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...

Bevin’s proposed budget cuts for current fiscal year would be illegal, Beshear says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Spending cuts being considered by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration would be illegal, his Democratic political nemesis has claimed. Attorney General Andy Beshear told reporters at a Capitol press conference Tuesday that two statutes and a recent Kentucky Supreme Court decision bar Bevin from forcing the state agencies to make the cuts. “One part of his...

Watch for scammers using fake charities to profit from hurricane relief efforts, Beshear says

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a scam alert to warn Kentuckians of fake charity scams related to Hurricane Harvey. Due to the lasting devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Beshear is asking Kentuckians to be wary of scammers attempting to profit from relief efforts. “The families and communities impacted by this deadly storm deserve our help,” said Beshear. “I am asking generous Kentuckians...

Republican lawmaker Westerfield files to begin fundraising for 2019 state attorney general race

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Republican Whitney Westerfield will make a second run for attorney general, filing a letter of intent with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance on Tuesday so that he can begin raising money for the campaign two years ahead of the 2019 election cycle. Westerfield came up short by a razor-thin margin in his initial bid for the post in November 2015, losing to incumbent...

New program will allow Kentuckians to safely dispose of unused prescription opioids at home

Attorney General Andy Beshear is taking an innovative step in the fight against what he believes is the single greatest threat to Kentucky – the state’s drug epidemic. On Tuesday, Beshear launched the Kentucky Opioid Disposal Program, the state’s first initiative to allow Kentuckians to safely dispose of opioid medications at home. The program involves the drug deactivation pouch, Deterra, which...

Disagreement over reorganization of UofL board of trustees moves to Kentucky Supreme Court

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A political fight between Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear over a reorganization of the University of Louisville board of trustees spilled into the Kentucky Supreme Court on Friday. Justices heard oral arguments Friday morning in a lawsuit questioning Bevin’s power to disband members of the board and to appoint new ones. Beshear...

Former Kentucky Corinthian College students to receive $790,000 in loan debt relief after settlement

The state Attorney General’s Office announced that 120 former Kentucky Corinthian College students will receive more than $790,000 in loan debt relief from a proposed settlement with Aequitas Capital Management. Attorney General Andy Beshear joined with 12 states and the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on the proposed settlement with a court-appointed Receiver representing the Oregon-based...