Author: Associated Press

Lawmakers advance bill to require national motto in schools

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Four words caused a spirited discussion Wednesday as Kentucky lawmakers started advancing a bill to require public schools to display the national motto, “In God We Trust.” The measure cleared the House Education Committee, putting it on a path to reach the Republican-led House. The bill calls for the motto to be displayed prominently in public…

Sports betting bill advances in Kentucky legislature

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky took the first step to legalizing sports betting on Wednesday as a legislative committee strongly endorsed a bill that one estimate says would bring in at least $20 million a year in new taxes. Kentucky seems to be in a race with its neighbors to make sports betting legal following a U.S. Supreme Court decision…

Film manufacturer to expand, add 30 jobs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says a film manufacturer plans to expand its facility in Simpson County and add 30 jobs. A statement from Bevin’s office says RKW North America Inc. is a German-owned manufacturer of industrial film that plans to invest $18 million on the project. Bevin says the announcement is one example of the growing…

Mysterious attack claims lives of 6 llamas near Kentucky zoo

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities believe a “large animal” is responsible for an attack that killed six llamas on a farm near a zoo in Kentucky. Louisville Llama Farm owner Caroline Willette tells the Courier Journal she awoke Monday morning to blood and tufts of wool spread around her property. Five llamas were found dead with bite marks behind their ears and…

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s running for president in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s running for president in 2020. The 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist challenged Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary in 2016 and said on Tuesday that he planned to again seek the nomination. Sanders has reshaped Democratic politics and earned a loyal following with his passionate defense of liberal proposals including free…

Ky. police officer shot during pursuit; 1 suspect arrested

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say a suspect shot and wounded a police officer during a robbery pursuit. Hopkinsville Police Chief Clayton Sumner says Officer Jeremy Davidson was shot in the head and arm Monday. Sumner says two vehicles were involved in a robbery at a Walmart and separate police chases ensued. Davidson had attempted a traffic stop…

Kentucky Senate passes fetal heartbeat bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on lawmakers advancing a bill to ban most abortions in Kentucky once a fetal heartbeat is detected. (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The Kentucky Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill that would ban most abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The Republican-led chamber’s 31-6 vote on Thursday came a few…

Man charged with murder in death of officer on Christmas Eve

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A grand jury in Kentucky has indicted a former city worker on a murder charge in the death of a police detective on Christmas Eve. The Jefferson County grand jury also charged 60-year-old Roger D. Burdette on Thursday with four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, driving under the influence and failing to yield to a stopped…

Analysis says sports betting could generate $20M annually

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legal sports betting in Kentucky could be worth at least $20 million a year in new taxes, with most of it going to the state’s struggling public pension systems, according to an analysis of a proposal in the House of Representatives. Kentucky is one of several states eying sports wagering to fill budget holes after the…

Diocese finds Kentucky students didn’t start confrontation

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Investigators hired by a Kentucky diocese have found that Catholic school boys didn’t instigate a confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial that went viral on social media. Covington Bishop Roger Foys initially condemned the students’ behavior after a video showed a teenage boy face-to-face with a Native American man. Days later, Foys apologized for “making a statement…