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Former Governor Steve Beshear is criticizing Governor Matt Bevin and the Obama administration for negotiating in private as Bevin seeks to replace the state's expanded Medicaid program.

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Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has accused Gov. Matt Bevin of coercing state employees into helping pay off his campaign debt.

The allegations come a week after Bevin claimed that members of Beshear’s administration coerced state employees into making campaign contributions to Democrats.


As Governor Matt Bevin prepares to re-design Kentucky’s Medicaid program, a new national survey shows the commonwealth with the second-largest gains in insurance coverage. More than half-a-million Kentuckians obtained coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act. Some 80 percent of the newly insured went onto the Medicaid rolls. But many Medicaid enrollees are worried about what lies ahead under the state’s new Republican governor. From member station WKYU, Lisa Autry introduces us to one of them in this report.

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  Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin issued five high-profile executive orders on Tuesday on issues ranging from same-sex marriage licenses to voting rights for ex-felons.

“Today, I took action to uphold several commitments I made during my campaign so that we can implement real solutions that will help the people of Kentucky,” Bevin said in a press release.


End-of-term pardons are a rare tradition in most states. But not Kentucky.

Critics say the practice should end. They argue Kentucky’s chief executives should use the pardon powers more regularly, instead of waiting until they’re packing up their offices. 

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Gov. Steve Beshear says state law already allows Kentucky National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty.  

The issue is at the forefront following last week’s shooting deaths of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tenn.  

In an executive order issued Wednesday, Beshear re-iterated the state’s current policy.

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Kentucky was one of 13 states where same-sex marriage bans were overturned by a landmark Supreme Court decision on Friday.

In Kentucky, an estimated 57 percent of the population still disapproves of same sex marriage, according to a May poll.

With that, state lawmakers and other leaders cautiously responded Friday to the ruling and moved forward with implementing its ramifications. 

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With a Supreme Court decision expected any day now, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says state agencies are making preparations should the justices vote to allow gay marriage.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday he’ll make a concerted effort to support the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership offered by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

Prichard has hosted the program for several years, educating and mentoring hundreds of parents to become involved in their child’s education.

A memorial service for Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s chief of staff Mike Haydon will be held tomorrow afternoon in the state Capitol Rotunda.  Haydon died Sunday at his Springfield home. The governor says it’s appropriate to hold the service in the rotunda. The governor calls the Capitol Haydon’s home away from home. Haydon’s funeral will be Friday morning at St. Dominic Church in Springfield.