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Acute Hepatitis A Outbreak – Cases Reported in Multiple Counties

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has declared an outbreak of acute hepatitis A with cases in multiple counties in Kentucky.

In total, 31 cases of acute (rapid onset with symptoms of illness) Hepatitis A  have been reported throughout Kentucky in 2017, a 50 percent increase above the average of 20 cases per year reported over the past 10 years.  Twenty-two cases Continue reading Acute Hepatitis A Outbreak – Cases Reported in Multiple Counties

KY Nonprofits Urge Congressional Leaders to Reject Tax Plans

KCEP

To Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation,

We, the undersigned organizations representing charitable and nonprofit organizations in Kentucky, write to express our deep concern about the new tax cut bill unveiled by House and Senate leaders. We urge you to reject the recently proposed tax plans and work on a bipartisan basis to craft a responsible and equitable tax proposal. Continue reading KY Nonprofits Urge Congressional Leaders to Reject Tax Plans

Helping Kentucky Families

Mitch McConnell

For the last decade, many Kentucky families have been left behind by the Obama economy. It seemed like only the wealthy or the well-connected were able to succeed, leaving the rest behind to struggle through the slowest economic recovery following a major recession since the Great Depression. With stagnating paychecks, vanishing opportunities, and work difficult to find, the pain for far too many Kentucky families has been all too real. Continue reading Helping Kentucky Families

KY State Parks Serving Thanksgiving Buffet

Seventeen Kentucky State Resort Parks will serve the Thanksgiving Day buffet on Nov. 23, 2017.

Kentucky State Parks will serve 2,000 pounds of turkey, 1,500 pounds of sweet potatoes, and 750 pounds of country ham. Additionally, 4,300 pieces of fried chicken, 1,300 pounds of roast beef, and 12,000 rolls will be served along with 600 pies, including pecan and pumpkin.

The parks have hosted the Thanksgiving Day buffet for more than 40 years and typically serve around 10,000 guests.

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New Flyer of America to Locate Plant in Shepherdsville, Create up to 550 Jobs

Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced New Flyer of America Inc. will create up to 550 full-time jobs as it invests $40 million to lease and upgrade a facility for bus parts fabrication in Shepherdsville.

“New Flyer’s decision to locate in Kentucky further distinguishes the commonwealth as a top location for engineering and advanced manufacturing in the US,” Gov. Bevin said. “The significant number of jobs coming to Shepherdsville and surrounding communities through this investment will be a major economic driver for years to come. We thank New Flyer for selecting Kentucky and congratulate officials and residents of Bullitt County on this major announcement.”

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Beshear: Opioid Manufacturer Must Answer for Choosing Profits over Our People

Andy Beshear

In the height of our battle against the abuse of OxyContin, an irresponsible drug company introduced an equally if not more dangerous drug to the market – Opana IR and Opana ER (both oxymorphone).

By 2012, the abuse of Opana ER (extended release) nationally surpassed the abuse of OxyContin, and over the following years, there were four times as many incidents of intentional abuse of Opana ER than OxyContin. Continue reading Beshear: Opioid Manufacturer Must Answer for Choosing Profits over Our People

Aleris Opens $400 Million Aluminum Rolling Mill Expansion in Hancock County

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today congratulated Aleris Corp. and local leaders in Hancock County on opening a $400 million expansion that brings the Lewisport mill new capacity, equipment and expertise to produce aluminum auto body sheet for the automotive industry.

“This investment by Aleris Corp. at its Lewisport mill is a tremendous compliment to the community and to Continue reading Aleris Opens $400 Million Aluminum Rolling Mill Expansion in Hancock County

Beshear Joins AGs to Urge Repeal of Federal Law Hampering Law Enforcement in Opioid Battle

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking Congress to repeal a federal law that effectively strips law enforcement of its ability to immediately halt drug manufacturers and distributors who have willfully contributed to the oversupply of opioids in Kentucky communities.

Beshear said as the Commonwealth is in the midst of a tragic opioid epidemic, law enforcement like the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) must be empowered and not impeded. Continue reading Beshear Joins AGs to Urge Repeal of Federal Law Hampering Law Enforcement in Opioid Battle

KY Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases October 2017 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October unemployment rate was 5 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 October 2017 was down from the revised 5.2 percent reported for September 2017. Continue reading KY Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases October 2017 unemployment report

OP-ED: Tax Reform a Critical Component of Economic Recovery

Gov. Bevin

Recently, our national economy has been rebounding following a long period of tepid recovery. That makes this the perfect time to tackle federal tax reform, and I applaud President Trump for his leadership on this issue.

In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, our administration understands the importance of modernizing our antiquated tax structure in order to make our state more business friendly. Our vision is that Kentucky Continue reading OP-ED: Tax Reform a Critical Component of Economic Recovery

Beshear, Partners: Kentucky’s Tourism, Hospitality Industry Pledging to Fight Human Trafficking

Andy Beshear

Criminals who use Kentucky hotel rooms to carry out human trafficking crimes could soon be identified and reported by hotel staff thanks to a new training initiative unveiled today by Attorney General Andy Beshear and key partners.

The training called, “See Something – Say Something – Save a Life!” is the state’s first coordinated effort that encourages Kentucky hotel owners to sign a pledge to have their front line staff complete an online human trafficking training.

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Beshear Urges Kentucky Victims of Fraud Involving Western Union to File Claims

Andy Beshear

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that Kentuckians who have been victims of fraud induced wire transfers involving Western Union need to begin filing claims as part of a global settlement reached January with the company.

An estimated 7,000 Kentuckians are eligible for roughly $6.7 million in claims.

Kentuckians who reported to Western Union, the Federal Trade Commission or Beshear’s office that they had been the victim of a scam using Western Union between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 19, 2017, should receive a claim form in the mail.

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Gov. Matt Bevin Recognizes Sacrifice of Fort Campbell Soldier

Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell Soldier, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lee M. Smith, 35, of Arlington, Texas, who died while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

According to the Department of Defense, CW2 Smith died Nov. ‎11 at Camp Taji, Iraq, due to injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. Continue reading Gov. Matt Bevin Recognizes Sacrifice of Fort Campbell Soldier

KY STATE PARKS SERVING THANKSGIVING BUFFET

Seventeen Kentucky State Resort Parks will serve the Thanksgiving Day buffet on Nov. 23, 2017.

Kentucky State Parks will serve 2,000 pounds of turkey, 1,500 pounds of sweet potatoes, and 750 pounds of country ham. Additionally, 4,300 pieces of fried chicken, 1,300 pounds of roast beef, and 12,000 rolls will be served along with 600 pies, including pecan and pumpkin.

The parks have hosted the Thanksgiving Day buffet for more than 40 years and typically serve around 10,000 guests.

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GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR OCTOBER 2017

State Budget Director John Chilton reported today that October’s General Fund receipts were $51.0 million less than what was collected last October, a decrease of 6.0 percent.  Total revenues for the month were $798.4 million, compared to $849.4 million during October 2016.  Receipts have increased 0.6 percent for the first four months of the fiscal year, and need to grow 3.1 percent over the final eight months of FY18 to achieve the official revenue estimate of $10,718.8 million.

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