- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Latest on a judge’s ruling temporarily blocking Gov. Matt Bevin’s order replacing the University of Louisville board of trustees (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Gov. Matt Bevin’s office is suggesting that Attorney General Andy Beshear step aside or help Bevin clean up state government.

The comment followed a ruling Friday by Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd temporarily stripping the new University of Louisville board of trustees of its authority until a lawsuit brought by Beshear can be resolved. Beshear sued after Bevin abolished the board and appointed a new one.

Beshear said the ruling is a win for students, their families and public universities.



Bevin’s press secretary, Amanda Stamper, criticized the ruling in a statement and said the governor’s office is confident the injunction will be reversed on appeal.

On Wednesday, the new board of trustees accepted the resignation of embattled President James Ramsey and agreed to pay him $690,000.

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11:20 a.m.

A state judge has temporarily blocked Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive order abolishing and replacing the University of Louisville board of trustees.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd issued an order Friday morning temporarily stripping the new board of its authority until a lawsuit brought by Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear can be resolved.

Shepherd ruled Bevin and his attorneys have not “provided a factual or legal basis” to prove the governor’s actions have not violated the state constitution.

Bevin could appeal the judge’s decision. A spokeswoman for Bevin did not immediately return a request for comment.

Wednesday, the new board of trustees accepted the resignation of embattled President James Ramsey and agreed to pay him $690,000. It’s unclear how Shepherd’s ruling will impact that decision.

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