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Beshear’s Medicaid Fraud Office Recipient of Federal Award for 2016 Conviction of Opioid Over-prescribing Doctor

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is part of a local, state and federal team recently honored with a federal award for its work in the 2016 conviction of an opioid over-prescribing southern Indiana doctor.

The United States Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General’s Honor Award for Quality, Safety and Value recognizes Beshear’s Medicaid Continue reading Beshear’s Medicaid Fraud Office Recipient of Federal Award for 2016 Conviction of Opioid Over-prescribing Doctor

KYTourism Industry Generated $14.5 Billion in 2016

The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky was more than $14.5 billion in 2016, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Department of Tourism announced today. Kentucky’s tourism industry experienced the strongest overall economic impact growth rate since 2005. All nine of the state’s tourism regions registered gains again in 2016. Continue reading KYTourism Industry Generated $14.5 Billion in 2016

Benefits Secured for Retired Coal Miners and their Families

Mitch McConnell

Last week, we achieved the success that thousands of retired coal miners and their families so desperately needed with the passage of my proposal to permanently extend their health care benefits. And with President Trump’s signature, it is now law. You may recall that at the end of December, their health benefits were set to expire. If Congress had not acted, approximately 3,000 Kentucky coal miner retirees – and tens of thousands more around the country – would have seen their health care benefits end. After years of hard work in the coal mines, they deserved better than having to suffer as collateral damage of Continue reading Benefits Secured for Retired Coal Miners and their Families

Gov. Bevin Appoints Jeffery L. Schumacher as District Judge for Kentucky’s 19th Judicial District

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today appointed Jeffery Louis Schumacher, of Maysville, as District Judge for the 19th Judicial District of Kentucky—representing Bracken, Fleming, and Mason counties.

Schumacher has maintained a private law practice in Maysville for the past 25 years. He has served as Master Commissioner of the Mason Circuit Court since 2002, as Trial Commissioner for the Mason District Court since 2011, and as attorney for the Maysville- Continue reading Gov. Bevin Appoints Jeffery L. Schumacher as District Judge for Kentucky’s 19th Judicial District

Sen. McConnell Secures Resources to Benefit KY

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill contains a number of important Kentucky priorities he secured. Senator McConnell, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, protected these important programs in the legislation, which passed the Senate today.

“Through my role as Senator Majority Leader and a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I have continuously Continue reading Sen. McConnell Secures Resources to Benefit KY

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to KY Bicycle and Bikeway Commission

Gov. Bevin

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

William Eugene Brundage, Jr., James Younger, Alexander Gaddis and James Kent Morrison have been appointed to the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission. Douglas F. Brent has been reappointed.

William Eugene Brundage, Jr., of Louisville, is self-employed. He shall serve for a term expiring October 20, 2020. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to KY Bicycle and Bikeway Commission

Sen. McConnell Secures Resources to Benefit KY

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill contains a number of important Kentucky priorities he secured. Senator McConnell, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, protected these important programs in the legislation, which passed the Senate today. It now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. Continue reading Sen. McConnell Secures Resources to Benefit KY

Division for Air Quality Urges Kentuckians to “Learn Before You Burn”

Spring-cleaning season has arrived, and for many Kentuckians that means burning unwanted debris. But before you light that burn pile, the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) reminds you to learn before you burn. Illegal burning could result in fines of up to $25,000 per day per violation.

Many people may not realize that burning garbage is illegal in Kentucky. “Garbage doesn’t just disappear when it is burned,” said DAQ Director Sean Alteri. “Burning garbage emits dangerous Continue reading Division for Air Quality Urges Kentuckians to “Learn Before You Burn”

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to KY Geological Survey Advisory Board

Gov. Bevin

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

Gregory Alan Yankey, Ron D. Gilkerson, Mark Burton Mangun and Stephen B. Sullivan have been appointed to the Kentucky Geological Survey Advisory Board.

Gregory Alan Yankey, of Salvisa, is an engineer. He shall serve for a term expiring September 1, 2019. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to KY Geological Survey Advisory Board

May is All About Beef in KY

USDA

Anyone east of the Mississippi River who asks where the beef is needs to know the answer: Kentucky, of course! As weather warms up and grills are uncovered, burgers and steaks can be heard sizzling away. Do you know the significance of beef in this state, though?

“As the state with the largest cattle inventory east of the Mississippi, Kentucky’s role in beef production is significant,” said David Knopf, director of the NASS Eastern Mountain Regional Office in Kentucky. Continue reading May is All About Beef in KY

Duffel Bag Drive Will Help Hundreds of Children in Foster Care

A state employees’ charity drive inspired by Governor Matt Bevin’s initiative to help improve the state’s child welfare system will help hundreds of children in need.

The Foster Care Pack Drive, coordinated by staff at the Disability Determination Services (DDS), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Division of Income Support, raised $4,240.95 and collected 879 duffel bags for children in the state’s out of home care program, administered by the CHFS Department for Community Based Services. Continue reading Duffel Bag Drive Will Help Hundreds of Children in Foster Care

Tangible Personal Property Tax Filing Reminder

Kentucky tangible personal property tax returns are due on Monday, May 15, 2017. Returns filed after May 15, 2017 are considered past due in accordance with KRS 132.290 and subject to penalties and interest.

Tangible property consists of physical property that includes, but is not limited to business furnishings and equipment, inventories, Continue reading Tangible Personal Property Tax Filing Reminder

Senator McConnell Works with Madison County EMS to Improve Safety

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that the Madison County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has received $373,000 in competitive federal grant funding through Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The funding will be used to purchase new equipment to help load patients into ambulances. Senator McConnell, on behalf of Madison County EMS, contacted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in support of the grant application. Continue reading Senator McConnell Works with Madison County EMS to Improve Safety

KY public libraries break E-rate record with more than $2 million in funding

KDLA

Kentucky public libraries recently set a new record for funding commitments from Education Rate (E-rate), a federal program that provides discounts on Internet, telecommunications, and networking equipment for schools and public libraries. For the July 2016 to June 2017 funding year, Kentucky public libraries have a record commitment for $2,083,104 in E-rate funding to be disbursed as Continue reading KY public libraries break E-rate record with more than $2 million in funding