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Governor-elect Beshear announces transition team, says he wants to ‘lift up’ every Kentucky family

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Governor-elect Andy Beshear on Friday announced more members of his transition team as he prepares to take office on Dec. 10.

 Eleven co-chairs and 150 members from around the state were announced by Beshear, who noted during a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda, “We can only have unity if we have inclusivity. It’s also about treating everyone – and I...

Women Leading Kentucky accepting nomination for the 2019 Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award

Women Leading Kentucky is now accepting nominations for the prestigious Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award. Named for Kentucky’s first and only female governor, the award recognizes Kentucky women of achievement who inspire and motivate other women through their personal, community and professional lives. 2018 MLK Leadership Award winners Elizabeth Griffin McCoy, of Planters Bank Hopkinsville,...

Beshear defends Kynect, Medicaid; asks Bevin to consider business standpoint, if not ‘human’ one

By Melissa Patrick Special to KyForward Armed with data and an unusual dose of emotion, outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear urged Gov.-elect Matt Bevin to reconsider his positions and keep the state’s Medicaid expansion and insurance exchange during a news conference at the Capitol. His voice cracking, Beshear said, “For the health of our families, the future of this state, we cannot throw away...

Volunteers across state honored for service during annual Governor's Service Awards

Newest winners of the Governor’s Service Awards (Photo from Facebook)   Fourteen groups and individuals from across the state have been honored for their volunteer and service contributions.   Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes presented the Governor’s Service Awards in Frankfort for service completed in 2014.   The...

State’s new ‘Stop HPV’ campaign urges parents to vaccinate their 11-, 12-year-olds

  Kentucky’s ‘Stop HPB’ campaign launches July 20.   State officials will launch a statewide “Stop HPV” campaign July 20 to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, and to stop its spread.   The campaign will feature television, radio and print advertisements promoting the benefits of the vaccine, which...

Construction underway on BCTC center
for high-skills jobs training in Georgetown

BCTC’s Georgetown campus will feature a 78,000-square-foot center housing the advanced manufacturing technology program. (Rendering provided)   Ground has been broken on a new Bluegrass Community and Technical College campus in Georgetown that will house the Advanced Manufacturing Center for high-skills jobs training in Central Kentucky.   The new campus will feature a 78,000-square-foot...

Private swearing-in held for Luallen; public ceremony next for 56th lieutenant governor

Affirming to uphold the Kentucky Constitution and pledging that she had never fought a duel, Crit Luallen, of Frankfort, was sworn in as Kentucky’s 56th lieutenant governor of Kentucky in a private ceremony.   Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Lt. Gov. Luallen to the office after former Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson resigned his post for a position with the White House.   Crit Luallen Luallen was...

Sixth Summit on Philanthropy draws top speakers on social enterprise, innovation

  Special to KyForward   The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative will convene the 6th annual Kentucky Summit on Philanthropy at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa in Lexington on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. For the second year, the Summit will be presented in partnership with the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and St. Louis.   Kosair Charities is presenting sponsor.   The two-day event...