Author: Associated Press

6-state trooper project to focus on Move Over law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol in Ohio and other members of the 6-State Trooper Project will be collaborating on education and enforcement of the Move Over law. The patrol says the high-visibility enforcement begins Sunday at 12:01 a.m. and ends July 27, at 11:59 p.m. It will include Ohio troopers and state police from Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania,…

More than 100 pigs die in wreck on Kentucky highway

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — More than 100 pigs have died in a wreck along a highway in Kentucky. The Courier Journal reports a semitrailer carrying nearly 180 pigs overturned Wednesday on Interstate 65 near Louisville, spilling the creatures and shutting down the roadway. Louisville police spokesman Matthew Sanders says 110 of the pigs were killed or euthanized due to sustained…

Univ. of Louisville has successful research funding haul

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville says it has had its most successful year securing funding for research since 2012, with more than $150 million flowing in for projects. The university says the funding was for the fiscal year 2018-19. It’s an increase of $14 million from the previous fiscal year, and ranged from projects on gum disease…

Kentucky lawmakers convene for session on pensions

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For the second time in seven months, Kentucky’s Republican governor called lawmakers back into a special session Friday to deal with the state’s pension problems. The GOP-dominated legislature convened to consider Gov. Matt Bevin’s pension relief plan for regional universities and quasi-governmental entities, which include public health departments, community mental health centers and domestic violence shelters….

Attorneys want school shooting suspect’s statements tossed

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — Attorneys for a Kentucky teenager charged with fatally shooting two classmates and wounding 14 others at school filed a motion to suppress his statements to investigators. The Louisville Courier Journal reports Gabriel R. Parker’s attorneys say his statements weren’t voluntary, violated his self-incrimination privileges and his right to counsel. The motion says investigators didn’t obtain a…

Bevin issues call for special legislative session

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Matt Bevin has formally set the agenda for a special legislative session that begins Friday. The lone issue in his formal call on Thursday is pension relief for regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies strapped by surging retirement costs. The governor has spent weeks building support for a proposal to cushion the regional universities and quasi-public…

Kentucky reports drop in drug overdose deaths in 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials are reporting the first statewide drop in drug overdose deaths since 2013. A report issued Thursday says 1,333 people died from drug overdoses in 2018, down from a record 1,566 deaths the prior year. The decline follows years of steady increases in the death toll, driven mostly by surges in opioid abuse, heroin and…

Ky. agencies get federal funding to fight youth homelessness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Six homeless agencies in Louisville, Kentucky, have received a combined $3.4 million in federal funding to care for homeless youth. A Louisville’s Coalition for the Homeless statement says funding comes from a federal Housing and Urban Development program aimed at ending youth homelessness. The program includes help for unaccompanied and pregnant or parenting youth, where no…

Trump campaign press secretary to attend Kentucky GOP event

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Republican officials say the national press secretary for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign will attend a GOP dinner next month in Lexington. The state GOP says Kayleigh McEnany will be a special guest at the annual Lincoln Dinner scheduled for Aug. 17. She previously worked as a political commentator at CNN prior to joining the…

GOP Sen. Rand Paul blocks bill to boost 9/11 victims fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator has blocked a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims’ compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul questions the bill’s 70-year time frame and notes that the federal government already faces a $22 trillion debt. He says any new spending such as the 9/11 bill…