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Federal extension allows continued use of current Kentucky driver’s licenses for air travel

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted the Commonwealth a REAL ID extension to allow Kentuckians to use their current state driver’s license to board domestic flights and visit military bases.  A Kentucky driver’s license, permit or identification card in the current and upcoming standard version will continue to be accepted by federal agencies through Aug. 1, 2019. Kentucky expects to maintain further extensions until REAL ID enforcement begins Oct. 1, 2020.

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Public Health Nurses Return from Hurricane Relief in North Carolina

Featured left to right are North Carolina Army National Guard crew member; Angela Kik, Department for Public Health (DPH); Christopher Smith, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department; Rachel Harrison, Bracken County Health Department; Sherita Hall, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness; Charlene Woodard, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness; Sandy Glover, DPH; Stephanie Carpenter, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department; Heather Toews, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department; Shelley Wood, Department for Insurance; Rebecca Hardin, DPH; and Nancy Hamilton, DPH.

A Nurse “Strike Team” from Kentucky has returned from North Carolina where they worked in emergency shelters housing residents displaced by Hurricane Florence. The team was in North Carolina for about nine days. Continue reading Public Health Nurses Return from Hurricane Relief in North Carolina

National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, September 25, 2018.  Kentucky Protection & Advocacy, as a member of REV-UP Kentucky (a non-partisan, cross-disability coalition of organizations and interested citizens who advocate for full political participation for Americans with disabilities, empowers people to exercise their rights), announces a list of non-partisan voter registration booths across the Commonwealth.  The goal is to assist citizens, with and without disabilities, in the first step in exercising their rights.

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Senate Passes Landmark Opioid Legislation; Includes Two Provisions Secured by Senator McConnell

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised Senate passage of the landmark opioid legislation today. The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018contains two bills sponsored by Senator McConnell. The first is the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery through Effective Employment and Reentry (CAREER) Act, which expands grants and targets funding for treatment, transitional housing, job training and placement services to help individuals in recovery find their footing and maintain their sobriety. The second is the Protecting Moms and Infants Act, which will refine our federal efforts to combat the effects of opioids on expecting mothers and their unborn children.

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McConnell Statement on Hurricane Florence

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Florence:

“Earlier today I spoke with U.S. Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Tim Scott (R-SC) regarding Hurricane Florence and its impact on North Carolina and South Carolina. They briefed me on the devastating impact and loss of life during the early stages of this disaster and I assured them the U.S. Senate is ready to act when needed, along with the House and President Trump, as the federal government continues its efforts to aid the states affected by this terrible storm. Continue reading McConnell Statement on Hurricane Florence

Foundation Lauds Historic FDA Efforts to Reverse Epidemic of Teen Vaping

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today ordered five e-cigarette marketers to develop plans within 60 days to prevent teens from using their products. The FDA said it may require companies to revise how they market these products, stop distributing to retailers who sell to kids, and take flavored e-cigarette products off the market. The agency also sent 1,300 warning letters to retailers who illegally sold e-cigarettes to minors. Continue reading Foundation Lauds Historic FDA Efforts to Reverse Epidemic of Teen Vaping

‘Today is a Deeply Sad Day for the Senate and for Our Nation’

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement today regarding the passing of his dear friend and colleague, U.S. Senator John S. McCain (R-AZ):

“Today is a deeply sad day for the Senate and for our nation. Elaine and I join all Americans in mourning the passing of our dear friend and colleague Senator John McCain. Continue reading ‘Today is a Deeply Sad Day for the Senate and for Our Nation’