Latest Kentucky state government News

Vaccinated Kentucky state senator tests positive for COVID

Aug. 03, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky state senator says she has tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. Alice Forgy Kerr, a Lexington Republican, wrote in a Facebook post on Monday that three members of her family who were fully vaccinated also...

Firestone breaks ground on project tied to electric vehicles

Aug. 03, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A global auto parts supplier has broken ground on a $51 million project adding 250 jobs at a rural Kentucky plant in an expansion tied to auto industry plans to ramp up electric vehicle production. Firestone Industrial Products Co. was joined by...

Beshear shifts roles for some top administration officials

Aug. 03, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's governor has shifted the roles for some of the top officials in his administration. Kerry Harvey is now the head of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday. Harvey had served as Public Protection Cabinet...

Beshear: Kentucky posting higher recent vaccination numbers

Aug. 02, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's vaccination rate against COVID-19 has taken a sudden upward turn as people seek to protect themselves from the highly contagious delta variant that has caused the most coronavirus cases in months, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. The delta...

Louisville woman wins $1M vaccine lottery prize in Kentucky

Jul. 30, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville woman has won the $1 million prize in Kentucky’s Shot at a Million Vaccine incentive drawing, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday. “I have never experienced anything like this. It’s shocking because you don’t really think...

EXPLAINER: Will Kentucky renters seek federal assistance?

Jul. 30, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after President Joe Biden's administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the...

10 more Kentucky counties join regional driver's licensing

Jul. 30, 2021 04:13 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More counties are being changed over this week to regional driver's licensing offices operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Garrard, Hickman, Livingston, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan and Muhlenberg counties are...

Beshear updates school mask recommendations

Jul. 30, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) — Schools should make sure to require indoor mask wearing for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said. Administrators should have layered strategies in place to...

Kentucky state officials refuse to enforce virus mask rule

Jul. 29, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear defended his mask requirement for state workers Thursday, brushing off criticism by state GOP officials who announced that they would not enforce the mandate in their offices. “Listen, I care more about my people...

Longtime Kentucky state senator will not seek re-election

Jul. 29, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) — Longtime Kentucky state Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr has said she will not run for reelection in 2022. “I make this decision knowing that there are other capable individuals in the district that will give voters a choice as to who will represent the...