Bevin keeps spotlight on Purdue Pharma case in new ad

LOUISVILLE -- Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is trying to keep the spotlight on Kentucky's settlement with the manufacturer of the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin in a new TV ad attacking his Democratic challenger.

The ad released Tuesday continues one of Bevin's most frequent lines of attack against his opponent, Attorney General Andy Beshear.

Beshear's predecessor, ex-Attorney General Jack Conway, reached a $24 million settlement with Purdue Pharma a few days before he left office.

Bevin's ad notes that Beshear was a partner at a law firm that defended Purdue Pharma in the case.

The ad claims that Beshear "personally profited" from the case. Beshear has said he wasn't part of the Purdue Pharma litigation team and his campaign says he did not make any money from the settlement.

Attorney: Kentucky schools should remove 'prayer lockers'

PIKEVILLE -- An attorney for a Kentucky public school board says complaints have prompted him to recommend the district remove "prayer lockers" from inside its schools.

Pike County School Board Superintendent Reed Adkins told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Kentucky's Office of Education Accountability and a national organization advocating for separation of church and state have both said they received complaints about the practice.

Students can request prayers for themselves or others by slipping a piece of paper into a repurposed locker. It's unclear who started them.

Attorney Neal Smith says he's asking principals to stop the initiative. He says religious student groups that meet before or after school are "perfectly OK," but having a space in the hallway during school hours and encouraging students to use it likely violates the first amendment.

Ex-Ky officer gets 5 years for unwanted sex with 5 women

LOUISVILLE -- A former Kentucky police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for sexual misconduct against 5 women who are suing him over the assaults.

News outlets report former Louisville Officer Pablo Cano was sentenced Monday as part of a deal in which he admitted to having sex without consent with the women between 2015 and 2017. He was hired in 2015 and resigned in 2017 while on administrative leave pending an investigation into the first allegation.

Several of the five lawsuits pending against Cano accuse him of rape. Prosecutors didn't go that far, citing questions about evidence of his use of force or physical threats.

Cano also pleaded guilty Monday to possessing child porn.

Kentucky urges motorists to buckle up, put phones down

FRANKFORT -- Highway safety officials in Kentucky have launched a campaign aimed at preventing traffic crashes by encouraging motorists to buckle up and put down their phones.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety launched the "Buckle Up Phone Down" campaign Monday. It features videos, radio spots, digital advertising and a new dedicated website to promote the initiative.

Officials say that distracted driving results in more than 50,000 crashes in Kentucky each year, along with more than 15,000 injuries and about 200 deaths. Officials say that distracted driving behaviors -- such as texting, emailing and talking -- are discouraged and drivers are urged to not interact with their phone.

Officials say that overall highway fatalities in Kentucky declined in 2018 to 724, down from 782 in 2017.

Kentucky zoo asks public to vote on name for elephant calf

LOUISVILLE -- A young elephant calf born this summer at a Kentucky zoo has just about everything he needs, except a name.

But he's a step closer to getting one. The Louisville Zoo has announced three finalists: Fitz, Rocket and Walt.

A Monday zoo statement says that more than 15,000 names were submitted for the calf born Aug. 2.

Kristin Hays of Prospect submitted "Fitz" after her great-grandfather, who loved elephants. Tatyana Malkin's 9-year-old daughter, Sofia, asked her to submit "Rocket" to go with the zoo's recently named bongo, "Groot," both from the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy"; and Taylor Barr of Meade County submitted "Walt" after Walt Disney.

Zoo visitors can drop coins or bills in a kiosk to vote at the zoo, or vote online with credit card donations.

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