As we draw closer to the end of the 2018 Regular Session, there has been no shortage of movement on significant bills in Frankfort this week. The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee has spent several days and some late nights working on the Senate’s budget proposal, which we expect to go before the committee early next week.
Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed that U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise on Sunday, March 18 until sunset on Monday, March 19, as a mark of respect for fallen Pikeville Police Department Officer Scotty Hamilton.
“I am grateful for the men and women who lay their lives on the line to protect our communities every day and every night,” said Gov. Bevin. “Please pray for God’s grace and healing for the community of Pikeville, the local and state police officers involved, and the family of Officer Hamilton.”
Gregory K. Johnson, Commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, announced his retirement today at the Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting after nearly four decades of public service in natural resources, wildlife management, and agriculture.
Thousands of volunteers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Adopt-a-Highway program will give the Commonwealth’s roadsides a “Spring Clean” from March 19-25 during the first cleanup outing of 2018.
As Adopt-a-Highway groups remove unsightly litter to make way for spring flowers, green grass and budding trees, KYTC reminds motorists that when Adopt-a-Highway volunteers are present, roadsides are active work zones. Whether it is Spring Clean week or Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, which will occur April 9-13, drivers are expected to slow down and to travel through work zones with extra caution.
Unemployment rates fell in 119 Kentucky counties and rose in one county (Carter County) between January 2017 and January 2018, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.9 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 3 percent; Oldham County, 3.1 percent; Marion and Scott counties, 3.2 percent each; Campbell and Shelby counties, 3.3 percent each; and Allen, Jessamine and Monroe counties, 3.4 percent each. Continue reading State releases county unemployment data for January 2018→
Chickasaw dancers will present traditional songs and dances and guests can learn about other aspects of Chickasaw life on April 7 at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site.
The performances will be at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. at the park. Chickasaw cultural demonstrations of stickball games, flute music, drums, bow and arrows, regalia and storytelling will be offered throughout the day. Food will also be available at the park.
The Department for Local Government (DLG) announces over $22 Million in funding opportunities for 2018 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The CDBG program provides funds for public facilities, economic development, housing, public services, and community projects.
Governor Matt Bevin sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday, March 9, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 22 eastern Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe flooding event last month. The flooding caused over $18 million in damages to highways, bridges and local infrastructure.
When Kentuckians look to apply for a mortgage or a small business loan, they often turn to someone they know at their local community bank or credit union. These small financial institutions – there are more than 100 throughout the Commonwealth – are focused on their own neighborhoods, helping to grow the economy and provide a critical service to their customers. But for the past eight years, these community institutions have suffered from Washington’s heavy-handed federal regulations forced upon them under the 2010 “Dodd-Frank Act.” As a result, these small lenders are spending nearly a quarter of their net income on compliance costs alone. Having heard directly from many small banks in Kentucky struggling to keep their doors open, I have been determined to help provide relief. Continue reading Banking Reform Bill To Help Kentucky Community Banks, Main Street America→
Due to recent acts of violence and threats in our schools Kentucky State Police has stepped up patrols and school visits.
KSP has been doing school visits for years per KSP policy, however due to recent events Troopers have been doing several school visits per day. With an increase in school visits parents may see KSP patrol vehicles at schools frequently. KSP is asking parents that if they see patrol vehicles at a school that it is no cause for alarm and they should not feel the need to contact the school to see if everything is OK.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul, and Representatives Hal Rogers (KY-05), John Yarmuth (KY-03), Brett Guthrie (KY-02), Thomas Massie (KY-04), Andy Barr (KY-06), and James Comer (KY-01) sent a letter to President Donald Trump today expressing their support for Governor Matt Bevin’s request for a federal disaster declaration for Kentucky.
Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Cyber Crimes Unit today announced an Anderson County man has pleaded guilty to human trafficking and seeking sex with a minor.
Kentuckian anti-fracking activist Chris Schimmoeller will speak before the United Nation’s 62nd Conference on the Status of Women and Girls as part of two panels on the anti-fracking movement. Schimmoeller was invited to speak by Beth Blissman, Loretto at the UN’s non-governmental representative. The conference will take place March 12-23 in New York City.
Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Department of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crimes Unit today announced the arrest and indictment of a 57-year-old Shepherdsville man for allegedly soliciting sex from children.
Attorney General Andy Beshear and 54 other state and territory attorneys general are calling on Congress to pass a measure that would ensure victims of child pornography receive meaningful restitution.
On March 6, 2018, at approximately 8:06 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Gene K. Bosley, 50, on charges related to distribution and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.