Today) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today What state officials are calling a 100-year flood has affected parts of southeastern Kentucky and warn that more rain is on the way. Gov. Andy Beshear, local state and Emergency Management personnel held a press conference in London on Thursday to update the situation. Beshear...

Kentucky Career Center Veteran Resource Fair set for March 3 in Covington; employment event is free

The Kentucky Career Center (KCC) Veteran Services Team in Covington is hosting its first-ever Veteran Resource Fair on March 3 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The free employment event for veterans and their families will be at the KCC at 1324 Madison Ave., in Covington. It is sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Easterseals Veteran Services. “There is no higher calling in Kentucky than...

Pension bill could force some Kentucky counties to raise taxes in order to receive state assistance

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Under a new pension funding proposal pending before the Kentucky General Assembly, some counties could be asked to increase their public-health taxes to help pay for their health departments’ pension liability. “Because we’ve been giving a free ride to some of these guys, they haven’t had to go to their communities and ask for a tax increase,”...

Beshear, Goodman announce $4.5 million in tobacco settlement funds for projects on Kentucky farms

Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman have announced that the Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission has selected 705 projects in 82 counties to receive a total of $4,554,818 in tobacco settlement funds for projects on Kentucky farms. The majority of the projects being funded will install fencing for facilitation of rotational grazing or watering facilities...

Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman, husband Chris O’Bryan announce birth of daughter, Evelynne

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman shared on social media that she gave birth to a daughter Saturday morning. Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman shared this photo of her new daughter and husband on her official Facebook page Saturday afternoon. (Photo from Kentucky Today) “Chris, Emma, Will, Nate and I are blessed to welcome the newest member of #TeamKentucky, Evelynne Jeanette Coleman-O’Bryan, who...

Governor declares state of emergency in eight Eastern Kentucky counties in response to flooding

Gov. Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency in response to flooding in several southeastern counties. “By declaring a state of emergency, I am enabling the mobilization of state resources to be utilized in support of cities and counties in need,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “We are acting swiftly to ensure the safety and security of Kentucky families and communities that have been impacted.” The...

Emily Beauregard: More Kentucky young children lack health insurance, but things could be changing

If you’ve ever had young children, you know how often they need to see a doctor. With well-baby appointments, routine immunizations for toddlers, and screenings for development milestones with preschoolers, pediatricians recommend that children have 15 check-ups by the time they’re 6 years old. That’s why it’s so alarming that the number of children under age 6 without health coverage is growing....

Beshear, Kentucky leaders urge lawmakers to pass sports betting legislation; KEA, Chamber support bill

With support from educators, top business leaders, law enforcement and retirees, Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday called on lawmakers to pass sports betting legislation to stop Kentucky dollars from flowing to neighboring states and use those funds for needs in Kentucky. “We have a real urgency in Kentucky. We need new revenue to support the needs of our communities, our state and especially our children...

In wake of Beshear’s election, Planned Parenthood gets license to perform abortions in Louisville

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky announced Jan. 31 that it has received a provisional license from Kentucky to perform abortions, allowing it to become the second provider in the state, both of them in Louisville. A prepared statement from the organization’s leader praised the decision by Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration. “Kentucky has gone from one abortion...

KDLA announces 25 recipients for grant funds of $575,000 to preserve local government records

The Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has announced 25 recipients of more than $575,000 of the Local Records Grant Program funds to preserve and manage local government records. The Local Records Program helps to preserve, protect and make available records with continuing archival value and assist local agencies with records...

Kentucky Personnel Cabinet accepting entries for 2020 Public Service Recognition Poster contest

The Kentucky Personnel Cabinet is accepting entries for the 2020 Public Service Recognition Poster contest. The annual contest combines visual arts and education by encouraging students across Kentucky to craft colorful works of art as they explore the various roles and value of public service. The 2019 first-place winning poster in age group 6-9 by Maya Muñoz (Image from Kentucky Personnel Cabinet) “This...

Nearly $1 million in grants awarded to 21 Kentucky counties to clean up illegal open dumps

Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman announced approximately $955,000 in grant funding has been awarded for the cleanup of 121 illegal dumps in 21 counties across the Commonwealth. “Illegal dump sites are a blight on this beautiful state of ours,” Beshear said. “Cleaning these will not only restore properties but will provide a healthier environment for...

Beshear joins National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils to gift fitness centers to Ky Schools

With a goal of ending childhood obesity, Gov. Andy Beshear and fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC), announced Monday that Kentucky has been selected for the Councils’s 2020 DON’T QUIT! Campaign. “Our children and their health are a top priority for Britainy and me,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “As parents of 9- and 10-year-olds,...

KYTC’s 2020 Recommended Highway Plan prioritizes safety, fast-tracks major regional access projects

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) presented the 2020 Recommended Highway Plan to lawmakers that prioritizes safety and fast-tracks major regional access projects to improve the quality of life for Kentucky families and boost economic development. The Plan features a historic biennium investment of $100 million to improve safety conditions on rural roads through the Highway Safety Improvement...

Beshear unveils ‘Education First’ budget ending 14 years of cuts; funds health, pensions, social workers

Gov. Andy Beshear outlined his first budget to lawmakers on Tuesday prioritizing education, health care and protecting our children, underlining his belief that a budget is a statement of values. “It is a budget that not only ends years of painful cuts, it also makes a major investment in public education, fully funds expanded Medicaid, makes a historic investment in protecting our children, directs...

Dr. Steven Stack named commissioner of Department for Public Health; begins appointment Feb. 10

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Acting Secretary Eric Friedlander has announced Dr. Steven Stack as the agency’s new commissioner of the Department for Public Health (DPH). Stack will begin his appointment on Feb. 10. Gov. Andy Beshear said Stack shares his commitment to making better health care and health education available to Kentuckians in every part of the state. “Health...

Kentucky Lottery President, CEO Tom Delacenserie to retire; sales increased dramatically on his watch

Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie has announced his retirement, effective March 6. Delacenserie, who turns 72 this year, assumed the top job in May 2017. Sales from FY17 through FY19 rose from $1,000,501,000 to $1,129,655,000, a $129.1 million (12.9 percent) increase during his tenure. “We’ve accomplished a tremendous amount in the last two and a half years,” Delacenserie said....