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.
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Senate's top leader wants to bring hemp production back into the mainstream by removing it from the list of controlled substances. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that he'll introduce legislation to legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity.