News Minute: Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EST
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The federal government has awarded almost $60 million for transportation projects in Kentucky. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the funding Tuesday. The grants are part of $1.5 billion appropriated for the program and are intended to improve safety at the locations.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally agreed to bring legislation to the floor to overhaul U.S. sentencing laws. McConnell's decision comes after more than three years of overtures from a bipartisan group of his colleagues. Trump announced his support for the legislation last month, but McConnell treaded cautiously as a handful of members voiced concerns that it would be too soft on violent criminals.
HYDEN, Ky. (AP) - Police say a husband and wife and their adult son have been found dead in an eastern Kentucky community. Authorities also say someone fired shots at a Kentucky State Police trooper who was on his way to the crime scene.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - University of Kentucky officials say a founder of one of the state's top development companies has promised to donate $10 million to help some of its students afford college. The Herald-Leader reports school officials on Tuesday announced the donation of developer Mira Ball, who attended the school before starting Ball Homes with her late husband. The donation will help students from Nelson and Henderson counties, which are the home counties of Ball and her husband, Don.
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