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Hardin County's right-to-work ordinance invalidated in federal court ruling

02/03/2016 10:48 PM

A federal judge struck down Hardin County’s right-to-work ordinance in an order Wednesday, ruling that states, not counties, can exempt themselves from portions of the National Labor Relations Act. U.S. District Judge David Hale dismissed each of the county’s arguments for its ordinance, which passed Hardin County Fiscal Court Jan. 13 and barred unions from collecting fees from non-members. “The NLRA preempts the right-to-work, hiring-hall, and dues-checkoff provisions of Hardin County Ordinance 300,” Hale wrote in his order. “Section 14(b) is the... Read more 

Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign documents subpoenaed by grand jury

02/02/2016 10:56 AM

Campaign finance documents from Alison Lundergan Grimes’ U.S. Senate race and run for Secretary of State have come under subpoena from a federal grand jury. According to a press release from Grimes’ attorney the U.S. Attorney’s Office asked Kentucky’s Secretary of State to provide “certain documents from her Senate and Secretary of State campaigns.” The news was first reported by the Courier Journal. David Guarnieri, one of two attorney’s representing Grimes, said she will cooperate with the request for documents. “While... Read more 

Gov. Bevin seeks to withdraw Beshear's motion to dismiss U of L board lawsuit, nullify his June appointments

01/14/2016 05:34 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin is looking to nullify appointments to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees made by his predecessor, agreeing with plaintiffs in a lawsuit that the panel lacks the required number of minority members. Bevin, in a court filing released Thursday, suggests in response to a lawsuit by the Kentucky Justice Resource Center that relief could be gained by declaring the board’s racial makeup out of compliance with state law, nullifying Beshear’s June 26 appointments to the board and... Read more 

Beshear returns to former law practice in post-political life

01/14/2016 11:19 AM

After eight years in office, former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear is returning to Stites & Harbison to practice law. Beshear will serve at the firm’s Lexington office, where he had supervised prior to taking office, according to a news release Thursday. The former governor first joined the firm in 1987. The Associated Press first reported Beshear’s career move. “It is a pleasure to rejoin the Stites & Harbison family where I spent many good years practicing law before serving the people... Read more 

Attorney General Conway announces nearly $40M in pharmaceutical settlements, including OxyContin lawsuit

12/23/2015 03:36 PM

FRANKFORT — Ending a case that dates back to late 2007, Attorney General Jack Conway announced Wednesday a $24 million settlement with Purdue Pharma, the drug-maker that created OxyContin. In a news conference in which he also unveiled a $15.5 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson in a consumer protection case involving the false marketing of the drug Risperdal, Conway said terms of the Purdue Pharma agreement mandate that funds that aren’t paid in legal fees be set aside for addiction... Read more 

Supporters of expungement legislation see glimmers of hope ahead of next year's session

11/27/2015 07:32 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to sign an executive order restoring the rights to vote and hold office for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes earlier this week earned him praise. But advocates for low-level felony expungement say such legislation would be pivotal in removing societal barriers for those who hope to move ahead with their lives. State Reps. Darryl Owens and David Floyd have spearheaded efforts at felony expungement in recent years, with House Bill 40 passing the Democrat-led House of Representatives by... Read more 

Jesse Benton acquitted in case involving Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign

10/22/2015 01:42 PM

A federal jury in Iowa has acquitted Kentuckian and former Ron Paul staffer Jesse Benton of making false statements to the FBI, the lone charge he faced in trial. In early October, a judge threw out four other counts against Benton and all counts against John Tate. An indictment handed down in August initially charged Benton with five counts ranging from conspiracy, causing false records and campaign expenditure reports, false statements scheme and false statements. On Thursday, the jury... Read more 

Northern Kentucky judge-executives discuss whether tolls should remain an option for new Ohio River bridge

09/29/2015 06:10 PM

ERLANGER – Judge-executives from Boone, Campbell, Kenton and Grant counties are somewhat split as to whether tolls should be part of the equation in building a new Brent Spence Bridge. The four judge-executives appeared together Tuesday morning for the annual Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce State of Northern Kentucky Address in Erlanger. Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore says that he doesn’t favor tolls, he does feel that it has to remain part of the discussion if a new bridge is to... Read more 

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis allows deputy to issue same-sex marriage license without her authority

09/14/2015 06:03 PM

MOREHEAD — Rowan County Kim Davis returned to work today and did not interfere with deputy clerk Brian Mason who issued a same-sex marriage license to Shannon Wampler and Carmen Collins of Lexington. Prior to opening the office, Davis, an Apostolic Christian who spent five days in jail for disobeying a federal judge, read a hand-written statement outside the Rowan County Courthouse in which she said she was forced to choose between obeying God or a directive that forces her to... Read more 

Rowan Co. Clerk Kim Davis freed as thousands descend on local jail, but sanctions loom with noncompliance

09/08/2015 10:22 PM

GRAYSON — As thousands from across the country assembled in front of the Carter County Detention Center on Tuesday celebrating her release after a sixth day behind bars, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stood on the back of a flatbed truck and wept. “Thank you all so much,” she said as she composed herself. “I love you all so very much.” “His people have rallied, and you are a strong people,” she continued. “… Just keep on pressin’. Don’t let down because... Read more 

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