The Commonwealth’s broadband project, KentuckyWired, is currently installing high-speed fiber optic cable in all 120 counties, connecting state government offices, universities, community colleges, state police posts, and many other community facilities. Among these are two of the state’s veterans centers — Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard and Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson. Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Kentucky Communications Network Authority→
On February 11, 2019, at approximately 3:24 p.m., Kentucky State Police Post 5 dispatch was contacted by Gallatin County dispatch in reference to a 911 call from a witness, stating they observed a distressed female at a gas station that was forced into a vehicle by a male. The caller stated it appeared that the female was asking for help and that the vehicle then sped off traveling towards Interstate 71 Southbound. Troopers from Post 5 were dispatched to attempt to locate the vehicle, which was described as a dark colored Dodge Caravan with a Quebec registration plate. Continue reading KSP Investigates Officer Involved Shooting→
McConnell provision designating Camp Nelson and Mill Springs Battlefield as National Monuments Passes Senate
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the U.S. Senate has approved the Natural Resources Management Act, which includes his provision to designate two Kentucky Civil War sites as National Monuments.
Designating Camp Nelson and Mill Springs Battlefield as National Monuments ensures their rich history will be preserved for the education of future generations. Representatives Andy Barr (KY-06) and Hal Rogers (KY-05) are leading these efforts in the House of Representatives and have introduced legislation in that Chamber. Continue reading From the Office of Mitch McConnell→
McConnell: Measure to Help Reduce Asian Carp Population Passes Senate
enate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the U.S. Senate has approved the Natural Resources Management Act, which includes a provision calling for federal agencies to develop plans to reduce or eliminate invasive species populations, like Asian Carp. The measure supported by Senator McConnell also requires agencies to develop cost effective measures to combat the invasive species and ensures funding is directed to on-the-ground activities in impacted communities, like those surrounding Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. Continue reading From the Office of Mitch McConnell→
On Monday, February 11, 2019 at approximately 11:39 AM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a call from Whitley County 911 about an individual that had been located deceased inside a building in the Williamsburg community of Whitley County.
Upon arrival, KSP Detectives located Billy R. Lawson, 45, of Williamsburg deceased of an apparent stab wound. Lawson was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Whitley County Coroner’s Office.
Treasurer Allison Ball announced the expansion of Kentucky’s Financial Empowerment Database on Monday.
The Financial Empowerment Database, a first-of-its-kind resource for Kentuckians with over 100 financial literacy resources, will now include a seventh cultivation community focused on resources for state employees. Prior to this announcement, the Database was comprised of six “cultivation communities” or resource groups: Aging Kentuckians, Emerging Adults, Kentuckians with Disabilities, Low-Income Families, Student Strategies, and Veterans and Military Personnel. Continue reading From the Office of Treasurer Allison Ball→
General Fund receipts declined 3.4 Percent Road Fund receipts rose 2.5 Percent
State Budget Director John Chilton reported today that General Fund receipts fell 3.4 percent in January with revenues of $924.6 million. January’s receipts declined modestly compared to the $956.8 million collected in January 2018. Through the first half of FY19, the General Fund has grown 2.6 percent.
The City of Berea was officially recognized as a Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame city Tuesday night when Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley accepted a proclamation from the veterans organization.
Vietnam veteran Emerson McAfee made the presentation on behalf of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame as part of his ongoing campaign to encourage other local governments to formally recognize their veterans by becoming a sponsoring city. Berea now has a Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame city sign on U.S. 25 advertising the city’s membership in the organization. Continue reading Berea recognized as a Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame city→
First Lady Glenna Bevin is excited to launch the 2019 Kentucky Derby Poster Contest for high school students in the Commonwealth.
Mrs. Bevin invites 9th-, 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-graders across Kentucky to create the official Governor’s Derby Poster, to be displayed in the State Capitol for years to come. The theme is: “What does Derby Day look like to you?”
Attorney General Andy Beshear says Kentuckians facing drug-related offenses are getting into substance abuse treatment programs faster because of the effectiveness of the state’s Rocket Docket programs.
Twenty-three law enforcement dispatchers graduated Friday from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. This class included 12 trainees of distinction.
Flags Lowered to Half-Staff upon the Passing of Rep. John David Dingell, Jr.
In accordance with the proclamation by President Donald J. Trump, both American and state flags at public office buildings are lowered to half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Feb. 9, 2019, to honor former Representative John David Dingell, Jr., of Michigan, the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history.
All individuals, businesses, organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute of lowering the flag in honor of Rep. Dingell.
Public Health Continues to Promote Hepatitis A Vaccination
People who are considered high risk for exposure to the Hepatitis A virus should get vaccinated as soon as possible to avoid contracting the virus and lessen the spread of the disease. High risk groups include individuals who use illicit drugs, close contacts of illicit drug users, and homeless people.
The General Assembly hit the ground running this week as it began the continuation of the 2019 Regular Session. The Senate Majority is excited to move forward with its legislative priorities and pass laws that benefit the Commonwealth.
Through ice and snow to unseasonably warm weather, the General Assembly continued to discuss legislative priorities throughout the three-week interim in committee meetings. The newly formed Public Pensions Working Group, co-chaired by Senator Wil Schroder, met twice each week. Throughout these meetings, this bipartisan group from both chambers heard extensive and detailed testimony on the condition of our public pension systems. While there is still much to be done, we are confident that this working group is heading in the right direction toward developing a viable solution to this persistent dilemma facing our state.
Gov. Bevin Announces Recovery of $1.3 Million in Coal Severance Funds
Gov. Matt Bevin and the Department for Local Government (DLG) today announced the return of more than $1.3 million to the Single County Coal Severance accounts in 27 Eastern Kentucky counties. These funds will again become available for counties to use as needed.
“We are excited today to join DLG in announcing the return of $1.3 million in coal severance funds to 27 Eastern Kentucky counties,” said Gov. Bevin. “Implementing fiscal responsibility within state government and emphasizing local priorities and decision-making remain keystone principles of our Administration. These funds will enable county leaders to address increased demands on their operating budgets and other vital community needs.” Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office→
On Wednesday, February 06, 2019 at approximately 7:11 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of a vehicle that had struck a cyclist on US HWY 421 in the Burning Springs community of Clay County.
Upon arrival, Trooper Logan Gay determined Randall Eversole, 53, of Annville, KY was riding his bicycle on US HWY 421 in the northbound direction when he was struck by a 1995 Dodge Ram pickup traveling northbound operated by Crystal G. Lunsford, 40, of Mckee, KY. Continue reading Fatal Traffic Collision involving a Cyclist→
Gov. Matt Bevin’s legal team, seeking to protect the health and well-being of Kentucky women, last week filed their brief in the ongoing Louisville abortion clinic transfer agreement case currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
At issue is the constitutionality of a 1998 state law requiring abortion clinics to maintain transfer agreements with local acute care hospitals and transportation agreements with ambulance services, as safeguards in the event of medical complications. The Bevin Administration is appealing a previous U.S. District Court ruling in favor of EMW Women’s Surgical Center and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., which declared these commonsense safety measures to be an undue burden on the right to an abortion. Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office→
The former treasurer of Jackson County, Kentucky, pleaded guilty today to devising a scheme to defraud the Jackson County Fiscal Court of over $160,000 and to misusing the identity of a Jackson County employee to facilitate her theft.