- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Congressman: Wife didn’t lobby on horse bill

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Republican congressman from Kentucky said his lobbyist wife did not improperly spur him to introduce a bill concerning the possible abuse of Tennessee walking horses and there’s no basis for an ethics complaint against him.

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, said in a conference call with reporters on Monday that he had planned to file the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act - the PAST Act - regardless of the role his wife played with her employer. His wife, Constance Harriman Whitfield, is a lobbyist with the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

The U.S. House Ethics Committee notified Whitfield on June 10 that it received a referral from the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. That independent office makes referrals to the House Ethics Committee on which cases warrant further investigation.

“It’s not about any money. It’s not about any payoffs,” Whitfield said. “It’s not about taking a bribe or anything like that.”

Tennessee walking horses are shown throughout the United States. Soring - using an irritant to cause burning or blistering of the horses’ legs in order to accentuate their gaits - occurs only in a few areas such as Tennessee and Kentucky.

Whitfield’s proposal came after a 2010 Report of the Inspector General at the United States Department of Agriculture. In that report, the Inspector General concluded that the current program for inspecting Tennessee Walking Horses for soring abuse is not adequate because the inspectors are hired from participants in the shows.

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Clinton to make 2 appearances with Grimes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton will make two appearances in Kentucky next week with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes’ campaign said last week that Clinton would join her at a rally in eastern Kentucky but didn’t announce where.

On Monday, the campaign said he would be at events in Lexington and Hazard on Wednesday.

Clinton, who twice carried Kentucky as a presidential candidate, appeared at a campaign event with Grimes in Louisville in February.

Grimes, who is trying to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is the daughter of longtime Clinton friend Jerry Lundergan. She is in her first term as Kentucky’s secretary of state.

Kentucky’s Senate race is one of the nation’s most closely watched, with the outcome possibly deciding which party controls the Senate after November.

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Tornado confirmed in southeastern Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Weather officials say a tornado touched down in southeastern Kentucky but caused little damage.

An EF-1 tornado carrying winds of around 75 mph touched down in southern Leslie County for a minute or so Sunday, forecaster Tony Edwards of the National Weather Service office in Jackson told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1uBbXOwhttp://bit.ly/1uBbXOw ).

There was some damage to trees, but no other harm was reported.

Earlier Monday, officials said there didn’t appear to be any touchdowns in the state.

In Lexington, storms damaged more than a dozen homes. Trees and fences were brought down, and power was cut to about 26,000 homes and businesses in central Kentucky. No injuries were reported.

Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz said crews responded to more than 50 storm-related calls in about five hours.

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1 dead, 2 injured in motorcycle club shooting

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - One man is dead and two others were injured after they were shot at an eastern Kentucky motorcycle club.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/UGa3eH) reports the shooting at the club in the Stone community of Pike County happened Sunday during a meeting.

Kentucky State Police have charged 24-year-old Daniel Ward with murder in the shooting. He was taken to the Pike County Detention Center, which did not have attorney information listed in online records.

Ward is accused of killing 29-year-old Bradley Coleman, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The wounded men weren’t identified, and their conditions weren’t known.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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