Kentucky Tornado Death Toll Climbs to 20; Daniels Declares Emergency in S. Indiana

State officials say 20 people are now confirmed dead from Friday’s tornado outbreak that tore through communities across Kentucky. More than 300 are injured. Gov. Steve Beshear and other officials toured the devastation Saturday. “The scope and magnitude of devastation in some of our communities is unlike anything I have ever seen,” Beshear said. “I’ve […]

Kentucky Tornado Death Toll Rises; Beshear Deploys National Guard

The death toll in Kentucky from Friday’s tornado outbreak is now at least twelve. Fatalities have been recorded in Menifee, Kenton, Laurel and Morgan counties and more than two hundred people have been injured statewide. Governor Steve Beshear has declared a statewide state of emergency, clearing the way for local officials to seek state disaster […]

Williams Blasts Beshear’s Tax Commission for Lacking Experts

Kentucky Senate President David Williams has several criticisms for Governor Steve Beshear’s recently-appointed tax commission. Williams proposed creating such a commission during his bid for governor last year. But says Beshear’s commission lacks the guidance and experience to change Kentucky’s tax code. The Senate President says the majority of the commission is made up of Beshear’s […]

Stumbo Has Questions About Gambling Amendment, May Change Wording

Changes could already be coming to Governor Steve Beshear’s proposed gambling amendment. The amendment would allow up to seven casinos in Kentucky, with five of them based at horse racing tracks. House Speaker Greg Stumbo supports expanded gaming in Kentucky, but he still has major questions about the amendment. And Stumbo says those questions will likely […]

Beshear Confident Medicaid Managed Care Problems Will Be Resolved

Governor Steve Beshear says the problems with Kentucky’s new Medicaid Managed Care system will be resolved. Beshear pushed for the managed care system last year to take some of the administrative burden of Medicaid off of the state. But earlier this week, doctors, pharmacists and hospital officials told lawmakers there were significant problems with the […]

Beshear Unveils Tax Commission Members

Governor Steve Beshear has put together a bipartisan group of 23 Kentuckians to serve on his tax commission. The group is made up partially of lawmakers from each party, although they won’t be able to vote on commission issues. Other members include former University of Kentucky president Lee Todd, banker and Republican fundraiser Marion Forcht, […]

KDP Renews Call That Farmer Reimburse State for Luxury Suites

Criticisms of Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer and his use of state money continue despite him donating portions of his salary to charity. On Tuesday, Farmer, who is running for lieutenant governor in the Republican primary, apologized for refusing to participate in furlough days, which helped fill the state’s budget deficit. The Kentucky Democratic Party […]

Beshear Declares State of Emergency

With the Ohio River predicted to crest ten feet above flood stage later this week, Gov. Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency Monday due to the severe storms and flooding that have impacted the state. Throughout the commonwealth, heavy rains and multiple rounds of severe weather have occurred causing minor rivers to flood. The […]

Williams Raises Close to $500,000

Outpacing his primary opponents, Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Senate President David Williams has raised $446,943 in the first quarter. A fundraising report released by the campaign Wednesday shows Williams, who is running with Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, has raised a total of $1.2 million in the three-way GOP contest. Earlier this week, Democratic Gov. […]

Beshear Marks Earth Week in Kentucky

Declaring that few places compare to Kentucky’s natural beauty in the springtime, Gov. Steve Beshear proclaimed April 16-22, 2011 as Earth Week in the commonwealth. This year’s theme is “Playground Earth: Get Outside, Kentucky!”. In response, the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) plans to sponsor its first environmental photography contest for middle school students in […]