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Beshear's office filed the lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries over an allegedly deceptive marketing scheme pushing their opioid drugs as safer and rarely addictive, arguing that this "fueled" the state's deadly opioid epidemic.
Gov. Matt Bevin chose Regina Stivers, the wife of Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, to lead the state’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Tuesday after announcing that current tourism Secretary Don Parkinson will take the top spot at the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Gov. Bevin said he would leave the job status of Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt in the hands of his Kentucky Board of Education appointees, in addition to further explaining his controversial "guarantee" on Friday that students were sexually assaulted while left at home during school closures.
With the state’s public educators watching, the Kentucky General Assembly overrode three of Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes on Friday. One was the budget, the other was the revenue bill with the tax overhaul and a third phased in pension costs for local governments.
While everyone will be watching the overrides of Gov. Bevin's vetoes of the budget and revenue bills, other important that could pass in the final two days of the legislative session deal with solar panel reimbursements, cracking down on criminal gangs and creating tax credits for private K-12 scholarships.
Kentucky committed itself in January to pay film companies $421 million in incentives, just ahead of the Feb. 1 deadline when Gov. Matt Bevin ordered the program suspended because he believes it costs the state too much money, the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said Wednesday.