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Louisville Zoo to Host One of Largest Lantern Festivals in the Nation

The Louisville Zoo is happy to host one of the largest Chinese lantern festivals in the nation — Wild Lights: Asian Lantern Festival at the Louisville Zoo opens March 5, 2020 and runs through April 25, 2020. Wild Lights will be our community’s first-ever outdoor Chinese Lantern Festival. Tickets go on sale December 1, 2019.

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FOUNDATION STATEMENT: NEARLY ONE IN FIVE WOMEN SMOKE DURING PREGNANCY IN KENTUCKY

(LOUISVILLE, Ky – November 19, 2019) Nearly one in five women in Kentucky smoked during pregnancy in 2018, according to the 2019 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book that was released today by Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA). While the statewide rate of smoking during pregnancy in 2018 was 18.7 percent, about the same as 2017, the number of counties with rates exceeding 30 percent rose from 22 to 24; Lee and Owsley Counties continued to have rates higher than 40 percent. In addition, 29 counties lost ground in 2018, compared to 10 in 2017.

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Kentucky State Parks Serving Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Sixteen Kentucky State Resort Parks will host thousands of guests for the annual Thanksgiving Day buffet on Nov. 28, 2019.

The parks will serve 2,000 pounds of turkey, 1,500 pounds of sweet potatoes, and 750 pounds of country ham. Additionally, 1,300 pounds of roast beef and 12,000 rolls will be served along with 600 pies, including pecan and pumpkin.

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Free Service will help Kentucky teens stop vaping, smoking

FRANKFORT, Ky. (November 18, 2019) –  The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is launching a free service aimed at helping teens quit vaping, smoking, and using other tobacco products. The service is called My Life, My Quit and will go live across the state on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Teenagers who want to stop using e-cigarettes or other tobacco products can text or call the toll-free My Life, My Quit number: 1-855-891-9989. They will then be connected to a “quit coach” who will provide, free, confidential, real-time support. Each teen can get five sessions of personalized support through live texting, phone, or online chat.

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KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Jackson Co.

MCKEE, KY. (November 18, 2019) – The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is investigating a fatal collision that occurred just after 7:00 pm Friday night, on KY Highway 290 in McKee.

The initial investigation indicates, a 1999 International flatbed truck and trailer operated by Mackenzie Isaacs, 19 years old of McKee, KY, crossed the center line and collided with a 2001 Nissan Frontier, operated by Dustin Tillery, 35 years old of McKee. As a result of collision, Dustin Tillery was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jackson County Coroner. Two of his juvenile passengers were airlifted from the scene to the University Kentucky Hospital with serious injuries, where one of them, Justin Tillery, 13 years old of McKee later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by Trooper Shane Bowling. He was assisted on scene by KSP Post 7 personnel, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Fire & EMS and the Jackson County Coroner’s Office.

Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs names new medical director

FRANKFORT, Ky. (November 18, 2019) –  The Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs (OCSHCN) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is excited to announce Dr. Patricia Purcell, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.P. as its new medical director.

Dr. Purcell is board certified in Pediatrics. She serves as an associate professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine where she participates in teaching residents and medical students. In her most recent professional role she provided general pediatric care in private practice at East Louisville Pediatrics, delivering care to children and families in Louisville for more than 20 years.

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KSP Arrests Owsley Co. High School Teacher for Sexual Offenses

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BOONEVILLE, KY. (November 14, 2019) – The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post was contacted on November 11, 2019 about allegations of an Owsley County High School Teacher who had sexual contact with two students. 

As a result of the initial investigation, James S. Cornett, 40 years old of Beattyville, KY, has been arrested and charged with two counts of Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree. He was lodged in Three Forks Regional Jail in Lee County. 

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Stop Wildlife Disease at the State Border

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2019) – Modern gun seasons for deer in surrounding states open as soon as this weekend. It’s a good time for big game hunters traveling outside of Kentucky to review the rules on bringing their harvests home.

Kentucky prohibits anyone from bringing whole carcasses of deer or elk into Kentucky from another state. This also applies to other big game, such as caribou or moose. Hunters may transport deer and elk carcasses taken in Kentucky anywhere in the state.

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Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases October 2019 unemployment report

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2019) – Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October 2019 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The unemployment rate for October 2019 was down from the 4.4 percent reported for September 2019.

The preliminary October 2019 jobless rate was unchanged compared to the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in October 2018.

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Get Your Flu Shot Now, Be Protected for the Holidays

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2019) – The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is encouraging Kentuckians to get vaccinated against the flu, as the holiday season is approaching.

“As the holidays approach, people will be traveling and families will gather together, increasing the potential for exposure to the flu,” said Dr. Angela Dearinger, Commissioner of DPH. “We are strongly urging anyone who hasn’t received a flu vaccine, particularly those at high risk for complications related to the flu, to check with local health departments or other providers.”

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KSP: Death Investigation in Wayne Co.

Monticello, KY. (November 12, 2019) – On Tuesday November 11, 2019 at approximately 11:00 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London was contacted by Wayne County 911 requesting assistance at KY 1545 and KY 92 West, involving a shooting investigation at an apartment complex in Monticello.

Preliminary investigation indicates that:

Christopher Polston, age 30 of Monticello made entry in the apartment of his estranged child’s mother, Mandy Kinnett, age 37 of Monticello.

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Kentucky awarded $30.4 million in competitive federal funds to improve rural infrastructure

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2019)  The Bourbon County Fiscal Court, Taylor County Fiscal Court and City of Paducah are the recipients of competitive Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) federal grants totaling $30.4 million to fund projects that improve safety, access and mobility for motorists and freight movement in Kentucky. The grant covers 60 percent of the combined total costs of the three projects. 

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Black Friday Sale For Kentucky State Park Golf Passes

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2019) – Golfers who play at Kentucky State Parks golf courses will have a Black Friday sale opportunity Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

Kentucky State Park golf passes for 2020 will be on sale with a 10 percent discount, meaning savings between $60 and $140 for most golfers and families.

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Kentucky Drought Declarations Removed

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2019) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Office of the State Climatologist, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, have removed drought declarations for all 120 counties in the Commonwealth. Recent rains have eliminated precipitation deficits and improved stream flows and soil moisture levels.

Precipitation events since Oct. 3, when the statewide Level 1 and Level 2 drought declarations were issued, have helped ease the moderate to severe drought conditions.

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Bio-acoustic fish fence now operational at Lake Barkley

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2019) – An experimental project designed to keep invasive Asian carp from moving farther up the Cumberland River was unveiled Friday at Lake Barkley. A bio-acoustic fish fence (BAFF) was deployed on the downstream side of Barkley Lock. U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and U.S. Congressman James Comer along with project partners, ceremonially inaugurated the BAFF system as part of a three-year evaluation to deter Asian carp from migrating through the navigation lock.

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Kentucky to provide increased access to Medicaid health services for students

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has received final approval for a Medicaid state plan amendment that will expand health services in schools.  The change to Medicaid will be phased in during the current school year, and approval for direct services reimbursements to school districts is retroactive to August 1, 2019. 

“Approval of this amendment is a game-changer,” said CHFS Secretary Adam Meier. “This will provide additional resources to support increased access to mental health services for students using money already being spend by school districts.”

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Labor Cabinet Returns More than $1.1 Million in Unpaid Wages to KY Workers

Labor Cabinet Secretary David A. Dickerson announced today that the Division of Wages and Hours collected$1,103,213.57 in restitution during the month of October. The restitution was collected from 224 companies who had not paid employees in the Commonwealth.

“The number one rule of business is to pay your people,” Secretary Dickerson said. “If you can’t do that, we will make sure you do. These employees have a right to their livelihood.”

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Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Debuts New Crime Fighting App

Need to report suspected illegal activity related to fish, wildlife or boating to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources? Now, there’s an app for that.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has partnered with tip411 to offer the public a way to submit anonymous tips using the new KFWLaw smartphone app or by text message and the web. Similar technology has helped reduce crime in communities nationwide.

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