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Death toll rises to 35 in eastern Ky flooding

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) – At least 35 people have been confirmed dead due to devastating flooding that has hit the southeast part of the state, and Gov. Andy Beshear says the number will continue to grow in the coming days, as more areas become accessible.

64 confirmed dead in Kentucky tornadoes; more than 100 unaccounted for

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) – At least 64 Kentuckians lost their lives due to an outbreak of tornadoes in west Kentucky, according to Gov. Andy Beshear who also announced President Biden has approved his request for a major disaster declaration.

Georgetown College fires president after sexual assault allegations

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (BP) – The Board of Trustees of Georgetown College terminated the employment of William A. Jones as president of the college amid allegations of inappropriate conduct, the school announced on Tuesday.

Grant will help UK, SBTS preserve sacred songbooks

LEXINGTON, Ky. (BP) – A grant will allow the University of Kentucky, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and other educational entities to preserve historic southern sacred songbooks dating back to the middle of the 19th century by digitizing them.

Kentucky abortion amendment to be on November 2022 ballot

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) – Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams signed House Bill 91, a proposed constitutional amendment on abortion, during a ceremony attended by pro-life advocates at the Kentucky State Capitol on Wednesday (April 7).

One Louisville police officer indicted in Breonna Taylor case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) – One of three Louisville Metro Police officers who fired shots that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor has been indicted on criminal charges.

Arguments heard over gay pride T-shirts case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- A Kentucky print shop owner's decision to not make gay pride T-shirts in 2012 because it went against his religious beliefs was argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court on Friday (Aug. 23). Blaine Adamson, the owner of Hands-On Originals in Lexington, declined to print the shirt based on his First Amendment rights. See related Baptist Press story.

Couple with 10 kids joins adoption/foster care reform

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- A former Florida pastor and his wife have been named by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to help implement reforms to the state's adoption and foster care system under legislation approved by the 2018 General Assembly. Chris and Alicia Johnson will work closely with the Department for Community Based Services, part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to support the department's ongoing adoption and foster care initiatives, including the transformative efforts required under House Bill 1. See related Baptist Press story.

Ky. lawmakers pass adoption, foster care bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- The Kentucky Senate unanimously passed the top House priority, a comprehensive adoption and foster care reform bill that changes the way foster care and adoption are handled in the state to better benefit children. Later Monday night (April 2), the House concurred on a 90-1 vote to send the measure to the desk of Gov. Matt Bevin for his signature to make it law.

Ky. adoption czar Dan Dumas steps down

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- A spokesman for Gov. Matt Bevin said the decision to terminate the contract of the state's adoption czar was made because the administration "has decided to move in a different direction." Dan Dumas, an author and former professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, had been appointed in May to be the Republican governor's point man on revamping the state's adoption and foster care system under a $240,000-a-year contract. See related report.