Gov. Steve Beshear

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3:13 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Gov. Beshear Got Hefty Donations From Power Plant Proponents

Gov. Beshear with state officials and ecoPower executives at bill signing ceremony.
ecoPower press release

Information continues to surface about a proposed biomass-burning, electricity-generating plant in eastern Kentucky, and the company trying to build it.     

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1:18 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Beshear, Rogers Announce Summit on Kentucky's Appalachian Economy

University of Kentucky

Kentucky political leaders are rolling out another initiative intended to find ways to bolster the economy in Appalachia.

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.

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.

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5:05 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Ground Broken on Facility for Veterans in Radcliff

Construction is officially underway on a new veterans residential care center in central Kentucky.

The Radcliff facility will be just the fourth in the state.

With a planned opening in June, 2015, it will include a dozen ten-person homes.

Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers Executive Director Gilda Hill said the new facility won’t look or feel like a traditional nursing home.

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4:12 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Kentucky Has 'Obligation' to Address Climate Change, Beshear Says

Kentucky Governor's Office

On a day when Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates are taking turns urging restraint on climate change and touting coal, 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.

In his address to the 37th 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.

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3:41 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

State Rep. John Arnold Resigns, Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations in Letter

John Arnold
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State Rep. John A. Arnold Jr. resigned Friday amid allegations that he'd sexually harassed three Statehouse employees.

Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, turned in his resignation letter to Gov. Steve Beshear. 

"I respect his decision to step aside so that our legislators can focus instead on the business of the state," Beshear said in a statement confirming the receipt of Arnold's letter.

Beshear said he'll begin reviewing options for a special session so that people in Arnold's seventh district will have representation during the 2012 legislative session.

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7:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear Wasn't Clued in on Alison Lundergan Grimes' Senate Plans

Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky Gov. 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 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.

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2:30 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Beshear Wants to Call Fall Special Session on Redistricting

Kentucky Governor's Office

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.   The governor says details are still being worked out.

"I’m talking with legislative leaders in the House and Senate right now," Beshear said.   "And I think everybody, if we can work it out, would probably like to do it in the fall and let everybody have the summer while kids are out of school and they have some vacation time, and then wait until we get in back in school before we have the special session."

5:13 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Grimes Still Undecided on Possible Senate Bid

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.

Grimes says she is giving "due diligence" to the race.

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."

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2:31 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear Vetoes Controversial 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Gov. Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Update: The "religious freedom" bill's sponsor is urging Democrats in the Kentucky House to override the governor's veto.

Earlier: Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday vetoed the controversial "religious freedom" bill recently approved by the Kentucky General Assembly.

Here's his statement: 

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4:08 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear Prepared to Call Special Legislative Session to Tackle List of Issues

Steve Beshear
Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky lawmakers return to Frankfort Tuesday for the start of the 2013 legislative session, and Gov. Steve Beshear is already predicting the need to go past the 30 days scheduled for work.

“We’ve got pension reform we need to deal with, tax reform, redistricting at some point will need to be dealt with, raising the drop-out age from 16 to 18, and a lot of other issues," Beshear said.

"And that’s a whole lot to address in a very short session.”

The General Assembly will convene for four days this week then meet again in February.

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