- Associated Press - Saturday, August 22, 2015
Paul, Bevin campaigns converge in central Kentucky

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - Rand Paul and Matt Bevin were both little known businessmen with big political ambitions who decided to take on U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

The only difference is Paul won.

Their campaigns converged Friday in a joint appearance in south-central Kentucky.

Now Paul, five years removed from defeating McConnell’s candidate in the Republican primary en route to his U.S. Senate seat, is running for president. And Bevin, one year after losing badly to McConnell in the Senate primary, is Kentucky’s Republican nominee for governor.

Both men toured south central Kentucky on Friday, but for different reasons. Bevin is trying to unify Republican voters following his brutal primary history while Paul is trying to sway state party leaders to let him run for president and re-election to his Senate seat at the same time. Their campaigns converged in Somerset on Friday night with a joint rally at Bevin’s campaign office that featured a crowd of enthusiastic and, in some cases, suspicious supporters.

“It’s empty,” 52-year-old Erick Murrer said of Paul’s support of Bevin, noting that Paul supported McConnell instead of Bevin in the 2014 Senate primary. “You need to stand for what you believe and stay with it. And I just didn’t see (Paul) doing that. It’s kind of hypocritical what he did, going for Mitch and then coming here.”


Kentucky city files for bankruptcy

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A suburban Kentucky city hit with an $11.4 million jury verdict in a dispute with a truck-driving school has filed for bankruptcy.

The city of Hillview made its Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing Thursday in Louisville. The Bullitt County community has about 9,000 residents.

The city’s biggest creditor is Truck America Training, the truck-driving school that won the $11.4 million verdict in 2012.

Hillview’s city attorney, Tammy Baker, says the judgment has grown to about $15 million including interest. She says the bankruptcy petition stops interest from accruing. She says city services won’t be cut due to the bankruptcy.

The state Supreme Court has declined to review the city’s appeal of the judgment.

The Kentucky League of Cities says it’s not aware of another bankruptcy filing by a Kentucky city.


Archdiocese: Catholic priest had child porn on computer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Louisville Catholic priest resigned from his church after child pornography and hundreds of images of schoolchildren from his parish were found on his computer, archdiocese officials said Friday.

Stephen A. Pohl resigned as pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish, the Archdiocese of Louisville said. The eastern Louisville church has a private school on its campus.

Archdiocese officials said FBI investigators found 200 images of students from the school on Pohl’s computer. The students were clothed but some of the images were “inappropriate.” Officials say they also found child pornography on the computer, but no charges have been filed against Pohl.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said at a news conference Friday that the archdiocese is cooperating with the investigation.

“Pastorally, I’m feeling the grief that I can only imagine parents are feeling,” Kurtz said Friday.

Pohl was placed on administrative leave after he told archdiocese officials he was visited by the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Unit. He submitted his resignation on Thursday.


Whiskey named after Tennessee moonshiner debuts new bottle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A white whiskey named after a legendary Tennessee moonshiner is introducing a new bottle after a legal dispute over similarities to Jack Daniel’s shape and design.

The Popcorn Sutton brand, which began production after the death of its namesake, ran into the legal troubles in 2013 when it starting shipping the spirit in bottles instead of in Mason jars.

A subsidiary of Brown-Forman Corp. of Louisville, Kentucky, filed a federal lawsuit in 2013 claiming that the Popcorn Sutton bottling and labelling were “confusingly similar” and gave the impression that the moonshine was part of the Jack Daniel’s line made in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

The lawsuit noted that both bottles were square shaped with angled shoulders and beveled corners, with white-on-black labeling color schemes. Even the font style of the Popcorn Sutton labeling was reminiscent of the Jack Daniel’s label, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was settled last year, and Popcorn Sutton had gone back to being sold in Mason jars. The new bottles are rounded and clear - and no longer call the product “Tennessee white whiskey.”

“We believe the name, legacy and quality of Popcorn Sutton transcends a classification as moonshine,” Peter Gyimesi, the Newport, Tennessee-based company’s marketing director said in a news release.

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