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Richmond man indicted on 79 sex-crime charges

A Madison grand jury has indicted an 18-year-old Richmond man on 79 sex-crime charges, including two counts of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and five counts of second-degree sodomy. He also was indicted on 32 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and 38 counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance.

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Crime

Kentucky state trooper shoots man who came at him on an ATV

A Kentucky state trooper shot a man in Whitley County after the man tried to run over him with an ATV, according to Kentucky State Police. Billy Barnhill, 31, of Rockholds, “a wanted fugitive,” came at the officers “at a high rate of speed and attempted to run over several officers,” police said. A trooper fired at Barnhill in self-defense, state police said. Barnhill was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital.

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Fear of base voters keeps GOP lawmakers lined up with Trump

Congressional Republicans are in a state of political paralysis with Obamacare repeal, saddled with a White House that doesn’t know how to win votes. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan are afraid of defiance because the base is still overwhelmingly behind President Donald Trump.

Woodford County

Woodford hopes to start program for purchase of development rights

The Woodford County Rural Land Board is gauging public interest in a program for purchase of development rights similar to Fayette County’s, except the Woodford program would be privately funded. The Rural Land Board, created by county ordinance in 2009, hopes to receive a grant from an unidentified private foundation, said Lori Garkovich, secretary of the land board. The foundation wants to see the level of interest in the easement program before it commits to the grant.

Education

Kentucky’s school rating system is criticized as not strong enough

The latest draft of Kentucky’s proposed statewide system of evaluating schools — the new accountability system — is not strong enough. That’s the message that business, civil rights, community and education advocacy groups have sent in a letter to Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt and the Kentucky Board of Education.