At the Courthouse Square

RPK calls on Grimes to donate 2014 Weinstein donations; Grimes spox fires back at "political ploy"

10/09/2017 10:34 AM

The Republican Party of Kentucky is trying to tie Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to a national news story on sexual harassment via a 2014 campaign donation from the film producer to Grimes. On Friday, the RPK called on Grimes to donate $5,200 from embattled film producer Harvey Weinstein donated to Grimes for her 2014 US Senate campaign against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky. “Given what we now know about Mr. Weinstein, Alison Grimes should lead by example... Read more 

6th Dist. Democratic candidates weigh in on gun reforms in the wake of Las Vegas

10/06/2017 09:10 AM

LEXINGTON — There are few things in life that will get people talking like a disagreeable comment on social media. President Trump and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin have, according to some used their Twitter accounts as a bully pulpit. After the Mandalay Bay shooing in Las Vegas, Nevada Gov. Bevin took to Twitter criticizing political opportunist “seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas,” he wrote “you can’t regulate evil,” it was retweeted almost 8,000 times. Bevin is no stranger to... Read more 

Kentucky Supreme Court rules UofL board overhaul moot

09/28/2017 11:18 AM

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled the legal challenge over whether Governor Matt Bevin had the authority to disband and reorganize the University of Louisville’s board of trustees moot. The court said that the passage of Senate Bill 12 and Senate Bill 107 made the issue moot because the bills codified Bevin’s reorganization of the board. This decision is a legal victory for Bevin, who made that very argument before the court last month. However, Attorney General Andy Beshear... Read more 

Northern Ky. judge-execs say collaboration will be the key to the areas success

09/19/2017 02:40 PM

ERLANGER – All three northern Kentucky judge-executives say that the key to the region being able to continue to thrive is to save money collaborating on projects and finding creative ways to obtain money for infrastructure. Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery and Kenton County Judge-Executive Kris Knochelmann were guest speakers at the annual Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs ‘N Issues State of Northern Kentucky breakfast in Erlanger on Tuesday. Moore used the example of the three... Read more 

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 


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