Latest Kentucky state government News

In this Sunday, April 5, 2020, photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks about the novel coronavirus during a media conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Coronavirus cases surpass 1,000 in Kentucky

Apr. 6, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's coronavirus outbreak surpassed 1,000 cases in the past month as Gov. Andy Beshear reported 54 new statewide cases Monday and 14 more virus-related deaths from the pandemic. The latest coronavirus cases were about half the daily totals from last week, but the governor...

Education Department seeks public comment on testing waiver

Apr. 6, 2020 5:07 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Education is asking the public for comment on the request and approval to bypass standardized testing this school year. The state applied for a waiver last month after the federal government announced that students affected by schools closures due to the...

In this Sunday, March 29, 2020, photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., to provide an update on the novel coronavirus. Beshear announced a new order Monday, March 30 instructing Kentucky residents to avoid traveling to other states in another aggressive step to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Kentucky churches defy virus orders, hold in-person services

Apr. 5, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Some Kentucky churches held Palm Sunday services in defiance of Gov. Andy Beshear’s warning against in-person worship. Dozens of people were at Maryville Baptist Church in Louisville on Sunday, news outlets reported. A video showed a pianist playing and choir members singing...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a media conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., to provide an update on the novel coronavirus on Sunday, March 29, 2020. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Some Kentucky churches plan to gather, despite virus orders

Apr. 4, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Some Kentucky churches are still planning to hold in-person church services this Sunday, despite statewide orders that ban mass gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Louisville preacher Jack Roberts told The Courier Journal that he would rather go to jail and court...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019 file photo, Kentucky republican candidate for Secretary of State Mike Adams addresses the audience gathered at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky. Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday, April 3, 2020 vetoed a bill pushed by Republican lawmakers to require Kentucky residents to show a government-issued photo ID in order to vote. Secretary of State Michael Adams urged lawmakers to override the veto.(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Kentucky governor vetoes voter ID bill

Apr. 3, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday vetoed a bill pushed by Republican lawmakers to require Kentucky residents to show a government-issued photo ID in order to vote. In his veto message, the governor said the measure would create an obstacle to voting, resulting in fewer people...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a media conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., to provide an update on the novel coronavirus on Sunday, March 29, 2020. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Field hospital to be set up at University of Kentucky

Apr. 3, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A 400-bed field hospital will be set up at the University of Kentucky as health officials prepare for a potential surge of coronavirus patients, UK HealthCare officials said Friday. The goal is to have the makeshift hospital ready in the next two weeks at Nutter Field House, the...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2018, file photo, Democratic congressional candidate Amy McGrath speaks during a campaign event in Owingsville, Ky. Democrat Amy McGrath's campaign released a TV ad Friday, April 3, 2020, lambasting the Kentucky Republican and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for “taking a victory lap against the coronavirus.

McGrath offers quick response to McConnell virus-related ad

Apr. 3, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Amy McGrath has punched back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of seeking a political windfall from an economic aid package while the coronavirus crisis worsens. McGrath's campaign released a TV ad Friday lambasting the Kentucky Republican for...

In this Sunday, March 29, 2020, photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., to provide an update on the novel coronavirus. Beshear announced a new order Monday, March 30 instructing Kentucky residents to avoid traveling to other states in another aggressive step to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Kentucky to release some inmates in response to coronavirus

Apr. 2, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky will release nearly 200 inmates in the first phase of reducing prison populations in response to the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andy Beshear's administration said Thursday. The governor signed an executive order to shorten the sentences of 186 inmates determined to be more...

Kentucky court proceedings to be held remotely through May 1

Apr. 2, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court issued a new order closing judicial facilities to in-person services and postponing eviction filings. The changes strengthen the court's order a couple of weeks ago and restrict dockets, jury trials and jury service during the coronavirus pandemic, the court...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019 file photo Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, addresses community members at the dedication of a Recovery Community Center in in Manchester, Ky. Kentucky lawmakers passed a slimmed-down, one-year state budget Wednesday, April 1, 2020 without pay raises for school teachers or increased education funding — priorities that fell victim to the dramatic economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kentucky lawmakers pass a scaled-back budget amid pandemic

Apr. 1, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers passed a slimmed-down, one-year state budget Wednesday without pay raises for school teachers or increased education funding — priorities that fell victim to the dramatic economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The budget sent to Democratic Gov....