Latest Kentucky state government News

Auditor reviews how Kentucky spent virus-relief funds

Jun. 24, 2021 04:07 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky spent $1.4 billion of its share of federal pandemic aid passed in early 2020 and had $150 million left unspent through March of this year, the state auditor's office said. Auditor Mike Harmon's report Wednesday focused on Kentucky's use of...

Parole board shakeup comes amid dispute over new rule

Jun. 23, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear has replaced the Kentucky Parole Board's chairwoman after a backlash against its recent policy change, which would have given dozens of convicted murderers another chance at potentially cutting short their life-in-prison sentences. ...

People in additional counties eligible for disaster food aid

Jun. 23, 2021 04:12 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Additional Kentucky residents affected by recent flooding may be eligible for disaster food benefits and may begin applying Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The application process will continue through Monday, the governor's office said in a...

Lawmakers told updating unemployment system could take years

Jun. 22, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) — Overhauling Kentucky's outdated technology for processing jobless claims could take up to three years, the state's labor secretary said Tuesday as lawmakers delved into problems with the pandemic-stressed unemployment insurance system. The state is...

Bowling Green chosen for trailer manufacturing operation

Jun. 22, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A semi-trailer and equipment manufacturer has chosen Kentucky for its first U.S. facility in nearly 25 years in a project expected to eventually create nearly 300 full-time jobs, Gov. Andy Beshear said. Fruehauf Inc. plans to open the new dry van...

Waiver available to avoid repaying excess jobless benefits

Jun. 21, 2021 04:20 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Thousands of Kentuckians can now apply for a waiver that could clear them from having to repay the overpayments included in their unemployment benefits. The Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance says it has mailed notices to about 14,000...

Ferry between Ky., Missouri closed for sediment removal

Jun. 21, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) — A ferry that carries vehicles across the Mississippi River between Kentucky and Missouri has been shut down due to accumulated sand blocking access to a landing, officials said. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry closed indefinitely Sunday, the Kentucky...

Kentucky judge blocks parole board rule on new hearings

Jun. 18, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has temporarily blocked a new parole board policy that would give dozens of convicted murderers another chance at potentially cutting short their life-in-prison sentences. The temporary restraining order issued this week by a...

Lawsuit seeks removal of Kentucky wildlife commissioner

Jun. 18, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Two months after the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources rehired its former commissioner despite objections from Gov. Andy Beshear, a lawsuit has been filed seeking his removal. Oldham County sportsman Larry Richards filed the...

Sign-ups growing for Kentucky prizes tied to COVID shots

Jun. 18, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The number of Kentuckians vying for lucrative prizes tied to getting the COVID-19 vaccine continues to grow, Gov. Andy Beshear said. More than 414,000 Kentucky adults have entered drawings for $1 million prizes, the governor said Thursday. Another...