Local News
2:23 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Photos: Fairness Campaign Rallies Over DOMA Ruling

Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman leads the rally
Gabe Bullard WFPL News

The Fairness Campaign held a rally downtown Wednesday to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

Celebrators carried signs and chanted, but there was a reminder of the challenges LGBT Kentuckians still face, and several attendees blasted the Supreme Court for striking a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in a decision released yesterday.

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Local News
12:40 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

With Supreme Court Rulings, Gay Marriage Won't Come to Kentucky Anytime Soon

Chris Hartman speaking at Wednesday's rally.
Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL

Whether same-sex couples can be married in Kentucky will be a matter to be settled in the future after a pair of Supreme Court rulings issued Wednesday, leaders on both sides of the argument say.

Chris Hartman, director of the Kentucky Fairness Campaign, says the ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act is a reason for celebration from his cause's supporters.

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Food and Dining
12:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

The Paula Deen Buffet at the Horseshoe Casino is Going Away

Paula Deen
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Gooey gobs of mashed potatoes will no longer be part of the casino buffet experience at Horseshoe Southern Indiana across the river in Elizabeth—at least not with the Paula Deen branding attached to it.

Horseshoe's parent company, Caesars Entertainment, has announced that Deen and the casino chain aren't renewing the contract after she admitted  to using the N-word, as revealed by the National Inquirer in a report on  her deposition for a discrimination lawsuit.

The statement:

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The Two-Way
10:11 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling

Plaintiff Edith Windsor of New York waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington after the court heard arguments on her Defense of Marriage Act case.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 3:51 am

The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage today. By 5-4, it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.

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Politics
7:01 am
Wed June 26, 2013

James Kay Wins Special Election for Kentucky House Seat

James Kay
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A rookie Democrat will represent Woodford, Franklin, and Fayette counties in Frankfort.

The election of attorney James Kay also maintains his party’s majority in Kentucky’s lower house.

Kay defeated Republican Lyen Crews and Independent John Mark Hack. The Kay, 30, believes his youth was an advantage.

“The first thing that I can say is youth is an advantage. You know, I haven’t been jaded by the political process. You know I have experience working together in the community and helping people and trying to make a difference,” Kay said.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Unbound: Matt Bell and Brian Leung on 'Far Away, So Close'

On today’s episode, we’ll consider the distance between two people. What keeps a couple bound together, and what drives them apart?  In Matt Bell's “For You We Are Holding,” a city throbs with missed connections and swells with the memories of all that we want and what we have lost. Then, an estranged wife returns home to a sick dog and brings hope with her in Brian Leung's “Dog Sleep.”

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The Two-Way
6:41 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Expected To Issue Historic Rulings On Gay Marriage

Gay rights activist Vin Testa of DC waves a flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on Tuesday in Washington, DC.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 12:38 pm

Update at 10:45 A.M. ET:

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The Two-Way
6:41 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Democratic Rep. Edward Markey Wins Mass. Senate Race

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 10:00 pm

Democratic Rep. Edward Markey has won the special election in Massachusetts Tuesday for the U.S. Senate seat held by John Kerry. Kerry resigned the seat to become U.S. secretary of state.

Markey, 66, defeated Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez, a 47-year-old businessman and former Navy SEAL.

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Local News
8:51 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Kentucky Won't Use Private Prisons for the First Time in Nearly 30 Years

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For the first time in almost 30 years, Kentucky will have no inmates in private prisons after the state declined to enter into a new contract with a facility in Marion County.

J. Michael Brown, the state's justice and public safety secretary, announced on Tuesday the decision to leave behind the Marion Adjustment Center.

MAC has 794 inmates, including 232 non-secure custody inmates and 562 secure custody inmates, according to a news release. The state has 120 to move out all of them once the contract expires on Sunday.

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Local News
6:25 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Louisville NAACP Calls On Kentucky Leaders To Respond To Voting Rights Decision

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Louisville NAACP President Raoul Cunningham says the organization will be calling on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Kentucky representatives to work in a bipartisan effort in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the case involving the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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