State News in Brief

Alvarado slated to speak at Republican National Convention

LEXINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party of Kentucky says state Sen. Ralph Alvarado has been invited to speak at the Republican National Convention next week.

In a news release, the party says Alvarado is scheduled to speak at 9 p.m. Wednesday. In 2014, Alvarado became the first Hispanic elected to the state Senate.

Alvarado said he will speak about how he believes “the Republican Party is the party of opportunity for voters of all backgrounds, especially Hispanics.” Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been criticized in the Latino community for his stance on immigration.

Alvarado, a medical doctor, is the vice chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee in Kentucky’s state Senate. Last year, the national Republican recruiting organization GOPAC named him an emerging leader.


Bevin family to move into Governor’s Mansion next month

FRANKFORT (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, his wife and their nine children will move into the 25-room Governor’s Mansion next month.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Bevin family will be the largest ever to occupy the mansion, which opened in January 1914 in Frankfort.

Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said the Bevin family will keep their home in Louisville and the children will continue to attend Louisville schools. Ditto said one office in the mansion was converted to a bedroom to accommodate the large family, but it did not require renovations.

Bevin and his wife, Glenna, married in 1996. They adopted four children, between the ages of 2 and 10, from Ethiopia in 2012.


Legal aid groups schedule expungement sessions

FRANKFORT (AP) — Legal aid groups have scheduled four information sessions for people to learn about Kentucky’s new felony expungement law.

The sessions are scheduled for July 27 at 6 p.m. at the Kentucky Career Center in Covington, July 28 at 5 p.m. at the Perry County Public Library in Hazard, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Lexington Public Library in Lexington and Aug. 6 at noon at the McCracken County Public Library in Paducah.

The sessions are sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Department of Public Advocacy and Clean Slate Kentucky.

The law allows people convicted of certain felonies to have their convictions vacated. Not all felonies are eligible. People must wait five years after the completion of their sentence and not have any pending charges. The filing fee is $500.


Lexington man drowns in tributary of Kentucky River

LEXINGTON (AP) — Authorities say a Lexington man drowned while swimming in a tributary of the Kentucky River.

Garrard County Coroner Daryl Hodge told the Lexington Herald-Leader that 42-year-old Charles Martin was pronounced dead Wednesday evening after he was pulled from the water near the community of Buckeye.

Hodge says Martin and three other people were at the spot where Kentucky 39 ends at the confluence of the river and Paint Lick Creek. The coroner says Martin and a woman were swimming, and two non-swimmers remained on land.

Hodge says Martin was swimming across the creek when he “started hollering for help.” He says a companion was able to bring him back to shore.

The coroner says an autopsy Thursday at the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort confirmed that Martin drowned.


Advance tickets available for battle commemoration in Ky.

FRANKFORT (AP) — History buffs can purchase advance tickets for the annual commemoration of the Battle of Perryville — Kentucky’s largest Civil War battle.

The Kentucky Department of Parks says the discounted, advance sales will be available online through Oct. 5. The commemoration is set for Oct. 8-9 at the battlefield in central Kentucky.

Each year, the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site commemorates the battle with re-enactments, living history programs, battlefield tours, authors and book signings and period entertainment.

The battle left more than 7,600 soldiers killed, wounded or missing.

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