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Round-Up: Thursday February 21

WARNING: One piece of content in this round-up includes references to material for mature audiences only.

Take a look at what's making news around Covington and around Kentucky:

JUDD MEETS WITH DEMOCRATIC SENATORIAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE

Actress and activist Ashley Judd has taken one step toward the possible launch of a US Senate campaign in 2014 against Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell:

According to one person familiar with the matter, Tuesday’s meeting was Judd’s first formal one with officials at the DSCC, which coordinates strategy, recruits and fundraises on behalf of Democratic Senate candidates. DSCC officials refused to comment, saying they would not discuss candidate recruitment.

The meeting indicates that the Hollywood movie star and eighth-generation Kentuckian is still seriously weighing a political foray after spending the past several years as an outspoken environmental and liberal activist. But sources said it remains uncertain whether Judd wants to leave acting to take on the Senate minority leader, who is the Democrats’ top target in 2014 when he runs for a sixth term.

Full story: Politico

SEE ALSO: Gov. Beshear to meet with Ashley Judd cn|2

SEE ALSO: Ashley Judd is serious Salon

SEE ALSO: Is Kentucky coal already laying groundwork to defeat Judd primary challenger? Insider Louisville

SEE ALSO: Sen. Rand Paul reticent about potential Tea Party challenge to McConnell WFPL

SEE ALSO: Potential McConnell challenger faces questions over Tea Party credentials The Hill

SEE ALSO: Does Ashley Judd scare McConnell? Yahoo

FRANKFORT HEADLINES:

KY SCHOOL SAFETY BILL CLEARS HOUSE PANEL Herald-Leader

SENATOR: CHILD CARE FUNDS SHOULD BE RESTORED cn|2

GUNNING FOR THREE BILLS, FAIRNESS CAMPAIGN HOPES FOR HOUSE HEARING WFPL

BILL AIMS TO ALLOW HUNTERS TO BE MORE WILY TOWARD COYOTES Courier-Journal

LAWMAKERS PASS HALFWAY MARK IN SESSION Herald-Leader

AUDITOR TO REVIEW CYBER SECURITY WBKO

KY COURT UPENDS DEATH SENTENCE, ORDERS NEW TRIAL

A Lexington man on death row will get a new trial after the state's Supreme Court decided that multiple errors were made in the original:

The high court's ruling doesn't spare 31-year-old Carlos Lamont Ordway from another possible death sentence, though. Justice Daniel Venters concluded that there's no reason to rule Ordway ineligible for a death sentence should he be convicted a second time for the 2007 shooting deaths of 21-year-old Patrick Lewis and 25-year-old Rodrieques Turner, both of Louisville.

Venters wrote for the court that a juror was improperly seated in the case and that a detective was improperly allowed to testify about Ordway's behavior and how it didn't appear consistent with a self-defense claim.

Ordway acknowledged to police that he shot Turner and Lewis, but said the men threatened to kill him for drugs and he shot them in self-defense in a moving vehicle and caused a crash.

Full story: AP

ADULT FILM ACTOR ARRESTED AT LOUISVILLE FIRE HOUSE

Oh, boy. From WHAS

Metro Firefighters say they heard glass shattering on one of their bay doors and when they went to investigate, they found 27-year-old Nicholas Gonzales masturbating on gear he removed from lockers.

Firefighters were able to detain the intoxicated Gonzales until police arrived. When asked why he broke in the firehouse, Gonzales said “because he wanted to.”

From Gawker:

A reader tipped us to the Twitter (account) of gay porn star Donny Wright. The reader noted a resemblance between the two, and the name on the Amazon account is Nicholas Gonzalez. And, according to his Twitter account, Donny Wright aka Nicholas Gonzalez was in Kentucky last week.

Not saying the alleged firehouse masturbator was definitely Donny Wright, but this is certainly an interesting twist on the story.

MORE HEADLINES:

KENTUCKY STUDENTS MAKE STRIDES IN AP TESTING WFPL

STATE TAKES OVER MONTICELLO SCHOOLS KY Ed. Department (PDF)

NKY FARMERS MARKET TO BREAK GROUND Business Courier

NEW HIGHLAND HEIGHTS DEVELOPMENT TO INCLUDE RETAIL & RESIDENTIAL Cincinnati Enquirer

150-YEAR OLD SPRINGFIELD, KY HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE WKYT

PROPOSAL TO ALLOW FOOD TRUCKS MOVES FORWARD IN LEXINGTON Herald-Leader

SPECIAL BOURBON DECANTER TO HONOR SECRETARIAT WKYT

MAMMOTH CAVE HITS 400 MILES Herald-Leader

LEGO SALES SKYROCKET AS GIRLS' LINE OUTPACES PRODUCTION

Legos are flying off the shelves and girls are to thank:

Toy maker Lego said on Thursday that net profit jumped 35 percent in 2012 on sales rising 25 percent, as demand for a controversial girls’ range outstripped production capacity.

The unlisted Danish company posted a net profit of 5.61 billion kroner (752 million euros or $992 million) on revenue that was up 25 percent to 23.4 billion kroner, driven in part by its new line Lego Friends aimed at girls between the ages of five and nine.

“During its first year on the market, the product line has proved a huge success, and in spite of a considerable increase of production capacity on this particular line during the year, the very strong demand could not fully be met,” the company said in a statement.

The Friends collection has come under fire from feminists who accuse Lego of promoting gender stereotyping. Plastic dolls known as Ladyfigs come with long hair, beauty salons and riding camps.

Full story: Raw Story

Compiled by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

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