NEWS DIGEST: March 5, 2014

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By The Staff

State, not Conway to appeal court ruling on gay marriage

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced Tuesday morning that his office would not appeal a ruling from a federal judge ordering Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriage performed in other states.

Then minutes later, Gov. Steve Beshear told reporters that the state would go ahead without Conway's help and will appear U.S. District Judge John Heyburn's ruling.

Beshear then issued a statement on the issue:

“Attorney General Conway has advised me that he will no longer represent the commonwealth in Bourke vs. Beshear. The state will hire other counsel to represent it in this case, and will appeal Judge Heyburn’s decision to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and ask the court to enter a stay pending appeal.

"The question of whether state constitutional provisions prohibiting same sex marriage violate the U.S. Constitution is being litigated across the country. Here in Kentucky, Judge Heyburn has ruled that Kentucky’s constitutional provision does so to the extent that same sex marriages legally performed elsewhere are not recognized in Kentucky. Judge Heyburn also currently has under consideration the broader question of whether Kentucky’s provision prohibiting same sex marriage in Kentucky violates the U.S. Constitution, and I anticipate that decision in the near future.

"Both of these issues, as well as similar issues being litigated in other parts of the country, will be and should be ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in order to bring finality and certainty to this matter. The people of this country need to know what the rules will be going forward. Kentucky should be a part of this process….
"I understand and respect the deep and strong emotions and sincere beliefs of Kentuckians on both sides of this issue, but all Kentuckians deserve an orderly process that will bring certainty and finality to this important matter.”


City council cancels meeting

The Shelbyville City Council has canceled Thursday’s regular meeting because of a lack of an agenda. The council’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be March 20.


I-64 pothole repair

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists that pothole patching is scheduled for the next two evenings on eastbound Interstate 64 in Franklin County and near the Shelby County line.

From 6 p.m. until midnight today and Thursday crews will work in the right-hand, eastbound lane. Tonight that will be between Mile Markers 48 and 53 and on Thursday between 53 and 58.

The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Motorists can dial 511 or log on to 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic information.

Other road projects under way:

  • Interstate 64:Lane closures and delays are possible at any time on Interstate 64from the Welcome Center to half-mile east of KY 55 (mile points 27.9 to 32.8) because of roadway widening. Lane closures are possible Sunday through Friday from 7 p.m. each evening until 5 the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sundays. A 12-foot width restriction is in place for the eastbound lanes of I-64 in this work zone.
  • KY 1848:Shoulder closures and construction delays possible at the I-64 interchange (mile points 4.6 to 6.4) because of roadway widening. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. The speed limit is reduced to 35 MPH in the work zone.


Heiner throws hat in governor’s ring

Hal Heiner, a Republican and former Louisville mayoral candidate, on Tuesday announced his intention to run for governor.

Heiner is a Metro Council member. Heiner chose K.C. Crosbie, a former Lexington city council member, as his running mate.

Other Republicans mentioned as possible gubernatorial candidates include state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and former U.S. ambassador to Latvia Cathy Baily, WFPL-FM (89.3) reported.


Tornado drill to be today

The Statewide Tornado Safety Drill, which had been planned for Tuesday, has been rescheduled for 10:07 a.m. today. Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee members decided to reschedule the drill because of the lasting effects from Sunday and Monday’s winter storm, which has caused hazardous driving conditions and numerous school closings across the state.


Corvettes being raised from hole

Work was expected to begin this morning on the recovery of a third Corvette from the sinkhole that collapsed last month at the National Corvette Museum.

Two classic Corvettes – the 2009 ZR-1 Blue Devil and the 1993 Ruby Red 40th anniversary Corvette – were recovered successfully Monday from the sinkhole inside the NCM Skydome, but officials say they believe removing the 1962 black Corvette will be a much more complicated procedure.

While the two cars recovered Monday were near the top of the sinkhole and unobstructed, a heavy concrete slab rests partially on top of the front portion of the 1962 Corvette.


SBDM meetings

  • The regularly scheduled meeting of the Site-Based Decision-Making Council at Simpsonville Elementary has been rescheduled – again – for 3 p.m. Monday in the school’s library.
  • Shelby County High Schools SBDM will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday for its regular monthly meeting in the main office conference room.
  • Collins High School’s SBDM will meet at 4 p.m. March 19 for its regular monthly meeting in the conference room.

The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.