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Beshear updates Healthy at Work requirements; reports 231 cases, 4 deaths, 3.46% positivity

Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, updated Kentuckians on the state’s Healthy at Work requirements aimed at keeping all employees and their families safe. The Healthy at Work minimum requirements list has been simplified and now applies to all businesses. “We have fought really hard to get where we are – a much better place than...

Jennifer Doering: With new legislation on tap, let’s craft a solution that benefits Ky’s entire beer industry

Kentucky’s craft beer industry has enjoyed tremendous success in recent years thanks to the hard work of brewers, distributors and retailers who have contributed to putting that perfectly poured frosty beverage in your glass. In a state better known for its bourbon, we’re glad to see homegrown innovations in tasty craft brews getting well-deserved attention and market share. The laws governing...

Graduates of Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs launch successful businesses during pandemic

Undaunted by the global pandemic, four alumni of the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) launched small businesses throughout Kentucky last year. Recognizing need and seeing opportunity, these innovators took risks and solved problems. Their businesses are building a better Kentucky economy and helping reverse a trend that’s seen the number of new companies in the U.S. drop 44% since 1978....

Gov. Beshear reports 2,261 cases, 50 deaths, low positivity; urges small, safe Super Bowl gatherings

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 2,261 cases and 50 deaths and announced the lowest positivity rate since Dec. 28. He also reminded Kentuckians to keep gatherings small and safe this Super Bowl weekend. “No matter who you’re rooting for on Sunday, let’s make sure we hold on to our progress against this virus as Team Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve already vaccinated 10% of our population...

New initiative aims to introduce Ky. businesses to European companies, foster long-term relationships

The Discover Kentucky Initiative, a new partnership between Team Kentucky and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, aims to introduce Chamber members to European companies interested in the U.S. market, lay groundwork for partnerships and build long-term relationships aimed at creating new investments, jobs and economic strength. While the pandemic disrupted operations for many businesses and blocked several...

Beshear donates nearly $16K from inaugural fund to Feeding Kentucky on Hunger Free Day

Gov. Andy Beshear signed a proclamation declaring Jan. 28 as Hunger Free Day in Kentucky and made a surprise donation to the group Feeding Kentucky of nearly $16,000 left over from the Beshear-Coleman inaugural fund. During a virtual event Thursday morning, the Governor praised the advocates and workers on the front line helping to make sure Kentucky families stay fed, work made tougher by the COVID-19...

Snow and ice will come eventually, and the state Transportation Cabinet road crews are ready

Chilly early November temperatures signal the fast-approaching winter months – primetime for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) snow and ice removal efforts. Nearly 2,000 frontline crews charged with maintaining safe travel on state routes will face the first snow and ice season during a health pandemic and Gov. Andy Beshear calls upon TEAM Kentucky to keep fellow Kentuckians safe on...

Beshear reports 696 COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths; Fast 4 at 4 – Team Kentucky, vote, online learning

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported 696 new COVID cases and seven deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 45,230 cases and 902 deaths. One hundred and fourteen of the new cases were children 18 and under of which 22 were 5 and under. The youngest was a month-old baby in Fayette County. “We hope people out there are making good decisions, especially those that are in charge of our youth....

Gov. Andy Beshear reports 135 new COVID cases, 10 deaths; talks more reopenings and food for kids

Gov. Andy Beshear reported in his daily briefing 135 new cases and 10 deaths, raising the state’s totals to 8,236 cases and 386 deaths. At least 3,008 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. Healthy at Work The Governor also announced auctions could be held starting June 1. Horse shows can be held again starting on June 8. Bars, gatherings with 50 people or fewer and venues that hold 50 people...

Tom Haggard: As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, afterschool community is more essential than ever

When and how students learn has taken on new meaning since the pandemic hit. The shift to remote learning was so swift that many school districts are still working to address the needs of the students who don’t have access to the internet or the necessary tools to complete their schoolwork. In time, this will get fixed. But in the near term, the digital divide is real and putting our most vulnerable...

Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors contributes $50,000 to Team Kentucky Fund

The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors Board of Directors have approved a $50,000 contribution to the Team Kentucky Fund, developed by Gov. Andy Beshear to deliver financial aid to those severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Aid provided by the fund, according to both the Governor and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, will help cover mortgages, rent, utilities and other needs...

Legends, Hot Rods and Bats partner to sell limited edition T-shirts as part of Team Kentucky campaign

The Lexington Legends, in conjunction with the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Class A, Rays) and Louisville Bats (Class AAA, Reds) are partnering in the Team Kentucky campaign to benefit charities in each of the three cities. The three clubs have come together for the first time to create a T-shirt that showcases both the unity of the clubs and the Commonwealth. Shirts are available at lexington.milbstore.com...

Travel the state (indepth and fascinating) while social distancing with these Explore Kentucky videos

The Kentucky Department of Tourism is excited to announce the release of a series of videos dedicated to highlighting the best of the Bluegrass State. “During this time of social distancing, Kentucky is finding creative ways to virtually showcase the culture, arts, and heritage that Kentucky has to offer tourists from across the world,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry....

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,...