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Mayor Gray says Lexington "prepared for incidents" surrounding possible relocation of Confederate-era statues

08/15/2017 04:38 PM

LEXINGTON — Lexington Mayor Jim Gray say law enforcement is prepared for violence should any incidents arise surrounding the proposed relocation of two Confederate-era statues from the grounds at the former Fayette County Court House on Main Street. Comments from Gray, D-Lexington, come the same day that the Lexington Herald Leader is reporting white nationalists plan on holding a rally in the city. “Ours is a caring and giving and compassionate city,” Gray said in an interview with Pure Politics on... Read more 

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer calls for review of all public art

08/14/2017 02:33 PM

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is directing the Louisville Commission on Public Art to review its catalogue of public art and make a list of any and all pieces that could be interpreted to honor bigotry, racism and/or slavery. In a press release Fischer said that this review is to prepare for a community conversation about the public display of such art. “I recognize that some people say all these monuments should be left alone, because they are part of our... Read more 

Kentucky politicians condemn "hate and bigotry" in Charlottesville

08/12/2017 05:29 PM

UPDATED: Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia are reporting that one person is dead and 19 are injured after a car drove through a crowd of counterprotestors where white supremacists and other alt-right groups were scheduled to take place. President Trump condemned the violence in comments from Bedminster, New Jersey. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” Trump said. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes singled out Trump’s statement on... Read more 

Supreme Court OKs first open-records policy for judicial branch

08/12/2017 12:54 PM

The Kentucky Supreme Court has unanimously approved the first open-records policy for the Administrative Office of the Courts’ administrative records effective Tuesday, the AOC announced in a news release Friday. The policy requires the AOC to respond to information requests within three days and exempts a number of records, such as legal research, communications that do not constitute final actions or formal policies, records that would reveal security details or vulnerabilities, and examination materials. Requestors denied access to records can appeal... Read more 

U of L board establishes litigation committee to decide response to forensic audit

08/10/2017 05:36 PM

The University of Louisville board of trustees created an Ad Hoc Special Litigation Committee on Thursday, giving the five-member panel authority to decide whether to seek legal action in response to a forensic audit that uncovered up to $100 million in losses by the U of L Foundation. The ad hoc committee will be chaired by David Grissom, who also chairs the board of trustees, and include trustees Raymond Burse, Sandra Frazier and James Rogers and interim President Greg Postel in... Read more 

Former professor at UK College of Dentistry files lawsuit accusing school of terminating him after critical Medicaid waiver comments

08/03/2017 11:27 AM

A former emeritus professor at the University of Kentucky’s College of Dentistry has filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit accusing the university of not renewing his appointment after he made comments critical of the Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid waiver last year. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, also lists an unnamed “John Doe” in Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration and alleges that the Governor’s Office pressured UK to end Dr. Raynor Mullins’ employment following his public comments against the proposed waiver. It... Read more 

Consumer-protection suit filed by Attorney General Beshear seeks $1.2M from auto dealer

08/02/2017 01:57 PM

LEXINGTON – Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing a Nicholasville auto dealer, accusing it of defrauding more than 1,400 customers of about $1.2 million between 2012 and 2016. Beshear announced the lawsuit against Nicholasville-based Auto Plaza USA Wednesday at the Better Business Bureau’s Lexington office, accusing the dealership of violating the state’s Consumer Protection Act. “The company represented to consumers both verbally and through written contracts that the sales price of their vehicle included all taxes owed,” Beshear said during a press... Read more 

Crime in Louisville down overall as homicides increase 20 percent during first six months of 2017, officials say

08/01/2017 02:07 PM

Despite an uptick that puts the city on pace to break last year’s record-setting homicide rate, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad say the city’s overall crime rate is trending downward in the first six months of 2017. Data released by the Louisville Metro Police Department Tuesday show that crime decreased by about 4 percent compared to the first six months of 2016, with violent crime down more than 5 percent and property crime down nearly... Read more 

ACLU sues Gov. Bevin for blocking and banning people on social media

07/31/2017 12:03 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin for permanently banning or blocking individuals from his official Facebook page and Twitter accounts. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of Mary Hargis, a retired Eastern Kentucky activist, and Drew Morgan, who lives in Louisville. Both Kentuckians say they were permanently blocked from engaging in political speech on the governor’s official social media accounts, after posting comments that were not obscene, abusive, or defamatory,... Read more 

Why was Sen. Carroll given extra time in the 2005 State Police investigation?

07/27/2017 12:05 PM

During the course of a Pure Politics investigation into sexual assault allegations in 2005 against Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, we learned supervisors within State Police halted investigators for 17 days. They were investigating claims made by then 30 year old Jason Geis, a Frankfort photographer, who captured Carroll’s unwanted advances on audio. Inside 40 pages of documents obtained by Pure Politics via an open records request Sgt. Pat Zalone, who worked the State Police investigation in 2005 along with... Read more 

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