News in Brief


Ky. communities decide whether to allow alcohol sales

LONDON (AP) — People throughout Kentucky voted in local option elections, deciding whether to allow the sale of alcohol in their communities.

Multiple news outlets report that nearly 60 percent of citizens in the city of London voted in favor of alcohol sales inside city limits Tuesday night. London became the second southeastern Kentucky town in the last month to vote in favor of becoming wet. Barbourville did so on Dec. 29.

Butler County, on the other hand, will remain dry as roughly 54 percent of voters rejected the sale of alcohol in the county Tuesday. A total of 2,265 people voted against the issue.

Graves County voters also decided to remain dry Tuesday as 54 percent of 9,993 county voters rejected the referendum to allow alcohol sales.

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In booming speech, Murray calls for W.Va. coal tax break

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In a booming speech, Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray called for a deep cut to a state coal mining tax possibly offset by higher taxes on tobacco, alcohol, professional services and natural gas production.

Murray’s 38-minute address came Wednesday at the West Virginia Coal Mining Symposium in Charleston.

As coal struggles, Murray said West Virginia’s coal severance tax needs to drop from 5 to 2 percent to be competitive with other states. He said it’s insufficient to drop a 56-cent-per-ton surtax, a move Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has proposed.

Murray, a Republican bankroller, blasted President Barack Obama for his policies that target airborne pollution from coal-fired power plants.

He didn’t spare congressional Republicans either, saying the House and Senate “have done nothing for coal in the last two years.”

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Man charged with video recording people using men’s room

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A 31-year-old Shepherdsville man has been charged with using his cellphone to video record boys and men using a fast-food restaurant’s restroom in Louisville.

Multiple media outlets report the arrest warrant for 31-year-old Bryan C. Wilson said he intentionally placed his cellphone in the men’s restroom to capture video of men and boys using the urinal.

Wilson pleaded not guilty in court on Monday.

The warrant says an employee of the Chick-fil-A restaurant on Westport Road found the phone, and a manager turned it over to police.

The warrant says the recording took place during the afternoon of Jan. 9 and that at least four boys and one man were recorded. Police said the phone was recording for five hours.

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American Pharoah is named Kentucky Sportsman of the Year

LEXINGTON (AP) — Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic champion American Pharoah is Kentucky Sportsman of the Year, the first horse to win in the award’s 35-year history.

American Pharoah was honored during Tuesday night’s fifth annual Bluegrass Sports Awards banquet in Lexington. Born locally at Stockplace Farm, he became the first horse since 1978 to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. The colt added a dominating victory in the Classic at Keeneland to cap a stellar season and career with his seventh win in eight starts with a second.

The horse also ran away in Sportsman balloting, receiving a record 141 first-place votes among 163 cast by media members from across the state. American Pharoah won by a record 897 points over Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari.

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Teenager who died at juvenile facility was recorded

ELIZABETHTOWN (AP) — A Shelbyville teenager who died a day after being admitted to a juvenile detention center was videotaped during her stay at the facility.

The News-Enterprise reports that a camera inside the room of the 16-year-old recorded the room for the length of her say at Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown.

Director of communications and program services for the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice Stacy Floden says a copy of the footage has been provided to Kentucky State Police and the Justice Cabinet Office of Investigations.

The Department of Juvenile Justice said in a news release that it appeared the teenager died Jan. 11 while sleeping.

The Kentucky State Medical Examiner is waiting for toxicology, electrolyte analysis and histology report results to determine a cause of death.

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Man, woman from New York die in crash on I-95 in Florida

PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says two people from Brooklyn, New York, died in a crash on Interstate 95.

Troopers say a Ford Escort driven by 85-year-old Luigi Camporeale was on the shoulder of I-95 near Palm Coast on Tuesday night when “for unknown reasons” the vehicle made a left turn into the path of a tractor-trailer that was traveling in the center lane.

The truck struck the car’s driver’s side before both vehicles finally stopped in the median.

Camporeale and 76-year-old Filomena Camporeale were declared dead at the scene.

The 50-year-old truck driver Elias Saaverdra of Louisville, Kentucky, wasn’t injured.

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UofL law school celebrating its namesake’s court appointment

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law is planning a celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of its namesake’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Brandeis, who was born in Louisville in 1856, served on the court from 1916 to 1939.

The celebration kicks off Thursday with a free, public talk by law school professor Laura Rothstein. Rothstein helps keep Brandeis’ legacy alive through an annual presentation about his life and influence. This year’s presentation at the law school falls on the same day as Brandeis’ nomination to the court.

Other events include a Feb. 9 panel discussion on the role of economics and social policy in desegregation and affirmative action.

Rothstein says Brandeis was an advocate for government transparency and a protector of privacy and human rights.

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