Two judicial nominees testify before committee

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A U.S. Senate committee has heard testimony from a pair of judicial nominees from Kentucky.

WKYU-FM in Bowling Green reported that Senate Judiciary Committee members on Tuesday listened as Bowling Green attorney Greg Stivers explained how practicing law for 29 years allowed him to learn from the judges he appeared before.

President Barack Obama nominated Stivers and U.S. Attorney David J. Hale to fill vacancies created by the retirements of U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell and U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson.

Hale has been U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky since 2010. He previously practiced law in Louisville and was an assistant U.S. attorney.

Stivers has practiced in Bowling Green since 1985.

The American Bar Association has given both men a rating of "unanimously qualified."

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