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FILE - In a  Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, calls the Senate to order during he opening day of the Ky. State Legislature in Frankfort, Ky. House Speaker David Osborne and Senate President Robert Stivers warned that a contracting economy due to efforts to contain the virus' spread will hurt tax revenue collections. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Top lawmakers open negotiations on new Kentucky budget

Mar. 23, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's legislative leaders warned Monday of the severe challenges to crafting a new state budget as the coronavirus shrinks state tax collections and inflicts other economic damage. House and Senate budget negotiators began the task of seeking agreement on a two-year state budget...

In this Tuesday, March 9, 2020 photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks at a press conference on the coronavirus and Kentucky's steps to combat the outbreak at the capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky has reported its first death linked to coronavirus. Beshear said Monday, March 16 that the 66-year-old Bourbon County man who died had other health conditions.  (Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal via AP)

Kentucky governor draws praise as he battles coronavirus

Mar. 20, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Confronting his first major crisis in office, Kentucky's new Democratic governor has won bipartisan praise for the assertive but calm way he has gone to war against the new coronavirus. Gov. Andy Beshear, who took office in December after unseating the Republican incumbent, has taken...

Kentucky lawmakers adjust schedule amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar. 19, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's legislature will take a weeklong break in response to the new coronavirus outbreak as top lawmakers released an abbreviated schedule to finish work on the budget and other priorities. As the Senate debated its version of the state's next two-year spending plan, Senate...

Bill to cut out role of benefit managers clears legislature

Mar. 18, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation to cut out the role of pharmacy benefit managers in handling Medicaid prescription drug claims won final passage in the Kentucky legislature Wednesday. The Senate voted 30-1 to send the measure to Gov. Andy Beshear after it accepted changes made by the House. The bill...

Beshear suggests options for lawmakers amid virus outbreak

Mar. 17, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear suggested two options Tuesday for Kentucky lawmakers amid the coronavirus outbreak — pass a budget and go home, or leave now and wait for him to convene a special session. The Democratic governor weighed in on the legislative timetable as lawmakers resumed...

Top lawmakers: Kentucky session will continue as scheduled

Mar. 16, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's legislative session will continue as scheduled but with new safeguards in place to try to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, top Republican lawmakers said Monday. Lawmakers didn't meet last Friday or Monday to allow officials to evaluate safety procedures. They are...

Governor Andy Beshear speaks at the podium at a press conference on the Corona virus and Kentucky's steps to combat the outbreak, Mar. 9, 2020, at the capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky. (Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal via AP)

First Kentucky coronavirus patient worked at retail store

Mar. 9, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The first Kentucky patient to test positive for the new coronavirus is improving, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday while revealing that the person worked at the Walmart in Cynthiana. Six coworkers who worked closely with the patient have self-isolated themselves and none have shown...

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers discusses a bill on Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Frankfort, Ky. Stivers’ bill to undo Gov. Andy Beshear’s reorganization of the Kentucky state school board won initial approval from the Senate Education Committee. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

Lawmakers advance bill to undo remake of state school board

Mar. 5, 2020 3:17 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill aimed at undoing Gov. Andy Beshear's overhaul of the Kentucky state school board won initial approval Thursday, threatening to move conflict between the new Democratic governor and Republicans looking to diminish his power further out into the open. The measure, which passed a...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Mar. 4, 2020 1:28 PM EST

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ March 1 The Bowling Green Daily News on a House bill that would ensure political, gender and racial diversity on the state school board: Gov. Andy Beshear took a lot of heat during his first day in office in December, when he fired 11 members of the Kentucky Board...

Judge denies injunction sought by ex-school board members

Feb. 27, 2020 7:21 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday refused to undo Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's executive action that reorganized the state school board with a completely new lineup of members. U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove denied a request for a preliminary injunction sought by several...