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Gov. Bevin’s comments that school closures led to sexual assault, poisoning of children, draw ire

KyForward staff Reaction was swift and critical to comments made late Friday by Gov. Matt Bevin that protests in Frankfort by Kentucky teachers, which resulted in the closure of more than 30 school districts, led to sexual assault and poisoning of children. Gov. Bevin (LRC photo) Thousands of teachers were on hand Friday as the Kentucky General Assembly began the last two days of its regular session. Bevin...

Beshear, AGs file court action to block ACA lawsuit; claims Kentucky would lose $49.7 billion in funding

A group of state attorneys general is joining together to protect the nation’s health care system by seeking to intervene in and combat a lawsuit aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act, Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced. The lawsuit claims that the ACA is unconstitutional because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated the ACA penalty for failing to purchase health insurance – known...

Attorney General Beshear warns Kentuckians of vacation scam for travel to Florida, Bahamas

As many Kentuckians begin to plan their summer vacation, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning of scam calls offering deep discounts on travel to Orlando, Florida, and the Bahamas. Beshear Beshear said his office issued a Scam Alert after Kentuckians in Bourbon, Boyd, Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison and Woodford counties have reported receiving vacation scam calls. In a recording...

Bill to exempt private electronic devices from open records requests on life support, but not dead yet

By Mark Hansel Northern Kentucky Tribune An amendment to House Bill 302 that would exempt private electronic devices from public records requests may have been slowed down, but it still has life. Sen. Damon Thayer The Kentucky Legislative Research Commission confirmed Monday that HB 302 was pulled from the Consent Calendar last week but remains in the Senate Orders of the Day Tuesday. Click here to...

AG Beshear’s investigation puts Ohio man behind bars for seeking sex with children in Kentucky

An Ohio man was arrested for seeking sex with Kentucky children, possessing child pornography and imitating a police officer, Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Cyber Crimes Unit announced. Perine Beshear said following an investigation by his Department of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crimes Unit, and a January 18 indictment by a Franklin County grand jury, Lester Lee Perine Jr., 35, of Canton,...

AG Beshear: $45m settlement includes payments to KYians who faced foreclosure from PHH Mortgage

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Wednesday nearly 550 Kentuckians who faced foreclosures on their homes from New Jersey-based PHH Mortgage Company are eligible for payment through a multistate settlement against the company. Beshear, 48 other state attorneys general, the District of Columbia and over 45 state mortgage regulators have reached a $45 million settlement with mortgage lender and...

Beshear urges victims of fraud involving Western Union in KY to file claims; 7000 eligible for $6.7m

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that Kentuckians who have been victims of fraud induced wire transfers involving Western Union need to begin filing claims as part of a global settlement reached January with the company. An estimated 7,000 Kentuckians are eligible for roughly $6.7 million in claims. Kentuckians who reported to Western Union, the Federal Trade Commission or Beshear’s...

Judge backs attorney general, orders Kentucky State to provide documents on alleged sexual misconduct

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A judge has ordered Kentucky State University to allow the attorney general to examine some documents about alleged sexual misconduct of some of the school’s employees. The University of Kentucky’s student newspaper asked to see the records last October for information surrounding Title IX investigations into student allegations of sexual misconduct by employees...

Economists’ panel says state will face a budget shortfall of $155 million, less than originally forecast

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky taxpayers are looking at a shortfall of more than $155 million after a panel of state economists revised the state’s official revenue forecast Friday. The panel predicted a smaller deficit because Kentucky collected more tax money than it had expected in the past three months. In August, the Consensus Forecasting Group issued a preliminary estimate predicting...

Beshear denies involvement in state opioid settlement after being grilled by legislative panel

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear was grilled last week by lawmakers over a $24 million settlement against a pharmaceutical company even though he told them he had no involvement. Former Demoractic Attorney General Jack Conway settled a lawsuit against OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma in December 2015 just a few weeks before Beshear replaced Conway as attorney...

Beshear to transfer additional $10,000 to state police lab to help test sexual assault forensic exam kits

After announcing a nearly $3 million federal National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant, Attorney General Andy Beshear has said his office will transfer an additional $10,000 to the Kentucky State Police crime laboratory to continue the testing of sexual assault forensic exam (SAFE) kits. The money is the amount of interest accumulated since February from the multimillion-dollar Risperdal settlement....

US DOJ awards Kentucky $3m Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant to investigate, prosecute sex crimes

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a nearly $3 million National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office to seek justice for victims of sexual assault. Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office will establish a sexual assault cold case unit comprised of a victim advocate, investigator, prosecutor and a SAKI coordinator from the three-year U.S Department...

Andy Beshear: We must break silence about domestic violence — the victims are depending on us

The rate of domestic related violence in Kentucky is higher than the national average. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, in the United States, more than 27 percent of women and 11 percent of men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner. In Kentucky, more than 37 percent of women and 31 percent of men are affected by...

Beshear warns of recent scam involving impersonators of Attorney General’s office

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A new scam reported by the Attorney General’s office involves someone trying to impersonate the Attorney General’s office itself. Attorney General Andy Beshear said his office was contacted on Friday after a Louisville resident received what appeared to be a letter from the Office of the Attorney General. It included an official looking seal, a photo of the attorney...

Attorney General’s office to oppose East Kentucky Power’s 16 percent rate hike request

Attorney General Andy Beshear joined Eastern Kentucky lawmakers, school and local officials, and advocates to announce his Office of Rate Intervention is recommending that the Public Service Commission (PSC) deny AEP/Kentucky Power’s more than $60 million proposed increase. The 16-percent increase, Beshear and the group said, would further devastate the more than 168,500 Kentuckians in the utility’s...

Kentucky Supreme Court dismisses Beshear’s lawsuit challenging Bevin’s action on U of L board

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit claiming Republican Gov. Matt Bevin acted inappropriately by abolishing and replacing the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear had filed suit against Bevin, claiming the governor had acted illegally in revamping the board. Gov. Matt Bevin Justices dismissed the case on Thursday...

Following Equifax data breach, Beshear proposing legislation to protect Kentuckians

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Andy Beshear is proposing legislation to protect Kentuckians from data breaches. The action comes in the wake of the recent Equifax credit reporting agency data breach, which has affected 143,000,000 Americans, including 40 percent of Kentuckians. Under Beshear’s proposed legislation, Kentuckians impacted by a data breach would gain access to a free credit...

Beshear hires four law firms to investigate opioid manufacturers; Bevin says action is premature

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has hired four law firms to investigate and sue companies who have contributed to the opioid epidemic in Kentucky. However, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration says the Kentucky attorney general’s announcement of a state contract to investigate opioid manufacturers is premature. The Finance and Administration Cabinet...

Kentucky joins national movement seeking solution for opioid crisis through insurance companies

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Attorneys General of Kentucky and West Virginia joined together on Monday to call on health insurance companies to help find workable solutions for the opioid crisis. Democrat Andy Beshear and Republican Patrick Morrisey appeared at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, to announce that they and 36 other state attorneys general want the insurers to promote...

Beshear among 34 attorneys general demanding Equifax provide better safeguards after data breach

Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined with 34 attorneys general to send a letter demanding that Equifax take immediate steps to strengthen customer protections and improve services to the nearly 143 million people impacted by the massive data breach. “I share Kentuckians frustration surrounding this data breach and that is why I am asking Equifax to move quickly to alleviate unnecessary confusion...