Latest Kentucky state government News

A booming bourbon industry has Kentucky leaders toasting record growth

Feb. 06, 2024 17:42 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Fifteen years ago, bourbon barons poured whiskey out on the steps of the Kentucky Capitol to protest a looming tax increase on the spirits industry. On Tuesday, industry leaders reassembled with a bipartisan group of Kentucky leaders to toast the bourbon sector's record...

Kentucky House boosts school spending but leaves out guaranteed teacher raises and universal pre-K

Feb. 01, 2024 19:05 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Republican-led Kentucky House endorsed higher spending for education in its two-year state spending plan on Thursday but left out two of the Democratic governor's top priorities — guaranteed pay raises for teachers and access to preschool for every 4-year-old. ...

Kentucky juvenile facilities have issues with force, staffing, report says

Jan. 31, 2024 17:19 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s juvenile justice system has lingering problems with the use of force and isolation techniques and has done little to implement a 2017 state audit’s suggestions for improvement, according to a report released Wednesday. The new report from...

School choice measure will reach Kentucky's November ballot, key lawmaker predicts

Jan. 25, 2024 14:04 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers are likely to put a proposal on the November ballot allowing voters to weigh in on whether the state should offer support for enrollments in charter and private schools, a key House committee chairman predicted Thursday. Republican Rep....

Effort to end odd-year elections for governor, other state offices wins Kentucky Senate approval

Jan. 17, 2024 19:05 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A long-running effort to shift Kentucky's elections for governor and other statewide offices to coincide with presidential elections won approval in the state Senate on Wednesday. Now comes a much bigger test for supporters: whether they can muster enough votes to win House...

Republicans, Democrats finalize candidate lineups for Kentucky elections in 2024

Jan. 05, 2024 18:50 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's congressional and legislative campaigns came into focus Friday as Republicans and Democrats completed candidate lineups for 2024 elections lacking a marquee race for statewide office unlike last year, when the state was in the limelight with its hotly contested...

FBI calls bomb threats that led to brief lockdowns and evacuations of some state capitols a hoax

Jan. 03, 2024 21:07 PM EST

A bomb threat emailed to officials in several states early Wednesday briefly disrupted government affairs and prompted some state capitol evacuations, but no explosives were found and federal officials quickly dismissed the threats as a hoax. The threats follow a spate of false...

Kentucky lawmakers return to work, and the next state budget is on top of their agenda

Jan. 02, 2024 16:37 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers convened Tuesday for a 60-day session that'll be dominated by crafting the next state budget, with Republican supermajorities in both chambers once again shaping Bluegrass State policies even as voters extended an era of divided government by reelecting...

Kentucky woman seeking court approval for abortion learned her embryo no longer has cardiac activity

Dec. 12, 2023 14:13 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A pregnant woman in Kentucky who filed a lawsuit demanding the right to an abortion has learned her embryo no longer has cardiac activity, her attorneys said Tuesday. The plaintiff’s attorneys signaled their intent to continue the challenge to Kentucky’s...

Kentucky judge strikes down charter schools funding measure

Dec. 11, 2023 19:36 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky law aimed at setting up a funding method for charter schools was struck down by a judge on Monday, dealing another setback for school choice advocates. The decision likely stymies efforts, for now, to give charter schools a foothold in the Bluegrass...