Latest Kentucky state government News

KY hits daily high of 58 virus deaths; more vaccines sought

Jan. 21, 2021 7:11 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported its highest daily number of COVID-19 deaths Thursday as the governor pressed for increased vaccine shipments from the federal government. “You give it to us, we can get it in people’s arms," Gov. Andy Beshear said at a news conference in which he...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media in Frankfort, Ky., following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Kentucky to study warrant process after Taylor shooting

Jan. 21, 2021 5:02 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general has formed a task force to study the search warrant process nearly a year after the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor by officers who used a narcotics warrant to enter her home. Attorney General Daniel Cameron said the Taylor shooting in March by Louisville...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Gov. Andy Beshear proposed an infusion of aid into Kentucky's coronavirus-battered economy on Thursday evening, Jan. 7, 2021, announcing an ambitious budget plan that includes down-payments on his long-running goals of raising salaries for teachers and boosting public education funding.(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Beshear vetoes bill on assigning lawsuits against state

Jan. 21, 2021 3:17 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky, (AP) — A Republican-backed bill aimed at bypassing a circuit court traditionally assigned high-profile cases involving Kentucky state government has been vetoed by Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear. In a veto message issued Wednesday, Beshear said the attempt to steer cases away from the Franklin...

Beshear to co-chair national task force on economic recovery

Jan. 21, 2021 4:16 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has been chosen to help lead a national task force that will offer guidance to states on economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Governors Association said Wednesday that Beshear will serve as co-chairman of its Economic Recovery and...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, fourth from left, walks through the Kentucky state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., after watching the inauguration of President Biden in the State Reception Room on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Beshear urges state-federal teamwork to overcome COVID-19

Jan. 20, 2021 6:11 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's governor said Wednesday that he looks forward to working with President Joe Biden's administration to “overcome the challenges” of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Andy Beshear offered his congratulations to the nation's new president a day after the governor...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jan. 20, 2021 11:02 AM EST

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Jan. 18 The State Journal on lowering the speed limit on a highway in Kentucky: Following yet another motor vehicle accident on KY 151 (Graefenburg Road) last week, perhaps now is the time for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to review the posted speed limit on...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear addresses the media at a news conference at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, Beshear vetoed bills passed by Kentucky's GOP-dominated legislature that would limit his executive powers to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Bills limiting governor's executive powers draw vetoes

Jan. 19, 2021 8:14 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoed Republican-backed bills Tuesday meant to restrict his emergency powers, saying the measures would hamper the fight to slow the spread of COVID-19. Defending vetoes that could be swept aside by the GOP-dominated legislature, Gov. Andy Beshear said...

Kentucky vaccination rollout hampered by limited supplies

Jan. 19, 2021 6:46 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) — While Kentucky ramps up its vaccination effort, demand continues to outpace supply, Gov. Andy Beshear warned Tuesday. “The supply that we’re going to get next week is already 30,000 doses underneath our ability of what we can put in someone’s arm in just a...

Education officials recognize 2 classified employees

Jan. 19, 2021 4:29 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Two classified school employees will receive the first Kentucky Education Support Staff Professional Award this week, officials said. The governor, lieutenant governor and commissioner of education will present the award virtually on Tuesday to Robert Walker, a school safety and...

Kentucky reports nearly 3,100 more COVID-19 cases, 32 deaths

Jan. 16, 2021 4:53 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported nearly 3,100 new coronavirus cases and 32 more virus-related deaths Saturday, Gov. Andy Beshear said. More than 1,600 virus patients are hospitalized in Kentucky, including 408 in intensive-care units, he said. The statewide rate for positive tests was 11.74%, down...