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UPDATED: Ky. Supreme Court rules Gov. Bevin overstepped his authority with college and university funding cuts

09/22/2016 11:06 AM

UPDATED The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-2 decision that Gov. Matt Bevin exceeded his authority in ordering the state’s public colleges’ and universities’ fourth-quarter funding allotments cut last fiscal year. The high court ruling, released Thursday, reverses Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate’s earlier ruling in the case that Bevin acted within his authority in ordering the reductions, which total $18 million. “The Governor’s reduction of the allotments of the Universities in this case exceeded his statutory authority to... Read more 

UofL lawsuit nearing ruling after accreditation expert testifies on possible impact of board revamp

09/15/2016 07:59 PM

FRANKFORT — A Franklin County judge says he will soon rule on Attorney General Andy Beshear’s lawsuit challenging Gov. Matt Bevin’s reorganization of the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees following a four-hour court hearing on Thursday. Both sides in the suit questioned Patricia Cormier, former president of Longwood University in Virginia and a former commissioner with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools that handles UofL’s accreditation. Cormier, who charged Beshear’s office up to $10,000 at $250 per hour for... Read more 

As more Kentuckians OD, agency looks to combat heroin addiction by visiting users in their homes

09/06/2016 04:26 PM

NEWPORT – After a spike in overdoses in urban areas around Kentucky politicians, authorities and agencies are scrambling to address the deadly threat. The uptick in overdoses has been traced to supplies of heroin which contain fentanyl, which is 100 time more potent than morphine, and carfentanil, which is used as a large animal tranquilizer, and is 10,000 time stronger than morphine. On Tuesday, Hamilton County Ohio Coroner Laksmi Sammarco confirmed that eight overdose deaths were due to carfentanil and they’re... Read more 

Judge allows Bevin to reorganize KRS board, blocks removal of Elliott

08/22/2016 06:57 PM

UPDATED FRANKFORT — In a ruling released Monday evening a Franklin Circuit Court judge has allowed Gov. Bevin to reorganize the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees, but he has blocked the governor’s removal of the board chair. In a ruling on Monday, Judge Phil Shepherd granted a temporary injunction keeping Board Chair Tommy Elliott in place, despite an executive order from Bevin removing Elliott from the post. Pending a final judgement, Shepherd ruled that Elliott could once again serve... Read more 

State lawmaker named in vote-buying case subpoenaed to testify at trial next week

08/04/2016 03:18 PM

Democratic state Rep. John Short has been subpoenaed to testify in a trial on vote-buying charges set to begin next week in Pikeville. Short, who was served the document on Tuesday on behalf of defendant Larry Shepherd, declined to comment on the subpoena when reached by phone by Pure Politics. His attorney, Terry Dean Jacobs, did not return a call seeking comment. Short, of Mallie, had been mentioned in court filings in the case as a beneficiary of a vote-buying scheme... Read more 

Franklin Circuit Court judge grants an injunction on Gov. Bevin's executive orders restructuring UofL board

07/29/2016 12:11 PM

FRANKFORT- Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled in favor of Attorney General Andy Beshear on Friday. Beshear requested a temporary injunction on Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive orders abolishing and recreating the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. The order reads in part, “this case raises an issue of first impression regarding whether the Governor’s reorganization power codified at KRS 12.028 empowers him to unilaterally abolish and recreate a board of trustees of a state university.” Bevin’s newly appointed replacement board... Read more 

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 

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