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Governor Beshear announces on September 5th. an update for Team Kentucky ready

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear gave a Team Kentucky update on Thursday, May 9th.

On Thursday, Governor Beshear gave an overview of economic developments. recent bad weather; Voting in the upcoming primary election; and resources to support victims of crime. He also recognized Teacher Appreciation Week, National Nurses Week and Public Service Recognition Week. He named the five Kentucky seniors recognized as 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars as this week's Team Kentucky All-Stars.

Economic development

The governor highlighted new recognition of Kentucky's economic success as Site Selection magazine ranked the state No. 2 in the South Central region in the 2024 Prosperity Cup rankings. Kentucky also ranked No. 8 nationally and remained in the top 10 in every year of the Beshear-Coleman administration.

Weather update

The governor updated Kentuckians about the storms that hit much of the state Tuesday through Thursday. Although some damage was reported, there were no reports of injuries or deaths.

Seven counties recorded rainfall totals over three inches: Grayson, Logan, Marshall, Simpson, Todd, Trigg and Union. Four counties reported damage: Daviess, Grayson, Owensboro and Powell.

Three water rescues were conducted by local fire and rescue teams in Logan, Marion and Simpson counties. The governor thanked first responders for their work to save these Kentuckians.

The Ministry of Health made preparations in the event that patients needed to be transferred from health facilities, but this assistance was not necessary. The water line is currently being evaluated to determine next steps.

Upcoming elections and early voting

Governor Beshear reminded Kentuckians that the primary election will take place on Tuesday, May 21, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time. In-person, excused absentee voting will take place May 8-10 and May 13-15.

From Thursday, May 16, through Saturday, May 18, voters in Kentucky can utilize early voting at local county clerks' offices and other designated areas. The governor encouraged Kentuckians to check with their local county office or visit govoteky.com for locations and times in their area.

Funds to support crime victims

The governor announced $750,000 in grants to 15 organizations across the Commonwealth to support victims of crime. Funding comes from the State Fiscal Recovery Fund of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

In the Heartland, Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center in Paducah will receive $61,750 and Rape Victim Services Inc. dba Lotus will receive $16,331.

Recognition weeks

The governor recognized Teacher Appreciation Week, National Nurses Week and Public Service Recognition Week and thanked these groups for all their hard work to help Kentuckians.

Team Kentucky All Stars

The governor named the five Kentucky high school seniors recognized as 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars as this week's Team Kentucky All-Stars. For 60 years, the U.S. President's Scholarship Program has recognized the nation's most distinguished high school graduates based on academic achievement, excellence in arts and technical education, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, and a demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership.

One of the five Kentucky students recognized this year is Sarah Elise Cauley of Murray High School in Murray.

“I am continually inspired by our Kentucky students. Today we celebrate these five impressive high school graduates. They have made us all proud and I know they all have bright futures ahead of them,” said Governor Beshear. “That’s why we’re naming each of Kentucky’s 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars Team Kentucky All-Stars.”