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Appeals court allows medical review panels to continue

11/09/2017 05:37 PM

A controversial law allowing medical review panels in Kentucky is being allowed to move forward, despite the law being struck down as unconstitutional last week. The Kentucky Court of Appeals granted a stay of Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruling last week, which called the law unconstitutional and adding it presents “an expensive and unnecessary obstacle” for those seeking relief in medical malpractice lawsuits. Eighty-nine current cases will proceed, and all prospective malpractice cases will be required to proceed through... Read more 

Dealing with the effects of sexual harassment: A survivor speaks out and urges others to come forward

11/09/2017 04:00 PM

For many who survive sexual harassment the effects are long lasting. For Michelle Kelty who was sexually harassed in the workplace three-years ago, the trauma continues to this day. Kelty said she suffers from flashbacks, nightmares and continues with therapy. “I reported, it wasn’t just me, it involved more than just myself in the workplace, so we reported and we just kept hitting roadblocks and obstacles,” she said. Kelty is a member of the Survivors Council which advises and assists... Read more 

Alleged Rand Paul attacker pleads not guilty

11/09/2017 02:20 PM

The man who allegedly assaulted U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, outside his Bowling Green has pleaded not guilty. Rene Boucher pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault in the fourth degree during an arraignment in Warren District Court Thursday morning. Boucher allegedly tackled the Kentucky junior Senator to the ground last Friday, breaking six ribs and bruising Paul’s lungs. There was no change in the charges on Thursday, and no change in Boucher’s bond. Boucher is also an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. Some... Read more 

Judge rules new law on medical review panels unconstitutional

10/31/2017 12:15 PM

A judge has struck down the state’s recently enacted law authorizing medical review panels, saying the statute is unconstitutional and presents “an expensive and unnecessary obstacle” for those seeking relief in medical malpractice lawsuits. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd issued the ruling Monday in a lawsuit filed in June by Tonya Claycomb, a mother who says her newborn son suffers from severe brain damage and cerebral palsy due to malpractice. The General Assembly enacted medical review panels during this year’s legislative session,... Read more 

Judge rules that state must pay nearly $225K to plaintiffs' attorneys in Kim Davis case

10/25/2017 04:54 PM

The state must pay more than $224,000 in legal fees and court costs owed to same-sex couples who sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in 2015 over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples, a federal judge ruled Monday. Attorneys representing Gov. Matt Bevin had asked U.S. District Judge David Bunning to reconsider his July 21 ruling that state government pay $224,703 after the case was dismissed, but Bunning said their arguments fell short of convincing him to reverse... Read more 

Clark County residents react to President Trump's end to co-share subsidies

10/17/2017 10:53 AM

WINCHESTER — President Trump signed an executive order last week to stop supporting the cost-sharing subsidies that reimburse insurers for reducing co-pays for low-income Affordable Care Act enrollees. The executive order is one of several steps the White House is taking to essentially dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Spectrum News reporter Richard Essex spoke with residents in Clark County on Monday about how the move could impact health insurance in that community. Reporting by: Richard Essex Read more 

RPK calls on Grimes to donate 2014 Weinstein donations; Grimes spox fires back at "political ploy"

10/09/2017 10:34 AM

The Republican Party of Kentucky is trying to tie Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to a national news story on sexual harassment via a 2014 campaign donation from the film producer to Grimes. On Friday, the RPK called on Grimes to donate $5,200 from embattled film producer Harvey Weinstein donated to Grimes for her 2014 US Senate campaign against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky. “Given what we now know about Mr. Weinstein, Alison Grimes should lead by example... Read more 

6th Dist. Democratic candidates weigh in on gun reforms in the wake of Las Vegas

10/06/2017 09:10 AM

LEXINGTON — There are few things in life that will get people talking like a disagreeable comment on social media. President Trump and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin have, according to some used their Twitter accounts as a bully pulpit. After the Mandalay Bay shooing in Las Vegas, Nevada Gov. Bevin took to Twitter criticizing political opportunist “seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas,” he wrote “you can’t regulate evil,” it was retweeted almost 8,000 times. Bevin is no stranger to... Read more 

Kentucky Supreme Court rules UofL board overhaul moot

09/28/2017 11:18 AM

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled the legal challenge over whether Governor Matt Bevin had the authority to disband and reorganize the University of Louisville’s board of trustees moot. The court said that the passage of Senate Bill 12 and Senate Bill 107 made the issue moot because the bills codified Bevin’s reorganization of the board. This decision is a legal victory for Bevin, who made that very argument before the court last month. However, Attorney General Andy Beshear... Read more 

Northern Ky. judge-execs say collaboration will be the key to the areas success

09/19/2017 02:40 PM

ERLANGER – All three northern Kentucky judge-executives say that the key to the region being able to continue to thrive is to save money collaborating on projects and finding creative ways to obtain money for infrastructure. Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery and Kenton County Judge-Executive Kris Knochelmann were guest speakers at the annual Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs ‘N Issues State of Northern Kentucky breakfast in Erlanger on Tuesday. Moore used the example of the three... Read more 

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