Appeals court upholds ruling on fees in gay marriage case

LOUISVILLE — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that the state of Kentucky must pay almost a quarter-million dollars in legal expenses stemming from a former county clerk's refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

News outlets report that three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Friday upheld a 2017 ruling that the state must pay $224,000 in attorney fees and costs incurred by same-sex couples who sued.

Lawyers for Gov. Matt Bevin, who supported former Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis when he ran for election in 2015, argued in January that Davis should pay the fees, not the state. A governor's spokesman and general counsel for his office didn't immediately return a request for comment.

The lower court ruling said the state should pay because it is primarily responsible for regulating marriage.

Floyd County makes $400K deal with former Justice company

PRESTONSBURG — A Kentucky county has worked out a deal to settle delinquent property taxes owed by a company once controlled by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Floyd County is to receive $400,000 under the deal. County Attorney Keith Bartley said county officials didn't enter a previous agreement because they were unwilling to waive 100 percent of the penalties and interest owed by Kentucky Fuel.

The delinquent taxes totaled $671,000 from six years. Bartley said the original face amount was about $313,000.

In the earlier deal, Justice family companies wiped out millions in delinquent property taxes due to the state and four other eastern Kentucky counties — Knott, Pike, Harlan and Magoffin.

Police arrest teen accused of firing shot at state fair

LOUISVILLE — Kentucky State Police say a teenager has been arrested for allegedly firing a shot into the air at the state fair last weekend.

Media outlets report that the 15-year-old male, who is from Louisville, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of a handgun by a minor.

Louisville Metro Police made two additional arrests in connection with the incident. Authorities say a 16-year-old male was charged with possession of a handgun by a minor. Another male was charged with possession of a handgun by a minor and violation of a court order.

Authorities say that last weekend, an individual fired a single shot into the air, followed by several gunshot-like noises.

Police don't believe the person was firing at anyone or intended to hurt anyone.

Gun worries interrupted high school football game

LEXINGTON — A high school football game in Kentucky was interrupted briefly and some frightened people laid down in the bleachers when fans believed someone had a gun at the game.

Fayette County Public Schools officials say they found no evidence that a gun was present at the Friday evening game between Frederick Douglass and Bryan Station high schools in Lexington.

School officials said in a statement that initial reports indicate an unaccompanied younger student shouted that someone had a gun.

The statement said some fans in a nearby area responded by running out of the stadium, while others laid down in the bleachers.

The game stopped briefly in the fourth quarter while players got down on the field.

Officials say they're trying to determine who caused the disturbance.

Closure of immigration court in Kentucky causes concern

LOUISVILLE — Problems with the condition of a building where an immigration court is located have caused weeks of hearings to be canceled.

The Louisville Courier Journal reports the court closed Aug. 15. General Services Administration spokesman Adam Rondeau says the agency hasn't been able to work with the lessor to address issues.

Officials didn't disclose what issues contributed to the closure. Some immigration advocates say the elevators had problems.

Immigrants and their attorneys will now have to handle cases in Memphis, Tennessee. Immigration cases were filed in Memphis before the Louisville court opened in April 2018.

Attorneys worry immigrants may miss key deadlines to file asylum applications or motions. It's unclear how long the court will be closed.

Lawsuit: Girl slighted for reporting lewd texts from teacher

LEXINGTON — A 13-year-old says Kentucky school employees retaliated against her after she accused a teacher's assistant of sending her lewd text messages about bestiality.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the mother of the student filed the lawsuit Thursday against para-educator Noel Ball, Fayette Superintendent Manny Caulk and officials at Crawford Middle School.

The lawsuit says Ball messaged the student through Snapchat, asking her how often she masturbated and if she ever thought about having sexual relations with a dog.

The suit says once the girl showed the messages to school leaders they did nothing, allowed the girl to get bullied for telling on the educator and sent her to an alternative school for misbehaving.

The school district's attorney says the school handled the case properly.

Ball pleaded not guilty in March to a sex offense.

Kentucky guard unit to deploy to Guantanamo Bay

LOUISVILLE — Kentucky National Guard soldiers are deploying to Guantanamo Bay.

A statement from the guard says a departure ceremony is being held Friday for more than 120 soldiers with the Kentucky Army National Guard's 223rd Military Police Company. The ceremony is being held at the United Auto Workers Union Hall in Louisville.

The soldiers are deploying in support of U.S. Southern Command.

The Louisville-based unit was last deployed in 2008-2009 to Baghdad, Iraq, in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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