A circuit judge plans to release new guidance on what information the state can withhold when it releases files on children who died or nearly died as a result of abuse or neglect. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said Wednesday that it seemed almost certain that rules the state had proposed to use would result in information being withheld that should be public under the law. Shepherd's ruling comes after the Lexington Herald-Leader and The (Louisville) Courier-Journal filed complaints against the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Shepherd also ordered the cabinet to give him unaltered copies of the internal reviews of fatalities and near-deaths by the end of Thursday. Shepherd will review those and decide whether the newspapers should get additional information that the cabinet initially withheld from them.
An injured Kentucky lawmaker's wife is set to take his place in the state house of representatives. Regina Bunch says she's honored to be given the opportunity to serve in her husband's stead. 82nd House District representative DeWayne Bunch resigned from office after suffering a head injury in April while attempting to break up a fight at Whitley County High School.
Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts made a point of calling Ted Kennedy's old U.S. Senate seat the "people's seat," and he won it in large part by casting himself as the opposite of that glamorous and privileged dynasty.
Brown won in a special election in 2010. Now, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard Law professor and Wall Street watchdog, is raising Democrats' hopes they can win the seat back. Just months after announcing her first-ever candidacy, polls show Warren pulling out ahead of Brown.
The Environmental Protection Agency will unveil its new pollution rules for power plants this afternoon. The rules were required by court order to be finalized on Friday, but haven’t yet been released to the public. The new standard will reduce the amount of mercury and other heavy metals that are emitted from power plants, but it’s not known by how much.
Kentucky State University is well under way with a $100,000 grant to help first-generation college students succeed in school. KSU is one 18 schools sharing a $3 million grant from the Walmart Foundation awarded in February through the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education. Recipients are halfway through a two-year search for ways to keep low-income, minority and first-generation college students in school until graduation day.
Rodney Harlow, who was passed over last week when Harrodsburg City Commission selected Billy Whitenack as police chief, has filed a lawsuit seeking to regain his job. The suit alleges the defendants violated the Policeman’s Bill of Rights and Harlow’s right to due process because they failed to inform Harlow of citizen complaints against him and then used those complaints as grounds for his termination.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called on Kurdish athorities to turn over Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who sought refuge in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
In January, the state will begin releasing prisoners by the hundreds under parole-like supervision guidelines. The move involves prisoners who have six months left on their sentences. However, locally, the move apparently will not have a large immediate impact. Currently, 982 inmates across the state are eligible for release when the program starts Jan. 1, but as many as 3,000 could be set free by the end of 2012.