News in Brief


Survey shows slight drop in state’s food prices

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation survey is showing a slight drop in retail food prices across the state for a second straight quarter.

The state Farm Bureau says its latest Marketbasket Survey, taken in June, shows the average total cost of 40 basic grocery items was $126.17. That’s five cents lower than what was reported during the prior three-month period.

The latest slight price decrease puts the Farm Bureau’s Marketbasket Survey total $3.03 lower than where it ended in 2014, but it’s still $3.88 higher than the total reported in the second quarter of last year.

The most recent Marketbasket Survey shows the overall trend of decreasing prices was led evenly by dairy products, grains and fruits and vegetables.

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Clerk who stopped issuing marriage licenses could testify

COVINGTON (AP) — A local official in Kentucky who has stopped issuing marriage licenses after the legalization of same-sex marriage could testify in federal court on Monday.

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis on the behalf of two gay couples and two straight couples. Attorneys tried to have Davis testify last week but a judge delayed her testimony because she had not been properly notified of the lawsuit against her. The hearing is scheduled to reconvene Monday in Covington.

Davis has said she cannot issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it would violate her religious beliefs. Some clerks have asked Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to call a special session of the state legislature to address the issue. Beshear has declined, citing the cost to taxpayers.

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Storms damage buildings at no-kill animal sanctuary

LEXINGTON (AP) — Flooding from last week’s storms damaged the buildings and grounds at Eden, a no-kill animal sanctuary in eastern Kentucky.

Randy Skaggs, operator of Eden in Elliott County, tells the Lexington Herald-Leader that high water pushed a building under construction off its foundation. He says the storm caused thousands of dollars of damage to the structure that will house a clinic, apartment and offices.

Skaggs says high winds knocked down several trees and branches along the property, and flooding exposed wiring on the grounds and damaged walking bridges. Skaggs fears it could cost up to $25,000 to fix the damage, but repair estimates haven’t been made. He says the property was not insured.

No animals were harmed during the flooding.

The sanctuary is home to more than 250 dogs, cats and chickens.

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Several people injured in Louisville nightclub shooting

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Police say a pregnant woman was among several people injured during a shooting at a nightclub in Louisville, Kentucky.

Louisville Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell told The Associated Press the shooting occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday and that at least six people were injured when witnesses said a black man dressed in all white began firing inside the west Louisville club.

Mitchell said the woman was taken to a local hospital where she delivered the baby, which he said is doing fine. Mitchell said the woman and the others received non-life threatening injuries. Their names have not been released.

Police are still searching for the shooter. Anyone with information about the shooting or the gunman is asked to call: 502-574-LMPD.

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Trial set in death of grandfather found in sleeping bag

TROY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man and woman accused in the death of the woman’s grandfather whose body was found in a sleeping bag in a Kentucky creek are set for trial.

Miami County court officials say 35-year-old Richard Terrel and 24-year-old Hope Earnshaw-York are scheduled for trial Oct. 6.

Court officials say Terrel pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, felonious assault, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property in 88-year-old William York Sr.’s death. Earnshaw-York pleaded not guilty to charges of gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property.

Messages were left for their attorneys.

Police say York, of Tipp City, died of a blunt force head injury. His remains were found June 3 in a creek in Union, Kentucky.

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Vandalized police memorial to be replaced

COVINGTON (AP) — A Covington car dealership has offered to cover the cost of replacing the recently vandalized Northern Kentucky Police memorial.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports that Performance Lexus RiverCenter and its general manager, Lisa Bernstein, announced the donation Friday, according to the memorial group’s Facebook page.

Police say the memorial at the foot of the Roebling Suspension Bridge in Covington was vandalized the night of July 14. One of the memorial’s headstone-like, stone structures was toppled and broken into several large chunks.

Each of the three stone markers at the memorial cost $3,000 to install, according to police.

No arrests have been made in connection with the vandalism.

A donation from an anonymous business will be used to install security cameras at the memorial, officials announced in the Facebook post.

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Ky. bowler headed to Special Olympics in Los Angeles

TAYLORSVILLE (AP) — A bowler from Taylorsville, Kentucky, is traveling to Los Angeles to compete in the Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Amanda Browning is leaving Tuesday with three Special Olympics teammates and three coaches.

The July 25th opening ceremony will be shown live on ESPN.

Browning’s competition begins July 27 in the four-person team event. She will continue on July 28 with a doubles event. Browning will close out her competitions with the singles event on July 30.

The 32-year-old is the only Kentucky representative on the Special Olympics USA team who is making her first appearance at a World Games event. The other Kentucky team members are rhythmic gymnast Danielle Blakeney of Erlanger, artistic gymnast Lee Dockins of Russellville and swimmer Chris Willis of Owensboro.

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