Kristina Goetz http://wfpl.org en Line Warranty Offer Has Louisville Water Co.'s Logo, But a Private Company Is Behind It http://wfpl.org/post/line-warranty-offer-has-louisville-water-cos-logo-private-company-behind-it <p>Louisville mailboxes are regularly stuffed with letters warning residents they could pay thousands of dollars in repairs if they don’t have water line warranty coverage.</p><p>Though the envelopes bear the logo of Louisville Water Co., they are actually from a private warranty company called HomeServe USA, which has run afoul of several state attorneys general, including Kentucky, in recent years over allegations of unfair and deceptive advertising.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Kristina Goetz 10081 at http://wfpl.org Line Warranty Offer Has Louisville Water Co.'s Logo, But a Private Company Is Behind It University of Louisville Digs In, Says No Need to Release More Records http://wfpl.org/post/university-louisville-digs-says-no-need-release-more-records <p>The University of Louisville has responded to a request by the state attorney general to justify its refusal to turn over documents to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, in the latest step in an <a href="http://kycir.org/2014/07/16/university-of-louisville-continues-to-fight-to-keep-records-from-public-view/">ongoing battle over public records.</a></p><p>In a letter dated July 18, U of L’s outside counsel said KyCIR’s public records appeal is moot since university officials earlier this month made public its final audit report.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:01:36 +0000 Kristina Goetz 9816 at http://wfpl.org University of Louisville Digs In, Says No Need to Release More Records University of Louisville Continues to Fight to Keep Records From Public View http://wfpl.org/post/university-louisville-continues-fight-keep-records-public-view <p>The University of Louisville is still fighting to keep emails, memos and other notes related to a high-profile financial audit cloaked from public view.</p><p>The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which has sought these public records for<a href="/post/university-louisville-releases-high-profile-audit"> several months, </a>has filed an appeal with the state attorney general.</p><p>Attorney General Jack Conway’s office extended the appeal an additional 30 work days in order to obtain more documentation.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:09:57 +0000 Kristina Goetz 9777 at http://wfpl.org University of Louisville Continues to Fight to Keep Records From Public View University of Louisville Needs To Tighten Financial Controls, Audit Says http://wfpl.org/post/university-louisville-needs-tighten-financial-controls-audit-says <p>The University of Louisville released Wednesday an auditing firm’s long-anticipated report on the school’s financial controls, an analysis prompted by a series of thefts at the institution.</p><p>Strothman and Company said U of L needs to hire a chief financial officer, which the school is already trying to do. The institution also needs to ensure all of the university’s computer systems are subject to the same security controls. And it should improve controls over payroll to reduce the risk that fictitious employees could be paid, the report says.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:22:55 +0000 Kristina Goetz 9694 at http://wfpl.org University of Louisville Needs To Tighten Financial Controls, Audit Says University of Louisville Releases High-Profile Audit http://wfpl.org/post/university-louisville-releases-high-profile-audit <p>The University of Louisville on Wednesday released a highly-anticipated audit examining the school's financial controls.</p><p>Strothman and Company, a Louisville-based firm that is known for working with large governmental organizations, made 17 recommendations for changes. The recommendations including:</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:20:25 +0000 Kristina Goetz 9691 at http://wfpl.org University of Louisville Releases High-Profile Audit Attorney General Demands University of Louisville Provide High-Profile Audit For Review http://wfpl.org/post/attorney-general-demands-university-louisville-provide-high-profile-audit-review <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state attorney general’s office has asked the University of Louisville to explain why it still won’t release a high-profile audit that examined the school’s financial controls.</span></p><p>The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting <a href="http://kycir.org/2014/06/18/university-of-louisville-holding-on-to-high-profile-audit/" target="_blank">has sought a copy of the report</a> since April and last month filed an appeal with the attorney general following the university’s denial of a public records request.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:12:46 +0000 Kristina Goetz 9683 at http://wfpl.org Attorney General Demands University of Louisville Provide High-Profile Audit For Review University of Louisville Won't Release High-Profile Audit http://wfpl.org/post/university-louisville-wont-release-high-profile-audit <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This story was reported by Louisville Public Media's&nbsp;<a href="http://kycir.org/2014/06/18/university-of-louisville-holding-on-to-high-profile-audit/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.</a></em></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:11:58 +0000 Kristina Goetz 9589 at http://wfpl.org University of Louisville Won't Release High-Profile Audit Louisville Metro Ethics Commission Seeks Guidance on Council Members and Zoning Decisions http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-ethics-commission-seeks-guidance-council-members-and-zoning-decisions <p>The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission punted Thursday on an advisory opinion sought by Council President Jim King regarding whether council members have to determine who has an interest in zoning decisions.</p><p class="c4"><span class="c2">With little discussion, the committee voted to send a letter to King’s attorney, saying the commission would seek the legislative guidance of the metro council’s government accountability and ethics committee.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:57:37 +0000 Kristina Goetz 8930 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Ethics Commission Seeks Guidance on Council Members and Zoning Decisions Louisville Metro Ethics Commission Dismisses 3 Complaints Against Council President Jim King http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-ethics-commission-dismisses-3-complaints-against-council-president-jim-king <p>The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission on Thursday dismissed three complaints against Council President Jim King, saying two were untimely and the third lacked probable cause.</p><p>The commission adjourned abruptly following an hour-long closed executive session after several community members interrupted proceedings, insisting that they be allowed to speak publicly on the matter.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:49:53 +0000 Kristina Goetz 8798 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Ethics Commission Dismisses 3 Complaints Against Council President Jim King Louisville Council President Jim King Refutes Ethics Claim, Suggests Prosecution of Complainant http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-council-president-jim-king-refutes-ethics-claim-suggests-prosecution-complainant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville Metro Council President Jim King says a series of ethics complaints alleging he personally profited from his public office should be dismissed.</span></p><p>King’s attorney, in a 24-page formal response obtained by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, says the complaints are untimely and without merit.</p><p>The attorney, Jon Fleischaker, claims the complaints lodged by political activist Janice Rucker could be considered harassment and that the matter should be referred to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:19:13 +0000 Kristina Goetz 8685 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Council President Jim King Refutes Ethics Claim, Suggests Prosecution of Complainant