Five pastors and a deacon met with Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's chief of staff on Tuesday to again urge the outgoing governor to accommodate Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' wishes to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The ministers from four counties gave the governor's office a petition they said had 1,700 names on it asking the governor to call a special session of the state legislature so lawmakers could pass a law exempting Davis and others from issuing marriage licenses.

Beshear cannot run for re-election because of term limits. Beshear's chief of staff told the pastors the governor would not call a special session because it would cost too much money for an issue that only affects a few county officials.

Tuesday's meeting comes three weeks before Kentucky's election for governor.

As Kentucky’s gubernatorial campaign enters the final three weeks before the election, the latest poll shows Democrat Jack Conway with a very slim lead over Republican Matt Bevin. 

Statewide, 43% of likely voters support Conway while 41% back Bevin.  Six percent favor Independent Drew Curtis and ten percent are undecided.  Conway’s 2  point lead over Bevin is well within the survey’s margin of error of plus-or-minus four percentage points.

The survey, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, shows Conway has slightly better positive name recognition.  However, Bevin is getting a stronger party cross-over vote, which is crucial for a GOP candidate to win statewide in Kentucky.  Democrats outnumber Republicans among registered voters by more than 430,000. 

The poll was taken October 6-8 and questioned 625 registered Kentucky voters by phone.

Bowling Green native and bluegrass musician Sam Bush's mandolin will be displayed at the Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University.

The university said Bush has allowed the museum to display the mandolin as part of the Instruments of American Excellence exhibition. The mandolin was given to Bush from the Americana Music Association as a gift for receiving the lifetime achievement for instrumentalist honor in 2009.

Kentucky Museum Director Brent Bjorkman says having the mandolin will allow the museum to share Bush's story with visitors for many years.

Bush is co-founder of the Newgrass Revival, co-winner of three Grammys, a member of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and four-time International Bluegrass Museum Association mandolin player of the year. He will be recognized this month with a Kentucky Governor's Award in the Arts.

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The two candidates competing to be Kentucky's next attorney general have differing views on the state Religious Freedom Restoration Act as it relates to the highly publicized actions of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. Davis went to jail after refusing to grant marriage licenses for same sex couples.

Some Davis supporters have called on the governor to issue an executive order rendering an option for clerks who have religious based objections. Democrat Andy Beshear says his father, Governor Steve Beshear, made the right call by not issuing an order. “It’s law school 101 that the governor cannot change an explicit section of a statute by executive order,” said Beshear.

Republican Whitney Westerfield believes some attempt should be made to accommodate clerks who have religious objections. “And the frustrating part, frankly, is less that nothing’s been done, it’s that nothing’s been tried,” said Westerfield.

Kentucky's nursing home industry is seeking relief from what it calls heavy-handed state oversight even though a recent review found multiple instances where its residents have been mistreated.

The review by The Courier-Journal of more than 100 reports of state inspections of the state's nursing homes over the past three years found multiple instances where residents had been threatened, ridiculed, slapped, injured, or sexually abused.

However, Kentucky nursing home representatives are protesting what they say is excessive regulation, arguing that statistics show Kentucky inspectors are more likely to cite "immediate jeopardy" violations than regulators in other states.

An immediate jeopardy violation is one that causes harm, serious injury or death, or is likely to do so, and carries fines of up to $10,000 a day.

Fort Campbell

More than 7,000 combat boots are being displayed at the 101st Airborne Division headquarters at Fort Campbell, honoring active duty service members who have died since the 9/11 attacks.

The display is being held during Military Survivor Appreciation Week, and the 101st and Fort Campbell Survivor Outreach Services also plan a "Run for the Fallen" on Friday.

The boots will be on display Thursday through Sunday. The post said each boot is adorned with a photo of a service member who has died since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The boots have been collected from military service members across Fort Campbell and abroad.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation engineer Thomas Kirkham says the boots are being arranged to be reminiscent of Arlington National Cemetery.

Somerset businessman Michael Keck is joining the race to replace outgoing state senator Chris Girdler in the 15th District senate seat in Pulaski, Lincoln and Boyle Counties.

Keck is a Somerset High School and WKU graduate who now works as a business broker for a local financial group helping to facilitate the buying and selling of companies.

He says he’s running because of what he sees as the untapped economic potential of Kentucky. He’ll be running on a platform of job creation and tax reform.

Keck joins local insurance agents Don Moss and Rick Girdler and Somerset optometrist Dr. Joshua Nichols in the race for the 15th district senate seat.

A former Georgia physician has pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally providing pain medication to thousands of Kentuckians.

Fifty-eight-year-old Michael Johnston appeared in U.S. District Court in Kentucky Thursday and admitted he conspired with the owner of a Georgia pain clinic to distribute Oxycodone and Xanax to residents of several Kentucky counties, including Laurel, Rockcastle, Pulaski, and Whitley. 

The former doctor acknowledged he ignored the fact the patients were addicts and likely selling the drugs for profit upon their return to Kentucky.  Many of the patients at the clinic were seen by non-physicians and received little or no medical examination before being prescribed pain pills.  The clinic operated on a cash-only basis and Johnston said he was encouraged to see as many patients per day, as possible. 

Johnston will serve ten years in prison after his sentencing in January.

National Corvette Museum

The head of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green is being recognized for growing the Museum’s membership and guiding it through the aftermath of last year’s sink-hole collapse.

Wendell Strode is one of three Kentucky Nonprofit Network award winners…he’ll receive the Distinguished Nonprofit Leadership Award at a ceremony in Lexington October 28th.

The awards committee noted Strode’s efforts to grow the museum’s membership and visitors resulted in a 35-million dollar economic impact to the local and state economy.

He’s also being recognized for using the collapse of the floor in the Museum’s Skydome  as an opportunity to attract world-wide media attention and setting record museum attendance during repairs.

A nationwide poll taken by Centre College in Danville shows a majority of Americans favor equal treatment under the law over respecting individual religious beliefs when the two come into conflict. 

About two-thirds of Americans feel individuals should be required to serve alcohol, fill prescriptions, and hire gay workers even if doing so would violate their conscience. 

On the heels of the Kim Davis saga, 65% of those questioned feel county clerks should be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite their religious beliefs. 

Centre Political Science Professor Benjamin Knoll says fewer respondents felt the same way toward providing wedding ceremony services.

"For example, less than half of Americans agreed that wedding photographers and bakers should be required to offer services to same-sex marriage ceremonies," Knoll told WKU Public Radio.  "Only about a quarter of Americans felt pastors and priests should be required to perform marriage ceremonies."

The poll questioned 487 Americans between September 24th and October 1st.  The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5%.

The same poll also gauged Americans' opinions on the 2016 presidential race.  The full survey can be found here.