Associated Press

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 had asked for the independent review of the state's prisons after complaints from current and former employees that violence is on the rise.

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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Gov. Bill Haslam says no decision has been made on whether to move forward with the outsourcing of a wide range of government facilities.

But a timetable obtained by WTVF-TV shows officials planned to take the next step within days of the Aug. 21 deadline for responses to a request for information from potential vendors.

According to the timetable, officials were to begin work on a request for qualifications on Aug. 25. That request is how the state would pick which companies could bid on the contracts, which would be signed Aug. 1, 2016.