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Keeneland announces Spring Meet will open on April 2 without spectators; cancels April 7 sales event

After detailed consultations with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department for Public Health and with Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Keeneland is taking the following steps out of an abundance of caution to do its part in containing the spread of COVID-19 while upholding its commitments to the local community, the Thoroughbred industry...

Kentucky achieves 38 percent increase in number of residents earning GEDs after waiver of $120 fee

Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced in January that the $120 fee GED test fee would be waived for Kentuckians. Since that announcement, there has been an 81 percent jump in the number of people who are signed up to get a GED. Gov. Beshear said there was a 38 percent increase in the number of Kentuckians who have earned a GED, according to Kentucky Skills U, an agency within...

Gov. Beshear announces three additional individuals in Kentucky test positive for Novel Coronavirus

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced three additional people in Kentucky have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to four in the state. The latest cases are in Jefferson and Fayette counties with a second person diagnosed in Harrison County. All four patients are in isolation.  Governor Beshear Gives a Corona Virus Update – 03.08.2020 Gov. Beshear confirmed...

First case of 2019 novel coronavirus in Kentucky reported, Gov. Beshear declares state of emergency

KyForward staff The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is reporting Kentucky’s first case of COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus). While the risk to the general public is low, health officials are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the person. Gov....

Problem Gambling Awareness Month joins Kentucky Lottery, state council in outreach effort

Given that 78 percent of adult Kentuckians gamble, and with further gambling expansion in Kentucky being considered, it is increasingly important to raise public awareness that gambling can be an addictive or problematic behavior. And if gambling is out of control, individuals need to know that help is available by calling or texting Kentucky’s problem gambling helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537). Gov....

Beshear urges all employers to allow paid sick leave in effort to prevent spread of coronavirus

Gov. Andy Beshear wants Kentucky employers who don’t allow paid sick leave to change that policy, to prevent spread of the coronavirus. “We have got to make sure that people stay home when they’re feeling sick until we move past this,” Beshear told journalists, adding that it is only a matter of time before Kentucky sees a case of Covid-19. Governor Andy Beshear “I would encourage all...

Governor Andy Beshear says state officials staying updated on latest coronavirus developments

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear told reporters Tuesday the state is staying on top of the coronavirus situation and remains in close contact with federal officials on the outbreak. Beshear says that included a Monday conference call with virtually every other governor, Vice-President Mike Pence, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the CDC and many others. Gov. Andy Beshear...

REAL ID licenses available at new Madisonville issuance location; deadline for Ky. to comply is Oct. 1

Western Kentucky residents now have one more option to maintain U.S. air travel and military base entry thanks to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) expansion of REAL ID-compliant card access at a new Madisonville issuance location. The Hopkins County REAL ID Regional Driver’s Licensing office in Madisonville launched Monday serving all Kentuckians regardless of where they live. Any U.S....

Risk of Americans getting new coronavirus remains low, but top expert cautions this is evolving situation

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky health officials have been monitoring more than 100 people for the novel coronavirus, all of whom agreed to voluntary isolation after recent travel to mainland China, but as of Sunday there had been no confirmed cases in Kentucky. The state has tested one person for the virus, and that test came back negative, Gov. Andy Beshear said at a Feb. 27 press...

Farmers can earn $10,000 in Cooperative Dove Field Program; enrollment period extended to March 10

Farmers can earn extra money and support Kentucky’s hunting heritage by participating in the Cooperative Dove Field Program offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The program leases privately owned and managed fields for public dove hunting in the fall. Enrollment is open through March 10. “This creative program gives our farmers an additional income opportunity, and...

Kentucky State Park campgrounds to open March 13 with nearly 2,300 campsites across the state

Fresh air fanatics, get ready. Camping season is about to open at Kentucky State Parks. “Our state parks are treasured by thousands of Kentucky families, including mine,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “I hope to see Team Kentucky outside and having fun this year – stay safe and keep exploring!” The camping season officially opens March 13 at all 30 Kentucky State Park campgrounds that feature about...

Kentucky one of six states selected for national dual-credit workshop in Virginia in March

After a competitive application process, Kentucky was one of six states selected by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the College in High School Alliance (CHSA) to attend the College in High School Alliance’s dual and concurrent enrollment workshop March 25-26 in Arlington, Virginia. The workshop’s purpose is to expand equitable access to high-quality dual enrollment, concurrent...

T. Marzetti Co. announces $93 million investment in Hart Co.; expansion to create 140 jobs in Horse Cave

Gov. Andy Beshear will join local officials and executives from T. Marzetti Co. today to celebrate the company’s substantial job creation in Central Kentucky. The company, which manufactures salad dressings, sauces and other food products for the retail and foodservice markets, plans to expand its Hart County plant with a $92.8 million investment creating up to 140 full-time jobs. “I want to thank...

Governor Andy Beshear announces $5 million state contribution for Barkley Regional Airport terminal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear visited the Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah on Monday to announce a $5 million state contribution to build a new airport terminal, which is expected to encourage future growth in the region. State and local officials, as well as representatives from the business community, were on hand for the announcement of the project, which has been termed the region’s...

Kentucky breeders receive $14.3 million through Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has announced the release of the 2019 Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Funds (KBIF), totaling more than $14.3 million. The incentive fund encourages Thoroughbred horse owners and breeders to conduct business in Kentucky, benefiting the state’s economy and ensuring horse racing remains one of Kentucky’s renowned industries. To qualify for the...

Beshear says more social workers needed to protect Kentucky children, supports additional staffing

Gov. Andy Beshear and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Acting Secretary Eric Friedlander met with social work staff to talk about the needs of state child welfare professionals and how Beshear’s proposal to add 350 more staff can help better protect families and children. Beshear and Friedlander visited the L and N Building in Louisville – which houses the state’s largest social...

Governor Andy Beshear signs bill requiring Kentucky school resource officers to carry firearms

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear signed into law Friday the school safety bill that will require school resource officers to be armed. “Our children deserve to feel safe and be safe in their schools,” Beshear said of the bill that passed by the General Assembly earlier this month by overwhelming margins. Beshear acknowledged some people objected to the bill because of the armed SRO...

Beshear takes action to improve key government programs to better serve Kentuckians

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced his administration is working to speed up unemployment insurance claims and is recovering thousands overpaid to deceased workers compensation fund beneficiaries. Both actions improve operations so that state government better serves Kentucky families. Dedicated unemployment insurance staff at career centers Beshear said he and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, who also serves...

Gov. Beshear announces $500,000 in grant funding available for flood debris removal in 12 counties

Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Secretary Rebecca Goodman announced that a total of $500,000 in grant funding is available to qualifying counties for flood debris cleanup. Grants will be made available for the 12 counties that have received a state of emergency declaration from the governor: Bell, Clay, Harlan, Hickman, Knox, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, McCreary, Metcalfe,...

Kentucky nation’s top whiskey exporter; $33 billion in goods, services shipped abroad in 2019

As Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry continues to boom, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the Commonwealth is the nation’s leading exporter of whiskey, which includes bourbon and rye, according to 2019 export reports. Beshear made the announcement while filling the 16th millionth barrel of Jim Beam at Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont Monday. “We are immensely proud of our signature...