Latest Kentucky state government News

3 police officers killed in Kentucky by suspect with rifle

Jul. 02, 2022 00:18 AM EDT

ALLEN, Ky. (AP) — Three law enforcement officers were killed and five wounded in eastern Kentucky when a man with a rifle opened fire on police attempting to serve a warrant, authorities said. Police took 49-year-old Lance Storz into custody late Thursday night after an hourslong...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 01, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Posts misrepresent 2019...

Beshear announces another round of tornado-recovery funding

Jul. 01, 2022 04:01 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear has announced another round of state assistance for regions of Kentucky hit by tornadoes last December. The nearly $800,000 in funding will go to Hopkins and Taylor counties, the governor said Thursday. More than $655,000 will...

Judge to block Florida abortion ban; Kentucky ban on hold

Jun. 30, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge said Thursday that he will temporarily block a 15-week ban on abortions in his state, but his bench ruling won't take effect before the ban becomes law Friday — an issue that could cause confusion for patients as well as abortion providers. ...

Beshear denounces near-total abortion ban as 'extremist'

Jun. 30, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday denounced a Kentucky law designed to impose a near-total ban on abortions as “extremist,” pointing to the lack of exceptions for rape and incest victims as he pushed back on an issue that Republicans have made a policymaking...

ACLU Lawsuit: Abortion ban violates Kentucky constitution

Jun. 27, 2022 17:50 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's new abortion ban is being challenged by abortion-rights supporters, who filed a lawsuit Monday that says women are being “forced to remain pregnant against their will” in violation of the state's constitution. The state's Republican attorney...

Grain farmers affected by Kentucky tornadoes to get relief

Jun. 27, 2022 03:04 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Farmers in western Kentucky will get some relief after a grain elevator was damaged by deadly tornadoes in December. Gov. Andy Beshear announced that up to $3.25 million will help farmers continue to grow and process grains. Funds are from the Team West...

Man pardoned by former Ky. governor faces assault charges

Jun. 25, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man pardoned by former Gov. Matt Bevin, who said the man will do “great things with his life,” is facing assault and strangulation charges. The Kentucky Enquirer reports 20-year-old Johiem Bandy, of Covington, is charged with strangulation,...

Abortions stop at Kentucky clinics after Supreme Court rules

Jun. 24, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s so-called trigger laws means abortion has largely been outlawed in the state upon the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday. The state’s only two abortion clinics, both in Louisville, halted abortions Friday. The Kentucky...