Latest Kentucky state government News

Kentucky state Sen. Dennis Parrett won't seek reelection

Oct. 28, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky state Sen. Dennis Parrett says he has decided not to seek reelection. The Elizabethtown Democrat, who is in his third term, told The News-Enterprise that it’s time to shift his focus after his term is up. ...

Kentucky awarded federal grant to expand high-speed internet

Oct. 28, 2021 04:10 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to help expand high-speed internet across the state, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of reliable high-speed internet access for education, businesses...

Kentucky State Police officers recognized for promotions

Oct. 28, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Twenty-six Kentucky State Police personnel were recognized for their recent promotions during a ceremony that included the state's lieutenant governor. The KSP officers were recognized Wednesday for promotions in the past several months. They...

Kentucky posts 1,702 COVID-19 cases, 20 virus-related deaths

Oct. 27, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported 1,702 new COVID-19 cases and 20 more virus-related deaths on Wednesday, while the rate of residents testing positive for the virus dropped again. The latest coronavirus-related deaths to be announced included Kentuckians as young...

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to expand in Kentucky

Oct. 27, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library book gifting program is expanding throughout Kentucky, the state's Department of Education announced Tuesday. With the goal of inspiring a love of reading, the voluntary program gifts books each month to...

Crews to reconstruct part of highway prone to landslides

Oct. 27, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A section of U.S. 42 in northern Kentucky that has been prone to landslides will be closed for two years so that crews can reconstruct the roadway. The closure of the 1.2-mile section of highway in Gallatin County will begin Nov. 1, a statement...

Beshear: Federal COVID-19 funeral assistance available

Oct. 27, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Financial assistance is available for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The funds are available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. So far, 2,500 Kentuckians have received...

ACLU sues Kentucky Corrections Department over inmate mail

Oct. 26, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and the Department of Public Advocacy have filed a lawsuit alleging some state prisons are violating the rights of inmates who receive legal mail from their attorneys. State prisons are confiscating...

Kentucky reports 1,493 new COVID-19 cases, 25 virus deaths

Oct. 26, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported nearly 1,500 new COVID-19 cases and 25 more virus-related deaths on Tuesday, while the statewide rate of residents testing positive for the virus continued to drop. The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized in Kentucky fell...

Cumberland Valley Electric joins broadband initiative

Oct. 26, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Cumberland Valley Electric, an eastern Kentucky electric cooperative, will be part of the state’s high-speed internet expansion efforts, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced Monday. Earlier this year, Kentucky joined neighboring states in...