At the Courthouse Square

Northern Kentucky judge-executives open to local sales tax option

09/30/2014 03:03 PM

The Northern Kentucky judge-executives of Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties say that they would be open to the possibility of a local sales tax option to fund certain capital projects. Proponents of the local sales tax option say the initiative would give voters a chance to vote on raising taxes over a specified amount of time to help fund needed local projects. The idea was floated in the January 60-day legislative session, but never made it to the House floor... Read more 

Boyle County schools uses 'blueprint' to success as the only 'district of distinction' in Ky.

09/28/2014 09:21 AM

DANVILLE – The Boyle County School district is one of eight statewide and the only county school district in the commonwealth to receive the Kentucky Department of Education’s “District of Distinction” award. Boyle is not your stereotypical high performing school district in the fact that 50 percent of its students are on free and reduced lunch. Boyle County High School has gone from having 50 percent of its graduates college and career ready seven years ago to over 90 percent today. The... Read more 

Judge rules LRC must produce discovery in sexual harassment lawsuit

09/25/2014 05:53 PM

The Legislative Research Commission must provide more comprehensive discovery to attorneys for two staffers suing the agency in its handling of their sexual harassment allegations against a former lawmaker, a judge ruled Wednesday. Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate wrote in an order the LRC must “supplement the vague discovery responses” it has given Louisville attorney Thomas Clay, who is representing LRC employees Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper in their lawsuit against the agency and former Democratic Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis.... Read more 

Coursey attorney seeks sanction over 'smut' depositions

09/10/2014 02:46 PM

FRANKFORT — An attorney for Rep. Will Coursey has asked a judge to sanction the lawyer representing a Legislative Research Commission staffer suing Coursey for retaliation after releasing “the smut” contained in the Symsonia Democrat’s depositions earlier this year. William Johnson, a Frankfort attorney representing Coursey, said in a motion filed in Franklin Circuit Court that Thomas Clay, a Louisville attorney representing legislative secretary Nicole Cusic, asked Coursey “embarrassing and non-relevant questions about other persons.” Coursey’s depositions later appeared on the... Read more 

State of the Judiciary: Minton calls for raises for elected judges, expungement for drug treatment and more

09/05/2014 03:26 PM

Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton said the judicial system in the state is moving forward after some trying years, but there are more initiatives ahead. In remarks about the state of the court system Friday, Minton said the system is moving forward with increased technology initiatives which the state has lagged in, but in order to keep up with other states and attract better judges he said judges need a bump in pay. The two-year state spending plan passed in... Read more 

Northern Kentucky Chamber says poor voter turnout in region is responsible for lack of attention

08/31/2014 08:41 AM

COVINGTON – One thing that has plagued Northern Kentucky during recent elections has been low voter turnout and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is looking to change that by partnering with groups to get more area voters to the polls. During the recent May primary, Boone County had the second lowest turnout rate in the state with 16.94 percent going to the polls while Kenton County and Campbell County weren’t much better with Kenton at 17.85 percent and Campbell coming... Read more 

With Northern Ky.'s bridge, airport and heroin worries, Grayson's newest gig could be his toughest yet

06/03/2014 09:45 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — In his new role as president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Trey Grayson will be asked to help navigate the region through tricky problems with the airport, job creation and a heroin problem that has threatened the area. Grayson, the former Kentucky secretary of state, returns to Northern Kentucky from a more than three year stint as director of the Harvard Institute of Politics at a time when the region is looking to replace 1,600... Read more 

Kentucky now has 'no choice' but to make more tough decisions on pension fund, Seven Counties leaders say

06/03/2014 07:21 AM

The leaders of Seven Counties Services say that as they move down the path of bankruptcy protection to escape the crushing weight of their pension obligations, the burden now falls to lawmakers and the governor to shore up funding for the Kentucky Retirement System. David Holton, a former district judge in Jefferson County who chairs the board of the mental health center, said he knows the consequences of the agency’s decision to leave the system. (Watch the interview below). This comes... Read more 

Trey Grayson commits to lead Northern Ky. Chamber for at least 5 years before considering political run

06/02/2014 07:22 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who was officially introduced as the next Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president Monday, says he will spend at least five years in that job before even considering another political run. Grayson officially takes over the chamber on July 1. Grayson, who served as secretary of state from 2004 to 2011, spent the last three years as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. Grayson told Pure Politics that... Read more 

Elsmere residents rally to bring bus service back to area after hardships and safety concerns

05/29/2014 07:33 PM

ELSMERE – After 13 years of no public bus service in the heart of their city, Elsmere residents are hopeful that buses will once again make stops near them. Currently, the only bus stops in the city are on on Dixie Highway, which is up to two miles away for many of the cities residents. Elsmere resident Serena Owen has collected more than 500 signatures on a petition that she presented to Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) officials requesting that they... Read more 

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