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New Park Manager at Green River Lake State Park

Wes Lanham

Wes Lanham has been named the new park manager at Green River Lake State Park in Campbellsville, Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland announced today.

Lanham, a native of Corbin, earned his degree in recreation and park management administration from Eastern Kentucky University. He worked most recently as the manager at the Shiloh Roadhouse in London and was the director of parks and recreation in Corbin.

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Growing Kentucky’s economy with hemp

Mitch McConnell

For far too long, the federal government has prevented most farmers from growing hemp. Although it was a foundational part of Kentucky’s heritage and today you can buy products made with hemp at stores across the country, most farmers have been barred from planting it in their fields. I have heard from many Kentucky farmers who agree it’s time to remove the federal hurdles in place and give our state the opportunity to seize its full potential and once again become the national leader for hemp production. Continue reading Growing Kentucky’s economy with hemp

Medialink Update for Kentucky Hepatitis Outbreak

The following is a statement from Acting Commissioner of the Department for Public Health Dr. Jeffrey Howard on Kentucky’s Hepatitis A Situation:

“As you probably know, a small number of counties in our state are dealing with a hepatitis A outbreak. At the Department for Public Health we are aggressively responding to the situation. In fact, while working with the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, on this issue, they’ve called our response the “gold standard.”

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Beshear: Kentucky Receives more than $102 Million in Tobacco Settlement Money

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that Kentucky received more than $102 million in tobacco settlement money this week.

“For nearly 20 years the landmark Master Settlement Agreement has made a positive impact on the Commonwealth, supporting early childhood education, health programs, cancer research, and helping to aid our farmers and create sustainable farm-based businesses,” Beshear said. “Since the first payment in 1999, Kentucky has collected over $2 billion under the agreement, and is on pace to collect nearly $2.5 billion over the first 25 years of the agreement.” Continue reading Beshear: Kentucky Receives more than $102 Million in Tobacco Settlement Money

Kentucky Highway Plan prioritizes 1,000 bridge repairs and 5,000 miles of pavement improvements

Kentucky’s 2018 Highway Plan will prioritize spending on more than 1,000 bridge repairs and 5,000 miles of pavement improvements over the next six years.

“The recently enacted six-year Highway Plan represents the most balanced approach released by Kentucky in decades for addressing the Commonwealth’s transportation needs,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “This data-driven plan moves us in the right direction of prioritizing key road and bridge projects in view of actual available funding. I am grateful to state legislators and local officials who have collaborated with our administration to identify vital infrastructure needs and craft a roadmap to move Kentucky forward.”

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Delta Dental of Kentucky Funds the OAK Project With $200,000 Grant

A grant from Delta Dental of Kentucky will help improve oral health among children throughout Kentucky’s Appalachian region. Delta Dental of Kentucky, through a partnership with Kentucky Youth Advocates, developed the Eastern Regional Oral Health Coalition. The region’s initiative, the OAK Project, will help improve oral health outcomes in children ages 6-9, by refining access to urgent dental care, treating existing tooth decay, and increasing the baseline of dental sealants across the region through the development of data and training infrastructures. Continue reading Delta Dental of Kentucky Funds the OAK Project With $200,000 Grant

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases March 2018 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March unemployment rate was 4 percent, the lowest rate recorded for the state in the 42 years since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started providing data in 1976, 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 March 2018 was down from the revised 4.1 percent reported for February 2018. Continue reading Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases March 2018 unemployment report

Gov. Bevin Seeks Judgment Against Attorney General’s Questioning of Validity of Speaker Pro Tempore Osborne’s Signature

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today filed a petition in Franklin Circuit Court against Attorney General Andy Beshear seeking a declaratory judgment on behalf of the Commonwealth to confirm that it was constitutional for Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne to sign every bill passed during the 2018 legislative session.

The complaint follows an outrageous legal claim made by Beshear in a public filing alleging that the new pension reform law (Senate Bill 151) is unconstitutional because it was signed by the Speaker Pro Tempore, who Beshear argued is not the presiding officer of the House of Representatives according to Section 56 of the Kentucky Constitution.

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Beshear: Louisville Man Arrested, Charged with Human Trafficking Minors Online

Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced a third human trafficking arrest tied to a joint investigation by his office and Louisville Metro Police Department.

Quentin J. Burris, 26, of Louisville, was arrested yesterday in Louisville on two counts of human trafficking with victims under 18 years of age, Class B felonies.

Burris’s arrest is in connection with the search warrant served Feb. 13 at a Louisville home by Beshear’s Department of Criminal Investigations and LMPD’s Special Victim’s Unit.

The joint operation is active and ongoing. Burris is lodged at the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections with a $100,000 cash bond. Continue reading Beshear: Louisville Man Arrested, Charged with Human Trafficking Minors Online

Kentucky State Parks Foundation Launches Poster Series Featuring 16 State Parks

The Kentucky State Parks Foundation today unveiled the first three of 16 posters that will make up a series of illustrations highlighting state parks throughout the Commonwealth. The project, called “Kentucky Parks & Crafts,” is a fundraiser for the Kentucky State Parks Foundation, which protects, enhances, advocates for and promotes the natural, historical and cultural resources of Kentucky’s State Parks and Historic Sites. Continue reading Kentucky State Parks Foundation Launches Poster Series Featuring 16 State Parks

Surplus State Fleet Vehicle Auction

More than 250 vehicles, including nearly 120 pickup trucks and SUVs, are being retired from the state motor pool and will be auctioned off April 24 at the State Service Garage, 513 Barrett Street in Frankfort.

The public auction begins at 10 a.m. Individuals can pre-register and inspect the vehicles from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 23 or register and view them the morning of the sale from 8 to 9:50 a.m.

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Beshear Sues Pharmaceutical Company over Deceptive Marketing Scheme that Fueled Kentucky’s Opioid Epidemic

Andy Beshear

Today, Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a lawsuit to hold a New Jersey pharmaceutical manufacturer accountable for contributing to an illicit drug market that fueled Kentucky’s opioid epidemic.

In the lawsuit filed today in McCracken Circuit Court, Beshear alleges Johnson & Johnson, and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Ortho-McNeil subsidiaries, devised a deceptive marketing scheme in order to generate higher profits from their opioid drugs Duragesic, Nucynta and Nucynta ER.

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DOR/IRS Provide Additional Filing Day Due to IRS System Issues

Commonwealth of KY Department of Revenue

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) announced today that they will follow the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plan and provide taxpayers an additional day to file and pay their taxes following system issues that surfaced early on the April 17 tax deadline. Individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due date of April 17 will now have until midnight on Wednesday, April 18. Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time.

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Bevin Administration Files Motion to Disqualify Attorney General for Conflicts of Interest in Pension Lawsuit

Gov. Matt Bevin today filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear and his office from the political lawsuit filed last week against Kentucky’s recently enacted pension reform law (Senate Bill 151).

Today’s filing lays out significant evidence that Beshear provided legal advice to the Commonwealth (his client) regarding SB 151, thereby violating the Rules of Professional Conduct that govern all attorneys.

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Beshear’s Cyber Investigators Partner with FBI, Ohio Attorney General’s Office in Child Predator Arrest

ARRESTED

Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Department of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crimes Unit today announced the arrest and indictment of a 42-year-old Dayton, Ohio man for allegedly seeking sex with a minor.

Beshear said following a two-month investigation by his Department of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crimes Unit, and an April 10 indictment by a Franklin County grand jury, Carl Wayne Lowe, of Dayton, Ohio, was arrested April 16 by the Dayton FBI Field Office.

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Public Health Recommends Hepatitis A Vaccination for Children and Adults in Counties Impacted by Outbreak

Due to an ongoing outbreak of Hepatitis A, the Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is recommending vaccination for everyone residing in Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties.

To date, 214 cases have been reported in the Jefferson County/Louisville area. Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties have each reported 5 or more cases for a total 311 cases associated with the outbreak. One death has been reported.

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Transparency must be Rule Instead of Exception in State Government

Andy Beshear

Frankfort is broken.

And its current leadership wants to keep you in the dark.

Over the last two years, Kentuckians have suffered from an executive branch that operates in secret, fighting transparency at every turn. The Bevin administration has filed lawsuits against newspapers, radio stations, lawyers and even individual Kentuckians who have sought documents that belong to you, the public. Continue reading Transparency must be Rule Instead of Exception in State Government

Lane closure scheduled for TUESDAY on Interstate 75 in Laurel County

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that crews plan to close the left lane of northbound Interstate 75 between milepoints 47 and 48 in Laurel County on Tuesday April 17, 2018 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to install flexible delineator posts.

Flexible delineator posts are guidance devices used to mark the edges of lanes and of the road at curves and to improve visibility of road and lane boundaries in inclement weather.

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