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Governor Steve Beshear is expressing confidence that county clerks in Kentucky will, in time, adhere to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. There are a few county clerks still refusing to issue marriage licenses. Governor Beshear said it's not for him to say whether or not those clerks should step down.

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Governor Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane, will head to England this week. Beshear says the United Kingdom sends the most overseas travelers to the Commonwealth.

”This is not about economic development in terms of bringing new companies to Kentucky. But, it is economic development in terms of bringing tourists to Kentucky because as more folks come, they spend their money right here in Kentucky,” said Beshear. 


Governor Steve Beshear has announced a new open period for Kentuckians to enroll in kynect, the state-sponsored health care exchange, as well as new technical improvements to the site.

In a press conference today, Beshear touted the fact that Kentucky was hailed by President Obama as a leading national example of successful Affordable Care Act implementation. 

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Former Miss America Heather French Henry is Governor Steve Beshear’s choice to head the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.  

Beshear announced the appointment today saying it's part of his ongoing commitment to help Kentucky veterans and their families.


Lt. Gov Jerry Abramson presented a draft of Governor Steve Beshear's proposed tax code changes to the House budget committee today, which was first announced by Beshear last week. The changes, if fully implemented, could raise an estimated $210 million annually by expanding the 6% sales tax to select services, an increased tax on cigarettes from 60 cents to $1 dollar per pack, and reducing tax breaks on pensions for people earning more than $80,000. On Sounds Good, Kate speaks with policy analyst and member of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Committee on tax reform, Jason Bailey about the events of the day.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has named a longtime tourism veteran to oversee the part of his cabinet dealing with travel and the arts. 

Bob Stewart is a familiar face in state government, having worked for 11 years as commissioner of travel from 1992 to 2003.

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   Kentucky's new exchange for people on the market for healthcare now has a name and  a website.

It'll be called Kynect—pronounced "connect." People can access it at A phone line will be running in August.

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After five years of advocacy, supporters of raising Kentucky's dropout age to 18 celebrated Monday as Gov. Steve Beshear signed the bill into law.

Gov. Beshear Calls Sequester "Very Damaging"

Mar 1, 2013

Governor Steve Beshear has some harsh words for his congressional colleagues’ handling of sequestration in Washington, D.C. As the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration go into effect, Congress’ approval rating hovers at close to 15 percent. At a press conference Friday in Lexington, the governor made it clear where he stands.

Kentucky Tops Education Magazine's Rankings

Jan 11, 2013

Kentucky has made the top ten in Education Week magazine's annual rankings of school policy and standards.