Latest Kentucky state government News

Kentucky posts record numbers of coronavirus cases, deaths

Dec. 1, 2020 6:41 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported record-high numbers of new coronavirus cases and deaths Tuesday as the governor warned that the COVID-19 outbreak is “spreading like wildfire." Gov. Andy Beshear announced 4,151 more virus cases statewide and 35 additional virus-related deaths. He called it...

Beshear says vaccine to arrive in Kentucky by mid-December

Nov. 30, 2020 7:24 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is likely to receive about 38,000 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine by the middle of December, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday. Long-term care residents and staff, as well as front-line health care workers at hospitals, will be the first to receive doses, he said. A...

Federal judges uphold Kentucky governor's virus school order

Nov. 29, 2020 1:36 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal appeals panel has upheld Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's order to stop in-person classes at religious schools during the coronavirus pandemic. A three-member panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Sunday issued a stay of a federal judge’s...

Federal court halts part of Beshear's COVID-19 school orders

Nov. 27, 2020 7:14 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — A federal court halted Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's recent coronavirus-related suspension of in-person classes at religious schools, a victory for state Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Beshear has appealed the ruling to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and asked for an...

Kentucky reports 3,408 new confirmed coronavirus cases

Nov. 25, 2020 6:45 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) — Concerned about the risks of large gatherings amid surging coroavirus cases, Gov. Andy Beshear implored Kentuckians on Wednesday to keep Thanksgiving celebrations small and avoid traveling. “Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and usually we get together with about 15...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Nov. 25, 2020 2:39 PM EST

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Nov. 19 The Daily Independent on the coronavirus pandemic during the holidays: One of the late Yogi Berra’s famous phrases rings true these days: “It’s like deja vu all over again.” Aside from dropping temperatures, earlier...

Federal extended unemployment aid to end for Kentuckians

Nov. 24, 2020 6:50 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Payments that are part of a federal program to aid those unemployed because of the ongoing pandemic will end this weekend under federal rules, affecting roughly 4,700 Kentuckians, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet said Tuesday in a news release. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Labor...

Beshear urges Kentuckians to follow rules this Thanksgiving

Nov. 24, 2020 5:31 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) — Kentuckians should avoid large Thanksgiving gatherings in order to protect fellow family and community members, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday, warning that a negative test was not enough to guarantee a safe holiday. The Democratic governor said he was concerned that many people,...

3 nominated for vacancy in Kentucky's 12th Judicial Circuit

Nov. 24, 2020 2:28 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judicial panel has nominated three people to serve as circuit judge for Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties. The Judicial Nominating Commission selected Jerry David Crosby II, of Goshen, Kristen Hannah Fowler, of Crestwood and Brittany Bailey McKenna, of Prospect, to be considered...

As cases surge, Beshear defends new COVID-19 restrictions

Nov. 23, 2020 6:34 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) — Kentucky's healthcare system could be at risk — and lives at stake — from rising pressures of new coronavirus hospitalizations if conditions do not improve, Gov. Andy Beshear warned Monday, defending the new mandates he issued last week to fight the pandemic. "What...