State News in Brief


Donald Trump returning to Ky. for NRA forum in May

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The National Rifle Association says Donald Trump will appear at the group’s annual Leadership Forum next month in Louisville.

The Republican presidential candidate is listed as confirmed on the NRA’s website, along with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida.

The NRA Institute for Legislative Action event takes place May 20 at Freedom Hall during the NRA’s annual meeting of members. The event is only open to members, with tickets ranging from $20 to $40.

Trump won the Kentucky Republican presidential caucus in March and was in Kentucky four days before for a rally. Three protesters who alleged Trump supporters assaulted them at the rally have filed a lawsuit.

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States urge methadone clinic reporting to databases

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has joined 32 other states in urging federal health officials to let methadone clinics bypass a patient’s permission in order to submit dispensing data to prescription drug monitoring databases.

The letter from a coalition of attorneys general was sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Monday, the deadline for comments on a proposed rule change on patient record confidentiality.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Wednesday many states mandate that health providers register with and check that state’s monitoring database before prescribing potentially addictive medications, but methadone clinics are exempt under federal rules.

He says removing the exemption will reduce opioid diversion, misuse and abuse; prevent physicians from unknowingly overprescribing them; and help avoid potential deadly drug combinations.

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Lady Antebellum to sing national anthem at Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Churchill Downs says the country trio Lady Antebellum will sing the national anthem at the 142nd Kentucky Derby.

The performance will be broadcast live from the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle at the Louisville, Kentucky, racetrack right before the historic race on May 7. The performance will kick off a summer tour for the Grammy Award-winning group.

Lady Antebellum will be the eighth performer to sing The Star-Spangled Banner before the race since the track started the tradition in 2009.

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Old Forester Distillery to span bourbon-making process

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Brown-Forman Corp. says its new Kentucky distillery will span bourbon production.

The company says its Old Forester bourbon will be distilled, aged and bottled at the distillery in downtown Louisville. Barrels to age the whiskey also will be made at the distillery.

The company says the $45 million distillery project is set for completion in late 2017.

It says the distillery will produce 100,000 cases of Old Forester yearly.

Growing demand means some of the brand’s whiskey will continue to be made at a distillery in Shively, even after the new facility opens.

Old Forester is the company’s founding brand.

Brown-Forman on Wednesday released renderings of the Old Forester Distillery, which will feature a tasting room for visitors.

The company’s brands include Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and Woodford Reserve bourbon.

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Ky. artists’ work exhibited at Capitol

FRANKFORT (AP) — Nearly two dozen Kentucky artists are represented in this year’s Governor’s Derby Exhibit, which is now on display in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.

The exhibit is coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council and is open to any Kentucky visual artist who is at least 18 years old.

Boone County painter Anthony Stollings has had work chosen for the annual exhibit two years in a row. This year, his piece is titled “Hidden Treasures” and depicts two riverboats docked along the Ohio River in Newport.

Stollings says his father was an artist who encouraged his family to be creative.

The exhibit will be on display until May 7. Capitol building hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Police investigate slaying of Ky. teen

HARRODSBURG (AP) — Police are investigating the slaying of a Kentucky teenager who was found fatally shot in a rural area of Mercer County.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy says detectives are conducting a murder investigation after the body of 17-year-old Tristan Cole of Harrodsburg was found Wednesday night.

Cole was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Purdy said Thursday that no arrests have been made. The trooper says Cole’s body was found near his vehicle in a rural area west of Harrodsburg.

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Ohio-based Big Boy regional chain names new CEO

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati-based Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurants regional chain has named an industry veteran to take over as chief executive officer.

Jason Vaughn comes from Memphis-based Lenny’s Subs, where he was president and chief operations. He also has been an executive at Wendy’s and Yum! Brands.

Atlanta-based private equity firm NRD Capital obtained Frisch’s last year in $175 million acquisition that ended family operation of the business dating to a 1939 drive-thru.

Frisch’s says Vaughn was hired after a seven-month national search and became CEO on Thursday.

Frisch’s says it operates 95 Big Boy restaurants and franchises another 25 in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

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Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton to speak at women vets event

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will be the keynote speaker at a Bowling Green conference for women veterans.

Hampton, an Air Force veteran, will speak at the Western Kentucky Women Veterans Regional Conference on April 30 in her hometown.

The conference is the first of two regional conferences for women vets this year, the second will be in eastern Kentucky this fall.

The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs was asked to hold more regional conferences that were accessible to women around the state, said the department’s deputy commission, Heather French Henry.

The April 30 conference will feature sessions on veterans’ benefits, education, entrepreneurship and starting local women veterans groups.

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Fort Campbell assistant principal reassigned

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A published report says the assistant principal at Fort Campbell High School has been reassigned after the district superintendent met with the garrison commander at the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

The Leaf-Chronicle reports it obtained an email showing that garrison commander Col. Rob Salome asked Superintendent Frank Calvano to take “significant action” against assistant principal Demetrius Thomas. The request stemmed from conversations Thomas had involving the wife and child of a brigadier general.

The email said Thomas, while meeting with students, didn’t quickly remove a student who used foul language. It also said the brigadier general’s wife was offended when Thomas referred to her as a “young lady,” said he “had to potty” and asked her where her daughter worked.

A statement on Tuesday from the Department of Defense Education Activity says Calvano made the decision to discipline Thomas “independently.” It said installation’s chain of command “has no role or influence” over school personnel decisions.

Thomas was initially reassigned to a different school, but has since been assigned to work at the district office.

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Former Barren Co. magistrate indicted on drug, fraud charges

GLASGOW (AP) — Dentist and former Barren County magistrate Christopher Steward has been indicted in a prescription fraud case.

Media outlets report Steward was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on five charges related to fraudulently dispensing controlled substances.

Court documents say that between February 2013 and April 2015, Steward acquired controlled substances by misrepresentation, fraud, deception and subterfuge.

The indictment says Steward conspired with two different people by writing prescriptions for several drugs, including hydrocodone. Identified in the indictments as “S.K.” and “J.K.,” those two people allegedly filled the prescriptions and gave the pills to Steward.

Steward is also accused of obtaining drugs through other people — identified as “A.J.,” ”D.J.” and “S.K.2” — through similar methods.

If convicted, Steward faces 2 to 20 years in jail and fines between $250,000 and $1 million.

Steward couldn’t be reached for comment.

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Paducah couple killed in double homicide

PADUCAH (AP) — McCracken County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the double homicide of a couple in their home just outside Paducah.

Sheriff Jon Hayden tells local media that 73-year-old Gerald Boyes and 67-year-old Billie Potter were found dead Tuesday night after a neighbor went to check on them. Investigators suspect Boyes and Potter are victims of foul play.

Hayden says deputies are not releasing the cause of death at this time. He also declined to comment on potential suspects.

Hayden says investigators found no sign of forced entry into the home. The couple’s two dogs were inside and alive when authorities arrived.

Autopsies for both victims are scheduled for this week.

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