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Three measures introduced as Kentucky General Assembly special session convenes in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky General Assembly gaveled in Friday morning on day one of a special session to address changes to the pension plan affecting the state’s regional public universities and quasi-governmental agencies. Three measures were introduced in the House, given their first of the required three readings, and referred to the House State Government Committee that is expected...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops unconcerned with Cats early-season ranking as first polls set for release

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t concerned where his Wildcats will be ranked when the preseason rankings are released this week. During his seven seasons at Southeastern Conference Media Days, the Kentucky coach is used to the yearly predictions and won’t be surprised where his team will land when the SEC preseason predictions by the league’s media are released Friday. “We’ve...

Police taking a closer look at famous missing person case that inspired ‘The Bluegrass Conspiracy’ book

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today One of Kentucky’s most famous missing persons cases, which was featured in a book and newspaper series, has gotten renewed interest and police are asking for the public’s help in ending the mystery. Melanie Flynn, a member of a prominent Lexington family that included a state senator and major league baseball player, was last seen in early 1977. Her disappearance was...

Braidy Industries’ Bouchard confident Atlas mill on path to impacting Eastern Kentucky economy

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard expressed confidence Tuesday that the company is in perfect position to open its $1.7 billion Atlas mill in northeastern Kentucky in 2021 – and it has done it faster than anybody expected. As of Tuesday, he said, $300 million has been raised and the majority of the capital needed is now in hand either in cash, binding commitments...

Gov. Matt Bevin says he has votes to pass pension legislation, trying to find best time for special session

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin says he has the votes to pass a pension reform plan for Kentucky’s regional universities and other quasi-governmental agencies, but the summer vacation season has kept him from calling a special session. During a Wednesday appearance on WKCT Radio in Bowling Green, the governor said, “It is the responsibility of legislators, even part-time legislators,...

Former UK guard Tyler Herro makes impressive start, scores 18 in first NBA Summer League Game

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyler Herro was impressive in his professional debut. The former University of Kentucky guard scored 18 points and knocked down five 3-pointers on 10 attempts to lead the Miami Heat to a 106-79 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA Summer League game. Herro wasn’t afraid to take shots, a trait that impressed Miami’s summer league coaching staff. Tyler Herro scored...

The Basketball Tournament Lexington Regional set to begin July 19 at Frederick Douglass High School

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Basketball Tournament schedule is all set. The $2 million tournament will tipoff with 64 teams in the mix, including eight squads in the Lexington Regional. The regional events will be July 19-21 and July 25-28 at various sites across the country. The 5-on-5 event will feature 60 players with NBA experience, 23 college alumni teams and more than 20 former Division...

Brad Calipari announces transfer plans, will finish two remaining years of eligibility at Detroit Mercy

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brad Calipari will finish his collegiate career away from home. Calipari, son of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari, has decided to transfer to Detroit Mercy as a graduate transfer and will have two years of eligibility remaining. Brad admitted the decision wasn’t an easy one. “It’s always been a dream of mine to make a major impact on the court on...

United States Court of Appeals denies petition to reconsider abortion ruling on ultrasounds

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied a petition for a re-hearing of pro-life legislation passed by the 2017 General Assembly. In April, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the measure requiring an abortion provider to provide mothers with an ultrasound and a description of what it depicts, as well as the opportunity...

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...

UK Coach John Calipari doesn’t think the Wildcats series with Indiana will be revived any time soon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t interested in reviving the Kentucky-Indiana series any time soon. The Kentucky coach said the series remains on hold because his team’s schedule is “so locked in,” with little room for a home-and-home series possibilities on the Wildcats’ non-conference schedule. Kentucky is committed to the State Farm Champions Classic, the CBS Sports Classic...

Governor Matt Bevin among first confirmed to speak at August 3 Fancy Farm Picnic in Western Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The first list of confirmed speakers at this summer’s Fancy Farm political stump speaking has been released and Gov. Matt Bevin is among those confirmed to attend. The Fancy Farm Picnic takes place on Saturday, Aug. 3, at St. Jerome’s Church in far western Kentucky, as it has since 1880, serving lots of barbeque as a church fundraiser. It did not begin serving as the...

New proposal presented to Public Pension Oversight Board Monday, but questions still remain

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A new proposal to deal with the public pension for regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies was unveiled on Monday. However, there is still no date for a special session of the General Assembly to deal with the issue, and disagreement about how many votes are needed to pass the bill. The plan was presented to the Public Pension Oversight Board by State Budget...

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 Murray State star Ja Morant makes history as overall No. 2 pick by Memphis Grizzlies in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ja Morant made history Thursday night. The Murray State University guard became the highest player drafted in Racers history when he was selected as the second overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. For Morant, the experience of being drafted among the top elite players in the country was a “crazy” experience. “Obviously...

Exhange of letters between Bevin, lawmakers fails to end stalemate over pension legislation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An exchange of letters this week between Gov. Matt Bevin and state lawmakers has failed to break the impasse in finding a solution to solving the pension problems of the state’s regional universities and 118 quasi-governmental organizations. 
Those agencies face a near doubling of their pension costs July 1 if no action is taken, which could cause some of them to make...

Kentucky Air National Guard members return home after aiding in D-Day celebration in France

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard returned to Louisville Tuesday afternoon after participating in events to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in France. The Guardsmen performed seven flyovers and helped airdrop nearly 1,000 U.S. and Allied paratroopers over the hallowed ground, as part of the ceremonies. The 123rd Airlift Wing deployed two C-130 Hercules aircraft...

House Republicans say additional language is still needed in Governor’s proposed pension plan

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite a letter Gov. Matt Bevin sent to lawmakers Wednesday evening with changes to his proposed pension bill for the regional public universities, House Republicans said on Thursday more work is needed. House Speaker David Osborne, R-Prospect, says the plan appears to lack the votes needed without a provision that allows Tier 1 and Tier 2 employees, those who have been...

Wildcat’s exhibition schedule to feature instate schools Georgetown College and Kentucky State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will play a pair of instate schools before officially opening the season against Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic. The Wildcats will take on Georgetown College at 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 and Kentucky State in a 7 p.m. contest on Nov. 1. Both games will be played at Rupp Arena and televised on the SEC Network. Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans offers a...

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...