Latest Kentucky state government News

Convicted Kentucky priest set to be released from prison

Sep. 21, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic priest in Kentucky is set to be released from prison after serving nearly four years for sexual abuse that happened in the 1970s. R. Joseph Hemmerle testified at his 2016 trial in Meade County that he would sometimes apply calamine...

Kentucky elementary suffers third COVID-19 death among staff

Sep. 21, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A grief-stricken elementary school in eastern Kentucky suffered its third COVID-19 death among its staff since the school term began when a beloved counselor died from the coronavirus, the district's superintendent said Tuesday. Lee County...

Lawmaker seeks permanent funding for full-day kindergarten

Sep. 21, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers voted this year to pump considerably more state money into full-day kindergarten, but the extra spending was limited to just one school year. Now a Republican legislator wants to turn that one-time support into a permanent commitment. ...

Beshear: Road between Capitol, annex to be closed to traffic

Sep. 20, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The road between Kentucky's Capitol and the Capitol Annex will soon be shut off to traffic, reflecting a security recommendation from state and federal officials, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. Security bollards will be installed at the east and...

Kentucky reports 88 more virus-related deaths over 3 days

Sep. 20, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported 88 more coronavirus-related deaths from Saturday to Monday, including several virus patients who were in their 20s and 30s as the fast-spreading delta variant continues to afflict the state, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The Bluegrass...

Flu shots urged in Kentucky to prevent burden on hospitals

Sep. 20, 2021 06:43 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentuckians should get the flu vaccine to help lessen the strain on hospitals in the coming months, the state's health commissioner said. Dr. Steven Stack said in a statement that if more Kentuckians get immunized against the flu, hospitals will...

Company increases space in Kentucky city, plans more jobs

Sep. 20, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky manufacturing plant has expanded its facility by five times and expects to create 100 full-time jobs in coming years, officials said. Rajant Corp. has been in business for 20 years and in Morehead since 2015. The company announced last...

Most Kentucky school boards vote to keep mask requirement

Sep. 17, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Assigned by the Kentucky legislature to settle a volatile political issue, school boards across the Bluegrass State voted overwhelmingly to keep masks on students and staffs while at school as COVID-19 infections continue to mount. On Friday, as a...

Beshear: Kentucky may run low on monoclonal antibodies

Sep. 17, 2021 04:07 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky may not have enough monoclonal antibody courses to meet the rising demand in the state, Gov. Andy Beshear says. The federal government is rationing the treatments in response to a national shortage, which may limit Kentucky's ability to...

Kentucky has disbursed $65M in eviction, utility relief

Sep. 17, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has paid more than $65 million in rent and utility relief to residents during the pandemic, including more than $51 million since March, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday. Roughly $152 million is still available. If a tenant is...