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Governor Steve Beshear’s term officially ends at midnight and Governor-elect Matt Bevin will assume office.  Beshear says he does not expect to cut all ties with issues of public interest.  The two-term governor has been especially active on the issue of health care. 

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    A new mobile cancer screening van will soon travel Kentucky roads from Paducah to Pikeville.  Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear participated in Friday’s unveiling at Keeneland.

Beshear Optimistic About Funding for Higher Ed

Sep 29, 2015
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Governor Steve Beshear on Monday offered a positive financial review to members of Kentucky’s higher education community.  Beshear admitted he’s a bit envious of Kentucky’s next governor.

That envy comes as Governor Beshear predicts a bright revenue future.  He addressed participants at the Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship.  “It will be a matter of priorities," Beshear said. "It will be a matter of balancing.  But, I’m hoping that the next governor has higher education as one of those priorities.” 

SOAR STEM Project Unveiled

Jul 20, 2015

Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have announced an initiative aimed at enhancing math and science instruction in Appalachia. Several eastern Kentucky school districts are involved in the project. 

Beshear and Rogers, co-chairs of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative, gathered with educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts.

Governor Steve Beshear believes in time, all 120 Kentucky counties will be issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.  Currently, there are a few county clerks refusing to issue marriage licenses.  The governor says it may take a few months before complete adherence to the Supreme Court ruling occurs.  "My feeling is we've got a constitutional duty to follow the law, regardless of your personal beliefs and that's tough for some people, I understand that.  But, really, that's my attitude on it, but I think it will work itself out," said Beshear.

Kentucky Community Service Agencies to Split $3.7 Million

Jun 30, 2015

The state of Kentucky is the recipient of $3.7 million to support community service projects.  The AmeriCorps funding goes to 12 programs, many serving southeast Kentucky.  Operation Unite Education Director Debbie Trusty says a $543,000 grant allows 44 AmeriCorps workers to meet one on one with school children and provide math tutoring and drug prevention education.  "The program gives them activities to be able to be involved in where they can take a stand in their school and be a leader and practice drug resistance skills with a group of like-minded students," said Trusty.

Nicholasville Bypass Project to Begin by Next Year

Jun 22, 2015
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Governor Steve Beshear announced plans Monday for a major road project in Jessamine County. The long-awaited project has been on hold for years.  

The city of Nicholasville, like many in the region, has grown considerably over the years. Along with growth comes increased traffic. Governor Beshear says work on a remedy could begin this fall.  "After years of planning and talking, we're finally going to build the east Nicholasville Bypass," said Beshear.

New Vehicle Booster Seat Requirements Go into Effect

Jun 15, 2015
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A ceremonial bill signing was held Monday for Kentucky's new, stricter vehicle booster seat law. But, enacting a new law doesn't guarantee parents will adhere to the stiffer guidelines. 

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779 Kentucky state workers will receive a pay increase this summer.  Governor Steve Beshear made the announcement Monday.

High Ranking Democrats Rally For Conway in State's Capital City

May 20, 2015
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The state's most prominent democrats are rallying behind Jack Conway for Kentucky governor.  That sentiment was expressed during a Frankfort gathering Tuesday night, just minutes after the polls closed.

Second SOAR Summit Focuses on 'Working the Plan'

May 11, 2015

Federal, state, and local officials joined hundreds of interested residents in Pikeville Monday for the second 'Shaping Our Appalachian Region' Summit. The meeting gave participants an opportunity to strategize on action steps to help move forward the eastern Kentucky economy. 

Kentucky State Police Dedicate New Training Academy Complex

Apr 27, 2015
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A new fully operational state police training academy is now up and running in Frankfort.  The official dedication Monday marked the transition from incarceration to law enforcement instruction.

Governor Beshear Talks Economic Development in Asia This Week

Apr 15, 2015

Governor Beshear is in the midst of an economic development trip, visiting three Asian countries.  He and his team are meeting with company and country officials in Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan.  Cabinet for Economic Development Spokesman Joe Hall says the governor may not come back home with an expansion or new plant announcement in hand.  "A lot of times these are forming relationships and discussing initial opportunities or even exploring opportunities,” said Hall.  “Usually these trips do pay dividends. It just might not be right when he gets back."

A religious freedom law, similar to the one that has recently drawn national attention in Indiana, has been on the books in Kentucky for two years and is currently being used as an argument to sue the state.

Beshear, Feds Announce $38 Million In Grants For Coal Communities

Mar 28, 2015

The federal government will award as much as $38 million in grants this year to assist Eastern Kentucky communities negatively affected by the decline of the coal industry.

Funding will come from the Department of Labor’s Dislocated Worker National Emergency grants, the Small Business Administration and the Appalachian Regional Commission, which is co-chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear.

Governor Beshear is expressing confidence that Kentucky lawmakers will approve heroin and dating violence legislation next week.  General Assembly members return Monday for the two final days of the 2015 session.  Beshear expects passage on both pieces of legislation.  "There's so much pressure from the public behind both of those bills, so that I don't really think these folks will leave here on March 24 without having accomplished both of those things," said Beshear.

Governor Signs Breeders Cup Incentives Into Law

Mar 17, 2015
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Tax breaks related to the high profile Breeders Cup Championships at Keeneland have been signed into law.  The ceremony was held Tuesday at the state capitol.  The law exempts the pari-mutuel tax on wagering on live races during the two-day event.  Breeders Cup President Craig Fravel says when it was held in California, the event had an $80 million impact on the local economy.  "When you combine this year's event with the thoroughbred sales that will follow immediately, you're gonna have people coming to Lexington, coming to Kentucky for a much longer period of time that has historically b

Governor Beshear Says State Prepared for What Bitter Cold Brings

Feb 18, 2015

In many areas of the state, Kentuckians are dealing with a foot of snow and preparing for artic like conditions.  Governor Beshear says preparations for emergency response are in place.

Dating Violence Protections Sail Out of KY House Committee

Feb 10, 2015
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With support from Kentucky's governor and legislative leaders in both chambers, the dating violence bill is heading to the House floor.  Final passage appears more likely than ever.

Efforts to extend civil protections to dating couples in Kentucky began some six legislative sessions ago.  Prior to the bill's first committee hearing, Governor Beshear predicted the measure would pass.  "For several sessions we have been discussing these protections, this session, we're gonna pass a bill," said Beshear.

KY Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education Expands.

Jan 14, 2015
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A program designed to benefit Kentucky's manufacturing sector is expanding.  Governor Beshear made the announcement Wednesday at the Georgetown Toyota plant, where the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education initiative is already underway.  It is growing to include Louisville, northern Kentucky, and Elizabethtown.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has repeatedly said he and the legislature demonstrate the ability to get along and be productive.  That point was driven home again last week in the governor's State of the Commonwealth Address.

Beshear: Rail Companies Responsible for Track Safety, Maintenance

Dec 17, 2014


Repair work is underway at the site of a train derailment in Paris which occured early Monday morning. 

Fort Campbell to Lose More than 2,000 Soldiers

Nov 21, 2014

Fort Campbell is bracing for the loss of more than 2,400 soldiers.  Commanders at the southern Kentucky military base say the loss of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade will have an effect both on and off the installation.  Christian County Chamber of Commerce Spokeswoman Katie Lopez says it's difficult to determine the full impact just yet.  "There's always going to be issues that come up, so you know, we've heard about this before, but it's one of those things where you hear bad news but you don't want to believe it,” says Lopez.  “We hope for the best and plan for the worst, so we are pr

Governor Steve Beshear leaves Saturday for an economic development trip to Japan.  The governor's office says the trip marks an effort to strengthen and encourage international investment in Kentucky.

More than 160 Japanese facilities are situated in Kentucky, employing more than 40,000people.  Governor Beshear says he's determined to extend Kentucky's successful track record for attracting Japanese companies. Foreign direct investment has played a key role in boosting the state's economy. 

One and a Half Million Dollars to Go for Hazard Water Project

Oct 16, 2014

Residents of an eastern Kentucky town can look forward to a new sewer system.  During a stop in Hazard Thursday, Governor Steve Beshear brought word of state funding for the project.

You might not think construction of a new sewer system would be a headline grabber.  But, to many people in the Hazard community, it will mean increased security for a critical utility. 

During the winter of 2009-20-10, the Hazard water treatment and distribution system experienced severe failures.  Some areas saw water outages for up to 45 days.


Eastern Kentucky's Mountain Parkway expansion is years from completion but Governor Steve Beshear and other state and local officials gathered Thursday in Salyersville to mark the first phase of the project. Mayor Pete Shepherd says the four lane highway will pass through the heart of his eastern Kentucky community.  

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A recreational trail project with historical significance in Lexington is moving forward.  The governor Tuesday gave the organizers of the Town Branch Trail a big financial boost.  

Using Lexington's birthplace, McConnell Springs as the backdrop, Governor Steve Beshear handed over to Lexington Mayor Jim Gray a replica of a $6.5 million check.  "These greenways encourage alternative transportation and outdoor recreation and exercise, which in turn promote cleaner air, better public health, environmental awareness, tourism, and business," said Beshear.

New pension accounting standards could place Kentucky's teachers' retirement system among the worst-funded in the U.S.

Efforts to maintain a legislative majority can sometimes create surprising political bedfellows.  That was exemplified this past weekend during the Fancy Farm picnic.