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Judge to rule soon on legality of changes Gov. Bevin made to KRS board

07/20/2016 08:05 AM

FRANKFORT – After a 4 1/2 hour marathon hearing on Tuesday in Franklin Circuit Court, in the lawsuit intitiated by by Thommy Elliott and Mary Helen Peter, members of the former Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees, Judge Phillip Shepherd told attorneys that he will make a ruling soon on a number of executive order changes that Gov. Matt Bevin made to the Kentucky Retirement System Board of Directors including the termination of Board Chair Elliott. Other changes include, through the... Read more 

Consultants Carville and Matalin say police forces need more pay, better training, more minority officers in light of recent tragedies

07/12/2016 10:52 PM

LEXINGTON — Hours before President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush spoke at a memorial for five Dallas police officers slain in a racial shooting attack by an African-American veteran last week, political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin offered their thoughts on police-race relations on the closing day of the Southern Legislative Conference. Both said cops should be better trained and paid more, with Matalin adding to more than 400 at the Lexington Convention Center on Tuesday that... Read more 

UofL professor analyzes the data on police involved shootings and the 'war on cops'

07/12/2016 05:20 PM

The images are ingrained in our collective subconscious — police-involved shootings and the resulting social outcry, and now outright attacks against the police in Dallas, Texas, but what is the actual prevalence of what we see on social media? Justin Nix, an assistant professor of criminology at the University of Louisville, has been studying the trends of police-involved shootings. In recent studies, Nix has found that police-involved shootings have not gone up as some might presume. Nix and his colleagues studied... Read more 

Indictment returned against Kentucky Anonymous activist who sought to expose Steubenville rape case

07/08/2016 11:36 AM

Deric Lostutter, the former online activist known as “KYAnonymous” who helped garner national exposure of the rape and alleged cover-up of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, has been indicted on four felonies by a Kentucky federal grand jury. The federal indictment handed down in Lexington alleges that Lostutter, who was living in Clark County in 2012, violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act when he joined with at least one other person online and accessed computers without permission to... Read more 

Kentucky Supreme Court will hear university funding cut case

06/27/2016 12:55 PM

The Kentucky Supreme Court will decide if Gov. Bevin has the ability to cut funding of state universities and colleges by 2 percent in the current fiscal year. The high court ruled on Monday that the case, brought by Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear, could skip the appeals court and head directly to the justices for review. Chief Justice John Minton has signed an order taking the case, and set a hearing for Aug. 18. The lawsuit brought by Beshear... Read more 

Sitting Democratic lawmaker and Secretary of State among those mentioned in FBI filings

06/15/2016 05:27 PM

A new court filing in the ongoing vote-buying case in Magoffin County names sitting state House Rep. John Short, D-Mallie, as having taken part in the scheme in 2012. The new filing details a vote-buying scheme in the eastern Kentucky area dating from 2002 to 2012. The filing includes sworn testimony from an admitted planner and perpetrator of voter fraud, who says Short asked for his help in his 2012 re-election. Larry Shepherd filed a motion in limine seeking to... Read more 

Gov. Bevin says AG Beshear "dropping the ball" in transgender bathroom lawsuit while Beshear says he should have been consulted

05/31/2016 05:41 PM

LOUISVILLE — Gov. Matt Bevin accused Attorney General Andy Beshear of “dropping the ball” by not joining 11 other states in their lawsuit against the federal government’s directive on transgender bathroom policies for public schools. Beshear, at a separate news conference in Georgetown, said the governor’s statements that the attorney general’s office refused to join the suit “is entirely and totally false,” saying copies of the lawsuit and federal court guidance on the topic were on his desk as Bevin announced... Read more 

Kentucky will join lawsuit against Obama administration's transgender bathroom guidelines, Bevin says

05/27/2016 01:16 PM

UPDATED: Kentucky will join 11 other states in a federal lawsuit against transgender bathroom guidelines laid out by President Barack Obama’s administration, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Texas, follows a directive by the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Justice Department and other federal agencies on Wednesday, came in response to a directive by the Obama administration that individuals’ gender identities are covered by sexual discrimination laws and that schools could jeopardize federal education... Read more 

Trio of Democratic lawmakers will appeal higher ed. decision; state should generate more revenue via tax reform, Rep. Wayne says

05/25/2016 12:23 PM

After a Franklin Circuit Judge ruled that first year Republican Gov. Matt Bevin followed the law in ordering 2 percent allotment reductions for state colleges and universities, a trio of Democratic lawmakers is appealing the ruling to the state Supreme Court. Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, is among the three lawmakers who have joined party to the suit which was first filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear. Wayne said he personally feels “strongly” about their chance of winning the suit... Read more 

Judge rules that Gov. Bevin followed law in current-year university cuts as AG Beshear plans appeal to Supreme Court

05/18/2016 05:30 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin followed the law when he ordered 2 percent allotment reductions for state colleges and universities, a judge ruled Wednesday. Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled that Bevin has the authority to cut budget allotments under state law, an action that drew a lawsuit from Attorney General Andy Beshear. The first-year Democratic attorney general and three state House Democrats intervening in the case argued that Bevin’s spending reductions violated the Kentucky Constitution and law. However, Wingate dismissed that argument and... Read more 

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