Latest Kentucky state government News

Retired judge responds to Kentucky governor's criticism

Jan. 17, 2019 12:01 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — When the Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously struck down a pension law he had signed last year, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin called it an "unprecedented power grab by activist judges." Thursday, the judge who wrote the ruling fired back. In an Op-Ed sent to various news outlets,...

Suspect sought after man fatally shot at Kentucky store

Jan. 16, 2019 7:24 PM EST

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police are searching for a suspect after a fatal shooting at a convenience store. Police say the shooting happened early Wednesday when a man entered the A&B Quick Stop in Knox County and pointed a handgun at the clerk. Police said in a news release a bystander...

Report: Woman said Kentucky lawmaker made unwanted advances

Jan. 16, 2019 6:57 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The woman who accused Kentucky's former House speaker of sexual harassment said in a deposition that the lawmaker made more than 50 unwanted sexual advances while she worked for the House Republican Caucus, according to media accounts of the woman's testimony. The Kentucky Center for...

Ex-lawmaker resigns job at Kentucky Education Department

Jan. 16, 2019 5:57 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky lawmaker has resigned from his job at the state Department of Education after his name surfaced in a deposition by the woman who accused the state's ex-House speaker of sexual harassment. Brad Montell said in a social media post on Wednesday that he was stepping...

Beshear files for governor, urges opponents to release taxes

Jan. 15, 2019 8:57 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has officially filed to run for governor, calling on his Democratic opponents to release their tax returns ahead of the primary on May 21. Beshear is the second Democrat to file for the race, joining former state employee Geoff Young. Two other...

Hampton says she wants to run with Bevin for re-election

Jan. 15, 2019 5:52 PM EST

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's lieutenant governor says she wants another term in office, but Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has not said if he will keep her. Jenean Hampton told the Bowling Green Daily News in an exclusive interview she believes she has done a "fantastic job" and would be "a shoo-in."...

Kentucky residents again seek to block new Medicaid rules

Jan. 15, 2019 5:36 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Sixteen Kentucky residents have again asked a federal judge to block new eligibility requirements for Medicaid, but the partial federal government shutdown could delay a decision until after the new rules take effect. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is trying to change Kentucky's Medicaid...

High court: KY death row inmate's case should get new look

Jan. 14, 2019 11:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is telling Kentucky's highest court to take another look at the case of a serial murder on death row. The court Monday told the Supreme Court of Kentucky to revisit Larry Lamont White's death sentence in light of a 2017 Supreme Court ruling. That ruling involved a man...

Kentucky Department of Tourism releases new visitor's guide

Jan. 14, 2019 5:39 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Tourism has released a new visitor's guide that features stories by Kentuckians telling of their own experiences. The agency says the 2019 Official Kentucky Visitor's Guide focuses on some of the highlights of the state's tourism industry, including bourbon,...

Kentucky's governor will highlight GOP dinner in Ohio

Jan. 13, 2019 10:06 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — A southwest Ohio Republican party is featuring neighboring Kentucky's governor at an annual dinner. The Hamilton County GOP has announced that Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin will speak March 14 at its Lincoln-Reagan dinner at Cincinnati's Music Hall. Details will be made public later. The...