Latest Kentucky state government News

McConnell responds to uproar over comment about Black voters

Jan. 21, 2022 20:22 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back Friday against the uproar over a comment he made about African American voters, calling the criticism directed his way “outrageous.” McConnell had been accused of racism for saying that “African...

GOP redistricting measures draw court challenge in Kentucky

Jan. 20, 2022 20:30 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's newly drawn congressional and state House maps drew a swift court challenge Thursday as GOP lawmakers overrode the Democratic governor's vetoes of the redistricting bills. The lawsuit claimed the boundaries approved by the Republican-dominated...

Kentucky House passes its version of new 2-year state budget

Jan. 20, 2022 19:49 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican-led House passed its version of a new two-year state budget Thursday, endorsing increased education spending and a pay raise for state employees. The budget bill was put on an unprecedented fast track, clearing a committee and the full...

Historic Cincinnati-Kentucky bridge reopening pushed back

Jan. 20, 2022 04:10 AM EST

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The reopening date of the John A. Roebling Bridge between Covington, Ky., and Cincinnati has been delayed again. The suspension bridge over the Ohio River will not reopen on Monday as planned because winter weather has delayed concrete reaching its full...

Kentucky's governor vetoes GOP-drawn redistricting plans

Jan. 19, 2022 20:33 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoed Republican-crafted maps for congressional and state House districts Wednesday, saying the boundaries reflect “unconstitutional political gerrymandering.” Both measures overwhelmingly cleared the GOP-dominated...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jan. 19, 2022 18:09 PM EST

Bowling Green Daily News. January 16, 2022. Editorial: Stand up for school councils Ever since the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act, local control has been a centerpiece of school governance across Kentucky. The Kentucky Supreme Court had ruled in...

Study: Bourbon elevates status as economic powerhouse

Jan. 19, 2022 14:55 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky bourbon has elevated its status as an economic powerhouse, with distillers pumping nearly $9 billion into the state's economy each year, a new study showed Wednesday. Distillers employ more than 22,500 people with $1.23 billion in annual payroll in...

Pardoned Kentucky killer sentenced to 42 years in prison

Jan. 18, 2022 20:31 PM EST

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A man pardoned by Kentucky’s former governor for a 2014 drug robbery killing will return to prison to serve a 42-year federal sentence for the same crime. Patrick Baker was convicted of murder committed during a drug trafficking crime last year in a federal...

Kentucky surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases

Jan. 18, 2022 18:25 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reached another unwanted pandemic milestone, surpassing 1 million COVID-19 cases as the prevalence of the omicron variant puts increased pressure on hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday. The state reported more than 53,500 new coronavirus cases...

House OK's bill excusing mental-health absences for students

Jan. 18, 2022 17:21 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House overwhelmingly passed legislation Tuesday aimed at ensuring that mental health-related absences from school are excused for students. The bipartisan measure heads to the Senate after clearing the House on a 94-0 vote. Under...