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Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker, right, promotes a voting-rights measure on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Frankfort, Ky. Booker is the lead sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment that would automatically restore voting rights for felons who have completed their sentences. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

Lawmaker promotes measure to restore felon voting rights

Jan. 29, 2020 2:34 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A House Democrat on Wednesday urged lawmakers to put a constitutional measure on Kentucky's ballot to automatically restore voting rights for felons who have completed their sentences. The proposed constitutional amendment would be a permanent and broader follow-up to a voting rights...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear delivers the budget address to a joint session of the state legislature at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Beshear backs spending increases for education, health care

Jan. 28, 2020 8:54 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear proposed spending increases for public education from kindergarten through college and for health care in a state budget plan that avoids cuts and counts on limited new revenues from taxes on cigarettes and sports betting. In a speech Tuesday evening...

Text of Kentucky Gov. Beshear's State of Commonwealth speech

Jan. 14, 2020 7:43 PM EST

The prepared text of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's first State of the Commonwealth address, delivered Tuesday evening to lawmakers. Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the General Assembly, Lt. Governor Coleman and Chris O’Bryan, constitutional officers, our Kentucky Supreme Court, invited guests,...

Beshear administration seeks Medicaid contract proposals

Jan. 10, 2020 5:41 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear's administration issued a request for proposals Friday for Medicaid managed care contracts after Beshear canceled contracts awarded by former Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration near the end of Bevin's term last year. Contracts with Aetna...

Kentucky governor pulls 'concerning' $8.5M no-bid contract

Dec. 31, 2019 12:57 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration has canceled an $8.5 million (7.6 million Euro) no-bid contract with a nonprofit created and overseen by officials in former Gov. Matt Bevin's administration who also approved the contract, WDRB-TV reports. Despite concerns about...

FILE- In this July 15, 2019 file photo, Darrell Raleigh, from left, Donna Raleigh and their grandson, Daniel Lowe, 5, look over their utility bills as they wait in the Holy Trinity Church in Harlan, Ky., hopeful of having their electric bills paid for by the Catholic Church. Sichko handed out more than $20,000 to miners who are struggling to pay bills after the coal company they work for filed for bankruptcy protection. This was one of the top stories in Kentucky in 2019. (Alton Strupp/Courier Journal via AP, File)

Beshear victory voted Kentucky's top news story of 2019

Dec. 21, 2019 10:37 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Andy Beshear's election as governor, settling one of Kentucky's most epic political feuds, has been voted the top news story of 2019 in the bluegrass state. Beshear overcame the state's strong GOP leanings to oust Republican Matt Bevin in the November election and make...