Kentucky’s Tweeting Governor Blocks Critics On Social Media… And He’s Not The Only One

By Brendan McCarthy and June Leffler June 15, 2017Gov. Matt Bevin in recent months has turned to social media platforms to slam local media and share his political views directly with followers.But as Bevin ramped up his criticism and online dispatches, he’s also blocked more than 500 Twitter users from following him, according to records …

Biotechnology company opens mosquito factory in Lexington

by Monica Kastjmkast@herald-leader.comA Lexington biotechnology company aimed at fighting mosquito-borne diseases such as the Zika virus opened a mosquito factory Wednesday on Malabu Drive. MosquitoMate, founded by University of Kentucky entomology professor Stephen Dobson, will use the 6,000-square-foot space to raise millions of sterile, non-biting mosquitoes that will act as a “biopesticide” against other mosquitoes …

Developing Kentucky’s Workforce Op-Ed by Governor Matt Bevin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Woody Maglinger502-564-2611Woody.Maglinger@ky.govDeveloping Kentucky’s WorkforceOp-Ed by Governor Matt BevinFRANKFORT, Ky. (June 15, 2017) - From the beginning of our administration, we have set the goal of making Kentucky the engineering and manufacturing hub of excellence in the world. We are off to a good start. We recently shattered our annual record for new …

(KY) GOV. MATT BEVIN AND AG ANDY BESHEAR GET SUED OVER MEDICAL MARIJUANA!

BECAUSE THIS STORY IS SO IMPORTANT IN KENTUCKY I HAVE INCLUDED TWO SOURCES OF INFORMATION.PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK TO THE VIDEO BELOW TO HEAR THE PRESS CONFERENCE WHICH WAS AIRED ON WLKY.THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED TODAY, JUNE 14TH, 2017, IN JEFFERSON COUNTY KENTUCKY AGAINST GOV. MATT BEVIN AND AG ANDY BESHEAR BY DANNY BELCHER OF …

IN HONOR OF #NATIONALBOURBONDAY

I found this article while “googling” today and thought it was appropriate!Marijuana-flavored bourbon, anybody?Fred MinnickMarch 10, 2016Who wants weed with your bourbon, rum or brandy? Soon, your pot-laden dreams may come true.Like many people of my generation, I grew up thinking if I smoked weed that my brain would fry like eggs sizzling in bacon …

“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 …

More than 100,000 young men from across the United States trained at Camp Zachary Taylor in Louisville before being shipped overseas to fight in the Great War

Lawmakers hear plans for state’s WWI centennial observancesFRANKFORT – More than 100,000 young men from across the United States trained at Camp Zachary Taylor in Louisville before being shipped overseas to fight in the Great War.To highlight Kentucky’s contribution World War I, a life-replica of one of the camp’s barracks will be on display at …

The mainframe computer processing all of Kentucky’s unemployment insurance claims was built a decade before the 1980s-era arcade game Pac-Man.

For Immediate ReleaseJune 8, 2017Legislative panel warns of tight budgets aheadCOVINGTON – The mainframe computer processing all of Kentucky’s unemployment insurance claims was built a decade before the 1980s-era arcade game Pac-Man. “Think about that,” Deputy Secretary for Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Brad Montell said while testifying before the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations …

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, …

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 …

Kentucky public schools, marijuana/hashish use and possession was the number one law violation committed by students on school property in 2015-16.

What’s the No. 1 law violation in Kentucky’s public schools?By Valarie Honeycutt Spearsvhoneycutt@herald-leader.comIn Fayette County and all Kentucky public schools, marijuana/hashish use and possession was the number one law violation committed by students on school property in 2015-16.In Kentucky, that accounted for 26.45 percent of all law violations. The Kentucky Center for School Safety on …

Bevin: Kentucky breaks record for business investments

By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated PressFRANKFORT, Ky. Kentucky's economic development campaign has produced nearly $5.8 billion in pledged business investments so far this year, already surpassing the state's record for a full year, Gov. Matt Bevin said Friday.Those investments — promised by existing businesses and companies locating to Kentucky — are expected to create about 9,500 …

Time to Contact our Representatives about Samuel Girod

It’s time to start sending letters, emails, calls to the 8 elected representatives below (9 if you count Melania). Here’s the plan in two steps:STEP 1: Have your letter and social media post handy in a text doc. You can copy and paste from the examples below or click here to download samples, then edit …

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 …

Not taking an action that can provide such benefit in fighting this (opioid) scourge is not only callus and inhuman but also morally indefensible!

    By:  Msgt. Thomas Tony Vance, Alexandria, Ky. Callus and Morally Indefensible! Mercy Health Hospitals in an Op-ed in the May 11, 2017 Kentucky Enquirer talks about the opioid epidemic and calls for a multi-pronged approach in dealing with it. Their program of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment, SBIRT, has screened thousands …

Former Kentucky jail guard convicted of beating inmate who later died

    A former Kentucky jail guard was convicted of beating an inmate and leaving him lying with blood on his face, until another jail employee saw the victim and he was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead, officials said on Friday. A federal jury deliberated for an hour and a half before returning …

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 …

final rule regarding state drug testing policies for participants in the state unemployment compensation program

Dear Ms. Krider; Thank you for contacting me about the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule regarding state drug testing policies for participants in the state unemployment compensation program. Hearing from you helps me better represent Kentucky in the United States Senate. In 2012, Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation …

Thank you for contacting me to share your interest in protecting the environment

  Dear Ms. Krider; Thank you for contacting me to share your interest in protecting the environment. I appreciate your making me aware of your concerns, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.  Like you, I believe that preserving and promoting a healthy environment is important to the future of our country and the Commonwealth …

2017 Kentucky Marijuana Legalization Vote: Key Dates To Watch

Above:  Unfortunately the above picture was not taken in Kentucky!   Have you been trying to follow Kentucky marijuana legalization news online and find you cannot figure out if it is legalized or if the bill died in the Kentucky State Senate? Current Kentucky medical marijuana laws were introduced in late 2016 by Kentucky state …

Kentucky judge refuses to hear adoption cases involving gay parents

As ‘a matter of conscience,’ a Kentucky judge refuses to hear adoption cases involving gay parents By Samantha Schmidt May 1 at 4:22 AM Two years after a Kentucky county clerk stirred national attention for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a family court judge in the same state announced he will no …

Thorne Peters and his 4/20 “Potcastathon”

I was very much looking forward to a three hour 4/20 show with Thorne Peters on Facebook. It was going to be about the use of “No Men's Rae” when pleading a Marijuana case,  and was featuring several guests along with Mary Thomas-Spears of Kentucky for Cannabis who was offering a different view on the …

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 …

Legendary pot grower Johnny Boone, leader of Kentucky’s ‘Cornbread Mafia,’ back in U.S.

John “Johnny” Boone, the leader of Kentucky’s “Cornbread Mafia,” once the nation's largest domestic marijuana producing organization, is back in the United States after eight years on the lam. Boone, who was once featured on “America’s Most Wanted,” was apprehended in Canada in December 2016 and was ordered detained Wednesday after appearing in U.S. District …

Donald Trump Jr. bagged bull elk on Kentucky hunting trip

By Fernando Alfonso III falfonso@herald-leader.com Donald Trump Jr. is an experienced hunter who has stalked elephants in Zimbabwe, pheasants in Hungary and, as of January, elk in Kentucky. On Jan. 14, Trump used a bow and arrow to kill a bull elk on private property in Martin County, said Mark Marraccini, communications director for the …

(KY) This Week at the State Capitol

March 31, 2017 This Week at the State Capitol 2017 Legislative session draws to a close FRANKFORT -- The Kentucky General Assembly wrapped up its 2017 legislative session on Thursday night after a final swirl of meetings, debate and eleventh-hour votes. After leaving Frankfort for a nearly-two-week veto recess, members of the House and Senate …