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Round-Up: Monday March 25

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

OWNER OF FORMER CHRISTMAS SHOPPE IN MAINSTRASSE VILLAGE PASSES AWAY

From the obituary:

Judy Schneider Blaschke, age 73 of Latonia, KY passed away on March 23, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood, KY. She owned the former Christmas Shoppe in Main Strasse. She was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral Church and a former member of Holy Cross Church and the PTA at Holy Cross. She was preceded in death by her Parents: Justin & Dorothy Schneider and a Brother: Mark Schneider in 2008. Judy is survived by her Husband: Jerry Blaschke of Latonia, KY; Daughters: Julie (Rodney) Mullins of Taylor Mill, KY & Jeanne (John) Berger of Ft. Mitchell, KY; Sons: Gerry Blaschke of Covington, KY & Jon (Jill) Blaschke of Georgetown, KY; Sisters: Gerry Zembrodt of Kenton Hills, KY & LeeAnn Kordenbrock of Erlanger, KY; Brothers: Ron Schneider of Taylor Mill, KY & Justin Schneider of Independence, KY; 7 Grandchildren: Sarah Mullins, Caroline Mullins, Nick Mullins, Joseph Mullins, Allison Berger, Maddie Berger & Ava Berger. The Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at St. Mary's Cathedral from 11 AM until Mass of Christian Burial at 12 NOON.Interment in Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright, KY. Memorials to: Parish Kitchen P.O. Box 1234 Covington, KY 41012. Connley Brothers Funeral Home in Latonia, KY is serving the family. Online Condolences may be made at: www.connleybrothersfuneralhome.com.

CAR BELONGING TO DIRECTOR OF KENTUCKY GAY ADVOCACY GROUP VANDALIZED

A day after Governor Steve Beshear vetoed the Religious Freedom Bill, a move supported by gay rights organizations, the director of the Kentucky Fairness Alliance saw his car vandalized:

On Saturday night, some 300 people gathered at the Muhammad Ali Center for the annual ACLU-KY/Fairness Dinner. Things got ugly after the festivities concluded.

Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman left at about 11:30 p.m. and discovered that his car parked near the Ali Center had been sideswiped while parked on the street—the mirror damaged, the side dented and scratched. He called Louisville Metro Police to file an accident report.

Officers noticed more.

A swastika was drawn in black marker on a Fairness bumper sticker. Two Obama campaign stickers were defaced, too—"F--- You" written on one and devil horns and fangs written drawn on Obama's face on the other.

More with photos: WFPL

FRANKFORT HEADLINES:

BESHEAR PITCHES LAST-MINUTE PENSION REFORM Herald-Leader & cn|2

WELL-PAID KENTUCKY LAWMAKER A "TOOTHLESS" WATCHDOG Courier-Journal

DIZZYING PACE FOR LEGISLATORS AS SESSION WINDS DOWN AP

A SUMMARY OF THE ETHICS CHARGES FILED AGAINST RICHIE FARMER, FORMER AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER Courier-Journal

GUARDING AGAINST FUTURE RICHIE FARMER SAGAS cn|2

BIGGEST SPENDERS ON LOBBYING IN FRANKFORT IN FEBRUARY Courier-Journal

LAWMAKER QUESTIONS GOVERNOR'S LEADERSHIP STYLE ON CONTROVERSIAL LEGISLATION cn|2

HEMP COMMISSION CONCERNED THAT KY WILL BE LEFT BEHIND Lane Report

FRANKFORT: SO MUCH TO DO, SO LITTLE TIME Courier-Journal

MCCONNELL VS. JUDD

More news was made over the weekend regarding the US Senate race that still is not officially on, but it may be closer:

In her speech, Judd made reference to Mitch McConnell's campaign budget by stating that when she started in counseling she didn't like to be criticized 'which is ironic because she's about the get $40 million worth of it.'

She also talked about how supportive her family is being and that her mom, country legend Naomi Judd can't wait to turn her garage into a campaign headquarters.

Full story: WXIX

SEE ALSO: Bill Clinton counseled Ashley Judd ABC News

SEE ALSO: McConnell fundraises among billionaires Mother Jones

SEE ALSO: Right-wing talk host Sean Hannity encourages Judd to run Huffington Post

SEE ALSO: An open letter to Sen. McConnell from a Kentuckian Huffington Post

MORE HEADLINES:

TORNADO DONATIONS SCATTERED ACROSS REGION Cincinnati Enquirer

NORTHERN KENTUCKY IS GROUND ZERO FOR HEROIN ABUSE Cincinnati Enquirer

REP. MASSIE STILL LEARNING ROPES, ENJOYING CONGRESS Cincinnati Enquirer

ST. ELIZABETH TO OPEN BELLEVUE LOCATION Business Courier

COVINGTON-BASED ASHLAND'S STOCK STUMBLES AFTER EARNINGS DIP Business Courier

SURVEY: KY KIDS HEALTHIER THAN US AVERAGE Business Courier

SMOKING BAN IN KY CITY GETS PRELIMINARY APPROVAL Herald-Leader

WOMEN BREAKING DOWN OLD-BOY NETWORK IN KY BUTCHERING CAMPS WFPL

CRIME: 

POLICE: MAN TRIED TO SELL SEX WITH HIS CHILDREN Herald-Leader

2-YEAR OLD TWINS FOUND IN DEPLORABLE CONDITIONS WDRB

SPORTS: 

HOLY CROSS BASKETBALL COACH STEPS DOWN nkyFAN

HOLY CROSS'S KOZERSKI HAS PASSION FOR COACHING Citizens Voice

HOLY CROSS'S BEAL MAKES HER DECISION nkyFAN

KAYAK FISHING GAINS IN POPULARITY IN KENTUCKY Herald-Leader

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

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