COAL BANKRUPTCY-PROTEST-THE LATEST
The Latest: Coal company says its working on resolution
HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — A bankrupt coal operator is telling employees that it’s working to resolve bankruptcy issues “as quickly as possible.”
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Blackjewel LLC said in a statement to employees Tuesday that it knows miners are eager for a resolution and “we are doing everything possible to bring as many employees as possible back to work as quickly as possible.”
Several former Kentucky miners who say they haven’t been paid by Blackjewel LLC were blocking train tracks Tuesday as part of a protest against the company.
News outlets report more than 20 miners and their families camped on tracks near Cumberland on Monday night and several were still there Tuesday afternoon holding signs that say “no pay, we stay.”
KENTUCKY GOVERNOR’S RACE
Beshear proposes term limits, lobbying ban for lawmakers
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Andy Beshear has proposed term limits and a lifetime lobbying ban for Kentucky lawmakers as part of an ethics plan for state government.
The gubernatorial candidate’s plan, released Tuesday, includes financial disclosure provisions and pay restrictions aimed squarely at incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.
It calls for limiting state representatives to four consecutive terms and state senators to two terms — equaling eight years for members of both chambers.
He says a lifetime lobbying ban would end a “revolving door” in which ex-legislators lobby former colleagues. Under state law, lawmakers now have to wait two years after leaving office before registering as legislative lobbyists, unless it’s for a public agency.
TRUMP-KENTUCKY AG’S CAMPAIGN
Trump endorses GOP attorney general candidate in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump has inserted himself into Kentucky’s hard-fought campaign for attorney general to endorse the Republican nominee, Daniel Cameron.
The Republican president tweeted on Monday that Cameron is a “new star” in the GOP. Trump says Cameron is “tough on crime, strong on borders” and a defender of gun rights.
Cameron is running against Democrat Greg Stumbo, a former attorney general and an ex-speaker of the Kentucky House.
The campaign has already turned nasty, months before the November election.
Trump carried Kentucky by a landslide in winning the White House in 2016. He has also endorsed Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who is being challenged by Democrat Andy Beshear.
Beshear is the state’s current attorney general.
If elected, Cameron would become Kentucky’s first African-American attorney general.
Sen. Rand Paul: I’d help fund ticket to send Omar to Somalia
(Information from: Courier Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul says he’d help pay for a minority congresswoman to return to the country she fled as a child, saying she might better appreciate the U.S. upon her return.
The Courier Journal reports the Kentucky senator made the comment last week to Breitbart News, a conservative news outlet. It was directed at Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who fled Somalia in the 1990s during a civil war.
The sentiment echoes President Donald Trump , who tweeted this month that Omar and three other minority congresswomen should return to the “broken and crime infested places” they came from. All four are U.S. citizens.
Louisiana Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham has said he’d pay for the women to leave, if only they’d tell him where they’d like to go.
Kentucky doctor sentenced for writing illegal prescriptions
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Kentucky doctor to 30 months in prison for illegally prescribing controlled substances.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky says 64-year-old Michael Lee Cummings of Albany was sentenced last week. He also was ordered to pay a $400,000 fine and reimburse the Bureau of Prisons for the costs of his incarceration. He was indicted in 2017 and pleaded guilty this year.
A sentencing memo says federal officials began investigating Cummings after a Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure expert found his treatment of patients to be below minimum standards of care. It says a Clinton County coroner also noticed several overdose deaths involving Cummings’ patients.
The investigation found Cummings was among doctors writing the most prescriptions for drugs including Oxycodone, hydrocodone and benzodiazepines.
Ex-Kentucky county official gets 4 years for theft, forgery
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky property valuation administrator has been sentenced to four years in prison for using thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds for personal use.
News outlets report that 61-year-old Nancy Bock was convicted of theft and forgery Monday. She pleaded guilty to stealing more than $5,000 dollars from McCracken County through forged travel vouchers and unauthorized credit card transactions.
Judge Timothy Stark ordered Bock to surrender herself at a county Jail Friday.
WKMS reports Bock’s defense attorney, Mark Bryant, says she will most likely receive parole after seven months, or earlier at a judge’s discretion.