Governor Steve Beshear

Government
1:26 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Governor's Office Reports 137,000 Visitors To Kynect in First Three Days

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More than 16-thousand individuals and families in Kentucky have started applications on Kynect, the state’s online health benefit exchange, since it launched Tuesday.

Governor Steve Beshear’s office released statistics today detailing the site's traffic.  In under four days, more than 137,000 visitors have clicked on the site.  Some 93% of those visitors conducted pre-screenings to determine qualifications for subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid.  

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Government
4:42 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo Leaning Towards Medical Marijuana Legalization

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A leading Kentucky politician is weighing the idea of legalizing medical marijuana in the state. 

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said today he's leaning toward supporting the use of medicinal marijuana and that the topic is worth debating. Legislation to legalize medical marijuana has been introduced in the General Assembly in the past but has never received the support needed to pass.

Stumbo raised the issue after Attorney General Jack Conway sent an advisory letter to Governor Steve Beshear, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and other state leaders to clarify current law related to marijuana’s cousin, hemp. 

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Interstate 69
12:45 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Local Leaders To Discuss Economic Impacts Of I-69 Corridor

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Community leaders from across the region are invited to attend a planning seminar to discuss the impacts of the coming I-69 corridor.  “I-69: Our Road To The Future” will examine the effects interstates have had on communities and prepare officials from Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee for future economic growth. Executive Director of the Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Lee Lingo said the interstate is going to be one of the most significant changes to occur in the Pennyrile region.

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Education
10:09 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Beshear announces awards for KY CECCs

KY Gov. Steve Beshear
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Community Early Childhood Councils in nine western Kentucky counties are among the fifty-eight across the Commonwealth that will receive almost $1.2 million in grants to promote school readiness.  Governor Steve Beshear announced the awards this week.  Calloway, Christian, Daviess, Graves, Marshall, Henderson, Hopkins, McCracken, and Muhlenberg will see a total of $160,000 in funding. 

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Government
7:42 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Beshear didn't know in advance of Grimes' campaign

KY Gov. Steve Beshear at Fancy Farm in 2010
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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he wasn't given a heads up before fellow Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her U.S. Senate bid last week. But he says he doesn't see it as a slight.  The governor says he's eager to help Grimes in her effort to unseat five-term Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year. Beshear himself lost a Senate race to McConnell in the 1990s. 

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Government
3:07 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Beshear Calls Energy Sec. Meeting a “Productive Exchange" on PGDP

Gov. Steve Beshear met with new U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Monday,  regarding the uncertain future of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and its 1,100 workers.

Beshear called his meeting with Moniz  a “productive exchange.”

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Science
3:16 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Donations Allow Expanded Reach for Cancer Screening Programs

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  A recent $100,000 donation to the Kentucky Cancer Foundation will help people across the Commonwealth undergo colon cancer screenings. Kentucky One Health's donation follows Governor Steve Beshear’s challenge to match his office's $1 million  commitment to increase the amount of colon cancer screenings.

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Government
3:06 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Gov. Beshear Recalls State Legislators For Special Redistricting Session

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Kentucky lawmakers will  return to Frankfort on August 19th for a special session to address legislative and judicial redistricting.  In a press release issued Thursday, Governor  Steve Beshear said he wants lawmakers to have an agreement in place before the start of the session so that it lasts only five days and minimizes the cost to the taxpayers.

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Culture
1:04 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Owensboro Mystery Writers Festival Canceled

The International Mystery Writers Festival, set to take place at Owensboro’s RiverPark Center this October, has been canceled due to a lack of funding.

The decision comes after Gov. Steve Beshear cut funding to the festival in the most recent state budget. The festival received $70,000 of its $100,000 budget in state funding last year.

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Government
4:57 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Ky. Education and Workforce Development Secretary to Retire

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Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Joseph U. Meyer will retire June 30 after more than 30 years of public service.

Under Meyer’s direction, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has played critical roles in modernizing the unemployment insurance system in the commonwealth, establishing the Early Childhood Advisory Council, merging the state’s Career and Technical Education systems and creating the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics.

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