Cuts Force Kentucky Judicial Employees to Take Unpaid Leave

Judicial employees in Kentucky will have to take unpaid furloughs for three days this year to deal with cuts to the court system's budget, Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. announced. The court system has reduced employment by 282 people since 2008 because of a shrinking budget. To generate cash, Minton said the judicial system will start charging schools $10 for criminal background checks that used to be done for free. The charge will increase from $15 to $20 for all others seeking background checks. WSMV has the AP story