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Gov. Bevin Calls for Complete Disclosure of Travel Purpose for Expenditure of Taxpayer Funds

Gov. Matt Bevin

In an unprecedented move to further transparency in state government, Gov. Matt Bevin today publicly released a log disclosing the purpose of his official trips using state-owned aircraft.  Unlike prior governors, Gov. Bevin is going beyond what the law requires by releasing a comprehensive list of the purpose of official travel. 

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Senator McConnell Advances KY Hemp Priorities

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced several important provisions in the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill that will benefit Kentucky’s growing hemp industry. Senator McConnell, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations and Agriculture Committees, secured nearly $20 million to implement the hemp provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill as well as to support federal research of hemp.

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PSC Orders Kentucky Power to Return $5.17 Million to Customers

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has ordered Kentucky Power Co. to return a total of about $5.17 million to customers that it collected in excess of its actual costs of participation in a regional power market.

In an order issued today, the PSC directed Kentucky Power to issue a credit to customers for the next 11 months to return the overcollected amount. A typical residential customer will receive a credit of about $1.53 per month, with the amount varying depending on individual usage.

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CHILDREN’S HEALTH TAKES CENTER STAGE FOR NEW SCHOOL HEALTH COALITION

A new, statewide coalition that will work collectively to improve children’s health in the school setting has been established by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in partnership with Kentucky Voices for Health and Cairn Guidance. The Coalition will work to promote policies, programs and practices that are shown to make measurable differences in children’s health – perhaps in such areas as nutrition, physical activity, substance use and mental health, said Foundation President and CEO Ben Chandler.

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McConnell Helps Bring Dental Care to Rural Kentucky Students

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the Cumberland Family Medical Center (CFMC) in Burkesville, Kentucky received a $300,000 competitive federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Oral Health Infrastructure (OHI) program. CFMC, a Federally Qualified Health Center serving families in south-central and north-central Kentucky, plans to use the grant resources to purchase portable equipment for its school-based health centers, which provide preventative oral health care to rural students.

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KSP Charges Morgan Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On September 17, 2019, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Patton M. Blevins, 35, on charges related to promoting a minor under 16 in a sexual performance.

Blevins was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect communicating with a juvenile online and directing the child to produce files of child sexual exploitation. 

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Gov. Bevin Joins 20-State Coalition in Support of Trump Administration Pro-Coal Energy Rule

Gov. Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin last week joined a coalition of officials from 20 states in supporting the Trump Administration’s pro-coal, Affordable Clean Energy rule as it faces a challenge in court by Democratic attorneys general.

The coalition, in a motion filed on Sept. 12, seeks to intervene in support of the Trump Administration’s repeal of former President Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan.

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Public Health Hosts Children’s Environmental Health Poster Contest

The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is inviting school-age children Kindergarten through 8th grade across the Commonwealth to create and submit original artwork for a chance to win cash prizes in a poster contest focusing on environmental health. This contest is sponsored by the Kentucky Environmental Public Health Tracking Network and Kentucky Population Health Institute.

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Gov. Bevin Announces Launch of ‘Hope and Help’ Initiative to Combat Substance Use Disorder

Gov. Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced a new statewide public awareness effort to continue the Commonwealth’s historic momentum in combating the opioid epidemic. The Governor’s Office, in collaboration with the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet’s (JPSC) Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), is launching the “Hope and Help” initiative to provide vital resources to individuals struggling with substance use disorder.

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KSP Offers Free Safety Education Exhibits to Public

In an effort to educate the public and promote safety in Kentucky communities, KSP is offering public education exhibits free of charge. These educational resources are made possible through corporate and government sponsorships, providing a visual reminder about the dangers behind drug abuse and risky driving behaviors. KSP has four exhibits meant to serve the people of Kentucky in an informative, interactive mobile way.

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Statement from Gov. Bevin on Consequences of Purdue Pharma’s Bankruptcy for Kentuckians

Gov. Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today released the following statement about how Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy filing will impact Kentuckians due to the Kentucky Office of Attorney General’s unscrupulous 2015 settlement:

“Kentuckians woke up this morning to find that they had once again been fleeced by the self-serving corruption of Steve and Andy Beshear and Jack Conway. The crooked $24 million settlement with Purdue Pharma is even more crooked than we thought. The Beshears and Conway carefully negotiated the settlement to ensure that the lawyers were paid $4 million in full, while the Commonwealth had to wait eight years to get its full payment. Purdue’s announced bankruptcy now jeopardizes the paltry remaining money that Kentuckians are due.”

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Scott Lockard, Ky River District Health Department Named Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion

Scott Lockard, Director of the Kentucky River District Health Department and a Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion.

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has named Public Health Director Scott Lockard of the Kentucky River District Health Department a Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion for leading his team to help Perry County enact a smoke-free workplace ordinance. Perry is the first county in Eastern Kentucky to go smoke-free, and one of only six smoke-free counties in the state.

The fiscal court passed the ordinance on June 18 and it went into effect immediately.  The ordinance prohibits smoking and the use of e-cigarettes in all indoor and outdoor places of employment and indoor public places. 

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KSP Investigates two Deaths in / Whitley Co.

(September 13, 2019) – On Friday, September 13, 2019, at approximately 12:36 AM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London was notified by the Whitley County 911 Center of a structure fire with two fatality’s at a residence located on Wolf Creek River Road in Whitley County.

KSP Arson Investigator Brian Lewis and KSP Detectives arrived on scene and located two deceased bodies after the fire department had extinguished the fire.

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Elephant Calf Naming Contest Announced

he Louisville Zoo welcomed a male elephant calf on Friday, August 2 to 33-year-old African elephant Mikki, and starting Monday, September 16, the Zoo will be soliciting names from the public in a naming contest presented by Norton Children’s Hospital.   Mikki and the calf are on exhibit daily 10 a.m. to noon, subject to change while the acclimation process continues. Zoo guests can visit LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki to see daily updates for elephant viewing.

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