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.

Louisville church lends support to immigrants, refugees

LOUISVILLE — A Catholic Church in Louisville is declaring its support for immigrants and refugees and calling on the U.S. government to close detention facilities at the border.

The congregation of St. William Church joined leaders from other local churches in a gathering Tuesday to offer help to immigrants. The 118-year-old church sheltered Central American immigrants fleeing violence in the 1980s, but it no longer has housing facilities.

Members say they are speaking out because of "harsh" enforcement policies at the border by the Trump administration. The church has hung a sign declaring itself a "sanctuary for all."

Church member David Horvath says parishioners are focusing on humanitarian help. The church partners with immigrant support groups and is exploring the idea of setting up a sanctuary network for short-term housing needs.

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.

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.

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