Former Gov. Carroll says he won’t resign amid sexual misconduct allegations; no ethics violations filed

Embattled state Sen. Julian Carroll had indicated he’s going nowhere.   “Absolutely no resignation, no resignation,” Carroll said to reporters from the Lexington Herald-Leader and CNHI News as he was leaving the Capitol Annex cafeteria. 
 His close friend and lawyer Bill Johnson told The State Journal in Frankfort on Tuesday he didn’t expect the 86-year-old former governor to resign over...

Paul joins McConnell to advance health care debate, but votes against first repeal and replace bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got just the votes he needed to start debate on a health-insurance bill Tuesday, but that night Republicans’ “most comprehensive plan to replace President Barack Obama’s health law fell far short of the votes it needed,” The New York Times reported. The latest version of McConnell’s Better Care Reconciliation Act needed 60 votes to overcome...

Update: Ark property sold back to for-profit entity after state threatens loss of tax incentives

Update: It was reported late Monday that the Ark property was sold back to the for-profit entity Ark Encounter LLC by Crosswater Canyon just three days after it was originally sold. Answers in Genesis, which owns the Ark Encounter, Crosswater Canyon and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, has not yet offered a detailed explanation for the transactions. This story provides details of the original sale. By...

Senate Democrats remove Carroll from leadership, call for resignation in wake of sex allegations

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Senate Democrats have voted to remove Sen. Julian Carroll from his leadership post and called for him to resign altogether after a Louisville cable TV news show aired a salacious report alleging he groped a Frankfort man a decade ago. The 86-year old Carroll, a former governor, is a well-known political figure in Kentucky. He served in the Kentucky House from 1962-1971,...

The Human Rights Defense Center files federal lawsuit against Kentucky Department of Corrections

A national human rights organization has filed a federal lawsuit against the Kentucky Department of Corrections (KDOC) for violating its free speech, due process and equal protection rights. The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), a Florida-based nonprofit organization that has spent nearly thirty years protecting the rights of people in U.S. detention facilities, argues the KDOC is guilty of censoring...

Beshear joins AGs to ask U.S. education officials to work with them on campus sex assault protections

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is among a group of state attorney’s general asking federal education officials to work with them before rolling back protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. According to a July 19 letter from the 20 AGs, the U.S. Department of Education’s current guidance reaffirms the obligation of colleges and universities to protect survivors...

Ethics Commission dismisses complaints against Bevin over purchase of Anchorage home

Gov. Matt Bevin was unanimously cleared Thursday of complaints that he violated state ethics. (Photo from Kentucky Today) By TOM LATEK Kentucky Today The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has dismissed two complaints against Gov. Matt Bevin, saying they contained nothing that would suggest Kentucky’s top-elected official had violated state ethics laws. Kathryn Gabhart, the commission’s executive...

Lexington to open cooling centers in three locations to help residents battle against the heat wave

Shillito pool With temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s, and the heat index well over 100 degrees this week, Lexington officials plan to open multiple cooling centers. The Dunbar Community Center, 545 North Upper St., will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, July 20-21, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,Saturday, July 22. Rooms at Picadome, 469 Parkway Drive, and Tates Creek, 1400 Gainesway...

State Capitol renovation project not limited to outside work — inside areas getting a facelift, too

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It’s not just the exterior of the State Capitol Building that is undergoing renovation. Some work inside is also underway.   Visitors are finding the door to Room 100, which is the lobby area leading to Gov. Matt Bevin’s office, is closed.  A sign outside the door tells people to go to Room 133, which is the Constituent Services office, located on the opposite side...

McConnell says he doesn’t have votes for health care bill; will move forward on effort to repeal ACA

In a statement released late Monday night, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), acknowledged that he does not have the votes to pass the proposed new health care bill. He indicated in the statement that the Senate will now take up a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and implement a two-year transition period to move to a new health care system. Sen. Mitch McConnell The statement...

Beshear prohibited from running for governor if he decides to launch Bevin investigation, panel says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear could investigate Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and avoid a conflict of interest, but only if he doesn’t run for governor or support anyone else who does, according to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. Otherwise, Beshear would have to refer any probe of his political adversary to an outside investigative agency over which he...

KyCIR: Fugitive Eastern Kentucky attorney Eric Conn’s latest trick: Turning flight risk into reality

By Eleanor Klibanoff Kentucky Center for Investiogative Reporting Eric Conn, eastern Kentucky’s infamous fraudster, has been running from the law for over a month now. Facing up to 12 years in prison, Conn sliced off his ankle bracelet, dumped it onto I-75 and — depending on who you believe — hightailed it to a country that’s difficult to extradite from, perhaps Cuba or Ecuador or Thailand. For...

Bevin names Kline to executive ethics commission; eight university boards get new members

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Kenneth Tim Kline has been appointed to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. • Kline, of Owensboro, is an attorney. He will serve for a term expiring July 14, 2021. The mission of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission is to promote the ethical conduct of elected officials, officers and other employees in the...

Environmental groups file lawsuit against Kentucky Utilities to stop coal ash pollution at Herrington Lake

Sierra Club and Kentucky Waterways Alliance filed a federal lawsuit today against Kentucky Utilities, seeking cleanup of toxic coal ash waste at the E.W. Brown Power Plant near Harrodsburg that is leaking pollution into Herrington Lake, contaminating the water, sediments, and fish. The suit, filed by Earthjustice on behalf of the environmental groups, seeks to protect the lake, which is popular for...

Ashland to host webcast, announce financial results for third quarter of fiscal ’17 on August 1

Ashland announced it plans to report financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 after the New York Stock Exchange closes Tuesday, August 1, and to host a webcast with investors the following morning. Ashland plans to issue its third-quarter earnings news release at approximately 5 p.m. EDT on August 1. At the same time, the company will post a slide presentation and prepared remarks in...

Chamber delegation head to Capitol Hill for Washington Fly-In, discussion about key issues

More than 70 business, government and community leaders from Central Kentucky are gearing up for the Regional Public Policy Group’s annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In presented by Columbia Gas of Kentucky on July 12-13. During the trip, attendees will meet with members of Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation and federal agencies officials to learn about and discuss critical issues facing the nation...

Anderson jailer says repeal of Obamacare, Medicaid expansion could wreak havoc on facility’s budget

A rural Kentucky jailer says repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could cause big problems for the budget of her jail, reports Ben Carlson of The Anderson News in Lawrenceburg, in a story with potential national implications. The operating budget for the Anderson County Jail is just under $1 million, but Jailer Joani Clark has been forced to request large funding increases in the...

Bevin names eight to Juvenile Justice board; Clark, Breeding added to Nature Preserves Commission

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Dr. Ida Dickie, Paula Ratliff Pedigo, Ricky Stiltner, Carey Cockerell, Dalton Gordon, Adria Elaine Johnson, Gregory Joseph Jones, and Glenda Mae Edwards have been appointed to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Dickie, of Louisville, is a professor at Spalding University. She will represent college or university...

Gray, Chilton open Fire Station 2, the first new firehouse built in Lexington in over a decade

Mayor Jim Gray, Fire Chief Kristin Chilton and Lexington Councilmembers officially opened the new Fire Station 2 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. “This replacement station…the first new firehouse we’ve built since 2005…is essential to serve this growing part of our city,” Gray said. “Public safety is our top priority, and that means making sure our firehouses can meet the needs...

Kentucky Lottery sales exceed $1 billion for first time, surpassing last year’s record-breaking total

For the first time in its 28-year history, sales of Kentucky Lottery tickets have exceeded a billion dollars in a single fiscal year. For FY17 which ended June 30, overall lottery sales were $1,000,501,000. This is the largest sales figure in Kentucky Lottery history, and surpasses last year’s record-breaking number by $3.2 million (0.3 percent). Scratch-off tickets once again were the largest individual...