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Beshear reports 619 new COVID cases, 5 deaths; considering more commutations of prisoners

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 619 new COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday afternoon and five deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 28,727 cases and 724 deaths. Fayette County had 64 cases and Scott County had 18 cases. “The Commonwealth is at war with the coronavirus. It’s going to take how long it takes. But we know if we don’t put our best effort forward, it will take the lives of our people,...

Jamie Link named Executive Director of Kentucky Communications Network Authority

Jamie Link has been named Executive Director of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority – the state agency overseeing the KentuckyWired project. During a special meeting on Wednesday, Link was voted in and hired by the KCNA Board. He replaces Interim Director Deck Decker. Jamie Link Link brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the agency. Previously he has served as the Finance Director...

Governor-elect Andy Beshear names high-level members of incoming administration

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Governor-elect Andy Beshear on Wednesday named four high-level members of his incoming administration, all of whom are coming with him from the attorney general’s office. Beshear said none of those named should surprise anyone. “Time and time again, the four individuals have proven their ability, dedication, and work ethic. In fact, each of the four individuals has had...

Beshear names state’s teachers as grand marshals of his parade; also names co-chairs of inauguration

Kentucky teachers will serve as grand marshals in Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s inauguration parade on Dec. 10 and Covington Mayor Joe Meyer has been named one of the honorary co-chairs of the Team Kentucky inauguration. The vote from teachers, who expressed anger over Gov. Matt Bevin’s action on their pension and were offended by some off-handed comments, was a large reason Beshear will replace...

Beshear names former Justice Cabinet secretary Brown to serve as deputy attorney general

Attorney General Andy Beshear named J. Michael Brown deputy attorney general Tuesday. “J. Michael is a steadfast leader who has devoted his career to protecting Kentucky’s families,” Beshear said. “His experience and dedication will help our office carry on the important work of preventing child abuse, protecting seniors, addressing substance abuse and seeking justice for victims of rape.” J....

Funding announced to fight heroin abuse; $10M will go to programs called for in SB 192

Eight programs aimed at fighting and treating heroin use and substance abuse in Kentucky will receive $10 million in funding, Gov. Steve Beshear announced today.   The funding is part of Senate Bill 192, bipartisan legislation passed in this year’s legislative session aimed at curbing the rise in heroin use and opioid addiction. The programs funded by the measure range from assistance to addicted...

New program allows 26 Central Kentucky law enforcement agencies to share jurisdictions

Twenty-six Central Kentucky police chiefs and sheriffs have created the Bluegrass and Central Kentucky Unified Police Protection System, or BACKUPPS, allowing those law enforcement agencies to share jurisdictions.   “For an eternity,” Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown said. “Kentucky law enforcement’s weakest link has been jurisdictional boundaries. BACKUPPS...

Kentucky to receive $6 million for cracking down on unregulated online gambling

Kentucky will receive more than $6 million for its groundbreaking actions to curb rampant unregulated online gambling in the state.   The settlement stems from the action Kentucky took in 2008, when the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet filed suit to seize 141 domain names used to conduct unauthorized and unlicensed internet gambling in the Commonwealth. The case, Commonwealth of Kentucky ex...