Latest Kentucky state government News

Beshear: GOP leaders reject overture on essential-worker pay

Oct. 25, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican legislative leaders rejected a request to appoint members to a group to discuss using federal pandemic aid to reward frontline workers with bonuses, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. Instead, in yet another reflection...

Kentucky posts lowest number of new COVID cases in months

Oct. 25, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky last week reported its lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in 11 weeks as many key benchmarks continued dropping in the fight against the virus, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. The Democratic governor made a concerted pitch for eligible...

Public input sought on transportation needs in Kentucky

Oct. 25, 2021 07:07 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Officials are seeking input from those who travel through Kentucky as they update a long-range plan for the state's transportation needs. Information collected in the Kentucky Statewide Transportation Survey will be used to help identify goals,...

Kentucky reports 29 more virus-related deaths

Oct. 22, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported 1,626 COVID-19 cases and a decreased positivity rate of 6.25% Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced in a social media post. Around 27% of the new cases Friday were in children and teens aged 18 and under. The...

Kentucky governor cautions against pandemic complacency

Oct. 21, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentuckians should guard against complacency in the fight against COVID-19 amid recent declines in hospitalizations and other key virus-related statistics, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday. Most coronavirus-related trends in Kentucky have been on a...

Lt. Gov. Coleman stepping down from cabinet secretary role

Oct. 21, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman said Thursday that she will step down from her second role as a cabinet secretary to focus more attention on the state's economic development efforts. Since taking office alongside Gov. Andy Beshear in late...

Offender with commuted sentence pleads guilty to new charge

Oct. 21, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A man who was charged by federal prosecutors with producing child pornography after former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin commuted his state sex crime convictions has entered a guilty plea. Dayton Jones, 27, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, pleaded guilty...

New road signs recognize Black college, university

Oct. 21, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — New road signs are being installed to recognize Kentucky's two historically Black colleges and universities, officials said. Gov. Andy Beshear joined local leaders and higher education officials on Wednesday at Simmons College in Louisville to...

Kentucky reports 52 more coronavirus-related deaths

Oct. 20, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported nearly 1,900 new COVID-19 cases and 52 more virus-related deaths Wednesday, even as the rate of residents testing positive for the coronavirus dropped below 7%. The latest deaths to be announced included a 35-year-old Kentuckian,...

Kentucky lawmakers preview abortion bill for 2022 session

Oct. 20, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican lawmakers outlined their next round of abortion legislation in Kentucky on Wednesday, previewing efforts to strengthen parental consent standards for minors seeking the procedure and create greater oversight of medication-induced abortions. ...