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Kentucky Emergency Management Still Under Fire In Latest State Audit

Kentucky Emergency Management is coming in for more criticism in the second volume of State Auditor Adam Edelen’s annual statewide audit.

The report released on Monday contains 12 finds – 5 from a previous report - related to the KYEM and its umbrella agency, the Department of Military Affairs.

Edelen’s office had previously alleged employee intimidation and the hiding of improper expenditures for alcohol and entertainment. Auditor spokesperson Stephanie Hoelescher says signs from the organization so far have not been encouraging.

"Rather than owning up to the problems that have long plagued this agency, he is fearful that this may be an indication that the reforms that are needed to protect taxpayer dollars and insure that this agency isn't districted from public protection are not happening," she says.

In all, the statewide audit contained 76 findings with recommendations and notes more than $3.7 million in questionable costs.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.