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National Fire Prevention Week

Berea Firefighter Jared Rigsby checks a smoke alarm to make sure the batteries are working as part of National Fire Prevention Week, which runs October 6-12.

Check smoke alarm batteries during National Fire Prevention Week

The Berea Fire Department is reminding citizens to regularly change the batteries in their smoke alarms and to test smoke alarm batteries every month. The National Fire Protection Association notes that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by 50%.

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Flags to Be Lowered to Half-Staff

 In accordance with the proclamation by President Donald J. Trump and Public Law 107-51, both American and state flags at public office buildings will be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

The 38th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, held in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Sunday, will honor 92 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2018 and 27 firefighters who died in the line of duty in previous years.

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McConnell Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement today regarding the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China:

“On the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, we should pause to recognize the many millions of lives lost under Chinese communist rule. 

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves McConnell’s Requests to Address Kentucky’s Priorities

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) secured a number of critical resources for Kentucky in government funding bills approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today. The Committee, of which Senator McConnell is a senior member, approved his requests to include funding to help fight the Asian Carp infestation in Western Kentucky and to support Kentucky’s hemp program.

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Leader McConnell Statement on Speaker Pelosi’s Impeachment Inquiry Announcement

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement today regarding Speaker Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry announcement:

“Washington Democrats have been searching for ways to reverse their 2016 election defeat since before President Trump was even inaugurated.

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Gov. Bevin Joins 20-State Coalition in Support of Trump Administration Pro-Coal Energy Rule

Gov. Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin last week joined a coalition of officials from 20 states in supporting the Trump Administration’s pro-coal, Affordable Clean Energy rule as it faces a challenge in court by Democratic attorneys general.

The coalition, in a motion filed on Sept. 12, seeks to intervene in support of the Trump Administration’s repeal of former President Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan.

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New federal law gives Kentucky chance to better support families, reduce number of children in foster care

Jessica Brown is Executive Advisor and the Family First Prevention Services Act lead for the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services.

This summer, Kentucky social workers, educators, judges, prosecutors, non-profit leaders, state legislators, and many others traveled across the state to learn about the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, its implementation in Kentucky, and what it will mean for families in the Commonwealth.

The Family First Regional Convenings sought to share information about the federal legislation, the anticipated changes in Kentucky over the coming months and years, and reflections from those directly affected by the changes.

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September 1. 2019 KY Crop Production Forecast

Corn production in Kentucky is forecast at 266 million bushels, down 2 percent from the August forecast, but up 23 percent from the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 177 bushels per acre, down 4.0 bushels from last month and up 2.0 bushels from the 2018 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 1.50 million acres, up 270,000 acres from 2018. The U.S. corn production is forecast at 13.8 billion bushels, down 1 percent from the August forecast and down 4 percent from last year’s record production. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 168.2 bushels per acre, down 1.3 bushels from last month and down 8.2 bushels from 2018. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 82.0 million acres, unchanged from the August forecast, but up slightly from 2018.

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Senator McConnell Secures Funding for KY Defense Priorities

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved his request to fund chemical weapons destruction operations at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County, Kentucky. The Defense Appropriations bill also contains Senator McConnell’s request to provide continued funding for the Kentucky National Guard’s counter-drug operations in Eastern Kentucky.

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Flags to Be Lowered to Half-Staff in Observance of Patriot Day

 In accordance with the proclamation by President Donald J. Trump and the U.S. Flag Code, both American and state flags at public office buildings will be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in observance of Patriot Day.

President Trump further calls upon Americans “to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. EDT (7:46 a.m. CDT) to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.”

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Beshear: Stopping Skyrocketing Insulin Prices

Andy Beshear

The nearly 600,000 Kentuckians suffering from diabetes must be able to afford their daily supply of insulin to stay alive.

With the price of insulin tripling over the past nearly 20 years, many of us have heard the alarming stories about diabetics rationing insulin, using inferior insulin or even bypassing treatment. These practices are dangerous. They can even be deadly.

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