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Georgia Senate OKs governor-backed 'heartbeat' abortion ban

Mar. 22, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Amid protests and a heavy police presence, the Georgia Senate on Friday passed a bill banning almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill, backed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, passed on a 34-18 party-line vote and would be one of the nation's strictest...

Mississippi governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion law

Mar. 21, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday signed one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation — a measure that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. Bryant's action came despite a federal judge's ruling last year that...

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 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...

Edelen debuts TV ad in run for Kentucky governor

Mar. 16, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Adam Edelen rails against corporate money influencing politics and recalls the pain of seeing his father lose his job as the Democrat takes to the airwaves this weekend to make the case that he should be Kentucky's next governor. The 30-second TV ad, scheduled to start airing Sunday,...

ACLU seeks to block fetal heartbeat measure in Kentucky

Mar. 15, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Abortion-rights defenders opened a new legal fight against Kentucky on Friday to try to block one of the country's most restrictive abortion measures, which would mostly ban the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Hours after Kentucky's Republican-dominated legislature...