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Attorney General Daniel Cameron optimistic the U.S. Supreme Court will overrule Beshear order

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron is awaiting word on whether the U. S. Supreme Court will take up his appeal of a ruling by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which upheld Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order closing private religious schools through the end of the year. “The process can go one of two ways,” Cameron told Kentucky Today on Tuesday. “Justice Brett...

University of Louisville study indicates COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County are higher than reported

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An ongoing study at the University of Louisville indicates the number of COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County has increased exponentially in the past two months, according to results released this week. Researchers with the Co-Immunity Project at UofL’s Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute say virus infections in Metro Louisville likely are far higher than the already...

Senator Reginald Thomas proposes legislation to increase Kentucky’s minimum wage to $15 an hour

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation is being prepared for the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly to increase the minimum wage for workers in Kentucky. The proposal, from Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, would raise the minimum wage with staggered increases over the next five years, ultimately bringing the minimum wage up to $15 an hour by 2026. Another provision would let individual cities enact...

In unanimous decision, Kentucky Supreme Court rules Beshear’s COVID-19 executive orders are legal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today In a unanimous decision, the Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Gov. Andy Beshear’s power to issue executive orders during the coronavirus pandemic, reversing a lower court ruling. A lawsuit was filed in June at Boone Circuit Court by three northern Kentucky businesses: Florence Speedway, Bean’s Café and Bakery and Little Links to Learning, a daycare center....

Kentucky Republican leaders tout stronger supermajority during news conference in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three of Kentucky’s top Republican leaders spoke to reporters Friday about the huge gains the GOP has made in the state over the past 36 years. During a press conference at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was joined by Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and House Speaker David Osborne, R-Prospect. They pointed...

Kentucky voters say ‘yes’ to crime victims rights, ‘no’ to longer terms for judges; final count due Friday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There were two proposed Constitutional amendments on the ballot during the general election, and although not all the votes have been counted, one is passing easily, while the other is heading to defeat. It was a successful second time around for a victims’ rights amendment, commonly called Marsy’s Law, which is named after a California murder victim whose mother was...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizes 134 pounds of methamphetamine at Port of Cincinnati

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It’s been a busy week for U.S Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Cincinnati, located in Erlanger, as they have seized 134 pounds of methamphetamine over the last five days, which they say is valued at $1.2 million. Methamphetamine valued at $1.2 million was seized by U.S. customs over a five-day period. According to the CBP, the drugs were in nine separate...

Kentucky Republicans gain 12 seats, expand supermajority in state house and senate

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Republican supermajority in the Kentucky House and Senate is getting even bigger, according to election night numbers. The 7th Senate District, which was held by Democrat Julian Carroll who did not seek reelection, is a pick-up for the GOP. Adrienne Southworth has defeated Democrat Joe Graviss, who gave up his House seat for the Senate run. Another Republican flip...

Nucor Corp. bringing $1.7 billion steel plate mill to Meade County, will employ 400 during construction

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Groundbreaking has taken place on a $1.7 billion steel plate manufacturing mill in Meade County for Nucor Corp., that will eventually employ 400, along with 1,500 contractors during construction. “Nucor Steel Brandenburg will be a difference-maker for its employees, their families and the economy of Meade County and the surrounding region,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Nucor...

Kentucky highway official says state has ‘funding crisis for transportation’ after $74.6M drop in 2020

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The dire shape of highway project funding in Kentucky, as well as work zone safety, were among the topics discussed before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Transportation Committee this week. “We do have a funding crisis for transportation in Kentucky,” Chad LaRue, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors, told the committee. “COVID-19...

ATF offering reward for information on series of arson fires during civil unrest in Louisville

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Louisville Field Division of the U. S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering rewards for information leading to the arrest and convictions of those responsible for a series of arson fires during civil unrest in Louisville that took place between June and September. The ATF is offering rewards of up to $5,000 per event in six incidents, which...

Recent audit finds several Kentucky counties are in violation of state’s long-standing ethics laws

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Auditor Mike Harmon issued a data bulletin on Wednesday in which he says several Kentucky counties are in violation of ethics laws passed by the General Assembly more than 25 years ago. In response to the Operation Boptrot scandal of the early 1990s, when 17 lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists were convicted on federal corruption charges, the General Assembly passed...

Beshear goes into quarantine on Sunday after security staff member tests positive for COVID-19

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced Sunday he and his family have gone into quarantine at the Governor’s Mansion after a member of his security detail tested positive for the coronavirus. In a YouTube vide posted Sunday afternoon, Beshear said, “The Beshear family has been committed, since the start of COVID-19, to setting an example, of doing all those things we’re asking...

Kentucky receives $900,000 in deceptive marketing settlement with surgical mesh maker C.R. Bard, Inc.

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky will receive more than $900,000 as its share of a $60 million settlement by 48 states and the District of Columbia with C.R. Bard, Inc. and its parent company Becton, Dickinson and Company, for the deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices. Attorney General Daniel Cameron Kentucky’s share is $918,583, Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on...

KYTC warns fall mowing season is underway — signs will be removed from roadsides; don’t put them there

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today With fall mowing season underway along highways around the state, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet warns they are collecting signs from the roadsides. 
Political candidates, residents, business operators, and property owners along US and KY routes are reminded that no signage is allowed on the right of way, other than official highway signs and items approved through...

Customs officers seize counterfeit designer apparel in Louisville, illegal drugs at in Erlanger

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Customs and Border Protection officers in Kentucky have had a busy couple of days, seizing counterfeit designer apparel and illegal drugs disguised as a powdered drink mix. 
In Louisville, officers found five shipments in one night, containing counterfeit handbags, wallets, shoes, purses, and other items worth more than $1.1 million, according to the manufacturer’s suggested...

Ky. Supreme Court rules historical horse racing isn’t pari-mutuel wagering, illegal under current law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court issued an opinion Thursday where they unanimously agreed that historical horse racing is not pari-mutuel wagering and is therefore illegal under state law, concluding a decade long battle. This is the second time the case has come before the justices, and this ruling followed oral arguments that were held in August. Kentucky’s Supreme Court...

Three state legislators have tested positive for COVID; infectious disease specialist dies

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today At least three Kentucky lawmakers have now tested positive for the coronavirus. 
The Senate Democratic Caucus announced that Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, admitted himself to the hospital last week, after experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and received the prognosis. Sen. Gerald Neal 
“Sen. Neal is a champion and fighter for his community in the state legislature,”...

Nearly a quarter million Kentuckians have requested absentee ballots for the November election

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today With less than 60 days to go until the general election in November, hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians have already requested an absentee ballot online. 
As of Friday, the Secretary of State’s office reports 223,000 requests for ballots have been submitted at govoteky.com.  That’s the website where, among other things, you can register to vote, check your registration...

Kentucky law enforcement out in force this weekend to keep highways safe for the holidays

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Law enforcement in Kentucky now has three separate highway programs in effect to make the roads safer during the long Labor Day weekend. 
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign began Aug. 21, with law enforcement officers looking especially for drunk drivers since highway safety officials say impaired driving-related crashes tend to increase during the Labor...