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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The suspect arrested in the shooting death of a man during a Louisville protest over the police killing of Breonna Taylor had taken part in demonstrations but was disruptive and had been asked by other protesters to leave, authorities and protesters said Sunday.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — With only one polling place designated for Louisville on Tuesday, voters who didn't cast mail-in ballots or show up early could face long lines in Kentucky's primary election, the latest to unfold in a pandemic that has triggered unprecedented election disruptions acro…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For months, Charles Booker languished in the shadows, talking about racial and economic justice in a long shot bid to take on Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the U.S. Senate. Then came a national eruption over the deaths of Black Americans in encounters with police.

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EDDYVILLE — Diane McClure does not want her grandsons to grow up in a world where they are scared of police or feel discriminated against because of their skin tone.

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The COVID-19 case total in Graves County continued to climb Monday as the local health department issued a statement confirming the count had risen to 68, more than tripling from its reported total of 18 a week ago.

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The latest version of the Kentucky budget, unveiled by House Republicans on March 5, could spell trouble for libraries around the state with its $2.5 million cut in direct aid for the institutions.

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BOWLING GREEN -- It might have been the most satisfying whinny Catherine Limkeman had ever heard from Declan, the horse she transported from Ozark, Ill., to Warren County's Rainhill Equine Facility.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky House voted Friday to create a loan program to provide struggling rural hospitals with cash transfusions lawmakers hope will spark a financial turnaround.

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FRANKFORT -- After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates cleared a historic hurdle Thursday when the Kentucky House voted to legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

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FRANKFORT -- A proposed ballot measure aimed at amending Kentucky's Constitution to ensure it doesn't offer protections for abortion rights was advanced by a House committee on Thursday.

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FRANKFORT -- Faced with dangerously overcrowded county jails across Kentucky -- many of which house state inmates serving felony time -- two lawmakers are sponsoring bills in the General Assembly that would make it easier to transfer prisoners to jails with open beds and to give larger state…

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FRANKFORT -- A Republican-backed bill to ban sanctuary policies by most public agencies in Kentucky started advancing after an emotional hearing Thursday. Opponents predicted the measure would spread fear among immigrants despite assurances that there's no cause for concern.

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WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice John Roberts has declined to read an impeachment trial question by Republican Sen. Rand Paul about the intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint led to the investigation into President Donald Trump.

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FRANKFORT -- In a follow-up to last year's school safety law, the Kentucky Senate passed legislation Monday to require that police officers be armed when assigned to schools.

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FRANKFORT -- Kentucky's elections for governor and other constitutional offices would shift to even-numbered years, coinciding with presidential elections, under a proposal overwhelmingly approved Thursday by the state Senate.

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FRANKFORT -- Responding to former Gov. Matt Bevin's flurry of last-minute pardons, Kentucky lawmakers have introduced bills that would put checks on gubernatorial pardon powers and ensure victims are notified before their assailants are given clemency.

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FRANKFORT -- The volatile illegal immigration issue has reached into the Kentucky legislature with a Republican-backed bill aimed at preventing sanctuary policies at the local level and requiring most public employees to use their "best efforts" to help enforce federal immigration laws.

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Mark Shumate, who assigns referees to some Kentucky high school and youth wrestling matches, is among those who hopes the 2020 General Assembly will approve a bill that would strengthen criminal penalties for people who intimidate and assault sports officials.

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FRANKFORT -- Preparing for the arrival of Republican lawmakers who will determine the fate of many of his priorities, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday called for cross-party cooperation during a legislative session that will be dominated by work on a two-year state budget.

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OWENSBORO, Ky. -- When Billy Pfeiffer moved to Owensboro more than two years ago to pursue a job opportunity, he brought his fight against addiction with him.

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FRANKFORT -- Calling her party's victory in the Kentucky governor's race a jolt of momentum for her own bid to unseat a Republican incumbent, Democrat Amy McGrath on Friday officially filed to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in what looms as a bruising, big-spending campaign…

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NEWPORT -- The first charter school application filed in Kentucky has been unanimously denied, leaving the state to likely go another year without charter schools since being approved by the General Assembly in 2017.

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PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that he was not ruling out calling witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial -- but indicated he was in no hurry to seek new testimony either -- as lawmakers remain at an impasse over the form of the trial b…

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LOUISVILLE -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is touting the benefits for Kentucky in the recent government spending bill signed into law last week.

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FRANKFORT -- Kentucky House Democrats made history Friday by selecting state Rep. Joni Jenkins as their top-ranking leader, making her the first woman to serve as the party's floor leader in the chamber.

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FRANKFORT -- Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr filed for reelection Monday seeking a fifth term in 2020, stressing his support for President Donald Trump and his ability to help shape legislation despite the GOP's loss of power in the House.

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FRANKFORT -- Combative to the end, 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.

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LOUISVILLE -- 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.

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FRANKFORT -- Gov.-elect Andy Beshear selected his former rival, state Rep. Rocky Adkins, to serve as his senior adviser as his administration continued taking shape Monday.

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LEXINGTON -- As hip-hop artist Devine Carama was checking out of Macy's department store in Lexington on Black Friday with 30 coats that he will donate to children in need this Christmas, he said two families approached him and said "it was put upon their hearts" to help out.

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FRANKFORT -- From an early morning breakfast to two balls in the evening, Gov.-elect Andy Beshear and future first lady Britainy Beshear are welcoming all Kentuckians to attend the free events planned for the Dec. 10 inauguration of Beshear and Lt. Gov.-elect Jacqueline Coleman.

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CALVERT CITY -- The parking lot at what was once the Gerdau steel rolling mill on Shar-Cal Road in is full of contractor vehicles. The mammoth steel building at the site is being converted for use as a massive computer data center by Core Scientific, a firm that specializes in artificial int…

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LONDON -- Setting likely themes for his 2020 reelection bid, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that his leadership role in Congress allows Kentucky to "punch above its weight" in national politics.

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LOUISVILLE -- In Kentucky, anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect is required by state law to report it to the authorities -- a law that also applies to suspected abuse of an older or vulnerable adult.

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FRANKFORT -- Gov.-elect Andy Beshear announced his first round of high-level appointments Thursday, selecting four of his close assistants in the attorney general's office to move with him to the governor's office next month.

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LOUISVILLE -- Bemoaning the country's lack of civility, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that both sides of the political spectrum need to defuse the anger surrounding political discourse.

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LOUISVILLE -- A Kentucky radio host returned to the airwaves after a hiatus to announce he won't enter the race to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2020.

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FRANKFORT -- Republican Gov. Matt Bevin conceded to Democratic archnemesis Andy Beshear on Thursday, putting an end to Kentucky's bitterly fought governor's race and setting the stage for divided government in a GOP stronghold.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For months, Charles Booker languished in the shadows, talking about racial and economic justice in a long shot bid to take on Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the U.S. Senate. Then came a national eruption over the deaths of Black Americans in encounters with police.

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EDDYVILLE — Diane McClure does not want her grandsons to grow up in a world where they are scared of police or feel discriminated against because of their skin tone.

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The COVID-19 case total in Graves County continued to climb Monday as the local health department issued a statement confirming the count had risen to 68, more than tripling from its reported total of 18 a week ago.

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Logan’s Roadhouse — which has eight Kentucky locations, including Paducah — has fired all of its employees, and its parent company, Craftworks, has temporarily closed all restaurants until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The latest version of the Kentucky budget, unveiled by House Republicans on March 5, could spell trouble for libraries around the state with its $2.5 million cut in direct aid for the institutions.

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FRANKFORT -- For more than 65 days, Kentucky House Majority Floor Leader John "Bam" Carney has battled a severe case of pancreatitis and infection in the intensive care unit at Norton Hospital in Louisville.

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BOWLING GREEN -- It might have been the most satisfying whinny Catherine Limkeman had ever heard from Declan, the horse she transported from Ozark, Ill., to Warren County's Rainhill Equine Facility.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky House voted Friday to create a loan program to provide struggling rural hospitals with cash transfusions lawmakers hope will spark a financial turnaround.

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With the threat of coronavirus increasing in the United States, Kentucky's interim education commissioner reminded district superintendents Thursday that the decision to shut down schools might be out of their hands.

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FRANKFORT -- The Kentucky Senate approved a constitutional amendment Wednesday to limit when a governor can issue pardons, a rebuke of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's decision to sign a flurry of controversial pardons for convicted murderers, rapists and child pornographers in his last days in office.

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Organizations spent more than $2.5 million trying to influence Frankfort legislators during the first month of the Kentucky General Assembly, according to state lobbying records.

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GLASGOW -- The first people to explore and map the depths of Mammoth Cave and give guided tours were enslaved African Americans in the 19th century, and current Mammoth Cave National Park Ranger Chuck DeCroix wants to make sure their legacy is carried forward.

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FRANKFORT -- A politically divisive proposal to revamp Kentucky's public assistance programs and tighten enforcement to prevent fraud won passage in the Republican-run state House on Friday.

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FRANKFORT -- The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would make it easier to transfer state inmates serving felony time in dangerously overcrowded jails to other jails that have open beds.

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FRANKFORT -- After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates cleared a historic hurdle Thursday when the Kentucky House voted to legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

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FRANKFORT -- A proposed ballot measure aimed at amending Kentucky's Constitution to ensure it doesn't offer protections for abortion rights was advanced by a House committee on Thursday.

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FRANKFORT -- A key Kentucky lawmaker said Friday that former Gov. Matt Bevin's four last appointments to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees were out of compliance with state law.

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LOUISVILLE -- A large rock slide on a rain-saturated mountain caused a fiery train derailment Thursday morning in eastern Kentucky that briefly trapped two crew members and caused a chemical leak into a river, authorities said.

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FRANKFORT -- Looking to protect people with diabetes from being overwhelmed by high drug costs, a House committee approved a bill Thursday to cap out-of-pocket costs for many Kentuckians relying on insulin.

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FRANKFORT -- A bill that would strip a governor's power to appoint his or her own Transportation Cabinet secretary stems partly from former Gov. Matt Bevin's heavy use of the cabinet's discretionary road fund in the waning days of his administration, Senate President Robert Stivers told The …

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HENDERSON -- Opioid abuse and addiction is a significant problem in western Kentucky. It affects families, workplaces, schools and more.

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FRANKFORT -- Lawmakers are pushing a proposal to change how the state pension system -- and its $14.2 billion unfunded liability -- is supported in the future, with some public employers paying less than they presently do and others paying more.

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OWENSBORO ­­-- Delaney Flaherty, who was adopted from China in 2003 by Donna and Richard Flaherty of Owensboro, recently took a "23andme" DNA test, and found out she has a biological sister living in Colorado.

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MADISONVILLE -- Marcus Ray is a licensed funeral director. But these days, he's trying to prevent something from dying -- Kentucky's best-known civil rights organization.

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FRANKFORT -- A bill to ban physical discipline of students in Kentucky passed the state House on Friday, but not before one legislator recounted being paddled by another legislator while he was in school.