Kentucky joins another lawsuit over discrimination protections for transgender people

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) – Kentucky and four other states have filed another lawsuit against the Obama administration over discrimination protections for transgender people. The lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks to block parts of a nondiscrimination mandate of the health care law. Some lawmakers in Texas think it could force doctors to help with gender transition against their religious convictions.…

Controversial parts of Medicaid plan remain

by Deborah Yetter and Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – Kirby Adams talks with CJ business reporter Grace Schneider about her Sunday story on how much house $165,000 will buy you in the metro Louisville area. FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration unveiled its long-awaited plan to reshape the state’s Medicaid program Wednesday, two months after Bevin announced a sweeping overhaul of…

Another attack on U of L’s paralysis research

by Andrew Wolfson, @adwolfson – Five things to know after James Ramsey was ousted as president of University of Louisville. In another attack on the University of Louisville’s vaunted spinal cord research program, a former neurosurgery professor says in a lawsuit that he was fired in retaliation for reporting patient care and safety issues to the federal…

Judge scolds Bevin for ‘strong arm tactics’

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – FRANKFORT, Ky. – Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Monday temporarily restored Thomas Elliott as a member of the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees and scolded the Bevin administration for using “lawless, strong arm tactics” to block Elliott from participating in a board meeting in May. But in the same 20-page order, Shepherd…

Judge Jimmy Don Robinson Donates 534-Acre Farm to the Murray State University Foundation

Historic Eagle Rest Plantation to be used as a research and laboratory farm to benefit students and agricultural programs.  Long-time District Judge, attorney and farmer, Jimmy Don Robinson, donated his 534-acre farm and two homes in Ballard County, known as Eagle Rest Plantation, to the Murray State Foundation, Inc. to benefit the Hutson School of Agriculture,…

More than 200 violations found in tests given by Kentucky schools

by VALARIE HONEYCUTT SPEARS, vhoneycutt@herald-leader.com – Kentucky education officials changed the test scores of at least 44 students to zero and lowered the scores of 48 others after violations of the testing code were found in 2014-15 required statewide tests. About 216 educators or school staff statewide were required to have extra training when violations occurred, according to…

Is a hate crimes bill to protect police needed?

by Phillip M. Bailey and Morgan Watkins, @morganwatkins26 – Ky Rep. Kevin Bratcher sits down with The Courier-Journal’s Phillip M. Bailey and Morgan Watkins to discuss his bill to make any crime against a law enforcement a hate crime. Scott Utterback/The CJ It was a low-key shift on a warm July night until Louisville Metro Police Officer DeAris Hoard got…