At the Courthouse Square

Warren County goes 'right to work'; Louisville passes minimum wage increase

12/19/2014 06:38 PM

Local governments in Kentucky took major steps by enacting legislation at the county and metro level which has divided state lawmakers for years. In Bowling Green Friday the Warren County Fiscal Court became the first county in the nation to enact a right to work law with a 6-1 vote, and on Thursday night Louisville Metro government became the first city in the south to increase the minimum wage. Both actions from local government officials will likely land the governments in court... Read more 

Federal appeals court overturns gay marriage ruling, setting up showdown in U.S. Supreme Court

11/06/2014 05:55 PM

UPDATED WITH GOV. STEVE BESHEAR REACTION: Kentucky’s ban on gay marriage appears to be heading to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal appeals court reversed a lower court opinion overturning the state’s constitutional amendment on the issue Thursday. In a 2-1 opinion, the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals determined bans in Kentucky and three other states – Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee – do not violate state constitutions. The Cincinnati-based panel’s decision is an outlier among federal courts after the... Read more 

Alvarado files civil suit against Palmer for defamation

10/27/2014 10:18 AM

UPDATED: Republican state Senate candidate Dr. Ralph Alvarado filed a civil defamation suit against his Democratic opponent Senate Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer over an ad running in the district. The ad which began airing last week essentially calls Alvarado a drug dealer using edited 2010 courtroom footage. On Monday morning Alvarado’s attorney, Christopher Hunt, filed a complaint in Clark County Court against Palmer, his reelection campaign, and Democratic consultant Dale Emmons. The complaint cites falsehoods in the ad including “deliberately editing... Read more 

Rep. Keith Hall, former state mine inspector indicted on federal bribery charges

10/23/2014 06:08 PM

A federal grand jury has indicted outgoing state Rep. Keith Hall and a former mine reclamation inspector on charges of bribery, alleging the Phelps Democrat paid more than $46,000 to have violations at his mining operations ignored. A grand jury in London, Ky., returned the indictment against Hall, 55, and Kelly Shortridge, who was also charged with attempting to extort additional payments from Hall and lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation officials during a July interview, Thursday. Both are scheduled to... Read more 

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 


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