Latest Kentucky state government News

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to expand in Kentucky

Oct. 27, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library book gifting program is expanding throughout Kentucky, the state's Department of Education announced Tuesday. With the goal of inspiring a love of reading, the voluntary program gifts books each month to...

Crews to reconstruct part of highway prone to landslides

Oct. 27, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A section of U.S. 42 in northern Kentucky that has been prone to landslides will be closed for two years so that crews can reconstruct the roadway. The closure of the 1.2-mile section of highway in Gallatin County will begin Nov. 1, a statement...

Beshear: Federal COVID-19 funeral assistance available

Oct. 27, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Financial assistance is available for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The funds are available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. So far, 2,500 Kentuckians have received...

ACLU sues Kentucky Corrections Department over inmate mail

Oct. 26, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and the Department of Public Advocacy have filed a lawsuit alleging some state prisons are violating the rights of inmates who receive legal mail from their attorneys. State prisons are confiscating...

Kentucky reports 1,493 new COVID-19 cases, 25 virus deaths

Oct. 26, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported nearly 1,500 new COVID-19 cases and 25 more virus-related deaths on Tuesday, while the statewide rate of residents testing positive for the virus continued to drop. The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized in Kentucky fell...

Cumberland Valley Electric joins broadband initiative

Oct. 26, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Cumberland Valley Electric, an eastern Kentucky electric cooperative, will be part of the state’s high-speed internet expansion efforts, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced Monday. Earlier this year, Kentucky joined neighboring states in...

Beshear: GOP leaders reject overture on essential-worker pay

Oct. 25, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican legislative leaders rejected a request to appoint members to a group to discuss using federal pandemic aid to reward frontline workers with bonuses, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. Instead, in yet another reflection...

Kentucky posts lowest number of new COVID cases in months

Oct. 25, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky last week reported its lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in 11 weeks as many key benchmarks continued dropping in the fight against the virus, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. The Democratic governor made a concerted pitch for eligible...

Public input sought on transportation needs in Kentucky

Oct. 25, 2021 07:07 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Officials are seeking input from those who travel through Kentucky as they update a long-range plan for the state's transportation needs. Information collected in the Kentucky Statewide Transportation Survey will be used to help identify goals,...

Kentucky reports 29 more virus-related deaths

Oct. 22, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported 1,626 COVID-19 cases and a decreased positivity rate of 6.25% Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced in a social media post. Around 27% of the new cases Friday were in children and teens aged 18 and under. The...