Taxpayers fund Bevin’s trip to speak at Utah retreat organized by Romney

by JACK BRAMMER, jbrammer@herald-leader.com –  FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke this past weekend at a Utah retreat organized by Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who has been one of the most outspoken critics of Donald Trump. The fourth annual “Experts and Enthusiasts Summit,” held mostly behind closed doors at the five-star Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer…

UK foundation violated Open Records Act, attorney general finds

by LINDA BLACKFORD, lblackford@herald-leader.com –  A University of Kentucky foundation has violated Kentucky’s Open Records Act by failing to provide documents to Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office for review, that office has ruled. Former medical student Lachin Hatemi had requested audits from the Kentucky Medical Services Foundation, which denied his request. The Attorney General’s office has previously ruled…

Study: Kentuckians’ Views On Climate Change Are Based On Politics

By Erica Peterson – A survey has found some interesting takeaways about Kentuckians’ attitudes toward climate change, including that the biggest influence on beliefs may be political affiliation rather than scientific knowledge. There have been numerous studies about attitudes toward climate change around the country, but very few have looked at Kentucky specifically. For her master’s thesis at…

State tax revenues plunge in May

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky tax revenues that showed solid growth through the first 10 months of this fiscal year plunged in May, and down with the revenues went hopes of a nice surplus when the year ends June 30. Revenues to Kentucky’s General Fund in May totaled $706 million, down from $763 million in May of 2015, the Office…

US, KY ed departments feud over science tests

by Kirsten Clark, @kirstenlmclark – In a tersely worded letter to U.S. Education Secretary John King, Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt decried the federal agency’s “constant bureaucratic tinkering, pontification and dictatorial edicts” in the roll-out of the federal education policy replacing No Child Left Behind. “We kind of needed to fire a shot over the bow,”…