Officials with the U.S. Department of Labor have announced that a $1.4 million National Emergency Grant has been awarded to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Department for Workforce Investment.
Officials say the grant will provide partial premium payments for health insurance coverage for eligible unemployed individuals.
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis was quoted as saying that the grant increment will enable the commonwealth of Kentucky to provide two to three months of “gap filler” payments for unemployed individuals who are receiving Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits and are eligible for the Health Coverage Tax Credit program.
Mrs. Solis added that under the program, eligible individuals can receive 72.5 percent of premium costs for qualified health insurance programs and that these payments cover the period of time needed to complete Internal Revenue Service enrollment, processing and first payments under the HCTC program.
A National Emergency Grant was awarded to Kentucky on October 22, 2009, for up to $6 million, with $3.6 million released initially with officials saying the recent award of $1.4 million brings the total awarded to date to $5 million.
A Kentucky man wanted in connection with a couple of recent bank robberies has been taken into custody.
39-year old Weston Hurd of Lee Drive, Henderson, Kentucky is now charged with two counts of 1st Degree Robbery and is lodged in the Henderson County Jail.
Thanks to a tip, the Owensboro Police Department was able to locate and arrest Hurd for his alleged involvement in the robbery of First Security Bank on Friday and Kentucky Telco Bank on October 2nd in Owensboro.
Kentucky State Police worked jointly with Owensboro Police to serve the warrant.
In the latest incident, Hurd entered First Security Bank, demanded money and brandished a small handgun and was able to leave the bank with an undisclosed amount of money, until his arrest.
The Owensboro Police Department is encouraging anyone with information about the two robberies to contact 270-687-8888.
Kentucky State Police continue to investigate a two-vehicle wreck that occurred over the weekend.
State Police say on Saturday, around 7:44 p.m. Troopers from Post-3 responded to the
Clarksville Police responded to an early morning wreck today at the intersection of 101st Parkway and Peachers Mill Road.
Police say the two-vehicle wreck occurred around 2.30 a.m. after a 2007 Chevy pickup, driven by a 23 year old man, was traveling west on the 101st Parkway when a Chrysler Sebring driven by a 31 year old man, traveling west on the 101st Parkway at a high rate of speed crashed into the rear of the pickup near the intersection of Peachers Mill Road.
Police say the 31-year old driver of the Sebring was taken to Vanderbilt by Lifeflight with a head injury, while the 23-year old male driver and his 32-year male passenger were taken by ambulance to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Police say preliminary investigation indicates that speed and alcohol may have been factors.
The lead investigator is Officer Bill VanBeber.
Police in Owensboro are asking for the public’s help in solving a bank robbery from Friday afternoon.
A news release relayed to local media from the Owensboro Police Department through the Christian County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened around 4:15pm at First Security Bank on Frederica Street in Owensboro.
A white male entered the bank with a small handgun and demanded money, according to police, who say no one was injured in the crime. The suspect, who is described as standing about six feet tall with a medium build wearing a gray hoodie, gray stocking cap and blue jeans; got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
A photo of the man can be found under the local news section of our website. Anyone with information on the suspect or on the crime should call Owensboro Police at 270-687- 8888.