Latest Kentucky state government News

At least 2 Kentucky districts make masks in schools optional

Sep. 16, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — While the overwhelming majority of Kentucky school districts have extended mask requirements, at least two school systems have opted to make facial coverings optional in schools. The Science Hill Independent and Gallatin County districts will allow...

Kentucky welcome center temporarily closes

Sep. 16, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky welcome center has temporarily closed for sanitation and staffing shortages due to COVID-19, officials said. The welcome center along Interstate 65 on the Kentucky-Tennessee line closed Tuesday and is expected to remain closed until...

More Kentucky school districts extending mask requirements

Sep. 15, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than three-fourths of Kentucky's school districts have extended mask requirements as one school system mourned the coronavirus-related death of a teacher Wednesday and the state reported its fourth-highest daily total of COVID-19 cases. The...

Man whose sentence commuted by ex-governor to plead guilty

Sep. 14, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man whose sentence was commuted by former Gov. Matt Bevin is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court, where he is charged with producing child pornography, according to court records. Dayton R. Jones, 27, of Hopkinsville, pleaded...

More Kentucky school districts opting for mask requirement

Sep. 14, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than half of Kentucky's school districts have opted to continue requiring masks since the legislature shifted the coronavirus-related policy decision to local school boards. So far, at least 90 of the state's 171 public school districts had...

Kentucky National Guard sending 300 members to hospitals

Sep. 14, 2021 04:13 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky National Guard is expanding its role in assisting hospitals during a surge of COVID-19 cases that has stressed the state's health care infrastructure. The guard is activating 310 additional members in logistical roles to 21 hospitals...

Governor urges school boards to continue mask requirements

Sep. 13, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — School-age children are contracting COVID-19 at a higher rate than any other age group in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday while exhorting newly empowered school districts to maintain mask requirements in schools. The statewide vaccination...

Kentucky surpasses 8,000 deaths from COVID

Sep. 10, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than 8,000 Kentuckians have died from COVID-19, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday, calling the new record “another grim milestone.” “These are a lot of grieving families, and it looks like the coming weeks are going to be really...

Beshear slams Kentucky lawmakers for scrapping mask mandate

Sep. 10, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers grabbed the quarterback role to direct the response to COVID-19, but when it came time to lead, the GOP-led legislature “punted” the decision on mask-wearing in schools to local boards, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday. ...

Kentucky lawmakers OK incentives bill aimed at mega projects

Sep. 10, 2021 00:21 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers voted Thursday to strengthen the state's negotiating hand in trying to land huge economic development projects by tapping into budget reserves to offer lucrative incentives. The $410 million economic development package,...