Unemployment rates rose in 76 Kentucky counties between October 2017 and October 2018, fell in 34, and stayed the same in 10 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
An emergency disaster designation request submitted by Gov. Matt Bevin in support of Kentucky farmers has been approved by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue. The Secretarial disaster designation allows farmers impacted by heavy rains and flooding to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
Nicholas, Bourbon, Clark, and Powell counties received designations as “primary natural disaster areas,” with an additional 12 counties designated as “contiguous disaster counties” in accordance with Section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act. All 16 counties are eligible to receive assistance from the FSA.
On November 28, 2018, at approximately 1:45 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Chad T. Trusty, 22, on charges related to the distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.
State Representative Kelly Flood pre-filed a bill today to better protect state legislative employees from sexual harassment. The bill prohibits legislators from using taxpayer dollars to settle harassment complaints while assigning sexual-harassment oversight to the non-partisan, publicly-regarded Legislative Ethics Commission.
Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined with a bipartisan group of attorneys general in asking the nation’s highest court to uphold the ability of states, like Kentucky, to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable when they mislead the public on the potential side effects of their drugs.
Beshear has signed on to an amicus or “friend of the court” brief filed in the United States Supreme Court case Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Albrecht.
WHO: Lt. Col. Jeff Medley, Kentucky State Police Technical Services Division Director; Dr. Michael T. Benson, Eastern Kentucky University President; Dr. Ka-Wing Wong, Professor at EKU Computer Science Department.
WHY: Through a partnership between KSP and EKU, a satellite digital forensics laboratory of the KSP Electronic Crime Branch will be established to process evidence more efficiently for law enforcement in the eastern region of the state while providing students with advanced educational opportunities.
A unique tradition for more than 40 years, Kentucky State Parks announced dates for its 2019 Eagle Watch Weekends, a chance to observe bald eagles as they gather around the major lakes of western Kentucky looking for food.
This unique wildlife-watching opportunity is offered as a tour by water in January and February of 2019 at three Kentucky state resort parks.
Led by state park naturalists and staff from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, the tours also offer a chance to learn about other wildlife in the area.
Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced the six Kentucky counties to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the Nov. 6 general election.
The counties, randomly drawn by Beshear in a publicly held drawing Nov. 26, include Breathitt, Grayson, Greenup, McCreary, Washington and Webster.
“These audits ensure a fair and equitable election process in Kentucky and supplement the work our detectives did leading up to and during the general election,” Beshear said. “Kentuckians have the right to cast their ballot free of interference and intimidation, and my office is here to protect that right.” Continue reading Beshear Selects Counties for Post-General Election Audits→
After filing litigation in April to protect the pensions of public employees, Attorney General Andy Beshear today is calling on state lawmakers to boost the pension system in the upcoming session by creating a dedicated source of revenue – expanding gaming.
He said this approach would then free up other sources of state revenue to fund education, fight the drug epidemic and provide health care.
Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) extended an invitation to join its statewide Board of Directors to Mary Lewis of Madison County, and KYA is pleased to announce
her acceptance of a three-year term.
“Mary Lewis has been influential in helping to raise the profile of issues affecting Kentucky kids and has been a leader in helping to train the next generation of youth advocates in Madison county and across the state. We are eager to welcome Mary’s innovative thinking and strong leadership to the Kentucky Youth Advocates board,” said Dale Brown, Chairman of the KYA board. Continue reading Kentucky Youth Advocates Welcomes Mary Lewis to the Board of Directors→
A Hardin County wedding venue owner is facing legal action from Attorney General Andy Beshear for allegedly conning at least seven couples weeks before their weddings by canceling the events or by not providing contracted services.
Eastview-based Gabriella Farm LLC, located at 13943 Leitchfield Road and its sole owner Nicolle Thompson, are being sued in Hardin Circuit Court by Beshear’s office for deceptive business practices under Kentucky’s Consumer Protection Act.
Nearly 40 percent of the Kentucky Retail Federation’s (KRF) State of the Retail Industry Survey respondents said their local economy is better this year compared to last. Roughly the same number of respondents said not much had changed since 2017 – good or bad.
With large numbers of travelers expected to take to the skies and roads this holiday season, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) encouraging license holders to check their card’s expiration date to avoid delays at airport security checkpoints and possible citations on the road.
In a bipartisan move designed to help more coal miners suffering from black lung, state Reps. Angie Hatton and Robert Goforth pre-filed legislation today to roll back the sections of a new law that significantly limit the number of state-certified doctors eligible to diagnose the debilitating disease.
Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced that a 50-year-old Northern Kentucky attorney has been indicted by a Kenton County grand jury for numerous sex crimes including rape and human trafficking.
Robert L. Poole, of Burlington, was indicted Nov. 15 on 15 counts:
· two counts of human trafficking of a minor for commercial sexual activity, Class B felonies;