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With governor's reprieve, man released after murder-for-hire

Jan. 17, 2020 6:17 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man who was serving a life sentence in a 1994 murder-for-hire plot in Tennessee is out of prison and on parole after the former governor granted him a reprieve. Jeremy Ingram was released from Morgan County Correctional Complex on Friday, according Tennessee Department of...

Key Kentucky lawmaker suggests creating pardons commission

Jan. 15, 2020 5:31 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After a much-criticized flurry of last-minute pardons by ex-Gov. Matt Bevin, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers predicted Wednesday that lawmakers will try to modify the pardon process. The process has drawn intense scrutiny since Bevin, a Republican, issued hundreds of pardons...

Kentucky clinic given OK to apply for abortion license

Jan. 14, 2020 5:11 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials are inviting a Planned Parenthood clinic to apply for a license to perform abortions after it was denied by former Gov. Matt Bevin's administration. If a license is approved for the Louisville clinic, it would become only the second abortion provider in the state....

Kentucky congressman draws challenge from prominent attorney

Jan. 10, 2020 6:12 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Todd McMurtry, an attorney who represented a Kentucky student embroiled in media lawsuits after a viral encounter with a Native American activist, stepped forward Friday to challenge U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, setting up an intraparty fight in a solidly Republican congressional...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin looks out at the crowd during a campaign rally with President Donald Trump in Lexington, Ky. Bevin, who lost to Democrat Andy Beshear  in a close race, issued more than 400 pardons, including one for a convicted killer whose family raised campaign money for Bevin. This was one of the top stories in Kentucky in 2019.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Kentucky AG asks FBI to probe former Gov. Bevin's pardons

Jan. 2, 2020 4:27 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's new Republican attorney general has asked the FBI to investigate a flurry of pardons by former Gov. Matt Bevin. The pardons have drawn criticism from both sides of the political aisle after media reports highlighted some that went to convicts who had wealthy or politically...

Amy McGrath officially files papers to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 in Frankfurt, Ky. Calling her party's victory in the Kentucky governor's race a jolt of momentum for her own bid to unseat a Republican incumbent, Democrat Amy McGrath on Friday officially filed to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in what looms as a bruising, big-spending campaign next year. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

McGrath files to challenge McConnell in Senate race

Dec. 27, 2019 4:24 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Calling her party's victory in the Kentucky governor's race a jolt of momentum for her own bid to unseat a Republican incumbent, Democrat Amy McGrath on Friday officially filed to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in what looms as a bruising, big-spending campaign next...

FILE- In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, Republican Matt Bevin looks on during the final Kentucky gubernatorial debate between Bevin, the incumbent, and Democratic candidate Andy Beshear in Highland Heights, Ky. With a few days left in his term as Kentucky's governor, Republican Matt Bevin offered some unsolicited advice to his successor and political rival, urging Democrat Andy Beshear to confront the toughest tasks facing the state the same way he did.  (Albert Cesare/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, Pool, Fil)

Critics attack Bevin's pardon of man convicted of child rape

Dec. 20, 2019 7:18 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin defended his controversial pardon of a man who was convicted of raping a child, saying there was no physical evidence of an assault. Bevin's comments sparked a flurry of harsh criticism from medical and law enforcement officials. Micah Schoettle was...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, right, looks out at the crowd during a campaign rally with President Donald Trump in Lexington, Ky. Bevin, who lost to Democrat Andy Beshear last month in a close race, issued more than 400 pardons since the Nov. 5 election, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State's office.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Convicted killer pardoned by Bevin declares innocence

Dec. 17, 2019 6:03 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A slew of last-minute pardons by former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin stirred new controversy Tuesday as a clemency recipient whose family raised campaign money for Bevin declared his innocence. Bevin, a Republican, issued hundreds of pardons between his electoral defeat on Nov. 5 and...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, right, looks out at the crowd during a campaign rally with President Donald Trump in Lexington, Ky. Bevin, who lost to Democrat Andy Beshear last month in a close race, issued more than 400 pardons since the Nov. 5 election, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State's office.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Beshear joins critics of predecessor's spree of pardons

Dec. 16, 2019 8:24 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has said he wants to resist dwelling on his predecessor's actions but on Monday he spoke out against former Gov. Matt Bevin's spree of pardons , including one for a case he had a role in as attorney general. On the same day the new Democratic governor...

Kentucky governor rescinds planned Medicaid work requirement

Dec. 16, 2019 6:15 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday halted his Republican predecessor's efforts to impose work requirements as a condition for some able-bodied adults to receive Medicaid health coverage, calling his action the “moral, faith-driven thing to do." The new Democratic governor...