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KY May Reopen Private Prisons Amid Overcrowding
Saturday, June 25, 2016 4:15 PM
Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley says he is considering temporarily reopening two private prisons to ease overcrowding. The Courier-Journal reports Kentucky stopped housing inmates in private prisons in 2013. But recent unexpected growth in the number of prisoners has left both state prisons and county jails at capacity. Tilley says the idea of reopening the ...
Son of Iconic Basketball Coach Adolph Rupp Dies
Saturday, June 25, 2016 5:24 AM
Adolph "Herky" Rupp Jr., the son of iconic University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp, has died. He was 75. Milward funeral home in Lexington said on its website that Rupp died Wednesday after battling cancer for 10 years. Rupp attended the University of Kentucky from 1958 to 1962 and played freshman and varsity basketball for his father. After graduating, he coached high school ...
UK President Gets Pay Raise, Contract Extension
Saturday, June 25, 2016 2:26 AM
The University of Kentucky board of trustees has approved a three-year contract extension and a pay raise for president Eli Capilouto. The university announced Capilouto's base salary will increase to $790,000 per year from $535,000 per year. His contract, which was set to expire on June 30, 2018, has been extended to June 30, 2021. In a news release, university officials say the board chose to ...
Bevin Says Opinion Shows Beshear is Wrong
Friday, June 24, 2016 11:22 PM
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has called on Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear to "admit he is wrong" for challenging the governor's order abolishing and re-creating the University of Louisville board of trustees. Bevin cited an opinion from former Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, issued in September, that says the governor does have the authority to reorganize the ...
Fiorina Campaigns for Rand Paul in KY Senate Race
Friday, June 24, 2016 8:20 PM
Carly Fiorina is campaigning for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's re-election in Kentucky, reuniting the two one-time presidential candidates. Fiorina, the former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard, appeared at a fundraiser for Paul at the Louisville home of Cathy Bailey, the former ambassador to Latvia under former President George W. Bush and a major Republican donor. Fiorina told the crowd of a ...
KSP, Labor Cabinet Warn of Recent Phone Scams
Friday, June 24, 2016 3:38 PM
Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet are reporting several complaints they have received over the last few weeks about phone scams. In the first scam, the scammer reportedly calls, claiming to be with the "Financial Crimes Department", and says a debt is owed and if they are not paid within three hours a warrant will be issued and the "state police" will come to the victim's ...
Bevin Opposes Taking Funding Case to Supreme Court
Thursday, June 23, 2016 11:57 PM
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has opposed a request to bypass the state Court of Appeals in a lawsuit challenging his decision to cut the budgets of colleges and universities without the approval of the state legislature. Earlier this year, Bevin reduced the allotments to the state's public colleges and universities by $18 million. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued him, arguing Bevin ...
Bill Would Protect EMS Workers from Hate Crimes
Friday, June 24, 2016 12:32 PM
A state lawmaker from Louisville has introduced a bill that would make it a hate crime to target police officers, firefighters or emergency medical service workers. Republican state Rep. Kevin Bratcher filed the legislation on Thursday. It comes after Louisiana's Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a similar law last month, making Louisiana the first state in the country to expand its hate ...
Lawmakers Review Veto of Kentucky's Real ID Act
Friday, June 24, 2016 8:30 AM
After the governor vetoed legislation earlier this year that would have created a new Kentucky driver's license to meet the tougher federal standards of the Real ID Act, a panel of lawmakers gathered this week to discuss a path forward. The state will first ask federal officials for an extension to meet the tougher standards, Department of Vehicle Regulation Commissioner John-Mark Hack said ...
Decision in UofL Lawsuit Not Likely Before July 1
Thursday, June 23, 2016 8:48 PM
A state judge said he is unlikely to settle a dispute over the University of Louisville board of trustees before the school has to decide on a budget and a tuition increase by July 1. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin abolished the board last week and plans to appoint a new board. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear is trying to block Bevin's actions. Franklin ...
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