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Past articles by John:

Water bills going up in Central Kentucky for sixth time in 12 years. Here’s how much.

On Thursday, the Kentucky Public Service Commission said it has approved higher rates as requested by Kentucky American Water Co. last November. → Read More

Kentucky police can be sued for chases that kill or injure, Supreme Court rules

Police can be sued for damages when their car chases lead to the death or injury of third parties, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday, overturning its own landmark 1952 decision that had granted blanket immunity to police after a crash. → Read More

UK violated Open Records Act on sexual harassment files, Court of Appeals rules

The University of Kentucky violated the state’s Open Records Act with its blanket refusal to provide investigative documents from a sexual harassment case involving a former UK associate professor, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled Friday. → Read More

Matt Bevin wrongly tried to conceal the flaws in his pension plan, judge says

Gov. Matt Bevin improperly withheld an analysis of his proposed cuts to Kentucky’s pension systems in late 2017 that showed his 505-page draft bill would have made the massive fiscal shortfall even worse, a judge has ruled. → Read More

‘Dark money’ group spending big for McConnell protégé in KY attorney general primary

An independent “dark money” group from Washington reports spending $350,000 to influence the Republican primary in Kentucky’s attorney general race — more money than either candidates has in his own campaign. → Read More

Kentucky’s electric bills to rise on Wednesday. It’s the second rate hike in two years.

Electric bills are going up again across Kentucky. → Read More

Court of Appeals dismisses suit alleging hedge fund fraud at Kentucky pension agency

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has dismissed a fraud lawsuit against several major hedge fund dealers filed by public employees on behalf of Kentucky Retirement Systems, ruling that the employees lacked the right to sue. → Read More

Prison populations are falling in most states, but ballooning in Kentucky. Here’s why.

Prison populations are steadily declining across most of the United States, but not in Kentucky, where the number of state inmates rose to 24,136 by the end of 2018, according to two new studies released Thursday. → Read More

As Kentucky public retirees live longer, pension costs grow by hundreds of millions

Kentucky’s public employees are living longer after they retire, which is good news generally, but it also will add hundreds of millions of dollars to the already staggering pension costs faced by state and local governments. → Read More

Kentucky workers’ comp agency cuts CEO’s pay, imposes probation after critical audit

In response to an audit that criticized its spending, the governing board of Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance on Friday recommended that its chief executive take a pay cut and lose his long-term job contract. → Read More

Kentucky lawmakers approve pension relief for universities, public agencies

The House and Senate reached a deal Thursday on how to provide pension relief for the state’s regional universities and “quasi-public” agencies. → Read More

Federal judge again rejects Bevin’s Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky

A federal judge has once again struck down Gov. Matt Bevin’s tougher eligibility rules for people receiving health coverage through Kentucky’s Medicaid program. The new rules were set to take effect next Monday. → Read More

Lawmakers OK fetal heartbeat abortion ban, ‘In God We Trust’ signs in midnight session

The Kentucky General Assembly worked late into the night Thursday, with one day left in its legislative session, easily moving a passel of conservative bills on abortion, religion in public schools and other subjects to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin for his signature or veto. → Read More

Kentucky Senate approves bill requiring medical care for all babies born alive

A Senate committee unanimously approved an anti-abortion bill that would require doctors and nurses to provide “all medically appropriate and reasonable steps to preserve the life” of babies born alive in Kentucky, even if they are born mortally ill. → Read More

Expert: Kentucky lawmakers take ‘a wrecking ball’ to Open Records Act with House bill

A Kentucky House panel late Tuesday vastly expanded the scope of a bill to weaken the state’s Open Records Act, adding a section that would help the legislature shield its own documents from public view. → Read More

Kentucky lawmakers want to ban abortions triggered by disability diagnosis of fetus

A Kentucky House committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would ban abortion in Kentucky for women seeking to end their pregnancies because of their unborn child’s sex, race, color, national origin or disability. → Read More

Kentucky House passes solar power bill, with changes that could lead to showdown

The Kentucky House on Friday passed a controversial bill that could make residential rooftop solar panels less lucrative in the state, but only after adding new language that might lead to a battle with the Senate. → Read More

Court sides with Bevin in lawsuit over $4.2 million paid from Purdue Pharma case

Siding with Gov. Matt Bevin, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has ordered a trial judge to reconsider whether a law firm was wrongfully paid $4.2 million by Attorney General Andy Beshear for helping the state settle a lawsuit against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma. → Read More

Body of Monroe County woman found five days after flood swept away vehicle

Volunteers in Monroe County on Saturday found the body of 19-year-old Leah Carter of Gamaliel after five days of searching the area of East Fork Creek and Barren River for her, according to Kentucky State Police. → Read More

Five divisive issues to watch when the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly starts Jan. 8

The 2019 Kentucky General Assembly begins on Jan. 8. What will state lawmakers do with their 30 workdays in Frankfort? Here are five subjects they’ve publicly kicked around in recent weeks. → Read More