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The Chatter: Ark Encounter could lose $18M state tax incentives, judge orders state to pay $224K in same-sex marriage legal battle

07/22/2017 10:30 AM

The Ark Encounter may lose its $18 million tax-incentive package from the state after the for-profit company transferred the Noah’s Ark-inspired attraction to a related nonprofit entity, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday. The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet informed Ark Encounter attorney James Parsons in a letter Tuesday that the Grant County attraction was suspended from receiving tax incentives after it transferred the $48 million property to Crosswater Canyon, a nonprofit connected to Answers in Genesis, which operates both the... Read more 

Former local GOP chairman charged with indecent exposure, resisting arrest after allegedly exposing self at department store

07/19/2017 01:04 PM

The former chairman of the Letcher County Republican Party was arrested at a department store in Kingsport, Tenn., after allegedly exposing himself to an employee in the bathroom on Tuesday. David Narramore, 54, of Whitesburg, was charged with indecent exposure and resisting arrest after the incident, according to WJHL-TV. According to the news station, police were called to Belk after a loss prevention employee reported that Narramore exposed himself after rubbing the employee’s foot with his foot from an adjacent bathroom... Read more 

Fighting violence in Louisville: Pegasus Institute's LIVE plan

07/10/2017 02:35 PM

Six months into the year and already Louisville has seen the deadliest half-year in the city’s history, according to Josh Crawford the co-executive director of the Pegasus Institute. The Louisville-based think tank is promoting their plan to curb violence entitled the Louisville Initiative for Violence Eradication (LIVE). The plan takes into account four main ideas: policing, revitalization, lighting and gang enhancement law. Earlier in the year Jordan Harris, the co-executive director for the institute addressed focused deterrence policing — which... Read more 

Report: Pawn in kickback scheme involving former Personnel Cabinet secretary gets two-year sentence

07/08/2017 04:20 PM

A former employee of MC Squared Consulting will serve two years for his role in a kickback scheme that involved his employer, former Kentucky Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer and Democratic political consultant Larry O’Bryan, “the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.”: http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article160244134.html The newspaper reported Friday that Myron Harrod, who worked for Sam McIntosh at MC Squared from 2014 through 2015, had a minor role in the scheme, picking up cash at the bank that McIntosh later gave to Longmeyer. Harrod must... Read more 

Russell Coleman nominated as U.S. Attorney for the Western Dist. of Kentucky

06/30/2017 10:06 AM

President Donald Trump has nominated Russell Coleman to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. Coleman is an attorney with the law firm of Frost Brown Todd, LLC in Louisville, where he focuses on internal investigations, white-collar criminal matters, and government relations. The Louisville lawyer also serves as an Assistant Commonwealths Attorney for Kentucky’s 12th Judicial Circuit. Before returning to Kentucky, Coleman served as legal counsel to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from 2010 to 2015.... Read more 

Bevin administration looks to have right-to-work lawsuit tossed

06/24/2017 03:45 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration is asking Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate to throw out a union lawsuit challenging the state’s new right-to-work law. Bevin’s general counsel, Stephen Pitt, filed the motion in Franklin Circuit Court Friday. In it, he argues that the state’s right-to-work law is completely legal and that the AFL-CIO’s and Teamsters Local 89’s claims in the lawsuit, filed in May, are unfounded. The new law bars unions from collecting dues from non-members, and labor organizations say in the lawsuit that... Read more 

Attorney General Beshear suing Gov. Bevin over executive order reorganizing education boards

06/20/2017 04:22 PM

Attorney General Andy Beshear is taking Gov. Matt Bevin to court for the fourth time, suing the governor on Tuesday over his executive order reorganizing seven education-oriented boards. Beshear warned of a possible lawsuit June 7, giving Bevin a week to rescind or amend his June 2 executive order that created the Charter Schools Advisory Council and altered a number of other boards, including the Kentucky Board of Education. The Republican governor issued a revised version of the executive order... Read more 

Governor Matt Bevin says he will alter executive order by Friday, June 16

06/15/2017 10:40 AM

Governor Matt Bevin has told Attorney General Andy Beshear that he intends to alter his executive order reorganizing education boards by Friday, June 16, according to a press release from Beshear’s office. Last week Beshear announced that he would give the Governor a week to rescind an order dissolving and reorganizing eight education boards or he would pursue legal action. The letter from Bevin’s office to the Attorney General read in part, “[i]n light of your letter, and due to... Read more 

Lawsuit filed against Gov. Bevin and AG Beshear over medical marijuana

06/14/2017 12:42 PM

Three Kentuckians are suing Governor Matt Bevin’s administration and Attorney General Andy Beshear over Kentucky’s law banning medical marijuana. The suit, filed in Franklin Circuit Court on Wednesday, argues that forbidding the possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes violates provisions of the Kentucky Constitution that protect individual privacy and prohibit arbitrary conduct by the government. The suit says thousands of people “are often given no choice but to use prescription opioids – the same opioids which have killed... Read more 

Rand Paul unharmed after gunman opens fire at members of Congress practicing baseball

06/14/2017 09:32 AM

Update: President Trump has confirmed that the shooter died due to injuries sustained in a gun fight with Capitol Police. The Congressional baseball game is still scheduled for Thursday. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was one of multiple GOP congressman practicing for the upcoming Congressional baseball game when a shooter opened fire, hitting U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and several others according to first hand reports. Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator was in the batting cage when the shots rang out. Speaking to... Read more 

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