At the Courthouse Square

Rowan County clerk sued by ACLU after denying new marriage licenses while U.S. Rep. Yarmuth and Chief Justice Minton weigh in

07/02/2015 06:59 PM

As a handful of county clerks continue their refusal to issue new marriage licenses in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling last week, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says those who continue to balk at the high court’s decision “ought to leave or do their job.” Inaction by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has already prompted the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky to file suit on behalf of two homosexual couples and two heterosexual couples who were denied... Read more 

Attny. General Jack Conway files lawsuit against EPA over Waters of the U.S. rule

06/30/2015 11:27 AM

Fresh off the heels of a multiyear fight against the Environmental Protection Agency over coal regulations, Attorney General Jack Conway is announcing another suit against the federal EPA over waterways. In late May the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers finalized a rule regulating waterways of the United States, which some farmers and Republican lawmakers have openly worried could turn into a federal land grab. Conway, who is running for governor, announced on Tuesday that he was joining eight other... Read more 

Supreme Court blocks coal fired power plant rule, calling on costs to be taken into account

06/29/2015 02:04 PM

UPDATED: With another split decision the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must take cost into account while calling on a limit to emissions of mercury and other toxins from coal fired power plants. The case stems from a 2011 rule to reduce airborne pollutants from coal fired plants. The case, Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency, decides the matter. Monday’s decision will reverse a federal appeals courts upholding of the tougher standards. In the 5... Read more 

Former Rep. Keith Hall convicted of bribing state mine inspector

06/26/2015 06:31 PM

Former state Rep. Keith Hall has been convicted of bribing a former state coal mine inspector to win favor at his Pike County mining operations. Multiple media outlets are reporting that a Pikeville jury brought back a guilty verdict after 90 minutes of deliberation. Hall, a Democrat who represented the 93rd House District until his defeat in the 2014 primary against Rep. Chris Harris of Forest Hills, faces up to a decade behind bars and a $250,000 fine for the... Read more 

Supreme Court rules gay marriage legal in all 50 states, striking down Kentucky's ban

06/26/2015 10:25 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTIONS: In a landmark ruling the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5 to 4 that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states striking down bans in more than a dozen states, including Kentucky. The court ruled on the Obergefell v. Hodges case, which includes Kentucky’s “Freedom to Marry” lawsuit, Bourke v. Beshear with liberal leaning justices in favor of same-sex marriages and conservative justices dissenting. Read the full 103 page ruling here. Six couples from... Read more 

Florida nonprofit pushing local right-to-work ordinances sues KREF

06/18/2015 11:13 PM

FRANKFORT — A Tampa, Fla., nonprofit focused on enacting local right-to-work ordinances sued the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance in federal court Thursday, claiming the state’s ban on corporate political donations violates its First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The Goldwater Institute filed the action in U.S. District Court in Frankfort on behalf of Protect My Check Inc., a 501(c )(4) formed in September that’s involved in defending right-to-work ordinances passed by local governments in Kentucky. The Kentucky Constitution bans contributions by corporations... Read more 

Charter Communications announces acquisition of Time Warner Cable

05/26/2015 10:06 AM

Charter Communications is announcing an acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. The deal, valued at more than $55 billion to acquire Time Warner Cable comes as Charter also seeks to acquire a majority share in Bright House, a small cable provider, for $10 billion. Including Time Warner’s debt the deal is valued at nearly $79 billion. The news comes after a proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable fell apart under scrutiny from the FCC and... Read more 

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 

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