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Judge denies request to stop U of L Board of Trustees from meeting Thursday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd has denied an emergency request from the Kentucky Justice Resource Center to stop the original University of Louisville Board Trustees from meeting later today.

The request was denied during a hearing on Thursday.

Gov. Matt Bevin's general counsel Steve Pitt tried to persuade the judge to grant JRC's motion at the hearing. 

In June, Bevin abolished the former 20-member Board of Trustees in an administrative reorganization that resulted in the 17 governor-appointed trustees losing their seats. He then designated 10 appointees to join the 3-student, staff and faculty representatives to make up a new 13-person board.

But Shepherd later issued a temporary injunction blocking Bevin's new board. He said Thursday that the original board can legally meet despite restrictions on its authority due to its lack of racial minority members.

As WDRB reported Wednesday, the board is set to approve a budget that would ratify an already-implemented tuition increase and hold tuition flat in 2017-18. 


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