Beshear Announces Legal Firms Assisting AG’s Office in Litigation against ‘Contributors’ to Opioid Crisis

Terry Sebastian or Crystal Staley502-696-5300http://ag.ky.gov/ 700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 118FrankfortKY40601Agreement ensures state tax dollars not used for costs of litigationFRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2017) – Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced the legal team his office will partner with in the investigation and prospective litigation against drug manufacturers, distributors and retailers where there is evidence …

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Lawmakers hear sobering account of opioid crisis

September 21, 2017Lawmakers hear sobering account of opioid crisisFRANKFORT – At one Kentucky hospital, people are actually bringing in heroin and shooting up with patients.That’s one example of the “very desperate situation” the opioid-abuse crisis has created, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson said while testifying before a panel of state legislators yesterday in …

Former judge accused of rape, human trafficking indicted on more Kentucky charges

By Karla Wardkward1@herald-leader.comCriminal charges continue to pile up for a former judge accused of rape and human trafficking in Northern Kentucky.Former Campbell County District Judge Timothy Nolan, 70, was indicted by a Campbell County grand jury Thursday on eight additional felony charges. Those included two counts of human trafficking; one count of attempted human trafficking …

(KY) “…the state has a good reason to "curtail citizens’ possession of a narcotic, hallucinogenic drug."

Kentucky judge dismisses challenge of medical marijuana banBy adam beam, associated pressFRANKFORT, Ky. — Sep 20, 2017, 4:57 PM ETKentucky's ban on medical marijuana has survived an initial test in court, with a judge ruling Wednesday that the state has a good reason to "curtail citizens' possession of a narcotic, hallucinogenic drug."Twenty-nine other states have …

Police used hidden video camera, microchips to track marijuana found at ex-sheriff’s farm

By Bill Estepbestep@herald-leader.comSeptember 18, 2017 11:49 AM Former Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman allegedly supplied marijuana plants to two other men to grow on Peyman’s farm, a state police detective testified Monday.Peyman was a participant in the state’s experimental effort to develop hemp as a commercial crop for farmers.Darren Allen, the state police detective, said …

Kentucky prosecutors warn against budget cuts during legislative committee meeting

For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 15, 2017Kentucky prosecutors warn against budget cuts during legislative committee meetingFRANKFORT—Kentucky prosecutors today told state lawmakers that they have little to nothing to cut from their budgets. Governor Matt Bevin requested that most state agencies plan to cut around 17 percent from their current budgets in a letter sent to state officials …

Federal trial details black market conspiracy out of Fort Campbell

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- More than $1 million in weapons parts and sensitive military equipment was stolen out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and sold in a vast black market, some of it to foreign buyers through eBay, according to testimony at a federal trial this week.The equipment -- some of it re-sold to buyers in …

Other states allow medical marijuana. Judge asks why Kentucky shouldn’t join them.

Amy Stalker says she had more control over her own health when she lived in Colorado, where marijuana can be legally prescribed as medicine. Stalker now lives in Kentucky, where medical use of marijuana is banned.By John Chevesjcheves@herald-leader.comAugust 22, 2017 4:55 PM Frankfort A Franklin Circuit Court judge on Tuesday asked attorneys for the state …

Gov. Bevin Launches ‘Message of Hope’ Campaign as part of Don’t Let Them Die Initiative

Commonwealth of KentuckyGovernor's OfficeFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Woody Maglinger502-564-2611Woody.Maglinger@ky.govGov. Bevin Launches 'Message of Hope' Campaign as part of Don't Let Them Die Initiative FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 3, 2017) - Governor Bevin’s office will begin placing painted rocks around Kentucky this afternoon in order to raise awareness for Kentucky's opioid epidemic and the “Don’t Let Them Die” …

(KY) Legalize marijuana now, the people have spoken

By Erica RuckerIf Gov Matt Bevin really wants to avoid future state budget deficits and chip away at the pension disaster, instead of cutting services, he must work with state lawmakers from both parties to finally legalize cannabis.Kentuckians are ready to join the growing number of states where it is legal to some degree — …

“Leeper Act,” lifts Kentucky’s 33-year-old moratorium on nuclear power plant construction

Commonwealth of KentuckyGovernor's OfficeMEDIA ADVISORYContact: Woody Maglinger502-564-2611Woody.Maglinger@ky.govGov. Bevin to Ceremonially Sign “Leeper Act”Wednesday in PaducahSB 11 lifts 33-year-old moratorium on nuclear power plant constructionFRANKFORT, Ky. (June 12, 2017) - Gov. Matt Bevin will join state and local officials in Paducah on Wednesday to ceremonially sign the recently enacted Senate Bill 11. The legislation, known as …

Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs Office of the Governor

Kentucky Commission on Military AffairsOffice of the GovernorMEDIA ADVISORYContact: Zach Morgan502-564-2611Zach.Morgan@ky.govMeeting NoticeKentucky Commission on Military Affairs - Executive CommitteeFRANKFORT, Ky. (June 9, 2017) - The Executive Committee of the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs will meet next week in Frankfort.Who:Kentucky Commission on Military AffairsWhat:Executive Committee MeetingWhen:Tuesday, June 1310:00 a.m. (EDT)Where:Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs1111 Louisville …

HB 410 was written to bring Kentucky into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act by Jan. 1, 2019…

News ReleaseJune 7, 2017New transportation laws being rolled outFRANKFORT – Coming to Kentucky roads this year: surplus military Humvees, three-wheeled vehicles dubbed autocycles and maybe even golf carts modified to deliver online purchases.Legislation addressing these three types of vehicles were among the transportation-related bills passed during this year’s regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly, …

Gov. Bevin Invites Kentuckians to Play a Part in ‘Reclaiming Our Communities’

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 2, 2017) – Gov. Matt Bevin yesterday met with more than 400 faith leaders and concerned citizens at Louisville’s Western Middle School to address the epidemic of violence that is gripping the heart of Kentucky’s largest city.He invited churches and other community groups to commit to “adopt” an inner-city neighborhood block to …

A look at Kentucky Cannabis Activists circa 2009

There are a lot of Cannabis Activists fighting the good fight here in the State of Kentucky.  They have been fighting for years - to no avail.  But we never give up!  We will keep fighting until we win! It started with Gatewood Galbraith, Craig Lee   and many more, some of whom are in …

Union calls for no-confidence vote on Louisville jail chief

(backdating the news…this is a month old – but important!)Phillip M. Bailey , @phillipmbailey Published 10:52 p.m. ET April 25, 2017 Mayor Greg Fischer and Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton emphasized working with corrections staff to improve conditions at jail facilities on Wednesday afternoon, a day after rank-and-file officers moved to hold a no-confidence vote …

How Kentucky’s Members Of Congress Are Responding To The CBO’s Health Bill Score

Originally published on May 25, 2017 10:08 am The Republican legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare – would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion. But that would come at the expense of 23 million people who would not be able to afford health insurance over …

Hope for Hemp: Cave City family sees future in new crop

Hannah McCarthyin Feature Long Reads Story and photos by Hannah McCarthy Just 2 miles outside of downtown Cave City, Kentucky, the landscape quickly turns from old brick and mortar to farmhouses and dirt roads. Down one such dirt road, a 45-acre plot of land rests nestled between patches of trees, large stretches of wildflowers and tall …

Kentucky Surging Forward Following Legislative Session

  Commonwealth of KentuckyGovernor's Office FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Woody Maglinger502-564-2611Woody.Maglinger@ky.gov Kentucky Surging Forward Following Legislative Session Op-Ed by Governor Matt Bevin FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 16, 2017) – On the first Saturday in May each year, the Kentucky Derby captures the attention and fascination of the world and creates special moments that will long be …

Lawmakers eye THC content of state’s industrial hemp

For Immediate Release May 3, 2017 Lawmakers eye THC content of state’s industrial hemp FRANKFORT—Industrial hemp legally grown in Kentucky is not considered marijuana. It has only a fraction of THC—or tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive compound—found in marijuana. And state regulators aim to keep it that way. Around 100 pounds of industrial hemp grown under Kentucky’s …

Kentucky Reaches Settlement in Radioactive Waste Dumping

Kentucky officials have reached a $168,000 settlement with one of the companies accused of being involved in the dumping of radioactive waste in a landfill. | April 14, 2017, at 4:26 p.m. FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials said Friday they reached a $168,000 settlement with one of the companies accused of being involved in …

FRIENDS OF JOHNNIE BOONE

  Charlie Bickett 21 hrs · We have a challenge ; FRIENDS OF JOHNNIE BOONE , What--Johnnie Boone Benefit Where--Big Mamas,,Loretto Ky,,, When--April 23,,Sunday,,3-8,,come early Why--Our friend Johnnie,,has recently been captured,,He will soon [I hope] be transferred to Kentucky,to await trial.,,He will be needing money ,,for,,CANTEEN,,PHONECALLS and,,LEGAL DEFENSE At the benefit ,,we will be selling …

Free & Pardon JOHNNY BOONE!

Free & Pardon JOHNNY BOONE! #FREEJOHNNYBOONE   Anthony Hilbert Bloomfield, KY   Johnny Robert Boone a.k.a "The Godfather of Grass" was arrested just outside of Montreal Canada December 22, 2016 and is in the processes of being extradited back to the United States. Johnny is a man that found a way to support his community …

Kentucky is on the cusp of doing what was once unthinkable: opening the door to nuclear power.

Above: FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014 file photo, fog hovers over a mountaintop as a cutout depicting a coal miner stands at a memorial to local miners killed on the job in Cumberland, Ky. The Republican-controlled Kentucky state legislature is on the cusp of lifting its decades-long moratorium on nuclear energy, a move …

Senate President Pro Tempore David Givens Week in Review

Senate President Pro Tempore David GivensWeek in Review Members of the Senate took action on one of the issues of greatest interest to Kentuckians when we passed a major education bill this week that would begin aligning university funding with the state’s top postsecondary education goals. Senate Bill 153, that I sponsored, changes Kentucky’s historical …

Louisville drug task force halted amid scandal

USA Today Network Beth Warren, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal Published 7:54 p.m. ET Feb. 28, 2017 | An elite Louisville task force that intercepted shipments of heroin and other illegal drugs at UPS' worldwide hub — considered a "primary" drug pipeline for the region — has been disbanded following a police scandal. Louisville Metro Police had …

It was the world’s largest company coal town. As it turns 100, it fights to stay alive.

http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article134813224.html#emlnl=Morning_Newsletter   Lynch resident Mike O'Bradovich talks about the 100th birthday of the historic Harlan County coal town. Bill Estep bestep@herald-leader.com By Bill Estep bestep@herald-leader.com LYNCH The valley along Looney Creek in Harlan County was a wooded wilderness in 1917 when U.S. Steel, hungry for coal to make steel during World War I, bought 19,000 …

Kentucky house passes bill to create Bible literacy courses in schools

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - The Kentucky House has passed legislation aimed at creating elective Bible literacy courses in public schools. The bill would require the state Board of Education to establish policies for local school boards that choose to offer elective social studies courses on the Hebrew texts and New Testament. The measure passed the …