Latest Kentucky state government News

AG: Bevin's special-session call could draw legal challenge

Jul. 20, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Attorney General Andy Beshear on Saturday accused Gov. Matt Bevin of jeopardizing any pension-relief measure that might emerge from a special legislative session by trying to dictate the terms of legislation considered by Kentucky lawmakers. Beshear, a Democrat challenging Bevin in...

House panel advances Bevin-backed pension bill

Jul. 20, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's pension-relief proposal won approval from a legislative committee on Saturday, clearing its first hurdle of the mid-summer special session. The House State Government Committee approved the measure after defeating two Democratic-sponsored proposals during a...

Kentucky lawmakers convene for session on pensions

Jul. 19, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For the second time in seven months, Kentucky's Republican governor called lawmakers back into a special session Friday to deal with the state's pension problems. The GOP-dominated legislature convened to consider Gov. Matt Bevin's pension-relief plan for regional universities and...

The Latest: Speaker predicts House will pass pension bill

Jul. 19, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Kentucky lawmakers convening for a special session dealing with pension problems. (all times local): 10 a.m. Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne is predicting that the Republican-led chamber will pass pension-relief legislation in a special session. Lawmakers convened...

Bevin issues call for special legislative session

Jul. 18, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin formally set the agenda for his mid-summer special legislative session, signaling Thursday that it will be limited to pension-relief legislation. Bevin's proclamation laid out details of his much-vetted pension-relief plan for regional universities and...

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...