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Marshall County High School awarded more than $400,000 to support survivors’ education and healing

Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet announced a $408,599 Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) grant to assist survivors of the 2018 mass shooting at Marshall County High School. The Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime, a division of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), provided the award. The funding will expand academic accommodations...

Grant program applications of nearly $2 million to fight violence against women available on Aug. 3

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Mary Noble announced that applications will be available Aug. 3 to apply for grant funding under the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Services, Training, Officers, Prosecution (STOP) Formula Grant Program. “Our state will distribute almost $2 million in federal funding through the VAWA STOP grant program to victim...

Beshear announces plan to open Southeast State Correctional Complex in Wheelwright

Gov. Andy Beshear and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet on Thursday announced plans for the Department of Corrections to open and operate Southeast State Correctional Complex. “The 656-bed prison is located in Wheelwright, and its opening will reduce the number of state inmates in county jails,” said Beshear. “The state commits to safely and effectively running this state prison, while being...

Beshear appoints experienced leader Cookie Crews as commissioner of Department of Corrections

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the appointment of Cookie Crews as commissioner of the Department of Corrections. “Cookie Crews knows our corrections system and is well suited to lead this department during a trying time for the agency, our employees and the inmates,” said Beshear. “She is a dedicated, experienced leader who has worked at every level of the agency.” Crews is a 36-year veteran...

Marshall County BOE awarded more than $600,000 in supplemental funding to help survivors

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary and retired Justice Mary Noble have announced that the Marshall County Board of Education has been awarded more than $600,000 in supplemental funding under the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). This supplemental award of $621,176 will be used to purchase and install a comprehensive security camera system and make essential...

Kentucky Supreme Court rules Bevin exceeded his authority by ordering current-year education cuts

The Kentucky Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling Thursday and said Gov. Matt Bevin exceeded his authority by cutting current-year state university budgets by 2 percent. In a 5-2 ruling, the state’s highest court said the governor’s executive order “effectively intercepted the funds before they became available to the universities.” Gov. Matt Bevin The decision effectively...