Local/Regional News

Gov.-elect Andy Beshear announced his first round of high-level appointments Thursday, selecting four of his close assistants in the attorney general’s office to move with him to the governor’s office next month.

Hampton Appeals Ruling Over Two Fired Staffers

Nov 21, 2019
State of Kentucky

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton is appealing the dismissal of her Franklin Circuit Court lawsuit to prohibit Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration from firing her two top staffers. Attorney Joshua Harp informed the Franklin Circuit Court Wednesday that Hampton is appealing its decision to the Kentucky Court of Appeals saying “we strongly disagree with the circuit court’s ruling and we believe that this issue is too important not to pursue further legal review.”

Hemp Application Period Is Open

Nov 21, 2019
Karyn Czar/WUKY

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the state’s hemp licensing program for 2020 is underway. Grower applications must be submitted by March 15 of next year. Processor applications may be submitted year-round. For the first time, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is hosting an online application portal on its hemp webpage. The department oversees the state’s licensing program.

Associated Press

Federal officials plan to announce a new national wildlife refuge in western Kentucky. A statement from the U.S. Department of the Interior says Secretary David Bernhardt and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell will join other dignitaries Friday in Henderson to announce the Green River National Wildlife Refuge.

Catholic Church Boards Reviewing Sex Abuse Fail Victims

Nov 21, 2019
Associated Press

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help bishops ensure that no abusive priests stayed in ministry.

Kentucky Native Childers Nominated For Grammy

Nov 20, 2019
Karyn Czar

The nominations are out and Paintsville native Tyler Childers is in the running to take home his first Grammy Award.

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell isn’t anticipating an impeachment trial in his chamber until next year, but the Republican majority leader says he still can't envision a scenario where the Senate would remove President Donald Trump from office.

Lexington's Second Salt Barn Is Open

Nov 18, 2019
Karyn Czar


The ribbon has been cut and supplies are pouring into the new wooden structure that will hold 7,000 tons of salt. Rob Allen, the Director of Streets and Roads said this will help save time and money when winter weather hits the Bluegrass. This new salt barn has been 20 years in the making. It’s twice the size of the city’s existing salt barn and is located next to the city’s West Hickman Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Josh James / WUKY

A Kentucky radio host returned to the airwaves after a hiatus to announce he won’t enter the race to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2020.

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin officially ended his run for re-election Thursday, conceding the close contest to his long-standing Democratic rival, Attorney General Andy Beshear. But the outgoing Republican didn't leave the podium without sounding alarm bells about election security and transparency.