Attorney General Jack Conway

Local News
3:35 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Kentucky Retirement Systems to Get $23 Million in Big Bank of America Settlement

Tommy Elliot, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Executive Director Bill Thielen listen to a presentation during the meeting of Kentucky Retirement Systems on May 15, 2014.
Credit Alix Mattingly / WFPL

Bank of America has agreed to pay $23 million in restitution to Kentucky Retirement Systems over fraudulent mortgage-backed securities that fueled the 2008 financial crash. 

The agreement is part of a $16.65 billion settlement with six states attorneys general, which the U.S. Department of Justice announced in a news conference Thursday.

The bank has agreed to pay a $5 billion cash penalty, in addition to $7 billion worth of "consumer relief" and disbursements to individual states, making it the largest payout by a major financial institution since the 2008 crash.

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Politics
12:49 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Fancy Farm: Ag Commissioner James Comer Officially Enters 2015 Governor's Race

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer beside his wife, T.J., as he announces his bid for governor.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

  FANCY FARM—Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer officially announced his bid for governor Saturday at the 134th annual Fancy Farm political picnic. He's the third candidate to launch an gubernatorial bid in the 2015 race.

"It's been my dream come true to be your commissioner of agriculture," Comer said before a packed audience at the St. Jerome Church picnic grounds. "And I view the people of Western Kentucky as our family. So [my wife] T.J. and I have chosen this time, and this place, to say to all of you, I will be a candidate for governor in 2015."

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Education
4:12 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Attorney General Demands University of Louisville Provide High-Profile Audit For Review

The oval and Grawemeyer Hall at the University of Louisville's Belknap campus.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

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.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has sought a copy of the report since April and last month filed an appeal with the attorney general following the university’s denial of a public records request.

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Politics
8:19 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Jack Conway and Sannie Overly Offer Few Details In Gubernatorial Campaign Launch

Credit Jonathan Meador, Kentucky Public Radio

FRANKFORT—During their campaign's first press conference as a  gubernatorial ticket, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and his running mate, House Majority Caucus Chair Sannie Overly on Tuesday emphasized a focus on early childhood education.

That is,  they largely reiterated the content of a press release they sent out to media earlier in the day.

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Politics
11:47 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Jack Conway is (Officially) Running for Kentucky Governor, and Sannie Overly is His Running Mate

Jack Conway
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway officially announced in a video press release on Tuesday his candidacy for governor, adding that he has tapped House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, as his running mate.

“Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and continue to move Kentucky forward, and we begin doing that by building a great team.The strength of this gubernatorial ticket is bolstered by Rep. Sannie Overly’s record of accomplishments.”

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Politics
4:42 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Kentucky Officials Send Letter to DEA Urging Hemp Legalization

James Comer
Credit File photo

A group of Kentucky officials have sent a letter to the Drug Enforcement Agency asking for clarity on a state law that would permit the cultivation of industrial hemp.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer drafted the letter, which was co-signed by Sen. Rand Paul and Reps. Thomas Massie and John Yarmuth, as well as Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission chairman Brian Furnish. 

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Local News
3:16 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Kentucky Supreme Court Case Could Decide Scope of Attorney General's Powers

Jack Conway
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Floyd Grover Johnson was sentenced to 10 years in prison on multiple drug trafficking charges  in Powell County.

But in his appeal, Floyd successfully argued that because the investigation leading to his indictment was conducted solely by uninvited law enforcement agencies outside of Powell County—including detectives from the Kentucky Attorney General's Office and officers working for Operation UNITE, an anti-drug enforcement non-profit founded by U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-5—then his 2009 indictment should be moot.

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Local News
6:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Conway OK with Possible Changes to Pill Mill Legislation

Attorney General Jack Conway
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Though he pushed for its approval, Kentucky’s attorney general doesn't oppose changes to a law the General Assembly passed last year to curb prescription drug abuse and place restrictions on pain clinics.

Jack Conway said some of the complaints physicians have made about the bill have merit.

Conway said nobody wants to prevent Kentuckians who have legitimate needs for pain medications from obtaining prescriptions.

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Politics
3:15 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Second Successful VP Debate Has State Officials Hoping for Presidential Debate Next Time

As the dust settles on this year’s vice presidential debate at Centre College, local officials are saying the school is ready for the next step. 

Centre College has now held two vice presidential debates: this year’s and 2000's.

Those debates will be historically known for two different styles between candidates—Vice President Dick Cheney and Senator Joe Lieberman were cordial in 2000, while Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan were much feistier this year. But behind the scenes, both debates are known for how smoothly everything ran.

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Politics
12:35 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Conway Says He Won't Run in 2014, Edelen 'Highly Unlikely'

Conway, Edelen, Grimes

Two of Kentucky's highest profile Democrats say they are not interested in taking on U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014. 

Attorney General Jack Conway, who ran for Senate in 2010 against Republican Rand Paul, tells Kentucky Public Radio he isn't interested in running for the chamber again.

“I cannot forsee a scenario where I would run for the Senate in 2014, because I stated on several occasions when I ran for re-election as attorney general that I would finish out that term as attorney general,” he says.

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