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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 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 

The Chatter: Supreme Court won't review Nunn conviction, concealed-carry bill in doubt, Louisville overdose calls surge in 32-hour period

02/11/2017 02:30 PM

Steve Nunn, a former state representative and son of the late Gov. Louie Nunn, will not have his life sentence for the murder of his former fiancée reviewed by the Kentucky Supreme Court, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday. Nunn, 64, pleaded guilty to gunning down Amanda Ross outside her Lexington townhome in 2009, but he’s attempted to have his life-without-parole conviction overturned, arguing his attorney gave him bad legal representation. The Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld the conviction, and the... Read more 

Democratic political consultant pleads guilty to bribery scheme with Longmeyer

01/25/2017 07:51 PM

Lexington based Democratic political consultant Samuel McIntosh was charged and admitted to paying kickbacks to former Secretary of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, Timothy Longmeyer in federal court on Wednesday. The 58 year-old McIntosh pleaded guilty to four counts of bribery of a public official and one count of mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell on Wednesday. According to the McIntosh’s plea agreement beginning in 2009, McIntosh worked with Longmeyer and Lawrence O’Bryan to carry out a kickback... Read more 

AG Beshear joins lawsuit alleging massive conspiracy among generic pharmaceutical companies

12/15/2016 01:05 PM

Attorney General Andy Beshear representing Kentucky has joined 19 other states in suing national generic pharmaceutical companies, alleging a massive conspiracy to monopolize generic drugs. The lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday, alleges major drug companies sought to reduce competition and increase the price of generic drugs. Kentucky joins the action, claiming the rigging violates both state and federal antitrust laws. States involved in the suit are seeking a permanent injunction to halt the companies from continuing their conduct. The lawsuit... Read more 

University of Louisville placed on one-year probation by accrediting agency after Bevin reshuffles board

12/06/2016 02:11 PM

UPDATED — The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has placed the University of Louisville on one-year probation based on actions by Gov. Matt Bevin in reorganizing the university’s board of trustees, which led to former President Jim Ramsey’s decision to exit the school. The university, which will maintain its accreditation, announced the accrediting agency’s decision in a news release Tuesday. SACS cited issues pertaining to the selection and evaluation of the university president, external influence and board... Read more 


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