- Associated Press - Thursday, June 26, 2014
Corvette museum likely to keep part of sinkhole

A massive sinkhole that swallowed eight prized sports cars at the National Corvette Museum has become such a popular attraction that officials want to preserve it - and may even put one or two of the crumpled cars back inside the hole.

The board of the museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, said Wednesday it is in favor of preserving a large section of the sinkhole that opened up beneath the museum in February. It happened when the museum was closed, and no one was injured.

What started as a tragedy has turned into an opportunity to lure more people off a nearby interstate to visit the museum, which struggled in prior years to keep its doors open, museum officials said.

“This gives us one more asset … to be able to attract those folks that maybe just having Corvettes on display would not get them to come here,” museum Executive Director Wendell Strode said in a telephone interview. “We think it will continue for some time to be of great interest.”

The damaged cars toppled like toys amid rocks, concrete and dirt when the sinkhole opened up in the museum’s Skydome. The cars carry a total value believed to exceed $1 million. The extent of damage varies widely from car to car.

The cars were eventually pulled out of the giant hole to great fanfare. Visitors can take a close look at the sinkhole and the damaged vehicles.

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Outside groups battle for state House control

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - While Kentucky’s expensive U.S. Senate race is dominating the airwaves, a quieter fundraising battle is shaping up over control of the state House of Representatives.

Democrats have a 54-46 majority in the state House of Representatives. Republicans have not had a majority since 1920.

AmeriGOP, a Republican group focusing on state House races, announced Wednesday that it has hired a former member of Mitt Romney’s campaign staff to lead its fundraising and operations. Bowling Green native Kathryn Breiwa was the Romney campaign’s deputy director for external affairs, working out of the campaign’s Boston headquarters to supervise 150 interns and handle security clearances for guests and donors.

In Kentucky, Breiwa will focus on raising money to promote GOP candidates in state House races this fall. AmeriGOP Chairman Richard Knock said he hopes to raise $500,000 for the fall elections. It cost about $150,000 to run a week’s worth of TV ads in Louisville, the state’s most expensive market, according to Mike Ward, a former congressman who is now a political consultant.

With the U.S. Senate race expected to dominate the airwaves, Knock says AmeriGOP could use the money on direct mail, phone calls and one-on-one interviews with voters. He said he’d like to target voters who live in in and around the state’s second congressional district, which includes portions of western and central Kentucky.

“I think we’re in awfully good shape this year. I think that the state of Kentucky in so many aspects has been mismanaged,” he said, referring to Democrats who control the state House of Representatives and five of the six constitutional offices. Republicans control the state Senate.

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