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— Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin apologized Sunday for saying that children were sexually abused because they were left home alone while teachers rallied to ask lawmakers to override his vetoes.

The Republican issued his apology in a nearly four-minute video posted online, saying "it is not my intent to hurt anybody in this process, but to help us all move forward together."

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A 15-year-old student opened fire with a handgun inside his rural Kentucky high school Tuesday, killing two classmates, injuring 17 others and sending hundreds fleeing for safety.

Police were seen leading a teenager away in handcuffs. It was the nation’s first fatal school shooting of 2018.

The shooter will be charged with murder and attempted murder, Kentucky State Police Lt. Michael Webb said.

Kentucky officials are suing a reporter to try to change the attorney general's decision that a state panel is subject to open meetings law.

Authorities say a police officer in western Kentucky is facing official misconduct charges after agreeing not to arrest a woman if she would have sex with him.

Some state workers are refusing to cooperate with an investigation of a secret sexual harassment settlement involving four Republican lawmakers. 

One of the major developments out of President Trump’s visit to Asia: A deal with China to invest $250 billion in the U.S.  The largest portion of investment comes from the world’s biggest power company, which plans to invest in West Virginia’s natural gas industry.

Utility regulators say Kentuckians who heat their homes with natural gas will see somewhat higher prices compared to a year ago.

Kentucky officials say they expect the Trump administration to approve the state's request to overhaul its Medicaid program. 

A longtime donor and former University of Kentucky trustees has given $12 million to support an undergraduate center named for him. 

Gov. Matt Bevin has laid down a challenge to Kentucky's public university boards: consider cutting some academic programs that don't fill high-demand jobs.

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Kentucky House lawmakers have held a private meeting Tuesday to discuss the state's troubled pension system.

Republican and Democratic legislators met at the State Capitol for about two hours.   

 


A former judge-executive in western Kentucky has pleaded guilty to multiple charges that include bank fraud, wire fraud and making false statements on loan applications. 

The director of a Kentucky Democratic political action committee has been arrested on charges including theft and forgery. 

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A federal judge has ruled that the state of Kentucky must pay legal fees for couples who sued a county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses.

Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue the licenses following the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

 


Kentucky's Justice and Public Safety Cabinet secretary will testify before Congress about the nation's opioid epidemic.

A Kentucky woman is challenging the constitutionality of a new state law aimed at limiting medical malpractice lawsuits. 

Kentucky's two U.S. senators are traveling the state to talk about the GOP efforts to get rid of the former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told members of a Glasgow Rotary this week if the Republican effort to repeal much of the Obama health care law fails, a more limited bill will be needed to buttress health insurance marketplaces around the country. 

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Services have been set for former U.S. Sen. and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning.

Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home in Fort Thomas says on its website that a funeral Mass for Bunning will be held Saturday at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington. 

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.

Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.

Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history.

He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.

The head of a Kentucky government watchdog group says he's seeking an investigation into Governor Matt Bevin's reported connection to a Louisville-area mansion.

A runway at a West Virginia airport reopened Saturday after a propeller plane carrying UPS cargo crashed, killing the pilot and co-pilot.

Mike Plante, a spokesman at Yeager Airport in Charleston, said in a statement that National Transportation Safety Board investigators released the runway for reopening on Saturday.

For the next year and a half, the public won't be able to tour the Kentucky plant that manufactures the Corvette.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has vetoed three bills and a portion of a fourth bill passed by the new GOP-controlled legislature. 

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Kentucky is among five states that are again suing the Obama administration over its efforts to strengthen discrimination protections for transgender people.   

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a North Texas federal court. It seeks to block parts of a nondiscrimination mandate of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Opponents of the president’s order say the rules could force doctors to act against their medical judgments or religious convictions.

For Kentucky workers who have health insurance through their employers, the number enrolled in high-deductible plans has risen sharply over the last eight years. That's according to a new report by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky reported in the Daily News.

 

Ky, Auto Owners Could Receive $100M from VW

Jun 28, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Volkswagen has agreed to pay the state of Kentucky nearly $3.5 million in civil penalties in a settlement that could result in up to $100 million for the state and its residents.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear on Tuesday announced the state's part in the automaker's agreement to pay up to $15.3 billion to settle lawsuits and allegations that it cheated on emissions tests.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has asked a federal appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit against her because of a new state law that will take effect next month.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling effectively legalized gay marriage last year. Two gay couples and two straight couples sued her. A federal judge ordered her to issue the licenses, but she refused and went to jail.

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — An official says it is expected to cost about $20 million to make repairs at a central Kentucky chemical weapons destruction plant. 

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass, the general contractor for the plant in Madison County, said it is seeking compensation from General Atomics of San Diego for the cost to replace piping with deficient welds since the welds were done by a subcontractor for that company.

Services have been scheduled for Friday in Louisville for boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who died on Friday.

 

Former President Bill Clinton, comedian Billy Crystal and broadcaster Bryant Gumbel are scheduled to deliver eulogies.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has ordered flags lowered to half-staff to honor Ali.

The three-time heavyweight champion had been hospitalized in the Phoenix area since last Monday with respiratory problems and his children had flown in from around the country.

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