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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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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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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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Beshear Issues Military Consumer Month Alert to Help Stop Veteran Imposter Scams

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Military Consumer Month Alert today to help stop veteran imposter scammers. 

Throughout the year, and with an expanded focus during July, Beshear’s office works to reverse statistics reported in an AARP study that found veterans are more likely to be targeted by scammers and twice as likely to fall victim to fraud when compared to nonveterans.

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Federal Court Affirms Major Pro-Life Victory for Gov. Bevin, Commonwealth

Matt Bevin

In a major pro-life victory for Gov. Matt Bevin and the people of the Commonwealth, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today denied EMW Women’s Surgical Center’s petition for rehearing of the House Bill 2 ultrasound case.

In April, the Sixth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of HB 2 (2017), which requires an abortion provider to provide mothers with an ultrasound and a description of what it depicts, as well as the opportunity to hear the fetal heartbeat, before she chooses to terminate her pregnancy.

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Beshear: Don’t Pay Up Front for Student Loan Debt Relief

Scam Alert

Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a scam alert to warn former and current college students about companies offering student loan debt relief for a fee. 

Beshear’s office and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) say it is illegal for companies to charge upfront fees before providing debt relief services. 

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

Navy Seaman 1st Class Millard Burk Jr

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 Seaman 1st Class Millard Burk, Jr., 19, of Pikeville, died during the attack on Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 7, 1941, Burk was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. 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 Burk.

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