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Celebrate Earth Day – Test Your Home for Radon

As part of Earth Day 2017, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is helping to spread the word about the important role the environment plays in your health. DPH encourages Kentuckians to learn more about the potential health effects of radon exposure and how to check your home for this potentially dangerous gas. Continue reading Celebrate Earth Day – Test Your Home for Radon

Kentucky’s unemployment rate remains at 5 percent in March 2017

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March unemployment rate remained unchanged from February at 5 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The preliminary March 2017 jobless rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the 5.1 percent rate recorded for the state in March Continue reading Kentucky’s unemployment rate remains at 5 percent in March 2017

Beshear: KY Receives more than $93 Million in Tobacco Settlement Money

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that Kentucky received $93,415,537 million in tobacco settlement money this week.

“For nearly 20 years the landmark Master Settlement Agreement has made a positive impact on the Commonwealth, supporting early childhood education, health programs, cancer research, and helping to aid our farmers and create sustainable farm-based businesses,” Beshear said. “Since the first payment in 1999, Kentucky has collected over $2 billion under the agreement, and is on pace to collect nearly $3 billion over the first Continue reading Beshear: KY Receives more than $93 Million in Tobacco Settlement Money

Regulation Speeds Up Discharge of Parolees to Relieve Overcrowding

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With prisons and county jails operating at or above capacity, the Kentucky Department of Corrections is implementing an emergency regulation this week to expedite release of certain offenders who have already been approved for parole.

The move will impact about 570 inmates whose cases have been reviewed by Kentucky’s independent Parole Board as part of the normal discharge process. Prior to the change in Continue reading Regulation Speeds Up Discharge of Parolees to Relieve Overcrowding

Beshear: Settlement with LG&E, KU on Rate Proposal Decrease Saves KY Ratepayers $90 Million Annually

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that his Office of Rate Intervention has entered into a settlement with LG&E and KU that will save Kentucky ratepayers $90 million annually – $33.2 million of that for residential customers.

Late last year, the utility companies proposed to the Public Service Commission a nearly $210 million increase in annual revenues. After studying the rate proposal, Beshear proposed the PSC dramatically reduce the rate Continue reading Beshear: Settlement with LG&E, KU on Rate Proposal Decrease Saves KY Ratepayers $90 Million Annually

Mosquito Proof Your Yard This Spring To Reduce Mosquito Population

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is calling on homeowners to help control mosquitoes by eliminating standing water from containers that can collect rainwater where insects breed.

“Everyone needs to do their part to help reduce the mosquito population,” said Hiram Polk Jr., MD, DPH commissioner. “As we are Continue reading Mosquito Proof Your Yard This Spring To Reduce Mosquito Population

Kentucky to Host WWE Televised Event

WWE’s SmackDown Live is coming to Louisville. The event will be held at the KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday, April 18 and marks the return of live, televised professional wrestling events in the Commonwealth.

SmackDown will be the first major televised combat sporting event in Kentucky since Governor Bevin streamlined the state’s boxing and wrestling regulations last November as part of the Red Tape Reduction Initiative. Prior to these changes, WWE had not Continue reading Kentucky to Host WWE Televised Event

KY Ranks 6th Nationally in Percentage of Board-Certified Teachers

Kentucky recently celebrated the 18 newly certified and 101 newly renewed National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who continue to improve their teaching for the students of the Commonwealth. With 3,292 NBCTs, Kentucky ranks 6th in the nation for the percentage of teachers who are Board-certified (8%) and 9th in the nation for the total number of Board-certified Continue reading KY Ranks 6th Nationally in Percentage of Board-Certified Teachers

Beshear: Oklahoma Man on Ky Death Row for 1991 Murder of Bardstown Man Pleads Guilty on Kidnapping Charge

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Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced a guilty plea of an Oklahoma man charged with the kidnapping and murder of Francis Brady, of Bardstown, in 1991.

Under terms of a plea agreement with Beshear’s Office of Special Prosecutions, Michael Dale St. Clair, 60, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and was sentenced by Special Judge John David Seay in Hardin Circuit Court on April 12 to 30 years in prison. Continue reading Beshear: Oklahoma Man on Ky Death Row for 1991 Murder of Bardstown Man Pleads Guilty on Kidnapping Charge

Division of Waste Management announces $4,000 grants available from the Waste Tire Trust Fund

Kentucky counties can now apply for $4,000 grants to be used for recycling and waste tire removal. The grants are funded through the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) Waste Tire Trust Fund.

“This is a great opportunity for communities to remove waste tires and we encourage all counties to take advantage of this grant. Continue reading Division of Waste Management announces $4,000 grants available from the Waste Tire Trust Fund

Beshear, Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs Announce Winners of #VoiceofJustice Video Contest

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today joined Eileen Recktenwald, director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP), to announce the winners of the #VoiceofJustice video contest via Facebook Live.

A panel of survivors and victim advocates selected the video “Stand with us” as the overall $500 video prizewinner. Students enrolled in Dr. Emily Bonistall Postel’s 400-level sociology course at the University of Kentucky submitted the video, and students Trent Patrick and Continue reading Beshear, Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs Announce Winners of #VoiceofJustice Video Contest

GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR MARCH 2017

The Office of State Budget Director reported today that March’s General Fund receipts fell 11.4 percent compared to March of last year, a decrease of $99.2 million. Total revenues for the month were $770.9 million, compared to $870.1 million during March 2016. Receipts have now grown 1.2 percent for the first nine months of FY17. For the quarter, total General Fund collections declined 3.2 percent, thus marking the first quarterly decline since the second quarter of FY14. Growth rates for the three Continue reading GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR MARCH 2017

Toyota Reborn: $1.33 Billion Investment in Georgetown Plant Will Keep It Cutting Edge

Already one of the world’s leading automotive plants by efficiency, productivity and technology, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc., known as TMMK, will undergo a $1.33 billion overhaul to increase manufacturing flexibility, Gov. Matt Bevin and TMMK president Wil James announced today in Georgetown.

“This investment is absolute proof the Kentucky Toyota plant is not only a leader in manufacturing under the Toyota umbrella, but Continue reading Toyota Reborn: $1.33 Billion Investment in Georgetown Plant Will Keep It Cutting Edge

Behavioral Health Announces KY-Moms

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is building on its collaboration with social services organizations and community partners to provide pregnant and parenting women with the education, guidance, and coordination of services needed to reach substance use recovery goals. KY-Moms provides prevention and case management services for mothers at risk of developing substance use disorders.

“Many women in Kentucky are dealing with substance use and struggle to find appropriate care and treatment,” said Health and Continue reading Behavioral Health Announces KY-Moms

Gov. Bevin Eliminates Dozens of Obsolete Boards and Commissions

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Gov. Matt Bevin, as part of his Red Tape Reduction initiative, has signed documents to eliminate more than 65 obsolete, inactive and superseded boards and commissions.

A 2012 Legislative Research Commission (LRC) study identified 571 boards, commissions and similar entities such as authorities, councils and committees in Kentucky—a figure “nearly twice the number of the typical state.” Continue reading Gov. Bevin Eliminates Dozens of Obsolete Boards and Commissions

Gov. Bevin Along with Mayors Declare April 6 WWI Centennial Day

Matt Bevin

The mayors of Radcliff, Henderson, Louisville, Shelbyville, Middletown, Winchester, Tompkinsville and Elizabethtown have joined Governor Matt Bevin in designating April 6, 2017 as World War I Centennial Day in communities across Kentucky. One hundred years ago, the United States of America declared war against Germany’s Imperial Army and entered the battles of World War I. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Along with Mayors Declare April 6 WWI Centennial Day