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UPDATE Murder Investigation / Whitley County

ARRESTED

ORIGINAL RELEASE: On Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at approximately 7:30 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a call from the Whitley County 911 about a shooting that had taken place at a residence on KY HWY 1064 in the Woodbine community of Whitley County.

Troopers arrived on scene and located Vicki S. Conner, 57, of Corbin deceased of an apparent gunshot wound. Conner was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Whitley County Coroner’s Office.

UPDATE: Upon further investigation, an arrest warrant has been issued for Murder, for Nicholas M. Rucker, 38, of Corbin the boyfriend of the victim.

KSP is requesting that anyone with additional information concerning this investigation or the whereabouts of Mr. Rucker is asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 11 at 606-878-6622 or 1-800-222-5555.

SENATOR JARED CARPENTER’S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Jared Carpenter

As we look forward to cookouts, shopping, and celebrations this Memorial Day weekend, it is imperative to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. They are the brave men and women who fought and died while protecting our freedom, a privilege we take advantage of here in the United States. These American heroes deserve our upmost honor and respect. Collectively, I ask that we pay tribute and reflect on the true meaning of our three-day weekend.

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Kentucky Water Treatment Plants Exceed Quality Standards

The Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Water has recognized 37 surface water treatment plants in Kentucky for meeting the goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP), for 2018.

AWOP is a multi-state initiative administered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of AWOP is to encourage drinking water systems to voluntarily achieve optimization goals that are more stringent than current regulations. Twenty-six states, including Kentucky, participate in AWOP. All of Kentucky’s public water systems are encouraged to participate in AWOP in order to provide the highest quality drinking water to their customers. Continue reading Kentucky Water Treatment Plants Exceed Quality Standards

From the COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear: Action Needed to Better Protect Kentuckians from Online Crimes

Attorney General Andy Beshear and 47 attorneys general this week urged Congress once again to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to ensure state and local authorities are able to protect citizens from online crimes.

Beshear said the CDA needs to be clarified to provide local law enforcement the authority to stop companies that provide platforms that make illegal online activities, like identity theft, black market opioid sales and deceptive artificial technology, possible.

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From the Office of Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Update on Department for Public Health (DPH) Proposed Tattoo Regulations

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), in response to concerns regarding a proposed update of the regulation dealing with tattoos, said today that the concerns are being heard.

On April 15, 2019, CHFS filed a proposed amendment to update the tattoo regulation, 902 KAR 45:065. The intent of these regulatory revisions was aimed at addressing changes that have occurred in the tattoo industry over the last 15 years, the length of time since the regulation was last updated. Continue reading From the Office of Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

KET viewers may experience service interruptions while work is done to WKLE-Lexington-Richmond service tower

KET viewers in Lexington, Richmond, Nicholasville and surrounding counties may experience service interruptions over the next two weeks while work is done to the WKLE transmitter and antennae. The service interruptions will likely occur between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., as the transmitter must be shut off while work is done on the tower. Service should return to normal outside that time period. Continue reading KET viewers may experience service interruptions while work is done to WKLE-Lexington-Richmond service tower

Body Identified after Thirty-Three Years / McCreary Co.

In November, 1986 a body was discovered in the Strunk community of McCreary County. Although the Kentucky State Police pursued several potential leads for information, the case eventually went cold and the victim was not identified.

In 2016, McCreary County Coroner Tim Corder and Kentucky State Police Detective Billy Correll renewed efforts to identify the remains.

In late 2017, after an extensive search for information, a missing person from Norfolk, Virginia was identified as a possible match to the remains. The investigation led the Coroner and Detective to contact a family member of the missing person who resides in California. Continue reading Body Identified after Thirty-Three Years / McCreary Co.

Community Stakeholders Invited to Forums on New Federal Child Welfare Law

The Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, will hold nine regional forums this summer to give the public, providers and other partners an overview of how a new federal law will help keep at-risk families together and prevent youth from entering the foster care system.

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Kentucky Launches Initiative to Fast Track Veterans to Aircraft Mechanics Careers

Transitioning military personnel and veterans with aviation or power plant mechanics experience are now eligible to become Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified in Kentucky.

Through a collaborative effort among the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), the University of Louisville (UofL), and the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs (KCMA), Kentucky launched the Veterans Accelerated Learning for Licensed Occupations (VALLO) initiative to provide occupational certifications for veterans and transitioning military personnel seeking employment opportunities. Continue reading Kentucky Launches Initiative to Fast Track Veterans to Aircraft Mechanics Careers

Death Investigation / Whitley Co.

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at approximately 7:30 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a call from the Whitley County 911 about a shooting that had taken place at a residence on KY HWY 1064 in the Woodbine community of Whitley County.

Troopers arrived on scene and located Vicki S. Conner, 57, of Corbin deceased of an apparent gunshot wound. Conner was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Whitley County Coroner’s Office. Continue reading Death Investigation / Whitley Co.

State releases county unemployment data for April 2019

Unemployment rates fell in 89 Kentucky counties between April 2018 and April 2019, rose in 21 and stayed the same in 10 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.7 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 2.9 percent; Boone, Campbell and Oldham, counties, 3 percent each; Kenton, Scott and Shelby counties, 3.1 percent each; Anderson County, 3.2 percent; and Franklin, Jessamine, Spencer and Warren counties, 3.3 percent each. Continue reading State releases county unemployment data for April 2019

Division of Waste Management Announces Grants for Rubber-Modified Asphalt Projects

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) announced that up to $502,838 in grant funding has been awarded to five counties for rubber-modified asphalt projects utilizing crumb rubber manufactured from waste tires.

The grant funding will be used for the application of chip seal or asphalt overlay on county or metro government roads. Chip seal is a road surface treatment that combines one or more layers of asphalt with one or more layers of fine aggregate, and can extend the life of a road by four to eight years. Asphalt overlay is a new layer of asphalt applied over an existing asphalt surface, and can extend the road life by seven to 10 years.

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Beshear Continues Fight to Protect Affordable Health Care

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear and a coalition of 20 attorneys general filed their reply brief in Texas v. U.S. Wednesday. It is the final step in the fight to preserve health care protections before oral arguments in July.

 Today’s brief argues that every provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains valid, and Beshear said he is proud to be leading Kentucky’s efforts to preserve access to affordable health care for more than 1.3 million Kentuckians and tens of millions of Americans.

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Fatal Traffic Crash / Laurel Co.

Fatal Crash

On Monday, May 20, 2019 at approximately 3:26 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of a two-vehicle traffic collision on KY HWY 30 at the intersection of Sugar Camp Road in Laurel County.

Upon arrival, Trooper Michelle Lang determined that a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer operated by Russell C. Gilliam, 67, of London was traveling eastbound on Sugar Camp Road when he crossed KY HWY 30 and struck a 1999 Titan motorcycle traveling southbound on KY HWY 30 operated by Elvis L. Johnson, 42, of London. Continue reading Fatal Traffic Crash / Laurel Co.

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear: Nearly $220,000 in Grants Awarded to Prevent Child Abuse

Nearly $220,000 in grant funding from the Child Victims’ Trust Fund (CVTF) has been allocated to help child sexual abuse prevention organizations protect children across the state, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today.

Beshear said the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board, attached to the Office of the Attorney General, announced grant recipients for the 2020 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2019.
The state’s 15 Children’s Advocacy Centers will receive in excess of $74,000 to cover costs related to more than 990 child sexual abuse medical exams. Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Most Pools and Beaches Opening Memorial Day Weekend at Kentucky State Parks

The lodge pool at Lake Barkley State Resort Park

Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional opening date for Kentucky State Park pools and beaches. Most pools and beaches will be opening.

Lodge pools are reserved for lodge and cottage guests. Community pools at Greenbo Lake, Carter Caves, Levi Jackson, Blue Licks Battlefield, Cumberland Falls, E.P. “Tom” Sawyer, Kincaid Lake, Natural Bridge and Fort Boonesborough state parks charge a fee and are open to the public. Continue reading Most Pools and Beaches Opening Memorial Day Weekend at Kentucky State Parks