State News in Brief

Police: 1 dead, 2 injured in Breathitt Co. shooting

JACKSON (AP) — Authorities say one man is dead and two others have been injured after a shooting in Breathitt County.

Kentucky State Police tell media outlets that Sandra Hurt is accused of shooting her husband, her son and another woman at a Jackson home.

Officials were called Saturday after two people were brought to the emergency room with gunshot wounds.

When police arrived at the house, they found 47-year-old Henry Michael Hurt dead, and his wife, Sandra Hurt, was found unresponsive. She was taken to the hospital for treatment of undetermined medical issues.

Police say Alex Hurt and Heather Sizemore both received gunshot wounds to the chest. Their conditions are unknown.

Although Sandra Hurt is expected to be charged, police say no charges have been filed yet because of her medical condition.


2 Lexington men accused of stealing, pawning guitars

LEXINGTON (AP) — Police are looking for two Lexington men charged with stealing guitars from music stores.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports arrest warrants have been issued for 37-year-old Jeremiah Hager and 35-year-old Jerason L. Banks. Police say Hager was charged with several counts of felony shoplifting and receiving stolen property. Banks is charged with one count of receiving stolen property.

Police say the men allegedly stole nine guitars from four music stores and pawned them earlier this month. Six of the stolen guitars have been recovered.

Police are seeking tips on the men’s whereabouts.


Teen recovering after bitten by rabid fox

BROOKSVILLE (AP) — A Northern Kentucky teenager is recovering after he was bitten by a rabid fox.

James Alford told WLEX-TV the animal was hiding under a truck when it latched itself onto his wrist, clinging there for minutes.

Alford had someone call his mother while he searched for a way to contain the fox. He then took himself to the emergency room.

Alford told the station the worst part of the ordeal was not the bite but the extremely painful shots that followed.

Alford says the encounter with the fox has reinforced his career plans. He will be a freshman at Eastern Kentucky University this fall, and he plans to become a conservation officer.


Ky. pays Noah’s ark attorney fees in tax break suit

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky is paying $190,000 in attorney fees to the Christian group that won a tourism tax benefit for a Noah’s ark attraction that will open soon in central Kentucky.

The state was on the losing side of a federal ruling in January that awarded a tourism sales tax incentive to the Ark Encounter worth up to $18 million. Officials under former Gov. Steve Beshear rejected the project’s application in 2014 for the tax benefit, saying state tourism funds “cannot be used to fund religious indoctrination.”

The Christian group building the ark, Answers in Genesis, challenged that decision in federal court and won. The ark opens to tourists July 7.

A federal court filing last month ordered the state’s tourism cabinet to send a check for $190,000 within 20 days.


Arrest made in shooting deaths of 3 found at Louisville home

LOUISVILLE (AP) — An arrest has been made in the deaths of three people found at home in Louisville.

Multiple news outlets report court records show 31-year-old William E. Mason was arrested Sunday and charged with three counts of murder in connection with the shooting deaths.

Louisville police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says that officers discovered the three bodies inside a home on Saturday afternoon. The three men died from multiple gunshot wounds. Authorities have not yet released the victims’ identities.

No information about a possible motive has been released.

It isn’t immediately clear if Mason has an attorney.


Kentucky State Fair Board hiring dozens for August fair

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The Kentucky State Fair opens in less than eight weeks, and the State Fair Board has more than 150 open positions to fill.

The board says it is now hiring and accepting applications through July 29.

Positions include admission gate attendants and chiefs, building security and traffic control.

Applications are accepted 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Applications can be turned in at 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville.

For more information, call 502-367-5022.

The state fair runs this year from Aug. 18 to 28.


Son of iconic basketball coach Adolph Rupp dies at 75

LEXINGTON (AP) — Adolph “Herky” Rupp Jr., the son of iconic University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp, has died. He was 75.

Milward funeral home in Lexington said on its website that Rupp died Wednesday after battling cancer for 10 years.

Rupp attended the University of Kentucky from 1958 to 1962 and played freshman and varsity basketball for his father. After graduating, he coached high school basketball at Louisville Atherton, Lexington Lafayette and Shelby County.

He later farmed. Joe B. Hall, a former assistant to Rupp’s father before taking over as head coach at Kentucky, said Herky Rupp stayed with farming the rest of his life.

Hall told the Lexington Herald-Leader he remembered Herky Rupp as a young child of about 7 or 8, when he would travel to Louisville with the players on the bus and “loved being around the Fabulous Five.”


Louisville offers new health care degree program

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The University of Louisville is accepting applications for a new degree program in health care leadership aimed at working adults.

The school says in a statement that the program is geared toward those who want to get their bachelor’s degree and have at least 2,000 hours of experience in health care and 24 transferrable college credit hours. The statement says participants can gain college credit for job experience.

Online classes are offered through the College of Education and Human Development and can be completed as schedules allow. The program is accredited at the same level as traditional courses.

Classes will begin in the fall. Program director Lee Bewley said he expects about 20 students in the first year, but anticipates that it will expand.


UK president gets pay raise, contract extension

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The University of Kentucky board of trustees has approved a three-year contract extension and a pay raise for president Eli Capilouto.

The university announced Capilouto’s base salary will increase to $790,000 per year from $535,000 per year. His contract, which was set to expire on June 30, 2018, has been extended to June 30, 2021.

In a news release, university officials say the board chose to increase Capilouto’s salary after reviewing presidential salaries at other universities in the Southeastern Conference. The new contract means Capilouto will be eligible for the same raises all university staff members receive, but he will no longer get performance bonuses and a university-owned vehicle.

Board chairman Britt Brockman called Capilouto “the right leader at a pivotal moment for this special place.”


Louisville sewage rates could rise 6.9 percent

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District is going to ask its board to charge its customers 6.9 percent more — the largest increase it can impose without approval from the Metro Council.

The Courier-Journal reports that the MSD board is meeting Monday to discuss the rate hike, which would equal about $3.39 per month starting Aug. 1 for a typical residential customer.

The Metro Council has already rejected a 20 percent rate boost to pay for a backlog of major maintenance, including installing new sewage storage basins that are required under an $850 million federal consent decree to reduce overflows into local waterways.

Council members told MSD officials they were asking for too much, too fast, and that they needed to do a better job of explaining their needs.

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