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The Biggest Stories To Break In Kentucky In 2017

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)  2017 will be one to remember for those in central Kentucky.

From the passing of Troy Gentry to the Confederate statues controversy, some major stories broke right here in Kentucky. LEX 18 compiled a list of some of the biggest news in the bluegrass this year.

  1. Louisville Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Pitino was terminated following a federal investigation that accused the Louisville basketball program of being involved in a pay for play scandal with Adidas. Pitino also filed a lawsuit against Adidas for damages to reputation. Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich was also fired in wake of the scandal.
  2. Eyes across the country were on Kentucky as fugitive former Kentucky  attorney Eric C. Conn spent months of 2017 on the run from the FBI. Conn was convicted of defrauding the government out of at least $550 million. To end 2017 Conn is now back on Kentucky soil and behind bars after he was captured in Honduras at a Pizza Hut.
  3. Country music star and Kentucky native Troy Gentry’s sudden death shocked the nation in September of this year. Gentry was as half of the country music due ‘Montgomery Gentry’ which produced a number of hits including 'My Town' which featured a music video shot in Lexington at Triangle Park. Gentry died at 50-years-old in a helicopter crash in New Jersey.
  4. A major controversy that sparked heated debate; what should be done with the Confederate statues that sat outside the old courthouse in downtown Lexington. Mayor Jim Gray announced his plans to remove states of John Hunt Morgan and John Breckinridge from downtown after the violence in Charlottesville. Despite a lot of push back, city council voted unanimously to move the statues to the Lexington Cemetery.
  5. TIE  Amidst a whirlwind of sexual misconduct allegations across the country, Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover resigned from his leadership role after a report accused him of settling sexual harassment allegations outside of court. While he denied the accusations, after Gov. Matt Bevin spoke out several times encouraging government officials involved in anything to step down, Hoover resigned from his role as speaker.
  6. TIE  The craze over the total eclipse swept the nation this summer, with one of the best seat’s in the country right here in Kentucky. Hopkinsville was one of the locations where the eclipse could be viewed in its totality, or complete darkness. People flocked to the area to get a glimpse of the incredible phenomena, and people across Kentucky got in on the craze as well.
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