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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Officials are seeking input from those who travel through Kentucky as they update a long-range plan for the state’s transportation needs. The Transportation Cabinet said in a statement that information collected in the Kentucky Statewide Transportation Survey will be used to help identify needs and improvement priorities over the next 25 years. Input on all modes of travel — including vehicle, boat, train and plane — will be accepted through Dec. 6. When completed late next year, the plan will guide transportation policy decisions and investment strategies through 2045.

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Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentuckians should guard against complacency in the fight against COVID-19. His cautionary words come amid declines in hospitalizations and other key virus-related statistics. He says virus-related deaths remain far too high. He continued to plead with people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear masks when indoors in public. The governor on Thursday reported a double-digit decline in hospitalizations due to the virus in the past seven days. Virus-related admissions to intensive care units and ventilator use also have dropped steadily.

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman says she's stepping down from her second role as a cabinet secretary to focus more attention on economic development efforts. Since taking office alongside Gov. Andy Beshear in late 2019, Coleman juggled dual roles as lieutenant governor and secretary of the state’s Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Now, the cabinet’s deputy secretary, Mary Pat Regan, will assume the role of acting secretary. Coleman will shift exclusively to her duties as the state’s No. 2 elected official.

Officials say new road signs are being installed to recognize Kentucky’s two historically Black colleges and universities. Gov. Andy Beshear joined local leaders and higher education officials on Wednesday at Simmons College in Louisville to announce the signs recognizing that institution and Kentucky State University in Frankfort. Officials said contractors will begin installing five signs this week. Three signs in Louisville will recognize Historic Simmons College and two in Frankfort will recognize Kentucky State University.

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An attorney general's opinion says local governments in Kentucky cannot prevent their employees from carrying weapons “at all times and places” while on duty.

Will Levis threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more scores and No. 16 Kentucky dominated LSU throughout in a 42-21 blowout Saturday night. The Wildcats have their first 6-0 start since 1950, improved to 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference and earned a second consecutive win over a conference heavyweight.

Trevin Wallace returned a blocked field goal 76 yards for the go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter, Chris Rodriguez Jr. added a 9-yard scoring run early in the fourth and Kentucky made a final defensive stand to hold off No. 10 Florida 20-13. The SEC East Division showdown was more of a slog than a slugfest for much of the night, and the Gators were poised to add Jace Christmann’s 48-yard field goal attempt to their 10-7 lead. Kentucky defensive end Josh Paschal got a hand on the low kick that sent the ball fluttering the line to Wallace, who found small seam to race for the game-changing TD.

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Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has taken a big step toward a reelection run. Beshear filed paperwork with the state's Registry of Election Finance on Friday. It comes in the same week he landed a record-shattering economic development project putting Kentucky at the forefront of the green energy movement. Beshear's reelection run will be tied to his aggressive actions to combat COVID-19. Several Republicans are lining up for expected bids to unseat Beshear in 2023.

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Ford’s selection of Kentucky to build twin battery plants will vault the state into a global leadership role in the electric vehicle market, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday in celebrating the state’s single largest-ever economic development project. A day after the $5.8 billion Glendale project was unveiled, Beshear said the state already is hearing from prospective suppliers that could create more jobs in the state’s burgeoning automotive sector.

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Ford and a partner company say they plan to build three major electric-vehicle battery factories and an auto assembly plant by 2025 — a dramatic investment in the future of EV technology that will create an estimated 10,800 jobs and shift the automaker’s future manufacturing footprint toward the South.