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Kentucky Attorney General warning current, former college students of student loan debt relief scam

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Attorney General’s office has issued a scam alert to current and former college students regarding companies offering student loan debt relief for a fee. Residents of Allen, Breckinridge, Clark, Daviess, Fayette, Jefferson, Kenton, Mason and Warren counties have recently reported receiving strange calls and voicemails from a woman claiming she needs to discuss...

Former McConnell staffer Daniel Cameron seeking nomination for Kentucky attorney general

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A one-time staffer for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is seeking the Republican nomination for Kentucky Attorney General. Daniel Cameron, 33, is a Hardin County native and a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. Daniel Cameron, a former staffer of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, files candidacy papers to run for the Republican nomination for Kentucky...

Kentucky attorney general Andy Beshear touts opioid manufacturer lawsuits as part of successful year

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear pointed to his nine lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors, his efforts to combat human trafficking and utility rate hikes as evidence that 2018 has been a good year for his office. During an interview with reporters on Monday, Beshear said his office is the “most aggressive Attorney General’s in terms of suing opioid...

LG&E, KU to seek PSC approval to install 1.3 million advanced meters in all service territories

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company announced today that, after months of meetings with representatives of customer groups, they plan to ask the Kentucky Public Service Commission for approval of a “Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity” to install 1.3 million advanced meters across the utilities’ service territories. Advanced meters offer customers near-real-time...

Beshear says Kentucky’s share of settlement with General Motors will net $1.3 million

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s General Fund will be enriched by $1.3 million after a multi-state settlement with General Motors for violating Kentucky’s Consumer Protection Act. The Attorney General’s office said the settlement, reached between the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia with GM, concludes a multistate investigation into the automaker concealing safety...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...