Court Challenge

LOUISVILLE, Ky -- A three-judge panel Friday upped the pressure on Kentucky lawmakers to redraw legislative boundaries, denying a request for a stay in two lawsuits calling on judges to assume the task that has remained unfinished even as another election looms next year.

The motion for the stay was sought by Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who says it's the General Assembly's job to set the boundaries. Gov. Steve Beshear has called a special legislative session starting Aug. 19 to give lawmakers another chance to deal with the issue.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  -- Kentucky's seven-decade old ban on grocery stores, gas stations and other retailers selling wine and liquor is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, a federal judge ruled.