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State releases county unemployment data for October 2018

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.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.2 percent. It was followed by Boone, Campbell, Fayette, Oldham and Scott counties, 3.3 percent each; Kenton, Shelby and Spencer counties, 3.4 percent each; and Henry and Jessamine counties, 3.6 percent each. Continue reading State releases county unemployment data for October 2018

USDA Approves Disaster Designation Request for Farmers in 16 Kentucky Counties

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.

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KSP Charges Boyd Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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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.

Trusty was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect distributed files of child sexual exploitation online. Continue reading KSP Charges Boyd Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Rep. Flood Pre-files Bill on ‘Defining Issue’ Facing Legislature: How to Stop Sexual Harassment in Its Own Ranks

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.

“This move would ensure that legislators are not policing ourselves,” the Lexington legislator said, “and that we have a timely, fair process for reporting and investigating sexual harassment on the job within our branch of government. We need to build a safer environment for all employees who work in and around the Kentucky General Assembly.” Continue reading Rep. Flood Pre-files Bill on ‘Defining Issue’ Facing Legislature: How to Stop Sexual Harassment in Its Own Ranks

Beshear Joins Bipartisan Coalition to Protect States’ Ability to Sue Pharmaceutical Companies over Potential Drug Side Effects

Andy Beshear

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.

The AGs argue that pharmaceutical company Merck can be held liable under state law for misleading and misrepresenting the side effects of its osteoporosis preventive drug Fosamax even if the company is not liable under federal law. Continue reading Beshear Joins Bipartisan Coalition to Protect States’ Ability to Sue Pharmaceutical Companies over Potential Drug Side Effects

KSP/EKU To Open Digital Forensics Lab in Richmond

WHAT: News Conference and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for new Ky. State Police Digital Forensics Laboratory at Eastern Kentucky University

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, 2:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: Memorial Science Building, Room 184, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky.

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.

Eagle Watch Weekends Available At Kentucky State Parks

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.

Continue reading Eagle Watch Weekends Available At Kentucky State Parks

Beshear Selects Counties for Post-General Election Audits

Andy Beshear

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

Beshear Calls on State Lawmakers to Pass Gaming as a Dedicated Revenue Source for Public Pensions

Andy Beshear

 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.

Continue reading Beshear Calls on State Lawmakers to Pass Gaming as a Dedicated Revenue Source for Public Pensions

Kentucky Youth Advocates Welcomes Mary Lewis to the Board of Directors

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

Beshear Takes Action against Hardin County Wedding Venue Owner for Canceling Weddings, Pocketing Couples’ Money

Andy Beshear

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.

The lawsuit and lien were filed today by Beshear’s Office of Consumer Protection. Continue reading Beshear Takes Action against Hardin County Wedding Venue Owner for Canceling Weddings, Pocketing Couples’ Money

Independent Retailers Show Guarded Optimism for 2018 Holiday Shopping Season

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.

As for the financial condition of their business, responses were very similar: 25 percent said this year is worse than last year while the remaining were split almost evenly that 2018 has been better or the same financially. Continue reading Independent Retailers Show Guarded Optimism for 2018 Holiday Shopping Season

Transportation officials encourage residents to gather documents for upcoming license changes and check expiration date ahead of holiday travel

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.

“Driver’s licenses are a common form of identification used for domestic air travel, and checking the expiration date now can save travelers from being grounded during this prime travel time,” said Department of Vehicle Regulation Commissioner Matt Henderson. “A quick check can also ensure motorists are not unknowingly driving with an expired license.” Continue reading Transportation officials encourage residents to gather documents for upcoming license changes and check expiration date ahead of holiday travel

BBB advice for Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping; avoid holiday scams

The holiday season is upon us, and your Better Business Bureau® serving Central & Eastern Kentucky offers tips to help you avoid scams, and make the gift shopping process go a little more smoothly!

“BLACK FRIDAY” – In 2017, shoppers spent a record $5 billion on Black Friday, a 17% increase from 2016. The print and email ads have been circulating already as retailers and shoppers gear up for this year’s Black Friday shopping. Better Business Bureau offers these tips to make your Black Friday shopping experience productive: Continue reading BBB advice for Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping; avoid holiday scams

Kentucky State Police Announce Civilian Employee of the Year and Other Awards

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders (left) presented Randall J. Adams (right) with the Kentucky State Police 2018 Civilian Employee of the Year Award on Nov.16 in Lexington.

Fourteen civilian employees were honored today by the Kentucky State Police at a ceremony in Lexington highlighting their performance and public service during the past year. Continue reading Kentucky State Police Announce Civilian Employee of the Year and Other Awards

Reps. Hatton and Goforth pre-file bill to repeal section of workers’ comp law harmful to those with black lung

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.

“At a time when we’re seeing a spike in black lung, especially in Eastern Kentucky, many legislators unfortunately decided to make it much tougher for miners in these cases to qualify for the workers’ comp benefits they deserve,” said Rep. Hatton, a Democrat from Letcher County. “I’m proud to reach across the aisle and work with Robert as we try to remove this punitive measure. I’ve seen first-hand what these miners have to live with; they need our help.” Continue reading Reps. Hatton and Goforth pre-file bill to repeal section of workers’ comp law harmful to those with black lung

Beshear: Northern Kentucky Attorney Indicted, Charged with Numerous Sex Crimes including Rape, Human Trafficking

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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;

· one count of unlawful transaction with a minor under 16 for illegal sexual activity, Class B felony; Continue reading Beshear: Northern Kentucky Attorney Indicted, Charged with Numerous Sex Crimes including Rape, Human Trafficking