Latest Kentucky state government News

Another military veteran joins Kentucky US Senate race

Jul. 18, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Mike Broihier, a political newcomer with a broad resume as a Marine officer, farmer and small-town newspaperman, ventured into a high-stakes Senate race as the latest military-tested candidate aiming to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell next year in Kentucky....

Kentucky governor says Trump is 'absolutely not' a racist

Jul. 17, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump is "absolutely not" a racist, Kentucky's strongly pro-Trump governor said Wednesday while sidestepping questions about the president's tweet declaring that four congresswomen of color should go back to the countries from which they came. Gov. Matt Bevin drew...

Bevin, Beshear clash on several issues at farm bureau forum

Jul. 17, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear clashed on education and health care policies while sharing the stage for a forum before Kentucky's most influential agricultural group that turned feisty Wednesday. Speaking at Kentucky Farm Bureau headquarters,...

Indiana man accused of labor trafficking minors in Kentucky

Jul. 17, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A man is being accused of bringing 12 children from out of state into Kentucky to sell candy for him. The Kentucky Attorney General told news outlets Tuesday that 54-year-old Shawn Floyd was being investigated for human trafficking of minors in several Kentucky counties over the...

Company to open CBD oil operation in Kentucky

Jul. 17, 2019 4:41 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say a company that specializes in CBD oil extraction and distillation plans to build a $6 million-plus manufacturing plant in Boyle County. Gov. Matt Bevin's office says the venture will create up to 34 full-time jobs over a decade. State officials say the...

Kentucky health officials won't ban tattoos over scars

Jul. 16, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A proposal to ban tattooing on scarred skin will fade away after Kentucky health officials backed off the proposed regulation. State officials said Tuesday that updated regulations for tattoo studios will move forward without the proposed ban on tattoos over scars. The Cabinet for...

Rand Paul touts efforts to increase legal immigration to US

Jul. 15, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One way to reduce the tide of immigrants entering the United States illegally is to expand federal laws allowing newcomers to enter the country legally, Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Monday. The Kentucky lawmaker touted two bills that he's sponsoring in an attempt to increase...

Gov. Bevin: Special session on pensions to start Friday

Jul. 15, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A long-anticipated special legislative session will convene later this week in an effort to deliver relief for regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies strapped by surging pension costs, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced Monday. Lawmakers will meet starting at 8 a.m....

Bevin announces legislation that would ban sanctuary cities

Jul. 12, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says some Republican lawmakers will introduce legislation to keep local governments from enacting policies that would keep police from cooperating with immigration authorities. News outlets report Bevin said at a news conference Friday in Lexington that the...

2 Kentucky airports awarded nearly $11M in grants

Jul. 12, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Two general aviation Kentucky airports have been awarded grants totaling nearly $11 million as part of funding announced by the U.S. Transportation Department. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the Gallatin Airport in Sparta will receive $9 million to invest in grading and...