- Associated Press - Saturday, September 13, 2014
Kentucky Senator Paul rallies GOP in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016, whipped up the faithful in a visit to New Hampshire on Friday, lighting into President Barack Obama and the state’s mostly Democratic Congressional delegation.

Headlining a “Unity Breakfast” Friday morning in Manchester, Paul maintains that Obama had overstepped his authority by leaving Congress out of key decisions including the use of military force in Iraq and Syria.

“Does this not scare the you-know-what out of you,” Paul asked to cheers from the 350 Republicans, including the entire slate of statewide candidates and most of the candidates they defeated in Tuesday’s primary.

Later Friday, Paul endorsed Scott Brown for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Brown is the former senator from Massachusetts who moved to New Hampshire in December and won Tuesday’s primary to set up a run against Shaheen. Paul faulted Shaheen for supporting Obama’s agenda, including health care overhaul, but tied it all to one theme.

“The top of the list is his disregard for the constitution,” Paul said.

The senator implored the Republicans to work together after a sometimes testy primary, saying they could win in November and help retake control of the Senate.


Hunt still on for missing Kentucky men

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Investigators hope hikers taking advantage of a warm weekend around Mount Hood will turn up clues to the disappearance of two Kentucky men who appear to have come to Oregon to camp in the woods but didn’t hit the trail.

State Police said Friday the two went to a ranger station Sept. 2 and said they were interested in hiking, perhaps on the Pacific Crest Trail.

But authorities found their car abandoned along a highway with so much camping gear - such as sleeping bags and a stove - that it was hard to conclude they’d left it behind to go out for several days.

Police say 59-year-old John Kevin Wood and his 32-year-old son, Jason Wood of Bardstown haven’t been in touch with family or neighbors since mid-August.


Teen found dead in home, mother abducted, killed

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky teenager was killed while trying to protect his mother from her estranged boyfriend, and the woman was abducted and later found dead in Ohio during a multistate police search, a sheriff said Friday.

The suspect, Terry Froman, 41, of Brookport, Illinois, was taken into custody in the Cincinnati area and faced murder and kidnapping charges back in Kentucky, said Dewayne Redmon, the Graves County sheriff in western Kentucky.

Froman suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital for treatment, he said.

Froman’s vehicle was stopped along Interstate 75 by Ohio authorities, who found 34-year-old Kim Thomas dead inside, the sheriff said.

Earlier Friday, authorities found the body of her 17-year-old son, Michael E. Mohney, in the living room of his mother’s home in Mayfield, Kentucky, while checking on Thomas after she failed to report to work, Redmon said. There were signs of a struggle, he said.

“What we believe, apparently the son intervened and tried to protect his mother, and it cost him his life,” the sheriff said.


Atmos, company reach $3.5 million settlement

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Texas energy company will get $3.5 million as part of a settlement reached on Friday with a Kentucky company to end long-running litigation over a dispute about oil and gas royalties.

Under the terms of the agreement, Resource Energy Technologies, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009, and its owner John F. Charles of Park City, Kentucky, and the estate of Robert E. Thorpe Jr., will drop all legal claims against Atmos Energy of Dallas. Charles will also be required to pay $15,000 immediately to Atmos. The settlement does not require any party to admit fault.

Atmos also agreed not to pursue any further legal action against Charles or Resource Energy as long as the settlement is paid in a timely fashion.

Atmos sued Resource Energy Technologies in federal court in 2011, alleging misrepresentation and unjust enrichment by Resource Energy and another company’s owners.

That suit came after a jury in Edmonson County awarded the landowners and Resource Energy $24.7 million a year earlier. That judgment came in a lawsuit brought by landowners who claimed they didn’t get their rightful royalties from an oil and gas project. A state appeals court overturned that verdict in 2013.

Judge Joy A. Moore, writing for the court, concluded that the landowners failed to make a case against Atmos Energy on several fronts. The landowners argued that they did not receive royalties from the gas and oil produced on their lands. Moore noted that, under Kentucky law, landowners have no claim to own oil and gas found under their property once a lease is signed - the product belongs to the person who signed the lease to drill.

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