Faculty group wants open meeting on Ramsey

by Andrew Wolfson, @adwolfson – The Louisville chapter of the American Association of University Professors says the University of Louisville’s Faculty Senate should meet in a public session Wednesday when it discusses a proposed no-confidence vote on President James Ramsey by the Board of Trustees. The association, whose mission includes upholding principles of academic freedom and shared governance,…

Sen. Neal pitches experience and influence against former aide, retired judge in primary debate

by Kevin Wheatley, @KWheatley_cn2 – LOUISVILLE — With two Democratic challengers nipping at his heels, state Senate Minority Caucus Chairman Gerald Neal appealed to more than 75 assembled in the basement of King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday that his experience in the General Assembly should earn him another term. Neal fended off spirited remarks from former legislative…

Bevin inaugural committee has $500K in bank

Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Matt Bevin’s inaugural committee paid $52,251 in leftover expenses during the first three months of 2016 including a $6,812 payment for bells to a Bevin company, Bevin Bros. Manufacturing, of East Hampton, Conn. But Kelly Knight, who co-chairs the committee, said the committee bought the bells at cost and…

Grant County scandals embarrass residents

by Scott Wartman, swartman@nky.com – Every time residents in Grant County see their area in the news, they brace themselves for the worst. “Grant Countians don’t like the stigma from this,” said Dave Cahoon, pastor at Mt. Olivet Christian Church in Williamstown, the county seat. “When Grant County makes the news, we’re like, ‘Oh boy, this…

State budget talks break down over education, pension funding

by BETH MUSGRAVE AND JACK BRAMMER, bmusgrave@herald-leader.com, jbrammer@herald-leader.com FRANKFORT — Negotiations over a two-year, $21 billion state spending plan broke off Thursday after House and Senate leaders couldn’t come to an agreement over cuts to higher education and how much money should go into a fund for pension payments. The impasse put in jeopardy a compromise on the budget…

Bevin: State working to fix Benefind problems

by Deborah Yetter, @d_yetter –  Governor Matt Bevin addressed concerns about the embattled Benefind system during a press conference on Thursday FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Matt Bevin and his top human service officials on Thursday acknowledged widespread problems in the state’s new public benefit system but said they are working furiously to correct the errors that have disrupted lives of…