Latest Kentucky state government News

2 lawsuits filed over coronavirus orders in Kentucky

Jul. 8, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Two separate lawsuits naming Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear have been filed that seek rulings over orders made in the state during the coronavirus pandemic. One lawsuit was filed in state court Tuesday in an effort to force Kentucky to continue offering vote-by-mail to all eligible voters...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear holds up a face mask while speaking about the novel coronavirus during a news conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Sunday, April 26, 2020. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Kentucky gov: New requirements coming as COVID-19 cases rise

Jul. 8, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has promised new health requirements after the state recorded a second-straight day of increased COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. Kentucky reported 402 new cases on Wednesday and 371 on Tuesday, two of the highest days of daily cases the state has recorded...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jul. 8, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ July 8 The Courier Journal on the need for a mask mandate in Kentucky: Stop wagging your finger at the commonwealth, Gov. Beshear, urging all of us across Kentucky to please, pretty please, voluntarily wear a mask in public places. It’s time to make it...

Judge blocks Kentucky virus limits on racetracks, child care

Jul. 4, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A judge has blocked some limits on auto racetracks and child care facilities put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, reasoning that participating in those kind of businesses is a value judgment best left to individuals. Boone Circuit Court Judge Richard Brueggemann’s...

Judge won't toss evidence in Kentucky lawmaker's DUI case

Jul. 3, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A state lawmaker will face a jury trial in September after unsuccessfully trying this week to have evidence in his drunken driving case thrown out, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. State Rep. Derek Lewis was arrested near his home at 1:55 a.m. on April 16, just a few hours after the...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, state Rep. Charles Booker speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives in the State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Looking to flex his newfound influence after his Senate campaign fell just short, Booker reached out Thursday, July 2, 2020 to help unite Kentucky Democrats behind Amy McGrath's uphill fight to unseat Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

Booker reaches out to unite Democrats against McConnell

Jul. 2, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Looking to flex his newfound influence among Kentucky Democrats after his Senate campaign fell just short, Charles Booker reached out Thursday to unite behind Amy McGrath's uphill fight to unseat Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Booker, a progressive who lost to...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Amy McGrath speaks to supporters in Richmond, Ky. McGrath overcame a bumpier-than-expected Kentucky primary to win the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination Tuesday, June 30, 2020 fending off progressive Charles Booker to set up a bruising, big-spending showdown with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

McGrath raises Russia bounty issue in Kentucky Senate race

Jul. 1, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) — Taking the offensive after her narrow primary win, Democratic Senate nominee Amy McGrath challenged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to disclose what he knows about intelligence assessments suggesting Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. McGrath, a...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jul. 1, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ June 28 The Bowling Green Daily News on an industrial park project in Kentucky: When it was first proposed decades ago, the Kentucky Transpark was met with skepticism by some. The ambitious industrial park will never be filled, the naysayers predicted. Fortunately...

Signs are held up showing Breonna Taylor during a rally in her honor on the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Thursday, June 25, 2020. The rally was held to demand justice in the death of Taylor who was killed in her apartment by members of the Louisville Metro Police Department on March 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

FBI: Breonna Taylor case 'top priority' in Louisville office

Jul. 1, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal officials are working “urgently and expeditiously” to investigate possible civil rights violations by the Louisville officers who fatally shot Breonna Taylor, Kentucky's top FBI agent said Wednesday. “We have our best agents working on this,”...

Kentucky hires firm to help process jobless claims backlog

Jun. 30, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Looking to end a backlog of unemployment claims filed this spring, Gov. Andy Beshear said the state has hired an outside company to shore up staffing to process the requests for assistance. The goal is to process all unresolved jobless claims pending from March through May by the end...