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Authorities: Girl goes missing at game, body found in creek

SCOTTSVILLE (AP) — The death of a 7-year-old girl whose body was found in an Allen County creek is being handled as a homicide, according to Kentucky State Police.

In a statement, state police said Gabriella Doolin was reported missing around 7:40 p.m. Saturday by her mother while they were at a football game at Allen County-Scottsville High School.

A search began immediately. Police said Doolin’s body was found at 8:05 p.m. in a creek in a wooded area behind the high school.

Police say an autopsy conducted Sunday confirmed that the girl’s death was a homicide. A police statement says further details from the autopsy couldn’t be immediately released.

Meanwhile, media outlets reported that hundreds of people in the community attended a candlelight vigil on Sunday night in downtown Scottsville to show support for her family.

“I’ve never endured anything like this,” said her father, Brian Doolin. “All I want to do is hold my baby.”

He stood with his arms around Gabriella’s mother, Amy, and brother, Alec, who both held candles.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports the girl’s death rocked the community, which has about 4,300 residents.

“We have children who go to school with the Doolins. The kids in school know them,” Cathy Celsor of Scottsville told the newspaper. “It’s just like our community is broken. There are no words for something this horrific.”

Angie Patrick and Natasha Tuck said they came to offer support the family.

“My husband knows Brian and my daughter is in Gabby’s class,” Patrick said.

Tuck said she came to show love and support.

“We’re praying for them,” she said.

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Defense rests case in trial of ex-coal CEO Blankenship

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The latest in the federal trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. All times local:

10:45 a.m.

The defense in the trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has rested its case without calling a single witness.

Blankenship’s lead attorney Bill Taylor stood before the court Monday morning and said “The defense rests,” shortly after the prosecution closed its case. The announcements came after jurors heard testimony from 27 witnesses over roughly five weeks.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger dismissed the jury until 9 a.m. Tuesday. She told the lawyers to report back to court Monday afternoon to discuss instructions to the jury.

Prosecutors asserted that the former coal company executive put dollars ahead of human safety in the years before the worst U.S. coal mine disaster in decades.

Prosecutors call Blankenship a micromanager who cared more about money than safety. His attorneys, meanwhile, used testimony from multiple prosecution witnesses to support his defense.

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Hodgenville votes to allow ‘In God We Trust’ on police cars

HODGENVILLE (AP) — The Hodgenville City Council has unanimously voted to allow the words “In God We Trust” to be lettered on the town’s police cars.

WDRB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1WUcHa8) the idea came up when the five-officer department got two new cruisers recently. Police Chief Marcus Jackson said he will leave it up to the individual officers whether they want the decal on their vehicles.

Mayor Kenny Devore said he will pay for the new decals personally, so that the money won’t come from taxpayers.

Larue County Judge Executive Tommy Turner told the station he knows a lawsuit is possible. But he said in an email, “I am supportive as I think allowing ‘In God We Trust’ on our cruisers reflects the majority feeling of the community.”

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LG&E, KU ask to install vehicle charging stations

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co. are asking regulators to allow them to own and operate charging stations for electric vehicles.

Each utility wants to place 10 stations in its service territory. They would be located in public areas such as street parking, parking lots and outdoor areas. The companies also want to offer business customers the opportunity to host the stations with a five-year commitment.

The proposal calls for the full cost of charging stations to be covered by those who request the stations or who use them.

The companies said in a news release that there are about 30 public charging stations in Kentucky, including 19 in the utilities’ service territories. Of those 19, 13 are located at auto dealerships.

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Strides made, but challenges remain for child well-being

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The annual Kids Count report from Kentucky Youth Advocates says poverty remains the biggest obstacle to child well-being across the state.

Kentucky Youth Advocates Director Terry Brooks said the state has made many strides in the last 25 years, citing improvements in education and juvenile justice, but said it still faces significant challenges.

He said economic well-being is the key driver in making improvements. While the statewide poverty rate is 26 percent according the latest report, which was released Sunday, some counties had rates of more than 50 percent.

The Kids Count survey looked at 16 factors in four areas — economic security, education, health, and family and community — to determine child well-being in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties.

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Ex-Morgan Co. judge appeals guilty plea, prosecutors oppose

LEXINGTON (AP) — A federal prosecutor has argued that former Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conely’s appeal of his guilty plea should be dismissed.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Conely pleaded guilty in August 2014 to mail fraud in a scheme in which he took $130,000 in kickbacks from a contractor in the wake of a March 2012 tornado that killed six people in the county. Conley waived his right to appeal his plea as part of a plea deal.

In January, Conley was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison. Conley says he would have received a shorter sentence if prosecutors hadn’t asked for even more prison time.

Prosecutors say a guilty plea can be reversed only if the court violates a substantial right of a defendant, something they say didn’t happen in Conley’s case.

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Horse park hosting Southern Lights stroll

LEXINGTON (AP) — The Kentucky Horse Park is hosting its 14th annual Southern Lights holiday festival.

The grounds of the horse park will be aglow with holiday-themed lights for the Southern Lights Stroll on Nov. 19. The stroll will also include a 5K race with awards for winners in various age categories.

Additional activities include mini train rides, refreshments and prize drawings.

Registration for the stroll is $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 7-12. There is no charge for children 6 and under. All proceeds from the Southern Lights Stroll support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.

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Man charged in fatal shooting in restaurant parking lot

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A man has been charged in connection with a fatal shooting in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in Louisville.

Local media outlets report 47-year-old Dennis Ray Stinnett is charged with murder in the death of 48-year-old Alton David Crockett.

Police say Crockett was found shot to death in a Taco Bell parking lot on Oct. 10. Authorities say Crockett was shot around 7:30 p.m. Chief Deputy Coroner Jo-Ann Farmer said Crockett was pronounced dead at the scene.

Stinnett faces several other charges including tampering with physical evidence, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Stinnett was being held on bond. It isn’t immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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