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Save the Children

The first Save the Children program in the United States started in Harlan County, Kentucky in 1932. Today, it is a global network for educational and wellness programs led with the help of Mark Shriver and award-winning actress Jennifer Garner. Both joined Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers and Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers in Clay County to discuss childhood challenges and visit successful programs in rural Eastern Kentucky. Save the Children serves 41 Kentucky communities, reaching nearly 18,000 children every year.


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Lane closures on Parkway

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists that lane closures on the Hal Rogers Parkway between milepoint 13 (Urban Creek Road) and milepoint 20 (KY 80) in Clay County are scheduled to begin Monday (October) 23. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions each weekday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 17 to allow crews to perform roadside ditching operations. Motorists should expect delays and approach and travel through the work zone with caution.


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KRTA STATEMENT ON PENSION PROPOSAL

The Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) looks forward to carefully reviewing Governor Bevin’s pension reform proposal discussed at a press conference this morning. We appreciate that policymakers have listened to our concerns and have indicated their willingness to keep their commitment to retired educators. However, it is unclear how the proposed reforms could possibly be enacted in a way that is legal and financially sound. Based on the outlined provided, the math just doesn’t seem to add up. KRTA has not taken any position on any possible reforms. Once a full proposal emerges, we look forward to working with lawmakers to provide our input.


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Plan to Save Kentucky’s Pensions

Gov. Matt Bevin, together with Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker Jeff Hoover, unveiled “Keeping the Promise” — a comprehensive plan to save Kentucky’s ailing public pension systems. Gov. Bevin will call the General Assembly into special session in the coming weeks to pass into law these much-needed reforms.

“Our state’s pension systems are among the worst-funded in the country,” said Senate President Stivers. “In order to move these systems forward along the path to solvency, bold action is required. The framework that we have in place for a pension reform bill is morally right, fiscally responsible, and legally defensible. I thank Governor Bevin, Speaker Hoover, and all my colleagues in the Legislature for their help and support throughout this process, and I look forward to hearing feedback from constituents and moving forward in the coming weeks.”

Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office Press Release


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75 Findings in Jackson County Audits

Mike Harmon, Kentucky’s 47th Auditor of Public Accounts, announced today his office’s audits of the Jackson County Fiscal Court for Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016 have a combined 75 findings. Findings concerning over payments to the county’s former treasurer will be referred to the FBI, Kentucky Attorney General, Kentucky State Police, and the Kentucky Department of Revenue.


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Traffic Crash

On Monday, October 09, 2017 at approximately 9:11 AM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of a single-vehicle traffic crash on I-75 near the 66 mile marker in Rockcastle County.

Upon arrival, Trooper Scottie Pennington determined that a 2016 Ford F-250 operated by Mark Murphy, 46, of Manchester was traveling northbound when he dropped off the right shoulder of the highway and went over an embankment.

Murphy was transported from the scene to the Saint Joseph Berea Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Trooper Pennington is continuing the investigation. He was assisted at the scene by Troopers from Post 11, Rockcastle County Sheriff’s Office and Rockcastle County EMS.


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Feel Good Story About KSP Trooper Goes Viral

A feel good story about a Kentucky State Police Trooper has went viral on Facebook and has been featured on a local TV station. The encounter was detailed in a post on the Thersey’s Restaurant Facebook page. The trooper who has asked to not be identified responded to a call and discovered a man stole a pack of hot dogs from a local grocery story and told the trooper he did it because he was hungry, so the trooper decided to let him go. On top of showing the man mercy, he told the man he would pay for a meal at Thersey’s Restaurant. Restaurant officials let the man eat for free.


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Unemployment

Unemployment rates fell to 8.6% from 9.4% between August 2016 and August 2017 according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Unemployment rates fell in 32 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in three and rose in 85 counties. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 15.4 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 12.7 percent; Elliott County, 10.7 percent, Carter and Harlan counties, 10.5 percent each; Letcher County, 9.7 percent; Breathitt County, 9.3 percent; Lewis County, 9.2 percent; Owsley County, 9.1 percent; and Jackson County 9 percent.


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