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From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Kentucky Communications Network Authority


KentuckyWired Helps Veterans

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

KSP Investigates Officer Involved Shooting

Ty’rell Pounds and Skylar Williams

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

From the Office of Mitch McConnell

By U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

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

From the Office of Mitch McConnell

By U.S. Senate Majority Leader 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

Murder Investigation and Arrests

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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.

During the course of the investigation, Detectives developed three suspects: Jordan L. Miracle, 22, of Pine Knot, James L. Muse, 27, of Williamsburg and Jamie, C. Muse, 27, of Williamsburg. Continue reading Murder Investigation and Arrests

From the Office of Treasurer Allison Ball

ALLISON BALL

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

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of State Budget Director

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 official General Fund revenue estimate for FY19 calls for revenue to grow 3.3 percent compared to FY18 actual receipts. After January’s results are considered, General Fund revenues must increase 4.4 percent for the remainder of the fiscal year to meet the official estimate. Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of State Budget Director

Berea recognized as a Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame city

Emerson McAfee (left) presents a proclamation to Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley on behalf of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame. McAfee announced plans to nominate Berea World War II veteran Chester Elkin to be recognized in the Hall of Fame.

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 Launches 2019 Kentucky Derby Poster Contest

Glenna Bevin

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?”

“Matt and I are strong advocates of fostering creativity in the minds of our young people,” said First Lady Bevin. “We believe that it is very important to give students the chance to use their artistic skills for a greater cause. It empowers them and gives them confidence to share their own ideas.” Continue reading First Lady Glenna Bevin Launches 2019 Kentucky Derby Poster Contest

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear: Rocket Dockets Getting Kentuckians into Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Faster

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.

Beshear said treatment is paramount for these Kentuckians, their families and their communities if the state is to recover from its current drug epidemic. Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

DOCJT graduates 23 telecommunicators from Public Safety Dispatch Academy

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.

The graduates hail from communications centers across the state, and comprise DOCJT’s 123rd telecommunications academy class, which first began in 1999. Continue reading DOCJT graduates 23 telecommunicators from Public Safety Dispatch Academy

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office

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.

Flag status information is available at http://governor.ky.gov/flag-status/.

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

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 Department for Public Health (DPH) is making this recommendation as part of its efforts to respond to the ongoing outbreak of Hepatitis A. Since the outbreak began in August 2017, reported cases continue to rise and have now been recorded in 103 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of Senator Jared Carpenter

Jared Carpenter

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.

Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of Senator Jared Carpenter

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office

Gov. Bevin

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

Fatal Traffic Collision involving a Cyclist

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

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office

Matt Bevin

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

Former Jackson Co. Ky. Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft/Wire Fraud Charges

Former Jackson Co. Ky. Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft/Wire Fraud Charges.

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.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Special Agent in Charge James (Robert) Brown Jr.of the FBI’s Louisville, Kentucky Field Division and Commissioner Richard Sanders of the Kentucky State Police, made the announcement. Continue reading Former Jackson Co. Ky. Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft/Wire Fraud Charges