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Beshear Alleges Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Created Dangerous Opioid Market in Kentucky for Profit Despite Addiction Risks

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today filed suit against St. Louis-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Mallinckrodt for profiting from its massive supply of opioids to Kentucky doctors and patients for decades despite knowing and misrepresenting the addictive nature of their drugs.

The lawsuit alleges Mallinckrodt, founded in 1867 and one of the earliest producers of morphine and codeine, sold and promoted its opioids by falsely claiming the drugs could be taken in higher doses without disclosing the greater risks of potential addiction. Beshear said this action allowed the company to grow its market in Kentucky while contributing to the state’s drug epidemic.

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Work Continues on Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Building Since June 13 Fire

Today the Finance and Administration Cabinet is providing information in this second update regarding progress of restoration work on the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (KCA) in Louisville.

Contractors, engineers, architects and others have made progress with the main theaters, bringing electrical and mechanical systems back into operation, and putting together the scope of work for the restoration project.

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Division of Waste Management Announces Grant Recipients

The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced that up to $444,988 in grant funding has been awarded for rubber-modified asphalt projects that use crumb rubber manufactured from waste tires.

The grants will be used for the application of chip seal or asphalt overlay to county or metro government roads. Chip seal is a road surface treatment that combines asphalt with fine aggregate, and can extend a road’s life up to eight years. Asphalt overlay is a new layer of asphalt applied over an existing asphalt surface, and can extend the road life from seven to 10 years. Continue reading Division of Waste Management Announces Grant Recipients

Vehicle Pursuit and Fatal Traffic Collision

On Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at approximately 3:37 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a call from the Somerset Police Department requesting assistance on a fatal collision that occurred after a vehicle pursuit that was initiated by a Science Hill Police Officer, at the intersection of South US HWY 27 and Adams Street in Somerset Pulaski County. Continue reading Vehicle Pursuit and Fatal Traffic Collision

September Two-For-One Camping Deal Offered at Kentucky State Park Campgrounds

The campground at Paintsville Lake State Park

Kentucky State Parks are offering a weekday camping special during the month of September!

Guests can purchase one night of camping Sunday through Thursday and get a second consecutive night Sunday through Thursday free. The offer is good Sept. 4-27, 2018.

When making reservations online, guests should use the promo code “Fall2018.”

Three Kentucky State Parks have slightly different camping offers. Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park and Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park guests can use this promotion any day of the week from Sept. 4 to 30, 2018.

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Gov. Bevin expands Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship to include associate’s degrees and high school dual credit courses

Matt Bevin

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed an Executive Order July 11, expanding the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS) to include students enrolled in certificate, diploma, and associate of applied science degree in the state’s top five high-demand workforce sectors. Additionally, the scholarship will now be available for high school students for dual credit career and technical education (CTE) courses in pathways in Kentucky’s top five high-demand sectors leading to industry-recognized certifications.

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DFI Annual Report: Financial Services Industry Remains Strong Across Kentucky

The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) released its 2017 annual report today at http://kfi.ky.gov/publications/Pages/annualreports.aspx.

The report summarizes the status of state-chartered banks, credit unions, lenders, and investment firms and professionals operating in Kentucky. It highlights DFI’s work to promote reasonable regulation and consumer protection industry-wide. The report also notes industry trends and changes across the state.

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Kentucky’s Travel and Tourism Industry’s Voice Just Got Stronger

The Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) announced that the Kentucky Hotel and Lodging Association (KH&LA) has merged into KTIA. This merger follows national trends of trade associations merging to eliminate duplicative efforts, while strengthening existing associations through tahe unification and coordination of actions within the industry. Members of the KH&LA voted to merge their activities into KTIA, where many members were already involved. The merger includes the establishment of the Hotel & Lodging Council within KTIA to advise staff and the KTIA board on hotel issues. Continue reading Kentucky’s Travel and Tourism Industry’s Voice Just Got Stronger

Labor Cabinet Returns $341,230.05 to Kentucky Workers in June

Last month, the Labor Cabinet recouped $341,230.05 in wage violations and returned to Kentucky workers.

Unpaid overtime, withheld final paychecks, illegal deductions of pay and lower pay than the legal minimum wage requirement are among the types of wage and hour violations that the Cabinet prosecutes. Other examples include unpaid breaks, time-clock shaving, mandatory tip-pooling and prevailing wage violations. Continue reading Labor Cabinet Returns $341,230.05 to Kentucky Workers in June

Labor Cabinet Saves Kentucky Employers $742,000 in June

Last month, the Labor Cabinet conducted 20 free courtesy inspections for Kentucky employers – correcting 106 serious violations that could have affected up to 3,131 employees. This resulted in saving participating companies up to $742,000 in potential enforcement penalties.

The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training, also known as KY SAFE, leads the Cabinet’s proactive efforts to create safe and healthful workplace conditions. This includes providing free consultative surveys to employers in an effort to increase workplace safety by improving injury and illness rates.

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General Fund receipts rose 3.9 percent in June Road Fund receipts rose 3.6 percent in June Preliminary fiscal year-end results

The Office of State Budget Director reported today that Kentucky’s General Fund receipts rose for the eighth consecutive year while the Road Fund grew for the second consecutive year. For the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018 (FY18), General Fund receipts totaled $10,838.2 million or 3.4 percent more than FY17 collections. Final FY18 General Fund revenues were $119.8 million, or 1.1 percent, more than the revised official revenue estimate which projected 2.3 percent growth. For June, General Fund collections rose 3.9 percent on the strength of the major revenue sources, sales and use and individual income taxes. Total June collections exceeded their prior year level by $41.0 million. Sales and use receipts accounted for $26.0 million of the total increase while individual income tax receipts increased $53.4 million. Continue reading General Fund receipts rose 3.9 percent in June Road Fund receipts rose 3.6 percent in June Preliminary fiscal year-end results

House Democratic Caucus calls on state health officials to detail how and why they removed key Medicaid benefits

In a letter sent today to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the House Democratic Caucus called on Secretary Adam Meier to offer a more detailed explanation about recent actions that removed three key health benefits for 460,000 Kentuckians enrolled in Medicaid.

The letter, which was signed by all 37 House Democrats, was initiated by state Representatives Joni Jenkins and McKenzie Cantrell of Louisville. It follows the administration’s June 30th decision to remove dental, vision and non-emergency transportation benefits for those enrolled as part of the Medicaid expansion. Continue reading House Democratic Caucus calls on state health officials to detail how and why they removed key Medicaid benefits

McConnell Provision to Combat Spread of Asian Carp in Kentucky Clears First Hurdle

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell successfully secured a provision in the Senate Interior Appropriations bill to combat the spread of Asian Carp in both Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in Western Kentucky. Senator McConnell, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured the provision in the Interior Appropriations Bill that has passed the Committee and now must be approved by the full Senate.

Senator McConnell’s language directs the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to focus its efforts on combatting the serious threat of Asian Carp in both Kentucky lakes. The legislation also provides $11 Continue reading McConnell Provision to Combat Spread of Asian Carp in Kentucky Clears First Hurdle

Andy Beshear Announces Run for Governor

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear formally announced his campaign for governor with a pledge to bring Kentuckians together to invest in public education, attract better paying jobs, more aggressively tackle the opioid epidemic and restore government accountability.

Beshear, 40, and his running mate, educator Jacqueline Coleman, 36, of Harrodsburg, announced their campaign to restore dignity and transparency to Frankfort on a two-day, seven-city swing around Kentucky. Continue reading Andy Beshear Announces Run for Governor

KSP to Conduct periodic traffic safety checkpoints

The Kentucky State Police, Post 11, London, which provides coverage for Clay, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual. These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance and registration violations.

Lane closures scheduled for New Circle Road (KY 4) in Fayette Co.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists that repair work on New Circle Road (KY 4) will require lane and ramp closures Monday, July 9, through Wednesday, July 11, between Harrodsburg Road (U.S. 68) and Nicholasville Road (U.S. 27) for shoulder and pavement repairs.

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 9, and Tuesday, July 10

New Circle Road (KY 4) – Outer loop

Commonwealth Distributing Updated Resources to Help Providers Check Medicaid Eligibility

In response to changes resulting from the recent judicial decision on Kentucky HEALTH, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is making updated guidance available on Medicaid benefits.

“The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has not changed any policies relating to the eligibility of pregnant women and children, and they should continue to receive all services, including vision and dental,” said CHFS Deputy Secretary Kristi Putnam. “We’ve received reports that some providers have misinterpreted earlier training and guidance, and we regret any confusion that caused Kentuckians on Medicaid to not receive the care for which they are eligible.”

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Beshear: AG’s Office Offering Kentuckians One More Way to Stay Connected

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear is offering Kentuckians one more way to stay connected with his office – email or text message direct news updates.

The new service, similar to his Scam Alerts, offers updates on the issues that face Kentucky families and communities.

“By signing up for news updates, Kentucky families will never miss an opportunity to learn about our office’s latest actions and where to turn when they need our help,” said Beshear. “From local child abuse prevention trainings to settling major consumer protection actions that returns thousands of dollars back to impacted families – we are providing Kentuckians a new opportunity to connect directly with our office.”

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There’s a new 6% state sales tax on city services

July 1 marked the first day a new six percent state sales tax that went into effect for some services in Kentucky, including some offered by the City of Berea. The tax was enacted during the most recent legislative session in Frankfort.

Under the new tax law, the six percent levy will be added to various amenities offered by Berea’s Parks and Recreation Department. “If you are renting the Folk Center or a picnic shelter, for example, you’re going to be paying an extra six percent,” said City of Berea Finance Director Susan Meeks. In addition the tax will be added to the cost of renting of the swimming pool for individual parties and events. Continue reading There’s a new 6% state sales tax on city services