Latest Kentucky state government News

Kentucky House OKs $2.5M for veterans nursing home

Jan. 28, 2020 4:25 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House voted unanimously to approve $2.5 million for design and preliminary work for a veterans nursing home in Bowling Green. The funding would be in addition to the $10.5 million in state bond funding allocated by the 2017 General Assembly, lawmakers said. The proposed...

ER physician to head Kentucky's Dept. of Public Health

Jan. 28, 2020 4:21 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Dr. Steven Stack has been named commissioner of Kentucky's Department for Public Health. Stack is an emergency physician at Saint Joseph Hospital East in Lexington, and has also served as medical director for the hospital. He has also worked at other Kentucky hospitals and in...

Kentucky governor to unveil his budget plan to lawmakers

Jan. 28, 2020 4:17 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear presents his budget plan to state lawmakers in a highly anticipated speech Tuesday night, culminating weeks of work since his election. The Democratic governor has said his spending blueprint for the next two years will reflect his values. Support for public...

Bill aims to move more people off assistance, into workforce

Jan. 27, 2020 7:51 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky House Republican leaders introduced legislation Monday aimed at shifting more people off public assistance and into the workforce. The measure, designated a top priority as House Bill 1, takes aim at a long-running problem — the state's low workforce participation...

Kentucky bill requires care for infants surviving abortion

Jan. 27, 2020 7:04 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill that would require doctors and other health workers to provide life-sustaining care for an infant born alive after a failed abortion attempt was approved by the Kentucky Senate on Monday. The measure sailed through the Senate on a 32-0 vote and heads to the House next. It's the...

Bill requiring armed school officers clears Kentucky Senate

Jan. 27, 2020 6:21 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a follow-up to last year's school safety law, the Kentucky Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation Monday to require that police officers be armed when assigned to schools. The measure stems from the 2018 shooting at Marshall County High School in western Kentucky. Two students,...

School choice advocates rally at the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. They are supporting legislation that would give tax credits to people who donate to scholarship funds for special-needs children or those in low-income homes to attend private schools. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

School choice supporters rally for scholarship tax credit

Jan. 27, 2020 1:47 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — School choice advocates in Kentucky renewed their push Monday to create scholarship tax credits for private schools, a proposal that some public school supporters and the state's new governor oppose. Two Republicans on last year's statewide ballot — state Sen. Ralph Alvarado...

Kentucky prosecutor who urged pardon absent from courtroom

Jan. 25, 2020 4:53 PM EST

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky prosecutor has been absent from court in the weeks following the release of the letter where he asked former Gov. Matt Bevin to pardon a man convicted of sexual abuse. Two judges in Christian County said there is an agreement between them and Commonwealth's Attorney Rick...

Kentucky colleges, universities to seek funding increase

Jan. 24, 2020 4:54 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky state colleges and universities will ask for their first funding increase since the 2007-08 budget, lawmakers were told. Aaron Thompson, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, said public colleges will seek a 6.2% increase next fiscal year and an 8.8%...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet college scholarships offered

Jan. 24, 2020 4:51 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — College students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology degrees can apply for scholarships offered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The cabinet will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year to prospective and current college students, the...