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 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.
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.
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.
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→
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→
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.
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→
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!→
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.
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 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 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.
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→