A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Bevin joins 16-state coalition in Supreme Court amicus brief protecting Second Amendment rights

Gov. Matt Bevin has joined 15 states in a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief supporting Second Amendment rights, in response to New York City’s restrictions on handguns kept for self-defense. The brief was filed in response to the costly and restrictive “premises permit” required by the city to own a personal handgun for self-defense. The permit prohibits taking a weapon outside the home for...

Kentucky Health Cabinet takes steps to address lack of adequate ambulance service in several counties

Citing a research report released by Pegasus Institute in July, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has issued an emergency administrative regulation to meet a public health crisis in counties without adequate ambulance service. The Cabinet pointed to the Louisville-based think tank’s white paper which found that several larger Kentucky counties have only one Class I ambulance provider...

Abandoned Mine Lands grant of $1.1 million marked for historic Stearns downtown revitalization, railway

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Gov. Matt Bevin have announced a $1.1 million Abandoned Mine Lands grant to renovate and revitalize Stearns and construct railroad-related repairs and improvements to the Big South Fork Scenic Railway. The grant was awarded by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands to...

Secretary of State Alison Grimes fires back against allegations as ‘political,’ focusing on becoming mom

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes fired back on Wednesday against allegations of wrongdoing, including on Attorney General Andy Beshear, a fellow Democrat, naming an independent counsel to investigate her. 
“People are fearful of what might come their way come 2019 and are seeking to do harm this year,” she said while also referring to Beshear in her response. Alison...

CPE wins $24.5 million state grant to boost educational opportunities for low-income students

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Council on Postsecondary Education have announced that Kentucky has won a $24.5 million GEAR UP grant to increase the number of low-income students graduating from high school and enrolling in college or workforce training programs. Kentucky is one of only six states to receive GEAR UP funding from the U.S. Department of Education in this year’s competition, making it the...

Opening of Castle & Key Distillery, $30m renovation, bring new life to former Old Taylor Distillery Co. site

At the opening of Castle & Key Distillery this week, Gov. Matt Bevin congratulated the company’s leaders on their $30 million renovation and welcomed the public’s return to the restored, long-dormant grounds of the former Old Taylor Distillery Co. in Woodford County. Gov. Matt Bevin cuts the ribbon to signal the opening of Castle & Key Distillery on the historic former site of the Old Taylor...

Nearly $3 million in homeland security grants awarded throughout Kentucky to counter terrorism

After an extensive evaluation and review process, Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) announced Tuesday that 50 grant recipients will receive nearly $3 million under Kentucky’s 2018 Homeland Security Grant Program to purchase law enforcement, fire and emergency services equipment to counter threats of terrorism in the Commonwealth. “Ensuring the safety and protection...

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development executives featured at Venture Connectors lunch

On Oct. 3 in Louisville, Venture Connectors will feature Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, and Brian Mefford, executive director of the Cabinet’s Office of Entrepreneurship, and they will share how their office is working to cultivate programs and support for the commonwealth’s entrepreneurs, small business owners and startups. The Office of Entrepreneurship...

Rick Pitino returns for visit to Louisville, and book signing, with more of the same as he seeks closure

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Anyone who tuned in either in person or on a streaming version to hear Rick Pitino’s return to Louisville Friday night expecting anything different than what the former Louisville basketball coach had repeatedly said previously was disappointed. Pitino’s book signing and interview sponsored by the Courier-Journal at the downtown Omni Hotel was basically more...

Gov. Bevin makes appoints to Kentucky boards and commissions, including a number from Central KY

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Charles Davidson has been appointed as a member of the Reclamation Guaranty Fund Commission.    • Charles Davidson, of Hazard, is the general manager of Pine Branch Mining, LLC. He will represent permittees which participate in the fund and have mined and sold over one million tons but less than five million...

Rick Pitino’s new book: Defending himself (again) against the scandals at UofL, telling ‘his story’

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Rick Pitino’s new memoir, Pitino: My Story, hit the bookshelves and internet booksellers’ websites this week, and it’s sure to receive a lot of interest and conversation from college basketball fans and the media.   In many ways, the overriding thread of the book isn’t surprising. The former Louisville coach continues to play the role of victim,...

Be aware and prepared — Gov. Bevin proclaims September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky. Kentucky Emergency Management urges Kentuckians to “BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN – MAKE A KIT.” Visit www.ready.gov for a host of ideas throughout National Preparedness Month. Kentuckians face threats to their safety and property throughout the year, from...

Governor approves an additional $489,000 in grants to support victims, families in Marshall County

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet have approved an additional $489,000 in grant funds to support victims and families healing from the Marshall County High School shooting. “We are grateful for this additional allocation of federal funds to support the students, educators and families of Marshall County,” said Gov. Bevin. “Our hope is that these grants will be...

Bevin’s legal team files briefs on pension reform bill ahead of September Supreme Court hearing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin’s legal team filed briefs Monday ahead of the Kentucky Supreme Court hearing next month on their appeal of a Franklin Circuit Court ruling that declared the public pension reform bill passed by the 2018 General Assembly unconstitutional and began their paperwork with a quote from a character from the old Popeye cartoons. “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday...

Governor Matt Bevin tells crowd at Republican gathering he intends to run for re-election in 2019

Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin received a standing ovation from a Republican gathering upon announcing Saturday night that he was running for re-election as governor in 2019. Governor Matt Bevin Bevin, speaking at the Republican Party of Kentucky’s Lincoln Day Dinner, said at the end of his comments that he wanted to make clear about one particular matter. “You bet I’m running again,” he said. About...

Officials approve more than $192,000 in grants approved for victims services in Marshall County

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet have approved more than $192,000 in grants to provide victim services in Marshall County, where students and families are recovering from January’s tragic school shooting. The funds – available through the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) – are part of two separate grants approved this week by Gov. Bevin. “The senseless...

Recently created adoption and foster care reform committee holds initial meeting in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A new committee created as part of the adoption and foster care reform legislation passed in the spring met for the first time on Monday. The committee selected co-chairman – Sen. Julie Raque Adams and Rep. David Meade – by acclamation. Meade, who was instrumental in moving the adoption foster care reform bill through legislation, said they are there to “give recommendations...

Clay, Livingston counties certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress

Gov. Matt Bevin announced this week that Clay and Livingston Counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress. “Everything we aspire to economically is contingent on our communities having a skilled workforce that is ready and able to fulfill the needs of employers,” Bevin said. “Earning the Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification gives counties a competitive...

Marshall County High School gets grant for Project School Emergency Response to Violence

The United States Department of Education has announced a $138,213 Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant has been awarded to Marshall County High School.  On Jan. 23, a student opened fire at Marshall High County High School in Benton, killing two students and wounding others.  The SERV grant will assist the school system in its recovery and further student support efforts following...

Kentucky Supreme Court probes state’s medical review panels, legislation on malpractice lawsuits

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on legislation passed by the 2017 General Assembly that established rules on how to file malpractice lawsuits. Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, who himself is a physician, required any lawsuit against doctors, other healthcare providers, hospitals and nursing homes would have to be reviewed...