Latest Kentucky News

Land conservation organization acquires 100,000 acres

Apr. 22, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A land conservation organization has acquired 100,000 acres (40,469 hectares) on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. News outlets report The Nature Conservancy announced on Monday that the purchased area covers 156 square miles (404 sq. kilometers) across areas of northern Tennessee and...

Kentucky soldier based at Fort Campbell dies in Iraq

Apr. 22, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky soldier based at Fort Campbell has died in a noncombat related incident in Iraq. News outlets cite a statement from the Defense Department in reporting that 22-year-old Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley of Richmond died April 20 in Ninawa Province. The statement says the...

Bevin looks to overcome battles to win another term

Apr. 20, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Never one to duck controversy, Kentucky's Republican governor has feuded with teachers and insulted judges. He stunned GOP lawmakers recently by vetoing a pension bill counted on by an array of state-funded agencies, provoking a spat with the state Senate's top leader. Just weeks away...

St. Joseph's guard Kimble joins Louisville as grad transfer

Apr. 19, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has added former St. Joseph's point guard Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble to its roster as a graduate transfer. A two-year starter and only three-time captain for the Hawks, the 6-foot, 180-pound Kimble totaled 908 points with 111 3-pointers and 265 assists at the school. He ranked...

Churchill Downs enacts improvements for horse, rider safety

Apr. 18, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs will invest $8 million for an on-site equine medical center as part of several other measures to improve safety for horses and riders. The medical center is expected to open next March and will include a quarantine facility. Next month's Kentucky Derby will have a...

Investigation of illegal painkillers targets 30 in Tennessee

Apr. 18, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A doctor who prescribed more than 4 million opioid pills, including to a pregnant woman who later died, is one of more than 30 medical professionals in Tennessee charged with illegally prescribing and distributing millions of painkillers, federal authorities said Thursday. U.S....

Kentucky signs Keion Brooks, graduate transfer Nate Sestina

Apr. 18, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has signed forward Keion Brooks to a national letter of intent after adding former Bucknell forward Nate Sestina as a graduate transfer. The 6-foot-7, 200-pound Brooks is the Wildcats' first signee of the spring period that began Wednesday and runs through May 15. Considered...

McConnell proposes national minimum age of 21 for tobacco

Apr. 18, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally, rating the health initiative as one of his top priorities. The Senate leader said his bill will cover all tobacco...

Kentucky adds Bucknell graduate transfer Nate Sestina

Apr. 18, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has signed former Bucknell forward Nate Sestina as a graduate transfer for next season. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Sestina will receive an undergraduate degree in geography next month and be eligible to play this fall for the Wildcats. He averaged 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds...

Tennessee, Kentucky govs talk up criminal justice reform

Apr. 17, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday that he has started evaluating his first clemency plea from a death row inmate, who is slated for execution next month. Lee made the comments at a forum alongside fellow Republican Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky about criminal justice reform at...