The Associated Press
LEXINGTON - A group of bar and restaurant owners Wednesday sought an emergency injunction from the state Court of Appeals to block a citywide smoking ban from taking effect next week.
The appeal by the Lexington-Fayette County Food and Beverage Association came one day after a Fayette County Circuit Court judge refused to issue a temporary injunction postponing the smoking ban.
The ban, to take effect Monday, would prohibit smoking in most public buildings in Kentucky's second-largest city. The ban was approved by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council in July.
John Walters, an attorney for the association, said he was "extremely hopeful" that the appeals court would rule before Monday. No hearing has yet been set on his group's motions, he said.
The association argues that state laws make it impossible for local governments to regulate public smoking. The association also claims the smoking ban infringes on the rights of business owners.
UC campus awakens
Concealed-carry ban upheld
Debate over concealed-carry likely will continue to rage
Expedition back in Ky.
Lewis and Clark trivia challenge
Noise makes neighbors speak up
Sound-dampening walls quietly doing their jobs
IN THE TRISTATE
Portune adapts to life on wheels
Before heading home, zoo's manatee learning to be free
N. College Hill defies odds
Pulfer: We all benefit: The Bengals are starting to get it
Howard: Good Things Happening
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Ex-boyfriend arrested in shotgun double slaying
Decision awaited on blame in crash
Decision revives Butler political scandal
Fairfield Twp. trustees approve retail project
Police open house to show off renovations
Fox defiant as he opens campaign to keep seat
Monroe lops 3 positions in budget emergency
Community gathering places in works
Stricter zoning guides urged
Prison warden had respect for people
Winifred Motch, 79, backed Junior League
Video slots urged again
Couple sentenced in faked cancer case
Hoosiers might bet in L'ville shadow
Father in sex video case makes bail
High-tech center debuts
NKU professor, Fox News reach settlement
Ky. gets an 'F' in history teaching
N.Ky. repairs focus on side roads
Smoking ban opponents seek emergency order
Covington gets ideas on west riverfront
Kentucky News Briefs