Latest Kentucky state government News

Rally: Effigy of Kentucky governor displayed near Capitol

May. 24, 2020 8:50 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An effigy of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear was hung in a tree near the State Capitol on Sunday during what was billed as a protest rally in defense of constitutional rights, drawing sharp political rebukes, according to local news reports. Video recordings and photographs show the...

Kentucky faces big budget cuts amid plunging tax collections

May. 22, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Economic damage caused by the coronavirus will force more than $450 million in cuts to Kentucky's General Fund, plus a potential special legislative session to downsize the Road Fund. The necessity for deep budget cuts was officially set in motion Friday when a panel of economists...

Beshear: COVID-19 cases on decline in Kentucky

May. 22, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear said COVID-19 cases in Kentucky are on the decline as the state opened restaurants to in-person dining Friday. “We now think that we have not just plateaued but we are actually in a decline in overall number of cases, especially when you look at the amount of...

Suit says inmates being held too long for parole violations

May. 22, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — People are being left in jail longer than they're supposed to for technical parole violations during a coronavirus pandemic that's been deadly for confined populations, according to a lawsuit filed by public defenders. Attorneys for the state Department of Public Advocacy asked a...

Audit: Spending irregularities found in 3 prosecutor offices

May. 21, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A review of three county attorney offices turned up spending irregularities that included a former statewide candidate awarding large bonuses to his wife, Kentucky's auditor said Thursday. Findings from the special examinations of the Boyd, Gallatin and Lawrence county attorney...

Public feedback sought for study to improve I-65 interchange

May. 21, 2020 2:42 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Public feedback is being sought as the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet conducts a study to improve the Interstate 65 interchange with I-264, the agency said in a statement. The planning study will identify short-term and long-term solutions for the interchange, which had the highest...

A statue of William Clark is shown with a cloth mask over the face on the lawn of the National Quilt Museum in downtown Paducah, Ky., Saturday, May 16, 2020. There will be a lot more masks visible starting Monday as several businesses will be reopening under guidelines included in Gov. Andy Beshear's plan to restart the economy in West Paducah, Ky. (Thomas Dean Stewart/The Paducah Sun via AP)

Kentucky governor urges mask wearing as economy reopens

May. 20, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Looking to deflate resistance to wearing masks, Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday called it “basic public health guidance" to combat the coronavirus that shouldn't spark political divisions. Kentucky's governor continued to stress mask wearing with more people venturing out as the...

Kentucky reports 20 additional coronavirus-related deaths

May. 19, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday announced 20 more Kentucky deaths related to the coronavirus outbreak, the state's largest single-day total since the global pandemic began. The higher death count was based in part on the timing of some reports, the governor said at his daily briefing....

McConnell ad portrays McGrath as too liberal for Kentucky

May. 19, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Looking to cement an image of his well-funded Democratic challenger in the minds of voters, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell unleashed a TV ad portraying Amy McGrath as too liberal for Kentucky on abortion and border security and playing up her support for the impeachment of...

Red River Gorge, trail now set to reopen on May 22

May. 19, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — Red River Gorge and Redbird Crest Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System are set to reopen earlier than planned, the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday. Both areas are now set to open Friday, instead of June 3, the agency said in a statement. “In light of the Governor’s...