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Attorney General Jack Conway files federal antitrust lawsuit against Marathon Petroleum

05/12/2015 05:55 PM

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has sued Marathon Petroleum, accusing the fuel company on Tuesday of unfairly keeping competitors out of the state and keeping gas prices high. Conway filed the antitrust lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Louisville against the state’s largest supplier of gasoline and reformulated gasoline, which must be sold in Louisville and Covington during summer months to curb pollution from emissions. Louisville residents typically pay between 20 and 30 cents per gallon more than others throughout Kentucky,... Read more 

Federal judge who set Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage on path to Supreme Court dies

04/30/2015 05:30 AM

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II, whose rulings striking down bans on same-sex marriage paved the way for what could be a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on the divisive issue, died at age 66 on Wednesday. Heyburn’s passing comes a day after the high court heard arguments in cases challenging laws against same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and Ohio. He had battled liver cancer for several years. Heyburn, who battled cancer, was nominated to the federal bench... Read more 

Kenton County judge-executive sees continued steady growth, "far greater" airport board structure

04/29/2015 09:13 AM

COVINGTON — Kenton County Judge-Executive Kris Knochelmann, who won that position after a hard-fought primary against Republican incumbent Steve Arlinghaus last May, feels that his county will continue to grow and attract more businesses and jobs to the area while tightening the county government’s purse strings. Knochelmann ran for office on the platform of better fiscal responsibility, focusing on the discovery of lavish spending practices by members of the Kenton County Airport Board, a fact later confirmed by Auditor Adam Edelen... Read more 

Goshen daughter of two mothers rallies for marriage equality outside Supreme Court

04/28/2015 10:00 PM

Plaintiffs challenging Kentucky’s constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage weren’t the only representatives from the Bluegrass in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Goshen native Kinsey Morrison, an 18-year-old freshman at Stanford University, spoke at the Unite for Marriage rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court, where justices heard arguments in what could become a landmark decision on same-sex marriage. Six couples are challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, and the high court is hearing cases from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan. Justices are... Read more 

Boone County clerk sees technical innovations pay off, low turnout ahead for primary

04/28/2015 10:10 AM

BURLINGTON — Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown saw his office have a $1.6 million surplus of funds during his first four years in office — more than double what the previous clerk had during the same amount of time. Brown, who won re-election in November, said there were a number of key reasons that led to the large surplus amount. “We kept our budget significantly lower. It’s lower than when I took office in 2010,” he said. “Our management staff is streamlined.... Read more 

Same-sex marriage plaintiffs confident ahead of Supreme Court hearing this month

04/13/2015 12:02 AM

Plaintiffs in what will be a landmark decision on same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court are optimistic that the high court will overturn laws barring the unions throughout the country later this year. Six couples are fighting Kentucky’s constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, joining similar legal battles in Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee before the Supreme Court April 28. The high court took up the case after the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a federal judge’s ruling against same-sex... Read more 

Former Rep. Ben Waide pleads guilty to campaign finance violations

04/10/2015 06:37 PM

Former Republican state Rep. Ben Waide pleaded guilty on Friday for attempting to accept illegal campaign contributions and attempted unlawful campaign expenditures in Franklin Circuit Court. Waide, of Madisonville, received a 12-month jail sentence, though he won’t see the inside of a correctional facility thanks to a probated sentence with two years of supervision, the Attorney General’s Office said in a news release. As part of his sentence Waide has agreed to pay restitution to Liberty Rehabilitation, Waide’s former employer,... Read more 

Judge orders temporary seal in Legislative Research Commission lawsuit depositions

04/08/2015 01:17 PM

FRANKFORT — A Franklin County judge issued a temporary protective order on all depositions taken in lawsuits against the Legislative Research Commission on Wednesday. Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate sealed the records as attorneys on both sides brief their arguments over the next 10 days. House Majority Caucus Chairwoman Sannie Overly, through attorney Anita Britton of Lexington, sought the protective order ahead of her scheduled deposition Monday, citing past leaks from Louisville attorney Thomas Clay. Clay, who’s representing former LRC staffer... Read more 

Six-alarm fire at General Electric's Appliance Park contained but storage building lost to flames

04/03/2015 05:06 PM

A massive, six-alarm fire at General Electric’s Appliance Park has been contained, but not before causing “extensive damage” to the warehouse and office building Friday, according to company and emergency officials. The blaze erupted around 7 a.m. Friday, and Kevin Tyler, president of the Jefferson County Fire Chiefs Association, said crews will continue to battle the fire into Saturday. Some employees were inside the facility that largely warehoused plastic material when the fire started, but Tyler said no one was injured. About... Read more 

Obama commutes sentences of 22 drug offenders including Kentucky member of the 'Cornbread Mafia'

04/01/2015 12:01 PM

Francis Darrell Hayden of Loretto joined a small group of Americans Tuesday when President Barack Obama commuted his and 22 other individuals’ prison sentences. Hayden had been sentenced to life behind bars in 2002 following a third arrest for marijuana offenses in Michigan. With two prior marijuana convictions in 1980 and 1990, Hayden received a life sentence in 2002 after being caught growing nearly 19,000 marijuana plants in Michigan. With a stroke from Obama’s pen, Hayden’s days behind bars are... Read more 

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