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J. Tyler Franklin, Louisville Public Media

Weeks after announcing a prayer initiative in response to an increase in violent crime in west Louisville, Gov. Matt Bevin is criticizing those who responded negatively to his proposal.

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Authorities say a Hendersonville doctor traded prescriptions for narcotics in exchange for money and sexual acts. Media outlets report 48-year-old Dr. Lawrence Joseph Valdez was arrested Thursday on five counts of issuing prescriptions for narcotics outside the scope of medical practice.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and others began looking into Valdez after they received complaints about his practices. Investigators said he made these exchanges with multiple individuals.

McCracken County Sheriff's Dept., via Facebook

McCracken County Sheriff's Department has made five arrests connected to prostitution and illegal drug activity. According to a news release, detectives located individuals who had posted online 'escort' ads on backpage.com. Acting undercover, agents found several women who agreed to meet in the Paducah area to provide sexual acts for money. 

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Kentuckians with certain Class D felonies would be able to clear their criminal records under a bill that the state Senate Judiciary Committee approved on Thursday.

The legislation would create a process whereby people with Class D felonies could file to have their judgments vacated five years after completing their sentences.

It's increasingly likely that the next time you have an encounter with a police officer, he or she will be wearing a body camera. And depending on how things go, you may be left wondering: "Can I get a copy of that video?"

There's no single answer to that, or other pressing questions, such as whether you can tell an officer you don't want to be recorded. In the year and a half since the Ferguson, Mo., protests, police departments have been rushing to adopt the cameras.

But when it comes to body camera policies, departments are all over the map.

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A bill proposed in the state House of Representatives would reduce penalties for some crimes with the goal of saving the state money, according to the legislation’s sponsor.

Rep. Brent Yonts, a Democrat from Greenville, has filed a bill that would create a new crime category called “gross misdemeanor,” which would include flagrant non-support (not paying child support), second degree forgery and second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

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Three McCracken County residents have been taken into custody and a fourth is being sought after a shooting last night at Paducah’s Noble Park.

McCracken County Sheriff's Dept./Facebook

A Paducah juvenile has been charged with attempted murder after admitting he left an infant in a dumpster.

tbi.gov

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released a study of crimes on school campuses across the state.  

More than 30,000 offenses on school campuses were reported by law enforcement agencies from 2012 to 2014.  

Kentucky State Police

Police are using 3D diagrams from a laser scanner in their investigation of the Champion family deaths Sunday.

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