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The sponsor of one of the priority pieces of legislation laid out by Republican leaders in the Kentucky Senate said revisions are being made in the immigration related measure.  Those changes include exempting some agencies.

Senate Bill one includes language to prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing any sanctuary policy regarding illegal immigration. 

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  Former Gov. Matt Bevin defended his last-minute pardon of a man convicted of repeatedly raping a nine-year-old during a radio interview on Thursday.

Updated at 4:15 p.m. ET

Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin departed the governor's mansion three days ago, but the reverberations of some of his final actions are still being felt across the state.

Bevin, a Republican who narrowly lost a bid for a second term last month, issued pardons to hundreds of people, including convicted rapists, murderers and drug offenders.

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Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued a slew of pardons on his way out of office.

Kyeland Jackson

In one of his last acts before leaving office, Governor Matt Bevin has pardoned a Kentucky man convicted of sexually abusing his young stepdaughter. The man is serving a life sentence stemming from the alleged crime 20 years ago.

Bevin Pardoned 10 Kentuckians, See Whose Crimes Were Forgiven

Jul 5, 2017
Jacob Ryan-WFPL/Kentucky Public Radio

Gov. Matt Bevin issued his first-ever slate of pardons Monday, citing “unique circumstances” that warranted gubernatorial forgiveness for 10 Kentuckians.


On Friday, Elsmere resident Rachel Gibson got a letter in the mail from former Gov. Steve Beshear.

It was a pardon.


End-of-term pardons are a rare tradition in most states. But not Kentucky.

Critics say the practice should end. They argue Kentucky’s chief executives should use the pardon powers more regularly, instead of waiting until they’re packing up their offices. 

  As his term ends, Gov. Steve Beshear has issued 201 pardons to people convicted in Kentucky of a variety of offenses, including several sent to prison for drug crimes or for committing crimes against abusive partners.

Beshear also granted six commutations, reducing a sentence to time already served in jail.