Ethics panel appeals ruling that allows lobbyists to give gifts, money to lawmakers

  Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission chairman George Troutman said on Wednesday, July 21, 2017, that the panel will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that would let lobbyists give gifts and campaign donations to the lawmakers they’re trying to influence. Jack Brammer jbrammer@herald-leader.com BY JACK BRAMMER, jbrammer@herald-leader.com –  FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to appeal…

Governor Bevin Addresses Investment Summit

By STU JOHNSON – Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin believes workforce development, apprenticeship programs, and dual-credit initiatives are keys to attracting new business to states. The governor appeared on a panel Monday as part of the Select USA Investment Summit in Washington. Bevin told participants that awarding more college degrees isn’t the only way to grow…

Bevin plans revamp of 39 medical and professional boards; Beshear pledges to fight

BY BETH MUSGRAVE bmusgrave@herald-leader.com – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is pledging to fight a proposed reorganization and restructuring by Gov. Matt Bevin of nearly 40 medical and professional oversight boards, which control the licensing of more than 100,000 professionals in Kentucky and investigate complaints against them. Officials with the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet have…

Andy Beshear, Matt Bevin clash after AG says time’s up, sues over education boards

BY: Thomas Novelly and Allison Ross , The Courier-Journal – Attorney General Andy Beshear and Gov. Matt Bevin clashed Tuesday after Beshear followed through on his threat to challenge the governor’s reorganization of several education boards in court. “The governor’s refusal to rescind or materially alter his unconstitutional executive orders dissolving and reorganizing independent education…

Biotechnology company opens mosquito factory in Lexington

BY MONICA KAST jmkast@herald-leader.com – A Lexington biotechnology company aimed at fighting mosquito-borne diseases such as the Zika virus opened a mosquito factory Friday on Malabu Drive. MosquitoMate, a biotechnology company founded by University of Kentucky entomology professor Stephen Dobson, will use the 6,000-square-foot space to raise millions of sterile, non-biting mosquitoes that will act…