Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT

Posted at 1:40 AM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 21:43:31-04

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention’s national meeting have endorsed a proposal making it easier to expel churches that mishandle sex-abuse cases. The action came at the end of Day One of a two-day meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, that is focusing on the SBC’s sex-abuse crisis. Pressure on the church has intensified in recent months, due in part to news articles asserting that hundreds of Southern Baptist clergy and staff have been accused of sexual misconduct over the past 20 years.

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say a man was killed and a trooper injured in an exchange of gunfire at a house near one where officers were serving a search warrant. The man who was killed was one of several people who came out of the house after police arrived at the location in Perry County on Monday evening. Police said he was armed with a gun and refused to drop the weapon. A news release from police said gunfire was exchanged, injuring one trooper and fatally wounding the armed man.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A former college student who drunkenly shot his friend and was sentenced to 4 years in prison for reckless homicide is being released after only 125 days. The Bowling Green Daily News reports a judge on Monday granted Peter Gall an early release meant for first-time offenders convicted of low-level felonies. Gall said he didn’t mean to kill his Western Kentucky University classmate Alex Davis, just scare him by jabbing him with the shotgun. Davis’ parents say nothing can bring back their son.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — With temperatures rising, Kentucky State Police say parents and drivers should be extremely cautious not to leave children in hot cars. Police say data shows deaths of children left in hot cars are climbing. Last year, 52 children died that way, including three in Kentucky. Police say safety firm Kids and Cars reports the 2018 total is about 21% higher than 2017. Police spokesman Sgt. Josh Lawson says people assume they won’t forget their children in a car, but it’s easy to become distracted.