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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 

$2.8M heading to general fund from Volkswagen settlement, Beshear announces

12/06/2016 09:22 AM

Attorney General Andy Beshear is sending nearly $2.8 million received in a settlement with Volkswagen to the state’s general fund. Beshear announced the move Monday, more than five months after both sides settled a lawsuit filed in March regarding the German automaker’s misrepresentation of its “clean diesel” technology. Some 3,200 affected Kentucky customers are eligible for buybacks or vehicular improvements from the company plus at least $5,100 in restitution, which Beshear’s office estimated in June could cost Volkswagen... Read more 

Hacker known as KYAnonymous faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in Steubenville, Ohio, hack

11/23/2016 03:12 PM

LEXINGTON – A North Carolina man linked to the hacker group Anonymous who drew renewed national attention to a rape involving high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of conspiring to illegally access a computer and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Deric Lostutter, 29, formerly of Winchester, gained notoriety as “KYAnonymous” after he and an accomplice — Noah McHugh, known as “JustBatCat” – hacked into a fan website for the Steubenville High School... Read more 

On the docket: Ky. Chief Justice on addressing equal justice, sentencing guidelines and heroin

10/25/2016 02:13 PM

Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton sits on the bench during a time where there are large conversations happening about race and equal justice, the state is facing the brunt of an opiate epidemic and the courts are coming under political scrutiny. Minton acknowledges the challenges justices and judges face in the commonwealth and across the country, and said whatever perceived inequities there are in the system should be addressed both for those in the system and on the bench. Penal... Read more 

United States Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan talks about hunting with Justice Scalia

10/24/2016 06:18 PM

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LOUISVILLE – Speaking to a crowd gathered at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law, United Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan answered questions on a wide range of issues, from gender diversity on the court, to hunting with late Justice Antonin Scalia. Kagan is one of four women to ever serve on the high court, and was asked Monday about the value of gender diversity on the Supreme Court. “I’ll be honest with you, and I think... Read more 

Judge denies Gov. Bevin's request to vacate UofL board of trustees ruling

10/21/2016 11:19 AM

UPDATED — In a decision released Friday, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has refused to vacate his ruling stating the governor can’t abolish and replace the University of Louisville’s board of trustees. Shepherd ruled last month that Gov. Matt Bevin had exceeded his authority in abolishing and revamping the University of Louisville board in June, a decision Bevin sought to have the same judge overturn. In an 11-page ruling released early Friday, Shepherd struck down the four primary grounds Bevin’s... Read more 

Gov. Bevin declines to seek rehearing in Supreme Court case

10/13/2016 01:55 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration will not seek a second hearing before the Kentucky Supreme Court after the high court ruled 5-2 that the governor overstepped his authority by ordering current-year cuts to universities’ fourth-quarter allotments earlier this year. Bevin’s office had until Wednesday to ask for a rehearing 20 days after the high court’s decision. Amanda Stamper, Bevin’s spokeswoman, said the $18 million that had been withheld from most state universities “will be released in due course upon order of... Read more 

Tim Longmeyer sentenced to 70 months imprisonment in federal bribery case

09/29/2016 06:30 PM

UPDATED LEXINGTON — Former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme involving a Lexington-based consulting firm and the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan. Longmeyer, wearing a gray suit with a white shirt and blue tie, showed little emotion as U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell read his 70-month sentence. Caldwell said she considered not only the severity of Longmeyer’s crimes, but also the message that a lengthy prison stint... Read more 

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