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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 

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 

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