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State releases county unemployment data for August 2017

Unemployment rates fell in 32 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in three and rose in 85 counties between August 2016 and August 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.5 percent. It was followed by Shelby County, Continue reading State releases county unemployment data for August 2017

New Monarch Butterfly Waystations Opening at William Whitley, Carter Caves

The Garden Club of Kentucky will dedicate two more Monarch butterfly waystations at the William Whitley House State Historic Site and Carter Caves State Resort Park in September.

The William Whitley House ceremony is Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. and the Carter Caves event is Sept. 27 at 2 p.m.

Members of the Garden Club of Kentucky have worked with state parks and other groups to design and install Monarch waystations.

Monarch butterflies need specific resources for their migration to and from Mexico. Those include nectar producing flowers, shelter and milkweed, the only plant that Monarch caterpillars will eat. These Kentucky waystations serve millions of migrating Monarch butterflies.

Other Kentucky State Parks with Monarch waystations Continue reading New Monarch Butterfly Waystations Opening at William Whitley, Carter Caves

Early Influenza Cases Reported

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, reports two cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza, indicating the presence of flu activity in Kentucky. The cases are both from Jefferson County.

The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals aged six months of age and older. People who are strongly encouraged to receive the flu vaccine because they may be at higher risk for complications or negative consequences include: Continue reading Early Influenza Cases Reported

Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle named Kentucky Sheriff of the Year

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce Sheriff Mike Coyle has been named Sheriff of the Year by the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association. Sheriff Coyle received this honor at the annual Kentucky Sheriff’s Association banquet on September 14, 2017 in Continue reading Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle named Kentucky Sheriff of the Year

Newborn Screening Critical for Kentucky’s Babies

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is celebrating Newborn Screening Awareness Month by promoting awareness about the importance of early screening for Kentucky babies.

“Early intervention with the new mother and baby is critical to provide care and support for the best outcome,” said CHFS Continue reading Newborn Screening Critical for Kentucky’s Babies

Senate Confirms Russell Coleman of KY to be U.S. Attorney

Russell Coleman

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement today following the Senate confirmation of Russell Coleman of Kentucky to serve as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky:

“I congratulate Russell Coleman on his confirmation as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. His previous experiences in law enforcement have prepared him for this new role, and our communities will benefit from his leadership. I am grateful that he is willing to serve the Commonwealth and the country once again. Russell is a talented public servant, and I know that he will make us proud.”

Adopt-a-Highway program accepting entries for 2017 Art Contest

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is asking the Commonwealth’s art teachers and students to get started on this year’s Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest and submit their entries before the deadline on Oct. 31.

The Adopt-a-Highway Program’s Art Contest is held annually to increase public awareness about the damaging effects of litter, change attitudes and behaviors about littering and educate Kentuckians about the Adopt-a-Highway program. Continue reading Adopt-a-Highway program accepting entries for 2017 Art Contest

Census Data Shows Too Little Improvement in Poverty and Income in KY to Suggest Full Recovery

KCEP

New American Community Survey (ACS) data for 2016 released today by the U.S. Census shows poverty didn’t budge and income only increased slightly in Kentucky from 2015. The poverty rate was unchanged at 18.5 percent statewide and still elevated over the pre-recession 17.3 percent. Median household income grew an inflation-adjusted $871 since 2015 to $46,659, essentially the same as it was pre-recession. Continue reading Census Data Shows Too Little Improvement in Poverty and Income in KY to Suggest Full Recovery

Halloween Events Planned During October at KY State Parks

Kentucky State Parks across the Commonwealth will host Halloween events throughout October.

Many of the park system’s campgrounds will have special activities for campers, including decorations, costumes, hayrides and games for the kids. Resort parks, recreation parks and historic sites will also have special Halloween events during October. Continue reading Halloween Events Planned During October at KY State Parks

KY Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases Aug. 2017 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary August unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for August 2017 was unchanged from the revised 5.4 percent reported for July 2017. Continue reading KY Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases Aug. 2017 unemployment report

KY preparing for a flood of vehicles following recent hurricanes

While Kentucky has not been directly affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Commonwealth could soon experience flooding of another kind: a rise in flood-damaged vehicles. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Vehicle Regulation (DVR) is preparing for an influx of title requests for vehicles that have been deemed a total loss due to natural disaster damage in states such as Florida and Texas, then brought to Kentucky to be “rebuilt.” Continue reading KY preparing for a flood of vehicles following recent hurricanes

Gov. Bevin Welcomes AmeriCorps Members, Celebrates Military Heroes and First Responders

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin last night welcomed a new class of Kentucky AmeriCorps members pledging to “get things done” as they embark upon a year of service to the Commonwealth.

The swearing-in ceremony was part of the Service for Peace “9/11 Salute to Our Heroes” event at Fourth Street Live! in downtown Louisville, which also recognized Kentucky’s first responders and military heroes on the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Continue reading Gov. Bevin Welcomes AmeriCorps Members, Celebrates Military Heroes and First Responders

MCCONNELL COLUMN/Bringing KY Priorities to Washington

Mitch McConnell

During the month of August, I traveled across Kentucky meeting with constituents to hear their concerns, to update them on the Senate’s business and to ask how I can assist them in Washington. I value the time I spend with my fellow Kentuckians, and these conversations at home help me serve my constituents in Washington.

I had the opportunity to visit with many hardworking men and women throughout the Commonwealth and discuss their industry-specific concerns. At the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Continue reading MCCONNELL COLUMN/Bringing KY Priorities to Washington