- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014
Democrats could have few options in 2015 primary

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - After announcing his candidacy for governor in May, Attorney General Jack Conway had back surgery in December and announced he would have a limited schedule for the rest of the year.

He can afford to take it easy.

The two-term Attorney General is the only major candidate in the running for the Democratic nomination for governor with about a month to go before the filing deadline. Geoff Young, a little-known former state employee from Lexington, has also filed.

“I would say it’s unprecedented,” said former Democratic Gov. Paul Patton, who survived a five-way primary in 1995 on his way to becoming the state’s first two-term governor. “It’s not bad, but I don’t know that you’d call it good.”

Since 1975, Kentucky’s Democratic primaries for governor have had as many as nine candidates in 1979 and as few as four candidates in 1991. Only twice during that span did a Democrat win the nomination with more than 50 percent of the vote. In 1979, John Y. Brown won the nine-way primary with less than 30 percent of the vote.

Of course, Democrats defeated Republicans in all but one of those elections, and currently hold five of six statewide elected offices. But the GOP has gained ground in recent years, and many Democrats credit the grueling primary process for perfecting their party’s candidates. That’s why some Democrats are still searching for someone to challenge Conway for the nomination as Republicans, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, are gearing up for what looks to be a contentious primary of their own.


Army officials hold sessions to discuss future reductions

FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) - Army officials in Fort Knox, Kentucky are seeking comment from the public on future reductions.

Fort Knox and Department of the Army headquarters officials will be holding a community listening session on Jan. 6.

The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

It’s intended to provide area leaders and residents a forum to comment on factors they believe Army leadership should consider when making decisions about force reductions and restructuring that could affect the greater Fort Knox area.

The Army must reduce and reorganize its force structure to achieve the fiscal reductions required by the Budget Control Act of 2011, while staying postured to best meet the nation’s defense needs.

Fort Knox’s session will be one of 30 Army installation sessions that will take place through March 2015.


Louisville theatre to screen ‘The Interview’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A theatre in Louisville will screen “The Interview” on Christmas Day.

The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/1xbQcDt) reports Village 8 Theatres will show the movie as part of a limited release of the film.

The political satire about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prompted a cyberattack on Sony Entertainment and a threat of violence if the movie wasn’t pulled.

Sony announced last week that it wouldn’t show the movie, but reversed course this week after public outcry and criticism from President Barack Obama.

The film will be shown in about 200 theaters nationwide.



Towing vessel collides with barge on Ohio River

JOPPA, Ill. (AP) - A vessel towing a load of crude oil has collided with a barge carrying a shipment of sand on the Ohio River near the southern Illinois village of Joppa.

The Coast Guard says it has a crew responding to the accident, which took place around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard says one of the oil barges was damaged but remains intact and is not leaking. It is holding an estimated 921,000 gallons of crude.

The sand barge that was hit sank outside the navigable waterway.

A Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit from Paducah, Kentucky, was overseeing recovery efforts.

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