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Jacqueline Coleman: Work Ready Scholarship will fast-track Kentuckians from classroom to career

As lieutenant governor, secretary of the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet, educator and mom, I believe every Kentuckian has the right to a world class education and high quality job training. We must do better to provide all Kentuckians the opportunity of transformational change – to attain a meaningful career, support their families, break the cycle of poverty and prosper. Removing...

Time running out for Kentuckians to receive home utility assistance; funds set to expire Dec. 31

Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman on Wednesday highlighted an approaching deadline for eligible families to receive assistance to pay overdue utility bills. The $15 million Healthy at Home Utility Assistance Fund helps those who are struggling to pay water, sewer, electric or gas bills due to COVID-19. Those who qualify can receive up to $500 for water and...

Jason Glass: Amid disruptions to our lives, wishing you a merry little Christmas in a year unlike any other

I’ve always been a fan of the holiday season, much like all of you I’m sure. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the things I like the most about the holidays are the traditions – decorating, spending time with neighbors and special dinners with friends and family. I look forward to those holiday events all year long, especially now that I have two young children of my own. But I must...

Health coverage open enrollment continues through Dec. 15; outreach, enrollment assistance is available

Open Enrollment for 2021 Marketplace health insurance plans at HealthCare.gov is continuing. The Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange (KHBE), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is working to ensure Kentuckians are prepared, informed and have the resources they need to choose a 2021 health plan. This year’s open enrollment continues through Dec. 15, 2020 for coverage that starts...

Gardens surge in popularity during summer; Quarles urged Kentuckians to grow Victory Gardens

This summer, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles encouraged people to get their hands dirty and get in touch with their agricultural roots. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) teamed up with the University of Kentucky’s (UK) Cooperative Extension Service and Kentucky’s Nutrition Education Program (KYNEP) to motivate Kentuckians to plant a Victory Garden and enjoy the fruits and vegetables...

AAA: Majority of Kentuckians not traveling for Thanksgiving; virus keeping families at home

A new survey by AAA indicates that a large majority of Kentucky residents will not be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, and 36 percent of those staying home say it is because of COVID-19 concerns. “Given the recent surge in COVID-19 and the strong urging of public health officials for everyone to stay home for the holiday, the Thanksgiving travel landscape continues to change,” said Lori...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs applications for summer program accepted until Jan. 25


The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), a residential summer program where Kentucky teens focus on product innovation and business model design, has opened applications for its summer 2021 program. The 2021 GSE session will take place June 6 through June 26, 2021, at Northern Kentucky University. Students currently in ninth, 10th and 11th grade can apply at www.KentuckyGSE.com. Applications...

Commentary: Citizen voices are key to COVID-19 response in education and beyond

By Natalie McCutchen, Annette Hines, and Spandana Pavuluri Prichard Committee volunteers Add to Kentucky’s groundswell of education influencers some innovative, if earnest, laypeople. We are part of a citizen research team of school stakeholders. We call ourselves the “Intergen 9”, and we comprise three parents, three teachers, and three students representing eight districts across the Commonwealth,...

Five health insurance plans currently unavailable on federal marketplace; enrollment through Dec. 15

Through Dec. 15, 2020, Kentuckians in 120 counties may enroll in health insurance coverage that takes effect Jan. 1, 2021. Enrollment is open on the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, with health coverage strongly encouraged as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Five health plans offered in 2021 for Kentuckians on the federal marketplace (www.healthcare.gov), offered by CareSource Kentucky Company,...

State Budget Director: October General Fund receipts in Kentucky rise 3.0 percent in past year

State Budget Director John Hicks reported Tuesday that October’s General Fund receipts rose 3.0 percent, or $27.7 million, over last year’s total. Almost half of the increase was due to early payments of tangible property tax. Revenues for the month were $948.4 million compared to $920.7 million collected in October 2020. Receipts have increased 5.1 percent for the first four months of the fiscal...

Dr. Dale Toney: As pandemic continues, access to health care more vital than ever for Kentuckians

Insurance plays a vital role for everyone in our health care system, whether you’re enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, an employer-sponsored plan or one off the marketplace. But what happens if insurers refuse to cover the vital services you need to manage your health and connect with your doctors? This has been a growing concern among patients and their physicians for years but has escalated as we...

After fall time change, AAA warns drivers of dark roads ahead; offers tips to avoid drowsy driving

While this past weekend’s time change brings an extra hour of sleep initially, AAA warns drivers to stay focused on the road as it gets dark earlier. Driving in the dark means drivers will need to take steps to avoid drowsy driving, and pay extra attention to their headlights and vision. “Driving in the dark is more risky for any driver,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins, public and government affairs,...

Community Action Agencies accepting applications Nov. 2 for Subsidy Component of LIHEAP

Community Action Agencies across Kentucky will begin accepting applications for the Subsidy Component of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Nov. 2. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 11 or until funds are depleted. To apply, qualified residents should contact their local outreach office operated by one of the 23 Community Action Agencies located across the state. The...

October is National Pedestrian Safety Month; KOHS encourages safe behaviors driving, walking

Even if you usually drive to your destination, everyone is a pedestrian at some point – maybe walking your child across the street to the bus stop or walking to a grocery store down the road to buy dinner. That means each of us has a personal reason for wanting to keep our streets safe for all who use them. In a crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian, the pedestrian is far more likely to be killed...

State program allows Kentuckians to seek outside review if insurer denies treatment, medicine

Kentuckians who disagree with decisions made by their health insurance carrier about the necessity of services, treatments or medication can seek to have an outside expert review that decision, and possibly have it overturned, through a program at the Department of Insurance. Since 2000, Kentucky law gives individuals who are covered by fully insured health benefit plans the right to have an independent,...

WKU increases access with ‘Hilltopper Guarantee’ in fall of 2021 to help financially challenged students

Beginning in the fall semester of 2021, Western Kentucky University will be tuition free to any freshman from Kentucky who receives Pell Grant assistance and has at least a 3.0 cumulative unweighted high school grade-point average. “Hilltopper Guarantee: WKU’s Commitment to the Commonwealth” is the latest major step to increase access to a WKU education through affordability. “The WKU experience...

State officials warn Kentucky voters of bogus mailers and texts; election scams aimed at Kentuckians

Secretary of State Michael Adams and Attorney General Daniel Cameron are warning Kentuckians about two election scams. In one, Kentuckians are receiving letters from a group called the “Center for Voter Information,” pushing them to register to vote. However, the letters have been sent to people who are already registered to vote. The Center purports to have a Frankfort address on its mailers,...

Poetry Unites Kentucky contest deadline extended to Oct. 1; contest on favorite poem open to Kentuckians

Responding to several requests from the prospect contest’s participants, the Poetry Unites Kentucky contest’s deadline has been extended to Oct. 1. The Poetry Unites Kentucky contest for the best essay on a favorite poem is open to all Kentuckians and is inviting them to write about their favorite poem. Eight finalists will be chosen from submitted essays and from those four will be selected to...

Commentary: Bipartisan election agreement puts Kentuckians’ health first for this November

By Gov. Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams In the midst of a global health pandemic caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), as a Democratic Governor and a Republican Secretary of State we have proven that we can put partisanship aside to make our elections safer for our people. We know that working across the aisle to reach a bipartisan agreement, regardless of where you live from Washington,...

Cameron announces $84M multistate settlement with American Honda Motor Company over safety issues

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced a more than $84 million multistate settlement with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Honda of America Mfg., Inc., over allegations Honda concealed safety issues related to defects in the frontal airbag systems installed in certain Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the United States. The systems were designed and manufactured by Takata Corporation, a long-time...