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

Posted at 1:40 AM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 21:42:27-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s lieutenant governor has criticized Gov. Matt Bevin’s chief of staff, saying he “overstepped his boundaries” in authorizing the firing of her deputy chief of staff. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton ratcheted up her dispute with Bevin’s administration over Adrienne Southworth’s ouster.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Muslim advocacy group is asking authorities in Kentucky to investigate vandalism on a mural of boxing champ Muhammad Ali as a possible hate crime. The Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations made the request Monday. The words “racist,” “antisemitic” and “homophobe” were painted in orange over Ali’s portion of the “Kentucky Rushmore” mural that features other icons from the state. An employee at a nearby store first noticed the graffiti June 12.

PARK CITY, Ky. (AP) — FBI officials say they think no foul play was involved in the death of a woman found in Mammoth Cave National Park. News outlets report the body of 23-year-old Mariah Amber Decru was discovered in a cemetery on park grounds in March. Investigators said they had determined the cause of death to be related to an antihistamine used in certain types of allergy and sleep medications, like Benadryl and ZzzQuil. The manner of death is “undetermined” but authorities say no foul play is suspected.

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — A medical billing services company is planning to expand operations in northern Kentucky, potentially creating 150 jobs. CompMed Ltd. is planning the $1.1 million expansion in Campbell County. The company plans to lease an additional 2,000 square feet of office space “in response to growing demand from new and existing customers.” A statement from Gov. Matt Bevin’s office says the project also includes new employee training and work spaces and new equipment.