News Minute: Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

Kentucky officials say two state park golf courses will be closed temporarily to allow for re-seeding of greens. Parks officials say the 18-hole courses at Mineral Mounds State Park near Eddyville and Pennyrile Forest...

3 deaths reported in hepatitis A outbreak, but its waning

Health officials say a hepatitis A outbreak that originally spread from San Diego has killed three people in Utah, but it's now on the wane.

2 state park golf courses closing temporarily in Kentucky

Kentucky officials say two state park golf courses will be closed temporarily to allow for re-seeding of greens.

Kentucky State Police unveiling Safety Town at state fair

The Kentucky State Fair is opening, and state police have a new Safety Town exhibit to unveil.

Publisher of Lexington Herald-Leader to step down

The editor and publisher of a newspaper in Kentucky announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down.

Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

By DENISE LAVOIE AP Legal Affairs Writer

Bevin defends pension law in hard-hitting speech

Gov. Matt Bevin says Kentucky's counties will be "screwed" financially if the state's Supreme Court invalidates a new law making changes to the state's struggling pension systems.

Prison inmate dies, started 15-month sentence 2 weeks ago

Authorities say a Kentucky federal prison inmate who started a 15-month sentence two weeks ago has died.

University of Louisville announces $5M to help tree study

The University of Louisville says it has received $5 million to help fund a study that looks at the connection between a green environment and human health.

Union-backed aircraft mechanics win big pay raises in deal

A union representing UPS aircraft mechanics says it has won big pay raises, protected health benefits and improved retirement security in a tentative contract deal with the shipping company.

Bevin criticized for comparing critics to drowning victims

Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says public workers who oppose changes to the state's pension systems are like drowning victims in that "you just need to knock them out and drag them to shore."

County attorney, accused of making threats, blames politics

Kentucky has ended a local elected official's contract to collect child support payments after determining he threatened to burn down the governor's home and "choke to death" a state employee.

Lawmakers urged to update ethics law to combat harassment

An ethics commission is urging Kentucky lawmakers to update the state's legislative ethics law to fill a void in the fight against sexual harassment cases that surface at the state Capitol.

Parole board postpones decision on police officer's killer

The decision to parole a man imprisoned for killing a police officer in Kentucky has been postponed.

Governor gives state GOP $20k, has tax debts in other states

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has donated a combined $20,000 to the state Republican Party while his family businesses' have tax debts in neighboring states.

Kentucky State Police cadets begin 25-week training course

The first week of the Kentucky State Police Academy's latest cadet class is underway in Frankfort.

Kentucky-Illinois bridge traffic to be restricted again

An Ohio River bridge between Kentucky and Illinois has resumed normal traffic flow this week but will have restrictions again starting next week.

Bevin promotes Chinese partnership amid US trade dispute

The Chinese ambassador to the U.S. has met with Kentucky's Republican governor to discuss economic development opportunities amid a growing trade dispute between the world's largest economies.

Survey: Oklahoma teacher vacancies remain, despite pay hikes

A new survey shows Oklahoma schools continue to struggle filling classroom positions after the largest teacher pay raise in state history.

Kentucky mayor charged after hit-and-run injury accident

Police in Kentucky say they've identified a hit-and-run driver who injured a child on a bicycle: They say it's the town's mayor.

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