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Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Finance and Administration Architectural Services Selection Committee

Gov. Bevin

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

Mark W. Ryles has been appointed to the Finance and Administration Architectural Services Selection Committee. Joseph B. Parker and David C. Banks have been reappointed.

Mark W. Ryles, of Lexington, is an architect. Ryles shall serve for a term expiring March 5, 2018. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Finance and Administration Architectural Services Selection Committee

KY’s 2016 annual unemployment rate falls to 5 percent

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent in 2016 from 5.3 percent in 2015, while nonfarm employment gained 28,100 jobs, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2000 when the rate was 4.2 percent. Continue reading KY’s 2016 annual unemployment rate falls to 5 percent

Spring Break Travelers Should Take Precautions Against Zika Virus

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, advises spring break travelers to be cautious and take steps to prevent mosquito bites and unprotected sexual contact if traveling to areas of the globe where the Zika virus has been identified. DPH also is urging pregnant women to avoid traveling to areas with active Zika virus transmission. Continue reading Spring Break Travelers Should Take Precautions Against Zika Virus

KY Women Honored for Their Contributions to Others

The Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW) has traditionally used March to honor women of the past; however, this year, KCW is honoring the women of the present shaping women of the future. KCW sought nominations from around the state.

“Positive role models and mentors are immensely important for women and girls,” said KCW executive director Cordelia Harbut. “We want to encourage these relationships by recognizing women Continue reading KY Women Honored for Their Contributions to Others

Gov. Bevin Declares State of Emergency in Response to This Week’s Severe Storms

Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today declared a statewide emergency, in response to the severe storms that battered Kentucky earlier this week.

A powerful weather system with torrential rain, hail, flash flooding, straight-line winds, and tornadoes tracked across the Commonwealth on Tuesday (Feb. 28) and Wednesday (March 1), resulting in injuries and significant property and infrastructure damage. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Declares State of Emergency in Response to This Week’s Severe Storms

Ballard Named State Epidemiologist in the Department for Public Health

Dr. Jonathan Ballard

Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson today announced that Dr. Jonathan Ballard, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, has been appointed as the new state public health epidemiologist and director of the Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning in the Department for Public Health (DPH).

As the state epidemiologist, Dr. Ballard will provide leadership and supervision for the division responsible for the control of Continue reading Ballard Named State Epidemiologist in the Department for Public Health

Gov. Bevin Unveils New Program to Get Prison Inmates and Juvenile Justice Youth Back to Work

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin announced today that the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet are collaborating on a new apprenticeship pilot project that will seek to match prison inmates and juvenile offenders with skilled jobs as they reenter society.

The initiative, called “Justice to Journeyman,” places inmates on track to earn a nationally recognized journeyman credential in a skilled trade, starting with training they receive inside Kentucky prisons. It will also network inmates with employers in the private sector who have agreed to Continue reading Gov. Bevin Unveils New Program to Get Prison Inmates and Juvenile Justice Youth Back to Work

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Gov. Bevin

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

Carol Christian, Brandy Carol Daniels and Dianne Burns Mackey have been appointed to the Kentucky Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education.

Carol Christian, of Lexington, is the director of Morehead State University’s Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Math. Dr. Christian will represent postsecondary education institutions. She Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Beshear: Settlement with National Mortgage Recording Company Provides Better Protections for KY Homeowners

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced a multimillion dollar settlement with a national mortgage recording company that will provide Kentucky homeowners with some of the best protections in the country.

The settlement resolves claims against MERSCORP Holdings Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., or MERS, over allegations the company named itself as the mortgagee in public land records, thereby hiding the identity of the big banks who were the actual owners of the mortgages, while also failing to monitor the conduct of those banks. Continue reading Beshear: Settlement with National Mortgage Recording Company Provides Better Protections for KY Homeowners

General Assembly Risks Driving Corrections Costs Higher

Ashley Spalding

Going into this legislative session, the Kentucky General Assembly was poised to make criminal justice reforms that would reduce the state’s growing inmate population and associated costs while also maintaining public safety. However, some of the criminal justice legislation moving through the legislature would take the state in a very different direction by increasing penalties for certain crimes. In addition to further expanding the state’s inmate population and adding strain to the state’s prisons and jails, these approaches do not include proven solutions to address drug addiction and violence. Continue reading General Assembly Risks Driving Corrections Costs Higher

Beshear to Transfer $30,000 to State Police to Help End Rape Kit Backlog

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that his office will transfer $30,000 to the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab to help end the state’s rape kit backlog.

The money is the amount of interest accumulated to date from the multimillion-dollar Risperdal settlement. The Attorney General’s office alleged Johnson & Johnson dishonestly marketed its drug Risperdal to patients and the medical community in Kentucky. Continue reading Beshear to Transfer $30,000 to State Police to Help End Rape Kit Backlog

Beshear: Rolling Back Federal Protections against For-profit Colleges Harmful for Kentuckians

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today joined with other state attorneys general to send a letter to federal officials expressing continued support of recent federal protections for students in higher education and taxpayers.

Beshear sent the letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Elisabeth DeVos and congressional leadership detailing how rolling back federal education laws would allow some of the “worst actors in the for-profit school industry” to harm Kentuckians. Continue reading Beshear: Rolling Back Federal Protections against For-profit Colleges Harmful for Kentuckians

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Gov. Bevin

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

Stephanie Rae Turner, Joseph Eugene Miller, Lanta Willow Wright, David William DeSanctis, Laureen Mary Vassil and Sherry Lynn Pickett have been appointed to the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities. Joe L. Cowan and Sherry S. Sanders have been Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

2017 Kentucky Official Highway Map is now available

Featuring the Commonwealth’s expansive waterways, Kentucky’s new road maps will create quite a splash in the upcoming travel season.

The 2017 Official Highway Map – now available at rest areas, welcome centers, local convention and tourism offices and all Kentucky state parks– provides more than directions for its readers. Continue reading 2017 Kentucky Official Highway Map is now available

Beshear: Elder Abuse Calls Increase with Tip Line Monitored Around the Clock

Andy Beshear

Since taking the state’s Elder Abuse Tip Line 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Attorney General’s Medicaid and Abuse Office has seen an increase in calls from Kentuckians needing to report abuse, neglect or exploitation of a patient or resident in a state care facility.

Nearly a year ago, Attorney General Andy Beshear collaborated with his staff to answer the toll-free tip line around the clock as part of his ongoing efforts to protect Kentucky’s Continue reading Beshear: Elder Abuse Calls Increase with Tip Line Monitored Around the Clock