- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015
Burning body found in front of Louisville home

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Police say a burning body was discovered in front of a home in a neighborhood west of downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

According to The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1dWt1Iq), the body was discovered on the sidewalk in the Russell community around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police Spokesman Dwight Mitchell said the body has not been identified, but is believed to be a man. He said it’s unclear if the man lived at the residence.

The case remains under investigation.

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Lexington robbery suspect dies after crashing car

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Lexington police say a bank robbery suspect was killed when he lost control of his car on Interstate 75 and crashed into a rock wall.

According to WKYT-TV (http://bit.ly/1dlczR6), the man identified as 30-year-old Lonnie Ray Hatfield of Richmond reportedly walked into a bank on around 10 a.m. Saturday and demanded cash.

A witness who saw him leave the bank and get into a car gave police a description of the vehicle.

While patrolling I-75, police noticed a car that matched the description and attempted a traffic stop near mile marker 107.

Officials say the suspect refused to stop and continued south along I-75. He exited the interstate onto a ramp where he apparently lost control of his car and struck the wall. Hatfield was pronounced dead at the scene.

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State statistics show decline in abortion in Kentucky

Statistics supplied by the state reflect a double-digit drop in the number of abortions performed in Kentucky between 2010 and 2014. The Associated Press collected the latest annual numbers of abortions from health departments in all 45 of the U.S. states that compile such data on a comprehensive basis.

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KENTUCKY ADVOCATES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE DEBATE:

-Michael Janocik, assistant director of the Kentucky Right to Life Association: “Based on the long and consistent trend of fewer and fewer abortions procured each year, one thing is clear: the more women learn about abortion, the more likely they are to choose life-affirming alternatives such as adoption. Though we are encouraged by Kentucky’s lowest abortion numbers in decades, 3,442 abortions is still 3,442 too many. So long as Roe v. Wade’s abortion-on-demand is the law of the land, we have much work to do.”

-Derek Selznick, the ACLU of Kentucky’s Reproductive Freedom Project Director: “This latest study’s findings seem to follow a trend, abortion rates are on the decline and have been for some years. Changes in abortion rates may be attributed to several variables, but we know that when women have access to affordable, effective methods of contraception there are fewer unintended pregnancies, and therefore fewer abortions. Here in the commonwealth specifically, the Affordable Care Act has allowed thousands of Kentuckians to gain access to quality health care coverage, some for the very first time. This coverage is not only leading to better health outcomes for Kentuckians overall, but has expanded access to long-term contraceptives. Despite declining rates of abortion in Kentucky and across the country, legislative efforts to restrict access to the safe and legal procedure are on a meteoric rise.”

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Injured Indiana All-Star Speidel gets high school diploma

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana All-Star basketball player seriously injured in a February car crash has received his high school diploma.

Josh Speidel was able to stand up from his wheelchair to accept the diploma Saturday from Columbus North High School.

Speidel was recently released from a rehabilitation hospital after suffering a head injury in the crash. Before the crash, he had accepted a full scholarship to play basketball for the University of Vermont. Those plans are on hold for at least a year as Speidel begins outpatient physical therapy in Indianapolis.

Speidel was named to The Associated Press third-team all-state squad and chosen for the Indiana All-Stars, although he won’t play in the two-game series with Kentucky next weekend.

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