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University of Louisville accrediting agency begins three-day visit

09/19/2017 08:48 AM

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) begins a three-day visit to the University of Louisville on Tuesday. The purpose of the in-person visit is to verify documents the school has submitted in an effort to show its compliance with the agency’s standards. Here is a look back at the events that caused the agency to place UofL on probation and how lawmakers and the university have attempted to remedy the problem. September 2015: In September of 2015, a little more than... Read more 

University of Louisville will not disclose details in presidential search

09/15/2017 03:16 PM

LOUISVILLE – The University of Louisville’s Board Of Trustees will not be disclosing many details about their search for a new president. During the first meeting of the UofL trustees’ special litigation committee on Friday, Board Chair David Grissom handed out a letter giving details about their presidential search. “After careful consideration, and with the input of national experts in higher education, the Board has decided to conduct the search in such a way as to protect the confidentiality of all... Read more 

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch will speak at UofL

09/13/2017 01:52 PM

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch will be speaking at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville next week. Gorsuch will take part in the center’s Distinguished Speakers Series Thursday, Sept. 21, according to a news release from the university. The U.S. Supreme Court’s newest justice will speak and answer questions at the public event, which has featured other high ranking politicians and judges including Chief Justice John Roberts in 2009 and Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in 2000. Gorsuch is... Read more 

Universities band together in support of continuing DACA

09/13/2017 09:47 AM

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s recent order to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, more universities and colleges have endorsed a letter originally crafted in November 2016 by a college in California. The statement from Pamona College originated after the 2016 presidential election amid widespread discussion that the DACA program would be eliminated. Then, last week, the college distributed a new call to action to colleagues across the country. The message read: “…Ending DACA means that these... Read more 

Lexington Cemetery Board "conditionally" approves relocation of Confederate statues

09/11/2017 06:45 PM

On Monday, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced that the Lexington Cemetery trustees have given a “conditional yes” to accepting two Confederate statues, which Gray has proposed be relocated from the Fayette County Courthouse. During the press conference, Gray added that the decision will not be final until the city can meet an agreement with the trustees. The final step in the process will be an approval from the Kentucky Military Affairs Commission. The next scheduled meeting for the commission is set for... Read more 

Attorney General Beshear says he owes "debt of gratitude" to investigators as Longmeyer implicated again

09/01/2017 04:33 PM

With his former top deputy implicated in a second federal bribery investigation, Attorney General Andy Beshear praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Tim Longmeyer, a former Personnel Cabinet secretary and deputy attorney general who’s serving a 70-month prison sentence after pleading guilty for his role in a kickback scheme involving state contracts, was allegedly paid $1,000 by Frankfort consultant James Sullivan in March 2016 for help steering contracts in the attorney general’s office... Read more 

Officials note gains made and daunting task ahead in fight against opiate addiction at Louisville rally

08/31/2017 05:54 PM

Officials across all levels of government gathered in downtown Louisville to rally against opioid addiction on Thursday as part of International Overdose Awareness Day. It was the third year for the Fed Up Kentucky rally, and speakers included Congressman John Yarmuth, Attorney General Andy Beshear, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley and Louisville Metro Council President David Yates. Those who addressed nearly 100 at the event noted the monumental toll that opiate abuse has taken across Kentucky, especially in the... Read more 

Frankfort consultant accused of bribing former Beshear aide Longmeyer in separate scheme

08/30/2017 06:00 PM

A Frankfort consultant and Democratic donor has been charged with bribing former Personnel Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Attorney General Tim Longmeyer to steer state business to clients. James Sullivan was indicted Wednesday on charges of bribery and conspiracy. Sullivan, who could not be reached for comment, is accused of paying Longmeyer between Aug. 31, 2009, and Sept. 30, 2015, to land one of his clients a contract to administer the Kentucky Workers Compensation Program and on March 22, 2016, to secure... Read more 

Justice Action Network executive director, former Comer campaign manager Holly Harris charged with suspicion of DUI

08/25/2017 03:39 PM

Holly Harris, a veteran of Frankfort and Washington, D.C., politics, was arrested on Wednesday in Lexington under suspicion of driving under the influence. Harris reportedly struck a parked vehicle at low speed on Wednesday night at the corner of Alexandria Drive and Cambridge Drive in Lexington, according to a collision report. Lexington police were flagged to the scene of the incident where a spokesperson says Harris was still in the driver’s seat of a Toyota RAV4. A Lexington police officer... Read more 

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 

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