Many trees in central Kentucky are alive with the sound of insects. It's the call of the annual cicada.
The sound of cicadas is hard to miss when outside in many neighborhoods. University of Kentucky Entomologist Lee Townsend says male cicadas are sounding off and those insect numbers appear to be up this summer. "It is a mating call and they can get quite loud and they'll start to chorus together and kind of develop a rhythm in their song," said Townsend.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who refuses to issue marriage licenses despite a Supreme Court lifted same-sex marriage bans throughout the U.S., testified in court on Monday that her stance is based on religious grounds.
Davis is being sued by four Rowan County couples, represented by the ACLU of Kentucky, who were denied marriage licenses.
Rowan County is one of at least two counties that has refused to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court ruling.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 26, 2015) – “The fractured laws across the country concerning same-sex marriage had created an unsustainable and unbalanced legal environment, wherein citizens were treated differently depending on the state in which they resided. That situation was unfair, no matter which side of the debate you may support.
Audio of Gov. Steve Beshear's statement on immediate recognition of same-sex marriages in Kentucky and changes in the state's marriage licensing procedures.
Lexington is playing host to the 32nd annual Kentucky Public Retirees meeting. A big crowd with a vested interested in the issue gathered Thursday.
The hotel conference room was full of former state workers including George Hoffman, who worked for three decades in state transportation. He's optimistic the legislature will continue to monitor pension fund issues. "I've got hope that they won't let it just crumble, because there are people that really depend on it," said Hoffman.
About a hundred protesters blocked streets in downtown Louisville to demand the president of the police union be fired for calling activists "liars and race-baiters" and writing that law enforcement supporters might soon have to rise up against them.
State social service officials in Northern Kentucky say they lost track of nearly 100 cases involving possible child abuse or neglect, with some languishing for months before being recently rediscovered.
Former Kentucky governor and U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford is being remembered for his ability to get things done at the highest levels of government without compromising his love for his state or its people.
Hundreds of mourners filled the state Capitol Sunday to pay tribute to Kentucky's 53rd governor. Wendell Ford died Thursday at his home in Owensboro. He was 90. Ford is the only Kentuckian to win consecutive terms as lieutenant governor, governor and U.S. Senator. Governor Beshear offered a prayer to begin the service. "He listened, he cared, and he brought people together. Give us the courage to follow his examples," said Beshear.
The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a deadly plane crash earlier this month in western Kentucky. The accident killed everyone on board except for a seven-year-old girl.
The report released today shows the pilot, Marty Gutzler, radioed to air traffic control that he was having problems with both of the plane’s engines. He was instructed to land at the nearby Kentucky State Dam Airport. Minutes later, Gutzler reported he had lost sight of the airfield. That was the last communication from the plane.
A spokesman for Muhammad Ali says the boxing great has been released from a hospital where he received follow-up care for a severe urinary tract infection. It was the former heavyweight champion's second hospital stay in the last four weeks.