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State could owe 58 hospitals ‘hundreds of millions’ if lower-court rulings on Medicaid rates stand

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News For about nine years, the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services used a formula to reimburse hospitals for Medicaid that two Kentucky courts have said was not legal – and unless the state Supreme Court takes up the case and rules otherwise, the state could owe the 58 hospitals named in the case hundreds of millions of dollars, the cabinet said Friday. “The...

Court of Appeals sends open records fight over Lexington surveillance cameras back to lower court

The Court of Appeals on Friday required a lower court to again review the case involving Lexington Fayette Urban-County Government’s (“LFUCG”) refusal to release documents relating to 29 surveillance cameras owned and operated by the Lexington Police Department (“LPD”). Community activist Michael Maharrey was sued two years ago by the City of Lexington after he attempted to obtain the documents....

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sides with Legislative Ethics Commission on contribution and gift ban

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the constitutionality of the contribution and gift bans in the Kentucky Code of Legislative Ethics. The three-judge panel ruled on Thursday that the measures “enacted to prevent corruption and protect its citizens’ trust in their elected officials, comport with the Constitution,” and reversed a lower court ruling, which...

Court of Appeals Judge Nickell is first to file for Supreme Court seat vacated by Bill Cunningham

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A veteran Kentucky Court of Appeals judge is seeking the Supreme Court seat vacated by the retirement of Justice Bill Cunningham this month. Judge Christopher Shea Nickell filed his papers for the high court’s 1st District, which includes most of western Kentucky, on Monday at the Secretary of State’s office. Nickell files to fill Bill Cunningham’s seat on Supreme...

Court of Appeals allows release of records that could reveal details about marketing of Oxycontin

The state Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a Pike County judge’s ruling to release secret records about the marketing of OxyContin, the branded form of oxycodone that “has been blamed for helping to seed today’s opioid addiction epidemic,” reports Stat, the medicine-and-science publication of The Boston Globe, which fought to get the records. In the court file is a deposition of Richard...

Retiring Court of Appeals judge Janet Stumbo honored by colleagues at retirement reception

Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Janet L. Stumbo, who serves 22 counties in Eastern Kentucky, was honored by the chief justice, her fellow Court of Appeals judges, court system employees and others at a retirement reception Dec. 14 at the Court of Appeals building in Frankfort. “On behalf of the entire court system, what can I say except thank you for your years of service and the way you have cared...

Judicial Nominating Commission announces nominees for upcoming Court of Appeals vacancy

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., on Tuesday announced nominees to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals. The vacancy is in the 7th Appellate District, 2nd Division. The district is composed of 22 Eastern Kentucky counties. The three nominees for the Court of Appeals judgeship are attorneys Gene Smallwood Jr. of Whitesburg, Jimmie...

Fayette Circuit Judge Goodwin among three nominees for vacancy on state Court of Appeals

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., Friday announced three nominees to fill the vacant Court of Appeals judgeship that serves the 5th Appellate District in Central Kentucky. The vacancy is in the district’s Division 1. The commission met Thursday in Frankfort. The three nominees for the judgeship are Pamela R. Goodwine of Lexington and Robert...