Latest Kentucky state government News

Report shows a drop in drug overdose deaths in Kentucky but governor says the fight is far from over

Jun. 06, 2024 18:40 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky fell nearly 10% in 2023, marking a second straight annual decline in the fight against an addiction epidemic that's far from over, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday. The number of fatal overdoses statewide dropped below 2,000, as...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

May. 24, 2024 00:39 AM EDT

Ashland Independent. May 20, 2024. Editorial: Literacy programs vital Sometimes all it takes is a tiny nudge in the right direction for a big idea to become reality. That is exactly what happened four years ago when local mother and Franklin County...

Massie's role in failed bid to oust House speaker doesn't affect his victory in Kentucky GOP primary

May. 21, 2024 22:44 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Rep. Thomas Massie’s role in the failed bid to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson didn’t harm his standing with Republican voters in his Kentucky district, where he easily won his primary election on Tuesday in the conservative stronghold. Massie far...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

May. 16, 2024 17:03 PM EDT

Ashland Daily Independent. May 16, 2024. Editorial: Vote Tuesday Kentucky will have the primary election this Tuesday. Candidates have their yard signs out, their Facebook pages updated, and have attended various functions throughout the area. In...

Democratic mayor joins Kentucky GOP lawmakers to celebrate state funding for Louisville

Apr. 29, 2024 18:19 PM EDT

The amount of state funding headed to Kentucky's largest city to support downtown renewal, education, health care and other priorities shows that the days of talking about an urban-rural divide in the Bluegrass State are “now behind us,” Louisville's mayor said Monday. The new...

Bill meant to improve math skills passes as Kentucky lawmakers reach end of legislative session

Apr. 15, 2024 21:39 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation aimed at improving the math skills of Kentucky students won final passage Monday as lawmakers considered the final stacks of bills before concluding this year's legislative session. A measure intended to reduce the Bluegrass State’s maternal...

Progressive candidates are increasingly sharing their own abortion stories after Roe's demise

Apr. 13, 2024 14:41 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For decades, only three people knew Gloria Johnson had had an abortion. But a year of watching women and doctors agonize under Tennessee's strict abortion ban kicked up a fire in the longtime Democrat. She watched in dismay as her Republican colleagues in...

Republican-backed budget bill with increased K-12 funding sent to Kentucky's Democratic governor

Mar. 28, 2024 21:31 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's legislature delivered on a new two-year state budget Thursday that would increase funding for K-12 schools as lawmakers accomplished their biggest responsibility of this year's legislative session. The spending plan won final passage in the House...

Republican-passed bill removes role of Democratic governor if Senate vacancy occurs in Kentucky

Mar. 28, 2024 20:17 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a bill stripping the state's Democratic governor of any role in picking someone to occupy a U.S. Senate seat if a vacancy occurred in the home state of 82-year-old Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. The...

State budget bill passed by Kentucky Senate would increase support for schools

Mar. 27, 2024 22:45 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate delivered bipartisan support Wednesday night for a new two-year state budget that would increase funding for K-12 schools as lawmakers moved closer to accomplishing their biggest responsibility of this year's legislative session. The budget...