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Trump campaign announces Louisville rally, set next Monday

LOUISVILLE (AP) — President Donald Trump has scheduled another campaign rally, this time in Louisville.

Trump’s campaign website says the president will speak the night of March 20 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Vice President Mike Pence visited Louisville on Saturday as part of the effort to sell a White House-backed health overhaul.

Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in Nashville, Tennessee, this Wednesday — his second since taking office.

Press secretary Sean Spicer says the president is also planning to lay a wreath at President Andrew Jackson’s tomb at his home, The Hermitage, during the visit to Nashville. Jackson’s 250th birthday is being commemorated this year.

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump is scheduled to visit Detroit to discuss job creation and the automotive industry with auto executives and workers.

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Police: Man tried to arrange 4 slayings while behind bars

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) — Police say a man was trying to have four people, including two court officials, killed while he was behind bars.

Whitley County Jailer Brian Lawson says 54-year-old William T. Sutton, of Corbin, was recorded trying to hire someone to kill four people.

News outlets report that Sutton was in the Whitley County Detention Center after being charged with violating an emergency protective order and failing to appear.

Court documents show Sutton is now charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, four counts of retaliating against a participant in the legal process and four counts of solicitation of murder.

Kentucky State Police say they are not releasing the names of the four individuals who were targeted.

It is unclear whether Sutton has an attorney.

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Companies file for bankruptcy after radioactive waste fines

WEST LIBERTY (AP) — A business owner and his two firms that were fined millions of dollars after being accused of illegally dumping low-level nuclear waste have all filed for bankruptcy in federal court.

News outlets report that Advanced TENORM Services LLC, BES LLC and Cory David Hoskins, all of West Liberty, filed separate voluntary petitions for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Friday. Hoskins owns Advanced TENORM through BES LLC.

Advanced TENORM and Hoskins were each fined $2.65 million by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in November after officials said Advanced TENORM was responsible for dumping of out-of-state radioactive waste in landfills in Estill and Greenup counties.

Officials say the waste was a byproduct of fracking and had been transported from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania in 2015.

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Catlettsburg city councilman, 2 others facing drug charges

CATLETTSBURG (AP) — A Catlettsburg city councilman is one of three people facing charges as part of a lengthy drug trafficking investigation.

Multiple news outlets report that 37-year-old Richard “Andy” Brown was arrested Saturday along with Tammy Salyers and Stephen Salyers, both 53.

All three are charged with trafficking a controlled substance, which police say was meth. They’re also charged with trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school zone, possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police say detectives made several undercover drug purchases from inside and outside a home which belonged to Brown and is near a school.

Catlettsburg Police Chief Cameron Logan says he expects there to be more arrests.

It is unclear whether any of the suspects have an attorney.

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UofL conference to examine discrimination against Muslims

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The University of Louisville says a symposium on campus will look at discrimination against Muslims in the United States.

The free, public event is set for March 27 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium.

UofL says scholars with expertise in law, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies will share their views on topics ranging from the increase in anti-Muslim fringe groups to the racialization of religion since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The university’s Middle East and Islamic Studies program organized the event.

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Ronald T. Banks appointed as regent at Kentucky State

FRANKFORT (AP) — Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Ronald T. Banks as a regent at Kentucky State University in Frankfort.

A statement from Bevin’s office on Monday said Banks will serve in the role until June 30, 2023.

Bevin’s statement says Banks retired from KSU in 2016 after serving as director of career counseling, placement and cooperative education. Banks also served as a football correspondent during his time at the university and was known as the “Voice of KSU.”

In addition to his career, Banks has been a volunteer and has served on boards that oversee various community organizations.

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