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Beshear Urges Video Streaming Industry to Protect Young Viewers from Tobacco Imagery

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear joined a bipartisan coalition of 43 attorneys general in sending letters to the U.S. streaming industry urging them to take proactive steps to protect young viewers from tobacco imagery in video content.

The letters were sent to Amazon.com, Apple, AT&T, CBS Corporation, Comcast Corporation, Discovery, The Walt Disney Company, Google, Lionsgate, Netflix, Sony, Viacom and Walmart.

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Film Project to Help Raise Awareness, Help Teens Cope with Emotional Distress

A new project is under way to help Kentucky high school students learn more about prevention and healthy coping strategies to deal with bullying, substance use, and teen suicide through a creative partnership with the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental, and Intellectual Disabilities (BHDID), the state’s Regional Prevention Centers, HoriZen Media, and The Rising Center.

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SCHOOL STARTING BACK

The Berea Police Department would like to remind motorist that school starts back Wednesday, August 14th for both Madison County and Berea Independent Schools.

With the increased traffic, motorists should also be aware that the road construction on Richmond Road and with Old US 25 being closed for bridge repairs will impact travel times. Our officers will be directing traffic at several intersections to assist with the traffic flow.

Expect traffic delays from 7 AM to 8:30 AM as well as 2 PM to 3:30 PM.

ROAD CLOSURE AND DETOUR

Per Richmond Utilities: ROAD CLOSURE AND DETOUR on Big Hill Avenue in front of The Richmond Register Building starting around 8:40 a.m.

Motorists, be aware of a detour in this area. Outbound traffic to Berea (US 25 S) lane will be open all day. Incoming traffic (US 25 N) will detour to Altamont Street or to Race Street, and then proceed back to Big Hill Avenue.

Detour signs will be posted. This will work will take most of the day.

Road Work

Closures scheduled for Interstates 75 and 64 in Fayette County.Short term stoppages are necessary for markings to be installed and retraced. The markings improve reflectivity and visibility.

Monday, August 5 through Tuesday, August 6 – 7 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday

Interstate 75
• Mobile lane closures will be in effect for Exit 99 and tentatively Exits 104 and 108
• The work will include the On and Off Ramps in both directions

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CHFS launches new Medicaid program to help members obtain commercial insurance

In line with its commitment to support improved health outcomes for Kentuckians, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has launched a new Medicaid program.

The Kentucky Integrated Health Insurance Premium Payment (KI-HIPP) program helps eligible Medicaid members cover the cost of an employer-sponsored health insurance plan.  

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Road Work

Scheduled preventive maintenance for Mt. Vernon Road/US 25 in Madison County. The Cape Seal treatment slows deterioration of pavement, reduces upkeep and the costs of construction. In addition, it provides motorists with increased safety. The anticipated completion date for the project is September 30.

Monday, August 5 through Monday, September 30
• Alternating lane closures will be in effect between milepoints 0 and 2.86 (a distance of 3 miles) 
o The section begins at the Rockcastle-Madison County line and extends north to KY 21
o Flaggers will be onsite to guide and direct motorists

The speed limit will be 25 MPH through the work zone.

Gov. Bevin Files Legal Brief Defending Pro-Life Anti-Eugenics Law and Heartbeat Law

Gov. Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin continued his fight for the unborn by filing a legal brief in federal court yesterday defending two pro-life laws passed by the 2019 General Assembly, a ban on discriminatory abortions and a ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

EMW Women’s Surgical Center, which performs 3,000 abortions in Kentucky annually, hired the ACLU to sue Kentucky over the constitutionality of HB5 and SB9.  HB5 bans abortions based upon the race, sex, or disability of the unborn child.  Gov. Bevin’s brief argues that the U.S. Supreme Court has never decided whether an abortion provider can perform discriminatory abortions.  The brief provides expert testimony establishing that discriminatory abortions happen in Kentucky, noting nearly one out of every two unborn children with Down syndrome in Kentucky is aborted. 

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New option for Kentucky, Tennessee patients seeking treatment for Hepatitis C

A new Hepatitis C treatment service will provide an immediate impact for people living in southeast Kentucky and northeast Tennessee.

With the assistance of a USDA grant, Dayspring Health purchased a FibroScan machine for its clinic in Jellico, TN. Previously, patients were traveling to Lexington, KY or Knoxville, TN to receive a liver scan to start treatment.  

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Beshear: Tip from Maysville Hospice Employee Leads to Multi-state Investigation, Shuts Down Sham Hospice Charity

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that a tip from a hospice employee in Maysville led his office and seven other state attorneys general to investigate and ultimately shut down a sham hospice charity.

In a settlement agreement with the New Hope Foundation Inc. (New Hope), of Nashville, Tennessee, and its officers and directors, the organization will dissolve and three of its officers are banned from any charity or fundraising activities in perpetuity.

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Beshear: Hunting for a Job? Watch Out for Scammers

Andy Beshear

If you are on the hunt for a job, watch out for scammers, Attorney General Andy Beshear warned today.

Beshear said his office has received employment scam complaints from residents in Boone, Boyle, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Jefferson, Johnson, Madison, Shelby, Taylor and Woodford counties totaling more than $24,000 in losses this year.

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SCAM ALERT

SCAM ALERT: Over the last few weeks several people have been the victim of a new type of scam. The offender advertises an apartment or home for rent on Facebook Marketplace. The victim in each case arranged to meet with offender and pay them for the first month’s rent.

They all met with a female who took cash from them and then gave them a handwritten receipt. After paying money to the offender, the victim never hears from them again.

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Beshear Clears Passport Health Plan Purchase

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that the pending Passport Health Plan purchase has been reviewed and cleared by his office.

Passport Health Plan is a Louisville nonprofit, community-based health plan administering Kentucky Medicaid and Medicare benefits. The anticipated purchaser, Evolent Health Inc., is a for-profit company that provides health care delivery and payment solutions in the U.S. Evolent has provided services to Passport since 2016.

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Beshear Gets Eighth Win in Fight to Hold Opioid Companies Accountable

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that he has defeated his eighth straight motion to dismiss by an opioid manufacturer or distributor in Kentucky’s court system.

Judge James Schrand last week issued an order denying Walgreens’ motion to dismiss in Boone Circuit Court.

Circuit judges in Fayette, Floyd, Hardin, Madison and McCracken counties have denied motions to dismiss by Teva Pharmaceuticals, AmerisourceBergen, Insys Therapeutics, Mallinckrodt and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals respectively. Motions to dismiss were filed in Franklin Circuit Court by Endo Pharmaceuticals and McKesson Corporation; both were denied as well.

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