Associated Press

A panel reviewing severe child abuse cases has released nine recommendations to improve protective services, including drug-testing parents who have a child die unexpectedly in their care.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is taking applications for farmers and processors who would like to participate in industrial hemp pilot projects next year.

The Kentucky Department of Education is urging families to eat a healthy meal together on Wednesday.  The occasion is the first Family and Consumer Sciences Day, recognizing a discipline that includes areas such as human development, personal and family finance, food science, nutrition and wellness.

State Senate Democrats have elected new leaders after a brutal election cycle that saw their numbers dwindle to historic lows as their counterparts in the House were able to maintain their majority.

State Sen. Ray Jones of Pikeville was chosen Monday as the new minority leader, replacing Sen. R.J. Palmer of Winchester who lost his re-election bid to Republican Ralph Alvarado.

Sen. Gerald Neal of Louisville is the new caucus chairman replacing Sen. Johnny Ray Turner of Prestonsburg.

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Former Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm has returned to Kentucky to live out his days as a celebrity at a retirement farm.

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A three-term Republican state lawmaker says he will seek the Republican nomination for state Agriculture Commissioner.

A group of eastern Kentucky leaders has endorsed a plan that would set aside money to help boost the region's struggling economy.

Kentucky is soliciting proposals from companies interested in building and operating a lodging facility at General Burnside Island State Park on Lake Cumberland near Somerset.

A federal judge has recused himself from hearing the case against an outgoing Kentucky lawmaker and a retired state mine inspector facing bribery charges.

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott is considering a run for governor in 2015.