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10:00 am
Sun December 29, 2013

Steve Beshear Touts Healthcare Exchange Rollout as a Top 2013 Accomplishment

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state’s implementation of the federal health care law is one of his administration's top accomplishments in 2013.

Beshear says his decision to implement the state health care exchange and expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was an effort to address Kentucky’s historically low health rankings.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

House Speaker Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Facing Gap in Funds and What Needs Funding

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Kentucky’s budget priorities may require some $800 million in revenue the state doesn’t have.

The gap between what the state needs to spend to maintain the status quo and how much it’s bringing in will be a point of contention for lawmakers and state agencies.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo told a group of business leaders this month that the spending deficit could exceed $800 million.

And he says that it’s unlikely the state will have that money until Kentucky fully recovers from the 2008 recession. But, it’s coming.

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Politics
6:46 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's Budget Will Seek to Reinvest in Education

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he'll look at expanded gaming and tax reform to shore up budget shortfalls and to help pay for reinvestments in education.

In a sit-down interview with reporters in his Capitol office, Beshear said he would try to find money to put toward school safety and textbooks.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun December 1, 2013

Texting While Driving Now Costs 3 Points Against a Kentucky Driver's License

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Texting while driving can now cost Kentucky drivers three points against their license.

In August, Gov. Steve Beshear announced that he’d enacted emergency regulations adding the new penalty.

The regulations went into effect in November after a legislative committee gave no objections, Transportation Cabinet spokesman Ryan Watts says.

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Local News
8:07 am
Sat November 2, 2013

About 40 Percent of Kentucky's Healthcare Exchange Enrollees are Younger Than 35

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FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear's office says Kentucky's new online health exchange enrolled about 1,000 people each day for health coverage during its first month.

The governor's office said 32,485 Kentuckians had signed up for coverage as of Friday morning. About 40 percent of enrollees are under age 35.

Beshear says people are still flocking to the state exchange for coverage that will begin Jan. 1.

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Local News
2:59 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Governor Steve Beshear: Federal Budget Deal Kicks 'Can Down the Road'

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear offered sharp criticism of Congress, chiding the nation’s lawmakers for being out of touch with their constituents and for causing needless pain across the state through the ongoing federal shutdown.

Striking a populist tone, Beshear characterized national congressional leadership as acting “like a bunch of spoiled brats in a food fight,” and that they ought not to be paid while the government continues to be shut down for a 16th day.

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Politics
4:48 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Kentucky State Sen. Kathy Stein, a Liberal Voice, Accepts Fayette Co. Judgeship

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FRANKFORT — Democratic state Sen. Kathy Stein has been appointed to an open family court judgeship in Fayette County, which removes one of Kentucky's most liberal lawmakers from the Legislature.

Gov. Steve Beshear made the appointment on Monday.

Stein had been in the state Senate since 2009. She also served in the House for 11 years, including a stint as chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

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Local News
4:25 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Kentucky's Health Exchange is a 'National Model,' Gov. Steve Beshear Says

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Kentucky's health exchange—part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare—has become a "national model," Gov. Steve Beshear said on Wednesday in Louisville.

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Politics
3:48 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Attorney General Jack Conway: Industrial Hemp is Still Illegal in Kentucky

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Attorney General Jack Conway is advising Kentucky leaders that industrial hemp farming remains illegal in Kentucky.

Conway issued an advisory letter Wednesday to Gov. Steve Beshear, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and others to clarify current law related to hemp.

The opinion from Conway does not carry the force of law.

Kentucky lawmakers have passed legislation that would allow farmers to grow the crop if the federal government lifts a longstanding ban.

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Local News
4:32 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Former Kentucky Justice Official Faces Ethics Charges

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has charged a former government official with violating the state's ethics code by allegedly using his position to solicit campaign contributions for Gov. Steve Beshear's re-election campaign last year.

The Ethics Commission took the action against former Deputy Justice Secretary Charles Geveden in a meeting Monday. The charges stem from accusations that Geveden solicited subordinates to contribute to the Beshear campaign.

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