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Government
12:08 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

State Defends Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

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  Kentucky’s Attorney General’s office said the state's same-sex marriage ban should stand, but that overturning it would grant gay couples the same legal protections as straight couples.  

The state made its defense of the ban today in response to a lawsuit brought by Gregory Bourke and Michael De Leon of Louisville, who were married in Canada nine years ago.  Assistant Attorney General Clay Barkley asked the judge to dismiss the case saying the men lack standing to challenge the law.  

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Government
3:12 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Supreme Court DOMA Ruling Doesn't Affect Kentucky Law

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The U.S. Supreme's Court ruling Wednesday striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act does not impact Kentucky laws regarding the definition of marriage. Kentucky voters in 2004 approved an amendment to the state constitution defining a marriage as being between one man and one woman. 

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Politics
8:12 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Court Won't Hear Appeal from Ex-Illinois Governor

The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from ex-Illinois Gov. George Ryan over his corruption conviction. The justices turned away Ryan's appeal without comment yesterday. 

The former governor wanted them to reconsider his conviction based on a 2010 decision saying honest service fraud requires bribery and kickbacks. Ryan says the jury instructions at his trial were wrong, and that it was never proven that he took bribes. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to overturn his conviction, and the high court refused to reconsider that decision.

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Morning Cram
9:11 am
Mon October 1, 2012

The Morning Cram [Supreme Court edition]

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From NPR: High Court Preps For Another Headline-Making Term.

From Kentucky: Department for Local Government Commission Tony Wilder says shutting down Sturgis water plant is a good economic decision.  Mark Blankenship continues efforts to reach a plea bargain for Murray State basketball player Zaveral “Zay” Jackson. 

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Morning Cram
8:30 am
Fri July 6, 2012

The morning cram [the veni, vidi, censui edition]

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NPR reports the Supreme Court has ended a session for the history books.

Kentucky -  The present weather advisory has been extended to Saturday. A Commonwealth program helping College students finish their studies wins a national award.

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Politics
2:20 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

O’Connor Claims Elections are Corrupting the Legal System

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Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says the money involved in direct judicial elections is corrupting the legal system.

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Campus Safety
4:02 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Murray State Officials Reviewing Safety Policies After KY Supreme Court Ruling

Murray State University officials are reviewing campus safety policies in light of yesterday’s state Supreme Court ruling which allows students and staff to keep guns in their cars on campus. The decision came after a University of Kentucky staff member sued the school for firing him when campus police found a handgun in his car’s glovebox. MSU’s Assistant Vice-President for Communications Catherine Sivills says administrators are looking at current policies to determine the impact the ruling could have on students.

Tennessee
7:59 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Haslam Measure on Selecting Judges Awaiting Action

When the top three Republicans in the Tennessee statehouse coalesced behind a plan to cement the state's current selection process for Supreme Court justices into the state constitution, there seemed to be a smooth path ahead for getting the measure before voters in 2014.  Two months later, their proposal has made little progress as some Republican lawmakers have embraced a rival proposal, while others want to allow contested elections to take place.  A proposal is advancing in the Legislature to impose a federal-style system of having the governor make nominations to the high court's bench

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Healthcare Reform
12:26 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Supreme Court Begins Hearing Case Challenging Healthcare Reform

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear three days of arguments challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare law Monday.

Justices will hear several different legal arguments against the Affordable Care Act, but their first question will be whether it is too soon for the high court to review the law.

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Morning Cram
8:51 am
Mon February 27, 2012

the morning cram [the same thing we do every night edition]

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New research shows nerve damage can be repaired in days, not months.

NPR reports scientists have found a way to reattach severed ends of nerve cells in rats. This could mean new methods to help the more than 50,000 people a year in the U.S. who suffer nerve injuries could be available soon.

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