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2016 Overdose Report Shows Fentanyl Driving Up Opioid Deaths

The nationwide opioid epidemic continued taking its lethal toll on the Commonwealth last year, driving up overdose deaths to unprecedented levels with an ever-stronger mix of fentanyl, heroin and prescription pills.

According to a report released today by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, fatal overdoses totaled 1,404 in 2016, a 7.4 percent increase from the previous year. Of those cases, toxicology data was Continue reading 2016 Overdose Report Shows Fentanyl Driving Up Opioid Deaths

Gov. Bevin Continues Fighting for Kentuckians Right-to-Work

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin and Kentucky Labor Sec. Derrick Ramsey today filed a motion to dismiss the purely political, frivolous lawsuit brought by the AFL-CIO and Teamsters challenging Kentucky’s Right-to-Work Act. This lawsuit threatens to hurt Kentucky’s families, robbing them of high-paying job opportunities. The historic new law protects employees in the Commonwealth from being forced to pay union dues in order to keep their jobs. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Continues Fighting for Kentuckians Right-to-Work

Kentucky Horse Park Signs United States Equestrian Federation to Ground Lease at the National Horse Center

The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (US Equestrian) and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet are pleased to announce that the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and US Equestrian have signed a 40-year ground lease on three acres of land, which includes the grant of an option to extend the lease for an additional 40 years at the conclusion of the initial term. Continue reading Kentucky Horse Park Signs United States Equestrian Federation to Ground Lease at the National Horse Center

Unemployment rates down in 74 KY counties in May

Unemployment rates fell in 74 Kentucky counties between May 2016 and May 2017, rose in 28 and stayed the same in 18 counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.3 Continue reading Unemployment rates down in 74 KY counties in May

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions:

Laura VanHoose Baker, Laura Marie Perry, Jackie Risden-Smith, Enola Salsman Layton, Rosemarie Young, Connie Cobb, Sara Elizabeth Jennings, Ashley Fishback, Ashley Nicole Mofield, and Kellie Ellis have been appointed to the Read-to-Achieve Council.

Laura VanHoose Baker, of Somerset, is a teacher with Somerset Independent Schools. She shall represent elementary teachers and Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Important Reminders for Debris Removal, Floodwater Safety Issued from Department for Environmental Protection

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 22, 2017) – Tropical Storm Cindy is due to blow into Kentucky this evening, and could bring with it several inches of rain and damaging winds.

Due to the damage that is possible with this storm, the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) would like to remind everyone that there are specific guidelines for proper disposal of woody and vegetative debris left in the aftermath of Continue reading Important Reminders for Debris Removal, Floodwater Safety Issued from Department for Environmental Protection

Renovated Lodge Opens at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

A new lounge is one of the new features at May Lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.

State and local officials today held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the renovated May Lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, which is now open.

A fire in March 2016, forced officials to close the main lodge building, which included the park restaurant and lounge. The lodge rooms remained open during repairs and the restaurant moved to the conference center. Continue reading Renovated Lodge Opens at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

Transportation Cabinet revs up new apprenticeship program for future mechanics

Beginning this fall, students enrolled in an automotive or diesel technology program with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) can apply to gain paid, hands-on experience with local Department of Highways maintenance garages through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) new Transportation Mechanic Apprenticeship Program (TMAP). Continue reading Transportation Cabinet revs up new apprenticeship program for future mechanics

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions:

Ashok Raj has been appointed to the Pediatric Cancer Research Trust Fund Board.

Ashok Raj, of Louisville, is a physician at the University of Louisville. He shall serve for the remainder of an unexpired term ending September 1, 2019.
The Pediatric Cancer Trust Fund Board was created for the purpose Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, the Kentucky Adult Protective Services (APS) Branch reminds Kentuckians to help guard against elder abuse.

APS, within the Department for Community Based Services in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is the state agency responsible for investigating and providing protective services to individuals that are reported to be the alleged victim of abuse, Continue reading Cabinet for Health and Family Services Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

McConnell Names Louisville Native as New Legislative Director for his Kentucky Office in Washington, D.C.

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that he has named Katelyn Conner to serve as his Legislative Director in his Kentucky Office in Washington, D.C. Katelyn, a Louisville, Kentucky native, will succeed Phil Maxson, who in April, the Senator promoted to be Chief of Staff in his Kentucky Office in Washington, D.C.

Since joining the Senator’s staff in 2010, Katelyn has served the Senator in many policy roles, most recently as Legislative Assistant. Continue reading McConnell Names Louisville Native as New Legislative Director for his Kentucky Office in Washington, D.C.

Developing Kentucky’s Workforce

Matt Bevin

From the beginning of our administration, we have set the goal of making Kentucky the engineering and manufacturing hub of excellence in the world. We are off to a good start. We recently shattered our annual record for new economic development projects and we did so in only the first five months of 2017. Many factors weigh into the decisions of businesses to expand or locate their facilities in our state. However, every business leader I meet with emphasizes the quality of our workforce as one of their most critical considerations. That is why our state has made workforce development a top priority. Continue reading Developing Kentucky’s Workforce

KY unemployment rate decreases in May

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May unemployment rate was 5 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for May 2017 was down 0.1 percentage points from the 5.1 percent reported in April 2017.

The preliminary May 2017 jobless rate was unchanged from the 5 percent rate recorded for the state in May 2016. Continue reading KY unemployment rate decreases in May

Kentucky River Sweep 2017

The Kentucky River Authority (KRA) encourages volunteers to help in 19 Kentucky counties that will have teams removing debris as part of the Kentucky River Sweep this Saturday. The river sweep, a cooperative effort of the KRA and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, encourages volunteers to clean the waterways of debris in six states.

The first Kentucky River Sweep, in 1994, was organized by the KRA to clean up the banks of the Kentucky River and its tributaries. Over Continue reading Kentucky River Sweep 2017