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Tree-planting project

Applications will soon begin being accepted for “Plant for the Planet” grants from Kentucky Utilities Company. The grants fund qualified tree-plantings by nonprofit or government entities. The Plant for the Planet grant program awards matching grants in amounts of $500 to $5,000 to organizations with a history of successful tree plantings in the KU service territories.


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Lane closure for US 421

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists of a lane closure on U.S. 421 that will reduce traffic to one lane between milepoint 12.5 and 13 from 8 AM Wednesday through 5 PM Thursday. Crews will install a temporary traffic signal to control traffic while crews replace two drainage structures and widen the shoulder.


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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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