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SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky sunglasses provider is expanding with a $400,000 investment and plans to add 38 full-time jobs.S. Rays Inc., which is headquartered in Simpsonville and operates under the name Shady Rays, will add managerial staff and expand its distribution operations, …
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House voted Wednesday to create a tax on vaping products and increase taxes on snuff and chewing tobacco.The bill passed the House on a 75-17 vote and now goes to the Senate, media outlets reported.It's estimated to raise $50 million of new tax revenue over …
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Responding to an outcry over former Gov. Matt Bevin's flurry of last-minute pardons, the Kentucky Senate advanced a proposed constitutional change Wednesday to prevent his successors from doing the same thing in their final days in office.In pushing for the proposed …
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ray York, who won the 1954 Kentucky Derby aboard Determine at age 20 and rode in a record seven consecutive decades, has died. He was 86.Michael McKay, his longtime girlfriend, said he died Sunday after a year-long struggle with pneumonia at an extended care facility near …
Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers:___Feb. 25The Bowling Green Daily News on a medical marijuana bill facing the Senate:We believe that people who are suffering from terminal illnesses that cause immense pain should have options to help mitigate that pain.No one with a terminal illness …
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits will hold its first bourbon industry conference this week at the University of Kentucky.The Beam Institute collaborated with the Kentucky Distillers Association to plan the event around key industry issues, according to a …
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republicans claimed a rural Kentucky House seat long held by Democratic stalwart Rocky Adkins as the political parties split a pair of special legislative elections on Tuesday.In a suburban northern Kentucky district, the Democratic candidate emerged victorious to …
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republicans upset about the new Kentucky governor's overhaul of the state school board responded Tuesday with a bill that would block similar reorganizations from occurring again.Senate President Robert Stivers introduced the bill and predicted quick action on it in the …
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Advocates for adding a series of crime victims' rights to Kentucky's Constitution moved closer to returning the proposal to the statewide ballot when the measure won Senate approval Tuesday.The measure, known as Marsy's Law, is a reprise of a 2018 constitutional …
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill aimed at protecting rural health care in Kentucky by creating a loan program to assist financially struggling hospitals cleared a House committee Tuesday.Hospitals situated in counties with fewer than 50,000 people would be eligible for the loans. The state …
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear is taking nominations to Kentucky university boards and other higher education boards.Vacancies will be considered during the Governor's Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee's next meeting.Boards include the University of Kentucky and …
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky are asking for the public's help in finding those responsible for poaching two elk.The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources said on its Facebook page that two bull elk were poached on Thursday in the Ball Creek area of Knott …
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A politically divisive proposal to revamp Kentucky's public assistance programs and tighten enforcement to prevent fraud won passage in the Republican-run state House on Friday.In a state plagued by pockets of high poverty rates that can span generations, the sweeping …
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed legislation Friday to require that law enforcement officers carry weapons when assigned to provide security at schools.The measure won strong bipartisan support in the legislature. It's a follow-up to last year's sweeping school safety …
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A fire broke out Friday at an eastern Kentucky prison, forcing authorities to relocate about 500 inmates, Gov. Andy Beshear said.No injuries had been reported from the fire at the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex, the governor told reporters.The medium-security …
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates cleared a historic hurdle Thursday when the Kentucky House voted to legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes.The measure won House passage on a 65-30 vote after an emotional debate, sending the proposal to …
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A proposed ballot measure aimed at amending Kentucky's Constitution to ensure it doesn’t offer protections for abortion rights was advanced by a House committee on Thursday.The proposed constitutional amendment cleared the Republican-led committee after a …
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have been advancing legislation that would require voters to show a government-issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot, but a civil liberties group says it's likely to mount a court challenge if the bill becomes law.The Republican-backed measure …
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is pledging to speed up unemployment insurance claims by improving staffing at career centers around the state.Beshear announced Wednesday that current staff have been retrained in 12 local centers to help people seeking unemployment …
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Responding to an outcry over some of the previous governor's pardons, a Kentucky legislative panel gave initial approval to a proposal to put limits on the pardon powers of his successors.The measure cleared the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday. …

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