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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.

Noah’s ark to celebrate 1st anniversary July 7

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (BP) -- In its first year, a modern-day Noah's ark has drawn more than a million visitors into northern Kentucky to look at the life-size replica of the biblical boat. The Ark Encounter theme park will celebrate its first anniversary on Friday (July 7). "We've had an excellent first year attendance," said Mark Loy, spokesman for Answers in Genesis, the company that built the 510-foot ark only a few miles from its sister attraction, the Creation Museum, which just turned 10 years old.

Seminary VP named to Ky. adoption/foster care post

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed a seminary vice president, Daniel S. Dumas, to oversee the revamping of the state's adoption and foster care system. Dumas, senior vice president for institutional administration at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, and his wife Jane have two adopted sons, Aidan and Elijah.

Ky. puts focus on Bible with new laws, executive action

Having declared 2017 the Year of the Bible, Gov. Matt Bevin has now signed two bills into law to make clear to teachers and administrators that Scripture is welcome in Kentucky public schools.

Court hears ACLU challenge to Ky. ultrasound law

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A federal judge didn't immediately rule after hearing arguments seeking a temporary restraining order against Kentucky's new law requiring women seeking abortions to have a chance to see ultrasound images and hear a description of the images. U.S. District Judge David Hale is considering whether to grant the request from the American Civil Liberties Union to block the law pending the outcome of the ACLU's overall challenge to its constitutionality.

Ky. religious expression bill clears final hurdle

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Students would be able to express religious and political viewpoints in public schools and on college campuses without interference from administrators under a bill that cleared its final legislature hurdle Monday (March 6) and was headed to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to be signed into law. State Sen. Albert Robinson, R-London, said he decided to sponsor Senate Bill 17 after a Johnson County elementary schools removed biblical references from a presentation of "Charlie Brown's Christmas Carol" in 2015.