A major step was taken Friday in filling an open judicial seat in Warren County Family Court.
Kentucky’s Judicial Nominating Commission selected three Bowling Green attorneys whose names will be submitted to Governor Beshear for consideration.
The nominees included James Richard Downey, David Lanphear, and Rebecca Adams Simpson.
"The committee considered several factors such as experience in the practice of family law-type cases, the depth of the practice, the amount of cases they've handled, the places they've handled those cases," said Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton. "The committee interviewed these three and others, and selected these three."
Governor Beshear will appoint one of the nominees to serve the remaining term of the late Judge Margaret Huddleston. Beshear has 60 days to make the appointment or the duty falls to Supreme Court Chief Justice Minton.
Lanphear and Simpson are among six attorneys who have filed to run in the November election for a full term. The others candidates are Rebecca Gibson, Ralph Beck, Jennifer Brinkley, and John McCracken.
Four couples from southern Indiana are asking a federal judge to force the state to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
The couples are suing the state of Indiana in a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in New Albany that seeks to overturn an Indiana law that declares same-sex marriages void, even if another state recognizes the union.
The plaintiffs and their attorneys met with reporters Friday afternoon in Louisville, Ky., and said the recent debate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Indiana spurred their suit.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of multiple rulings around the nation striking down same-sex marriage bans in states ranging from Texas to Kentucky.
State fire marshal offices are reminding residents to inspect their smoke alarms, especially the batteries, when they turn their clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. Tennessee Commissioner Julie McPeak says people should change their batteries in their smoke alarms just to be on the safe side.
She also urges everyone to consider the age of their smoke alarms. McPeak says alarms, even those that are hard wired, should have their batteries replaced regularly and should be tested monthly to ensure they are providing the proper protection. Any smoke alarm that is ten years old or older should be replaced entirely.
Statistics show nearly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or with ones that aren't in proper working order.
A bill that would restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors is one step closer to becoming law. The Kentucky Senate passed the measure on a nearly unanimous vote, with only two Senators voting “no”.
The bill treats e-cigs like traditional tobacco products. Although e-cigs don’t contain tobacco, some people worry, and some studies have shown, that use of the devices could lead young people to start using tobacco. A similar bill is being considered by the Kentucky House.
Soldiers from a Fort Knox-based infantry brigade combat team are set to return home from Afghanistan.
The 110 members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division are scheduled to arrive at Ft. Knox Friday at midnight. They’ll be welcomed home during a ceremony at the Natcher Physical Fitness Center at the army post.
The event will be the final redeployment ceremony for the brigade, signaling the end of its nine-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The unit has been stationed in the Zabul province in southern Afghanistan, an area larger than the state of Connecticut. The soldiers have been assisting Afghan security forces, government members, and police forces in the province.
Kentucky transportation officials are suing the crew of a cargo ship that struck and collapsed part of a bridge over the Tennessee River in western Kentucky.
The state Transportation Cabinet says in a lawsuit moved to federal court this week that it spent at least $7 million to repair the Eggner's Ferry Bridge after the Delta Mariner struck it on Jan. 26, 2012. The cabinet's lawsuit says the ship's crew ignored warnings from the U.S. Coast Guard about the bridge's navigation lights being out.
A message left for Seattle-based Foss Maritime, the owners of the cargo ship, was not immediately returned Thursday.
The wreck caused a 322-foot section of the span to collapse. The bridge carries traffic from near Aurora, Ky., to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.
Thirty-four year old Adam Bunger pled guilty in United States District Court Wednesday to a four count federal indictment charging him with exporting firearms from the United States during the summer of 2013.
Prosecutors say Bunger mailed the weapons to Australia, Sweden and the United Kingdom hidden inside videogame systems. At least two of the weapons had their serial numbers removed.
Bunger faces a maximum 25 year prison term, a one million dollar fine and a three year period of supervised probation. Sentencing is scheduled in U. S. District Court in Bowling Green on May 29.
Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers has proposed reducing the number of days lawmakers meet each year.
The Manchester Republican said Wednesday his proposal would save the state about $7 million each year and encourage more people to run for the General Assembly. He says the current schedule discourages many people from serving because they can't take that much time away from work.
His proposal is a constitutional amendment that would go on the November ballot if it clears the General Assembly.
He wants to limit sessions in even-numbered years to 45 days. Those sessions -- when lawmakers pass the state budget -- now last 60 days.
In odd-numbered years, lawmakers could meet up to 15 days. Those sessions now last 30 days.
Gov. Steve Beshear says his appeal of a judge's order to recognize same-sex marriages is meant to clarify the law. Beshear acknowledges that marriage equality supporters are disappointed with his decision to mount an appeal, even though Attorney General Jack Conway has opted not to.
Beshear says the appeal is needed to get the matter settled as quickly as possible and without Conway on the case, Beshear has sent out a request for proposals for attorneys to handle the state’s appeal.
While he refuses to state his personal opinion on gay marriage, Beshear contends that an appeal is the quickest way to get the matter settled, and that he and Conway simply reached different conclusions.
“We had a lot of conversations about this issue, and as I said, he wrestled with it, and I wrestled with it,” said Beshear. “We ended up coming to different conclusions. And I respect the decision he made, and I think he respects mine.”
The Kentucky House has rejected changes to a bill that would automatically restore voting rights to many felons.
This throws out a set of revisions from the Republican-controlled Senate that would have reduced the number of affected felons by more than half.
Bill sponsor Jesse Crenshaw implored colleagues to vote against the changes.
“The Senate committee substitute is a totally different bill. It does not accomplish what House Bill 70 was intended to accomplish,” said Crenshaw
The Senate must decide whether to drop its changes or keep them. If it’s the latter, the bill will go to a conference committee so lawmakers can seek a compromise.
Sen. Damon Thayer proposed the rejected changes in the Senate. He says it's premature to speculate about how the Senate will react.
Thousands of people descended onto the Kentucky state Capitol building Wednesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a Civil Rights march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The original 1964 march on Frankfort agitated for Civil Rights in segregation-era Kentucky, building support for the passage of the 1966 Kentucky Civil Rights Act.