- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015
Louisville FOP calls activists “liars” and “race-baiters”

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The president of the Louisville police union sparked a firestorm when he issued an open letter calling unspecified activists “sensationalists, liars and race-baiters.”

Dave Mutchler, the president of the River City Fraternal Order of Police and a sergeant in the Louisville Metro Police Department, distributed the two-page letter six days after a police officer shot and killed 35-year-old Deng Manyuon, a Sudanese refugee who attacked him with a flagpole.

Until Mutchler’s letter, public dissent over the shooting had been quiet. There were no hostile demonstrations. Small groups held vigils and questioned the shooting on social media.

But activists on Friday called for his resignation. Dr. Lorie Fridell, an expert on community and police relations, criticized the letter as serving widen the gap between residents and police.

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Conway, Bevin make first joint appearance of campaign

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Democrat Jack Conway vowed Friday to boost spending on early childhood education as Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates made early pitches to a gathering of county officials. Republican Matt Bevin refrained from spending promises, offering a dose of what he sees as financial reality.

“I could sit here and blow smoke to you about how I’m going to give you this, I’m going to give you that,” Bevin said. “Where is the money going to come from? At the end of the day, all these things that you need and want have got to be paid for.”

The candidates offered contrasting messages in speeches to the influential group of judge-executives and magistrates from across Kentucky. Both had cheering sections in the first joint appearance of their campaign to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.

Conway is completing his second term as the state’s attorney general. Bevin is a Louisville businessman.

In his speech, Conway stressed the need to invest in all levels of education but focused on early childhood education as a priority.

“Educating a person is like building a house,” he said. “You lay the foundation first and you build from there. So we are going to invest in early childhood education in a way that you have not seen before.”

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Bankrupt Mid-Continent University plans to sell campus

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) - Leaders of the bankrupt and shuttered Mid-Continent University plan to put the campus up for sale.

The Paducah Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1QGlA9Fhttp://bit.ly/1QGlA9F ) the university’s attorney Mark Whitlow told a judge in bankruptcy court on Thursday that the university intends to list the property for sale.

The campus, which is located north of Mayfield, includes the university’s academic and dormitory buildings.

The university’s vice president of finance and administration Tim Walker says the school’s board will need to vote to put the campus on the market at a meeting on Tuesday.

The university, which closed one year ago, owes around 300 creditors and has previous faculty and staff members to which it owes payments for the 2013-14 school year.

School leaders plan to repay those debts by collecting payments on student debts.

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West Virginia officials kick off tourism marketing campaign

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - With millions of extra dollars for tourism, West Virginia is kicking off a marketing campaign to sell its story to surrounding states.

On Friday, state Tourism Commissioner Amy Shuler Goodwin announced the campaign titled “Real.” The push is based on market research and features West Virginians talking about what their outdoorsy communities have to offer.

Goodwin said the campaign taps into part of $4.7 million extra in newly approved tourism marketing money.

The infusion puts the state tourism marketing budget at almost $7 million. Goodwin said the amount is still dwarfed in some surrounding states.

She said the effort will focus largely on online, digital and social media exposure through video and other media.

Some target markets include parts of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Ohio, Kentucky and North Carolina.

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