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

Posted at 3:40 AM, Jul 02, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — When Kentucky’s Republican governor reached out to lawmakers to outline changes to his pension-relief proposal, a Democratic representative read the electronic version but sent back the paper copy _ unopened, with the envelope marked “Return to Sender.” Rep. Jeff Donohue said this week that he sent it back on purpose “to generate a conversation.” But the four-term Louisville lawmaker didn’t get the response he had hoped for, as Gov. Matt Bevin used it to make a point of his own.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Andy Beshear has released a plan to improve job opportunities for military veterans in his first major policy rollout as the Democratic nominee for Kentucky governor. Beshear said Tuesday his plan will increase access to job skills training for veterans.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky police officer who admitted to sexually abusing minors involved in the department’s now defunct youth program has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison. News outlets report Kenneth Betts asked the judge for mercy during the sentencing hearing Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge David Hale had rejected a plea agreement in May that would’ve sentenced Betts to 15 years in prison.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The CEO of one of the nation’s largest coal producers says he’s confident the company will bounce back despite the shutdown of several mines after it filed for federal bankruptcy protection. Milton, West Virginia-based Blackjewel LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for southern West Virginia. News outlets reported the company cited at least $500 million owed in liabilities.