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Attorney general’s office issues alert after rash of mail scams costs Kentucky seniors $85,000

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A rash of mail scams targeting senior citizens, leading to the loss of $85,000, has prompted the Attorney General’s office to issue a scam alert. While prepaid debit cards and gift cards remain popular for scammers to use to steal from Kentuckians, Attorney General Andy Beshear said seniors in Boone, Franklin and Greenup counties sent $85,000 in cash to scammers posing...

Demonstration planned in Louisville on Friday for FED UP! International Overdose Awareness Day

Advocates in concert with International Overdose Awareness Day will demonstrate for a more robust federal response to the opioid addiction epidemic on Aug. 30 in Louisville. The rally will take place at Jefferson Square Park (corner of 6th and Jefferson) starting at 11 a.m. and is organized by Emily Walden, Chair of FED UP!. It will be one of dozens that are scheduled to occur simultaneously in cities...

Bill Straub: Kentucky politics with all its ins and outs comes down to two issues — abortion and guns

Once you work your way through the briars, brambles, and bushes where a rabbit couldn’t go in Kentucky politics, you’ll discover that elections often come down to just two issues – abortion and guns. Taxes are always on everyone’s mind but few, if any, have ever run a successful statewide campaign promising to raise levies, regardless of the obvious need. The economy often plays a part but...

Kentucky’s political tradition, Fancy Farm, coming up on Aug. 3 — here’s the lineup so far

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Six-minute speeches from gubernatorial candidates Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear highlight a long list of speakers at the much-anticipated Fancy Farm picnic on Aug. 3. The speaking order is set for next month’s political speaking event that is traditionally the kickoff for the fall campaign in Kentucky. Fancy Farm file photo by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today The...

Database shows Kentucky ranked second for most legal pain pills per person between 2006 and 2012

Between 2006 and 2012, drug companies distributed 76 billion doses of prescription pain medicine, “enough pills to supply every adult and child in the country with 36 each year,” Scott Higham, Sari Horwitz and Steven Rich reported in The Washington Post. And rural counties, especially in Appalachia, received some of the highest shares of pain pills per person. That’s according to...

AG Andy Beshear vows to protect Kentucky workers in bankruptcy action by BlackJewell mines

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Andy Beshear is weighing in after his office received complaints about a major West Virginia coal producer that declared bankruptcy earlier this week.

 Charleston-based BlackJewel LLC, which operates mines in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, with CEO Jeff Hoops saying there wasn’t...

Former White House chief of staff to be keynote speaker for Kentucky Chamber Annual Meeting

The 14th annual Kentucky Chamber Business Summit and Annual Meeting will be held July 11-12 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, with the Annual Meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. on July 11. John Kelly The Annual Meeting keynote speaker is Gen. John Kelly, a 45-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who has led the U.S. Southern Command, served as the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, and most recently...

U.S. District Judge returns ‘sickout’ lawsuit filed by Beshear, Jefferson Co. teachers to circuit court

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A federal judge has ordered a lawsuit challenging the use of Kentucky labor law to obtain names of teachers who were involved in “sickouts” back to state court. U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves on Thursday returned the case to Franklin Circuit Court. The lawsuit dealt with the subpoena of teacher attendance records during days when teachers called in sick to stage protests...

Another of Attorney General Andy Beshear’s opioid lawsuits withstands motion to dismiss

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another lawsuit filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear against opioid manufacturers and distributors has survived a motion to dismiss. Six of his nine suits have now been cleared to proceed in the state court system, after motions to dismiss have been denied. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has sued nine opioid manufacturers and six of this suits have survived orders...

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear files two additional lawsuits against drug manufacturers

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two more lawsuits against drug manufacturers, which include allegations of overcharging for insulin, were filed Monday by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear. 
One suit, filed at Franklin Circuit Court, alleges insulin manufacturers Eli Lilly, Sanofi-Aventis and Novo Nordisk, who control 96 percent of the world’s insulin market; have increased the cost of the drug...

Kentucky Derby attendees are urged to report any suspicious indications of human trafficking

Staff report Kentucky Derby attendees are urged to be the alert, not just for their best bet but for human trafficking at the 145th Run for the Roses. Unfortunately, human traffickers target many large-scale sporting events to prey on victims and profit from the crim. 
“By raising awareness with partners, our community will be better prepared to stop traffickers this Derby,” said Attorney General...

Labor cabinet denies Beshear request to rescind subpoenas; attorney general prepared to file suit

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has denied a request by Attorney General Andy Beshear to withdraw subpoenas to 10 local school districts seeking teacher attendance records. And if they don’t, the attorney general says he will sue. “I will not allow this governor to bully our teachers and fine them up to $1,000 a day,” Beshear said in a statement. “If the governor’s...

Beshear demands Kentucky teacher attendance record subpoenas issued by state be rescinded

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has threatened to take the Administration of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin to court if subpoenas seeking teacher attendance records are not rescinded. 
Earlier this month, the Labor Cabinet issued the subpoenas to at least six local districts, seeking the names of teachers who might have used sick days to attend rallies at the Capitol...

Kentucky Supreme Court hears arguments over Bevin’s reorganization of education boards

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments Friday on a lawsuit filed by Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s reorganization of several education boards. 
There were seven state boards affected by reorganizations that were the targets of the suit:  the Kentucky Board of Education, Education Professional Standards Board,...

Kentucky Supreme Court to decide case regarding Beshear’s hiring of outside counsel for opioid cases

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court will decide over the next couple of months if the attorney general can hire outside legal counsel on a contingency fee basis without approval from the Finance and Administration Cabinet. The issue stems from Attorney General Andy Beshear hiring four law firms to go after opioid manufacturers and distributors, whom he has said directly contributed...

Opioid crisis, human trafficking among top legislative session priorities for Attorney General Andy Beshear

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Andy Beshear unveiled his legislative wish list for the 2019 General Assembly on Wednesday. During a Frankfort press conference, Beshear was joined by lawmakers who are sponsoring the bills, which deal with such issues as the opioid crisis, human trafficking and rate hike relief for utility customers. Beshear says his top priority is to gain bipartisan support...

Analysis: What determines a ‘public record’? The nature, purpose of document, not where it is kept

By Amye Bensenhaver Special to NKyTribune On January 15, Attorney General Andy Beshear moved closer to overruling a heavily criticized 2015 open records decision issued by his predecessor, Jack Conway, on his last day in office. In the 2015 decision, cited by Senator Damon Thayer in 2018 as the basis for his ill-fated proposal to exclude “emails, texts or calls on devices paid for entirely with...

Attorney General’s office secures nearly $1.5M for Kentucky in settlement with hip implant manufacturer

The Office of Attorney General Andy Beshear has secured nearly $1.5 million for Kentucky from a settlement with a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary for allegedly making misleading claims to Kentuckians on the longevity of its hip implants. Andy Beshear Beshear and the coalition of state attorneys general recently reached a multi-million-dollar multistate settlement with Depuy Orthopedics to resolve...

Scam Alert: Bourbon barrel company pretending to be headquartered in Lexington is stiffing customers

Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a Scam Alert after his office and the Better Business Bureau say an online company claiming to be located in Lexington and selling bourbon barrels is scamming customers. OakWoodBarrels.com claims that “The Oak Wood Barrel Co.” sells bourbon, craft beer and spirit barrels that are ready to ship worldwide, yet three victims, two from out-of-state in Kansas...

John Schaaf: Legislative Ethics law — related to lobbyists — being defended in federal court

The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission met in Frankfort this week to review several issues, including the Commission’s recent trip to federal court in Cincinnati to defend key provisions of the ethics law, which were challenged by State Senator John Schickel of Boone County. Schickel filed a federal lawsuit in 2015, arguing that his constitutional rights are violated by the ethics law prohibition...