Latest Kentucky state government News

2 killed, including 9-year-old, in Kentucky house fire

Mar. 23, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say two people have died in a house fire, including a 9-year-old. State Police named 44-year-old Timothy Gambill as one of the deceased in the fire Saturday in West Liberty in Morgan County. Police did not name the 9-year-old who died. Both victims were...

Federal judge blocks 2nd Kentucky abortion law within days

Mar. 20, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For the second time in days, a federal judge on Wednesday issued an order temporarily blocking a new Kentucky law aimed at imposing more restrictions on abortion. U.S. District Judge David J. Hale granted another temporary restraining order sought by the American Civil Liberties Union...

Kentucky governor says he exposed his children to chickenpox

Mar. 20, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said in a radio interview that he deliberately exposed his children to chickenpox so they would catch the highly contagious disease and become immune. During a Tuesday interview on Bowling Green radio station WKCT, Bevin said his children were "miserable for a...

Kentucky governor says he exposed his children to chickenpox

Mar. 20, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said in a radio interview that he deliberately exposed his children to chickenpox so they would catch the highly contagious disease and become immune. During a Tuesday interview on Bowling Green radio station WKCT, Bevin said his children were "miserable for a...

Goforth unveils first TV ad in challenging Kentucky governor

Mar. 20, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican lawmaker Robert Goforth plays up his Kentucky roots in the first TV ad of his campaign challenge against Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin in the spring GOP primary. The 30-second ad that began airing Wednesday mentions Goforth's ties to southeastern Kentucky. Goforth is a state...

Kentucky AG advocates 'Green Dot' anti-violence initiative

Mar. 20, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general says his office is joining in an initiative that encourages bystanders to actively prevent violence. Attorney General Andy Beshear said Tuesday that employees in his office will take part in the training as part of the so-called "Green Dot" initiative. Its...

Kentucky gov signs abortion bill already facing a lawsuit

Mar. 19, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican governor on Tuesday signed into law an anti-abortion measure already entangled in a federal lawsuit, instructing his lawyers to fight the legal challenge against the new restrictions on the procedure. Days before Gov. Matt Bevin put his signature on the...

Ky gov signs bill limiting Grimes' power over election board

Mar. 19, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation removing the secretary of state's power over the State Board of Elections was signed into law on Tuesday by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin — on the same day the board met. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes did not attend the meeting at the state Capitol. The seat...

She's OK! First lady of Kentucky falls off back of stage

Mar. 19, 2019 6:34 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin fell off the speaker's platform during the Governor's Prayer Breakfast in Lexington, but she's OK. Governor's office spokesman Woody Maglinger tells The Courier Journal that Glenna Bevin was shaken up but didn't need any medical attention. Maglinger...

Former VP candidate Tim Kaine to speak in Louisville

Mar. 19, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine will be in Kentucky next month to speak at the University of Louisville. Kaine, a Democratic U.S. Senator from Virginia, will speak as part of the McConnell Center's Distinguished Speaker Series. Kaine ran on the ticket with Hillary...