Local/Regional News

Josh James / WUKY

One lingering issue lawmakers expect to take up on the final day of the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly deals with pension costs for what are known as “quasi-state agencies," entities like regional universities and local health departments. Some report they cannot absorb the rising costs.

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It's onward and upward for Kentucky hemp, according to the latest data from the state's Department of Agriculture. Sales of products made using commonwealth-based hemp more than tripled last year, but exactly where the industry is headed is a "question left to be answered."

National Park Service

An open house and public comment gathering session is scheduled for Tuesday evening at Camp Nelson in Jessamine County.  The National Park Service is collecting input as it drafts a document that will help direct the future of Camp Nelson National Monument.

Josh James / WUKY

Abortion-rights defenders opened a new legal fight against Kentucky on Friday to try to block one of the country's most restrictive abortion measures, which would mostly ban the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Josh James / WUKY

Kentucky's education commissioner on Friday would not rule out disciplining teachers who used their sick days to close multiple school districts so they could protest at the state Capitol.

Josh James / WUKY

Time to exhale. The Kentucky General Assembly spent Thursday rushing to beat the veto deadline, delivering bills dealing with abortion, the powers of the secretary of state, solar energy rates, campus free speech, along with new tax and budget measures, to the governor for his consideration. Here's a breakdown of the major bills passed on day 29 of the 30-day session.

Josh James / WUKY

Schools were shuttered again Thursday in the state's largest school district as teachers staged their sixth "sick-out" in the span of two weeks. And the state's top education official is reportedly seeking names.

Karyn Czar/WUKY

Toyota announced they will invest billions into their global manufacturing operations and that includes the Georgetown plant, where they’ll begin manufacturing RAV4 and Lexus models.

Josh James / WUKY

Several abortion-related bills are, or are poised for, final passage in the Kentucky General Assembly tonight. The approval of one measure has already triggered an immediate response from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Josh James / WUKY

Lawmakers have agreed on the framework for a tax "cleanup" bill that would drop tax rates for Kentucky banks, among other provisions. Critics say the reform package will deal another hit to state revenue at a time when budgets remain tight.

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