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UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 8:09 p.m.

60 people charged in illegal prescription opioid crackdown

Federal authorities said Wednesday they have charged 60 people, including 31 doctors, for their roles in illegally prescribing and distributing millions of pills containing opioids and other dangerous drugs.


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 6:26 p.m.

States pushing near-bans on abortion, targeting Roe v. Wade

Lawmakers in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky are considering or have passed measures designed to directly challenge Roe v. Wade. Anti-abortion activists are hopeful that President Donald Trump’s appointments of …


In tobacco state, students testify about youngsters’ vaping

Twelve-year-old Hannah Piedad first encountered vaping – an electronic form of smoking – at a New Year’s party. It was the smell that got her attention. Now the student at …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Court nixes pension law that prompted teacher protests

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that made changes to the state’s struggling public pension system eight months after it prompted thousands of teachers to protest, …


NCAA Men’s Top 25: Quade Green helps Kentucky hold off VMI

Quade Green came off the bench to score a season-high 17 points, including five in the final 90 seconds, to help No. 10 Kentucky hold off VMI 92-82 on Sunday …


Hate-crime indictments returned in Kentucky grocery killings

Federal prosecutors have charged a white man with federal hate crimes in the killings of two African-Americans at a grocery store last month in Kentucky.


Zombie TV shows are among root causes of mass shootings, Republican governor says

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has been forthright about what he believes are the root causes of mass shootings. A few months ago, the Republican blamed gun violence on children’s access …


Kentucky clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples loses to Democrat

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples, lost Tuesday in her re-election bid for the Rowan County clerkship.


Hate crime considered in Kentucky grocery shooting

The fatal shooting death of two black grocery patrons by a white gunman is being investigated as a possible hate crime, a U.S. official said Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018, 8:04 p.m.

Police: Grocery shooting suspect tried to access black church

A white man with a history of violence and mental illness was recorded on surveillance video apparently trying to get inside a predominantly black church in Kentucky before he went …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 1:29 p.m.

Police: 2 Kentucky inmates injure jail staff, escape

Police were seeking two southeast Kentucky felons Wednesday who escaped from jail by spraying a bleach concoction in the eyes of one jail worker and physically attacking another before running …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 8:10 p.m.

Soldier from Spokane area killed in helicopter crash in Iraq

A solider from Spokane was killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in Iraq, the Pentagon announced.


Sip and ship: Tourists can now send distillery whiskey home

Until recently, whiskey tourists in Kentucky had been allowed to sniff the aromas of bourbon-making and sip the finished product during distillery tours. But they couldn’t legally ship bottles home.


UPDATED: Wed., May 30, 2018, 7:46 a.m.

Explosion damages UPS freight hub in Kentucky

An explosion damaged a UPS freight hub Wednesday morning in Kentucky’s second-largest city, sending multiple people to the hospital in what fire officials described as an accidental blast.


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 8:10 p.m.

Teacher victory: Kentucky House overrides tax increase veto

With the chants of hundreds of teachers ringing in their ears, Kentucky lawmakers voted Friday to override the Republican governor’s veto of a two-year state budget that increases public education …


Teacher rebellion puts red-state Republicans on defensive

A teacher rebellion in red states from West Virginia to Arizona has put Republicans on the defensive, forcing them to walk a fine line in the months before midterm elections …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 3:40 p.m.

Kentucky, Oklahoma teachers rally as rebellion grows

Thousands of Kentucky teachers filled the streets near the state Capitol in Frankfort on a cold, overcast Monday to rally for education funding.


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 8:54 p.m.

Amid teacher anger, Kentucky lawmakers pass pension overhaul

Republican lawmakers in Kentucky passed a pension overhaul Thursday that preserves benefits for most workers and does little in the short-term to address the state’s massive debt.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

Hundreds of Kentucky teachers rally to oppose benefit cuts

Hundreds of Kentucky teachers flexed their political muscle with a rally Wednesday outside the state Capitol, seeking to bury a proposed pension overhaul and win more state education funding from …


Kentucky school bus crash injures 18 students

Officials say a crash involving a Kentucky school bus sent 18 students to a hospital to get evaluated.


Kentucky man pleads guilty to attacking U.S. Sen. Rand Paul

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge for tackling the lawmaker in an attack his attorney says was triggered by a dispute over lawn maintenance.


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 8:49 a.m.

Kentucky teachers rally over retirement cuts, warn of strike

Hundreds of teachers in central Kentucky have rallied in front of public schools to protest proposed cuts to their retirement benefits in what could be a precursor to a statewide …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

Wife of Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid

The wife of a former Kentucky Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband’s term …


Students return to Kentucky high school after shooting spree

Students returned Friday to the Kentucky high school where a classmate went on a shooting rampage, killing two teenagers and injuring multiple others in an attack that shook this rural …


Guns in schools? Options explored in Kentucky after shooting

Hours after authorities say a 15-year-old student shot and killed two classmates at a western Kentucky high school, a Republican senator in the state’s Capitol rushed to file a bill …


Kentucky shooting suspect ordered held; vigil for victims

The 15-year-old boy accused of gunning down classmates at a western Kentucky high school was ordered held on murder and assault charges as the shaken community where it happened strained …


Kentucky community grapples with cause of school shooting

Stunned by a deadly school shooting, a grief-stricken Kentucky community is struggling to answer an agonizing question: How could one of its own have unleashed such terror?


Sen. Rand Paul’s alleged attacker charged with federal crime

The man accused of tackling U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in the Kentucky lawmaker’s yard has been charged with assaulting a member of Congress as part of a federal plea agreement. …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:09 p.m.

Kentucky is first to get OK for Medicaid work requirement

Kentucky has become the first state to require many of its Medicaid recipients to work to receive coverage, part of an unprecedented change to the nation’s largest health insurance program …


Kentucky’s ex-speaker not leaving his post quietly

Kentucky’s former GOP House speaker is not going quietly. Jeff Hoover, who resigned his leadership post Monday because he said he didn’t want to be a distraction, tried Tuesday to …