Kentucky

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Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was first elected to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1984. Victorious in six elections for the seat, one of the nation's most powerful politicians wants to win his seventh six-year term.

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More than two months ago, president and prolific tweeter Donald Trump turned his legion of social media followers on a fellow Republican: Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie.

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Public defenders in Northern Kentucky took to the streets of Newport and Covington Monday to protest the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other African Americans at the hands of police. Campbell County's Sheena Baylon says as public defenders they fight every day for the indigent, downtrodden and to give a voice to the voiceless.

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Todd McMurtry, the Northern Kentucky lawyer famous for being part of the legal team representing a Covington Catholic High School student in suits against CNN and The Washington Post, hopes to unseat Rep. Thomas Massie in the state's June 23 Republican primary. McMurtry has attacked Massie over his apparent lack of loyalty to the president and the Republican Party.

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As the Kentucky primary approaches on June 23, Democratic candidates for the 4th Congressional District, currently held by Republican Thomas Massie, are prepared for a close race.

A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that overturned Kentucky’s ban on a common abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation, saying it would impose a burden on women seeking abortions.

Kentucky’s Republican-led state legislature passed the ban in 2018, which was signed into law by then-Gov. Matt Bevin.

EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville, at the time the state’s only abortion provider, sued over the law, saying it would all but eliminate abortions after the 13th week of pregnancy — the time frame when dilation and evacuation procedure is most commonly used.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll only support sending more federal funds to state and local governments if the money is spent on responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and governors across the country have been pleading with Congress to prop up struggling state budgets during the pandemic amid a massive decline in income and sales tax revenues—taxpayers are making and spending less money.

 


Governor Andy Beshear said some childcare programs can resume as soon as June 8. Beshear said in-home childcare programs that care for 10 or less children can re-open on the 8th and larger childcare centers will be allowed to open on June 15.

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When the Licking River was still rising in Falmouth, Ky., emergency personnel had an evacuation plan in place thanks to a special interactive map. It showed right down to individual houses who would be flooded.

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Kentucky museums, outdoor attractions, aquariums, libraries and distilleries will be allowed to reopen starting June 8, Gov. Andy Beshear announced during his Tuesday briefing. He said they're still working out specific guidance for these industries, but "this gives these businesses some advance notice."

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Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky state parks, campgrounds and aquatic centers will be allowed to reopen on June 1. The recreational spaces have been closed since March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced Tuesday the hospitalization of a second minor due to the coronavirus.

The Kentucky legislature again declined to pass a bill explicitly banning lawmakers from sexually harassing their employees during this year’s legislative session.

The legislature’s ethics rules don’t currently ban sexual harassment, though lawmakers have been punished for harassing employees under a rule that bans misuse of their official positions.

House Bill 168, sponsored by Taylor Mill Republican Rep. Kim Moser, would have defined sexual harassment as an ethical violation and created a process for the Legislative Ethics Commission to review sexual harassment complaints.

 


Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced during his May 7 press conference the next phase of the state’s reopening will be initiated sooner than expected. Phase 2 will begin May 22 with restaurant reopenings and at a later date allow movie theaters, fitness centers, campgrounds, childcare facilities, and youth sports to reopen. 

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear today announced a new travel ban that he said is “exactly like Ohio’s [ban].” A federal judge ruled Tuesday Beshear’s travel restrictions during the pandemic were unconstitutional.

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Five new businesses were announced Wednesday at Newport on the Levee as owner North American Properties Group (NAP) announced its Bridgeview Box Park project.

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The former Value City and Burlington store locations in the Latonia Plaza II will be renovated to house two rapidly growing and related firms.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear responded Sunday to weekend protests at the state capitol against social distancing policies.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s schedule to restart the economy appears to contradict his administration’s own benchmarks for when it is safe to reopen.

Just ten days ago, Beshear said it would not be enough to flatten the curve before reopening. Following guidance from the White House, Beshear said Kentucky would need to see 14 days of declining cases before making any announcements.

“If we are there, that’s great, but remember what the White House has said and what we know is we actually need two weeks of going down,” he said.

But on Wednesday, Beshear announced a phased reopening of the Commonwealth while acknowledging confirmed cases of coronavirus have “plateaued,” but not yet declined.

 


Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced during his April 29 daily COVID-19 update the first phase of an incremental reopening of the commonwealth’s economy. Beshear held the briefing at the Kentucky Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort. 

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Gov. Andy Beshear said his ban on mass gatherings does not single out places of worship.

"I'm not trying to set rules that are difficult and I'm not trying to set rules that are controversial, I'm just trying to save people's lives," Beshear said at Tuesday's briefing.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the state will start to reopen non-health care sectors of the economy beginning May 11.

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed the so-called “born alive” abortion bill, saying that doctors are already required to give life-saving medical care to infants that survive abortions.

The bill, which passed in the final hours of this year’s legislative session, also would have given Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron power to regulate abortions in the state and shut down providers during the coronavirus pandemic.

During his daily press conference on Friday, Beshear said that supporters of the bill sought to create divisions during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie became the focus of widespread national scorn, even from within his own Republican Party, all the way to the White House, when he tried to force every member of the U.S. House to return to Washington, D.C. to vote in person on the first coronavirus relief package. President Trump took aim at the four-term Congressman on Twitter.

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Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky has surpassed 3,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, and says the state is still likely in the "plateau" of the pandemic.

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During his Sunday briefing, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said that the state has experienced the highest one day increase in new coronavirus cases "that we’ve ever had."

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President Trump is trying to push governors like Mike DeWine of Ohio and Andy Beshear of Kentucky into quick re-opening of their states' economies, fearing the worst as he heads into a re-election campaign. But the governors are resisting a quick return to normalcy. DeWine says Ohio can't completely come back until a COVID-19 vaccine is developed and that may not not happen for a year or more.

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Gov. Andy Beshear says it's unlikely that Kentucky will begin easing coronavirus crowd restrictions and business closures starting May 1, as Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said would happen in his state.

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In the waning hours of the legislative session, Kentucky lawmakers voted to give Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron power to enforce abortion regulations and shut down providers during the coronavirus pandemic.

  The Kentucky General Assembly overrode several of Gov. Andy Beshear’s vetoes, passed a constitutional amendment and advanced several other bills on the second to last day of this year’s session.

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