- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014
Camping World founder dies in fall at Ky. home

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - David Garvin, a Kentucky entrepreneur who founded the retail chain Camping World, died Saturday morning in an accidental fall at his home.

A spokesman for the Warren County sheriff’s office says Garvin was on the roof of his home in Bowling Green when he slipped and fell.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports ( https://bit.ly/1zZdGulhttps://bit.ly/1zZdGul ) Garvin, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Garvin founded the business that would become Camping World in 1966 at age 23, starting a store and mail-order business that sold camping products. Camping World expanded over the years to become a marketer of RVs, with 100 stores and 5,000 employees.

Funeral arrangements at J.C. Kirby and Son in Bowling Green were pending. Camping World posted a tribute to Garvin on its website Sunday.

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Payday lenders to face stronger scrutiny

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Payday lenders in Kentucky are coming under increasing restrictions because of a pair of laws passed by the state and federal governments at the start of the decade.

The Kentucky General Assembly in 2010 enacted a measure creating a database, “Veritec,” to flag suspicious transactions. It records each loan via a Social Security number, driver’s license number, address and other personal information.

Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau which began regulating payday lenders in 2011.

State banking agency commissioner Charles Vice told The Courier-Journal (cjky.it/1mSLtPP) that the rules have been a huge tool for regulators, who have seen the amount of fines collected increase in recent years. As of August, the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions had issued 68 fines to payday lenders, compared to 70 for all of last year. There were 50 in 2012 and 40 in 2011.

“It’s been a tremendous tool for us,” Vice said. “That is why our fines are increasing.”

He said the most common violation has been the falsification of personal information to extend credit beyond a borrower’s limit. An outlet of ACE Cash Express at 2113 W. Broadway was fined $1,000 in April for such a violation, state records show.

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State police trooper struck by car on I-65

LEBANON JUNCTION, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky State Police trooper is recuperating in a Louisville hospital after he was struck by a motorist during a traffic stop on Interstate 65.

Trooper Sam Shacklette was walking to a car he had stopped for speeding on the interstate near the Bullitt County line on Saturday when he was hit.

State Police say a Ford SUV driven by 43-year-old Louis Edward Dunn hit the parked vehicle and Shacklette, throwing the officer about 50 feet. Shacklette was taken to University Of Louisville Hospital where he was in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries Saturday night. No one else was hurt.

Dunn was cited for failing to give right of way to an emergency stopped vehicle and operating on an expired license, no insurance.                            

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Berea to hold public meeting on gay rights law

BEREA, Ky. (AP) - The city of Berea has scheduled two meetings in September to discuss a proposed city law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The proposal, modeled after several other so-called fairness ordinances that have passed around the state, would outlaw discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

The Richmond Register reports (https://bit.ly/1qttyDbhttps://bit.ly/1qttyDb ) the council will review the measure Sept. 2 and hold a public forum on Sept. 16.

City Administrator Randy Stone says the ordinance could be up for a second reading as early as Oct. 2.

In July, the Berea Human Rights Commission reported that it has fielded four complaints of discrimination, but it has not investigated them because it lacks a local ordinance giving it legal authority.

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