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SCHOOL SAFETY-KENTUCKY

Beshear signs bill to require school officers to be armed

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has signed legislation requiring that law enforcement officers to carry weapons when assigned to provide security at schools. The measure won bipartisan support in the state House and Senate. The measure is a follow-up to last year's sweeping school safety law, which did not specify whether school police officers needed to carry a weapon. The school safety efforts are in response to the 2018 shooting at Marshall County High School in western Kentucky, where two 15-year-old students were killed. More than a dozen others were injured when another student opened fire.

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE-KENTUCKY

Bill revamping assistance programs clears Kentucky House

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House has passed a bill to revamp public assistance programs and tighten enforcement to prevent suspected fraud. The politically divisive proposal cleared the Republican-run House on a 58-32 vote Friday. It now heads to the GOP-dominated Senate. The sweeping measure aims to shift more people off public assistance and into the workforce. But Democratic lawmakers objected to portions they see as punitive against the poor. The bill's sponsors include the House's top two Republican leaders.

PRISON FIRE-KENTUCKY

Fire at Kentucky prison forces inmates to be relocated

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says a fire has broken out at an eastern Kentucky prison. The governor said Friday that the fire forced authorities to relocate about 500 inmates. He says no injuries have been reported from the fire at the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex. It's a medium-security facility in Morgan County. Beshear says authorities believe the cause was “mechanical in nature." Officials say the inmates were moved to a gymnasium on the prison grounds.

BABYSITTER-INTOXICATED DRIVING

Police: Intoxicated babysitter sped with 6 unrestrained kids

HARTFORD, Ky. (AP) — Six children not wearing seat belts were reportedly riding in an SUV driven by their babysitter, who police in Kentucky say was speeding and driving under the influence. News outlets report 18-year-old Krislon Talbott was pulled over Wednesday on I-165 after state troopers said she was going 97 mph in a 70 mph zone. Troopers say three children were unrestrained in the back seat and another three were sleeping in the rear cargo space of the SUV. Troopers say all of the children were under the age of five. Social services took the children. Talbott and two other women in the vehicle were booked into jail.

FISHING COACH CHARGED

Former fishing coach pleads guilty to sex abuse

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A former high school fishing coach in Kentucky has pleaded guilty to charges of sex abuse and child pornography. WPSD-TV reports John Parks admitted to one count on each charge in a plea agreement Thursday. He was originally charged with one count of sex abuse and 10 counts of possession or viewing of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.  The station reports other counts were dismissed. Parks is the former McCracken County High School fishing coach. A 15-year-old student reported last year that Parks touched him in an intimate matter and sent him inappropriate text messages.

FATAL CRASH-WHITE SUPREMACIST

Woman pleads guilty to crash that killed white supremacist

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with a car crash that killed a white supremacist leader. Emily Sherry entered her plea Thursday in the April 2018 death of Robert Ransdell. Police say 24-year-old Sherry was driving under the influence when she veered into oncoming traffic and struck Ransdell's car. Ransdell was pronounced dead at the scene. Ransdell led a white supremacist group based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky in 2014. Sherry faces up to 17 and 1/2 years in prison at sentencing, which is scheduled for March 31.