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Kim Davis' attorney is disputing the Vatican's description and interpretation of her Sept. 24 meeting with Pope Francis.

Attorney Mat Staver told The Associated Press early Friday that the meeting was an affirmation of the Rowan County clerk's right to be conscientious objector.

Kentucky's Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says he'll run for Congress to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield.

Whitfield announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election after spending 20 years representing Kentucky's 1st Congressional District in Washington. The heavily Republican district consists of 35 counties in western Kentucky that includes Comer's hometown.



Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, a longtime Democrat, says she is switching to the Republican Party because she feels abandoned by Democrats.

Davis' made the announcement while in Washington, D.C., to attend the Family Research Council's Value Voters Summit, Liberty Counsel spokeswoman Charla Bansley said Friday. Liberty Counsel represents Davis in her legal battles.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is the first person to file for Kentucky's presidential caucus.

Bush filed his paperwork on Thursday during a visit to Louisville for a state Republican party fundraiser. He also paid a $15,000 filing fee.

Kentucky normally has a presidential primary in May. But this year, the Republican Party of Kentucky voted to have a presidential caucus on March 5.

Kentucky's major party nominees for lieutenant governor clashed over a sexual harassment scandal in their first televised debate.

Democratic nominee Sannie Overly denounced "false attacks" from Republican Matt Bevin that she turned her back on the female state workers who said they were sexually harassed by a former Democratic state lawmaker. Overly said both she and Democratic nominee for governor Jack Conway condemned the behavior and would work to change the culture in Frankfort.

The number of people in Kentucky without health insurance fell 5.8 percent last year, the largest drop of any state in the country according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Kentucky was one of 31 states that chose to increase the number of people eligible to receive taxpayer-funded health insurance in 2013. Since then, the Commonwealth has added about 400,000 people to its Medicaid program and has been held up as an example by President Barack Obama of the success of his health care law.

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Police say the man accused of fatally shooting a Kentucky trooper has been shot and killed after an hours-long manhunt.

Trooper Jay Thomas, a state police spokesman, says 25-year-old Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks of Missouri was shot by police Monday morning when he refused to drop his weapon. He died at a hospital.

Davis Will Skip Work Until Monday

Sep 9, 2015

The day after she was released from jail, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis announced she would stay home from work until Monday, leaving unanswered whether she'll comply with a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Davis's attorneys with the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel released a statement saying that she will spend the next several days resting with family and combing through the hundreds of letters she received during her five-day stint in jail.

Beshear: No Special Session on Marriage Licensing

Sep 8, 2015
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In the wake of a defiant clerk's release from jail, Gov. Steve Beshear is reiterating that he won't call a special session for the Kentucky General Assembly to overhaul the state's process for licensing marriages.

Beshear's remarks came shortly after Rowan County clerk Kim Davis walked out of jail Tuesday. She spent several days behind bars over her refusal to issue marriage licenses. She cited her religious belief that gay marriage is a sin.

Her supporters have condemned Beshear's refusal. A handful of clerks sent letters this summer demanding he let the legislature remove clerks from the licensing process. Beshear called it a waste of taxpayer money. All but a handful of clerks have complied since the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriages nationwide.

Kentucky will receive nearly $4 million in federal funds to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center has been awarded $940,000 each year for the next four years. McConnell says he was informed of the federal support by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will join protesters at a Tuesday rally outside the jail where a Kentucky clerk is locked in a cell over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

The rally is scheduled to begin in the afternoon after Huckabee's planned private visit with Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis.

The Morehead News

Update: 4 p.m.

The defiant Rowan County clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples says she will not accept a compromise that would have let her out of jail.

Attorneys for gay couples had proposed that clerk Kim Davis be let out of custody if she promised not to interfere with her deputies, but the clerk refused.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU News

A Kentucky county clerk is again asking a judge to delay his ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning's order has been upheld by a federal appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court. But Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis continues to disobey it, saying she cannot do something that violates her religious beliefs.

Bunning has scheduled a hearing for Thursday. He could hold Davis in contempt of court, which could lead to fines or jail time.

Ryland Barton / Kentucky Public Radio

UPDATE: 6 p.m.

Kentucky's Republican nominee for governor said he absolutely supports a county clerk that is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Matt Bevin told reporters on a conference call that he supports Kim Davis' "willingness to stand for her First Amendment rights." He said as governor he would work to change the law so people could download marriage license forms on the Internet and then return them to their county clerk to file just like any other document.

Pat McDonogh / Courier Journal

A leading gay-rights activist and two others were arrested for protesting at the Kentucky Farm Bureau's Country Ham Breakfast and Auction, an event at the state fair that draws many of the state's top political leaders.

A Kentucky county clerk temporarily closed her office Thursday, hours after denying a marriage license to a same-sex couple. 

Tana Weingartner / WVXU News

A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling ordering a Kentucky county clerk to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

The Kentucky Board of Education has advanced five candidates in its search for a successor to Commissioner Terry Holliday, who is retiring at the end of the month.

Attorneys who successfully challenged Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage have submitted a bill for more than $2 million in legal fees, court costs and related expenses.

A nonprofit association that advocates for hemp growers is hosting an annual conference with a keynote address by Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU News

A Kentucky county clerk who objects to same-sex marriage will not have to issue marriage licenses while she takes her case to a federal appeals court.

Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald Leader

A fourth defendant is facing up to a year in jail in connection with a Kentucky bourbon theft ring that investigators say sold thousands of dollars of bourbon illegally.

A Federal Communications Commission fund is paying $21 million annually to Windstream Communications Inc. to make broadband Internet service available to more than 62,000 rural homes and businesses in Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police

UPDATE 5:07 pm 08/06/15

Police have charged an Oregon man with use of a weapon of mass destruction after discovering an alleged improvised explosive device in his car during a traffic stop on interstate 24 in Lyon County.

The Kentucky Board of Education has chosen Kevin C. Brown as interim commissioner while its search continues for a successor to Commissioner Terry Holliday.

Jack Brammer / Lexington Herald Leader

A Kentucky historic commission has voted to keep a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in the state Capitol rotunda.

Lexington police say about 20 homes have been evacuated while repairs are made to a leaking gas line.

Greg Kocher / Lexington Herald Leader

A filter has been connected to an igloo at Blue Grass Army Depot where a mobile laboratory detected a low-level release of mustard vapor.

Ron Garrison / Lexington Herald Leader

A public meeting is being held in Lexington next month for residents to express their opinions about two Civil War statues and a historic marker in the city. / Annie E. Casey Foundation

A new report says poverty remains the biggest problem facing Kentucky children, a trend affecting all other aspects of child well-being.