Kentucky governor restores voting rights of most felons

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Capitol Education Center to be named after first lady.

Kentucky is the latest state to restore voting rights to ex-felons — part of a nationwide move against felon disenfranchisement laws that affect nearly 6 million Americans.The outgoing Democratic governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, has signed an executive order to restore the right to vote and hold public office to thousands of non-violent felons who have served their sentences. (Timothy D. Steve Beshear said in a statement that the Capitol Education Center will carry the first lady’s name because it wouldn’t exist without her foresight and drive. The facility promotes Kentucky government, geography and energy conservation, and Beshear said it represents his wife’s “commitment to education and the people of Kentucky.” The energy efficient center is insulated with recycled denim and includes a viewing platform on the roof with solar panels, a wind turbine and a rooftop garden.

The group called the announcement “an incredible breakthrough in the movement to end criminal disenfranchisement policies nationwide.” The governor is acting just two weeks before he’ll leave office. Madden’s father, Timothy Madden, is charged with murder, kidnapping, first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy in the death of 7-year-old Gabriella Doolin. RICHMOND (AP) — Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for two men accused of involvement in the fatal shooting of a central Kentucky police officer earlier this month. Kentucky’s constitution bars those convicted of a felony from voting, affecting an estimated 180,000 people, who are disproportionately poor and non-white. Multiple media outlets report that prosecutors said during arraignments Monday that 34-year-old Raleigh Sizemore Jr. and 25-year-old Gregory Ratliff should be eligible for capital punishment if found guilty in the slaying of 33-year-old Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis.

Kentucky’s junior senator, Rand Paul, had pushed state lawmakers in recent years to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would restore felon voting rights. Senator, who has been traveling the country to support his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and rarely speaks about his faith, plans to fly across the state Monday and Tuesday for several book signings and events to support his lesser known pursuit: re-election to his U.S.

On Monday, Paul hit on several topics sure to be issues during his re-election, including bashing the Common Core education standards and calling Kentucky’s expansion of its Medicaid program “misplaced humanitarianism.” Paul said he supports Bevin’s plan to dismantle the state’s health insurance exchange and scale back the eligibility requirements of its Medicaid program that together have given more than 500,000 Kentuckians health insurance in the past two years. The Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced that federal inspectors issued 231 citations and seven orders during special impact inspections at 11 coal mines and five metal and nonmetal mines in October. Beshear for taking an important step toward breaking down barriers to ballot boxes in Kentucky,” said Michael Aldridge, Kentucky executive director of the ACLU. “We know the Commonwealth’s disenfranchisement policies, some of the harshest in the country, have negatively impacted families and communities, especially those of color, by reducing their collective political voice. Begun in force in April 2010, the monthly inspections involve mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to their poor compliance history or particular compliance concerns. Studies have shown that individuals who vote are more likely to give to charity, volunteer, attend school board meetings, serve on juries and are more actively involved in their communities.”

MSHA also issued an imminent danger order removing the blasting foreman who was not wearing fall protection while working near a 50-foot tall unexcavated face of exposed ore called “high wall.” Several other violations involved a hydraulic scissor lift, including a damaged electrical conductor and inadequate inspection of the machinery. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Police in Puerto Rico say a 27-year-old tourist from Kentucky has died after being hit by a car while running away from a graffiti mural he was painting. Police say Jonathan Brown of Louisville was spray-painting a mural along one of the busiest highways in San Juan he noticed a patrol car nearby and fled. BEREA (AP) — Berea College held a peaceful “Love Over Hate” demonstration in response to accusations of harassment and racial slurs directed toward some of its students.

College spokesman Lavoyed Hudgins says nearly 600 people, including students, city officials and members of the community showed up to stand with the students during the Monday afternoon demonstration. Police say preliminary autopsy results indicate Hernandez and Arellano died as a result of gunshot wounds, while it’s believed the children died of smoke inhalation. According to Kentucky New Era, Christian County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Chris Miller says the badly burned bodies of two people were in the car in Pembroke that was found on Thursday. EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The owner of Evansville’s casino says it plans to move from its current riverboat docked along the Ohio River to a new $50 million on-shore facility. The announcement Tuesday for the new Tropicana Evansville casino makes it the first to take advantage of a new state law allowing riverboat casinos to build new on-land casinos on property near their current locations.

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