Kentucky lawmakers promote gun safety legislation

FRANKFORT — Three Kentucky lawmakers are crafting legislation that would allow family members and others to petition authorities to keep guns away from people deemed a threat.

The lawmakers say the goal is to protect Kentuckians from gun violence while protecting due-process rights. Promoting the proposal on Thursday were Republican Sens. Julie Raque Adams and Paul Hornback and Democratic Sen. Morgan McGarvey.

They say work has been under way on the proposal for more than a year.

Their press conference comes days after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio left 31 people dead. They're still working on a version that will be ready in time for next year's legislative session.

At least 17 states have "red flag" laws to take guns away from people believed to be dangers to themselves or others.

Ky. Dept. of Education's new website recruits new teachers

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department of Education has launched a new campaign and website to recruit and encourage potential teachers.

The Education Department says there was a 36% decline in the completion of education preparation programs in Kentucky from 2008 to 2017.

Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis unveiled the new website, www.goteachky.com, at a Board of Education meeting last week.

The website shows the pathways to becoming a teacher, with a focus on undecided college students and professionals with college degrees and trade workers.

As a part of campaign, the department also is accepting applications for the Kentucky Academy for Equity in Teaching renewable loan forgiveness program. The program offers financial support, training and mentorships.

Family of Kroger shooting victim sue store, accused shooter

LOUISVILLE — Relatives of a man killed in a shooting at a Kentucky grocery store last year are now suing the grocer and the man charged in the shooting.

The Courier Journal reports the lawsuit by Maurice Stallard's family accuses Kroger Co. of allowing patrons to carrying guns without any policy to ensure those patrons were licensed to carry firearms.

Stallard was one of two black people killed in the October shooting at the Louisville store. He was killed inside the store while Vicki Lee Jones was killed just outside the store. A 51-year-old white man named Gregory Bush has been charged with federal hate crimes in their deaths and the attempted slaying of another person based on his race.

Kroger spokeswoman Erin Grant says the company doesn't comment on pending litigation.

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