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New Kentucky State Police Cadets Report For Training

Lt. Kyle Nall, commander of the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort, welcomed the new cadets at their initial formation on Aug. 12.

Sixty-one recruits from throughout the Commonwealth and one other state reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort today to begin 25 weeks of training that will determine whether they have what it takes to join “The Thin Gray Line.” Their ranks are an encouraging sight to the law enforcement agency which experienced a large number of retirements recently. Continue reading New Kentucky State Police Cadets Report For Training

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Building Renovation Update

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts barrel vault ceiling with plaster removed. A full 3-D scan of the main metal roof super structure begins Aug. 13 and the overall analysis of structural integrity is estimated to take two weeks.

The aggressive work pace continues on the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (KCA) building in preparation for shows to resume Sept. 1, after a major roof fire on June 13.

This week’s progress update includes:

Plaster Removal from Barrel Ceiling: Plaster removal began July 23 and was completed today. Structural engineers have determined approximately 75% of the metal roof decking will need to be replaced. A full 3-D scan of the main metal roof super structure begins Aug. 13 and the overall analysis is estimated to take two weeks. Based on visual indications, the main damage seems to have occurred on the roof decking and roof covering, not the roof super structure. Continue reading Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Building Renovation Update

GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR JULY 2018

State Budget Director John Chilton announced today Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for July, the first month of Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19), totaled $830.2 million, a 4.7 percent increase compared to July 2017 receipts.

The official revenue estimate for FY19 calls for revenue to grow 3.3 percent compared to FY18 actual receipts. Based on July’s receipts, General Fund revenues need to increase 3.2 percent for the remainder of the fiscal year to meet the official estimate. The FY19 Continue reading GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR JULY 2018

Nearly $2 Million Available to Fight Violence Against Women

Kentucky Justice  Secretary John Tilley announced today 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.

VAWA funds may be used to develop and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution, judicial strategies and victim services in cases throughout Kentucky that involve violent crimes against women. That includes domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. The funds are from the Office on Violence Against Women, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Beshear, State Attorneys General Urge Transparency of Shell Corporations

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced he joined a bipartisan group of 24 other attorneys general in support of changes in federal law that would make it tougher for criminals to secretly launder money through shell corporations.

In a letter sent to leadership of the House Financial Services Committee, Beshear urges the advancement of legislation that would improve transparency of shell corporations by requiring them to disclose who controls and profits from their activities. Continue reading Beshear, State Attorneys General Urge Transparency of Shell Corporations

Kentucky Receives $6.7 Million in Service Grants

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced today that Kentucky has received nearly $6.7 million in AmeriCorps federal funding for 20 programs with more than 900 total members.

Most of the programs were funded through an annual grant competition by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that engages Americans of all ages in service. The remaining programs are funded through formula grant funds that are allocated to Kentucky by CNCS based on state population. Continue reading Kentucky Receives $6.7 Million in Service Grants

Beshear: Indiana Man Arrested For Allegedly Seeking Sex with Minor, Distributing Child Porn

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A 44-year-old Madison, Indiana man has been arrested for allegedly seeking sex with a minor online and distributing child pornography, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today.

Following a lengthy undercover investigation by Beshear’s Department of Criminal Investigations, Cyber Crimes Unit, Jon Helms was arrested Aug. 4 in Louisville and charged with seven counts of distributing child porn, second offense, a Class C felony, and one count of seeking sex with a minor online, a Class D felony. Continue reading Beshear: Indiana Man Arrested For Allegedly Seeking Sex with Minor, Distributing Child Porn

Lane closures on Interstate 75 in Scott County on Monday night

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that Interstate 75 will be reduced to one lane in both directions between milepoints 133 and 135 in Scott County from 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7.

The lane closures will allow crews to remove a temporary barrier from recent bridge work.

Motorists should expect delays, avoid the area if possible, and use added caution when traveling through the work zone.

The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Visit goky.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky or download the WAZE app to your mobile device. You can also get traffic information for the District 7 counties at facebook.com/KYTCDistrict7 and twitter.com/KYTCDistrict7.

Beshear: Lexington Man Arrested For Allegedly Seeking Sex with Minor

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A 47-year-old Lexington man has been arrested for allegedly seeking sex with a minor, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today.

Following a lengthy undercover investigation by Beshear’s Department of Criminal Investigations, Cyber Crimes Unit, Robert G. Watchorn was arrested in Frankfort when he traveled Aug. 3 to have sex with a supposed minor.

Watchorn was charged with one count of seeking sex with a minor online, a Class D felony. Watchorn was lodged in the Franklin County Jail. Beshear’s cyber investigators were assisted by the Frankfort Police Department. Continue reading Beshear: Lexington Man Arrested For Allegedly Seeking Sex with Minor

KSP Post 7 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoint

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, which provides coverage for Madison, Clark, Estill, Lee, Owsley, Jackson, Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard and Jessamine counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual. These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance, and registration violations.

A complete list of traffic safety checkpoint locations can be found at http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post-locations/post-7/post-7-checkpoints/ .

Applications for Illegal Dump and Litter Abatement Grants Sought by Division of Waste Management

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Division of Waste Management (DWM) is calling for grant applications for two of its signature programs, illegal dump cleanup and litter cleanup along public roads.

“These popular grant programs have played an important role in maintaining the natural beauty of communities across the Commonwealth and in helping improve Kentuckian’s quality of life,” said EEC Secretary Charles Snavely. Continue reading Applications for Illegal Dump and Litter Abatement Grants Sought by Division of Waste Management

KCNA Praises FCC’s Adoption of One-Touch Make Ready Rules

The Kentucky Communications Network Authority praised adoption today by the Federal Communications Commission of new regulations that will reduce barriers and costs for broadband network deployment.  The FCC’s order, informally known as “one-touch make ready,” will allow entities adding new communications and broadband lines to utility poles to perform all of the “make-ready construction” work on the pole themselves.

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Beshear to Co-host Training for nearly 20 States Focused on Un-submitted Sexual Assault Kits

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear is co-hosting a national workshop for nearly 20 states that are handling the testing of un-submitted Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) Kits and working to investigate and prosecute these cases.

The two-day training – Aug. 6-7 – will support Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) programs across the country, like Kentucky’s, that have state and federal funding to make communities safer and provide justice to victims. Continue reading Beshear to Co-host Training for nearly 20 States Focused on Un-submitted Sexual Assault Kits

New Immunization Requirements for 2018-2019 School Year

As students prepare to head back to school this month, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reminds parents and caregivers to make sure children and teens are up-to-date on their vaccines. The Commonwealth’s vaccine requirements for school entry, which is modeled after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), include new requirements for Hepatitis A and Meningococcal vaccines.

“We encourage parents to contact their medical provider to review their child’s immunization status to help ensure a smooth back-to-school transition for the upcoming year,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard.”

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Gov. Bevin Recognizes the Sacrifice of a Kentucky Soldier Returned from the Korean War

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Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died in the Korean War, but whose remains have just been positively identified and are in the process of being returned to his family in Bowling Green.

Private First Class Joe Stanton Elmore, 20, died on December 2, 1950 in Changjim County, Hamgyeong Province, North Korea. A member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, PFC Elmore was one of approximately 2,500 U.S. and 700 Republic of Korea soldiers assigned to the 31st Regimental Combat Team, also known as Task Force MacLean and later as Task Force Faith. PFC Elmore was reported missing on December 2, 1950, following an engagement that occurred in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Recognizes the Sacrifice of a Kentucky Soldier Returned from the Korean War

National Defense Legislation Benefits Kentucky; Now Goes to President Trump for Signature

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised Senate passage of the John S. McCain 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, which authorizes $716 billion to equip and train America’s 21st-century forces to meet and overcome today’s security challenges. The bipartisan bill authorizes more than $150 million in funding secured by Senator McConnell for military construction projects at installations in Kentucky in addition to other defense priorities. The bill also supports our troops with a well-earned pay raise. Continue reading National Defense Legislation Benefits Kentucky; Now Goes to President Trump for Signature

Senator McConnell Secures Funding for Kentucky

Mitch McConnell

 U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) secured a number of critical resources for Kentucky in a government funding bill that passed the Senate today. This legislation now goes to a Conference Committee to finalize the differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill.

The provisions Senator McConnell secured in the bill include the following:

 

·         a measure to combat the infestation of Asian Carp in both Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in Western Kentucky;

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Gov. Bevin Names Josh Benton Deputy Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced the appointment of Josh Benton as Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). Benton will serve the cabinet with current Deputy Secretary Brad Montell.

“Improving Kentucky’s workforce development is a top priority for our Administration,” said Gov. Bevin. “I am grateful for the expertise and enthusiasm Josh brings to this new role, as we continue our strong progress in equipping the Commonwealth’s citizens and employers for success.” Continue reading Gov. Bevin Names Josh Benton Deputy Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Cabinet