Category Archives: State News

State News

KY’s February 2017 unemployment rate decreases

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for February 2017 was down 0.1 percent from the January 2017 rate of 5.0 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The preliminary February 2017 jobless rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the 5.2 percent rate recorded for the state in Continue reading KY’s February 2017 unemployment rate decreases

EPA Delegates Regulation of Injection Wells to Division of Oil and Gas

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delegated the Energy and Environment Cabinet, Division of Oil & Gas to administer the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Class II injection well program under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) for UIC Class II wells located within the state.

The EPA Region 4 approved the Cabinet’s longstanding application, effective March 21, 2017. Delegation of the UIC-Class II program Continue reading EPA Delegates Regulation of Injection Wells to Division of Oil and Gas

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to KY Boards and Commissions

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions:

Ted Carl Luckett has been appointed to the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Funding Commission.

Ted Carl Luckett, of Louisville, is a pastoral associate. Luckett will represent labor. He shall serve for a term expiring November 18, 2020. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to KY Boards and Commissions

Tuberculosis Remains as a Serious Public Health Concern

As part of its ongoing work to educate the public about tuberculosis (TB) and prevent the spread of the disease, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), a part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is reminding Kentuckians that March 24 is World TB Day.

This year’s theme from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “Unite to End TB” to emphasize the partnership between various organizations to eliminate TB. To show his support, Governor Matthew Bevin has declared March 2017 as “TB Continue reading Tuberculosis Remains as a Serious Public Health Concern

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions:

Jetona Kay Milby and Dr. Charles Shawn Oak have been appointed to the Kentucky Board of Licensure of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Jetona Kay Milby, of Campbellsville, is a marriage and family therapist. Milby shall serve for a term expiring July 15, 2021. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Work Ready Skills Initiative receives 41 applications in second round

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet received 41 project applications —totaling more than $165 million in requests— for second-round funding consideration through the Commonwealth’s new $100 million statewide workforce development bond fund, the Work Ready Skills Initiative.
The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee awarded approximately $65.5 million of the $100 million bond in the first round of the Initiative, announced in January. The Committee expects to award the remaining funds, approximately $34.5 million, after reviewing applications and conducting interviews for round two.

“We were astounded by the number of applicants and the quality of the Continue reading Work Ready Skills Initiative receives 41 applications in second round

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions:

John Anthony Mocker, Jr. has been appointed to the Tourism Development Finance Authority.

John Anthony Mocker, Jr., of Union, is vice president and partner of LB Industries, a major processor and distributor of steel pipe serving national and international markets. Mocker shall serve for a term Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Senator McConnell Comments on Passage of Charter Schools Legislation in Kentucky

Mitch McConnell

U.S Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following comments today regarding passage of charter schools legislation in Kentucky:

“I applaud the Kentucky General Assembly for passing charter school legislation. The flexibility offered by public charter schools encourages teachers and administrators to use good judgment in innovative ways to produce positive results for Kentucky children. Continue reading Senator McConnell Comments on Passage of Charter Schools Legislation in Kentucky

BASKETBALL FANS FROM AROUND KY ARE INDY-BOUND

Basketball fans from across Kentucky are making the drive to Indianapolis for opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament to see their teams in action. The University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Northern Kentucky University play Friday. For many drivers, it will be their first trip across new and improved tolled bridges. All-electronic tolling on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project started in late December. Continue reading BASKETBALL FANS FROM AROUND KY ARE INDY-BOUND

Oral history of Kentucky‘s public defense system released

Department of Public Advocacy

Today, 45 years ago, House Bill 461 sponsored by Representatives Kenton, Graves and Swinford passed the Kentucky Senate 26-5 and Kentucky’s statewide public defense system was born. It implemented the right to counsel guaranteed to all facing a loss of liberty. The right to counsel stands above all constitutional rights because counsel enables the ability to assert all other rights. This week also is another important anniversary. On March 18 fifty-four years ago the United States Supreme Court landmark ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. Continue reading Oral history of Kentucky‘s public defense system released

KY Labor Cabinet to Hold Free OSHA Training in Lexington Next Week

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet will host free OSHA training in Lexington from March 20-23. The week-long workplace safety seminar is a part of the Labor Cabinet’s Population Center Training series which are held in various cities across the state throughout the year.

Population Center Training courses are for both employers and employees and are typically given over a one-week period at each location. The courses are designed to outline the requirements contained in the various subparts of the General Industry and Continue reading KY Labor Cabinet to Hold Free OSHA Training in Lexington Next Week

KENTUCKY TO HOST WWE TELEVISED EVENT

WWE’s SmackDown Live is coming to Louisville. The event will be held at the KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday, April 18 and marks the return of live, televised professional wrestling events in the Commonwealth.

SmackDown will be the first major televised combat sporting event in Kentucky since Governor Bevin streamlined the state’s boxing and wrestling regulations last November as part of the Red Tape Reduction Initiative. Prior to these changes, WWE had not Continue reading KENTUCKY TO HOST WWE TELEVISED EVENT

MATHCOUNTS – The Finals are Here!

MathCounts

The practices are over. They qualified to represent their school. They survived the grueling chapter competitions. Now, the state finals are upon us.

Starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday morning, March 25, 2017, 158 middle school students representing 48 schools across the Commonwealth of Kentucky will compete in the 2017 MATHCOUNTS State Competition at the Knicely Center, Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. These students are advancing from chapter competitions that were held February 18th, Continue reading MATHCOUNTS – The Finals are Here!

ABC, State Parks Partner for Statewide STAR Training

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and the Kentucky Department of Parks are teaming up to provide monthly Server Training in Alcohol Regulations (STAR) classes for ABC licensees and their employees.

The STAR course is a two-hour class for individuals that serve or sell alcoholic beverages in Kentucky. The course provides an overview of Continue reading ABC, State Parks Partner for Statewide STAR Training

Transportation crews to begin treating for noxious weeds

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds throughout the state this month. The treatments aid in controlling the spread of undesirable plants along state highway rights of way.

The cabinet, in accordance with KRS 176.051, targets Johnsongrass, Giant foxtail, Canada thistle, Nodding thistle, Common teasel, Multiflora rose, Amur honeysuckle, Poison hemlock, Marestail, Continue reading Transportation crews to begin treating for noxious weeds

GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR FEBRUARY 2017

The Office of State Budget Director reported today that February’s General Fund receipts rose 5.9 percent compared to February of last year, an increase of $39.4 million. Total revenues for the month were $709.0 million, compared to $669.6 million during February 2016. Receipts have now grown 2.8 percent for the first eight months of FY17. Continue reading GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR FEBRUARY 2017

Governor Engages Nonprofits, Faith-Based Community to help find Forever Homes for Kids in KY’s Child Welfare System

Matt Bevin

Governor Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin launched the “Open Hearts/Open Homes” initiative today at the “Summit to Save Our Children” event they hosted in Frankfort. The initiative is part of the Governor’s pledge to improve the state’s adoption and foster care system by mobilizing a network of nonprofits, faith-based organizations and loving families.

More than 200 people from across the Commonwealth attended. Gov. and First Lady Bevin have long been advocates of adoption and Continue reading Governor Engages Nonprofits, Faith-Based Community to help find Forever Homes for Kids in KY’s Child Welfare System

KY Property Valuation Administrator Examination to be Given

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) today announced pre-registration for the certification exam is now open to prospective 2018 candidates for the office of Property Valuation Administrator (PVA). The exam will be given on November 17, 2017, in Frankfort, at a location to be determined later. To insure adequate seating is available, the department is requesting that participants pre- Continue reading KY Property Valuation Administrator Examination to be Given