Latest Kentucky state government News

Kentucky prosecutor who urged pardon absent from courtroom

Jan. 25, 2020 4:53 PM EST

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky prosecutor has been absent from court in the weeks following the release of the letter where he asked former Gov. Matt Bevin to pardon a man convicted of sexual abuse. Two judges in Christian County said there is an agreement between them and Commonwealth's Attorney Rick...

Kentucky colleges, universities to seek funding increase

Jan. 24, 2020 4:54 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky state colleges and universities will ask for their first funding increase since the 2007-08 budget, lawmakers were told. Aaron Thompson, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, said public colleges will seek a 6.2% increase next fiscal year and an 8.8%...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet college scholarships offered

Jan. 24, 2020 4:51 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — College students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology degrees can apply for scholarships offered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The cabinet will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year to prospective and current college students, the...

Kentucky voter ID bill clears Senate, heads to House

Jan. 23, 2020 6:57 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky voters would be asked to show a government-issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot, under a bill that won state Senate approval Thursday — but the legislation provides some exceptions. People lacking photo IDs could present debit or credit cards or Social Security...

Beshear administration hands over records sought by media

Jan. 23, 2020 6:13 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear's administration says it has handed over documents in multiple open records lawsuits that his predecessor, Gov. Matt Bevin, had sought to keep secret. The administration agreed to settle the suits by handing over documents in four cases and paying about $90,000 the...

Panel advances bill requiring armed officers at schools

Jan. 23, 2020 3:32 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill to require police officers assigned to Kentucky schools to be armed won unanimous approval Thursday from the Senate Education Committee. The committee action, advancing the measure to the full Senate, came on the second anniversary of the shooting at Marshall County High School...

Kentucky bill requires care for infants surviving abortion

Jan. 23, 2020 3:28 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill that would require doctors and other health workers to provide life-saving care for an infant born alive after a failed abortion attempt was approved by a Kentucky Senate panel Thursday. The measure sailed through the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection...

Kentucky voter ID bill for voting clears Senate committee

Jan. 22, 2020 6:34 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Republican-led Senate panel on Wednesday loosened a bill requiring voters to produce a photo ID by adding other acceptable forms of identification. The proposal now heads to the full Senate. Under the revised version, people lacking photo IDs could present other forms of...

Kentucky adding regional offices to issue Real ID licenses

Jan. 22, 2020 5:52 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Regional offices will open in Somerset and Paducah to help Kentuckians obtain new Real ID licenses that comply with federal requirements, Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday. The governor also announced that Sarah Jackson will serve as the new Real ID project manager as the state faces a...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jan. 22, 2020 10:55 AM EST

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Jan. 20 The Bowling Green Daily News on legislation that would tighten parameters on the governor’s pardon powers: Right before former Gov. Matt Bevin left office in early December, he issued a number of controversial pardons that rightfully caused a lot of...