Latest Kentucky state government News

Supreme Court leaves Kentucky's ultrasound law in place

Dec. 9, 2019 10:55 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. The American Civil Liberties Union had...

Beshear chooses Cameron to fill remainder of his term as AG

Dec. 6, 2019 7:05 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Reaching across party lines, Democratic Gov.-elect Andy Beshear said Friday that he will appoint Republican Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron to become Kentucky's top law enforcement officer a few weeks early. Cameron's selection to serve the final weeks of Beshear's term as...

Kentucky paid $600K for probe but not known what it produced

Dec. 6, 2019 5:08 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An Indiana law firm has been paid at least $600,000 by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's administration for an investigation of former Gov. Steve Beshear's administration. The Lexington Herald-Leader obtained the information through an Open Records Act request to the state Finance and...

Kentucky's outgoing GOP governor leaving with parting shots

Dec. 6, 2019 2:54 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Combative to the end, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin unleashed a spree of attacks against his successor just days before handing over power, displaying the abrasive side of a personality that at times overshadowed his one term in office and contributed to his downfall. In...

New Kentucky Supreme Court justice swearing-in ceremony set

Dec. 6, 2019 4:57 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Newly elected Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Christopher Shea Nickell will be sworn in during a formal ceremony in Frankfort next week. Nickell, who was elected in November to fill the vacancy resulting from Justice Bill Cunningham's retirement in February, was sworn in Nov. 24 in...

Bevin order aimed at blocking higher pension for Adkins

Dec. 5, 2019 7:04 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Outgoing Republican Gov. Matt Bevin issued an executive order Thursday that would prevent longtime state Rep. Rocky Adkins from collecting a higher state pension due to the senior position he will assume in Democratic Gov.-elect Andy Beshear's administration. The executive order,...

Memo says Gov.-elect Beshear facing massive budget shortfall

Dec. 5, 2019 4:47 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov.-elect Andy Beshear faces a budget shortfall that could exceed $1 billion as he prepares a two-year state spending plan to submit to lawmakers in early 2020, according to a memo from outgoing Gov. Matt Bevin's administration. The memo from Bevin's budget director, John...

Incoming Kentucky AG Cameron makes appointments

Dec. 5, 2019 5:12 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron has made appointments of two attorneys to lead his criminal and civil divisions. Cameron announced Wednesday that Amy Burke will serve as an assistant deputy attorney general overseeing the office's criminal justice matters. Burke is...

Beshear to expand email requests for public records

Dec. 4, 2019 12:59 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — All executive branch state agencies in Kentucky will accept emailed requests for public records to make it easier for people and the media to access information, Gov.-elect Andy Beshear said Wednesday. Earlier this year, state lawmakers passed a measure paving the way for agencies to...

Outgoing governor urges successor to 'do the hard things'

Dec. 4, 2019 12:52 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — With a few days left in his term as Kentucky's governor, Republican Matt Bevin offered some unsolicited advice to his successor and political archnemesis, urging Democrat Andy Beshear to confront the toughest tasks facing the state the same way he did. “Do the hard...