U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and potential Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes are tied in a new poll of Kentucky voters, though state Republicans are calling the results a "sham."
The poll, by Public Policy Polling, stated that McConnell and Grimes were each supported by 45 percent of Kentucky voters. In April, a PPP poll showed Grimes trailing by 4 points. In December, she trailed by 7 points.
The PPP poll was paid for by the Senate Majority PAC, an organization founded with the help of Democratic U.S. Senator Harry Reid, the current majority leader.
Republicans are characterizing the results as "push polling"—a poll that tries to influence answers through the questions asked.
The PPP poll's critics say the questions directly comment about McConnell, his tenure in the Senate or some of his votes, rather than asking more simple questions as scientific polls often do.
The widow of an ambushed Bardstown police officer is making her first public comments since her husband was gunned down Saturday.
Kentucky State Police say 33-year-old officer Jason Ellis was shot multiple times after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County.
Amy Ellis Tuesday morning thanked the community for an outpouring of support.
"The only reason I can get up here right now is because of prayers, and God has picked me up off the bathroom floor," said Ellis. "I didn't want to live another second without him, but I know I have to be strong for our kids."
More than 300 people attended a candlelight vigil Monday night outside the police station. A stream of mourners turned a police car into a makeshift memorial, covering it with flowers, flags, and balloons.
Starting in July, Kentucky will offer low-income families less help with daycare costs.
The state is changing income guidelines for the Child Care Assistance Program. More than 14,000 children live in families who will earn too much to qualify but too little to pay for child care and still make ends meet.
Lori Moses is the owner of Baby Tender daycare in Elizabethtown. She fears the cuts will force more parents to quit their jobs to stay home with their children.
"If they don't come, then that affects our business because we obviously need children to keep the business going," explains Moses. "That means laying off staff if we don't have the children, so it's a big cycle."
Kentucky Youth Advocates recently surveyed child care providers and found that 77% of them were extremely concerned about the impact of the cuts. Governor Beshear is being urged to find a budget solution and reverse the decision.
Child advocates say when parents receive child care support, they are more likely to get and keep a job, and stay off of welfare.
A Bardstown police officer was shot and killed early Saturday while driving home from work. Kentucky State Police say they don't have any suspects as of late Saturday.
The original call came is as a traffic crash on Exit 34 of the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County. When troopers arrived they found that 33 year old Jason Ellis had been fatally shot. KSP says Ellis was in uniform and had been driving his cruiser home. Spokesman Norman Chaffins said the officer was found inside his vehicle but he did not know how many times he had been shot. The exit was shut down as troopers investigated the shooting near Bardstown.