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Politics
10:35 am
Tue July 9, 2013

McConnell, Republicans Beat Grimes to the Punch Online

Kentucky Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is losing the online war in the effort to unseat Republican Mitch McConnell.

The first two websites that display following a Google search for the term “Alison Lundergan Grimes for Senate” Tuesday were websites set up by groups aiming to defeat her next year.

The groups behind the two sites paid Google advertising revenue in order to have those websites appear at the top of page, something that is a common practice.

The first return is a website that looks like an official site for Grimes, but is operated by the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Featuring a picture of Grimes next to a picture of President Obama, the site declares the 34-year-old Secretary of State is “not ready” for the U.S. Senate, and contains links to media reports critical of last week’s event in Frankfort where Grimes announced she was entering the Senate race.

A “donate” button at the site links to a page where contributions can be made to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The second website displayed following a Google search for the Grimes Senate campaign is a site run by the McConnell re-election campaign that urges viewers to sign an online petition opposing what it calls President Obama’s “war on coal.”  

Grimes has an official Senate campaign website, but it does not appear until the third page of a Google search.

Regional
8:54 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Beshear Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of Ft. Campbell Soldier

Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff Wednesday in honor of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. Corey E. Garver, 26, of Topsham, Maine, died June 23rd, in Zormat, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. 

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Funeral services and interment for Sgt. Garver will be held July 10 at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

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Regional
4:02 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Flash Flood Watch In Effect Through Sunday Morning

Credit NWS

According to the National Weather Service, another round of scattered showers and thunderstorms is likely Friday afternoon and evening across the region. Additional showers and thunderstorms are likely through Saturday night.

These storms will have the capability to drop two to four inches of rainfall across large parts of the WKU Public Radio coverage area. Isolated amounts of four to six inches will be possible in some areas.

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Regional
12:59 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Judge: Tennessee Acted Illegally When it Arrested Occupy Nashville Protesters

Attorneys representing Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and state agencies are appealing a federal court ruling that says members of the group Occupy Nashville were illegally arrested two years ago.

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger decided last month that Tennessee and local agencies improperly handled protests by the group Occupy Nashville during the fall of 2011. State officials said the Occupy encampment at the War Memorial Plaza was a public safety concern.

The Tennessean reports Judge Trauger said that when arrests were made the state was essentially making law by fiat and violating the first amendment rights of protesters.

Tennessee officials created what they called a “use policy” that essentially outlawed overnight use of the plaza for assembling. After some protesters refused to leave, the Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 55 people.

Following the arrests, a federal court issued a restraining order, preventing the state from enforcing its new policy.

Politics
2:33 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Reviews Are In: Grimes Senate Kick-Off "Underwhelming"

Alison Lundergan Grimes

It's safe to say this isn't the start Alison Lundergan Grimes--or her supporters--had in mind when they envisioned their effort to take out Kentucky's powerful senior U.S. Senator, Mitch McConnell.

Grimes ended months of speculation Monday afternoon when she announced she will seek the Democratic party's nomination for the 2014 Senate race. But in doing so, she raised as many questions as she answered.

One of Kentucky's best political reporters, Ryan Alessi of cn/2's "Pure Politics", says supporters who met with Grimes in Frankfort Monday before she announced her decision described the meeting as "unorthodox,” “unprecedented,” “fascinating” and, at times, “surreal.”

According to Alessi, Grimes seemed to be undecided on whether or not to run during the pre-announcement meeting, and asked those in attendance what they thought she should do. After meeting for nearly an hour, the consensus formed that Grimes should run for Senate.

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