August 16

I enjoyed kicking off the Kentucky State Fair on Thursday at one of my favorite events, the Kentucky Commodity Breakfast. It is always a great day when you can serve home-grown products from Kentucky farmers. Our farmers are one of our greatest assets. If you plan to attend the state fair, make sure to try some of the Kentucky Proud products. I also encourage you to stop by our booth in the Kidz Biz section of the South Wing. We have important information on protecting yourself and your children from Internet predators, and our efforts to combat prescription drug abuse. Make sure to pick up some of our give-away items!

We added a new video this week to our Faces of Prescription Drug Abuse series. Dawn Thompson, a mother of three from Shelbyville, Ky., talks about how her addiction to prescription painkillers nearly drove her to suicide. Dawn's courage, and determination to overcome the scourge of prescription pill addiction, is an inspiration. Please take a few moments to watch Dawn's video. If you've been affected by prescription drug abuse, share your story through our Faces of Prescription Drug Abuse video series on our Rx Abuse page.

There was a great crowd at the Governor's Local Issues Conference in Louisville yesterday. I talked to leaders from across Kentucky about our efforts in the Office of the Attorney General to protect families, and how we can work together in the future to move Kentucky forward.

Finally, like many of us in Kentucky, my thoughts and prayers have been with the families of the pilots aboard UPS flight 1354 and with the entire UPS family.