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Alison Grimes to sue Mitch McConnell, state GOP — Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign said it has filed suit in Franklin Circuit Court alleging that the the Republican Party of Kentucky and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell are trying to suppress voter turnout in Eastern Kentucky where it sent official-looking mailers that say "Election Violation Notice" on the envelope.

Three-star safety Dee Smith commits to Louisville

Bluegrass Poll on Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes — With days left before voters settle Kentucky's hotly contested Senate race, a Bluegrass Poll is due out tonight showing where Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes stand. The poll, which has been conducted by SurveyUSA for The Courier-Journal and three other Kentucky news outlets several times throughout the year, has shown the race to be tight in recent weeks.
Oct 31, 2014

Grimes behind in new Bluegrass Poll #KySen Campaign betting on turnout Tue.

Oct 30, 2014

Mitch McConnell 48%, Alison Lundergan Grimes 43% in new Bluegrass Poll.

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Super PACs will spend millions in fight for Ky House — Outside groups are pouring big money into the high stakes elections for state representative, and the money is impossible to track comprehensively. Requirements for reporting contributions and spending for these super PACs differ depending on how the group describes itself, what government agency it registers with, and how it phrases its advertising.
Oct 31, 2014

Super PAC spending shows the Ky House races that are likely to be close via @courierjournal

Oct 31, 2014

JCTA PAC gave $400,000 - biggest giver to Democratic SuperPAC active in Ky House races via @courierjournal

Video | Clocker's Corner at the Breeders' Cup

Expert bets, results and payouts from Friday's races at Santa Anita — You'll hear plenty of talk about how this weekend's Breeders' Cup makes up the richest bunch of races on the North American circuit. But we don't want to limit the earnings to just those lucky enough to visit the Santa Anita Park winners circle.

Details of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops' new contract — University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops is getting paid - again. After having his contract extended already once in May, Stoops got another contract extension and significant raise on Friday. The new deal, which includes a prorated raise for the remainder of this season, adds another year to his contract and will pay him a total of $18.75 million from 2015 through the 2019 season.
Oct 31, 2014

If you missed it earlier, here's the story (with quotes, breakdown of details) on Mark Stoops' extension and raise:…

Oct 31, 2014

Per @KyleTucker_CJ, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops got his second raise since May on Friday:…

Oct 31, 2014

Quick update on Stoops' new deal that'll be refreshed with quotes, video shortly. Full details of deal already here:

Oct 31, 2014

RT @chriswhite_lcj: Check out the details of Mark Stoops' new contract, prorated for this year with new incentives. @KyleTucker_CJ

Evidence questioned in Clarksville murder trial — A Clarksville police detective testified Thursday afternoon about two black zip ties he collected from the home of murder victim Steven Baldwin - 10 days after the March 2013 murder investigation began - that later tested positive for one of the two defendants' DNA profiles.

Video | Mitch McConnell and Lee Greenwood Sing ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ — One week before the senate face-off in Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) drummed up last-minute support with a bus tour across the state. He was joined by country singer Lee Gre

Video | Harsh winter? Kirby Adams cuts open a persimmon for the answer — Kirby Adams has the buzz on the Louisville area winter -- does the insde of the persimmon hold the answer?
Oct 31, 2014

Plenty of snow this winter? @kirbylouisville cuts open a persimmon for the answer | via @courierjournal

Kentucky/Louisville target Dee Smith deciding Friday afternoon — The Louisville and Kentucky football teams are in the final running for three-star Alabama safety/outside linebacker Darius "Dee" Smith, who plans to announce his college decision Friday afternoon. He has said he'll do it at about 4 p.m. Eastern. Here's his Twitter page.
Oct 31, 2014

UK and UofL target Dee Smith, an OLB/safety from Ala., @I_Am_Dee_Smith deciding about 4 p.m. EDT today.

Bridge construction to cause traffic delays — Louisville and Southern Indiana will see closings this week on streets and interstates for the Ohio River Bridges Project. The two parts: Downtown crossing - Construction of a new bridge for northbound Interstate 65 and rebuilding of downtown interchanges in Louisville and Jeffersonville.

Indianapolis basketball prospect Eron Gordon to visit Kentucky on Saturday — Four-star Indianapolis junior guard Eron Gordon tweeted on Thursday that he plans to make an unofficial visit to the University of Kentucky on Saturday, making him the second high-profile visitor on campus for the Wildcats. Gordon, who transferred from North Central to Cathedral this year, postponed a planned to visit to UK on July because his family had a vacation that conflicted with the trip.

Cardinal basketball team begins mystery tour — Rick Pitino insists he's not doing his Lou Holtz impression this preseason as the University of Louisville basketball team preps for the 2014-15 campaign. He really can't quite get a grasp of his team. "This is the least I've known about a basketball team in five years," he said.
Oct 31, 2014

[new story] Rick Pitino says he doesn't grasp his team just yet. They start the discovery process tomorrow:

4-star ’16 receiver picks Cards — The morning after its 42-31 loss to Florida State, the University of Louisville football team picked up a recruiting commitment from a four-star junior wide receiver who appreciated the Cardinals' competitive showing. Desmond Fitzpatrick, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound player from Farmington, Mich., announced his pledge to U of L early Friday.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @SteveJones_CJ: 4-star ’16 receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick picks Cards, says they "outplayed" Seminoles last night via @courierjournal

Oct 31, 2014

4-star ’16 receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick picks Cards, says they "outplayed" Seminoles last night via @courierjournal

Juco players Hunt, Cook commit to UofL for 2015 — The University of Louisville football team continued a huge Friday of recruiting with the late-afternoon commitments of junior-college teammates Khalil Hunter and Tim Cook - the Cardinals' third and fourth pledges of the day overall. Hunter, an offensive lineman, and Cook, a running back, are teammates at Eastern Arizona College who are on official visits to Louisville.
Oct 31, 2014

Juco teammates Hunter, Cook commit to UofL for 2015. Cards now w/ 21 pledges, No. 20 in Rivals team ratings

Oct 31, 2014

Juco teammates Khalil Hunter, Tim Cook commit to UofL for 2015, Cards' 3rd and 4th pledges of the day

Video | Joe Gerth on latest Bluegrass Poll results — A week before the election, Eric Burse chats with C-J political reporter Joe Gerth about the latest Bluegrass Poll numbers.

"Waters of the United States" rule under attack as Midterm elections approach — Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have found one more way to attack the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, joining other Republicans, the Farm Bureau and other business interests in attacking a proposed rule that seeks to clarify the nation's wetlands policies.

Predicting winter weather with maple trees, persimmons, woolly worms — Last fall, Ike Adams of Paint Lick, Ky., predicted an extra cold and snowy winter, based on the stripes of the dual-colored woolly worm or tiger caterpillar. A similar frigid forecast for winter 2013-14 was predicated on peering into the seeds of the persimmon fruit by Alene Horner of Southern Indiana.