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Calling All Lake Lovers! Monitoring Program in Need of Volunteers

Volunteers from the Paintsville Utilities Water Treatment Plant learn to conduct Secchi Depth monitoring. They plan to monitor eight locations on Paintsville Lake, providing data for the program as well as source water protection for the drinking water supply.

Are you an avid fisherman? A lake resident? A weekender who loves being on the water? You could be part of a growing number of citizens dedicated to improving the Commonwealth’s 440,000 acres of lake waters through the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.

Offered through a partnership between the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Watershed Watch in Kentucky, this program gives residents the opportunity to join other citizen scientists across the state who have made a commitment to monitor and report the condition of their chosen lake on a regular basis, now through October.

Eric Russell, who lives near Kentucky Lake in Marshall County, said the time required to be involved in the lake monitoring program is minimal compared to the sense of contribution he feels. “I went to MSU and studied Biology and GIS years ago, but ended up following a different career path,” Russell said. “I live near the lake and want to be a part of helping to monitor our natural resources.”

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Update for Interstate 75 rehabilitation project in Rockcastle County.This is part of the rehabilitation project that includes milling and resurfacing for the interstate. Pavement conditions will be addressed in both north and south directions. In addition, guardrail will be repaired for specific sections as necessary.

Interstate 75 – Southbound: Friday, July 19 – 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. (times are approximate)
• Paving operations will be in effect for the left/fast lane and shoulder
Sunday, July 21 through Monday, July 22 – 7 a.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday
• Paving operations will begin for the middle lane and progress to the right/slow lane and shoulder.

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KSP Charges Daviess Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On July 18, 2019 the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Brandon M. Sally, 46, on charges related to rape, sodomy, promoting/use of a sexual performance by a minor, and distribution/possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

Sally was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering Sally sharing files of child sexual exploitation online.

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See Frontier Life at Carter Caves State Resort Park’s

A display at Pioneer Life Week at Carter Caves

Find out about frontier life in Kentucky by visiting Carter Caves State Resort Park for the 28th Annual Pioneer Life Week July 22-29.

This event focuses on life in Kentucky in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitors can enjoy a step back in time in the Pioneer Encampment near the Carter Caves campground registration building.

See re-enactors demonstrate skills needed for frontier life Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Gov. Bevin Orders Flags to Half-Staff Friday in Honor of Two Kentucky Servicemen

Gov. Matt Bevin has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Friday, July 19, 2019, in honor of two Kentucky servicemen who were killed in action during World War II and the Korean War, but whose remains were only recently identified.

Navy Seaman 1st Class Millard Burk Jr., 19, of Pikeville, died during the attack on Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 7, 1941, he was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Burk.

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Gov. Bevin Recognizes the Sacrifice of a Recently Identified Kentucky World War II Sailor

Navy Fireman 1st Class Billy J. Johnson

Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky sailor who died in World War II, but whose remains have just been positively identified.

Navy Fireman 1st Class Billy J. Johnson, 22, of Caney, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Johnson.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

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State Health Officials Issue Safety Guidelines for Warmer Temperatures

Health officials with the Department for Public Health (DPH), located within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), urge the public to take steps to avoid injury and illness during periods of extreme summertime heat. 

“During summer we often spend long periods of time outside. However, with warmer extreme temperatures comes the risk of overexertion, so we advise the public to take steps to keep cool and prevent harm,” said Jeff Howard, DPH Commissioner. “Serious injury and even death – particularly for children and older adults exposed to extreme levels of heat – can occur.”

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Transportation Cabinet awards $16.6 million for non-traditional community transportation improvements

Governor Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced a $16.6 million investment to fund 42 transformative community projects statewide through the Commonwealth’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Funding 80 percent of the total project costs, the awards support safe connections and accessibility primarily through sidewalk improvements for the general pedestrian, children and disabled populations.  

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT

The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Madison County. The excessive heat watch in effect from Thursday 7/18/2019 through Sunday evening 7/21/2019.

TEMPERATURE Heat indices ranging from 100 to as high as 110 degrees will be possible each afternoon from Thursday into Sunday, with the highest heat indices west of I-65.

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Officer Involved Shooting Investigation / McCreary Co.

Original Release: On Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at approximately 8:18 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London was contacted by McCreary County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance on an officer-involved shooting that had taken place at a residence on Lick Creek Road in McCreary County.

Preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 8:00 PM, a McCreary County Deputy sheriff along with a McCreary County constable responded to a welfare check at a residence on Lick Creek Road.

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Beshear: Indiana Man Charged with Endangering Minors in Ongoing Labor Trafficking Investigation

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Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that an ongoing labor trafficking investigation involving multiple agencies has led to an Indiana man being charged in Bowling Green for endangering the welfare of 12 minors.

 Shawn Floyd, 54, of Indianapolis, was charged by Beshear’s office with 12 counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, Class A misdemeanors, and one count of controlled substance prescription not in original container, a Class B misdemeanor.

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PPC Announces New Communications Director

The Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet (PPC) announces the appointment of Krista Locke as Executive Director of the Office of Communications & Public Outreach. PPC Secretary K. Gail Russell announced the appointment, which is effective immediately.

“Krista’s communications experience is extensive, and her involvement with local government is an asset,” said PPC Secretary Gail Russell. “I appreciate her willingness to step away from her career in the private sector to serve the Commonwealth.”

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Treasurer Ball Exercises New Appointment Authority with Financial Empowerment Commission

ALLISON BALL

Treasurer Allison Ball has appointed five members to the inaugural Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission Board, her office announced. The appointments follow a new law giving the State Treasurer authority to appoint members to the statewide board.

“I am proud of the selections I have made for the Financial Empowerment Commission Board,” Treasurer Ball said. “These appointees are highly qualified and each bring a unique perspective to the Financial Empowerment Commission. I look forward to leading the efforts of the entire Board as we work to increase financial empowerment across the Commonwealth.”

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Martin and Sellers Embrace New Roles at ABC

Public Protection Cabinet Secretary K. Gail Russell names Carol Beth Martin as Commissioner of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Karen Sellers as Deputy Commissioner and Distilled Spirits Administrator.

“The Commonwealth is fortunate to have such impressive women leading a department that oversees one of Kentucky’s signature industries,” said Secretary Russell. “I am grateful for Carol Beth and Karen’s commitment to service.”  

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​​Beshear: Investigation into Inflated Prescription Drug Prices Moving Forward

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today his office is moving forward with an investigation into inflated prescription drug prices by submitting a request for proposal (RFP) to bolster his legal team.

In March, Beshear launched an investigation into pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), who control the prescription drug market for several state programs. It is alleged that PBMs have overcharged the state health insurance programs for prescription drugs and discriminated against local pharmacies. Beshear seeks to recover any profits improperly retained by PBMs at the expense of the Commonwealth and its taxpayers.

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Gov. Bevin, Lawmakers Propose Legislation Prohibiting ‘Sanctuary Cities’ in Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin

Today, Gov. Matt Bevin furthered his commitment to “serve those who serve us” by joining state lawmakers, members of the Lexington Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and Homeland Security officials in Lexington to call for passage, as soon as possible, of legislation to ensure local law enforcement can effectively cooperate with federal agencies in combatting crime.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Danny Carroll and Rep. John Blanton, prohibits local governments from enacting “sanctuary” policies that prevent local law enforcement from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Pike County Woman Ordered to Pay Restitution in Fraud Case

An investigation led by the Fraud Division of the Kentucky Department of Insurance (DOI) resulted in court-ordered restitution of $19,380 and a five-year diverted jail sentence for a Pike County woman.

Courtney B. Saunders, 32, of Pikeville, pled guilty to a Class D felony of insurance fraud after DOI identified 39 false medical records submitted by Saunders to AFLAC. Saunders submitted false claims over a two-year period from July 2015 – December 2016. Insurance giant, AFLAC paid Saunders $19,380 in claim reimbursements, and reported the suspected fraud to DOI. DOI subsequently launched an investigation in October 2017.

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