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Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level since the spring of 2001.

The state Office of Employment and Training said Thursday that last month's preliminary jobless rate was 4.9 percent, down from a 5 percent rate in September. The statewide rate in October 2014 was 5.6 percent.

Last month's statewide rate matches the 4.9 percent rate in May 2001.

A federal agency is reporting a sharp drop in Kentucky's homeless rate since 2010.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says communities in Kentucky reported a total of 4,538 people who experienced homelessness on a given night in January 2015. It says that rate is down 31 percent since 2010.

It says the statewide homeless rate was down 11 percent from 2014 to 2015.

A grand jury has indicted four co-defendants in the fatal shooting of a central Kentucky police officer and in the attempted robbery he was investigating. Multiple media outlets report a Madison County grand jury Tuesday indicted 34-year-old Raleigh Sizemore of Richmond, the man accused of shooting 33-year-old Daniel Ellis.

According to the Lexington Herald Leader, Sizemore was indicted on charges of murder, two counts of attempted murder, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, first-degree persistent felony offender, and first-degree attempted robbery.

Thousands are expected at Eastern Kentucky University’s Alumni Coliseum Tuesday and Wednesday to pay their final respects to Daniel Ellis, the Richmond police officer shot and killed in the line of duty last week.

Visitation is Tuesday from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.  at the Coliseum, with funeral services at the same site at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Bond has been set at $2.5 million for the ex-convict accused of last week's ambush killing of Richmond police officer Daniel Ellis. Authorities say the suspect, Raleigh Sizemore Jr., has pleaded not guilty to charges including murder of a police officer during a court arraignment Monday in Frankfort.

A Richmond police officer who was shot in the head while searching for a robbery suspect has died.

In a statement, Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy says 33-year-old Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis died early Friday at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Ellis had remained in the hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries following the shooting Wednesday morning.

Ellis and another officer went to a Richmond apartment, where police say the suspect, 34-year-old Raleigh Sizemore Jr., opened fire on Ellis. The second officer returned fire and struck Sizemore. He was treated at the hospital and released to police custody.

Sizemore was charged with attempted murder of a police officer and unlawful imprisonment first degree. His charge will likely be upgraded to murder.

Two others in the apartment during the shootout were also arrested.

KSP Spokesman trooper Robert Purdy told the Lexington Herald Leader that information on funeral arrangements will be released after services are planned over the next few days.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has lost another bid to delay issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday denied her latest request for a reprieve.

Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in June. Four couples sued her, and U.S. District Judge David Bunning then ordered her to issue the licenses. He later clarified his order to include all couples, not just the four who filed suit.

The team advising Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin includes a Brown-Forman executive, a former Supreme Court justice and a former political rival whose allies once aired ads attacking Bevin's business record.

Bevin announced Thursday that Brown-Forman Vice President J. McCauley "Mac" Brown will lead his transition team. Bevin was elected Tuesday with more than 52 percent of the vote. He will be sworn in on Dec. 8.

Police identified the Richmond police officer wounded in a shootout with a robbery suspect as Daniel Ellis, a 7-year veteran of the force.

Kentucky State Police investigators say Ellis was shot in the head at an apartment while searching for a man suspected of trying to mug a woman in a gas station parking lot several hours earlier. He suffered life-threatening injuries and remains hospitalized.

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis asked a federal appeals court to scrap a series of unfavorable rulings issued by the district judge who sent her to jail.

In a 126-page filing with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Monday, Davis' attorneys called U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning's order that Davis license same-sex marriage a "rush to judgment" that trampled the clerk's religious liberty.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — American Pharoah is going out on top.


The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years gave a commanding performance in the Breeders' Cup Classic, pulling away down the stretch to win the final race of his career.

Jockey Victor Espinoza sent American Pharoah to the lead coming out of the gate and guided him to the wire-to-wire win over the mile and a quarter at Keeneland. His time of 2:00.07 set a track record.

Effinex finished second by 6 1/2 lengths and Honor Code was third.

A political operative with ties to U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell has been acquitted of charges of lying to the FBI.

A federal grand jury indicted Jesse Benton earlier this year on charges stemming from 2011 when he managed the presidential campaign of former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul. Benton and others were accused of paying off former Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson in exchange for his endorsement for Paul’s campaign in advance of the Iowa Caucus.

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.