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Gov. Beshear anounces seven more Kentucky deaths from COVID-19; ‘It’s just us versus the virus’

Staff report Gov. Andy Behear announced Tuesday seven more Kentucky deaths from COVID-19 and urged Kentuckians to continue to take precautions and sacrifice to stop the spread. “Today, we lost seven Kentuckians, which is something I never thought I would have to announce,” said Beshear. “This is why we were working so hard to reduce our contacts and protect the people around us. This is a virus...

Governor Beshear vetoes two bills, signed more than 35 this week; here’s the complete list

In the midst of leading Kentucky’s response to a worldwide pandemic that has infected more than 300 Kentuckians, Gov. Andy Beshear signed more than 35 bills this week. Gov. Beshear signed legislation prohibiting selling tobacco, alternative nicotine and vaping products to people under 21, making the transportation cabinet the sole issuer of driving licenses including REAL IDs, and a bill automatically...

Gov. Beasher announces new 92 cases, one death on ‘wildfire’ coronavirus, urges social distancing

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday that 92 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were confirmed in Kentucky, marking the largest one-day increase in the Commonwealth amid the global pandemic. “This is why we have social distancing. This is a virus that spreads like wildfire,” Gov. Beshear said. “So, yes we are going to see more cases in Kentucky.” That brings the total...

Gov. Beshear cites ‘the test of our time,’ announces a fourth Kentucky death and Team Kentucky Fund

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday the fourth death related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), an 82-year-old woman in Lexington with underlying health conditions.   To show a small, yet significant message of compassion, empathy, and renewal, Gov. Beshear said the Governor’s Mansion would be lit green in honor of every Kentuckian who passes related to the virus. “We are entering what will be...

Gov. Beshear orders ‘nonessential retail’ to close as coronavirus count exceeds 100 in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky saw its positive coronavirus cases climb over 100 and Gov. Andy Beshear said nonessential businesses would have to shutter Monday night. 
Beshear said the number of positive cases has reached 103, 16 more than Saturday’s total of 87. 

“We expected this, this is the way this virus works,” he said Sunday afternoon during his regular press conference. 
Beshear...

Gov. Beshear’s message: Third KY coronavirus death; ring church bells; step up as good neighbor

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday that the state has confirmed the third death related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a 67-year-old male from Anderson County.  To show a small, yet significant message of compassion, empathy and renewal, Gov. Beshear said the Governor’s Mansion would be lit green in honor of every Kentuckian who passes related to the virus. Beshear continued by telling Kentuckians...

In call with KY’s public school superintendents, Beshear and Brown ask schools close through 4-17

In a teleconference call with Kentucky’s public school superintendents, Gov. Andy Beshear recommended that all Kentucky schools continue their suspension of in-person classes through April 17 to help control the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in communities across the state. All 172 Kentucky school districts, 53 area technology centers, Kentucky School for the Blind and Kentucky...

Beshear says ‘no politics,’ focus on coronavirus crisis; legislature should do budget and go home

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear told a press briefing on the coronavirus Tuesday that he received a letter from General Assembly leaders asking him to declare an immediate special session so lawmakers could adjourn, then return and address anything they like, without a time limitation. 
Beshear responded that he’s done with politics.


  “We’re here in a state of emergency...

Gov. Beshear, health officials continue state response efforts for Coronavirus Disease 2020; warn of scams

Governor Andy Beshear, joined by officials from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), discussed the state’s response efforts to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Gov. Beshear and other officials emphasized that there are no COVID-19 cases in the state and provided updates on the state’s testing, prevention, coordination, monitoring...

State of Commonwealth: Gov. Beshear says state’s future depends on Kentuckians working together

In his first State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky’s future depends on leaving divisive politics in the past and focusing on providing opportunity for every Kentucky family.   Gov. Beshear said the transformational and positive change Kentucky families count on occurs when we break the cycles of poverty, abuse and addiction, and obtain a good-paying career,...

Beshear, Coleman announce new team members in key spots, including Ron Bastin as deputy secretary

Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman have announced new members of their team who share their vision of supporting public education, ensuring access to health care, protecting retirements and improving wages. “With these dedicated, positive and hardworking leaders joining our team, we have a tremendous opportunity to get it right here in Kentucky – to put our people first and build...

Al Cross: Continuing the tradition of gifts for public officials; hoping for a 2020 in which facts matter most

The tradition of a Christmas-gifts column for public figures in Kentucky was started almost four decades ago by the late Ed Ryan, when he was the Courier Journal’s bureau chief in Frankfort. Those were the days of Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. and first lady Phyllis George Brown, who had an administration and an entourage of characters who provided plenty of grist for Ed’s sometimes snarky humor mill. Since...

Gov. Beshear sets the date for two special elections to fill Adkins, Keene vacated legislative seats

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear has set the date for two special elections, to replace two Democratic members of the Kentucky House who resigned their seats to become part of his administration. Rocky AdkinsRocky Adkins of Sandy Hook, whose 99th District consists of Elliott, Lewis and Rowan counties, resigned on Inauguration Day, December 10, after serving in the House since 1987, to...

Gov. Beshear announces he is canceling and rebidding state’s Medicaid Managed Care contracts

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It’s back to the drawing board for the state’s Medicaid Managed Care contracts. 
Gov. Andy Beshear announced he is canceling and rebidding the contracts approved in the waning days of the Bevin administration. Gov. Andy Beshear 
Speaking to reporters at the Capitol, Beshear said, “The people of Kentucky should have confidence in the process that ultimately awarded...

Ohio River bridge that connects states of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, raising named after 16th president

The new Ohio River bridge between Kentucky and Indiana in downtown Louisville will be named the Abraham Lincoln Bridge – connecting, as it does, the states of Lincoln’s birth and raising, Gov. Steve Beshear announced. Kentucky law provides a process for naming bridges. By executive order, Beshear directed Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock to issue an official order naming the bridge...

Buoyed by strong growth in sales, tax receipts, General Fund increases 7.6 percent in August

Kentucky’s General Fund receipts increased 7.6 percent in August compared to last year, State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced today. Total revenues for the month were $722.9 million, compared to $672.0 million during August 2014, an increase of $50.9 million. So far this fiscal year (FY16), General Fund receipts have increased 5.7 percent.   In a press release, Driskell noted that...

Kentucky Primaries in Review: Political science professors talk trends, implications

    By John Gregory KET   Now that the dust has finally settled on the 2015 Kentucky primaries, what are some of the bigger-picture trends and implications that have emerged?   A group of political science professors from the state’s universities gathered on KET’s Kentucky Tonight to analyze the election results and what they may mean for the fall campaigns. Here are five...