A three-judge panel has denied a request for a stay in two lawsuits asking that judges redraw legislative boundaries in Kentucky.
The motion for a stay was sought by Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who says it's the General Assembly's job to set the boundaries.
Gov. Steve Beshear has called a special legislative session starting Aug. 19 to deal with the issue.
In writing for the three-judge panel, U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove acknowledges the Legislature has the primary responsibility to redraw the boundaries and says the court won't interfere. But he says the court has the secondary responsibility to redraw the maps should the legislature fail.
He says a stay would interfere with the court's duties.
The panel also set a trial in the case for Sept. 23.
The top federal prosecutor in Louisville has been recused from an ongoing investigation into the secret taping of a private campaign recording between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his aides earlier this year.
U.S. Attorney David Hale says was recused from the case by the Justice Department after his name had been mentioned publicly as a possible contender for a federal judgeship. McConnell has a vote on judicial nominations.
A Kentucky judge is weighing whether a same-sex couple qualifies for the privilege of not testifying against a spouse in a slaying case in Louisville.
The question arose in the case of Bobbie Joe Clary. Clary is charged in the Oct. 29, 2011, murder and robbery of 64-year-old George Murphy, accused of fatally wounding Murphy with a blunt object in his Portland home.
Clary is claiming self-defense, saying that Murphy was raping her and she fought back by hitting him in the head with a hammer.
The Courier-Journal reports Clary and partner Geneva Case were legally married in Vermont in 2004. Kentucky doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.
A newspaper's review of Nelson County court records shows that a slain officer arrested more than 350 people in his seven years on the force, but few involved violent crimes.
The Courier-Journal reported Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis had made 52 arrests that ended up as felony indictments in Nelson Circuit Court. There were some convictions for manufacturing methamphetamine that had long prison sentences, but only a few cases involved violent crimes and there were no homicides.
Investigators are pouring over those arrest records looking for clues into Ellis' murder. Kentucky State Police detectives have interviewed friends and family of a local gang, in part because of comments some members made on social media sites following Ellis' death. KSP Spokesman Norman Chaffins says the investigation is in no way limited to the gang.
"It doesn't matter if they're a member of a gang or a member of the AARP. We're going to follow up on every lead. If we receive a tip on somebody, we're going to come knocking on their door," says Chaffins.
This has become the largest investigation ever for the KSP Elizabethtown post. Chaffins says all eight detectives and 40 troopers at the post are working the case.
Ellis was gunned down in the early morning hours of May 25th as he removed debris deliberately placed on a Bluegrass Parkway exit ramp. Since KSP announced this week the debris was tree limbs, the public has offered more than 100 tips, but no information solid enough to name a suspect.
Two more churches in central Kentucky say they are cutting ties with the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's decision to allow gay youth.
Pastors at Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown and Rineyville Baptist Church told The News-Enterprise that they will not renew their charters with the Boy Scouts when the agreements expire later this year.
Jeff Wilson, an associate pastor at Severns Valley, said a vote Sunday by senior pastors and deacons was unanimous because the new Boy Scout policy doesn't adhere to Biblical and church standards. He says the church has more than 4,000 members.
At least one other church in Kentucky - Southeast Christian Church in Louisville - has said it will cut ties with the Boy Scouts.