The state attorney general's office has decided there's not enough evidence to bring charges against a former official in Gov. Steve Beshear's administration following an investigation into whether cabinet employees were targeted for campaign contributions.
The Courier-Journal obtained a copy of the letter through an open records request. The letter from Attorney General Jack Conway's office to former Deputy Justice Cabinet Secretary Charles Geveden Sr.'s attorney said Conway's office "considers the matter closed."
Geveden attorney Guthrie True of Frankfort said he and his client are "very pleased."
The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has charged Geveden with violating state government's ethics code over fundraising and is scheduled to begin hearing the case Feb. 5.
True said he doesn't believe Geveden violated the state ethics code.
A group of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement employees has filed suit against the Kentucky State Police claiming wage discrimination.
The civil suit filed in Franklin Circuit Court Monday claims that vehicle enforcement officers are "compensated at a substantially lower rate of pay than Kentucky State Police troopers and cadets" despite performing similar duties. Commercial Vehicle Enforcement is a division of Kentucky State Police.
The State Journal reports that 107 plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified amount of damages.
The lawsuit comes after Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer denied a grievance filed by the plaintiffs asking for higher wages.
In his response to the grievance, Brewer said troopers have different qualifications, requirements and duties than commercial vehicle enforcement officers.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he wants to pump more money into education and is willing to make budget cuts elsewhere to free up the money.
The governor also says he'll urge lawmakers to consider expanded gambling and a state tax overhaul in the General Assembly session that begins in January. But he won't include any assumed revenue from gambling or tax changes in the budget plan he presents to lawmakers.
Beshear talked to reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday about his priorities for the upcoming legislative session.
The governor listed education as his top priority and said he's determined to put more money into education.
He says the state risks losing its progress in education unless it reinvests money in schools.
Beshear didn't mention any specifics about possible budget cuts but said "everything is on the table."
Kentucky authorities are dangling a $10,000 reward for information that helps solve the disappearance of some sought-after bourbon.
It's become a compelling mystery in a state that produces 95 percent of the world's bourbon. What happened to 65 cases of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and nine cases of 13-year-old Van Winkle Family Reserve rye? The whiskey was taken from the Buffalo Trace Distillery at Frankfort in mid-October.
The missing whiskey is valued at more than $26,000.
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said Monday the reward could provide "a heck of a Christmas" for someone who helps crack the case.
Melton says a crime stopper's group put up $1,000, but he declined to identify any other donor.
The sheriff says his detectives have interviewed more than 100 people.
A new whiskey created in Kentucky features a blend of age and scarcity that spiked demand -- and its price.
Whiskey fans including celebrities and CEOs are angling to snatch up the fewer than 300 bottles of Michter's Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey at nearly $4,000 per bottle.
Limited-edition offerings with heftier prices are common as American whiskey-makers dabble in new flavors to lure more customers. But this latest offering by Louisville-based Michter's Distillery is bringing the high end of the American whiskey business closer to the rarest bottles of Scotch, cognac and brandy.
The Michter's product reaches shelves Monday in select liquor stores, restaurants, bars and hotels in a handful of U.S. cities.
The U.S. Department of Energy has started negotiations with General Electric's nuclear division on a proposal to replace Paducah's aging uranium enrichment plant with a new one.
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy wants to build a laser enrichment facility that would make use of the depleted uranium kept at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The Energy Department announced Wednesday that it has selected the company to begin exclusive negotiations for the sale of the uranium inventory.
U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, along with Rep. Ed Whitfield, said in a news release that the new plant would create hundreds of permanent jobs at the site.
The Paducah plant had been a major employer for two generations but is being mothballed. Layoffs began earlier this year.