- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Louisville protesters call for union chief’s dismissal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - About a hundred protesters blocked streets in downtown Louisville to demand the president of the police union be fired for calling activists “liars and race-baiters” and writing that law enforcement supporters might soon have to rise up against them.

The Louisville Metro Police Department closed its downtown headquarters during the Monday afternoon protest, riling the activists there to chant for police accountability.

Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says the department locked the doors because it received information that protesters might try to occupy the building. But the protest remained peaceful.

Dave Mutchler, president of the River City Fraternal Order of Police and a sergeant in the police department, distributed the divisive letter last week, days after an officer shot a Sudanese refugee who attacked him with a flagpole.

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Parts of several Southeastern states under heat advisories

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With summer barely begun, forecasters are already issuing heat advisories for much of the Southeast.

A heat index of 103 degrees was expected Monday in southeast Mississippi, south central and southwest Alabama. And the National Weather Service issued heat advisories Monday for all of southeast Georgia and southeast South Carolina. Temperatures across parts of the region were forecast to climb into the high 90s, with possible heat index values of 105 to 112 degrees.

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GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA

In Atlanta, city officials announced Monday that 11 public swimming pools will remain free for everyone until Thursday due to extreme heat. The National Weather Service was projecting highs in the mid-90s in the Atlanta area on Monday. The weather service also said that in parts of south Georgia, the heat index - the soaring temperatures combined with high humidity - was expected to reach 105 degrees.

Wes Tyler of the South Carolina State Climatology Office said certain aspects of the heat wave are unusual, but not unprecedented. He said longer daylight hours and a stretch of high pressure systems have contributed to the higher temperatures.

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Louisville’s needle exchange has 57 visitors in first week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Health officials in Louisville say 57 intravenous drug users visited the city’s needle exchange program during its first week of operation.

A statement from Louisville’s Public Health and Wellness department says the program distributed 1,352 clean syringes, disposed of 189 used syringes and tested 12 people for HIV.

Dr. Sarah Moyer, the city’s interim public health and wellness director, said called the response strong and encouraging. She says the needle exchange allows health officials to work toward reducing the number of hepatitis C and HIV cases as well as connecting drug users with needed resources.

Louisville became the first city in the state to offer a needle exchange after legislators passed a law allowing local governments to set up programs in which addicts can swap dirty needles for clean ones.

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Police ask for information in park shooting

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Lexington police are seeking information on a shooting at a park that may have injured five people.

Police told media that the shooting occurred Sunday night at Douglass Park during a basketball game. At least three people were taken to the hospital from the scene of the shooting and two others arrived separately at the hospital with gunshot wounds. Police say they think all five shooting victims are connected to the incident at the park.

Police said one person was in critical condition, but the others suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Lt. Jonathan Bastian said that there was a lot of chaos when the shots were fired so officers are looking for witnesses. He said police don’t know how many suspects they are looking for due to conflicting statements.

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