FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov.-elect Andy Beshear selected his former rival, state Rep. Rocky Adkins, to serve as his senior adviser as his administration continued taking shape...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on appointments by Kentucky Gov.-elect Andy Beshear (all times local):
Kentucky Gov.-elect Andy Beshear has appointed his running mate, a...
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The weather might be tricky on Wednesday, so some Kentucky communities are moving Halloween festivities to make sure little ghosts and goblins still get treats.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said in a statement that the city will change its treat-or-treating hours to Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the city joins several other central Kentucky communities, including Richmond, Danville and Winchester. Lawrenceburg moved its festivities to Friday.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Sanitation workers in a Kentucky city want to fix a pay issue that's causing new employees to earn more than those who have been with the department for decades.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The parent company of a Kentucky plant says it's closing the facility sometime in the next 15 months, a move expected to put 600 hourly workers out of a job.
Ingersoll Rand is the parent of Trane, which opened the Lexington plant in 1963. News outlets report the parent company said in a news release Thursday it will consolidate operations at a Columbia, South Carolina, plant, where it plans to hire more than 750 people.
FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — At the 138th Fancy Farm picnic, the barbs were sharp and the pressure was intense.
And that was just among Democrats.
Traditional partisan battles between Republicans and Democrats got most of the attention beneath the shaded pavilion in St. Jerome's Parish on Saturday. But it was the ripples among Democratic leaders jockeying for a spot in the 2019 race for governor that got attention.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The city of Lexington is breaking ground this week on the expansion of the Lexington Convention Center, home to Rupp Arena.
The $241 million project will begin in August and finish in late 2021.
On Thursday, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and leaders from the state and the University of Kentucky will gather for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction. The ceremony will be in front of Heritage Hall on West Main Street.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Democratic congressional candidate Amy McGrath has picked up an endorsement from former rival Jim Gray.
McGrath, a former Marine combat pilot, defeated Gray in the spring primary in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Gray said Friday he's willing to help McGrath any way he can. He says she represents "all that is best in terms of character."
McGrath is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Political newcomer Amy McGrath rode her fighter pilot past to victory in a key Democratic congressional primary, while a top leader in the state legislature was ousted by a school teacher in Kentucky's primary election on Tuesday. And in a county clerk race, a gay Rowan County man was denied the chance to run against Kim Davis, the incumbent who refused to give him a marriage license in 2015.
Here's a look at some key outcomes across the state:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former fighter pilot Amy McGrath vanquished Lexington's mayor in Tuesday's Democratic primary for a congressional seat in Kentucky, setting up a tougher mission against a Republican incumbent in a district seen as a pickup opportunity for her party.
McGrath, a political newcomer who spent 20 years in the Marine Corps, defeated Lexington's mayor, Jim Gray, along with state Sen. Reggie Thomas and three other opponents.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky residents will head to the polls in a midterm primary election with nominations up for grabs in the U.S. House and the Legislature.
More than 3.3 million Kentuckians are registered to vote, and Election Day polls open Tuesday at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. local time.
Only Democrats and Republicans can vote in partisan races on the primary election ballot, but all voters may vote in nonpartisan races requiring a primary.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — With marginal policy differences among them, the leading contenders for a Kentucky congressional seat Democrats think is within reach have emphasized their resumes instead.
One is a successful businessman who became mayor and another is a former military fighter pilot. A third candidate is an experienced lawmaker with an Ivy League background and a liberal pedigree.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An emergency operations center in Kentucky lost power, leaving people unable to report emergencies for a few minutes.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Three Democrats competing for a chance to flip a Kentucky congressional seat found common ground on policy issues, but their televised debate turned testy when one candidate brought up a rival's status as a newcomer to the district.
The hour-long debate Wednesday night featuring 6th District candidates Jim Gray, Amy McGrath and Reggie Thomas included their plans to expand health care coverage and curb gun violence.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Three Democrats competing for a chance to flip a Kentucky congressional seat offered their plans Wednesday night to expand health care coverage and curb gun violence as they reached out to voters in a televised debate about a month before the primary election.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Officials in Kentucky's second-largest city say the number of homeless has declined to its lowest level in more than a decade.
A statement from the city of Lexington says a one-night count on Jan. 24 found 685 people on the street, in an emergency shelter or in transitional housing. The city said the number is the lowest since at least 2005, when 882 people were counted.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The police chief of Kentucky's second largest city is retiring next month.
Lexington Chief Mark Barnard said in a letter to Mayor Jim Gray his retirement would be effective Jan. 7. Gray named Barnard as chief in 2014.
The mayor said in a news release Thursday that the police department has excelled through Barnard's leadership.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky city has announced an agreement with an Indiana company that would lead to ultrafast internet service for residents.
Media report Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said the proposed fiber-optic network by MetroNet would transform the community into one of the nation's largest gigabit cities. If the deal gets approval from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, construction could begin early next year and customers could begin signing on by summer.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — With two months still left in the year, homicides in Lexington have already reached an all-time high.
Authorities say that a 51-year-old man was fatally shot and a 37-year-old woman was strangled in separate incidents Thursday night, marking the city's 27th and 28th homicides of the year.
News outlets report that the city's record had previously been 27, which occurred in both 1999 and 2001.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky mayor says a cemetery board has tentatively agreed to take two Confederate statues.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced the Lexington Cemetery board's decision on Monday after he attended the meeting. Gray said the legal details still need to be determined.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A longtime Lexington business that hosts cattle sales is reopening this week after it was destroyed by a fire last year.
The Blue Grass Stockyards is opening in a rebuilt facility on Monday. An accidental fire in January 2016 destroyed the building, which had been the site of the cattle market for decades.
A release from the mayor's office says the stockyard is a $600 million annual business and runs the largest cattle market in the eastern U.S.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The mayor of a Kentucky city says money is being raised to pay for the upkeep and security of two Confederate statutes if the monuments are relocated to a cemetery.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said in a letter to the Lexington Cemetery board that private donors started the endowment.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The mayor of Kentucky's second-largest city is proposing that two Confederate statues be moved to the Lexington cemetery where the men honored by the memorials are buried.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is asking the Lexington Cemetery's board to consider accepting statues honoring Confederate officers John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge.
In a letter to cemetery officials, Gray asks them to "help heal the soul of our city."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Republican Party of Kentucky is denouncing vandalism scrawled on a county GOP office.
WLEX-TV reports that someone scrawled "Nazi Scum" and "Die Nazi!" on the storefront of the Republican Party of Fayette County.
State GOP spokesman Tres Watson says the graffiti is the work of "hate-filled vandals whose only goal is to further divide" people.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Republican Party of Kentucky is denouncing graffiti scrawled on a county GOP office.
WLEX-TV reports that someone scrawled "Nazi Scum" and "Die Nazi!" on the storefront of the Republican Party of Fayette County.
State GOP spokesman Tres Watson says the slogans are the work of "hate-filled vandals whose only goal is to further divide us."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Government leaders in Kentucky's second-largest city took a decisive stand Thursday night in favor of moving two Confederate statues from their prominent places outside a former courthouse being converted into a visitors center.
As a descendant of Civil War soldiers who wore both the blue and the gray, a Kentucky mayor said he's taking his own stand — marshaling support to remove two Confederate statues from prominent spots in his city.
Violence that erupted over the weekend at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, added momentum to a wave of efforts across the South to remove or relocate Confederate monuments.
Lexington Mayor: Remove Confederate Monuments
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, says after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, he is taking the steps to remove two Confederate-era statues from the lawn of a former courthouse.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky mayor's request to be excluded from California's ban on state travel has been denied by the attorney general of California.
News outlets report Attorney General Xavier Becerra responded to a letter written by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on Thursday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The mayors of Kentucky's two largest cities are asking California's attorney general to consider exempting Louisville and Lexington from a travel ban.
Last week, Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra (hahv-YEHR' beh-SEH'-rah) added Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky to the list of places where state employee travel is restricted in response to what he considers laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former Lexington councilwoman has pleaded not guilty to five felony charges related to her former position as the general manager of a Lexington hotel.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In a story Nov. 8 about the 2016 election, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Democratic U.S. House candidate Calvin Sidle is a former Lewis County judge executive. Republican U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie is the former judge executive.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Rand Paul will return to US Senate after defeating Jim Gray
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A look at some of Tuesday's races on the ballot in Kentucky:
Republican Donald Trump won a decisive victory in Kentucky over Democrat Hillary Clinton. In all, there were 29 choices for president in Kentucky, including third-party options like the Green and the Libertarian parties. Twenty-three candidates were registered as official write-in options.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates can agree on one thing: Washington is terrible.
Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Democrat Jim Gray assailed the political establishment during the final day of campaigning as both candidates toured the state's major media markets ahead of Tuesday's election.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — With the election on Tuesday, a look at some races on the ballot in Kentucky:
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump get all the attention, but those are just two of the 29 choices for president in Kentucky. In addition to third-party options like the Green and the Libertarian parties, 23 candidates have registered with the state as official write-in options.
OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Aluminum worker Steven Petri just wants the politicians to help him keep his job.
The 39-year-old from Knottsville, Kentucky, was laid off for about a year while his company idled most of its workforce — all while a nearby business was buying cheaper aluminum from China. And he says Kentucky's candidates for U.S. Senate aren't addressing the problem.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he "can't imagine" voting for a Supreme Court nominee from Hillary Clinton, but stopped short of vowing to continue a blockade of Democratic appointments during the first and only televised debate with challenger Jim Gray.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Jim Gray used Labor Day to unveil his jobs plan as he tries to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.
Media outlets report Gray released his economic agenda Monday at the United Auto Workers union hall in Louisville.
Gray said he wants to invest in infrastructure, broadband internet and education to bring more jobs and attract businesses to Kentucky. That includes repairing and rebuilding roads and bridges.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Jim Gray has received some help in his race for the U.S. Senate.
Kentucky Moving Forward, a new super PAC, announced its formation and said it would be supporting Gray's candidacy.
Gray, who co-owns a construction company, has already loaned his campaign more than $1 million of his own money to keep pace with Republican Sen. Rand Paul. Paul reported more than $2.2 million in the bank in July, or $1 million more than Gray reported.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates differed sharply on federal farm policies Thursday, offering the most substantive policy discussion of the campaign in a race that so far has focused more on Rand Paul's presidential aspirations and Jim Gray's tenure as mayor of the state's second-largest city.
FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's quiet U.S. Senate race erupted beneath the shaded pavilion of the St. Jerome's Parish on Saturday as Republican Rand Paul attacked his opponent for the first time by name and Democrat Jim Gray did not wilt beneath the boos in his initial visit to the Fancy Farm picnic.
The picnic, held every year since 1880, is the unofficial start of Kentucky's political season. And it was the first time Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates appeared...
FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the Fancy Farm political picnic (all times local):
Kentucky's quiet U.S. Senate race has exploded on the stage of Kentucky's premiere political event.
Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Democrat Lexington Mayor Jim Gray traded jabs for the first time beneath the shaded pavilion at the annual Fancy Farm picnic. Gray has been criticizing Paul for months, while Paul has mostly ignored his opponent. But...
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic U.S. Senate candidate journeyed to the heart of the state's coal country on Tuesday in an effort to win over voters turned off by Hillary Clinton's comments about putting coal miners out of business.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray unveiled a four-part plan to revitalize eastern Kentucky by widening a crucial thoroughfare to attract new businesses and securing federal funding for research on capturing the harmful carbon coal releases...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will skip the Republican National Convention next week.
The ophthalmologist and former presidential candidate is running for re-election in Kentucky. He is scheduled to perform pro bono eye surgeries in Paducah on Tuesday and has scheduled a number of town hall events throughout Kentucky on Wednesday.
Paul was one of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's harshest critics on the campaign trail, once...