Local/Regional News

Legislative Research Commission

Three of the four Republican lawmakers in Kentucky who helped pay a woman $110,000 to secretly settle a sexual harassment claim against them will not face ethics charges after a state ethics commission voted to dismiss a complaint against them.

Josh James / WUKY

School districts closed their doors across the commonwealth Monday as teachers descended on the state Capitol to voice their displeasure with eleventh-hour pension changes and a state budget they worry will deal another blow to public education.

Kentucky Lawmakers Eyeing Sales Tax Increases On Services

Apr 2, 2018
Josh James / WUKY

Days after a surprise pension bill spurred thousands of teachers to march on the state Capitol, Kentucky lawmakers revealed another shock: A $480 million tax hike that would reduce income taxes for many while charging a 6 percent sales tax on things like auto repairs and fitness centers.

Associated Press

Thousands of Kentucky teachers filled the streets near the state Capitol in Frankfort on a cold, overcast Monday to rally for education funding. Teachers and other school employees gathered outside the Kentucky Education Association a couple of blocks from the Capitol chanting "Stop the war on public education" and holding or posting signs that say "We've Had Enough."

Associated Press

Kentucky's largest public school districts are closed due to widespread absences Friday among teachers angered by the Legislature's passage of a pension overhaul.  Students in Louisville and Lexington are affected as at least eight Kentucky school districts have had to close schools due to employee absences.

Kentucky Lawmakers Pass Pension Overhaul Despite Protests

Mar 29, 2018
Josh James / WUKY

Republican lawmakers in Kentucky passed a pension overhaul Thursday that preserves benefits for most workers and does little in the short-term to address the state's massive debt.

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Republican lawmakers in Kentucky have resurrected a bill to overhaul one of the nation's worst-funded public pension systems, passing it Thursday evening while overriding the recent protests of thousands of teachers.

AP File Photo

Officials in Kentucky have removed a plaque from a Jefferson Davis statue in the state Capitol declaring the only president of the Confederacy to be a "patriot, hero, statesman."


Kentucky lawmakers have given final passage to a bill aimed at steering pregnant inmates into rehabilitation centers to treat their drug addiction.  The House voted 88-0 Thursday to send the measure to Gov. Matt Bevin.

Ky. Auditor Examining Troubled Broadband Project

Mar 28, 2018

Kentucky's auditor is investigating a troubled broadband project that is years behind schedule and has cost taxpayers millions of dollars in delays.  But the report won't be finished before lawmakers must decide whether to keep funding the venture.