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Bevin administration seeking to disqualify Beshear from pension lawsuit

04/17/2018 04:45 PM

FRANKFORT- Just days before an injunction hearing on the pension reform bill, Gov. Bevin, R-Kentucky, is seeking to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, from the lawsuit. Bevin filed a motion in Franklin County Circuit Court to disqualify Beshear from the pension reform lawsuit due to a conflict of interest. The lawsuit alleges that Beshear provided legal advice to the Commonwealth regarding Senate Bill 151, thereby violating the Rules of Professional Conduct. “Conflicts of interest do not disappear simply because... Read more 

ACLU will challenge law banning specific abortion method

04/11/2018 11:55 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against a new law banning a specific abortion method, which was signed into immediate effect on Tuesday by Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky. The law bans physicians from providing the abortion method known as dilation and evacuation, or “D&E”. The new law was sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, bans the method which involves removing the fetal and placental tissue with a combination of suction and instruments, 11 weeks or later into the... Read more 

U.S. fugitive Eric Conn captured in Honduras, returns to Lexington in FBI custody

12/05/2017 05:17 PM

The infamous Eastern Kentucky disability lawyer who police say defrauded the government of millions is back in custody. Eric Conn arrived at Bluegrass Airport on Tuesday evening after evading law enforcement for months. He was captured and arrested outside a Pizza Hut in Honduras on Saturday. Conn fled custody in June after pleading guilty to theft of government property and payment of illegal gratuities. Investigators say Conn, along with two others, conspired over a 10-year period to have disability benefits awarded... Read more 

University of Louisville removed from probation, maintains full accreditation

12/05/2017 12:32 PM

The University of Louisville announced on Tuesday that it has been removed from accreditation probation, per the university’s accreditation agency. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC) notified UofL of its decision one year after it initially placed the school on probation. The agency ruled the university has adequately addressed nine concerns in areas of governance, administration and finance. In a statement, UofL Interim President Greg Postel said: “We are pleased with the decision by the Southern Association of... Read more 

Sexual harassment settlement paid by campaign donors, House GOP communications director says in lawsuit

12/04/2017 11:36 AM

A sexual harassment settlement between former House Speaker Jeff Hoover and three members of the House Republican caucus may have been paid for by high profile campaign donors, according to a lawsuit filed Monday morning by the House Republican communication director. House Republican Communication Director Daisy Olivo alleges that she was unfairly punished for helping bring to light sexual harassment allegations from a former female colleague who took part in a “sexual relationship” with former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown.... Read more 

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 

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