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Unemployment shows slight uptick in June at 5.1 percent

07/20/2017 11:49 AM

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed slightly to 5.1 percent in June, a 0.1 increase from the previous month. The state’s jobless rate lags the national rate of 4.4 percent as employment dropped by 10,721 jobs and unemployment grew by 2,191 from May, according to a news release Thursday from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. However, the nearly 1.8 million jobs in the state as of June are 76,792 more than the amount in June 2016, when unemployment was 5... Read more 

Republican Party of Kentucky spends Wednesday tweeting about possible conflicts of interest for Attorney General Beshear

07/19/2017 07:49 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky again accused Attorney General Andy Beshear of conflicts of interest, this time unloading on the subject in a flurry of tweets on Wednesday. The RPK didn’t just focus on Beshear’s potential conflicts of interest in his office’s investigation of the University of Louisville Foundation or his office’s potential inquiry of Gov. Matt Bevin’s home purchase or its settlement with drugmaker Purdue Pharma or its investigation of former Deputy Attorney General Tim Longmeyer. They’re also raising possible conflicts... Read more 

UofL Foundation announces firing of chief financial officer

07/18/2017 04:36 PM

The University of Louisville Foundation’s board has announced it has fired its Chief Financial Officer Jason Tomlinson, according to news reports. The announcement was made during a foundation meeting on Tuesday, which comes six weeks after the release of a scathing forensic audit that uncovered millions in overspending and lax oversight by previous boards. Craig Dilger, an external attorney for U of L, told lawmakers last week that losses at the foundation totaled between $40 million and $100 million, with his... Read more 

Northern Kentucky infrastructure improvements and getting land shovel-ready essential for continued growth topics of discussion

07/18/2017 03:14 PM

ERLANGER — Opportunities and challenges with northern Kentucky infrastructure was the subject of the monthly Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs ‘N Issues breakfast, and a lot of that discussion focused on transportation challenges and how those can affect business growth in the region. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 Chief Engineer Bob Yeager warned that while there are a lot of transportation needs in the region, knowing where the funding is coming from will be essential for the projects to be... Read more 

Attorney General Beshear reviewing ethics panel's advisory opinion on investigating Gov. Bevin, mum on 2019 plans

07/18/2017 02:59 PM

LA GRANGE – Attorney General Andy Beshear says his office is reviewing an opinion by the Executive Branch Ethics Commission that will hinder his ability to investigate a home sale involving Gov. Matt Bevin if he decides to challenge Bevin in 2019. Beshear, after speaking to a group of senior citizens on his office’s Scam Alerts program at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in La Grange Tuesday, told reporters he hoped to make an announcement on his next move regarding Bevin’s purchase... Read more 

Legislators get update on summary of changes to Kentucky HEALTH 1115 Medicaid Waiver

07/17/2017 05:22 PM

FRANKFORT – A summary of changes to the Kentucky HEALTH 1115 Medicaid waiver was presented to members of the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare and Family Services on Monday. The plan would impose stricter work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries than originally requested, requiring able-bodied adults without dependents to work at least 20 hours a week to qualify for coverage. The 20-hour requirement would start as soon as the waiver is approved. It’s estimated the the new waivers would... Read more 

State Republican Party wants Attorney General Beshear to recuse himself in U of L Foundation inquiry

07/15/2017 02:51 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky is calling on Attorney General Andy Beshear to recuse himself from any investigations into the University of Louisville Foundation due to conflicts of interest, which Beshear’s office dismissed as the latest political attack against the first-term Democrat. The GOP’s request Friday came a day after media reported that the attorney general’s office requested additional information from U of L, including former university President James Ramsey’s hard drive; emails among foundation officials from June 1, 2016, through... Read more 

Governor Matt Bevin signs budget reduction order for $152M shortfall

07/14/2017 04:04 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin signed a budget reduction order on Friday to end the fiscal year with a balanced budget. On Monday Bevin’s budget office announced that the final fiscal year revenue was $138.5 million shy of budgeted predictions, falling 1.3 percent short of official estimates for the fiscal year. Analysts had predicted 2.7 percent growth over the fiscal year. In a press release, the Governor’s Office says the shortfall was actually higher. Citing a lower than expected lapse of... Read more 

Kentucky's craft beer industry showing significant growth and increased job opportunities

07/14/2017 01:28 PM

GEORGETOWN – The state’s growing microbrewery industry has experienced a 600 percent growth over the last five years, according to officials with the Kentucky Guild of Brewers. Members of the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations met for their monthly meeting at the Country Boy Brewery in Georgetown to get an update of the state’s growing industry, which includes 53 licensed craft brewers that represent 41 Kentucky companies and 19 additional brewery locations. Fourteen of those locations are... Read more 

August 21 solar sclipse could bring as many as a half million additional people to the commonwealth to experience the event

07/14/2017 08:37 AM

FRANKFORT – A total solar eclipse will be seen in 21 Kentucky counties on Monday, August 21 attracting as many as 500,000 visitors along the pathway in the commonwealth. Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection that he feels confident that procedures will be in place to make the day go as smoothly and orderly as possible. Dossett says that the best point in the world to view... Read more 

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