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Louisville pediatrician seeing signs of toxic stress associated with increased deportations

04/27/2017 05:31 PM

LOUISVILLE — With a more aggressive approach to enforcing immigration from the federal government, families have become fearful for their future together, and the anxiety has health care professionals concerned. Dr. Julia Richerson, a pediatrician who sees patients full-time in Louisville and serves on the state chapter and in a national role for the American Academy of Pediatrics, says parents and children face serious health challenges associated with the fear and reality of deportation raids. “It’s a horrible stress for... Read more 

Former Kentucky hacker sentenced to federal prison opens up in exclusive interview

04/21/2017 04:06 PM

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA — Days before being called back to Kentucky and found to be in violation of the terms of his release, Deric Lostutter sat in his North Carolina apartment reliving the past and contemplating his future. Lostutter, the former online activist and hacker known as “KYAnonymous,” was put behind bars weeks earlier than anticipated after a federal judge found him to be in violation of the conditions of his release — something he disputes from a jail cell... Read more 

U.S. Attorney releases recommendations and report following Louisville Heroin Response Summit

03/28/2017 02:52 PM

Western District U.S. Attorney John Kuhn, Jr. has released a state-wide report detailing recommendation from the Louisville Heroin and Opioid Response Summit held on Dec. 1, 2016. “Only two things can defeat us in our battle against this epidemic: a lack of commitment and a failure to collaborate,” Kuhn wrote in the 40 page report released on Tuesday. “A serious and sustained commitment to resolve this crisis will bring us the resources we need, and our collaboration will broaden... Read more 

The Chatter: Judge hears arguments on motion to temporarily halt pre-abortion ultrasound law, Medicaid waiver approval expected soon

03/24/2017 03:00 PM

A federal judge will soon rule on the ACLU of Kentucky’s motion to temporarily suspend the state’s new pre-abortion ultrasound law after hearing arguments from both sides on Thursday. The ACLU of Kentucky and EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville sued after House Bill 2 became law in the opening week of this year’s 30-day legislative session. They say the new law violates the First Amendment by compelling physicians to perform and report the results of ultrasounds on women seeking abortions. But... Read more 

Spring Clean Northern Kentucky initiative encourages safe disposal of unused prescription drugs

03/23/2017 03:06 PM

BURLINGTON – An initiative in northern Kentucky is going to make it easier for residents to safely dispose of any expired or unneeded medications, especially opioid pain medication and other narcotics, to help prevent misuse, abuse or addiction. Spring Clean Northern Kentucky was introduced on Thursday by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, and Rep. Kim Moser, R-Independence, in an effort to encourage residents to go through their medicine cabinets and throw-away medications no longer need. In addition, lawmaker and advocates called on individuals... Read more 

Kentucky State Police Lab becoming training ground for other state labs because of low pay, lab director says

03/23/2017 11:11 AM

Editor’s note: This is part two in a two-part series on Kentucky’s attempts to clear the backlog of untested sexual assault cases. Part one can be viewed here. As Kentucky State Police Lab analysts recheck thousands of previously untested sexual assault kits there exists a frightening possibility that despite best efforts a new backlog will be created because of incredibly low pay, and high turnover rates. While earning more than others in state government, analysts, who undergo between six months and two... Read more 

Previously untested sexual assault kit links with serial rapist; As kits come back work continues to inform victims

03/21/2017 03:15 PM

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on Kentucky’s attempts to clear the backlog of untested sexual assault cases. The first batches of previously backlogged sexual assault kits have been returning to Kentucky, rechecked by Kentucky State Police analysts and entered into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Combined DNA Index System database. Victims are beginning to be notified by law enforcement in an effort to reopen cases and potentially prosecute offenders. In Louisville, the metro police department’s special... Read more 

Hacker known as KYAnonymous sentenced to 2 years in federal prison

03/09/2017 09:51 AM

Deric Lostutter, formerly of Winchester, Ky., who previously pleaded guilty on to charges of conspiring to illegally access a computer and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. Lostutter, 29, now lives in North Carolina, but returned to Kentucky to appear in court on Wednesday for hacking into a fan website for the Steubenville High School football team RollRedRoll.com in December 2012 in an attempt to draw national attention to a rape... Read more 

Louisville Jewish Community Center targeted by bomb threat; Yarmuth calls on Justice Dept. to investigate incidents

03/08/2017 05:14 PM

The Louisville Jewish Community Center is the latest facility in the United States to be targeted with a bomb threat. According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, around noon on Wednesday the LMPD 5th Division responded to a call of a possible bomb threat at the Jewish Community Center. The LMPD indicated that police, along with Louisville Metro EMS, Louisville Fire, and “some of our federal partners” responded to the call. “The building has been evacuated and all occupants has... Read more 

Consultant gets five-years for participation in kickback scheme with former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer

03/02/2017 04:19 PM

Lawrence “Larry” O’Bryan has been sentenced to five-years in prison for his participation in bribing a public official and his role in a kickback scheme with former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer. District Judge Karen K. Caldwell sentenced O’Bryan, 57, for convictions on three counts of bribery concerning a federally funded program. O’Bryan was also ordered to pay $100,000 fine and $642,201.50 in restitution, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. O’Bryan has already paid the restitution in... Read more 

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