Jim Hannah, Kentucky Enquirer http://weku.fm en Despite Rain, Farmers See Losses http://weku.fm/post/despite-rain-farmers-see-losses <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20111003/NEWS0103/110040319/Farmers-seeing-losses?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE "><strong>Despite having near record rains this year</strong></a>, farmers say crops are showing signs of stress typically seen during droughts. &quot;This has been a bizarre season,&quot; said Joe Boggs, with Ohio State University&#39;s Hamilton County Extension office. &quot;We had a lot of wetness in spring and then mid-season the faucet shut off and then we had extreme hot temperatures with wind, which is like a hairdryer.&quot; Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:27:48 +0000 Jim Hannah, Kentucky Enquirer 13659 at http://weku.fm Ballot Printing Continues in Kenton Co. http://weku.fm/post/ballot-printing-continues-kenton-co <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20110913/NEWS010704/109140336">A drive to reduce taxes by axing the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission </a>was dealt a blow Tuesday in Kenton Circuit Court. Judge Gregory Bartlett denied a request to issue an emergency injunction stopping the printing of November&#39;s ballot until Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe uses a different method to validate signatures on a petition seeking to disband the commission. Paul Metzger, who asked for the injunction, could continue through litigation to get more signatures validated, but it&#39;s unlikely the measure will make it on November&#39;s ballot. The deadline to send it to the printer is Monday. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 14:22:07 +0000 Jim Hannah, Kentucky Enquirer 12417 at http://weku.fm Ballot Printing Continues in Kenton Co. Reducing the Number of Children in Jail http://weku.fm/post/reducing-number-children-jail <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20110825/NEWS010704/108260352/Report-aims-reduce-number-children-jailed?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">As Northern Kentucky authorities struggle with reducing the number of children</a> jailed for truancy and other behavior not illegal for adults, a report issued Thursday outlines a plan that has reduced that number in other regions of the state. Kenton County has jailed more children for that type of behavior during the last eight years than any of Kentucky&#39;s other 120 counties, according to the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 13:46:53 +0000 Jim Hannah, Kentucky Enquirer 11300 at http://weku.fm Judge Makes Internet Sensation http://weku.fm/post/judge-makes-internet-sensation <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20110802/NEWS0103/308020072/Judge-s-order-makes-Internet-waves?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">The quick wit of Kenton Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan </a>has turned what would normally be a run-of-the-mill order concerning a forgettable civil suit into an Internet sensation. After the plaintiff and defendant told Sheehan they had reached a settlement and that there was no need for ruling on numerous remaining motions and a trial, the judge wrote he was &ldquo;happier than a tick on a fat dog.&rdquo; But that&#39;s not all. The judge also managed to mention one-legged cats, porcupines, topless bars and mosquitoes in his order. Wed, 03 Aug 2011 14:05:29 +0000 Jim Hannah, Kentucky Enquirer 9821 at http://weku.fm Judge Makes Internet Sensation Suits Against Attorney Dismissed http://weku.fm/post/suits-against-attorney-dismissed <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20110801/NEWS010704/108020312">A federal judge has thrown out two lawsuits</a> that alleged class-action lawyer Stan Chesley, his Cincinnati law firm and one of its lawyers mishandled a multimillion-dollar sex-abuse settlement with the Covington Diocese. U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves cited a well-established legal doctrine in Monday&#39;s order that states federal judges generally don&#39;t have the authority to review state court decisions. Tue, 02 Aug 2011 15:01:25 +0000 Jim Hannah, Kentucky Enquirer 9753 at http://weku.fm Suits Against Attorney Dismissed Nursing Home Sued Before http://weku.fm/post/nursing-home-sued <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20110723/NEWS010704/107240326">A nursing home defending itself from</a> a federal lawsuit alleging that it defrauded Medicare and Medicaid by billing $16 million for &quot;worthless&quot; services and care so &quot;grossly deficient&quot; it led to the death of patients, has quietly settled claims of neglecting residents in previous years. Villaspring Health Care Center of Erlanger reached out-of-court settlements in one wrongful-death claim and one negligent-care claim, according to Kenton County Circuit Court records. Sun, 24 Jul 2011 14:06:38 +0000 Jim Hannah, Kentucky Enquirer 9232 at http://weku.fm Nursing Home Faces Feds http://weku.fm/post/nursing-home-faces-feds <p><a href="http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?NoCache=1&amp;Dato=20110719&amp;Kategori=NEWS010704&amp;Lopenr=107200345&amp;Ref=AR">What began as county-level allegations </a>against an Erlanger nursing home was elevated all the way to the federal level because authorities wanted a tougher possible punishment. While using the federal False Claims Act is not a common practice in taking action against nursing homes, there is precedent nationally, even if it hasn&#39;t been used in Kentucky for such purposes until Friday&#39;s civil lawsuit against Villaspring of Erlanger Health Care Center and Rehabilitation. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:20:00 +0000 Jim Hannah, Kentucky Enquirer 8962 at http://weku.fm Judge Orders Review of Legal Firm http://weku.fm/post/judge-orders-review-legal-firm <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20110713/NEWS010704/107140308/Judge-orders-review-Deters-firm?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Northern Kentucky lawyer and radio personality Eric Deters </a>filed a federal lawsuit in January to stop the Kentucky Bar Association from moving forward with disciplinary proceedings against him. What he got on Wednesday was a federal judge who accused him of filing lawsuits before fully researching the facts and the laws that apply - a similar claim that has been made in the state disciplinary proceedings. To discourage such frivolous filings, U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves said that he was ordering Deters to have an independent lawyer review the operations of his law firm and adopt any recommendations. Deters must also attend 20 hours of continuing legal education on ethics. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:05:27 +0000 Jim Hannah, Kentucky Enquirer 8544 at http://weku.fm Judge in Fen-Phen Case Faces Disbarment http://weku.fm/post/judge-fen-phen-case-faces-disbarment <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20110615/NEWS010704/106160326/ ">The Kentucky Supreme Court will have the final say</a> on whether former Boone Circuit Judge Joseph &quot;Jay&quot; Bamberger will be permanently disbarred. Bamberger presided over the scandalous fen-phen settlement that has already destroyed the legal careers of at least three lawyers, and chased him from the bench. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:06:59 +0000 Jim Hannah, Kentucky Enquirer 6600 at http://weku.fm Federal Judge Sanctions Talk Show Host http://weku.fm/post/federal-judge-sanctions-talk-show-host <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20110615/NEWS010704/106160310/Federal-judge-will-sanction-Deters?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE ">A federal judge has announced</a> that he will sanction lawyer and radio personality Eric Deters for filing a lawsuit in January against Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton Jr. and the state bar association. U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves will hold a hearing July 13 in Frankfort to determine the appropriate sanction for filing the suit, which was later withdrawn. The order said the sanction may take the form of something other than a monetary fine but didn&rsquo;t specify what that might be. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:04:44 +0000 Jim Hannah, Kentucky Enquirer 6599 at http://weku.fm