Archives for June 2020

KY Executive Order For Hiring Practices

Governor Andy Beshear signed a new executive order Tuesday morning in regards to state hiring practices.In a news release, the governor states the order is designed to “ensuring non-discrimination in state hiring, services and contracting”.The new order expands on existing protections already in place.

Mitch McConnell Supports Masks

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has become the highest-ranking Republican in Congress to encourage Americans to wear a facial mask.As COVID-19 cases surge in states nationwide leaders are stepping up to set an example.McConnell did not mention President Donald Trump’s refusal to abide by the public health guidelines. Instead, the GOP leader joined those trying to set an example for a wary population that’s deeply divided over masks.McConnell said there must be “no stigma – none – about wearing masks when we leave our homes.”

Disney DVD Stealing Case

Three people were sentenced in federal court in Eastern Kentucky for trafficking counterfeit Disney DVDs.The three were sentenced to 46 months in federal prison and ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in restitution, according to a news release from federal prosecutors. The defendants pleaded guilty in October.The DVDs appeared to be genuine Disney productions but were counterfeits from China, according to the release. The defendants imported them and sold them online over eBay.

AG Commissioner Lawsuit

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles, along with officials with a family owned farm complex in Central Kentucky filed a lawsuit Monday in Scott County against Governor Beshear’s administration.Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, LLC is a fifth generation family farm-owned agritourism destination in Georgetown, offering a u-pick orchard, a 96,000 square foot playground, and a converted barn facility that can be rented for weddings and other events.Quarles and the owners claim in the lawsuit that several of Governor Andy Beshear’s executive orders during the COVID-19 pandemic are in violation of the processes outlined by Kentucky’s Administrative Practices Act and the state constitution.

New KY Air National Guard Facility

The Kentucky Air National Guard has broken ground on a new $8.9 million facility.The 28,000-square-foot (2,601 square meters) Response Forces Facility will house the guard’s contingency response group, security forces squadron, base honor guard and a medical detachment, according to a statement from the guard. Construction began Friday and is expected to last 15 months.

Kentucky Contact Tracing Efforts

The man in charge of Kentucky’s contact tracing efforts is asking medical professionals to help them get the word out about that task.Mark Carter, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, spoke Monday to members of the Kentucky Primary Care Association.He said Kentucky has more than $75 million allocated to the contact tracing initiative, because of the cares act. That’s allowed them to hire hundreds of people to help with that effort, but they need the publics’ help. Those workers notify people who have had contact with people who test positive for COVID-19.

Revitalizing A Railroad Museum

At the end of Main Street of Elkhorn City, railroad tracks can be seen going right through town.As long as people can remember, it’s been an empty lot, but some city officials are hoping that’s about to change.Elkhorn City officials are working on carrying out plans designed by students at Eastern Kentucky University and Virginia Tech in 2014 to revitalize the area around the town’s railroad museum.

Kentucky Long Term Care Visitation

Kentucky long-term care facilities will be able to have visitors again starting today. The state released guidelines for those visits, but Sayre Christian Village says it’s not allowing guests quite yet. The senior living community was one of the first to restrict visitation. None of its 375 residents have had a visitor since March 9.Visitors are required to wear masks, have their temperature checked, practice social distancing and wash their hands before and after seeing their loved ones.

Malpractice Lawsuit Checks

Floyd County attorney Ned Pillersdorf mailed out more than 1,000 checks recently as part of the $700,000 malpractice lawsuit his office filed against former social security lawyer Eric C. Conn’s legal malpractice insurer.The settlement checks, issued to the 1,073 former clients who filed claims with Pillersdorf’s office, were for different amounts based on the client’s case.Former Conn clients who lost all of their social security benefits were given checks for $1,000; those who lost their benefits for a while but had them returned were given $500.Others for different reasons received even more.

Unemployment Insurance Services

Kentucky will begin offering in-person unemployment insurance services next week.Appointments will be available beginning on Monday in Frankfort, at the Mayo-Underwood Building, according to a news release from the state Labor Cabinet. The appointments will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for state holidays, and will continue until further notice.