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...

Nationwide Mutual Insurance to pay state $80,000 following settlement over data breach

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky’s General Fund will receive $80,000 from a settlement with the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiary, Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company, concerning an October 2012 data breach. The data breach was allegedly caused by the failure to apply a critical security patch. It resulted in the loss of personal information...

Beshear joins group of AGs opposing cuts to state low income home utility programs

Approximately 150,000 Kentucky families pay their heating bills each winter through a state program that could lose funding in the 2018 federal budget, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said Tuesday. Beshear is joining other state attorneys general and consumer advocates in calling on congressional leaders to preserve and expand funds to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP. Andy...

Beshear files lawsuit against Nicholasville’s Auto Plaza USA for Consumer Protection Act violations

State Attorney General Andy Beshear filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Fayette Circuit Court against The United Group Inc., also known as Auto Plaza USA, in Nicholasville for deceptive business practices. According to the lawsuit, the defendant, with the dealership located at 2000 Vince Rd., in Nicholasville, violated Kentucky’s Consumer Protection Act by defrauding more than 1,400 customers. “Every...

Commentary: Coverage of Bevin’s real estate deal results in another case of unbalanced journalism

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward The Executive Branch Ethics Commission (EBEC) recently cleared Gov. Bevin of any wrongdoing involving a deal on a home by a campaign donor, but considering the way the Louisville Courier-Journal trotted out the story since it broke earlier this year, its uncertain they’ll accept the unanimous ruling in Bevin’s favor. A week before the EBEC issued...

Fancy Farm ritual coming up next week — even without major elections, lots of hot air and barbecue

By Ryland Barton Kentucky Public Radio The annual Fancy Farm picnic and political speaking event takes place next week in far-west Kentucky’s Graves County. Though no major elections are scheduled to take place this year, state political leaders will still roll up their shirt sleeves and hurl insults at each other during the 137th iteration of the charity event. Gov. Matt Bevin has declined an invitation...

Attorney General’s Offices warns of new scam targeting programs aimed at assisting veterans

A scam preying upon Kentuckians’ goodwill toward veterans and veteran causes has been reported, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear. The AG office has received several reports, including one from Kentucky State Police, who said a caller claiming to be with the “Coalition for Veterans of America” is seeking donations to help cover Veterans Affairs medical bills and aid homeless veterans. The...

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...

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...

Andy Beshear: Kentucky must act after U.S. Supreme Court ruling in North Carolina sex offender case

Last month’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court in a North Carolina case creates a serious problem for Kentucky law enforcement who seek to protect children from sexual predators. On June 19, 2017, the nation’s highest court rendered a unanimous opinion in Packingham v. North Carolina. The Court’s ruling found a particular North Carolina statute unconstitutional as an infringement upon...

Petition to allow direct-to-voicemail calls denied by FCC; AG Beshear among those opposed to measure

Attorney General Andy Beshear said Kentuckians are the winners in a recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to continue to restrict ringless robocalls. Beshear opposed a recent petition by All About the Message LCC to exempt these direct-to-voicemail calls from federal consumer protections. Andy Beshear Beshear joined attorneys general from Massachusetts and New York in early...

Bevin opts out of appearance at Fancy Farm picnic, but attorney general Beshear will be on hand

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Republican Gov. Matt Bevin will not be adding any sizzle to the always fiery speeches that will be delivered in this tiny western Kentucky town next month. Bevin will skip the annual Fancy Farm picnic this year, citing a schedule conflict. But his Democratic nemesis, Attorney General Andy Beshear, will be there. The pair have been embroiled in an ongoing political tussle...

Beshear: Attorney General’s office to return $8 million from civil settlements to state coffers

As the current fiscal year ends, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that his office has returned nearly $8 million to the state’s General Fund from a variety of civil settlements over the last 12 months. Included in that amount is $574,000 Beshear returned today to the state’s General Fund from a settlement with a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. Combined with Beshear’s Bryant Heating and...