- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear wants to join in an open records dispute between Kentucky State University and a student newspaper.

Beshear’s office said Tuesday he filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court seeking to intervene.

At issue is KSU’s refusal to turn over records related to an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. The University of Kentucky’s student newspaper is seeking the records.

In January, Beshear found KSU violated open records law by denying the records to a Kentucky Kernel reporter. KSU challenged Beshear’s decision by suing the student newspaper since a university cannot sue the attorney general.

Beshear’s office says KSU refused to provide the records to the AG’s office for confidential review. Beshear says KSU’s lawsuit is an attack on transparency laws.

KSU did not immediately comment.

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