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Boone and Kenton counties file separate lawsuits against big three opioid distributors

08/23/2017 06:43 PM

BURLINGTON – Two northern Kentucky fiscal courts have decided to join the war on opioids by filing two separate suits against wholesale drug distributors. Boone County and Kenton County commissioners voted on Tuesday night to sue the country’s three largest distributors: AmericanSource Bergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson Corporation, who they believe have contributed to the opioid epidemic in the area. Those three companies have combined annual revenues of $400 billion and control more than 80 percent of the prescription opioid market. Boone County... Read more 

Meeting date announced, process determined to identify public monuments honoring slavery, racism and bigotry in Louisville

08/20/2017 11:17 AM

The Louisville Commission on Public Art (COPA) will meet next month to review and begin discussing public art and monuments that could be interpreted as honoring bigotry, racism and/or slavery. The commission will meet on September 6 from 4-7 p.m. at the Old Jail Auditorium (514 W. Liberty) to review and to discuss public art that it believes merits further discussion and analysis, according to a news release. The public will have an opportunity to speak during a portion of the... Read more 

Gov. Bevin and Attorney General Beshear back before Supreme Court in U of L reorganization case

08/18/2017 04:50 PM

FRANKFORT – Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration and Attorney General Andy Beshear appeared before the Kentucky Supreme Court for the second time since they took office on Friday, arguing on whether Bevin had the authority to reorganize the University of Louisville’s board of trustees last year. A lower court ruled in September that Bevin overstepped his power in abolishing and reconstituting the U of L board after Beshear sued, and the General Assembly passed a pair of bills in this year’s legislative... Read more 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says relocation of Confederate statues honors history

08/17/2017 10:13 PM

Following a unanimous vote by the Lexington City Council on Thursday to relocate two Confederate statues from downtown Lexington, Mayor Jim Gray released the following statement: “By relocating these statues we are not destroying, hiding or sanitizing history. We are honoring and learning our history through this relocation. I’m proud of our council and proud of our city. Thank you to everyone who worked to do the right thing. There’s still work to do and we will set about doing it.” The mayor’s... Read more 

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 

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