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July 25, 2018

Abolishment of Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board by executive branch contrary to 2018 legislative action

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 25, 2018) – A recent gubernatorial executive order abolishing a statutory board that protects the health and safety of Kentucky workers must be rescinded, Attorney General Andy Beshear said today.

Beshear is calling on state lawmakers to demand Gov. Bevin rescind the executive order. These lawmakers rejected the abolishment of the board during the 2018 regular legislative session.

Created under Kentucky law, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is responsible for safety regulations that apply to workplaces from factories to public schools.

Under state statute, the board is comprised of 12 members who represent industry, labor, agriculture, and safety and health professions, and promulgates and adopts occupational safety and health regulations for Kentucky workers as an independent board.

Beshear said Gov. Bevin’s July 17 executive order abolishing the board removes the expertise of these members, who are nominated by their associations, and transfers it to a single individual, the secretary of labor, who is an at-will employee of the governor.

“It’s clear lawmakers do not support the governor’s move,” Beshear said. “Like me, they know the men and women who are most knowledgeable of the safety and health of our workers must, by law, make up the board, not an ‘at-will’ employee who answers to the governor and not our workers.”

Beshear said under the executive order, the secretary of the Labor Cabinet now has the sole authority to promulgate and abolish regulations affecting the safety and health of Kentucky workers.

The board abolishment, Beshear said, further contradicts and conflicts with the Kentucky State Plan that lawmakers adopted and the U.S. Department of Labor approved.

“This plan specifically includes the creation of the Standards Board,” Beshear said.

Beshear is urging each lawmaker to “contact the governor and demand that he rescind” the order because “abolishing the Standards Board eviscerates the ability of the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program to keep Kentucky workers safe and healthy.”

Beshear said he hopes legislative influence will correct the situation, and the board will be reinstated.



July 25, 2018



Employee allegedly took photos in men's restroom; witness says he saw cellphone held over his head in stall

A Columbia man has been charged with five felony counts of video voyeurism after allegedly using a cellphone to film a 16-year-old male and four other individuals who appear to be Billy Huddleston Billy Huddleston teenagers in the men’s restroom at the Columbia Walmart.

The complaining witness, a 16-year-old male, said he saw a cellphone being held over his head on the side of a bathroom stall.

The male’s parents contacted officials at Walmart as well as law enforcement on Saturday following the incident.

Columbia Police responded and arrested 46-year-old Billy Huddleston, who was working at Walmart at the time of his arrest, after finding that Huddleston allegedly illegally filmed a male in a bathroom stall.

By Adam Capps
Adair County Community Voice




Government conspiracies. Contaminated DNA. Unusual sounds. In 60 minutes Tuesday, Charlie Raymond presented his case for the existence of nearly 9-foot-tall, 1,000-pound Bigfoots.

Charlie Raymond explains his Big Foot theories to a Bowling Green audience. Charlie Raymond explains his Big Foot theories to a Bowling Green audience. “They stay away from us, they don’t want to be seen,” the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization founder told a crowd of about 150 people at the Warren County Public Library’s Bob Kirby Branch on Tuesday night.

A few people laughed, a few wore apathetic expressions and a few people walked out early. But the majority of the mostly middle-aged audience nodded along as Raymond spelled out his theories.





July 22, 2018


JOHNSON COUNTY – Monday, July 23, 2018 – Work starts today on US 23 northbound in Johnson County at the intersection with KY 201. To prepare the northbound lanes of US 23 for milling and paving, a perforated pipe needs to be fixed at this intersection.

The left turn lane off US 23 onto KY 201 will be closed for three or four days. “There will be no holding lane,” said Doug Wright, Highway District 12 Section Engineer.” Traffic will have to go on past the work zone to turn left and come back to 201. Everyone needs to be patient and especially cautious in this work zone.”

Once this pipe is fixed, the contractor will start milling and paving the northbound lanes of US 23. Nearly all of the northbound lanes, shoulder, and median will get new pavement, from the intersection of KY 321 to the Lawrence County line.

Mountain Enterprises was awarded the low-bid contract in the amount of $2,540,266.45. The contract calls for an October 15 completion date, but it is expected that the contractor will work straight through and be finished, depending on weather, the first part of September.

Milling will take about three weeks and paving about two weeks. Work on the 201 intersection could take a week. Wright said one northbound lane will be closed at all times. Signs and barrels will mark the traffic transitions.