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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet encourages students to enter Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is encouraging Kentucky students to enter the 2020-2021 edition of its popular Adopt-a-Highway art contest. The theme is Adopt-a-Highway: For a Litter-Free Kentucky. “There are prizes for the winners, but the real payoff is that our youngest citizens are engaged early in life to promote a cleaner Kentucky,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “The KYTC Adopt-a-Highway...

Kentucky’s contact-tracing program lacks specific data sought by Republican leaders in Frankfort

When Gov. Andy Beshear shut down indoor dining in restaurants and bars to slow the increasing spread of the coronavirus, “criticism from Republican leaders in Frankfort was both swift and predictable,” Joe Sonka of the Louisville Courier-Journal notes in a story about the effort to trace past contacts of those with the virus. Republican legislative leaders reiterated their complaint about...

Jordan Tong: Beshear’s orders defy human design, hurt Kentucky families, devastate businesses

As numbers of new COVID-19 cases have risen in the state of Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear has once again put the clamps on the Commonwealth. The newest restrictions issued by the governor include no indoor seating at restaurants, reduced capacity of many businesses and public use facilities, and most dramatically, the closure of schools. Such severe measures raise legitimate questions. Do the current...

Beshear honors those lost to ‘evil virus’ during wreath laying ceremony at the state Capitol

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A wreath-laying ceremony outside the state Capitol on Monday, honored the 200,000 Kentuckians who have tested positive for COVID-19, and especially the more than 2,000 who have died. Members of the First United Methodist Church Handbell Choir perform during a wreath-laying ceremony on Monday at the Capitol with Gov. Andy Beshear and his wife, First Lady Britainy Beshear....

Gov. Beshear, EEC Secretary Rebecca Goodman announce annual environmental awards winners

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Secretary Rebecca Goodman last week announced winners of EEC, Department for Environmental Protection’s annual environmental awards of excellence. “These awards represent significant achievements in keeping Kentuckians healthy through better stewardship of the environment,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is a time when we all need...

Commonwealth Education Continuum to assist students transition through public education system

Gov. Andy Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, President for the Council on Postsecondary Education Aaron Thompson and Education Commissioner Jason Glass have announced the creation of the Commonwealth Education Continuum to assist students as they transition through the state’s public education system. “This is an education-first administration, and building a better Kentucky starts with our...

Al Cross: Governor Beshear needs help with preventive pandemic messages

It’s rare for a high-ranking official to seek advice publicly, but that’s exactly what Gov. Andy Beshear did Wednesday at his daily coronavirus briefing, seemingly at wit’s end when it comes to persuading Kentuckians to follow his emergency orders and help thwart the accelerating pandemic. Beshear was asked by Melissa Patrick of Kentucky Health News (which I publish) about a Washington Post story...

Attorney General Daniel Cameron optimistic the U.S. Supreme Court will overrule Beshear order

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron is awaiting word on whether the U. S. Supreme Court will take up his appeal of a ruling by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which upheld Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order closing private religious schools through the end of the year. “The process can go one of two ways,” Cameron told Kentucky Today on Tuesday. “Justice Brett...

Attorney General Daniel Cameron turns to Supreme Court to rule on Kentucky religious school lawsuit

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and stop Gov. Andy Beshear’s ban on in-person classes for religious schools. The Kentucky AG filed an emergency application on Monday imploring the court to uphold a U.S. District Court judge’s earlier ruling that Beshear could not stop classes at religious schools. The 6th Circuit Court ruled...

House Speaker says governor not providing data to legislators, calls court’s decision a setback

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne said the appellate court’s decision to uphold Gov. Andy Beshear’s order to shut down privately run religious schools is a setback. But that wasn’t his only disappointment. He said the governor needs to involve stakeholders and share data, if any exists, in the decisions that are being made during the coronavirus. Republican leadership...

Attorney General Daniel Cameron responds to Governor’s appeal of federal court ruling

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear’s appeal of a federal court ruling allowing in-person instruction at Kentucky faith-based schools was met with more criticism from Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who filed a brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Saturday in response to the governor’s appeal. “The District Court’s ruling was incredibly clear, a religious...

Gov. Beshear reports 5,617 cases, 36 deaths over two days, an ‘alarming trend’; wear mask at all times

Gov. Andy Beshear announced case information for Thursday and Friday, including the highest number of new daily cases ever reported in the state and the second highest number of newly confirmed deaths. Over the two days, Fayette County reported 502 new cases. The Governor asked families to avoid busy shopping areas to prevent a further escalation of COVID-19 cases. He reminded Kentuckians that many...

Federal judge rules Governor Andy Beshear can’t stop in-person classes at private religious schools

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a part of Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order requiring private and public schools to stop in-person classes until January infringes on their constitutional rights. U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove said the order cannot apply to private, religious-led schools across the state but can remain for public schools. He granted...

Department of Labor to end extended unemployment insurance payments to more than 4,700 Kentuckians

The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has decided to abruptly end extended unemployment insurance payments for Kentuckians. Extended benefit payments for 4,723 claimants will cease this weekend due to federal rules. The Kentucky Labor Cabinet received notification yesterday from the USDOL that the state’s insured unemployment rate (IUR) – the number of people currently receiving unemployment insurance...

Kentucky Christian schools, parents file briefs in support of lawsuit against Beshear school closures

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Seventeen Kentucky Christian schools and more than 1,000 Kentucky parents filed separate briefs in support of a federal lawsuit against Gov. Andy Beshear’s order halting in-person instruction at public and private K-12 schools. The amicus brief filed Monday by the parents said Beshear’s executive order violates Danville Christian Academy’s right to the free...

Richard Nelson: Beshear keeps casinos open while closing schools, restaurants, churches, and more

Gov. Andy Beshear issued more executive orders last week in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the Commonwealth. Beshear ordered K-12 schools, restaurants, event venues, and bars to close their doors beginning Friday. The order permits curbside pickup, delivery, and patio seating (which is rendered impractical by the winter weather). At the same time Beshear is allowing casino gambling...

Kentucky Department of Revenue sets maximum 2021-2022 homestead exemption at $40,500

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) has set the maximum homestead exemption on real estate owned by qualified individuals at $40,500 for the 2021 and 2022 tax periods. By statute, the amount of the homestead exemption is recalculated every two years to adjust for inflation. The 2021-2022 exemption reflects a $1,200 increase over the 2019–2020 exemption of $39,300. To qualify for the homestead...

Gov. reports another record day with 3,825 new virus cases as restrictions on restaurants, bars take effect

Gov. Andy Beshear once again reported the state’s highest ever number of new daily virus cases on Friday. He reported 3,825 new cases and 20 deaths. Fayette County had 297 cases. “This is exponential growth. It is shattering records over and over until we stop it. That’s why we are taking action – we have to,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve got more than 10,000 students quarantined right now...

Two national grants worth more than $107K provide telehealth for special needs children in Kentucky

Kentucky’s Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs (OCSHCN) has received two national grants to bolster telehealth services. One grant for $100,000 comes from the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), while the other is a minigrant for $7,500 from Family Voices. “The delivery of health care has evolved throughout the course of this pandemic – it has expanded...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs applications for summer program accepted until Jan. 25


The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), a residential summer program where Kentucky teens focus on product innovation and business model design, has opened applications for its summer 2021 program. The 2021 GSE session will take place June 6 through June 26, 2021, at Northern Kentucky University. Students currently in ninth, 10th and 11th grade can apply at www.KentuckyGSE.com. Applications...