FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear defended his record Thursday on a host of challenges — the pandemic, high consumer prices, crime and drug deaths — that are sure to surface next year when the Democrat seeks a second term.

Some topics came up at his weekly news conference on the heels of recent developments — whether it was the governor and his wife receiving the new COVID-19 booster or the latest news on the inflation front.

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