MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A defiant county clerk in Kentucky has again refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Tuesday morning, as Rowan County clerk Kim Davis' office opened, two couples were denied licenses.

A deputy clerk told April Miller and Karen Roberts, who walked into the office trailed by dozens of television cameras, that no licenses would be issued and refused to make Davis available.

A second couple, David Moore and David Ermold, rejected a fourth time, are demanding to speak with Davis.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Democrats are introducing legislation to allow all firearms to be banned at major sports and music venues.

Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris of Memphis and state Rep. John Ray Clemmons of Nashville say their bill would create an exemption to the new state law that bans local governments from prohibiting people with handgun carry permits to be armed in parks.

A recent legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery found that the law applies even to facilities rented out to private contractors.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Stewart is dismissing an upcoming audit of Tennessee's prison system as "business as usual."

Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield told lawmakers last week that he’d asked for an independent review of the state's prisons by the American Correctional Association. The request followed complaints from current and former employees that violence is on the rise.

Stewart notes that the ACA audit was scheduled long before the recent criticism of prison conditions.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill has named his son, redshirt freshman Brent Stockstill, his starting quarterback for the Blue Raiders' season opener against Jackson State.

Stockstill made the announcement Monday.

Brent Stockstill redshirted last season after he was 2 of 3 for 41 yards in the season opener. Austin Grammer threw for 2,557 yards and 17 touchdowns with 12 interceptions, and he also ran for 442 yards and six more TDs as Middle Tennessee went 6-6.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Manchester man is facing charges of Kidnaping, Aggravated Sexual Battery, Aggravated Assault, and Burglary after police say he attacked a Murfreesboro motel clerk.

Police were called Sunday to the Vista Inn at the intersection of Church St. and Interstate 24. The female clerk on duty there told them she’d been attacked by 27-year-old Manchester resident Shawn W. Jones.