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Abortion rights advocates say Indiana Gov. Mike Pence should veto a bill that would ban abortions sought because the fetus has a genetic abnormality such as Down syndrome.

About 30 activists spoke out against the measure Monday at the Statehouse and delivered a petition with about 2,700 signatures asking Pence to reject the bill.

After the measure was passed last week, a national group representing gynecologists wrote a letter to Pence also urging a veto.

The governor could allow the law to go into effect by simply not acting on it within seven days after the bill is filed to his office. As of Monday morning, the bill had not yet reached Pence's desk.

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An Allen County could be sentenced to death if convicted in the death of a young girl last fall. 

Timothy Madden is charged with kidnapping, murder, rape, and sodomy in the death of seven-year-old Gabbi Doolin. 

Allen County Commonwealth’s Attorney Clint Willis says he consulted with the girl’s family before reaching his decision to seek the death penalty. 

Madden’s defense attorney Travis Lock says he wasn’t caught off guard by the prosecutor’s decision.

"This was not a decision that was unanticipated by the defense.  We have known since day one the commonwealth would likely seek capital punishment," Lock told WKU Public Radio.  "What penalty the commonwealth elects to seek has little if any bearing on how the underlying case is defended.  What penalty the commonwealth elects to seek does not change the facts of the underlying allegations or the underlying charges in this indictment."

Doolin’s body was found in a creek behind Allen County-Scottsville High School after being reported missing during a youth football game last November.  Madden was arrested a week later.  Investigators say evidence recovered from the girl’s body matched Madden’s DNA.  The 38-year-old Madden maintains his innocence.

Kentucky State Police say Ben Wyatt has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting a Simpson County Sheriff's Deputy Thursday who was attempting to serve Wyatt with a warrant.

Wyatt was being held in the Simpson County Detention Center where he was also served with a bench warrant for Failure to Appear.

Kentucky State Police says Wyatt fired on the deputy, Eddie Lawson, striking him twice. The deputy was able to return fire and hit Wyatt once in the left arm.

The suspect fled but was quickly apprehended, and both he and the deputy were hospitalized.

Deputy Lawson was taken to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, where he was in stable condition.

Wyatt was treated at the Medical Center in Bowling Green.

Kentucky State Police are investigating how two inmates from the Warren County Jail walked away from a work detail this week. 

Twenty-five-year-old Bates Cole was captured the same day, while 23-year-old Anthony Embry was taken into custody after a two-day search. 

Warren County Jailer Jackie Strode told WKU Public Radio that all inmates who work outside are considered low-risk offenders.

"Nobody can be on it that has assaultive-type charges. Nobody can be on it that has sexual-type charges. It has to be lower felonies such as child support, forgery, maybe DUI-4th, that kind of thing."

The inmates eligible for work release are serving a five-year sentence or less.  Cole was in jail for violating parole. Embry was also serving time for a parole violation, as well as charges of Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Giving an Officer False Name or Address.

Asked how Embry was considered low-risk, Jailer Strode said the Kentucky Department of Corrections determines what classification level inmates are assigned.

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Police have captured an inmate from the Warren County Jail who escaped Monday afternoon. 

Twenty-three-year-old Anthony Embry of Morgantown walked away from a work detail on Church Avenue in Bowling Green. 

Embry was found on Morgantown Road just before 10 a.m. Wednesday. According to the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Embry had in his possession a firearm and a machete at the time of his arrest and additional charges will be filed. 

Embry was already being held on several charges, including Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Probation Violation.

A second inmate, Bates Cole who escaped with Embry, was caught Monday night. 

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One inmate has been captured, but another is still at large after they walked about from a Warren County Regional Jail work detail Monday afternoon.

Kentucky State Police said in a news release that 25 year old Bates Cole was taken into custody overnight. The search is still underway for 23 year old Anthony Embry.

Embry, of Morgantown, is described as 5'3" tall and 170 pounds. He has brown hair that may possibly be shaved and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a brown hoodie, white t-shirt and blue jeans.

Embry was being held in jail on charges of Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Giving an Officer a False name or Address and Probation Violation. Bates was being held for a Parole Violation.

West Virginia Boy Claims Kentucky Suspect Targeted Him

Mar 7, 2016

A Kentucky State Police affidavit says a man charged in the killing of a 7-year-old girl was identified by a West Virginia boy as someone who allegedly tried to lure him into a vehicle a month before the girl's death.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports Detective Wesley Medley filed the affidavit for a search warrant last month in the case of Timothy Madden of Scottsville.

Madden has pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping, rape and sodomy charges in the November death of Gabriella Doolin.

The affidavit says a boy watching a television account of Madden's arrest told his father that the suspect was the same man who allegedly asked him and another boy to get into his vehicle Oct. 9 at a gas station in Mason, West Virginia.

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Update: The Kentucky State Police said missing Simpson County teenager Julia Bingham has been located.

A statement issued to the media Saturday morning said the 17 year old was home Friday night.

Original story:

Kentucky State Police are looking for a missing juvenile from Simpson County.

Judge Blocks Indiana’s Syrian Refugee Order

Mar 1, 2016
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A federal judge in Indianapolis has blocked Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s order barring state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in Indiana.

Monday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt comes in response to a request for a preliminary injunction from the group Exodus Refugee Immigration, which helps resettle refugees.

Pratt wrote in her 36-page opinion that the governor’s directive “clearly discriminates against Syrian refugees based on their national origin.”

More than two dozen states, most with Republican governors, have taken similar action to suspend Syrian resettlement programs.

Pence had cited concerns following the deadly Paris terrorist attacks when issuing the order in November. He’s noted a passport found near one of the suicide bombers had been registered along the route asylum seekers from Syria are taking through Europe.

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The Bowling Green City Commission will vote Tuesday on the hiring of ten police officers.  This will be the first round of hiring since the federal government launched an investigation into the hiring practices of the city police department.

Among the new hires are four African-Americans and one Hispanic.  The city has been working to recruit and hire more minorities since a Department of Justice investigation last summer found the city should have more black officers based on its population. 

While some changes have been made to recruit more minority candidates, Human Resources Director Mike Grubbs says the city is still hiring the overall best candidates.

"The police department looks at character for hiring.   They can train someone to be a police officer," Grubbs told WKU Public Radio.  "Candidates have to meet certain minimum requirements, which all of our candidates did, but they have to have good character and good background, and the department has not wavered on that."

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Police in Allen County are investigating a murder at a nursing home. 

Thirty-five-year-old Robert Reynolds, who had his name legally changed to The Reverend, lived at the Scottsville Manor nursing home where he allegedly killed 71-year-old Gary Glueck Thursday afternoon.  Strangulation was determined as his cause of death. 

Scottsville Police Detective John Rose told the Bowling Green Daily News that the two residents had been in a verbal altercation prior to the killing.  The Reverend is being held in the Allen County Detention Center. 

As the small town deals with its fourth murder in as many months, a local church has arranged a community prayer service for Friday tonight.

Police say a man has fatally shot a co-worker at a fast-food restaurant in central Kentucky.

Media cited a statement from the Elizabethtown Police Department in reporting that 27-year-old Joshua Lee Ratliff is facing charges including murder and fleeing from police in the shooting Thursday evening at a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant.

News outlets report Ratliff entered a not guilty plea Friday morning to the charges.

An arrest citation accuses Ratliff of shooting 22-year-old Ryan Birse of Elizabethtown nine times. The citation says Ratliff entered the establishment, located Birse and began firing.

A customer, Michelle Piercy, told The News-Enterprise that she ran outside with her teenage son after hearing shots behind the counter and dialed 911 while hiding behind a car.

Police are investigating. They have not release a motive.

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The attorney hired to represent Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky in a lawsuit over abortion services says he’ll ask a judge to dismiss the case.

Speaking Friday for the first time on behalf of the Planned Parenthood branch, Louisville attorney Thomas Clay claims the suit is not based on facts.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services filed the lawsuit this week against the Planned Parenthood branch, seeking more than $900,000 in fines.

“There are a number of issues that are raised in this complaint and we intend to assert every lawful defense we can and pursue any other legal remedy that might be available,” Clay said.

State officials allege the health services provider violated state law after providing 23 abortions earlier this year without first having obtained a proper license.

Henderson County Judge-Executive Passes Away

Feb 19, 2016
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The leader of Henderson County has died.  Judge-Executive Hugh McCormick announced last week that he would have a cancerous tumor removed from his lung. 

Two days later, the surgery was performed and he was placed in intensive care at a hospital, where he passed away Thursday.  Magistrate George Warren was surprised and saddened by the news.

"Doctors told him they found the cancer in the early stages," Warren told WKU Public Radio.  "What ended up happening was that they had to remove a complete lung, and because of other health conditions, breathing on his own was the issue.  Subsequent to the surgery, we were very optimistic that he would be coming back."

The 58-year-old McCormick served Henderson County more than 25 years, first as a magistrate, and then as judge-executive.  Colleagues remember him as someone who wasn't afraid to make touch decisions while always keeping the county's best interests in mind.

The fiscal court will meet in special session Saturday to choose a magistrate to serve as interim judge-executive.  Governor Bevin has 30 days to make an appointment and that person will serve until the November general election.

Kentucky Agency Suing Planned Parenthood Over Abortions

Feb 18, 2016
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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's administration is asking a judge to penalize a Louisville Planned Parenthood facility for performing abortions without a valid license.

Bevin, a staunchly anti-abortion Republican, ordered abortions halted at the downtown facility after learning last month that it was performing the procedures. Planned Parenthood says it got approval from former Gov. Steve Beshear's administration, which left office in December.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services sued Thursday in Jefferson County Circuit Court, seeking up to nearly $700,000 in fines. The lawsuit says some materials submitted with Planned Parenthood's application were a "complete sham" and the cabinet's former inspector general was a "sympathetic advocate willing to ignore law."

Judi Morrison, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, says the group was reviewing the lawsuit Thursday afternoon.