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BBB Trends: Face mask exempt cards are phony; DOJ issues warning to consumers about frauds

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a warning regarding phony face mask exemptions cards. These printable cards found on social media from the Freedom to Breathe Agency claim to be issued by the Americans with Disabilities Act for citizens to be exempt from wearing face masks in public. One card read: “I am exempt from any ordinance requiring face mask usage in public. Wearing a face mask...

Department of Justice providing $1.7 million to bolster school security in Eastern Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Monday $85.3 million to bolster school security, with $1.7 million earmarked for the Eastern District of Kentucky. The grants will go to the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, which serves 15 school districts with 155,000 students in north-central Kentucky; as well as the Campbell County Board of Education, Rowan County Schools,...

Grimes warns of false information about voter rolls; says partisan activist group’s tweets ‘misleading’

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is warning Kentucky voters of false information being circulated by Judicial Watch, a partisan activist group. Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, tweeted on Sunday: “HUGE: Kentucky set to remove up to 250k inactive voters.” Alison Lundergan Grimes Grimes is warning Kentuckians that this information is false and misleading. The State Board...

Rural Blog: Top manager of bankrupt coal company’s West Ky. mines charged with falsifying dust samples

Last year, eight former supervisors for now-bankrupt Armstrong Coal Co. were indicted on charges of conspiring to submit fraudulent dust samples to the federal government. Last week, their boss was charged with ordering the fraud. Glendal “Buddy” Hardison, 69, of Belton, was “one of the most senior-level former coal company officials in Kentucky,” the U.S. Department of Justice...

Louisville Kroger shooting suspect indicted on federal hate crimes and firearm offenses

WASHINGTON – Gregory A. Bush, 51, was indicted today by a federal grand jury on hate crime and firearm charges arising out of the racially motivated murder of two African-American patrons at a Kroger grocery store, and the attempted murder of a third, on Oct. 24 in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. The indictment was announced by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband...

Department of Justice grant to provide $3.7 million to combat the opioid crisis crippling Eastern Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The U S. Department of Justice has earmarked more than $3.7 million in federal grants to combat the opioid crisis in eastern Kentucky. 
The DOJ awards, which will go to six agencies involved in the fight, are part of $320 million in nationwide grants, which coincide with October being observed as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. 
”President Trump has...

Justice Secretary John Tilley announces $1.9 million available to fight violence against women

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced this week that $1.9 million in funding is available through the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Program. The application period officially opens Aug. 14. Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley VAWA funds may be used to develop and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution, judicial strategies and victim services in cases throughout Kentucky...

U.S. Department of Justice takes aim at Eastern Kentucky opioid crisis with new initiative

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Eastern Kentucky is one of 10 regions nationwide that will be part of a new initiative announced by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat the opioid crisis. Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high-impact areas and to identify wholesale distribution networks and international and domestic suppliers, according to U....

Daniel Cameron: Kentucky’s criminal justice system is broken; but we can fix it with proven reforms

In May of next year, Ken­tucky will run out of prison space, and without substantive changes, the Commonwealth may be forced to release prisoners early. How did we get here? Well, at a time when the nation’s incarceration rate declined for the third consecutive year, Kentucky’s incarceration rate continues to surge at a dizzying pace. The Commonwealth’s female incarceration rate is more than...

Department of Juvenile Justice to award $222,000 to support in-home services programs for at-risk youth

The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice announced last week that approximately $222,000 in federal funds will be available for community programs that provide in-home services for at-risk youth. The funds have been earmarked for public and private non-profit organizations and city or county governments in all of Kentucky’s seven detention catchment areas, which encompass 119 counties. They are...

Kentucky awarded federal grants totaling $2 million to expand workforce, education data collection

The Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) has been awarded two federal grants totaling $2 million to expand and align data collection to improve education and workforce programs. In June, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded a three-year Workforce Data Quality Initiative grant totaling $1 million to KCEWS to enhance the Kentucky Longitudinal Data System (KLDS). KCEWS will...

Almost $2 million in Violence Against Women Act grant funds available for organizations in Kentucky

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley has announced more than $1.9 million in funding is available through the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Program. VAWA STOP funds may be used to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement, prosecution, judicial strategies and victim services throughout Kentucky in cases involving violent crimes against women. That includes domestic violence,...

Department of Juvenile Justice to award grants for alternatives to detention programs

On April 1, the Department of Juvenile Justice will begin accepting applications for the Reducing Out-of-Home Placements Grant Program, which supports alternatives to secure detention for low-level juvenile offenders. Approximately $80,000 will be available through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S. Department of Justice. The funds have been earmarked for public...

Department of Juvenile Justice to begin accepting Title II Formula Grants with up to $100,000 available

Beginning Feb. 15, the Department of Juvenile Justice will be accepting applications for the Title II Formula Grants Program, which supports initiatives to keep low-level juvenile offenders out of the criminal justice system. Approximately $300,000 will be available through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S. Department of Justice. Individual grants of up to $100,000...

Free national search engine provides resources for missing persons cases

Citizens of Kentucky can contribute to the solution of missing persons cases throughout the state and country by using a powerful search engine available free of charge by the U.S. Department of Justice. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a national, centralized repository and resource center for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. It is a free, online system...

Justice Department files lawsuits to block sale of Humana, Cigna, citing reduced competition

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed lawsuits to block the sale of Louisville-based Humana Inc. to Aetna Inc. and of Cigna Inc. to Anthem Inc., on grounds that consolidation of the health-insurance market will reduce competition and hurt consumers. Observers expect a protracted court battle, involving negotiations with the department’s anti-trust division, reports Grace Schnieder of The...

Richie Farmer indicted by federal grand jury; former ag commissioner charged last month

A federal indictment was unsealed today charging former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer with misusing and misappropriating money and property belonging to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) during his tenure.   Richie Farmer (KyForward file photo) The indictment, filed Friday, April 19, charges Farmer, 43, with four counts of misappropriating property and funds of the...