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Kentucky Governor Beshear to Co-Chair National Task Force
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Kentucky Governor Beshear to Co-Chair National Task Force

Kentucky Governor Beshear to Co-Chair National Task Force on Economic Recovery and Revitalization FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Today, the National Governors Association (NGA) announced that Gov. Andy Beshear will lead a bipartisan task force to guide states in their economic recovery and revitalization efforts amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “I am deeply honored and humbled to be asked by the NGA to work on this crucially important issue,” the Governor said.  “This global health crisis has upended economies the world over, and there isn’t a state or territory in the United States that has been spared from its devastating impacts.  Here in Kentucky, we have worked to protect our economy and to prime it for success in the coming post-COVID era.  I’m looking forward to sharing what we’ve ...
Frankfort: Ricky Joe Cornish Jr Sentenced for Attempting to Entice a Minor Online
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Frankfort: Ricky Joe Cornish Jr Sentenced for Attempting to Entice a Minor Online

Frankfort Man, Ricky Joe Cornish Jr Sentenced to 120 Months for Attempting to Entice a Minor Online FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) A Frankfort man, Ricky Joe Cornish Jr., 33, was sentenced to 120 months in prison on Tuesday, by U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, after previously pleading guilty to using the internet to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. According to his guilty plea agreement, on May 16, 2019, Cornish contacted an individual, who self-identified as a 15-year-old female living in Franklin County, Kentucky, using the MeetMe/Skout messenger application over the Internet, on his cellular telephone.  The person Cornish contacted was, in reality, an investigator with the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Branch.  The investigator communicat...
Kentucky AG Donates Drug Disposal Packets Ahead of National ‘Drug Take Back Day’
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Kentucky AG Donates Drug Disposal Packets Ahead of National ‘Drug Take Back Day’

Attorney General Cameron Donates Drug Disposal Packets to Law Enforcement in Madison, Bourbon Counties Ahead of National ‘Drug Take Back Day’ Urges Kentuckians to safely dispose of prescription drugs to help prevent drug addiction, overdose FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron today donated Deterra drug deactivation packets to law enforcement in Madison and Bourbon Counties to assist with the safe disposal of prescription drug medications.  The packets provide a safe means to neutralize unused or expired prescription pills, liquids, and patches that, if not destroyed, can lead to misuse, abuse, overdoses, or accidental poisonings. The Attorney General donated a combined 600 Deterra packets to the Berea Police Department, Paris Police Department, and Bourbon Co...
Kentucky Governor Beshear: White House Recommends Limited Gatherings in Red, Orange Counties
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Kentucky Governor Beshear: White House Recommends Limited Gatherings in Red, Orange Counties

Gov. Beshear: White House Recommends More Limits on Small Gatherings in Red, Orange Counties Public, private gatherings ideally should not extend beyond immediate family FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday said the White House is saying Kentuckians in red or orange counties shouldn’t have gatherings at all beyond their immediate families. The Governor noted Kentucky already has guidance limiting to 10 or fewer people gatherings such as backyard barbecues and house parties, but the recommendation from the White House this week goes even further. “There is so much spread at family gatherings, events at the house, as well as weddings and funerals,” the Governor said.  “At the very least, we need people to be a lot more cognizant of the dangers of these gatherings, especi...
Kentucky Governor Beshear Announces $780,000 in Funding for Public Safety Agencies
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Kentucky Governor Beshear Announces $780,000 in Funding for Public Safety Agencies

Gov. Beshear Announces More than $780,000 in Funding for Public Safety Agencies in Fight against COVID-19 Funding awarded to respond to price gouging, protect Kentuckians from fraud FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than $780,000 in federal funding has been awarded to Kentucky public safety agencies and offices to help protect Kentuckians, including seniors, against scams and fraud and to respond to price gouging during the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). “Kentuckians have been resilient during this pandemic, but unfortunately there are criminals who have targeted our people, particularly our seniors and those facing financial difficulty during this already difficult time,” said Gov. Beshear.  “This funding provides resources to our law ...
Kentucky Governor Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
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Kentucky Governor Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). “Once again, we are seeing our case numbers growing instead of shrinking and we must do better,” Gov. Beshear said.  “All of the things that we want to do, like fully reengaging our economy and getting our children back to in-person instruction, is dependent on everyone taking this virus a lot more seriously.  Mask up, maintain social distance, wash your hands frequently, keep gatherings to no more than 10 people and avoid traveling to virus hotspots.  We can get where we need to be but only together as Team Kentucky.” Case Information As of 2 p.m. Oct. 18, Gov. Beshear announced at least 87,607 coronavirus cases in Kentuck...
Kentucky Governor Beshear Recognizes Sacrifice of Martin Young Killed at Pearl Harbor
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Kentucky Governor Beshear Recognizes Sacrifice of Martin Young Killed at Pearl Harbor

FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Gov. Andy Beshear recognizes the sacrifice of a Hawesville sailor who died on the USS Oklahoma in the attack on Pearl Harbor, but whose remains were not identified until this year. “It took a long time to get him home, but we honor the sacrifice of Navy Fireman Martin Young no less,” said Gov. Beshear.  “All of our veterans and their families have earned our respect and compassion for their service.” Navy Fireman 2nd Class Martin D. Young, 21, of Hawesville, Kentucky, died on Dec. 7, 1941. According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), on that date: Young was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft.  The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which...
Kentucky Governor Beshear Announces $8.5 Million for Transportation Improvements
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Kentucky Governor Beshear Announces $8.5 Million for Transportation Improvements

Gov. Beshear Announces $8.5 Million in Funding for Buses, Other Transportation Improvements FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Gov. Andy Beshear and other state leaders on Tuesday announced $8.5 million in transportation funding to replace about 170 buses and support other efforts to expand reliable and sustainable transportation in Kentucky. The funding will go toward the purchase of cleaner emission transit buses in areas of Kentucky challenged with meeting federal air quality standards. The funds are part of the $20.3 million awarded to Kentucky under the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust.  That was part of $100 million secured by then-Attorney General Beshear after filing suit against the automaker for deceiving Kentucky consumers.  The 2020 General Assembly developed a spending plan f...
Kentucky Governor Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
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Kentucky Governor Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Saturday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). “The number of positive cases is increasing at a troubling pace.  We’ve had multiple week-over-week increases and we are at an all-time high here in Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear.  “Don’t fool around with this virus.  Take steps to protect your health and the health of others: stay at least six feet from other people, wear a mask and wash your hands often.” Case Information As of 3 p.m. Oct. 10, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 79,445 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 1,002 of which were newly reported Saturday.  One hundred-eight of the newly reported cases were from children 18 and younger, of which 18 were children ag...
Kentucky Governor Beshear Provides Easy Access to Health Coverage With kynect
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Kentucky Governor Beshear Provides Easy Access to Health Coverage With kynect

Gov. Beshear Provides Easier Access to Quality Health Coverage, Benefits with New, Improved kynect FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News)Taking a major step forward in his commitment to provide quality health care to Kentuckians, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday the state has reconnected kynect in order to provide easier access to health coverage and other benefits. Gov. Beshear said the new kynect offers expanded benefits, enhanced usability, a new mobile-friendly format and helps to ready the commonwealth for the return of the state-based exchange, scheduled for enrollment in 2021 to begin the exchange in January 2022.  The move is expected to save Kentuckians about $15 million a year. “Even as the state continues to battle the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), we have remained committed to movin...
Kentucky Gov. Beshear: Summit Biosciences to Create 78 Full-Time Jobs in Lexington
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Kentucky Gov. Beshear: Summit Biosciences to Create 78 Full-Time Jobs in Lexington

FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Summit Biosciences Inc., a Lexington-based pharmaceutical company focused on nasal spray medicines, is expanding its operation at the University of Kentucky Coldstream Research Campus with a more than $19 million investment expected to create up to 78 full-time jobs. The project has grown significantly since it originally was announced in 2016 as a $7.9 million project that would create 21 jobs. “We need companies like Summit Biosciences more than ever, and I could not be happier to see its tremendous growth in Lexington,” Gov. Andy Beshear said.  “This company has represented what it means to be part of Team Kentucky during this pandemic, donating personal protective equipment to the local community and working on an urgently needed treatment for coronavirus.  S...
Kentucky Gov. Beshear Announces More Than $4.7 Million in DRA Grants for Western Kentucky
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Kentucky Gov. Beshear Announces More Than $4.7 Million in DRA Grants for Western Kentucky

FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced $4,755,270 in grants from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to update infrastructure, expand broadband and health care access, improve economic development opportunities and more in communities across Western Kentucky. The investments will fund 11 projects that will create or retain 80 jobs, provide workforce training for 433 Kentuckians and will improve the lives of 32,400 families. “These 11 projects will make a great difference for infrastructure, economic development, health care and education, which are all priorities as we build a brighter, better Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear.  “We are grateful to the local leaders who made these projects possible and for DRA’s continued investment in Kentucky.” Department for Local Gove...
Kentucky First Family Rolls Up Their Sleeves for Flu Shots
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Kentucky First Family Rolls Up Their Sleeves for Flu Shots

FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) To bring greater awareness to the important protections vaccines provide, Gov. Andy Beshear, First Lady Britainy Beshear and their children, Will, 11, and Lila, 10, rolled up their sleeves and received flu shots this week at the Capitol. Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, commissioner of the Department for Public Health Dr. Steven Stack and American Sign Language interpreter Virginia Moore joined the Beshears on Thursday to receive a vaccination against the seasonal flu. “Britainy and I, and our kids, receive a flu shot each year at this time, because we know it is the single most effective way to prevent the flu,” Gov. Beshear said.  “The availability and affordability of the vaccine make it easier than ever to protect yourself and your family, which is especially imp...
Kentucky Gov. Beshear Welcomes Latest Donation of PPE to Aid Kentucky’s Response to COVID-19
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Kentucky Gov. Beshear Welcomes Latest Donation of PPE to Aid Kentucky’s Response to COVID-19

FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Gov. Andy Beshear welcomed one of the state’s latest corporate donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), which will help bolster the commonwealth’s response to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). “Even before this global health crisis arrived in Kentucky more than six months ago, we were working to secure the personal protective equipment needed to keep our people safe,” the Governor said.  “The many great companies that do business in the commonwealth have been key partners in these efforts.  Today, we’re happy to announce that the Ford Motor Co. has generously donated 2 million masks to the commonwealth, which is among the largest gifts we have received.  This donation undoubtedly will help save Kentuckians’ lives.” First Lady Britainy Beshear joined...
Frankfort, KY; Prince Bixler Convicted of Multiple Counts of Sex and Drug Trafficking
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Frankfort, KY; Prince Bixler Convicted of Multiple Counts of Sex and Drug Trafficking

Frankfort, KY; Prince Bixler Convicted of Multiple Counts of Sex and Drug Trafficking and Related Offenses, Including Witness Tampering | USAO-EDKY (STL.News) – A Lexington, Ky., man, Prince Bixler, 41, was convicted on Wednesday by a federal jury in Frankfort, Ky., for charges related to his extensive and violent sex and drug trafficking operation that sold crack cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine throughout the Lexington area and forced young, drug-addicted women to prostitute. After 6.5 hours following a 7-day trial, the jury convicted Bixler of three counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion; two counts of tampering with a witness, victim or an informant; one count of operating an unlawful prostitution business as an interstate racketeering enterprise; six counts of dis...
Kentucky Gov. Beshear Announces Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund Website
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Kentucky Gov. Beshear Announces Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund Website

FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the launch of the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund website, teamkyhherf.ky.gov, where Kentuckians now can visit and apply for assistance. “As we continue to wage this battle against COVID-19, we must make sure renters have a home so they can be Healthy at Home, while also safeguarding landlords against undue financial hardship,” the Governor said.  “When we come out of this global health crisis, we don’t want Kentuckians facing such insurmountable debt from their housing situation that they are unable to recover.  This program will provide some much-needed relief to eligible tenants and property owners during these unprecedented times.” Kentuckians can visit the site to seek information on how to obtain a portion of $15 mill...
Kentucky Governor Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19
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Kentucky Governor Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). “The first positive case of COVID-19 in the commonwealth was announced six months ago today, in Harrison County,” the Governor said.  “This week we recorded 4,742 new coronavirus cases.  Last week we had 4,503. That means we’ve set a record for the number of weekly new cases for the second consecutive week.  We’re facing the challenge of our lifetimes and we must do better.  These past six months have been devastating for so many Kentucky families.  These months also will be remembered as a time when Kentuckians lived up to our reputation as compassionate, resolute and resilient people who take care of one another.” Case I...
Kentucky Gov. Beshear Announces nearly $3 Million Grants to Create Economic Opportunities
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Kentucky Gov. Beshear Announces nearly $3 Million Grants to Create Economic Opportunities

Gov. Beshear Announces nearly $3 Million in Grants to Create Economic Opportunities in Eastern Kentucky FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Gov. Andy Beshear announced $2,998,892 in grant funding for four projects in Eastern Kentucky for utility improvements, economic development and tourism advancements that will create economic opportunities in the region. The grant funding is through the Department for Local Government (DLG).  Those receiving funds, from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Regional Development Agency Assistance Program (RDAAP), are Breathitt County, Knott County, Perry County, Wayne County and Hindman. “I am committed to building a stronger, better Eastern Kentucky, especially at a time when we are working to restart Kentucky’s econom...