Latest Kentucky state government News

Kentucky AG: New position to help prosecute violent crimes

Jan. 25, 2022 04:06 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general has appointed a former commonwealth's attorney to fill a new position to assist in prosecuting cases involving violent crimes and capital offenses. Thomas L. Lockridge has been appointed to the position within the Prosecutors...

Grant applications open for Appalachian communities

Jan. 25, 2022 04:02 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Eastern Kentucky communities can now apply for grant funding for projects that will improve their economy and the local area. The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands is accepting applications in anticipation of receiving 2022 Abandoned Mine Lands...

Kentucky officials hoping coronavirus surge could soon peak

Jan. 24, 2022 18:59 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Coming off another record week of new COVID-19 cases, Kentucky's surge from the fast-moving omicron variant could be close to reaching a peak, state officials said Monday. The cautious optimism was based on the duration of omicron surges elsewhere. ...

Western Kentucky city becomes certified as trail town

Jan. 24, 2022 04:11 AM EST

LIVERMORE, Ky. (AP) — A city in western Kentucky has become certified as the 25th trail town in the state, officials said. Livermore in McLean County received its certification from the Kentucky Department of Tourism, officials said Friday in a statement. The tourism...

McConnell responds to uproar over comment about Black voters

Jan. 21, 2022 20:22 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back Friday against the uproar over a comment he made about African American voters, calling the criticism directed his way “outrageous.” McConnell had been accused of racism for saying that “African...

GOP redistricting measures draw court challenge in Kentucky

Jan. 20, 2022 20:30 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's newly drawn congressional and state House maps drew a swift court challenge Thursday as GOP lawmakers overrode the Democratic governor's vetoes of the redistricting bills. The lawsuit claimed the boundaries approved by the Republican-dominated...

Kentucky House passes its version of new 2-year state budget

Jan. 20, 2022 19:49 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican-led House passed its version of a new two-year state budget Thursday, endorsing increased education spending and a pay raise for state employees. The budget bill was put on an unprecedented fast track, clearing a committee and the full...

Historic Cincinnati-Kentucky bridge reopening pushed back

Jan. 20, 2022 04:10 AM EST

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The reopening date of the John A. Roebling Bridge between Covington, Ky., and Cincinnati has been delayed again. The suspension bridge over the Ohio River will not reopen on Monday as planned because winter weather has delayed concrete reaching its full...

Kentucky's governor vetoes GOP-drawn redistricting plans

Jan. 19, 2022 20:33 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoed Republican-crafted maps for congressional and state House districts Wednesday, saying the boundaries reflect “unconstitutional political gerrymandering.” Both measures overwhelmingly cleared the GOP-dominated...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jan. 19, 2022 18:09 PM EST

Bowling Green Daily News. January 16, 2022. Editorial: Stand up for school councils Ever since the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act, local control has been a centerpiece of school governance across Kentucky. The Kentucky Supreme Court had ruled in...