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KY Dept. of Revenue Taking Extra Measures to Protect Safety of Taxpayer Information

To help guard against the growing threat of tax fraud and identity theft, the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) has taken additional steps that enhance the safety and security of processing taxpayers’ individual income tax returns, including an Identity Confirmation Quiz.

Beginning today, some taxpayers will receive letters from the department asking the taxpayer to take a short online Identity Continue reading KY Dept. of Revenue Taking Extra Measures to Protect Safety of Taxpayer Information

Shields named Kentucky State Archivist

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner announced the appointment of Beth Shields as state archivist and records administrator, and director of the Archives and Records Management Division at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) today. Shields has worked for KDLA for seven years.

As state archivist, Shields will be responsible for leading the Archives and Records Management Division and overseeing records Continue reading Shields named Kentucky State Archivist

Department of Juvenile Justice Will Award Grants for Prevention Programs

On Feb. 15, the Department of Juvenile Justice will begin accepting applications for the Title II Formula Grants Program, which supports initiatives to keep low-level juvenile offenders out of the criminal justice system.

Approximately $300,000 will be available through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S. Department of Justice. Individual grants of up to $100,000 may be awarded. Continue reading Department of Juvenile Justice Will Award Grants for Prevention Programs

Chairman of KBWC Medical Panel to Present Before International Olympic Committee

Dr. Tad Seifert, chairman of the Medical Advisory Panel for the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission (KBWC) and Commission board member, has accepted an invitation from the Scientific Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to present at the World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport. Continue reading Chairman of KBWC Medical Panel to Present Before International Olympic Committee

KY REMAINS LARGEST CATTLE PRODUCER IN THE EAST

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the Cattle report today, showing little change in beef cow numbers, but a continued decline in milk cows in Kentucky.

“This report shows cattle production remains a vital part of the Commonwealth’s agricultural economy,” said David Knopf, director of the NASS Eastern Mountain Regional Office in Kentucky. “In Continue reading KY REMAINS LARGEST CATTLE PRODUCER IN THE EAST

KY Alcoholic Beverage Control to Host NCSLA Conference in Louisville

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has been selected by the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) to host the group’s 2017 Northern/Southern Regional Conference.

The conference will be held at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville from Nov. 5­­­­-8 and will bring together regulators, producers, and Continue reading KY Alcoholic Beverage Control to Host NCSLA Conference in Louisville

Adopt-a-Highway program announces 2016 art contest winners

Students from Greenwood High School in Warren County, St. Joseph Academy in Boone County, Warner Elementary in Jessamine County and Joe Harrison Carter Elementary in Monroe County took first place in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) 2016 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest.

“Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest,” Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas said. “This year’s Continue reading Adopt-a-Highway program announces 2016 art contest winners

Beshear Creates Council to Give Voice to Survivors of Violent Crime

Andy Beshear

Today Attorney General Andy Beshear joined the director of his Office of Victims Advocacy, Gretchen Hunt, and 27 survivors of violent crime in the state Capitol Rotunda to announce the formation of a Survivors Council.

Members of the council will advise and assist the Office of Attorney General on matters related to victims of crime, including advancing victim-centered services, trainings and policy, and raising awareness. Continue reading Beshear Creates Council to Give Voice to Survivors of Violent Crime

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions:

Jason Rittenberry has been appointed to the Louisville/Jefferson County Tourist and Convention Commission.

Jason Rittenberry, of Louisville, is President/CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board. He shall serve for Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

KYTC offers scholarships for civil engineering students

Continuing one of the Commonwealth’s most attractive postsecondary education opportunities, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year for students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology degrees. Interested students must apply by the Feb. 1 Continue reading KYTC offers scholarships for civil engineering students

Health Law Repeal Would Be Disaster for the Commonwealth

Dustin Pugel is Research and Policy Associate at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy,

Communities thrive when they have a strong foundation made up of things like good schools and quality healthcare. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) empowered Kentucky to bring healthcare to half a million of our citizens, protect ourselves from harmful insurance practices and boost our economy.

Repeal would undo all of that progress.

First and foremost, an estimated 486,000 Kentuckians would lose insurance coverage from ACA repeal. Because we were so Continue reading Health Law Repeal Would Be Disaster for the Commonwealth

Unemployment rates down in 119 Kentucky counties in December 2016

Unemployment rates fell in 119 Kentucky counties between December 2015 and December 2016, but rose in Lyon County (6.3 percent in December 2015 to 6.6 percent in December 2016), according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Only Magoffin and Leslie counties had double-digit rates for December 2016. Continue reading Unemployment rates down in 119 Kentucky counties in December 2016

Beshear: Kentuckians Participating in HSBC Settlement to Receive Payment in February

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced that Kentuckians who filed claims in the settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC to address mortgage origination, servicing and foreclosure abuses will receive payment in February.

The $59.3 million settlement is to provide direct payment to approximately 1,407 eligible Kentucky borrowers whose loans were serviced by HSBC and who lost their homes to foreclosure from Jan. 1, 2008, through Continue reading Beshear: Kentuckians Participating in HSBC Settlement to Receive Payment in February

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to KY Agency for Substance Abuse Policy

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions:

Terona Cobble-Johnson, Phyllis Helen Millspaugh, Lola Patterson Watts, Ronald J. Rice, Jeffrey S. Jones, David H. Sloane, Steven Barry Bing, Steve J. Shannon, Heather Leigh Wehrheim and Timothy Cesario have been appointed to the Kentucky Agency for Substance Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to KY Agency for Substance Abuse Policy

KY Dept. of Revenue Accepting Individual Tax Returns Beginning Today, Electronic Filing is Quickest Way to File

Today opens tax filing season for individual taxpayers with the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR), the same date as the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Electronic filing is the most efficient method for filing returns.

This year filers have three extra days to file, since April 15 is a Saturday and the following Monday is a holiday in Washington, DC. With federal offices closed that Monday, taxpayers have until Continue reading KY Dept. of Revenue Accepting Individual Tax Returns Beginning Today, Electronic Filing is Quickest Way to File