FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's Supreme Court has ordered a new sentencing trial for a man serving time for robbery because one of his previous victims unknowingly served on the jury that convicted him. The juror in question did not recognize Johnnie Ray Douglas until the sentencing phase of the trial. The state Supreme Court upheld Johnnie Ray Douglas' conviction but said his sentencing was fundamentally unfair.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Chinese company says it will buy a shuttered western Kentucky paper mill and reopen it by the end of this year. Global Win Wickliffe LLC signed a purchase agreement Thursday for the former Verso Corp. mill in Ballard County. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's office said in a news release that the company plans to invest $150 million and hire 500 people. The announcement comes days after Bevin met with Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai (su-wee' tee-ahn-khi).
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's attorney general says it is OK for election officials to post a list of certified write-in candidates at polling places. The opinion from Democrat Andy Beshear's office could give a boost to at least six current and former teachers running as write-in candidates for the state legislature.
CORBIN, Ky. (AP) - A woman has been accused of staging her own kidnapping and sending her father fake ransom notes demanding $400. News outlets report 19-year-old Abbygail Farley's father had reported her missing. Court documents say he received text messages Tuesday from her phone and another number saying she was abducted. Corbin police Lt. Coy Wilson tells WYMT-TV authorities discovered Farley used a texting app to send the notes. They pinged her phone and found her inside an apartment.
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