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Majority Leader McConnell Nominates Kentuckian to Executive Branch Committee

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that he has appointed Steve Ready of Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky, to serve on the Health Information Technology (HIT) Advisory Committee which is within the executive branch and established by the 21st Century Cures Act.

“Norton Healthcare provides critical patient services to the people of Kentucky, and I am proud to recommend their System Vice Continue reading Majority Leader McConnell Nominates Kentuckian to Executive Branch Committee

Trump Budget Would Harm Kentuckians, Push Massive Costs onto State

Jason Bailey is executive director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy,

President Trump’s budget slashes nutrition, health care, and other important assistance that helps hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians meet basic living standards – food on the table, a roof over their heads, and access to health care – while giving new tax breaks to the wealthy and powerful. The budget stands in stark contrast to the commitments the President made during his campaign to help those left behind by today’s economy. It would also shift massive costs to Kentucky at a time when our state is already struggling to meet needs for education, health care, pensions and other building blocks Continue reading Trump Budget Would Harm Kentuckians, Push Massive Costs onto State

Lodge at Greenbo Lake Re-opens Following Repairs

Jesse Stuart Lodge at Greebo Lake

State and local officials officially reopened the Jesse Stuart Lodge at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, following repairs from a fire that closed the building in 2015.

“We’re glad to have the Greenbo Lake lodge back open as one of our 17 resort parks,” Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland said. “I commend the park staff for their hard work Continue reading Lodge at Greenbo Lake Re-opens Following Repairs

Report Reveals How KY Pension Systems Became the Worst Funded in the Nation

The PFM Group today presented an alarming report to the Public Pension Oversight Board detailing the factors that made Kentucky’s pension systems the worst funded systems in the United States. The report revealed that the systems have had a combined $6.9 billion negative cash flow since 2005 as benefits paid to retirees plus program expenses greatly exceeded appropriated funding. According to the report, if this negative cash flow is not corrected, the ability to make payments to current and future retirees is at risk. Continue reading Report Reveals How KY Pension Systems Became the Worst Funded in the Nation

I-75 in Rockcastle Co. to be restricted to one lane

Road Work

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that Interstate 75 will be restricted to one lane in both directions between milepoints 50 and 74 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 23.

The restrictions are necessary to allow mobile striping operations to restripe portions of the interstate at a low-rate of speed. Continue reading I-75 in Rockcastle Co. to be restricted to one lane

Road Closed

Road Closed

Interstate 75 closure in Rockcastle County scheduled for May 22-24

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County will be closed for two nights beginning May 22 to allow for demolition of the KY 3275 bridge.

I-75 south will be closed to traffic beginning at 10 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 22 and will reopen by 6 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 23 Continue reading Road Closed

Gov. Bevin Signs Brain Tumor Awareness Proclamations at Capitol Ceremony

Gov. Matt Bevin today proclaimed May as Brain Tumor Awareness Month and May 17 as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Awareness Day in Kentucky. He was joined by Dr. Maryam Fouladi of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 17-year-old Kentucky native Continue reading Gov. Bevin Signs Brain Tumor Awareness Proclamations at Capitol Ceremony

KY’s unemployment rate increases in April

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for April 2017 was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent reported in March 2017.

The preliminary April 2017 jobless rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the 5 percent rate recorded for the state in April 2016. Continue reading KY’s unemployment rate increases in April

ROAD CLOSED

Road Closed

Interstate 75 closure in Rockcastle County scheduled for May 22-24

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County will be closed for two nights beginning May 22 to allow for demolition of the KY 3275 bridge.

I-75 south will be closed to traffic beginning at 10 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 22 and will reopen by 6 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 23 Continue reading ROAD CLOSED

Gov. Bevin streamlines KY’s 911 emergency services

Matt Bevin

Today Gov. Matthew Bevin issued an executive order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s emergency response system by reorganizing the Kentucky 911 Services Board.

“The citizens of the Commonwealth depend on 911 dispatch centers for life-saving communications during emergency situations day and night,” Gov. Bevin stated. “As Kentucky’s 911 system transitions from an outdated analog model to modern digital capabilities, it is imperative Continue reading Gov. Bevin streamlines KY’s 911 emergency services

Gov. Bevin Announces NGA Partnership to Reduce Child Hunger in KY

Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced that the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has selected Kentucky as one of only 10 states to participate in a learning lab on state strategies to reduce childhood hunger.

“The Commonwealth has taken steps to begin addressing the unacceptable problem of childhood hunger,” said Gov. Bevin. “In 2016, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles launched the Kentucky Continue reading Gov. Bevin Announces NGA Partnership to Reduce Child Hunger in KY

Water Recreation Guidelines Issued for Summer Season

With summer approaching, The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) offer these safety tips to help Kentuckians enjoy the many rivers, lakes and creeks in which to boat, fish, swim, canoe or otherwise enjoy our abundant water resources.

Despite many water quality improvements, there is the potential for human health risks in any body of water. By using common sense, your risks of experiencing water-derived health issues can be Continue reading Water Recreation Guidelines Issued for Summer Season

Spoof Government Employee Email Accounts Being Used to Scam Kentuckians

Scam Alert

Today, Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Scam Alert to warn Kentuckians of an email scam that relies on spoof government employee email addresses to defraud Kentuckians.

Five recent reports to Beshear’s office indicate the spoof email appears to come from a current Kentucky state Continue reading Spoof Government Employee Email Accounts Being Used to Scam Kentuckians

KY Surging Forward Following Legislative Session

On the first Saturday in May each year, the Kentucky Derby captures the attention and fascination of the world and creates special moments that will long be remembered. The Derby is truly unmatched as a sporting event and spectacle. A brief hush precedes the opening of the starting gate, followed by the roar of the crowd as the horses explode forward powerfully and majestically. The start to the Derby provides a powerful analogy for what we have experienced recently in our state. Thanks to an outstanding effort by the General Assembly and Continue reading KY Surging Forward Following Legislative Session

Kentucky Sending Aid to Georgia

Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) fire personnel and equipment are being sent to Georgia to help with wildfire suppression efforts under a United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service Cooperative Wildland Fire Management and Stafford Act Response Agreement.

The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) has dispatched two dozer bosses, two dozer support personnel, and two John Deere 650 Continue reading Kentucky Sending Aid to Georgia