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Kentucky Senate: It’s Time to Make Kentucky Schools Tobacco Free

Kentucky students need a statewide tobacco-free schools law to protect them from secondhand smoke, e-cigarette aerosol and tobacco product messaging at school. Nearly 60 percent of Kentucky kids attend schools that do not have such policies, so they smell, breathe and otherwise absorb tobacco emissions and Continue reading Kentucky Senate: It’s Time to Make Kentucky Schools Tobacco Free

Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Executes Search Warrant related to Alcohol Sales in Dry Territory

On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control executed a search warrant at American Patriots, an establishment in Laurel County. The search uncovered over 100 bottles of distilled spirits, around 1,000 bottles of malt beverages, several gallons of moonshine, and at least six illegal gambling machines. Continue reading Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Executes Search Warrant related to Alcohol Sales in Dry Territory

KSP Murder Investigation Update

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Original Release: On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at approximately 6:20 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a call from Baptist Health Corbin Hospital advising that a pregnant adult female had been brought to the ER with a gunshot wound and requested police.

Upon arrival, KSP Detectives learned Geri D. Johnson, 29, of Williamsburg had died as a result of an apparent gunshot wound. Johnson was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The infant was delivered and transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and was listed in critical Continue reading KSP Murder Investigation Update

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear Launches Investigation into Inflated Prescription Drug Prices

Attorney General Andy Beshear has launched an investigation into allegations that state pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have overcharged the state health insurance programs for prescription drugs and discriminated against independent pharmacies.

Beshear is seeking details on how the PBMs, hired by state Medicaid managed-care organizations and the state employee health plan, have determined, billed and paid drug reimbursement rates over the past five years in Kentucky. Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases February 2019 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary February 2019 unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for February 2019 was down from the 4.2 percent reported for January 2019. Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office

Gov. Bevin

The action of Bardstown and other Kentucky National Guard members at Firebase Tomahawk in Vietnam 50 years ago will be a highlight of the Vietnam Veterans Day/Vietnam Commemoration event at the State Capitol on Friday, March 29.

After Gov. Matt Bevin delivers the keynote address, BG Thomas R. Ice, who served with the Second Battalion, 138th Field Artillery in Vietnam, will address the importance of the deployment of the 138th Field Artillery to Vietnam. There will also be artifacts from the unit on display. Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office

UK, Kentucky Department for Public Health Collaboration Aims to Eliminate New HIV Infections in the Commonwealth

A collaborative program aimed at preventing new HIV infections in Kentucky, as well as expanding education and care for persons living with HIV, is being launched in Northern Kentucky and throughout the Commonwealth. Continue reading UK, Kentucky Department for Public Health Collaboration Aims to Eliminate New HIV Infections in the Commonwealth

From the Department of Public Advocacy Justice & Public Safety Cabinet

Public Forum Notice We Want to Hear from You!

On April 30-May 2, 2019 representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Program will visit Kentucky Protection and Advocacy for the State of Kentucky in Frankfort.

SAMHSA/CMHS invites you to send written comments about the PAIMI Program services and activities conducted by the Kentucky Protection and Advocacy.

Please email your comments to [email protected]

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear Launches Green Dot to Prevent Violence in Communities

Attorney General Andy Beshear, his Office of Victims Advocacy and the Women’s Crisis Center today announced employees in Beshear’s office will take part in a training and policy initiative to help them prevent violence in their communities.

Green Dot, a nationally recognized strategy active in 42 states, five countries and in the United States Air Force, focuses on preventing power-based personal violence – sexual violence, partner violence, child abuse, elder abuse, bullying and stalking.

In Kentucky, 47 percent of women and 20 percent of men report experiencing sexual violence. Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office

Matt Bevin

Gov. Bevin Signs HB 5, Files Response to Legal Challenge by Louisville Abortion Clinic

Gov. Matt Bevin today officially signed into law House Bill 5, known as the Human Rights of the Unborn Child and Anti-Discrimination Act. HB 5 was was passed by overwhelming majorities in both legislative chambers during the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly.

Legal counsel for Gov. Bevin and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Adam Meier also today filed a response to a Louisville abortion clinic’s motion for a temporary restraining order against HB 5. EMW Women’s Surgical Center was so anxious to attack HB 5, the center filed its motion before the bill had even officially been signed into law.

Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office

From the Office of Mitch McConnell

COVINGTON, KY — Senator McConnell joined by (L-to-R) Jason Merrick, Director of Inmate Addiction Services, Kenton County Detention Center, Kenton County Judge Executive Kris Knochelmann, Kenton County Jailer Terry Carl, and ONDCP Director Jim Carroll

Senator McConnell Welcomes White House ‘Drug Czar’ to Kentucky

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) welcomed Jim Carroll, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), commonly known as the “Drug Czar,” to Kentucky today. Senator McConnell invited Director Carroll to Kentucky to get a close up view of the substance abuse epidemic and the problems we face in the Commonwealth. Continue reading From the Office of Mitch McConnell

KSP Death Investigation

On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at approximately 6:20 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a call from Baptist Health Corbin Hospital advising that a pregnant adult female had been brought to the ER with a gunshot wound and requested police.

Upon arrival, KSP Detectives learned Geri D. Johnson, 29, of Williamsburg had died as a result of an apparent gunshot wound. Johnson was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The infant was delivered and transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and was listed in critical condition. Continue reading KSP Death Investigation

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery 2019 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

MARCH
March 09: 2nd Saturday Fly Fishing Clinics: Must Pre-register – 10 AM and 1 PM CST
March 12: Friends of Wolf Creek NFH Monthly Meeting – 1-2 PM CDT
March 15: Jr. Duck Stamp Art Contest submission deadline – Entries must be postmarked.

APRIL
April 09: Friends of Wolf Creek NFH Monthly Meeting 5 PM CDT (Russell County SKRECC)
April 13: 2nd Saturday Fly Fishing Clinics: Two hour sessions, Must Pre-register – 10 AM and 1 PM CDT
April 13: Trout Trot 5K – 8 AM registration, 9 AM race start CDT – early registration ends March 28
April 13: Trout Fest – Friends of Wolf Creek NFH – details TBA
April 27: Earth Day Event: Free Family Event – 9 AM – 1 PM CDT
April 28: Offsite event: Somerset Community College Earth Day Event – details TBA Continue reading Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery 2019 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Special Rates Offered At Kentucky State Parks Following Storm Damage

Kentucky State Parks are offering special rates for people who need shelter in the wake of tornadoes and storms in Western Kentucky this week.

The rates are available at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Lake Barkley State Resort Park and Kenlake State Resort Park and start at $49.95 a night for a lodge room, plus taxes and fees. Call the parks for more information. The number for Kentucky Dam Village is 270-362-4271; Lake Barkley’s number is 270-924-1131 and Kenlake’s number is 270-474-2211.

For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office

Gov. Bevin

Kentucky Breaks Export Record in 2018

Gov. Matt Bevin announced today Kentucky exports reached an all-time high for a fourth consecutive year with $31.76 billion in goods and services shipped abroad from the commonwealth in 2018, a 2.9-percent increase from the previous year.

“Once again, Kentucky’s record-setting exports highlight the momentous economic progress we have achieved in recent years,” Gov. Bevin said. “Our rapidly expanding trade is the result of steps we have taken to create a robust business climate and to market Kentucky excellence to a global audience. The quality of Kentucky-made products is unmatched, and more and more people around the world discover this fact every year. We have cultivated some outstanding international relationships over the past three years, and we will continue these efforts as we build upon our commonwealth’s strong and dynamic reputation.” Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

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Beshear: Northern Kentucky Man Found Guilty of Murder

Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Special Prosecutions today announced that a Northern Kentucky man has again been found guilty of the May 29, 2012, murder of Michelle Mockbee.

The Boone County jury returned its verdicts of guilty on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence on March 13, against David Wayne Dooley, 45, of Burlington. Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL