Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 7:10pm
A judge rules that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. District Judge John Heyburn says Kentucky's laws treat gay and lesbians differently in a "way that demeans them." The constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters almost 10 years ago. The out-of-state clause was part of it. The decision came in lawsuits brought by four gay and lesbian couples seeking to force the state to recognize their out-of-state marriages. Heyburn did not rule on whether the state could be forced to perform same-sex marriages.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 7:37pm
By the closest of votes, 3-to-2, The Indiana Supreme Court strikes down Evansville's smoking ban. Lawyers for bar, tavern and private club owners had said the exemption of the Tropicana Casino violated the state constitution, and the state's highest court agrees. The state's Alcohol & Tobacco Commission says establishments that are no longer prohibited from allowing smoking as a result of the ruling must still follow the state smoking law.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 7:11pm
A few hundred activists were in the Indiana Statehouse early Monday afternoon, well before the Senate Rules Committee voted 8-to-4 in support of the proposed state constitutional ban on gay marriage. Supporters and opponents had filled the hallway, and some testified before the vote along party lines. Republicans voted for it, Democrats did not. It now goes to the full Senate. The House approved the proposal last month, after removing language that would ban civil unions.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 7:08pm
A Western Kentucky father and daughter improve to stable condition, after the fire at their Muhlenberg County home late last month killed nine of their family members. Vanderbilt Medical Center says 36-year old Chad and 11-year old Kylie Watson have been upgraded from critical but stable condition. The fire killed "Nikki" Watson and eight of her children, ages 4 to 15. Their funerals were last Saturday. Investigators say the fire began when something fell against a bedroom electric heater and caught fire, January 30.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 6:59pm
A young Henderson woman is sentenced to 20 years in prison for causing a deadly car crash that killed her friend. 19-year old Chelsea Bordet pleaded guilty last month to second degree manslaughter and second degree assault. Police say Bordet was drunk when she drove off Highway 41-A. Her car flipped several times before striking a tree. 22-year-old Aaron Wilson was riding with her, and was killed in the crash.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 6:56pm
An autopsy shows smoke inhalation was the cause of death for a man killed in an early morning house fire last Friday. Police say they believe 54-year old Thomas Duncan of 71-44 Wright Drive may have started the fire. Two brothers and a sister got out of the house without serious injuries. They were checked out at Deaconess Hospital and released. The sheriff's department and firefighters continue to investigate the incident.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 2:45pm
As the Indiana State House and Senate start to consider each other‘s version of a cut in the business personal property tax, a new report provides details about how much local governments would lose if the tax were eliminated.
The report from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute says the prior elimination of other taxes on personal property and the property tax caps written in the state Constitution in 2008 would make an equipment tax difficult on cities and counties.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 7:18pm
The name of the man killed in Friday morning's house fire in Vanderburgh County is released. The coroner's office says he's 54-year old Thomas Duncan. Sheriff Eric Williams says investigators found Duncan's body inside what's left of the home at 7144 Wright Drive. Williams also says there's reason to believe Duncan could have started the fire. The Red Cross is assisting the brothers and a sister who survived.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 7:14pm
In Illinois, a former sheriff convicted of drug trafficking and trying to have a witness killed loses his appeal to a federal court. 52-year old Raymond Martin will continue to serve a life term in prison. The district court in Chicago found the two life sentences plus 10 years imposed against the former Gallatin County Sheriff were appropriate, saying Martin's case was one of the most severe it had seen and noted Martin's betrayal of the public trust.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 7:13pm
The latest unemployment numbers are out. The U.S. Labor Department says unemployment dropped to 6.6 percent in January. That‘s the lowest in five years. The economy added 113,000 jobs. Republican Congressman Larry Buschon responded by saying President Obama's policies are standing in the way of sustained job growth.