Latest Kentucky state government News

Democrats’ Southern victories could affect redistricting

Nov. 18, 2019 2:25 PM EST

The re-election victory by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards over the weekend has assured Democrats of an all-important place at the table when political maps are redrawn after the 2020 census for future elections to Congress and the state Legislature. Edwards’ narrow triumph on Saturday marked the third...

Kentucky coroner identifies 11-year-old as house fire victim

Nov. 18, 2019 8:48 AM EST

STONE, Ky. (AP) — A coroner says a body found in a burning home in Eastern Kentucky has been identified as an 11-year-old girl. News outlets report Pike County Deputy Coroner Mike Hall said Saturday an autopsy confirmed the victim was Ayla Eastwood. He said foul play isn’t suspected. Kentucky State...

Applications open for Kentucky entrepreneurship program

Nov. 18, 2019 4:46 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs in Kentucky has begun taking applications for next year’s program focusing on product innovation and business model design. A statement from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet says the three-week summer program at...

2019 Takeaways: Suburb shift, high turnout and ‘Socialism!’

Nov. 17, 2019 9:15 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Odd-year elections in Louisiana, Kentucky and Virginia have let Democrats expand their footprint in Southern states where Republicans dominated not long ago. Those outcomes hardly predict national 2020 results: President Donald Trump isn’t suddenly at risk of losing Louisiana...

Beshear to Kentucky teachers: Help is on the way

Nov. 15, 2019 3:20 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — On election night, long before his win in the Kentucky governor’s race became official, Democrat Andy Beshear made clear who he thought helped make it happen. “To our educators, this is your victory,” Beshear proclaimed in a Nov. 5 victory speech as he maintained...

Sheriff: Student hospitalized after ‘vaping overdose’

Nov. 15, 2019 11:46 AM EST

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky says a student was hospitalized because of a possible vaping overdose. News outlets report a Daviess County High School resource officer told deputies that a female student was being taken to the hospital from a “vaping overdose.” A press release...

Radio host says he won’t run to unseat Mitch McConnell

Nov. 15, 2019 10:43 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky radio host returned to the airwaves after a hiatus to announce he won’t enter the race to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2020. Matt Jones left his popular sports talk show last week when the Kentucky Republican Party complained he was using it to...

Reaction to Bevin concession in governor’s race

Nov. 14, 2019 6:28 PM EST

Reaction from Kentucky officials to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s concession to Democrat Andy Beshear, ending the state’s bitterly fought governor’s race: —Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne: “With today’s concession announcement, the governor put the people of Kentucky...

Beshear set for ‘next chapter’ as Bevin concedes in Kentucky

Nov. 14, 2019 6:04 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin conceded to Democratic archnemesis Andy Beshear on Thursday, putting an end to Kentucky’s bitterly fought governor’s race and setting the stage for divided government in a GOP stronghold. Bevin, an ally of President Donald Trump, made the...

The Latest: Beshear urges unity after his rival’s concession

Nov. 14, 2019 5:38 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the Kentucky governor’s race (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Gov.-elect Andy Beshear says it’s time for Kentuckians to come together now that his tough race against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has concluded. Beshear thanked Bevin for his promise to ensure a...