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A State Journal reader looking to donate money where it would “do the most good” inquired about the Team Kentucky Fund, which was established and unveiled by Gov. Andy Beshear last week.

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In the midst of leading Kentucky’s response to a worldwide pandemic that has infected more than 300 Kentuckians, Gov. Andy Beshear signed more than 35 bills this week.

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Two bills awaiting passage in the state Senate are part of a three-pronged plan to overhaul local health departments and the state Department for Public Health and resolve their pension problems. The third prong is the state budget, still awaiting action in the House.

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Franklin County’s representatives in the state House were cheered by Gov. Andy Beshear’s budget plan to boost education and give state employees a 1% pay raise in the fiscal year that begins in July and another 1% the following fiscal year.

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State employees would get a 1% raise both this year and next year, with the help of what Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear called “moderate” tax increases in an “education first” budget he proposed to the Republican-controlled legislature Tuesday.

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State Rep. Joe Graviss, D-Versailles, is running for the 7th Senate District seat to replace Sen. Julian Carroll, who announced last spring that he will not run for reelection. 

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A woman who donated an organ to a complete stranger, then mounted a campaign to give paid leave to people who do likewise, told her story Thursday and moved a legislative committee that approved a bill giving the benefit to state employees.

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Taylorsville native and country music star J.D. Shelburne made a stop at the Capitol Wednesday for the unveiling of the Kentucky Department of Tourism’s 2020 Official Visitor’s Guide, of which he graces the cover.

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Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday announced he had overturned the decision of former Gov. Matt Bevin that teacher protests at the Capitol earlier this year were illegal work stoppages.

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Josh Hicks, a Lexington attorney, Marine Corps veteran and former police officer, officially filed paperwork Thursday today to become a Democratic candidate for the 6th Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky.

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On Dec. 9, as part of a POW/MIA ceremony at the Capitol, where the “Chair of Honor” commemorates American service men and women who are prisoners of war or missing in action, the flag was flown. The following day, in keeping with tradition, all flags were removed and new ones took their plac…