FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky legislative panel has approved a bill to require health officials to track the success of state-funded substance abuse treatment programs. The bill cleared the House Health and Family Services Committee on Thursday. The proposal calls for the Health and Family Services Cabinet to develop a system to gauge the […]
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A network of 69 weather monitoring stations used to issue warnings for tornados and flash floods across Kentucky would be eliminated under the latest budget proposal from the state’s Republican governor. Governor Matt Bevin has proposed cutting the $750,000 annual budget for the Kentucky Mesonet at Western Kentucky University. The program […]
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s “adoption czar” has left Governor Matt Bevin’s administration seven months into his appointment. The Courier-Journal reported Monday that a spokesman for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services said that the state contract with Daniel Dumas had been terminated, but did not provide further details. Dumas didn’t respond to the […]
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s Republican governor says he will shut down the state’s expanded Medicaid program if the courts stop his plan for some people to work to keep their health benefits. Friday, the federal government approved Governor Matt Bevin’s plan to impose work requirements on some Medicaid recipients. Bevin also issued an executive […]
AP Photo/Steven Senne NORTH BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Chelsea Manning intends to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, returning the transgender former soldier to the spotlight after her conviction for leaking classified documents and her early release from military prison. Manning, 30, filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, […]
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said Thursday it is offering a path for states that want to seek work requirements on Medicaid recipients. Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said work and community involvement can make a […]
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky city has become the ninth to adopt an anti-discrimination ordinance that protects the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender residents. News outlets report the Paducah City Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday to repeal and replace the code governing the operations of the Paducah Human Rights Commission. The measure expands discrimination […]
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes (all times local): 10 a.m. Oprah Winfrey’s best friend, Gayle King, is downplaying any suggestion that Winfrey might run for president. King, a CBS host, says that Winfrey is “intrigued by the idea” of a presidential bid in 2020, but that after […]
Louisville, Ky. (WTVQ) – State Representative Darryl Owens announced Monday he will not run for re-election. He is the representative for the 43rd legislative district and has held the position since 2005. Owens, who is a Democrat, began his legislative career under former House Speaker Jody Richards, who also announced Monday he would not seek […]
AP Photo/Adam Beam FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A special bipartisan committee will decide what to do about a complaint by eight lawmakers seeking to oust Kentucky’s GOP House speaker after he secretly settled a sexual harassment complaint with a female legislative aide. In a case that had already roiled state politics, the formal disciplinary charges […]
AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers must attend training to prevent sexual harassment one day after the House speaker temporarily ceded power while investigators probe a secret sexual harassment settlement signed by four Republicans. Jeff Hoover had announced he would resign as speaker two months ago, shortly after acknowledging he secretly […]
In Appalachian states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, the tough-on-crime policy announced Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions runs counter to a recent emphasis on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug offenders.
President Donald Trump had just headlined a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was booed by home-state voters far more enamored with the president than with their longtime GOP senator.
The president of Transylvania University is trying to unite students in the wake of this brutal attack but at the same time an online post many believe was written by the attacker is circulating on social media.
Attorneys general from 20 states, including Kentucky, and the District of Columbia are faulting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back Obama-era guidance they say is helping protect student loan borrowers.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has the votes to bust a planned Democratic filibuster of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee as a showdown nears that could change the Senate, and the court, for generations.
House lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to override Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's vetoes of two bills regulating drones and deciding who gets to spend up to $100 million from a legal settlement with Volkswagen.
Fellow Republicans considered preacher-turned-politician Dan Johnson to be a pariah during his campaign last fall after he kept racist images on his Facebook page disparaging Barack and Michelle Obama.
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says she met with Chinese Embassy officials this week in hopes of helping cultivate a stronger economic and cultural relationship between the state and the world's most populous country.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed a new board of trustees for the University of Louisville that is nearly identical to the one he created last year that lead to the school being placed on probation.
After approving seven bills in five days with no opposition among their ranks, Kentucky Republicans are likely to tackle the thornier issues of taxes and criminal justice reform when they return to Frankfort.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he did not approve the subpoena of a Democratic lawmaker because he said the legislator's testimony is "absolutely irrelevant" in an investigation of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.
The incoming GOP majority for the Kentucky House of Representatives has chosen 13 men and four women to lead standing committees that will decide what bills will be heard when the legislature convenes in January.
Even though the President-elect called for unity in a Thanksgiving message Wednesday, many people getting ready to celebrate the holiday are nervous about talking politics with their families after an extremely divisive election.
Kentucky Republicans seeking to take over the only legislative chamber in the South that they don't control are getting some help from an unlikely place: a retired homicide detective from one of Louisville's most prominent Democratic families.
The Democratic speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives has appointed a bipartisan committee to investigate whether the state's Republican governor broke the law in his quest to convince lawmakers to switch parties.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicts the federal health care overhaul is likely to undergo changes next year, regardless of who wins the presidency and which party has the upper hand in Congress.
The Republican Party of Kentucky announced Wednesday that Kentucky State Senator Ralph Alvarado (R, Winchester) will speak on behalf of the Trump-Pence Presidential campaign at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic, Saturday, August 6.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's proposed changes to the state's Medicaid program would end routine dental and vision coverage for able-bodied adults in a state where more than half of population over 18 have had a tooth extracted because of decay or gum disease.
The Kentucky attorney general's office says the University of Kentucky board of trustees wasn't required to post a detailed agenda for a meal before its regular meeting but violated the Open Meetings Act by not keeping minutes from the dinner session.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray says he would spend more money on technology and improve roads in eastern Kentucky to help the region recover from the devastating effects of a declining coal industry.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's administration wants a judge to throw out a court settlement made under former Gov. Steve Beshear that would ensure that church-run foster care programs don't try to proselytize to children.
A state judge has ruled Kentucky's Democratic attorney general can intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Republican governor's decision to remove the chairman of the state's retirement system board of trustees.
Democrat Cluster Howard won by the slimmest of margins in 2014, ousting a freshman Republican House member by a mere 14 votes in eastern Kentucky. Now Republicans are aiming to make him a one-and-done lawmaker in their quest to consolidate power in Kentucky's Capitol.
Attorney General Andy Beshear has asked the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to investigate whether Republican Governor Matt Bevin has used campaign contribution records as grounds for firing state workers.
Gov. Matt Bevin says his administration is working to fix problems in the roll out of Kentucky's new public benefits system that led to some Kentuckians getting erroneous notices that their benefits are being cut off.
Bourbon tourists could soon start sipping cocktails during distillery tours as Kentucky lawmakers have finished crafting more lenient rules for distillers to sell their products where the whiskey is made.
Tensions between Republicans and Democrats over Kentucky's more than $65 billion spending plan escalated overnight, with the Republican governor calling a news conference to blame House leaders for refusing to negotiate.
The Kentucky Senate has approved spending cuts of 9 percent to the court system that the state's chief justice says could lead to 600 layoffs and force thousands of people facing criminal charges to sit in jail while awaiting trial.
Senate Republicans have promised to slash spending across most of state government and use the money to bolster Kentucky's struggling public retirement systems in a budget proposal that sets up a showdown with House Democrats in an election year.
A bill aimed at boosting voter turnout in Kentucky by allowing early voting without an excuse has been passed by the state House despite some lawmakers' concerns about strapping county clerks with extra costs.
A top regulator from Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has resigned as a director of Kentucky's major Republican super PAC after a newspaper inquired about potential conflicts in holding both roles.
A Kentucky state lawmaker has filed a bill that would require men have at least two office visits and swear on a Bible they are married before a doctor could prescribe them erectile dysfunction medication.
A statement from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's opposition to his plan to dismantle the state health care program known as Kynect is an effort to promote his political legacy.
Kentucky's new Republican administration is moving forward with plans to shut down the state's health insurance exchange, becoming the first state to cut ties with one of the key pieces of President Barack Obama's signature health care law because of a political promise.
Democrats appear to have thwarted a Republican plan to pick off one of their members as the two parties continued to struggle for power in the last legislative chamber in the South still controlled by Democrats.