- Associated Press - Monday, March 10, 2014
Pedestrian struck by van, killed

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Authorities say a pedestrian was struck by a van and killed in a Louisville neighborhood.

WAVE-TV (http://bit.ly/1i1EAM7) reports 40-year-old Felecia Burton of Lexington was struck by a van around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday in Okolona. Her friends told police that they had just left a bar and that Burton staggered into the roadway before being hit. Officials say alcohol may have been a factor.

Burton was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma.

Authorities say they don’t expect any charges to be filed against the van’s driver, who has not been identified.

Louisville Police Department spokeswoman Carey Klain said the area was dark and that the driver of the van could not see the woman.

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Woman charged with murder in domestic dispute

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Authorities say a man who was shot during a domestic dispute at a Louisville home has died and his girlfriend has been charged with killing him.

According to WHAS-TV (http://bit.ly/1iobrt3), the Jefferson County coroner said 29-year-old Ollie Davis died from a gunshot wound to the upper abdomen he sustained on Feb. 26.

Davis’ girlfriend, 33-year-old Candra McWhorter, was arrested last week and charged with assault. Authorities say she is now charged with murder.

Officers said the two were arguing when McWhorter grabbed a gun and shot Davis. Davis was critically wounded and was taken to University Hospital where he later died.

McWhorter was to be arraigned on Monday.

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Airline to offer 2 new nonstop flights

HEBRON, Ky. (AP) - Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air will start nonstop service from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to two locations in South Carolina and Florida in May.

The Kentucky Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1lLj6pVhttp://cin.ci/1lLj6pV ) reports the discount airline announced last week that it plans to offer two nonstop flights a week to both Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the Tampa, Fla., region. Allegiant also plans to double its nonstop flights to the Fort Myers, Fla., region to four a week.

The Myrtle Beach and Tampa Bay flights will be seasonal, starting in May and ending in August.

Allegiant is offering an introductory, one-way discount fare of $59 to Myrtle Beach and Tampa Bay. Seats must be booked on Allegiant.com, and the offer ends March 11.

Cincinnati is the fastest-growing non-vacation site in Allegiant’s 15-year history. The airline’s expansion also could be another indication that local fliers are supporting low-cost service at the city’s main airport after the years-long cuts by the dominant carrier, Delta Air Lines.

“If we had not seen strong demand on those routes, we definitely would have thought twice about adding two more destinations,” Allegiant Air spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said. “People are really excited to have a low-cost option at an airport that has traditionally seen some very high fares.”

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Mexican border city hopes to lure spring breakers

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) - The sidewalks are empty on Alvaro Obregon Avenue. Restaurants and souvenir shops lining the once popular thoroughfare are gutted and shuttered. The sign in front of an abandoned karaoke bar is now ripped and dilapidated, riddled underneath with three spray-painted tombstones.

The thousands of spring breakers who flooded over each March from the nearby Texas resorts are gone. The drug war drove them off, leaving a void of tourism in a city that years ago gave up trying to cater to such crowds.

But in the midst of a three-year increase in American tourism in Mexico, communities along the Rio Grande see potential to win back some of the tourists and revitalize an industry that has gone dormant since the cartel violence erupted south of the border.

In Matamoros, a new tourism director is pouring $2 million into luring Mexican visitors for Holy Week in April, with an eye toward implementing a similar plan next year that would focus on spring breakers who flock to South Padre Island, Texas.

“We used to see waves of people along the main boulevard,” said Julio Mejia, who took over as tourism director in December. “But the area wasn’t promoted properly.”

Matamoros, nestled just south of the Texas border and along the Gulf of Mexico, plans to open a children’s water park and build a pier at Costa Azul beach to attract tourists from nearby Coahuila and Nuevo Leon states. A more detailed plan will be worked out later for how to attract American tourists next year, but a pivotal part of the endeavor will involve working with business owners to reopen their restaurants and bars.

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