Latest Kentucky state government News

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state during a media conference at the Kentucky state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Impeachment petitioner seeks to withdraw from proceeding

Jan. 27, 2021 8:02 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — One of the four Kentuckians to sign a petition pushing for the governor's impeachment signaled Wednesday that he wants to withdraw from the proceeding, a lawmaker said. A legislative committee reviewing the petition received a letter from the petitioner's attorney indicating he wants...

Kentucky has lowest Wednesday virus total in 4 weeks

Jan. 27, 2021 6:20 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky recorded its lowest Wednesday total of COVID-19 cases in a month, Gov. Andy Beshear said. Kentucky reported 2,424 new cases, Beshear said during a pandemic briefing. “Overall that is a good sign,” the governor said. The state also reported 47 deaths from the...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jan. 27, 2021 12:46 PM EST

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Jan. 25 The State Journal on how residents in Kentucky's Franklin County can help the community during the coronavirus pandemic: With the coronavirus continuing to rage in communities across the country — including Franklin County — it may seem that...

Ruling: County official violated Open Records Act

Jan. 27, 2021 12:08 PM EST

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Attorney General's Office has ruled against a county official in an open records dispute. Marshall County Judge-Executive Kevin Neal violated the Open Records Act when he refused to comply with a request from Marshall County Sheriff Eddie McGuire, according to a ruling...

Beshear: Kentucky reports 2 cases of COVID-19 variant

Jan. 26, 2021 7:49 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's governor praised the federal government's promise of increased COVID-19 vaccine deliveries as he announced the state's first confirmed cases of a coronavirus variant Tuesday. The first two cases of the more aggressive virus strain that has been seen in the United Kingdom...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state during a media conference at the Kentucky state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Beshear reaches out to lawmakers on executive powers bills

Jan. 26, 2021 7:12 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Faced with a weakening of his executive powers, Kentucky's Democratic governor has offered an outline for potential compromises in a letter to top Republican legislative leaders. Gov. Andy Beshear sent the letter to House Speaker David Osborne and Senate President Robert Stivers last...

John Velazquez (9) rides Authentic to win the Breeder's Cup Classic horse race at Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Historical racing operation in Kentucky closes temporarily

Jan. 25, 2021 7:35 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A betting operation featuring historical racing terminals has closed temporarily after Kentucky's Supreme Court declined to reconsider its ruling that at least some of the games aren't legal. Keeneland and Red Mile called it a difficult decision to temporarily shut down the Lexington...

Kentucky reports lowest number of COVID-19 cases in 4 weeks

Jan. 25, 2021 7:16 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported its lowest number of new coronavirus cases in four weeks, an encouraging sign in a report Monday that pointed to another drop in the positivity rate for COVID-19 tests. Gov. Andy Beshear reported 1,268 new virus cases statewide, but he cautioned that Monday case...

Kentucky reports nearly 3,800 new COVID cases, 49 deaths

Jan. 23, 2021 4:47 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky, (AP) — Kentucky reported nearly 3,800 new coronavirus cases and 49 virus-related deaths Saturday as the statewide rate of positive COVID-19 cases stayed below 11% for a second straight day. Virus cases in Kentucky have surpassed 344,000 since the pandemic began, while the statewide death...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and his wife, First Lady Britainy Beshear, look at the more than 3,000 flags on the lawn at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Each flag memorializes a Kentuckian who died from complications from COVID-19.   (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Kentucky remembers COVID-19 deaths with statehouse ceremony

Jan. 22, 2021 7:08 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear watched teachers get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Friday and later headlined a memorial ceremony for the thousands of Kentuckians who have died from the virus. The dual events reflected the hope of ultimately defeating the coronavirus and the losses the pandemic...