Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg defends secrecy in police chief search
Mayor Craig Greenberg has faced pointed criticism over the secretive process surrounding the selection of Louisville Metro Police’s permanent chief. His decisions to not name finalists — as other cities do — and requiring members of the seven-member advisory panel to sign nondisclosure agreements created a sense of distrust among some in the community after he campaigned on transparency.
In defending the decision not to name candidates in recent weeks, the Mayor’s Office said a "long line" of Attorney General opinions “required” their withholding from the public and that disclosing names would be a “clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” (Courier-Journal)
Louisville judge blocks state law barring some unions from collecting dues by payroll deduction
A judge has temporarily blocked a new Kentucky law barring some public-sector unions from being able to collect dues through payroll deductions. Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Brian Edwards issued a temporary injunction July 3 against the implementation of Senate Bill 7 in a lawsuit brought by local unions in Louisville. SB 7, sponsored by Sen. […] The post Louisville judge blocks state law barring some unions from collecting dues by payroll deduction appeared first on Kentucky Lantern. (Kentucky Lantern)
Kentucky Power doesn’t have capacity for customers and $250 million cryptomining facility
An international company that mines cryptocurrency wants to build a $250 million facility beside a natural gas power plant in eastern Kentucky. Kentucky Power wants to cut them a deal for electricity.
The utility will not have enough power for both residential customers and a proposed cryptomining facility beginning in 2026 Kentucky Power Vice President Brian West told regulators at a hearing on Thursday. (LPM News)
Kentucky AG challenges federal judge’s blocking of state law banning transgender youth treatment
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is asking a federal appeals court to lift an injunction that blocks portions of a new state law banning gender-affirming care for transgender youth. Cameron's emergency motion to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals challenges last month's federal court ruling that temporarily blocked parts of the Kentucky law prohibiting the use of puberty blockers and hormones on minors. (Herald-Leader)
Sen. McConnell applauds final destruction of chemical weapon stockpile at Blue Grass Army Depot
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised the Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) for destroying the last chemical weapon stockpile in the United States. This landmark achievement is the product of nearly three decades of local, state, and federal collaboration that began in the 1980s. (NKyTribune)