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‘Comment’ will discuss budget shortfall; ‘KY Tonight” will focus on economy

Gov. Steve Beshear’s handling of the state budget shortfall will be one of the topics on this weekend’s “Comment on Kentucky,” a public affairs show of the Kentucky Educational Television network.

Joining interim host Bill Bryant of Lexington’s WKYT-TV to discuss recent news in Kentucky will be three journalists — Tom Loftus of The Courier-Journal, Phillip Bailey of WFPL in Louisville and Nick Storm of cn|2 in Louisville.

The show airs live at 8 p.m. Friday on KET.

On the Monday, July 21 edition of “Kentucky Tonight” at 8 p.m. p.m. on KET and at KET.org/live, host Renee Shaw (substituting for Bill Goodman) and guests will discuss jobs and the economy.

Scheduled guests are John Garen, economics professor at the University of Kentucky; Chris Phillips, economics professor at Somerset Community College; Tom Dupree, member of the board of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions; and Anna Baumann, research and policy associate with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

Viewers with questions and comments may send e-mail to kytonight@ket.org or use the message form at KET.org/kytonight.

Viewers may also submit questions on Twitter @ReneeKET or on KET’s Facebook page, facebook.com/KET. All messages should include first and last name and town or county. The phone number for viewer calls during the program is 1-800-494-7605.

“Kentucky Tonight ” programs are archived online, made available via podcast, and rebroadcast on KET and KET KY. Archived programs, information about podcasts, and broadcast schedules are available at KET.org/kytonight.

“Kentucky Tonight” is a weekly KET production, produced by Deidre Clark. Goodman is host and managing editor.

–Jack Brammer

Beshear makes appointments to state education board, women’s commission and arts center

HERALD-LEADER FRANKFORT BUREAU

FRANKFORT —Gov. Steve Beshear has made appointments to the Kentucky Board of Education, Kentucky Commission on Women and the Kentucky Center for the Arts Board.

To the state education board, Beshear has appointed Shelbyville attorney Samuel D. Hinkle IV and retired educator Debra L. Cook of Corbin.

Hinkle replaces Judith H. Gibbons, whose term has expired. His term will run through April 14, 2018. Cook replaces Brigitte B. Ramsey, who has resigned. She will serve for the remainder of Ramsey’s term, which ends April 14, 2016.

No ‘Comment’ this weekend; ‘KY Tonight’ will discuss state budget

“Comment on Kentucky,” a public-affairs show of the Kentucky Educational Television network, will be preempted this weekend because of the Fourth of July.

On the Monday, July 7, edition of “Kentucky Tonight” at 8 p.m. on KET and at KET.org/live, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the state budget and tax reform.

Scheduled guests are state Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, chair of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee; state Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, vice chair of the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee; Jason Bailey, director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy; and Bryan Sunderland, senior vice president of public affairs for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Viewers with questions and comments may send e-mail to kytonight@ket.org or use the message form at KET.org/kytonight. Viewers may also submit questions on Twitter @BillKET or on KET’s Facebook page, facebook.com/KET. All messages should include first and last name and town or county. The phone number for viewer calls during the program is 1-800-494-7605.

“Kentucky Tonight” programs are archived online, made available via podcast, and rebroadcast on KET and KET KY. Archived programs, information about podcasts, and broadcast schedules are available at KET.org/kytonight.

“Kentucky Tonight” is a weekly KET production, produced by Deidre Clark. Bill Goodman is host and managing editor.

–Jack Brammer

Andy Beshear reports $1.1M on hand for attorney general race, picks up endorsements

By Jack Brammer

jbrammer@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT — Andy Beshear, a Democratic candidate for attorney general in 2015 and the son of Gov. Steve Beshear, reported Thursday that his campaign has nearly $1.1 million cash on hand, after raising $160,000 in the last three months.

Beshear, a Louisville attorney with Stites and Harbison, has raised more than $1.26 million total for his campaign. He started it last November.

The candidate also announced the endorsements of five prominent Democrats for his campaign – former Attorney Generals David Armstrong and Chris Gorman, state Auditor Adam Edelen, former state Auditor Crit Luallen and state House Speaker and former Attorney General Greg Stumbo.

Beshear reappoints 6 members to state education board

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear reappointed six members of the 12-member Kentucky Board of Education Tuesday.

Two other appointments are up but he will announce them at a later date, said Beshear spokesman Terry Sebastian.

The reappointments will serve through April 14, 2018.

They are Jonathan V. Parrent of Princeton, William L. Twyman of Cave City, Roger Lee Marcum of Bardstown, Mary Gwen Wheeler of Louisville, Nawanna B. Privett of Lexington and Grayson R. Boyd of Williamsport.

–Jack Brammer

‘Comment’ will discuss governor’s race; ‘KY Tonight’ will look at campaign finance law

With state Auditor Adam Edelen’s announcement that he will not run for governor next year, this weekend’s “Comment on Kentucky,” a public-affairs show of the Kentucky Educational Television network, will discuss the 2015 gubernatorial race.

Joining interim host Bill Bryant of Lexington’s WKYT-TV will be three journalists — Bill Estep of the Lexington Herald-Leader, Laura Cullen Glasscock of The Kentucky Gazette and Joe Gerth of The Courier-Journal.

The show will air live Friday at 8 p.m. on KET.

On the Monday, June 23, edition of “Kentucky Tonight” at 8 p.m. on KET and at KET.org/live, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss campaign finance laws.

Scheduled guests are Richard Beliles, state chair of Common Cause Kentucky; Christopher Thacker, president of the Central Kentucky Lawyers Chapter of The Federalist Society; Joy Arnold, chair of Central Kentucky Move to Amend; and Paul Salamanca, a University of Kentucky law professor.

Viewers with questions and comments may send e-mail to kytonight@ket.org or use the message form at KET.org/kytonight. Viewers may also submit questions on Twitter @BillKET or on KET’s Facebook page, facebook.com/KET. All messages should include first and last name and town or county. The phone number for viewer calls during the program is 1-800-494-7605.

“Kentucky Tonigh”t programs are archived online, made available via podcast, and rebroadcast on KET and KET KY. Archived programs, information about podcasts, and broadcast schedules are available at KET.org/kytonight.

“Kentucky Tonight is a weekly KET production, produced by Deidre Clark. Goodman is host and managing editor.

–Jack Brammer

Kentucky settles with SunTrust Mortgage

HERALD-LEADER FRANKFORT BUREAU

FRANKFORT —Kentucky has joined 48 other states and the federal government in a $550 million settlement with mortgage lender and service SunTrust Mortgage, Inc., Attorney General Jack Conway said Tuesday.

The settlement will provide direct payments to Kentucky borrowers for foreclosure abuses, loan modifications and other relief for borrowers in need of assistance, new mortgage servicing standards and grants oversight authority to an independent monitor, said Conway.

“This settlement holds a major mortgage servicer accountable for its unacceptable past practices, and it provides direct relief to Kentucky borrowers,” Conway said. “Additionally, SunTrust must treat its borrowers much more fairly because of the settlement’s tough servicing standards.”

About 265 eligible Kentucky borrowers whose loans were serviced by SunTrust and who lost their home to foreclosure from Jan. 1, 2008 through Dec. 31, 2013 and encountered servicing abuse will be eligible for a payment from the national $40 million fund for payments to borrowers. The borrower payment amount will depend on how many borrowers file claims.

Eligible borrowers will be contacted about how to qualify for payments, said Conway.

More information about the loan modification process will be released at a later date, though current borrowers with loans serviced by SunTrust can contact the company directly with questions at 1-800-634-7928.

SunTrust, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SunTrust Banks, Inc., a bank and financial services company headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.

-Jack Brammer

Democrat Jean-Marie Lawson Spann expected to jump into state ag race this week

By Jack Brammer

jbrammer@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT —Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, host of a weekly radio show about farm news in Kentucky and a former official with a farm equipment dealership, has scheduled a statewide tour this week to announce her plans for the state agriculture commissioner race in 2015.

Lawson Spann, a Democrat of Bowling Green, has been widely mentioned as a candidate in the race.

She said in a release Monday that she will “be starting her announcement tour across Kentucky” at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.

Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking reappointment to Fish and Wildlife Commission

By Jack Brammer

jbrammer@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT —A judge granted Senate President Robert Stivers’ request Friday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state Senate’s failure to vote on a reappointment to the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip J. Shepherd said in a four-page order that the court lacks the constitutional authority to direct the Senate on how to consider such nominations and nothing in the lawsuit filed by Campbellsville doctor Jim Angel supports any allegations that the Senate failed to follow its own rules.

Neither Angel nor his attorney, C. Thomas Hectus of Louisville, was immediately available to comment on Shepherd’s order.

Guests selected for ‘Comment’ and ‘KY Tonight’

Guests for this weekend’s “Comment on Kentucky,” a public affairs show of the Kentucy Educational Television network, are Ronnie Ellis of CNHI News Service, Nick Storm of cn|2 and Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The show, with interim host Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV in Lexington, will air live at 8 p.m. Friday on KET.

On the Monday, June 16, edition of “Kentucky Tonight” at 8 p.m. on KET and at KET.org/live, substitute host Renee Shaw and guests will discuss public employee pensions.

Scheduled guests are state Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, chair of the House State Government Committee; state Sen. Christian McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, chair of the Senate Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance, and Public Protection; state Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, chair of the House Judiciary Committee; and state Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville, vice chair of the House Licensing and Occupations Committee

Viewers with questions and comments may send e-mail to kytonight@ket.org or use the message form at KET.org/kytonight. Viewers may also submit questions on Twitter @BillKET or on KET’s Facebook page, facebook.com/KET. All messages should include first and last name and town or county. The phone number for viewer calls during the program is 1-800-494-7605.

“Kentucky Tonight” programs are archived online, made available via podcast, and rebroadcast on KET and KET KY. Archived programs, information about podcasts, and broadcast schedules are available at KET.org/kytonight.

“Kentucky Tonight” is a weekly KET production, produced by Deidre Clark. Bill Goodman is host and managing editor.

–Jack Brammer