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Bimbo Bakeries recalls bread sold in 11 states

NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of Sara Lee, Nature’s Harvest and other brands is recalling about 48,000 packages of bread sold in 11 states because they may contain fragments of glass from a broken light bulb at a company factory.

Bimbo Bakeries said Wednesday one consumer found small pieces of glass on the outside of the bread. No injuries have been reported.

The recall covers seven different Sara Lee products, two each sold under the Nature’s Harvest and Great Value brands, and one each for the Kroger, L’Oven Fresh, and Bimbo brands. The packages have “best by” dates ranging from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 and a listed “bakery code” of 1658.

The Horsham, Pennsylvania-based company says consumers can return the bread to stores for a full refund. The states where the recalled bread was sold are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Bimbo Bakeries is part of Grupo Bimbo, which describes itself as the largest baking company in the world.

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Ky. clerk again refuses to grant license

William Smith Jr. and James Yates strode Thursday morning into their county clerk’s office for their third attempt to get a marriage license. The office of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis once again denied them, despite an order from a federal appeals court issued hours earlier that upheld a judge’s directive to issue the licenses.

Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses, citing her Christian faith and constitutional right to religious liberty, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning had already ordered Davis to issue marriage licenses two weeks ago. He later delayed that ruling until Aug. 31 or until the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling. The appeals court did so on Wednesday, denying Davis’ appeal.

But a deputy clerk in Davis’ office told Smith and Yates that the office believes Bunning’s delay remains in effect until Aug. 31. He refused to give his name or give them a license.

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July mine impact inspections result in 225 citation

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Federal inspectors issued 225 citations and six orders at U.S. mine operations in July.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says it conducted the inspections at 15 coal mines and six other mines.

Inspectors issued 13 citations and two orders at Ulrich Gravel, Inc., Ulrich Pit, in Valley County, Nebraska. Violations included a lack of berms or guardrails on mine haulage roads adjacent to bodies of open water.

A miner died in March two days after a loaded haul truck drifted from an elevated roadway into a dredge pond. MSHA says hazards found during the July inspection were similar to those identified following the March accident.

The inspections began in 2010 after the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia killed 29 miners.

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Heroin, painkiller abuse on agenda at drug summit in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Federal law enforcers from six states are meeting in Detroit to discuss how to confront the growing abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade is hosting the private summit Wednesday. She says drug dealers in southeastern Michigan appear to be taking their trade to other states, including Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Federal authorities from those states are attending the private summit. McQuade says the problem is a broad one, from doctors who prescribe drugs to people using drugs to others who illegally sell them.

She says she refused a powerful painkiller for a 14-year-old son who broke his ankle.

Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney David Hickton says there’s a desperate need for “new ideas.” He counts dozens of overdoses in recent weeks in his territory.

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Ky. trucker gets prison in Texas prostitution case

WACO, Texas (AP) — A trucker from Kentucky must serve more than four years in federal prison for trying to transport prostitutes he planned to pick up in Texas.

Anthony Wayne Farrior of Paducah, Kentucky, was sentenced Wednesday in Waco. The 28-year-old trucker in July pleaded guilty to violating the Mann Act, which deals with prostitution and human trafficking.

Prosecutors say Farrior in February, with help from a cellphone, answered an Internet advertisement and stopped at a truck stop in Waco, seeking to have sex with women. The ad was placed by an undercover officer.

Authorities say Farrior agreed to transport women to work as prostitutes at truck stops around the country, in exchange for part of the cash earned.

Farrior was arrested March 6 in Waco.

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Lexington residents call for changes after prison escapes

LEXINGTON (AP) — Lexington residents are on edge after Kentucky Department of Corrections officials say a second inmate has escaped from a local minimum-security prison in a nine-day span.

WKYT-TV reports that 26-year-old Justin Canada on Wednesday afternoon became the seventh inmate to escape the Blackburn Correctional Complex this year. Canada was serving a 15-year sentence for convictions including robbery and wanton endangerment. Another inmate, Richard Shell, was confirmed missing Aug. 18, but was recaptured the next day.

Resident Adam Berrones’ backyard is adjacent to the complex property. He says he has urged Blackburn’s Warden Steve Haney to increase security at the prison. A six-foot wooden fence is currently the only barrier installed.

In June, Haney said he would have the prison install additional security cameras and order dorms locked after 9 p.m.

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Somerset mayor: City to drop lawsuit against auditor

SOMERSET (AP) — Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler has announced that he is voluntarily dropping a lawsuit challenging the authority of the state auditor to perform special investigations.

The Commonwealth Journal of Somerset reports that Girdler read from a statement at a Monday city council meeting that no further legal action is necessary after changes that he deemed to be “sufficient” were being made to the auditor’s report.

The complaint was filed last month after the city received a preliminary copy of an audit that cited several issues, including problems in the city’s bidding process.

Girdler says the city would be implementing some of the changes recommended in the report.

City attorney Carrie Wiese clarified that the paperwork to dismiss the lawsuit will be prepared once a revised report has been finalized.

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Teacher accused of having sexual contact with student

BEREA (AP) — A high school teacher accused of having sexual contact with a student has been arrested.

Media cited a statement from the Berea Police Department in reporting that 24-year-old Brandi Whitaker was charged Tuesday with third-degree rape, first-degree sex abuse and third-degree sodomy. She was starting her second year at Madison Southern High School, where she taught biology.

Berea Police Sgt. Jake Reed said two alleged incidents happened over the summer.

Madison County Schools said in a statement that Whitaker has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation. The district says it is cooperating with the police investigation and conducting one of its own.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Whitaker has an attorney. She declined a request by WKYT-TV for an interview.

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Parents of slain Wyoming student to participate in forum

LEXINGTON (AP) — The parents of a 21-year-old gay Wyoming college student who was tortured and killed nearly 20 years ago are visiting with high school students in Lexington.

The appearance Thursday of Dennis and Judy Shepard is part of an anti-bullying forum. Mayor Jim Gray, Fayette County school Superintendent Manny Caulk and U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey are also expected to participate.

Hundreds of freshmen and juniors will gather at the district office for the program, and others will participate from their schools through a live classroom feed.

A panel discussion is also planned, and students will be able to submit questions through email and text for the Shepards and others participating.

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Hamton, Overly set for debate next month in Midway

MIDWAY (AP) Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Jenean Hampton and Democratic opponent Sannie Overly are scheduled to appear in a televised debate next month.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky announced Wednesday that the organization is co-sponsoring the Sept. 23 event, along with Midway University and CBS affiliates WKYT-TV in Lexington and WLKY-TV in Louisville.

The debate will be held at Midway University. WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant and WLKY anchor Vicki Dortch will moderate the one-hour debate.

Both stations will air the debate, and it will be streamed live on their websites.

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Country ham breakfast a staple of the state fair

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast and Auction has become a staple of the state fair, and the latest edition is set for Thursday.

The annual event has become a must-stop for politicians from across the state. Speakers at Thursday’s event are to include Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The crowd will include state lawmakers and candidates for statewide office.

Capping the event will be the auction for the state fair’s grand champion ham.

Last year’s $2 million winning bid — all in the name of charity — was the highest offer in the auction’s history.

The Kentucky Farm Bureau says a crowd of 1,500 people is expected. The menu includes more than 5,100 eggs, 1,500 half-pints of milk, 20 gallons of honey and 450 pounds of country ham.

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