UNDATED (AP) — The University of Kentucky has launched the public phase of a $2 billion-plus fundraising campaign, laying out a set of goals that include expanding student scholarships and boosting medical research in a state struggling with high rates of cancer and other chronic illnesses. The state’s flagship university announced the $2.1 billion campaign Friday night on its Lexington campus.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Personnel Board has voted to investigate Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ use of the state’s voter registration database. Kentucky State Board of Elections Executive Director Jared Dearing asked the board to investigate. He said Grimes and her office have been using the database to look up the political party affiliation of current and potential employees. Attorney Stephen Amato says Dearing has provided no evidence of hiring based on political affiliations.
OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky police officer has been sentenced to roughly three years in prison for arresting a man who complained about him. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says in a release that William Dukes Jr. was sentenced after he was convicted this summer of violating the civil rights of the man. Evidence presented at trial showed that Dukes was angered over the complaint and drove to the man’s house. Evidence says Dukes then shocked the man with a stun gun, pepper-sprayed him and punched him.
FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — Health officials in northern Kentucky say there have been three human cases of West Nile virus reported there over the summer. The health department said in a statement Thursday that all the cases have been reported since July. The agency serves residents in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties.