- Associated Press - Monday, November 3, 2014
McConnell, Grimes campaign in Madisonville parade

MADISDONVILLE, Ky. (AP) - As the daughter, granddaughter and mother of coal miners, Kathy Bartlett did not hesitate when Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell motioned for her to approach the Ford Thunderbird he was riding in the annual Madisonville Veterans Day Parade.

“My sons work underground. Third shift,” a smiling Bartlett said after she had her photo taken with the Senate Republican leader. McConnell “has always supported coal. He’s for the working class.”

Less than 100 feet behind McConnell, Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes and about two dozen of her supporters - including a contingent from the United Mineworkers of America - chanted in the 30-year incumbents ear: “Hey hey! ho ho! Mitch McConnell has got to go!”

“She’s more interested in coal mining than Obama thought about being,” retired coal miner John Hancock said. “She’s a good Kentucky girl. She knows what coal mining is about.”

The parade in western Kentucky’s coal country was one of the few times the candidates have been spotted together in the course of their closely-watched campaign. And it came just two days before an election that could make McConnell the Senate majority leader or propel Grimes into political superstardom for knocking off the Senate Republican leader.

A new NBC/Marist poll on Sunday showed Grimes has a lot of work to do by Tuesday. McConnell had the support of 50 percent of likely voters, while Grimes had 41 percent. Libertarian candidate David Patterson had 5 percent, with 3 percent undecided. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.2 percent.

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Police search for Lexington church burglar

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Lexington police are searching for a suspect in a church burglary.

According to WKYT-TV (http://bit.ly/1wUXWf0 ), police believe the person who robbed the church Friday night may have also broken into the apartment of one of the church’s members.

Nevada Frizzell’s place was burglarized a few hours before two televisions were stolen from the church.

Frizzell said she’s part of a church group that helps people break free of addictions. She and some of the other members believe one of those individuals may have been responsible for the burglaries.

“I don’t want to say it’s a slap in the face but that’s what it feels like,” said church member Thea Wells. “We put our hearts out for these people more than just Friday night and Sunday morning and they know we’re here to help and serve and all they had to do was ask.”

Police said they’re checking nearby security cameras to see if they caught the burglar breaking into the church.

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Garth Brooks shoots hoops with Ky. youth

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Garth Brooks took time from his tour in Lexington, Kentucky to shoot a few hoops with some local youth.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1s5gSB3) reports that Brooks and Teammates for Kids, an organization he co-founded, provided a basketball camp for kids Saturday at the Joe Craft Center on the University of Kentucky campus.

Brooks was in Lexington to perform at Rupp Arena over two nights.

A camp will be held in every city of Brooks’ world tour. Brooks and the organization’s athletes volunteer to coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, hockey or soccer.

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Georgia’s run defense given crushing reality check

A humiliating loss at Florida did more than end Georgia’s national championship hopes.

The 38-20 loss to the Gators on Saturday left the No. 17 Bulldogs wondering if they’ll be able to stop any team’s running attack. That’s a major concern with games remaining against the power run games of Auburn and Georgia Tech.

Florida rushed for 418 yards, the second-most ever allowed by Georgia. It was a shocking reality check for a Georgia defense which had ranked second in the Southeastern Conference against the run.

Coach Mark Richt said Sunday he knows Kentucky will try to follow Florida’s run-first strategy.

“I think everybody that plays us from here on in is going to be saying ‘Let’s run the rock,’” Richt said. “They’ll watch that film and say ‘Hey, we can do that, too.’”

Richt said the defense must return to “playing good fundamental football.” The 418 yards rushing were the most against Georgia since 1978, when Auburn ran for 430.

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