Latest Kentucky state government News

Gov. Beshear warns of complacency amid surge in virus cases

Sep. 29, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Warning of a growing complacency in fighting the coronavirus, Kentucky's governor said Monday the state is experiencing a surge in cases that needs to be met with a commitment to public mask wearing. The Bluegrass State had nearly 5,000 coronavirus cases last week — the most in...

State Rep. Attica Scott speaks during a news conference, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Breonna Taylor's family attorney Ben Crump is calling for the Kentucky attorney general to release the transcripts from the grand jury that decided not to charge any of the officers involved in the Black woman's death.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Officer charged in Breonna Taylor case pleads not guilty

Sep. 29, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The lone Kentucky detective facing charges related to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor pleaded not guilty Monday. Brett Hankison’s plea comes five days after a grand jury indicted him on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into the home of Taylor’s...

Black Lives Matter protesters march, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Louisville. Breonna Taylor's family demanded Friday that Kentucky authorities release all body camera footage, police files and the transcripts of the grand jury hearings that led to no charges against police officers who killed the Black woman during a March drug raid at her apartment. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Family demands release of evidence in Breonna Taylor's case

Sep. 26, 2020 1:39 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Breonna Taylor’s family demanded Friday that Kentucky authorities release all body camera footage, police files and the transcripts of the grand jury proceedings that led to no charges being brought against police officers who killed the Black woman during a raid at her...

Black Lives Matter protesters march, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Louisville. Breonna Taylor's family demanded Friday that Kentucky authorities release all body camera footage, police files and the transcripts of the grand jury hearings that led to no charges against police officers who killed the Black woman during a March drug raid at her apartment. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Latest: Protesters outside Louisville church amid curfew

Sep. 25, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury's decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor's death: (all times EDT) 9:30 p.m. More than 100 people have gathered outside a downtown church in Louisville, Kentucky, despite a nighttime curfew. The...

State Rep. Attica Scott speaks during a news conference, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Breonna Taylor's family attorney Ben Crump is calling for the Kentucky attorney general to release the transcripts from the grand jury that decided not to charge any of the officers involved in the Black woman's death.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Kentucky lawmaker arrested during protests in Taylor case

Sep. 25, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawmaker who spent a night in jail after her arrest during protests demanding justice for Breonna Taylor said Friday that she'll redouble her push for criminal justice reforms. State Rep. Attica Scott was arrested and charged Thursday evening with first-degree rioting, a...

Beshear reports 12 more COVID-19 deaths in Kentucky

Sep. 25, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear reported 930 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky on Friday and 12 additional deaths. “We cannot continue to have days where we have 900-plus cases,” Beshear said. “Please put on your mask. Please engage in social distancing. The lives and the...

Breonna Taylor family attorney Ben Crump: Kentucky attorney general should release grand jury transcripts

Sep. 25, 2020 10:56 AM EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Breonna Taylor family attorney Ben Crump: Kentucky attorney general should release grand jury transcripts.
FILE - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Kentucky’s Supreme Court has ruled, Thursday, Sept. 24,  that Beshear properly paid a law firm $4.2 million in legal fees for helping the state settle a lawsuit against opioid-maker Purdue Pharma when he was attorney general. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kentucky Supreme Court: Legal fees OK in Purdue Pharma case

Sep. 25, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Andy Beshear properly paid a law firm $4.2 million in legal fees for helping the state settle a lawsuit against opioid-maker Purdue Pharma when he was attorney general. The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Beshear, a Democrat,...

Two men gather outside of Jefferson Square Park following protests over a lack of charges against Louisville police in Breonna Taylor's death, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Louisville, Ky.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Latest: Louisville protest ends after a night of tension

Sep. 24, 2020 11:46 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury's decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor's death: (all times EDT) 11:15 p.m. A protest has ended outside a Louisville church where demonstrators had rallied against a grand jury decision in the Breonna...

Protesters march, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Authorities pleaded for calm while activists vowed to fight on Thursday in Kentucky's largest city, where a gunman wounded two police officers during anguished protests following the decision not to charge officers for killing Breonna Taylor. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

'No easy answer': Many ask what next in Breonna Taylor case

Sep. 24, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In the wake of the decision not to prosecute Kentucky police officers for killing Breonna Taylor, authorities and activists alike wrestled Thursday with the question of what comes next amid continued demands for justice in the Black woman's death. “The question obviously is:...