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12:44 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Judge Sentences Former Wildcat To Two Years On Sex Abuse Charges

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former University of Kentucky basketball player Michael Porter has been sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sex crimes involving an underage girl.

Lexington media report Judge Ernesto Scorsone handed down the sentence Thursday despite a request from Porter's attorney for probation.

Porter apologized for his actions and his attorney, Jim Lowry, called him a "quality individual" who wasn't likely to reoffend.

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11:10 am
Thu August 1, 2013

NJ's Christie Says He Didn't Start Fight With Paul

TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he didn't try to start a feud with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

Christie said on his monthly call-in show Wednesday that he was simply answering a question last week about his views on a National Security Agency program before Paul criticized him.

On his TownSquare Media show Christie said "it was never about Sen. Paul until Sen. Paul tried to make it about me."

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4:13 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Former Wildcat Terrence Jones Arrested For Stomping A Homeless Man

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland, Ore., police say former Kentucky Wildcat Terrence Jones has been arrested and accused of stomping on a homeless man's leg.

Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson says the incident happened early Wednesday outside a downtown nightclub. A sergeant saw the 6-foot-9 Jones walk by a doorway where two homeless men were sleeping and yell "Wake Up!" before lifting his foot and stomping on the legs of one.

Jones was booked into the county Jail on a harassment charge.

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10:23 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Judge Seeks Input From AG On Same-Sex Court Issue

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Kentucky judge is seeking input from the state attorney general's office before deciding whether a law exempting spouses from testifying against each other applies to two women in a civil union from Vermont.

Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Susan Schultz Gibson says the attorney general's office should be given a chance to respond.

The Courier-Journal reports the case has become the first legal test in the state over forcing same-sex partners to testify against each other.

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Sports
5:55 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Board Approves Churchill Downs Expansion Plans

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Churchill Downs is planning to add nearly 2,400 seats and a VIP hospitality lounge as part of a $14.5 million project at the home of the Kentucky Derby.

The Grandstand Terrace project was approved this week by the board of the racetrack's parent company.

Churchill officials said Tuesday the new venue will be ready in time for the Derby and the Kentucky Oaks next May.

The Grandstand Terrace will add second- and third-floor seating and will expand and update betting windows, concessions and restrooms.

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2:00 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Gov. Christie, Sen. Paul's War Of Words Continues

Republican Kentucky U-S Senator Rand Paul and New Jersey GOP Governor Chris Christie continue to clash over NSA surveillance and now federal disaster spending
Credit Associated Press

LITTLE FERRY, N.J. — New Jersey's pugnacious Republican governor doesn't appear to want his war of words with fellow GOP'er Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to end anytime soon.

Gov. Chris Christie fired back at Paul on Tuesday for Paul's remark that New Jersey has a "Gimme, gimme gimme" attitude about federal aid for Superstorm Sandy.

The spat began when the two differed over warrantless surveillance programs. Paul is against them, while Christie says they are needed for national security.

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7:18 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Grimes To Officially Kickoff Campaign Tonight In Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Almost a month after announcing she would run for the U.S. Senate, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will kick off her campaign in her hometown of Lexington.

Grimes' campaign said Gov. Steve Beshear will join her for the event, scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The 34-year-old Democrat is seeking to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who will have served 30 years in the Senate when the election is held in November 2014.

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7:13 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Ky. Gets Federal Grant To Help Long Term Unemployed Seek Work

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky has received a nearly $1.3 million federal grant aimed at helping the jobless get back in the workforce.

Gov. Steve Beshear's office says the U.S. Department of Labor grant will be used for in-person assessments in local career centers.

Beshear says the grants will help the unemployed get back to work quicker by giving them individualized services.

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Sports
5:16 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Former Wildcat Center Noel's Rehab Going Well

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Former Kentucky center Nerlens Noel's injured knee is progressing well and he's looking forward to playing again "as soon as possible."

 

The 6-foot-10 Noel is recovering from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, though that didn't prevent the Philadelphia 76ers from acquiring the sixth overall pick by the New Orleans Pelicans in last month's NBA draft.

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1:13 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Ky GOP Spokeswoman Charged With DUI

Los Angeles native, Kelsey Christine Cooper was hired by the Republican Party earlier this year. Fayette County jail records show Cooper was released Sunday after being charged with DUI
Credit Fayette County Detention Center

FRANKFORT, Ky.-- The spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Kentucky has been placed on two-weeks of unpaid suspension after being arrested over the weekend on a charge of driving under the influence.

State GOP Chairman Steve Robertson told the Lexington Herald-Leader that 23-year-old Kelsey Christine Cooper "obviously made a mistake" before being arrested Saturday in Lexington.

Cooper was hired by the Republican Party earlier this year. Fayette County jail records show Cooper was released Sunday.

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