Local/Regional News

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.

Kentucky Could Become Third State Not To Fund Legal Aid

Mar 27, 2018
Josh James / WUKY

Kentucky could become the third state to not fund legal aid programs that help poor people with problems like eviction proceedings and child custody disputes.

Karyn Czar

A national pharmacy chain has joined the fight against prescription drug addiction. WUKY’s Karyn Czar reports.

AP File Photo

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.

Josh James / WUKY

Lexington students rallied in solidarity with nationwide anti-gun violence demonstrations Saturday in the city's courthouse plaza.