Two Somerset residents have been sentenced in connection with a plan to try to bribe a prosecutor. Attorney General Jack Conway's office prosecuted the case because the local prosecutor was a witness. Conway's office said 46-year-old Dormus "Bubby" Dalton and 45-year-old Virginia "Carol" Hampton entered pleas Wednesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.
A lawyer for U.S. Representative Ben Chandler's re-election campaign contends that a coal executive featured in at least three political ads has become a public figure, which negates claims he has been slandered. Louisville attorney John McGarvey responded by letter to a claim that the Chandler campaign had slandered River View Coal Vice President Heath Lovell. Chandler, a Democrat, is opposed in the Sixth District race by Republican Andy Barr.
Gov. Steve Beshear says he hasn't reached a conclusion on whether Kentucky should borrow enough money through the sale of government bonds to shore up the pension systems for state and local employees. The state employee retirement plan faces a $19 billion shortfall. Add to that the financial woes in plans covering local government employees, state police, teachers, lawmakers, judges and other court workers, and the shortfall reaches $30 billion.
House Democrats are voicing their opposition to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration's decision to withhold $3.4 million in state funding from Nashville because of a disputed charter school application. The lawmakers at a news conference outside the legislative office complex in Nashville on Tuesday afternoon argued that Haslam's decision was unfair to students at city schools.