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Bevin didn’t disclose positions, a possible ethics violation

FRANKFORT (AP) — Republican nominee for governor Matt Bevin did not disclose his positions with two companies on his financial disclosure statement, a possible violation of state ethics laws.

Bevin is the president of Bevin Bros. Manufacturing in Connecticut and a “member, manager or other authorized person” with Academic Merit in Maine, according to records filed with the secretary of state’s offices in those two states. Bevin disclosed both positions in his 2014 run for the U.S. Senate. But they do not appear on his financial disclosure statement for his run for governor this year.

Bevin did disclose his position as sole owner of Integrity Holdings LLC. That company owns both Bevin Bros. Manufacturing and Academic Merit.

“There is no requirement to report companies owned by the holding company,” said Ben Hartman, Bevin’s campaign manager. “Matt’s disclosure accurately reports his assets.”

But Kathryn Gabhart, the Ethics Commission’s general counsel and interim executive director, disagreed. Question 10 on the statement of financial disclosure requires candidates to disclose if they were “a board member, officer, or held any other position in a business.”

“I believe the commission would look at this as he would need to disclose all positions he has held in all of the businesses,” she said.


World’s fastest harness horse and key sire dies

LEXINGTON (AP) — The world’s fastest harness horse — a stud who sired offspring that went on to earn $134 million in their own races — has died on a Lexington farm where he retired more than 20 years ago.

After a four-year racing career, Cambest moved to Walnut Hall Ltd. Farm in 1994 for his stud retirement.

A statement from the farm says Cambest died Wednesday at age 27.

On Aug. 16, 1993, Cambest became the fastest Standardbred in history when he paced a mile in one minute, 46.20 seconds in a time trial at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. The record stands today.

Cambest earned $1.44 million in his career. He also ranks seventh among all pacing sires in history, with his offspring winnings.

He’ll be buried in the Walnut Hall cemetery.


London-Laurel Co. added as 5th Kentucky Trail Town

LONDON (AP) — London and Laurel County will soon be designated a Kentucky Trail Town, a boost to the area’s tourism efforts.

The Times-Tribune reports that a public ceremony will be held on July 8 to celebrate the community becoming the state’s fifth town to receive the designation.

London-Laurel County will be the largest Trail Town in the state.

First lady Jane Beshear is scheduled to attend the ceremony at the London-Laurel County Farmers’ Market, along with local officials.

Trail Towns are eligible for marketing dollars through the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism. They also are highlighted on state maps, visitor guides, Kentucky’s Adventure Tourism website and other state tourism marketing materials.

The other Kentucky Trail Towns are Olive Hill, Dawson Springs, Livingston and Morehead.


Vietnam memorial replica to be displayed in Lexington

LEXINGTON (AP) — A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington will be on display in central Kentucky next month.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall will be at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from July 9-12. The announcement was made Thursday by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and state Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry.

Officials say there will be no admission or parking fee for people visiting the wall.

The replica is about 300 feet long. Like the Washington memorial, it displays the names of veterans who died during the war. Officials say those wanting to make pencil rubbings of the names of loved ones can do so on the traveling wall.


Police arrest Tenn. fugitive in Ky.

WINGO (AP) — Kentucky State Police say they have apprehended a fugitive wanted in Tennessee on charges of murder and child abuse.

Police said in a statement that troopers arrested 28-year-old Zachary Thacker on Thursday night in western Kentucky on warrants out of Sumner County, Tennessee, which is northeast of Nashville.

The statement said Thacker was located at a residence in Graves County, which borders Tennessee.

Thacker was taken to the Graves County jail on a charge of being a fugitive from another state.

Police did not release further information on the charges in Tennessee. A message left with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office wasn’t immediately returned.


Tenn., Ky. getting funds for Civil War battlefields

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee and Kentucky are among seven states that will receive a portion of $3.1 million in grants to help preserve Civil War battlefields.

The National Park Service says the Land and Water Conservation Fund grants will preserve more than 270 acres of battlefields that are threatened with damage or destruction by development.

In Tennessee, the Franklin II Battlefield in Franklin will receive $1.4 million, and the Chattanooga Battlefield will get $258,250.

Kentucky battlefields are also included. Mill Springs Battlefield in Pulaski County will receive $85,919, Perryville Battlefield in Boyle County gets $77,510 and Richmond Battlefields in Madison County $35,340.

The other states to receive grant money are Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

The grants are administered by the American Battlefield Protection Program.

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Ex-University of Kentucky professor sentenced to 1 year

LEXINGTON (AP) — A former University of Kentucky mining engineering professor who prosecutors say defrauded the university out of tens of thousands of dollars in items and services has been sentenced to a year in prison.

The U.S. attorney’s office says U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell sentenced 52-year-old Dongping “Daniel” Tao on Thursday. Caldwell also ordered Tao to pay a $10,000 fine, more than $59,000 in restitution to UK and more than $2,200 in restitution to Georgia-Pacific LLC, a private company Tao worked for as a consultant.

Tao pleaded guilty in February and acknowledged receiving grant money from the university intended for research and using it instead for his consulting business to pay expenses, for which he then sought reimbursement.


1 killed, 1 rescued after Jefferson County trench collapse

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Louisville police say one person has died and another has been rescued following a trench collapse in southwestern Jefferson County.

Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says the crew was apparently working on sewer pipes for a company out of Tennessee.

Smiley says police were called to the scene around 2:20 p.m. EDT Thursday.

Multiple media outlets report the man who was trapped for nearly five hours was pulled out by rescuers just before 7 p.m. Officials said he was conscious and helped direct rescuers where to dig. He was taken to a hospital after he was freed.

Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health is investigating along with police.


Government website for business owners adds new features

FRANKFORT (AP) — New features have been added to a Kentucky state government website that allows owners of new businesses to register with both the secretary of state’s office and the Department of Revenue.

Business owners are also able to file their withholding tax return and renew occupations and professional licenses.

The website is

Gov. Steve Beshear said in a news release that the new features make it easier for businesses to incorporate, register for a tax number and conduct other business with the state.

The Finance and Administration Cabinet says applicants are able to see transactions on a “dashboard,” where business owners can access pertinent information such as tax account numbers and view and print a sales and use tax permit.

The features became available April 30, and a second phase is expected to launch late this summer.


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