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State Veterans Cemetery in Williamstown Earns Highest Score in Nation

After a meticulous two-day inspection by the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North (KVCN) scored 96 – the highest score of any state veterans cemetery in the country.

“The very highest standards are what we strive to reach every day,” said Benjamin Adams, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, which operates five state veterans cemeteries in Kentucky. “NCA standards are exacting and their inspectors famously strict. To achieve this highest score in the nation is an enormous accomplishment.

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Gov. Bevin Ceremonially Signs Four Recently Enacted Pro-Life Bills in Owensboro

Gov. Matt Bevin

 In continuation of his fight for the unborn, Gov. Matt Bevin on Thursday ceremonially signed four pro-life bills passed by the 2019 General Assembly, SB 9, SB 50, HB 5, and HB 148, in Owensboro.

SB 9, the Heartbeat Bill, bans abortion after detection of a fetal heartbeat. SB 50, the Chemical Abortion Reporting Act, requires that doctors present information to patients about the reversal of medication abortions. HB 5, the Human Rights of the Unborn Child and Anti-Discrimination Act, bans abortion based on sex, race, or perceived disability. HB 148 states that if Roe v. Wade is overturned, abortions are banned in Kentucky.

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VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE TO VISIT KENTUCKY

Vice President Pence

On Thursday, August 8th, Vice President Pence will travel to Manchester, KY. There, The Vice President will visit Eastern Kentucky University where he will join Gov. Matt Bevin, Rep. Hal Rogers (KY-05) and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar for a briefing on the Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program. The IRT program is a Department of Defense project that partners with towns across the country to provide medical care and infrastructure needs to rural and underprivileged communities. 

Following the briefing, the Vice President will deliver remarks on the opioid crisis, and how Kentucky is responding. Later that day the Vice President will return to Washington, D.C.

Flags Lowered to Half-Staff to Honor Victims of the Tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio

 In accordance with the proclamation by President Donald J. Trump, and with respect for the victims of the tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and in Dayton, Ohio, both American and state flags at public office buildings are lowered to half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on August 8, 2019, to honor the victims and their families.

All individuals, businesses, organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute of lowering the flag to honor the victims and families of these tragedies.

Flag status information is available at http://governor.ky.gov/flag-status/.

Beshear Clears Passport Health Plan Purchase

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that the pending Passport Health Plan purchase has been reviewed and cleared by his office.

Passport Health Plan is a Louisville nonprofit, community-based health plan administering Kentucky Medicaid and Medicare benefits. The anticipated purchaser, Evolent Health Inc., is a for-profit company that provides health care delivery and payment solutions in the U.S. Evolent has provided services to Passport since 2016.

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Sixteen States File Amicus Brief Supporting Gov. Bevin’s Appeal in Major Pro-Life Case

Gov. Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin’s legal fight in a major pro-life case received strong support last week from a coalition of 16 states, who filed an amicus brief in Kentucky’s House Bill 454 appeal currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

HB 454, which bans the brutal and grotesque practice of live dismemberment abortions, was passed by the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support from legislators and signed into law by Gov. Bevin. The ACLU and a Louisville abortion clinic quickly challenged the law, and a U.S. District judge in May ruled in their favor.

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Gov. Bevin Recognizes the Sacrifice of a Recently Identified Kentucky World War II Sailor

Navy Fireman 1st Class Billy J. Johnson

Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky sailor who died in World War II, but whose remains have just been positively identified.

Navy Fireman 1st Class Billy J. Johnson, 22, of Caney, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Johnson.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

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Berea Among Top 5 Elite and Affordable Universities in U.S.

Question: What do Harvard, Duke, Stanford, Princeton and Berea have in common? Answer:  They were all named as the top five elite universities that also are the most affordable for low-income families.

Skyler Lucci, CEO of HeyTutor, says that with need-blind admissions and generous financial aid programs, “America’s most elite universities are also the most affordable for low-income families while also providing an excellent education.” Berea College is among the top 5.

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McConnell Statement on House Passage of 9/11 Victims Compensation Bill

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding House passage of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund bill:

“The first responders who rushed into danger on September 11th, 2001 are the very definition of American heroes and patriots. The Senate has never forgotten the Victim Compensation Fund and we aren’t about to start now. Nothing about our shared goal to provide for these heroes is remotely partisan. We will consider this important legislation soon.

Labor Cabinet to Investigate Reported Lost Wages for Kentucky Miners Employed by Blackjewel LLC

Gov. Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced that the Labor Cabinet will open an investigation into Blackjewel LLC, an affiliate of Revelation Energy LLC, a coal company operating in the Commonwealth, regarding reports of unpaid wages for coal miners in Eastern Kentucky. 

The Labor Cabinet enforces Kentucky’s wage payment laws and will undertake an investigation into the company’s reported failure to pay employees for time worked. According to complaints received already by the Labor Cabinet, Blackjewel issued paychecks to employees that “bounced” or could not be cashed.

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