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Governor: Marriage licenses in Ky. county are valid

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky’s outgoing Democratic governor says the state will recognize the marriage licenses that county clerk Kim Davis altered because of her religious beliefs.

Davis, the clerk in Rowan County, believes it would be a sin for her to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple. She believes it so fervently that she spent five days in jail earlier this year for refusing to obey a federal judge who ordered her to issue the licenses. Her office issued the licenses in her absence. When Davis got out of jail, she changed the licenses to remove her name and the name of the county.

The American Civil Liberties Union protested and asked a federal judge to make Davis reissue the licenses. In a court filing last week, Beshear told the judge he believes the licenses are valid.

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Police: 2 charged after exiting moving car while baby inside

LEXINGTON (AP) — Two people have been arrested after police say they got out of a moving vehicle, leaving a baby inside.

Local news outlets report that a Lexington police citation says 25-year-old Abigail Sargent and 27-year-old Joseph Levenson were driving Sunday afternoon when they got out and left their 7-month-old inside.

Police say the car was still running and in drive when Sargent and Levenson got out and the car was still rolling along the road. Investigators say the two had been fighting. Police say officers were responding to a call about the fight when they found Sargent, Levenson and the baby.

They were both charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and fourth-degree assault-domestic violence. It isn’t clear if they have attorneys.

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Man gets life in prison in slaying of Ohio woman

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A Kentucky man who killed an 87-year-old Ohio woman and stuffed her body in the trunk of her car has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole.

A judge in Hamilton, Ohio, sentenced 57-year-old Daniel French of Berea, Kentucky, on Monday. The same jury that convicted him of aggravated murder had rejected the death penalty for him, recommending life in prison instead.

French was convicted in the 2012 slaying of Barbara Howe.

Prosecutors say French cut Howe’s throat after gaining entry by posing as a maintenance worker in her Monroe retirement community. The defense insisted French had no plan to kill her.

French had told jurors he was filled “with great remorse and sorrow” for killing the woman.

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Federal officials approve I-69 addition in Ky.

MADISONVILLE (AP) — State and federal officials have dedicated 40 miles of newly designated Interstate 69 in western Kentucky.

A statement from the U.S. Department of Transportation says the ceremony on Monday comes on the heels of the Federal Highway Administration approving the re-designation of the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway as I-69.

Gov. Steve Beshear attended the event and unveiled a new red, white and blue highway sign marking the roadway as part of the interstate system.

Beshear said in a statement that attaining interstate status on the roadway comes after years of hard work and upgrades, and it will mean that thousands of people will have a safer, more efficient way to travel.

Rep. Jim Gooch of Providence said in the statement the project will boost the economy and tourism.

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Vet receives high school diploma more than 45 years later

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — A Vietnam War veteran has received his high school diploma more than 45 years after originally leaving school to serve in the Marine Corps.

William Lloyd tells the Bowling Green Daily News he received his degree on Veterans Day at a ceremony at Union County High School, where he attended in the late 1960s.

Donald McGlothlin, a program specialist at Bowling Green’s Kentucky Career Center, says Lloyd got his degree through the Veterans High School Diploma program, which is part of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.

McGlothlin says the program allows veterans who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam to receive diplomas from the last high school they attended.

In Vietnam, Lloyd served with the 1st Battalion 5th Marines as a rifleman from 1970 to 1972.

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