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ILLEGAL ALCOHOL OPERATION HALTED BY ABC INVESTIGATOR

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An investigator for the Kentucky Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) has thwarted a local man’s attempts to sell stolen alcohol.

Earlier this month, ABC Investigator Willie Skeens was notified by Georgetown police that Brian Middleton, a local third-party contractor, was attempting to sell stolen liquor, ranging from bourbon to specialty tequila, out of the trunk of his car. Continue reading ILLEGAL ALCOHOL OPERATION HALTED BY ABC INVESTIGATOR

Gov. Matt Bevin Integrates Real Estate Boards into New Authority

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In continuation of his efforts to provide Kentuckians with efficient and effective government, Governor Matt Bevin issued an executive order today altering the Office of Occupations and Professions to form the Department of Professional Licensing and establishing the Kentucky Real Estate Authority. The order also modifies the structure of and reorganizes four state real estate boards, including the Real Estate Commission, the Real Estate Appraisers Board, the Board of Auctioneers and the Kentucky Board Continue reading Gov. Matt Bevin Integrates Real Estate Boards into New Authority

Labor Cabinet Collects $52,442.67 in Unpaid Wages in November

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Last month, the Labor Cabinet recouped $52,442.67 in unpaid wages for Kentucky workers. This brings the total amount recovered for the year to $1,574,638.72.

Unpaid overtime, withheld final paychecks, illegal deductions of pay and lower pay than the legal minimum wage requirement are among the types of wage and hour violations that the Cabinet prosecutes. Other examples include unpaid breaks, time-clock shaving, mandatory tip-pooling and prevailing Continue reading Labor Cabinet Collects $52,442.67 in Unpaid Wages in November

KY Residential Heating Fuel Prices Among Lowest in Nation

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The Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence today announced that heading into the winter heating season the state’s residential propane and residential No. 2 heating oil prices are among the lowest nationwide. Warm weather, along with steady crude oil prices are the main drivers for costs, reported by the U. S. Energy Information Continue reading KY Residential Heating Fuel Prices Among Lowest in Nation

KY launches expanded quality rating and improvement system for all early learning/development programs statewide

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All publicly funded programs that serve young children in Kentucky – including licensed child care programs, state-funded preschools and Head Start programs – are now included in Kentucky All STARS, Kentucky’s expanded tiered quality rating and improvement system (TQRIS). With the goal of increasing learning outcomes and educational success for young children, Kentucky All STARS publicly recognizes a program’s strengths, Continue reading KY launches expanded quality rating and improvement system for all early learning/development programs statewide

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

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Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions:

Thomas D. Baxter, Ken DeLane McKenney and Robert Edward Beaty have been appointed to the Board of Respiratory Care.

Thomas D. Baxter, of Melbourne, is a program director at Northern Kentucky University. Dr. Baxter shall serve for a term expiring October 31, 2019.
Ken DeLane McKenney, of Bowling Green, is the Respiratory Care Director and an associate professor at Southcentral Ky. Comm. and Tech. College. Mr. McKenney shall serve for a term expiring Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Beshear Warns of ‘Seasonal Employment’ Scams

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Andy Beshear

Attorney General Beshear is warning Kentuckians to be wary of seasonal employment scams targeting those looking to make some extra cash for the holidays.

The scam often appears as an online advertisement seeking a mystery shopper, package or shipping position or similar employment where Kentuckians can work from home and receive immediate payment. Continue reading Beshear Warns of ‘Seasonal Employment’ Scams

Eight Building Industry Boards Reorganized to Form Efficient, Collaborative Advisory Committee

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As part of his Red Tape Reduction Initiative, Gov. Matt Bevin today announced the reorganization of eight boards under the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction into one united advisory committee representing all sectors of the industry.

The governor’s executive order abolishes eight boards with duplicative layers of bureaucracy, instead replacing them with a Continue reading Eight Building Industry Boards Reorganized to Form Efficient, Collaborative Advisory Committee

Unemployment rates down in 82 Kentucky counties in October 2016

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Unemployment rates fell in 82 Kentucky counties between October 2015 and October 2016, rose in 33 and stayed the same in five counties (Breckinridge, Knott, Laurel, McLean and Powell), according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3 percent. It was followed by Oldham and Shelby Continue reading Unemployment rates down in 82 Kentucky counties in October 2016

Plow blades down! Crews across the state gear up for snow and ice season

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The plow blades have been sharpened. The salt domes are full. It’s snow and ice season, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) maintenance crews are prepared and ready to battle the elements to keep Kentuckians moving this winter.

At the Department of Highways District 5 office, Secretary Greg Thomas and State Highway Engineer Patty Dunaway today discussed the Cabinet’s upcoming snow and ice strategy, including Continue reading Plow blades down! Crews across the state gear up for snow and ice season

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to KY Boards and Commissions

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Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions:

John McIntosh and Paul Nesbitt have been appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 22nd Judicial Circuit and District of Kentucky.

John McIntosh, of Lexington, is a financial advisor at Hilliard Lyons. Mr. McIntosh shall serve for a term expiring January 1, 2020. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to KY Boards and Commissions

Court Rules in Favor of Gov. Matt Bevin in Workers’ Compensation Nominating Committee Lawsuit

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Today, Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive order reorganizing the former seven-person Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission, which resulted in a five-member board with all new members, was upheld by the Franklin Circuit Court. This decision further supports that the Governor has the legal authority Continue reading Court Rules in Favor of Gov. Matt Bevin in Workers’ Compensation Nominating Committee Lawsuit

Beshear Selects Counties for Post General Election Audits

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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. 8 General Election.

The counties, randomly drawn by Beshear in a publicly held drawing, include Calloway, Carter, Jackson, Leslie, Muhlenberg and Continue reading Beshear Selects Counties for Post General Election Audits

Capitol Education Center Re-Dedicated to Honor Kentucky Gold Star Families

L - R: Adjutant Stephen R. Hogan, Gold Star Mothers Lynn Romans and Kathy Mullins, Gov. Matt Bevin.
L – R: Adjutant Stephen R. Hogan, Gold Star Mothers Lynn Romans and Kathy Mullins, Gov. Matt Bevin.

Today Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William M. Landrum III, along with Adjutant General Stephen R. Hogan and Gold Star Families, re-dedicated the Capitol Education Center to honor Kentucky’s Gold Star Families. Governor Matt Bevin was a featured speaker as well Continue reading Capitol Education Center Re-Dedicated to Honor Kentucky Gold Star Families

Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Kentucky State Parks

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Sixteen Kentucky State Resort Parks will serve a Thanksgiving Day buffet on Nov. 24.

Kentucky State Parks will serve 2,000 pounds of turkey, 1,500 pounds of sweet potatoes and 750 pounds of country ham. Additionally, 4,300 pieces of fried chicken, the 1,300 pounds of roast beef and 12,000 rolls will be served along with 600 pies, including pecan and pumpkin.

The parks have hosted the Thanksgiving Day buffet for more than four decades and usually serve about 10,000 customers. Continue reading Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Kentucky State Parks