Latest Kentucky state government News

Kentucky governor faces pushback over use of state aircraft

Sep. 20, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican governor has run into turbulence over his use of taxpayer-owned aircraft, creating another distraction for a reelection campaign already dogged by feuds with teachers, struggles over state pensions and a legal fight with his lieutenant governor. Gov. Matt Bevin...

Kentucky court considers whether to raise death penalty age

Sep. 19, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court delved into a case Thursday revolving around whether the death penalty should apply to defendants who committed their crimes between the ages of 18 and 21. The case reached the high court after a lower court judge ruled that applying the death penalty to such...

Beshear releases plan aimed at boosting Kentucky tourism

Sep. 19, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear on Thursday released a plan aimed at making Kentucky a bigger tourism destination as a way to build economic growth. Beshear's plan calls for a new marketing campaign focused on attracting tourists from nearby states. Those marketing...

Kentucky scraps plan for distributing Real ID licenses

Sep. 18, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has backed off plans to have circuit court clerk's offices distribute new driver's licenses that comply with a federal travel law stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Instead, the state Transportation Cabinet said Wednesday that it will work with Kentucky lawmakers...

Lawsuit seeks to remove Kentucky AG candidate from ballot

Sep. 17, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit is alleging the Republican nominee for Kentucky attorney general has not been a practicing attorney long enough to serve. The suit filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court by Joseph L. Jackson of Louisville asks that Republican Daniel Cameron's name be removed from the...

Bevin plays up immigration, abortion in new ads

Sep. 17, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Reinserting immigration into his reelection campaign, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has embraced an issue Donald Trump rode to the presidency while acknowledging that illegal immigration isn't "a huge issue" for a state that lies far from the nation's borders. Bevin's campaign...

Letter: 150,000-plus voters placed on 'inactive list'

Sep. 16, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than 150,000 registered Kentucky voters were improperly placed on an "inactive list" that could jeopardize their right to vote in November, the state Democratic Party said Monday. In a letter to the State Board of Elections, Democratic chairman Ben Self demanded that the board...

Beshear wins endorsement from Fraternal Order of Police

Sep. 16, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear has won an endorsement from the Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police. Beshear has stressed his record as attorney general in his campaign against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Beshear says he has worked with law enforcement on...

Bevin-Beshear competition extends to fundraising

Sep. 13, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The bitter competition between Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear spread to the size of their campaign bank accounts Friday. Both sides offered glimpses into their fundraising performances as the governor's race heads toward the pivotal final...

Chief Justice: Drug courts failing to keep up with needs

Sep. 13, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's drug court program has failed to keep up with surging demand for its treatment services in a state grappling with addiction woes, the state's chief justice said Friday while signaling that he'll seek funding to expand the services. Testifying before a state legislative...