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Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a lawsuit against another painkiller manufacturer, saying that the company fueled Kentucky’s drug epidemic through aggressive marketing and fraud.

Kentucky has become one of more than two-dozen states to ban state resources from going towards companies that boycott Israeli products and services. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton says Gov. Matt Bevin issued an executive order freezing out those who support the boycott.

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Kentucky has one of the highest graduation rates in the nation, with nearly 90 percent of seniors receiving their diplomas each year. But according to Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis, not all of Kentucky's students are graduating prepared. Only 65 percent of 2017 graduates met standards preparing them for college or a career.

A number of states have tied Medicaid coverage to work requirements. But legal challenges have followed — a sucessful attempt to stop the program in Kentucky, an ongoing lawsuit in Arkansas and possibly more to come.

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The federal government will charge the man who killed two people in a Jeffersontown Kroger last month with three federal hate crimes.

The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld the state’s “right-to-work” law, a measure that bans unionized companies from requiring workers to pay union dues.

Bourbon often takes center stage in Kentucky, but wine is vying to share the spotlight. Especially in far west Kentucky, where one of the state’s fastest-growing wineries is asking legislators to change regulations that owners say are stifling business.

Fewer Kentucky children are living in poverty now compared to 2017. That’s according to the new Kentucky Youth Advocates County Data Book, which looks at 17 measures of child well-being. The percentage of children living in poverty improved in 93 out of 120 counties.

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After Democrats won control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Election Day and made small gains in the Kentucky General Assembly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's "not happy" with how Republicans performed in suburban areas.

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Next week, a federal court in Louisville will hear arguments over a new Kentucky law that bans a common type of abortion procedure.

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A lawyer for former House Speaker Jeff Hoover and two other Republican lawmakers made the case on Wednesday for sealing a former staffer’s testimony that she was sexually assaulted and harassed by the men.

Sixth District GOP Congressman Andy Barr held off a challenge by first time candidate Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot. The three-term U.S. Representative admits divisiveness in politics needs attention.

“We are a people, who rose from the rugged pioneer spirit which built this country. And there is no reason why Kentuckians can't lead a political and spiritual renewal to go along with our nation’s economic revival,” Barr said.

Barr thanked McGrath for stiff competition, saying it made him a better leader and better Congressman. For her part, McGrath promised to remain an active voice in Kentucky.

Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk whose refusal to sign marriage certificates for same-sex couples grabbed national headlines in 2015, has lost her bid for re-election to the Rowan County clerkship. The Republican lost to Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr., 54 percent to 46 percent.

With all 19 precincts reporting, preliminary results show Caudill earned 4,210 votes to Davis' 3,566.

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Get the latest on Kentucky's ballot measure and House races.

Kentucky’s voter registration system is running software that could be exploited by hackers, according to a new report by ProPublica.

But Kentucky’s top elections official, Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes, says the system “has been and is secure.”

The state’s voter registration system includes a file-sharing software called FTP that allows public access to information. ProPublica’s reporting says that the service can act as a gateway for hackers to acquire key details that allow them to exploit a server’s vulnerabilities.

Dozens of Kentucky inmates are being released this week after a state statute was declared unconstitutional. The statute required some inmates to receive an additional year of probation after their sentences were completed--even though that wasn’t part of the original sentencing plan.  

The Department of Public Advocacy challenged the statute and was granted a permanent injunction ordering the state Department of Corrections to release all individuals currently incarcerated under that part of the law.

Craft beer fans in Kentucky have some special treats coming their way this week.

Sixteen Kentucky craft breweries are releasing new beers made with Kentucky Proud products on Friday.

The new products are the result of a partnership between the state’s Agriculture Department and the Kentucky Guild of Brewers.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the commonwealth’s 60 craft breweries and microbreweries have an annual economic impact of $657 million.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 6, voters in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana head to the polls to vote on a host of issues and candidates to represent their states. Here's everything you need to know before heading to the polls. 

Outgoing U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan traveled to Georgetown on Tuesday to campaign for Republican Congressman Andy Barr, who’s facing a tough re-election challenge.

Ryan is the latest national political figure to stump in the race, which is considered to be a bellwether on President Donald Trump’s popularity as Democrats try to take control of the U.S. House and Republicans try to defend their majority.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says recent shootings at a grocery store in Louisville and a synagogue in Pittsburgh should be considered hate crimes and called for the death penalty against the accused gunmen.

The man who police say shot and killed two people at the Jeffersontown Kroger on Wednesday has been identified as 51-year-old Gregory Bush.

On Wednesday afternoon, Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers said Bush shot and killed a male victim inside the Kroger. He then ran out of the store and shot several rounds at a woman, who also died. At that point, an armed citizen in the parking lot engaged Bush with gunfire in the parking lot. No additional injuries resulted from that altercation.

A short time later, police apprehended Bush on Hurstbourne Parkway. Rogers said the investigation is ongoing, and police say Bush’s motive is still unknown.

Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover and two other Republican state lawmakers are trying to prevent the public release of parts of a deposition taken from a former staffer who accused them of sexually harassing her. The deposition is part of a whistleblower lawsuit filed by another staffer who says she was retaliated against for reporting harassment.

The three men — as well as one other representative who has not asked to intervene in the case — admitted to paying Jane Doe $110,000 last year in an out-of-court settlement.

Kentucky’s attorney general is suing another pharmaceutical manufacturer for contributing to the state’s opioid crisis. 

Andy Beshear filed a lawsuit on Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court against Pennsylvania-based Teva Pharmaceuticals. 

In a news conference, Beshear accused Teva of promoting highly addictive Fentanyl-based cancer drugs for off-label use.

Jeffersontown Police have confirmed that two people have been killed at a shooting at a Kroger in suburban Louisville.

After Kentucky lawmakers made changes to pension benefits for state workers earlier this year, some candidates are hoping to ride a wave of anger from teachers and other public workers into the statehouse.

There are at least 51 current and former educators running for seats in the legislature as all 100 districts in the state House of Representatives and half in the state Senate are up for re-election this year.

Joy Gray is a retired teacher from Owensboro who’s running as a Democrat against Republican Rep. Suzanne Miles.

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Kentuckians are being told to look out for scams being perpetrated by individuals claiming to represent voter registration groups.

Kentucky will pay four women a total of $1.5 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit stemming from their time working as prison guards at Little Sandy Correctional Complex in northeastern Kentucky.

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A Student Drug Use Survey shows prescription drug use among area teens has dropped and teen heroin use is at a new low. But the survey also shows almost 14 percent of teens used alcohol and 8.1 percent reported having used marijuana in the 30 days prior to taking the survey.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has released voter registration totals ahead of the general election on Nov. 6.

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Kentucky leads the nation in the number of children in the state who lived with relatives other than their parents between 2016 and 2018. According to recent data from the Census Bureau, 9 percent of Kentucky’s kids lived with relatives other than their parents during that time period, which is double the national rate.

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