FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $220,000 in legal fees because a county clerk refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015. U.S. District Judge David Bunning on Friday ordered the state to pay $222,695 in fees to the attorneys of two same-sex couples and others who sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for refusing to give them marriage licenses. He also awarded $2,008.08 in other costs. Bunning said the county and Davis herself did not have to pay.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Police in North Carolina have charged a 15-year-old boy in the shooting death of a college baseball player. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said evidence and information helped them identify the teen as a suspect. Police say Zachary Finch, who was a member of the University of the Cumberlands baseball team, was found shot to death in the front yard of an apartment last Sunday.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's tourism agency has suspended a tax break worth up to $18 million with a massive Noah's ark biblical attraction after the park transferred its main property to a nonprofit affiliate. Media outlets report the Kentucky Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet said the park's action breached the agreement to refund a portion of sales tax collected at the site. Ark Encounter transferred land to Crosswater Canyon in June. The agency says Ark Encounter failed to tell the state of the change.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky ethics commission has unanimously dismissed a pair of complaints filed against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin over his purchase of a home from a friend and campaign donor. The Executive Branch Ethics Commission says Bevin didn't do anything wrong when he bought a house from Neil Ramsey, a friend that Bevin has appointed to the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees. However, the commission said Bevin should let the lieutenant governor decide whether to reappoint Ramsey.
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