A federal judge in Texas has ruled against Churchill Down Incorporated in a challenge over online gambling laws.
The Louisville-based company was hoping the judge would throw out a Texas law that bans internet gambling offered by the racetrack’s website.
The Courier-Journal reports the Texas Racing Commission has recently started to enforce a law requiring that all gambling on horse racing be done in person at the racetrack. The law was later revised by Texas authorities to explicitly outlaw online wagering.
Churchill claimed the “in person” part of the law was a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s interstate commerce clause. But the Texas judge rejected that argument, saying that Churchill Downs and other racetracks can reach gamblers in the Lonestar State through simulcasting—something that is permitted under Texas law.
Churchill started Twinspires.com in 2007 in order to take bets online and over the phone.
One of the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in Kentucky next year plans to change his party registration to run as an Independent.
Ed Marksberry will hold a press conference in Louisville this afternoon to announce his bid as an Independent and why he’s decided to the leave the Democratic party.
In order to appear on the ballot, Marksberry must collect at least 5,000 signatures to submit to the Kentucky Board of Elections by August 2014.
The Owensboro contractor, who lost a 2010 Congressional bid, told cable TV's Pure Politics that he’s also decided to drop his lawsuit against the Kentucky Democratic Party. Marksberry claimed the state party was unfairly and illegally promoting the campaign of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the presumed Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.
As of now, the winner of the Democratic primary will face either Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell or Tea Party activist Matt Bevin.
The Owensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau released this statement Friday afternoon:
"Today’s activities at the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport for this weekend’s Owensboro Air Show have been canceled due to weather. Saturday’s activities will go on as scheduled.
“Safety of the performers is our first priority. Tomorrow’s weather looks fantastic, and there’s no question that the air show will go on as planned starting promptly at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow on our beautiful riverfront," stated Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne.
The Bowling Green Police are investigating a robbery that took place late Wednesday evening at 1228 Center Street.
An emergency text message alert sent by WKU just before midnight said police were looking for two suspects described as African-American males. Both were wearing bandanas, and at least one allegedly had a small handgun.
The suspects reportedly fled toward Adams Street following the robbery. Bowling Green Police public information officer Ronnie Ward told WKU Public Radio Thursday that one robbery victim suffered a minor injury, but didn't require a trip to the hospital.
The BGPD is asking anyone with information to call them at 270-393-4000.