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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has gotten a personal thank you from President Barack Obama for a smooth rollout of the health care overhaul in Kentucky.

Kentucky has not had the technical glitches that have plagued the federal health benefit exchange. More than 18,000 of Kentucky's 640,000 uninsured residents have signed up for coverage since Oct. 1.

And nearly 34,000 have completed applications. The federal exchange has been unable to accommodate large numbers of users. 

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is taking Congress to task over damage done to the  state  by the government shutdown. The Democratic governor blames what he calls  out-of-touch elected officials for creating a mess in order to score political points. His sharpest criticism of the shutdown at  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has scheduled a press conference for today to discuss the impact of the federal government shutdown on the state’s families.

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Gov. Steve Beshear leaves for Europe tomorrow to meet with overseas businesses interested in starting operations in Kentucky.

Beshear will showcase the commonwealth’s advantages in Germany, Spain and Austria and meet with European companies already established in Kentucky. European businesses employ nearly 26,000 Kentuckians. Twenty percent of new jobs announced last year in the commonwealth were from foreign-owned companies, including those coming to Fulton with Kayser Automotive Systems.

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  A Kentucky legislative committee has rejected new science standards for public school students, but Gov. Steve Beshear now says he’ll use his power to implement the standards anyway.

During the public comment period this year, some  criticized the new standards for including evolution and climate change, saying they believe they’re inferior to Kentucky’s current standards. Some lawmakers were under pressure from  constituents, saying they’ve received hundreds of comments opposing the standards.

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A transportation management company is investing $2.2 million to bring operations to Ballard County and create 20 jobs.

Transport Logistics International Inc. provides engineering services and professional support for packaging and transportation of radioactive material.

The director of Kentucky Emergency Management resigned Thursday after a review released by State Auditor Adam Edelen identified as much as $5.6 million in questionable spending, and intimidation of employees.

Gov. Steve Beshear accepted John Heltzel’s resignation, and appointed Department of Military Affairs official Mike Jones as acting director of KYEM.

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Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson will skip next week's Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County. Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon said they're unable to go.

Last year, Abramson received criticism for questioning the relevancy of the political event.

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State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced Friday that Kentucky closed the 2012-2013 fiscal year with a General Fund surplus of $70.6 million.

Officials attribute the surplus to slowed spending by cash-strapped state agencies, as well as a small bump in General Fund revenues. Driskell warns, however, that the fiscal year that just began July 1 extends the budget cuts that were in place last year, and state agencies will continue the challenges of delivering services with fewer dollars and higher costs.

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In just over a month, lawmakers are back in Frankfort for a special session on new boundaries for Kentucky’s legislative districts.  But, there are no plans yet to resolve another issue facing the state.

It’s often called real tax reform or comprehensive tax reform. And it’s been on Frankfort’s radar screen for years. Despite numerous proposals, no substantial change in tax policy has come under serious consideration at the statehouse. Gov. Beshear says Kentucky needs a ‘modern tax system’ responsive to a 21st century economy.  But, he admits, politicians would rather avoid the topic.

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