Latest Kentucky state government News

Beshear: Social service workers receiving 10% pay raise

Dec. 08, 2021 17:36 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear awarded a 10% pay raise Wednesday to Kentucky's social service workers, hoping to halt the loss of frontline employees demoralized by low salaries and bulging workloads serving vulnerable children and adults. The pay increase takes effect...

Four Roses Distillery opens new visitors' center in Kentucky

Dec. 08, 2021 04:06 AM EST

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (AP) — The Four Roses Distillery in Kentucky has opened a new and expanded visitors’ center to welcome bourbon fans from across the world. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear joined Four Roses officials on Tuesday to celebrate the center’s opening at Lawrenceburg in...

Police chase causes lockdown at Kentucky Capitol

Dec. 07, 2021 22:00 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Capitol and Capitol Annex were placed on lockdown Tuesday morning, following a nearby police chase of an armed man. Two men were fleeing from police in a stolen vehicle before stopping west of the Capitol grounds, media outlets reported. The men...

Beshear to propose ‘historic investments’ for education

Dec. 07, 2021 21:16 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The time is right for Kentucky to make “historic investments” in education and build on the state’s economic momentum, taking advantage of revenue surpluses, Gov. Andy Beshear said. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, the Democratic...

Governor: Kentucky hit by across-the-board virus escalation

Dec. 06, 2021 18:53 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has been hit by an across-the-board coronavirus escalation, driven by the delta variant that remains the main adversary in the fight against COVID-19, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. New coronavirus cases reported statewide during the weekend and on...

Kentucky governor points to benefits of federal pandemic aid

Dec. 06, 2021 18:14 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Massive amounts of federal aid have given Kentucky a once-in-a-generation opportunity to guarantee basic necessities and build on economic momentum, showing the grassroots benefits that trump the partisan rancor over coronavirus pandemic relief, Gov. Andy Beshear said...

Kentucky judge: Fair board bill infringes on gov’s powers

Dec. 03, 2021 11:58 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has ruled against parts of a bill passed by the legislature that gives the agriculture commissioner authority to select a majority of the state fair board and limits the governor’s involvement in the appointments process. ...

Pineville Community Health Center receives $1 million loan

Dec. 03, 2021 04:08 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Bell County's Pineville Community Health Center is the first health care facility to be approved for funding through the Kentucky Rural Hospital Loan Program, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The eastern Kentucky hospital will receive a $1 million loan that...

Christmas tree lighting is Saturday at Kentucky Capitol

Dec. 03, 2021 04:01 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear will light the state's Christmas tree on Saturday, following a parade to the Capitol. The Frankfort Christmas Parade starts at 6 p.m. and will wrap behind the Capitol, in front of the Capitol Annex, where the governor,...

Beshear: Delta variant causes new increase in COVID-19 cases

Dec. 02, 2021 17:53 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — While attention shifts to the new omicron variant, a familiar adversary is driving up coronavirus cases again in Kentucky, Gov Andy Beshear said Thursday. The delta variant — which inflicted considerable suffering in recent months — is...