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Beshear announces latest win in pension case; launches new website

05/08/2018 10:12 AM

FRANKFORT- Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, says he has won another victory in the ongoing pension lawsuit. Beshear took to Twitter to announce a ruling against a deposition request from the Bevin Administration. The administration had petitioned the court to depose the Office of the Attorney General, the Kentucky Education Association, and the Kentucky State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police on the unconstitutionality of Senate Bill 151. A Franklin County Circuit Judge ruled in favor of Beshear’s motion for a... Read more 

Campbell County Clerk sees rise in Independent voter registration as preparations are underway for May 22 primary

04/26/2018 05:48 PM

NEWPORT – With the primary election less than a month away, county clerks around the Commonwealth of Kentucky are checking voting machines and getting things ready for the May 22 primary. Campbell County Clerk Jim Luersen says that there’s been a voter registration increase in his county leading up to the 2018 elections. One development the clerk noticed are more voters changing their registration, not necessarily from Republican to Democrat or vice-versa, but changing registration from either party to Independent. “If anything, I... Read more 

Judge denies Bevin's request to disqualify Beshear from pension lawsuit

04/25/2018 03:51 PM

FRANKFORT- A Franklin County Circuit Court judge has dismissed the Bevin administration’s motion to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, from the pension lawsuit. Judge Phillip Shepard, said Beshear did not have a conflict of interest as the state’s chief legal officer. Bevin had filed a motion against Beshear seeking to disqualify him from trying the case on April 17 due to a conflict of interest. The motion claimed Beshear provided legal advice to the Commonwealth regarding Senate Bill... Read more 

UofL files lawsuit against former president James Ramsey

04/25/2018 11:02 AM

LOUISVILLE- The University of Louisville and the University of Louisville Foundation have filed suit in Jefferson County Circuit Court against former president James Ramsey and other former Foundation officials alleging a breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent appropriations and improper diversion of funds for personal gain. The suit claims that from 2008 to 2016, Ramsey and others conspired to divert millions of dollars from the Foundation’s endowment into unauthorized and speculative ventures, which put the Foundation at risk. The suit also... Read more 

Bevin administration seeking to disqualify Beshear from pension lawsuit

04/17/2018 04:45 PM

FRANKFORT- Just days before an injunction hearing on the pension reform bill, Gov. Bevin, R-Kentucky, is seeking to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, from the lawsuit. Bevin filed a motion in Franklin County Circuit Court to disqualify Beshear from the pension reform lawsuit due to a conflict of interest. The lawsuit alleges that Beshear provided legal advice to the Commonwealth regarding Senate Bill 151, thereby violating the Rules of Professional Conduct. “Conflicts of interest do not disappear simply because... Read more 

ACLU will challenge law banning specific abortion method

04/11/2018 11:55 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against a new law banning a specific abortion method, which was signed into immediate effect on Tuesday by Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky. The law bans physicians from providing the abortion method known as dilation and evacuation, or “D&E”. The new law was sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, bans the method which involves removing the fetal and placental tissue with a combination of suction and instruments, 11 weeks or later into the... Read more 

U.S. fugitive Eric Conn captured in Honduras, returns to Lexington in FBI custody

12/05/2017 05:17 PM

The infamous Eastern Kentucky disability lawyer who police say defrauded the government of millions is back in custody. Eric Conn arrived at Bluegrass Airport on Tuesday evening after evading law enforcement for months. He was captured and arrested outside a Pizza Hut in Honduras on Saturday. Conn fled custody in June after pleading guilty to theft of government property and payment of illegal gratuities. Investigators say Conn, along with two others, conspired over a 10-year period to have disability benefits awarded... Read more 

University of Louisville removed from probation, maintains full accreditation

12/05/2017 12:32 PM

The University of Louisville announced on Tuesday that it has been removed from accreditation probation, per the university’s accreditation agency. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC) notified UofL of its decision one year after it initially placed the school on probation. The agency ruled the university has adequately addressed nine concerns in areas of governance, administration and finance. In a statement, UofL Interim President Greg Postel said: “We are pleased with the decision by the Southern Association of... Read more 

Sexual harassment settlement paid by campaign donors, House GOP communications director says in lawsuit

12/04/2017 11:36 AM

A sexual harassment settlement between former House Speaker Jeff Hoover and three members of the House Republican caucus may have been paid for by high profile campaign donors, according to a lawsuit filed Monday morning by the House Republican communication director. House Republican Communication Director Daisy Olivo alleges that she was unfairly punished for helping bring to light sexual harassment allegations from a former female colleague who took part in a “sexual relationship” with former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown.... Read more 

Appeals court allows medical review panels to continue

11/09/2017 05:37 PM

A controversial law allowing medical review panels in Kentucky is being allowed to move forward, despite the law being struck down as unconstitutional last week. The Kentucky Court of Appeals granted a stay of Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruling last week, which called the law unconstitutional and adding it presents “an expensive and unnecessary obstacle” for those seeking relief in medical malpractice lawsuits. Eighty-nine current cases will proceed, and all prospective malpractice cases will be required to proceed through... Read more 

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