Latest Kentucky state government News

Gov says Kentucky succeeded by putting science over politics

Jun. 11, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday declared his state’s deadly fight against COVID-19 a “success story” as he ended most pandemic restrictions, and said his state lessened the crisis because Kentuckians ultimately put science ahead of politics. ...

Kentucky AG files suit challenging new parole board rule

Jun. 11, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s attorney general challenged a new state parole board rule Friday, claiming the policy gives “the worst of the worst” another chance at having their life-in-prison sentences cut short. The rule applies to dozens of inmates,...

Federal funding will help western Ky. town's water system

Jun. 11, 2021 05:03 AM EDT

EARLINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A western Kentucky city is receiving a $610,000 in federal funding to improve its water infrastructure. The city of Earlington in Hopkins County will use the money for water system improvements. The project will also get $390,000 in local matching...

Kentucky revenue collections continue surging in May

Jun. 11, 2021 04:57 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's revenue collections in May continued to far outpace last year's pandemic-battered performance, Gov. Andy Beshear's administration said. General Fund receipts last month rose nearly 57% — or nearly $443 million — above the amount...

Kentucky's high court reviews case testing executive powers

Jun. 10, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) — Kentucky's highest court heard clashing views Thursday on the scope of executive powers as it reviewed Republican-backed laws that were meant to limit the Democratic governor's authority to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The nearly hourlong...

More Kentucky residents can apply for disaster unemployment

Jun. 10, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky residents in 22 more counties are eligible to seek disaster unemployment benefits, the state said. The announcement Wednesday by the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance results from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's approval...

Military medical service mission coming to eastern Kentucky

Jun. 10, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) — A military medical service operation that will provide free health services is coming to eastern Kentucky in July. Military health care workers will operate clinics roughly between July 10 and July 21 as part of the Operation Gateway Kentucky...

Kentucky reports 361 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

Jun. 09, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported 361 new coronavirus cases and 12 more virus-related deaths Wednesday as the number of Kentuckians vaccinated against COVID-19 approaches 2.1 million. The statewide rate of positive cases was down slightly at 2.06%. ...

Judge: Home incarceration for pardoned man facing new charge

Jun. 09, 2021 09:51 AM EDT

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man charged with murder in federal court after his state homicide conviction was pardoned by a former governor will be released on bond pending trial. U.S. Magistrate Judge Hanly A. Ingram issued an order Wednesday allowing Patrick Baker to...

Lane closures on Ohio River bridge extended for repairs

Jun. 09, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A bridge over the Ohio River that connects Kentucky and Indiana needs repair work, which means some lanes will be closed longer than expected, officials said. The three left lanes of the Interstate 65 Kennedy Bridge were closed Monday for an...