August 23

It was a great week welcoming prosecutors from across the Commonwealth to the annual Kentucky Prosecutors Conference. The recipients of the 2013 Outstanding County Attorney Awards were Jenny Oldham, Hardin County Attorney since January 2011, and Mark Metcalf, who is in his third term as Garrard County Attorney. The recipients of the 2013 Outstanding Commonwealth's Attorney Awards were Laura Donnell, Commonwealth's Attorney for the 53rd Judicial Circuit representing Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties, and Brent Turner, who serves as Commonwealth's Attorney for the 31st Judicial Circuit representing Floyd County. Please join me in congratulating the four of them on their outstanding work and service to our Commonwealth! You can see photos from the event here.

Earlier this week, I announced that as part of the historic national mortgage foreclosure settlement, 1,833 Kentucky homeowners have received more than $63.7 million in settlement-related relief from the nation's five largest mortgage servicers. This is real relief for Kentucky families, and I am proud that the total amount provided to Kentuckians has exceeded our original estimate. You can learn more about the settlement from our press release.

I also enjoyed attending this year's Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast on Thursday. The event is such a great tradition spotlighting the many outstanding products that are produced by our Kentucky farmers.

The Conway girls started preschool this week. I hope you and your families are having successful back-to-school experiences. We will be gearing up to take our Keep Kentucky Kids Safe message, which alerts students to the dangers of prescription abuse, to more than a dozen schools across the state this year. We will have more details on how we will be expanding that initiative coming very soon.