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Kentucky lawmakers have edged closer toward passing a new state budget. But a Senate leader said Monday it’s only the start as they decide how to spend pandemic-related federal money headed to the state. The bill that cleared the Senate mostly holds the line on spending. It sets significant money aside in a “rainy day” fund as they decide how to use the federal money. Gov. Andy Beshear says he's disappointed the budget stripped his spending priorities. He's hoping to reach an agreement with lawmakers on how to spend the federal aid before the legislative session ends in late March.

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On the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death, the slain Black woman’s family continued their call for justice. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Louisville on Saturday in Jefferson Square Park, which became an impromptu hub for protesters during months of demonstrations last summer.

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Republican lawmakers have unveiled a state budget plan that stakes out their authority over how Kentucky spends the next infusion of federal pandemic relief. Kentucky’s government is expected to receive about $2.4 billion in federal aid.

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A Kentucky legislative panel is presenting bills charging thousands of dollars in costs to the people who unsuccessfully tried to remove the governor, attorney general and a lawmaker from office.

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Kentucky lawmakers have finished work on a bill seen by critics as a weakening of open records protections. The bill aims to remove the right to pursue a court appeal when denied access to legislative records. It won final passage Friday. An open records advocacy group says it will urge Gov. Andy Beshear to veto it. When the bill surfaced, it was criticized by many media outlets. Lawmakers responded by loosening residency requirements to make records requests.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has signed legislation allowing the state to waive the overpayment of some pandemic-related unemployment claims. The bill applies to some people who left their jobs early in the pandemic due to concerns about exposure to COVID-19. The state signaled they’d be eligible for jobless assistance. Recipients later were informed the money had to be given back. Beshear’s administration pointed to the U.S. Labor Department for the mix-up.

Kentucky reported 963 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The governor's office says the positivity rate was 3.8%, and there were 29 newly reported deaths related to the virus. Gov. Andy Beshear said in a release Friday that the number of new cases, deaths and the positivity rate continue to decline. Kentucky has recorded 4,950 deaths from the virus since the first death nearly a year ago.

Federal investigators say the heat from a deadly gas pipeline explosion in Kentucky burned so hot it melted the siding on a home 1,100 feet away. The rupture of the 30-inch-width regional gas pipeline happened in August 2019 in Lincoln County.

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The three Louisville police officers who fired their guns in the fatal raid at Breonna Taylor’s apartment avoided homicide charges. But an ongoing federal probe could expand beyond the officers who conducted the raid.

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It could become a crime to taunt a police officer in Kentucky, under a bill that has passed the state Senate. The Republican-backed bill that was passed Thursday would criminalize anyone who “accosts, insults, taunts, or challenges” a law enforcement officer.