Gov. Steve Beshear http://wfpl.org en Crit Luallan Won't Run for Kentucky Governor in 2015 http://wfpl.org/post/crit-luallan-wont-run-kentucky-governor-2015 <div>Former Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen says she will not run for governor in 2015.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Luallen has been mentioned as a possible contender as incumbent and fellow Democrat Steve Beshear finishes his second term. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>In a written statement, Luallen said Thursday she is passionate about Kentucky's future but decided not to run because it was the best decision for her family. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:10:18 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 9209 at http://wfpl.org Crit Luallan Won't Run for Kentucky Governor in 2015 Gov. Beshear Got Hefty Donations From Power Plant Proponents http://wfpl.org/post/gov-beshear-got-hefty-donations-power-plant-proponents <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 21px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: proxima-nova, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Information continues to surface about a proposed biomass-burning, electricity-generating plant in eastern Kentucky, and the company trying to build it. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:13:19 +0000 R.G. Dunlop 9064 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Beshear Got Hefty Donations From Power Plant Proponents Beshear, Rogers Announce Summit on Kentucky's Appalachian Economy http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-rogers-announce-summit-kentuckys-appalachian-economy <p>Kentucky political leaders are rolling out another initiative intended to find ways to bolster the economy in Appalachia.</p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers held a joint press conference in Hazard today to unveil the latest effort, which they dubbed SOAR, Shaping Our Appalachian Region.</p><p>Beshear said the economic woes of recent years have hurt Appalachia and intensified the hardships of families in the mountain region. He and Rogers have scheduled a summit of public and private sector leaders to find solutions to problems the region faces.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:18:20 +0000 Associated Press 7349 at http://wfpl.org Beshear, Rogers Announce Summit on Kentucky's Appalachian Economy Ground Broken on Facility for Veterans in Radcliff http://wfpl.org/post/ground-broken-facility-veterans-radcliff <p>Construction is officially underway on a new veterans residential care center in central Kentucky.</p><p>The Radcliff facility will be just the fourth in the state.</p><p>With a planned opening in June, 2015, it will include a dozen ten-person homes.</p><p>Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers Executive Director Gilda Hill said the new facility won’t look or feel like a traditional nursing home.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:05:33 +0000 Kevin Willis | Kentucky Public Radio 6893 at http://wfpl.org Ground Broken on Facility for Veterans in Radcliff Kentucky Has 'Obligation' to Address Climate Change, Beshear Says http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-has-obligation-address-climate-change-beshear-says <p>On a day when Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates are taking <a href="http://blogs.courier-journal.com/watchdogearth/2013/09/17/alison-lundergan-grimes-urges-restraint-on-climate-rules-for-coal-power-plants/" target="_blank">turns urging restraint on climate change</a> and <a href="http://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&amp;ContentRecord_id=f7fe7f8b-787e-4eed-9d41-33d21570499e&amp;ContentType_id=c19bc7a5-2bb9-4a73-b2ab-3c1b5191a72b&amp;Group_id=0fd6ddca-6a05-4b26-8710-a0b7b59a8f1f" target="_blank">touting coal</a>, Gov. Steve Beshear took a more middle-of-the-road approach. The governor said Tuesday that he believes the commonwealth has an obligation to address climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, but he believes it can be done in a way that doesn’t omit coal entirely.</p><p>In his address to the 37<sup>th</sup> Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment, Beshear echoed a majority of scientists, saying climate change is both happening and influenced by human activity. And in light of that, Kentucky will have to adjust, and work with federal regulators. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:12:57 +0000 Erica Peterson 6877 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Has 'Obligation' to Address Climate Change, Beshear Says State Rep. John Arnold Resigns, Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations in Letter http://wfpl.org/post/state-rep-john-arnold-resigns-denies-sexual-harassment-allegations-letter <p>State Rep. John A. Arnold Jr. resigned Friday amid allegations that he'd sexually harassed three Statehouse employees.</p><p>Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, turned in his resignation letter to Gov. Steve Beshear.&nbsp;</p><p>"I respect his decision to step aside so that our legislators can focus instead on the business of the state,"&nbsp;Beshear&nbsp;said in a statement confirming the receipt of Arnold's letter.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:41:57 +0000 Joseph Lord 6832 at http://wfpl.org State Rep. John Arnold Resigns, Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations in Letter Gov. Steve Beshear Wasn't Clued in on Alison Lundergan Grimes' Senate Plans http://wfpl.org/post/gov-steve-beshear-wasnt-clued-alison-lundergan-grimes-senate-plans <p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he wasn't given a heads up before fellow Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes <a href="/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-running-mitch-mcconnells-senate-seat">announced her U.S. Senate bid last week. </a>But he says he doesn't see it as a slight.</p><p>The governor said Tuesday he's eager to help Grimes in her effort to unseat five-term Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014. Beshear himself lost a Senate race to McConnell in the 1990s.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Associated Press 6060 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Steve Beshear Wasn't Clued in on Alison Lundergan Grimes' Senate Plans Beshear Wants to Call Fall Special Session on Redistricting http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-wants-call-fall-special-session-redistricting-0 <p></p><p>It appears likely that Governor Beshear will call a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly to redraw legislative districts for the House and Senate. &nbsp;&nbsp;The governor says details are still being worked out.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 18:30:49 +0000 Kentucky Public Radio's Dan Conti 5302 at http://wfpl.org Beshear Wants to Call Fall Special Session on Redistricting Grimes Still Undecided on Possible Senate Bid http://wfpl.org/post/grimes-still-undecided-possible-senate-bid <p></p><p>Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is still wrestling with the idea of seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year's election.</p><p>Grimes says she is giving "due diligence" to the race.</p><p>Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear met with Grimes today to try to gauge her interest in the race, as he has been doing with other potential Democratic challengers he declined to identify. Grimes said they "had a good discussion."</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:13:54 +0000 Associated Press 5107 at http://wfpl.org Grimes Still Undecided on Possible Senate Bid Gov. Steve Beshear Vetoes Controversial 'Religious Freedom' Bill http://wfpl.org/post/gov-steve-beshear-vetoes-controversial-religious-freedom-bill <p><strong>Update: </strong>The "religious freedom" bill's sponsor is <a href="/post/religious-freedom-bill-sponsor-urges-house-leaders-override-gubernatorial-veto">urging Democrats in the Kentucky House to override the governor's veto.</a></p><p><strong>Earlier:&nbsp;</strong>Gov. Steve Beshear&nbsp;on Friday vetoed the controversial <a href="/post/will-kentucky-religious-freedom-bill-gut-protections-women-minorities-and-gay-residents">"religious freedom" bill </a>recently approved by the Kentucky General Assembly.</p><p>Here's his statement:&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:31:44 +0000 Joseph Lord 4623 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Steve Beshear Vetoes Controversial 'Religious Freedom' Bill