FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has voided a proposed amendment on crime victims’ rights because the question posed to voters was too vague. Voters in November approved the amendment on Kentucky’s version of Marsy’s Law, which would guarantee the rights of crime victims, including the right to be notified of more court proceedings. The high court on Thursday ruled that the General Assembly is required to submit the full text of a proposed constitutional amendment to the electorate for a vote.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An aide to Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton who was dismissed by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration says she was investigating the firing of her own supervisor earlier this year. Adrienne Southworth told the Courier Journal she “needed answers to what was going on” after her boss, Steve Knipper, was let go in January. Southworth was dismissed last month, and her boss, Hampton, complained publicly, saying “dark forces” were at work in the administration.
BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — A real estate company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family has paid a Virginia county more than $400,000 to cover back taxes, while a county attorney in Kentucky says he’s planning to sue the family’s coal company for unpaid taxes. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley filed a notice of intent Wednesday to sue Kentucky Fuel Corporation. Bartley says the coal company owes more than $650,000 in taxes and penalties.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A vandal has painted the words “racist,” “antisemitic” and “homophobe” on a mural of boxing champ Muhammad Ali in Kentucky. The words were painted in orange over Ali’s portion of the “Kentucky Rushmore” mural that features other icons from the state, including Abraham Lincoln. The mural is on the other side of a building that houses a candy store. An employee at the shop told the Courier-Journal he first noticed the graffiti Wednesday morning. The vandalism came days after a celebration of Ali.