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Need to whitewash problems with LG&E’s Cane Run plant?

No problem!

Governor Steve Beshear’s office and the Labor Cabinet to the rescue!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 5, 2014) – Deputy Secretary Rocky Comito of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet today joined employees and company officials from PIC Group Inc. at the Cane Run Generating Station to recognize the company for earning the Governor’s Safety and Health Award. PIC Group Inc. employees have worked more than 351,800 hours without a lost-time accident or illness at the facility. This is the third year in a row the employees have earned the award.

Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry L. Roberts congratulated the employees for their dedication to safety.

“This is an award that the employees of PIC Group Inc. have earned by making safety a crucial aspect of their everyday routine,” said Secretary Roberts. “Enforcement and training can only go so far, but the right attitude and behavior can make all the difference when it comes to staying safe on the job.”

PIC Group Inc. provides various maintenance, repair, replacement, installation, engineering and technical services for the power generation equipment at the fossil steam power plants operated by Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Company (KU). PIC workers also provide supplemental support for routine day to day site activities for LG&E and KU generating stations.

“PIC’s service offerings all begin with safety,” said PIC Group Inc. President Todd Grzech. “Our LG&E and KU maintenance personnel consistently demonstrate this PIC attitude and commitment to working safely. We are proud of their accomplishments, and look forward to continuing to receive this award annually as we service our customers in a safe and quality manner.”

With approximately 700 employees worldwide, the PIC Group Inc. provides maintenance services at five generating stations in Kentucky, including two in Louisville and one in Ghent, Harrodsburg and Bedford. PIC has 18 employees at the Cane Run facility.

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor’s Safety and Health Award in recognition of outstanding safety and health performance. An establishment may qualify for the award if its employees together achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness. The required number of hours is dependent upon the number of employees. In the case of the PIC employees at the Cane Run Generating Station, the requirement is 250,000.

Every establishment within the geographical boundaries of Kentucky is eligible, even if the establishment won the award the previous year. Eligibility is limited to one award during a 12-month period of time.

The award is a certificate mounted on a wooden plaque. The certificate contains the signatures of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Secretary Roberts and Department of Workplace Standards Commissioner Anthony Russell.

The Governor’s Safety and Health Award program is part of Gov. Beshear’s efforts to improve the health of all Kentuckians. The Governor launched kyhealthnow in February as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to reduce incidents and deaths from Kentucky’s dismal health rankings and habits. It builds on Kentucky’s successful implementation of health care reform and uses multiple strategies over the next several years to improve the state’s collective health.

Too bad Cane Run’s neighbors aren’t as lucky.

Nothing to see here. Move along. Puppies and rainbows.

Next up? Metro Animal Services will receive an award for general awesomeness.

Will Fiber Internets Become An Affordable Thing?

Remember, this is Louisville, so anything that can go wrong will definitely go wrong. Gigabit-speed Internet may soon be coming to Louisville. The Louisville Metro Council is expected to approve contracts with three different companies for fiber Internet installation at its meeting next Tuesday. [WDRB]

The tax on Jefferson County hotel rooms would rise 1 percentage point under a measure pending before Louisville Metro Council, with proceeds earmarked to pay for a proposed $176 million makeover and expansion of Kentucky International Convention Center. [C-J/AKN]

A plaque of thanks was presented to John Hassman at his Middletown store, A Taste of Kentucky. [WHAS11]

Remember when the take-home police cruiser deal was a battle in Louisville? It’s taking over Lexington now. [H-L]

Warning — ridiculously inappropriate auto-play video. State investigators have busted an insurance fraud ring after a three-year investigation. A Jefferson County grand jury indicted 19 people. [WLKY]

Like her co-workers at LFPL, Justice is a member of AFSCME Local 3425—and she says the Fischer administration’s current contract with the union makes it almost impossible for her and her family to survive. [In These Times]

Green space near Interstate 65 has the potential to generate green but a battle between Jeffersonville city leaders has the mayor rethinking plans for a new hotel and restaurants at Exit 1. [WAVE3]

Here’s hoping you’re getting your votes in for the 2014 Golden Poo Awards. [Page One]

The Louisville Forum’s “Growing Up Transgender” discussion on Wednesday focused on the complex controversies and conversations that surround gender identity. [WFPL]

Several red states, including Louisiana, have been diverting some offenders away from prison and into drug treatment and other incarceration alternatives. But not everyone is embracing the effort. [NPR]

Adam Burckle, owner of Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen, scoffs at the idea of calorie counting the items on his menu. The pies, cakes and ice cream flavors are offered to savor on occasion and within reason. [Business First]

The Clarksville Town Council unanimously voted to reject changes to its sign ordinance that had been given a positive recommendation by the town’s plan commission. [News & Tribune]

You Already Know You Can’t Trust Greg Fischer

It’s almost been two weeks since this scene on River Road shocked witnesses, the EMS Community, and the victim’s families. [WDRB]

Focusing on the strategies and programs in place to improve academic achievement and ensuring schools have the resources they need are at the top of Donna Hargens’ to-do list as she begins the final year of her four-year contract as superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools. [C-J/AKN]

We were the first to bring you these rumors and we heard them directly from GE management. Fortunately for readers here, you already know you can’t trust anything Greg Fischer says. Speculation of a sale of General Electric’s Appliance Park has made it all the way to Louisville’s mayor, Greg Fischer. [WHAS11]

A human leg has been recovered from the Ohio River in western Kentucky prompting officials to search for other remains in the waterway. [H-L]

It’s strange when something other than an automobile or gun kills someone in Louisville. [WLKY]

The Republican National Committee is celebrating former President George W. Bush’s birthday this weekend by selling wistful “I Miss W.” t-shirts to its supporters. [HuffPo]

With lights flashing, police say a tow truck operator would have been easy to spot near the Gene Snyder Freeway Thursday night, but his death leaves a woman charged with drunk driving and murder. [WAVE3]

This is Day Six of the Golden Poo Awards. Jump in and make nominations for days one through five now. [Page One]

The plans to tear down Louisville’s largest remaining public housing complex will take at least a decade to be finalized, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. [WFPL]

Seven people were shot and wounded, one critically, early Saturday in an Indianapolis night club district after an argument broke out between two people, police said. [Reuters]

The Clark Memorial Bridge — or Second Street Bridge as it is widely called — is set to close at midnight Tuesday. [Business First]

A Greater Clark County Schools board of trustees member was indicted on felony theft charges in Franklin, Tenn., in May. [News & Tribune]

Greg Probably Still Clueless Re: Minimum Wage

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore has announced his candidacy for re-election. Which is a real shame for Jeffersonville. [WDRB]

Two Louisville bicycling organizations are inviting the public to participate in a five-mile bike ride on Friday to celebrate new dedicated bike lanes that connect Old Louisville with the Highlands. [C-J/AKN]

A civil suit was filed against the Advance Ready Cement Mix company after a fatal wreck at the foot of the Clark Memorial Bridge. [WHAS11]

Louisville leaders say the city’s Independence Day celebration likely will be eliminated due to state budget cuts. [H-L]

People traveling along a southern Indiana roadway were doing a double-take as they passed a historic church Wednesday. [WLKY]

On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, officially banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also ended racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in general public facilities. Fifty years removed from that milestone, it’s apparently easy to think that we’re over racism. [HuffPo]

Metro Council Democrats are poised to approve a $10.10 an hour minimum wage across Louisville, as long as Kentucky’s attorney general gives his blessing. [WAVE3]

Congressman John Yarmuth on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act: “Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a triumph in the long march for equality and a signal to the world of our commitment to honoring the freedom and liberty of every American. “The Civil Rights Act moved us forward, but it did not perfect us. Racism and discrimination remain stubbornly with us, and we must continue working to improve our laws to combat injustice while never forgetting the extraordinary sacrifices that brought us to this point.” [Press Release]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer does not support a tax or licensing fee on cyclists in the city. [WFPL]

Are you participating in the 2014 Golden Poo Awards? If not, here’s your chance! [Page One]

Louisville-based convenience store company Thorntons Inc. has a new president. Tony Harris, the company’s chief operating officer, will become president of Thorntons in October, according to a news release. [Business First]

Selling vacant and abandoned homes at tax sales will soon be easier, thanks to a new Indiana state law. The law changes some aspects of county tax sales, and gives executive branches — mayors, commissioners and the like — the power to conduct sales specifically for vacant and abandoned homes. [News & Tribune]

2014 Is The Year Of Golden New Beginnings

After a loooong hiatus (remember when one of our judges died? it sucked after that), the Golden Poo Awards are BACK!

The first year’s winners were great. So great that Keith Hall smashed his glorious pile and mailed it back to us. Second year’s were fun, as well. The third year? Well, we started but didn’t finish. That’s not going to happen this time.

Page One has been a thing since 2007 (we re-launched The ‘Ville Voice then, too!) and we’ve published some 19,000 stories.

Be sure to read the rest and drop in your nomination over at Page One!