Gov. Andy Beshear goes over range of topics during weekly Team Kentucky update, including honoring fallen heroes

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Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 10:57 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2022 at 1:01 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Gov. Andy Beshear and other state officials hosted their weekly Team Kentucky update at an earlier time later today.

The briefing started at 12:15 p.m. instead of the usual 12:30 p.m.

The Governor started by honoring the three police officers and a K9 who were killed in the line of duty last Thursday night.

“Last Thursday was a tragic night for our commonwealth. Heartbreakingly, we lost three heroic officers and a K-9, making the shooting Kentucky’s deadliest incident for law enforcement in nearly 100 years,” said Gov. Beshear. “Please continue to think about Capt. Ralph Frasure, Deputy William Petry and Officer Jacob Chaffins. They will never be forgotten.”

Gov. Beshear’s administration is also helping address a water shortage in the small Western Kentucky town of Marion. Bottled water is being shipped in, the National Guard has been transporting tankers of water from nearby rivers to refill the city’s water treatment plant. The city is now also receiving 144,000 gallons of water thanks to the nearby Crittenden-Livingston Water District.

“Our priority is to ensure everyone in the city of Marion has access to clean, safe water today and well into the future,” said Gov. Beshear. “We have made progress and we have more plans in the works for other hookups with water sources in surrounding districts.”

The Governor also mentioned that there was no longer a waitlist for travel trailers for victims of the December tornadoes, with everyone eligible for having received one.

On the topic of the Tornado Relief Fund, the governor also mentioned that the fund was upping it’s funding for the Graves County Grain Assistance Program to help farmers who conduct business with the Mayfield Grain Company, which was destroyed in December’s tornadoes.

“We are happy to get this money to local farmers who need a way to process their crops after the Mayfield Grain Co. was devastated by tornado damage,” said Gov. Beshear.

The Governor also talked about Christmas in July events involving First Lady Britainy Beshear, the state’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan and an update on the state’s fight against COVID-19.

You can watch the full update below:

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