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Published 10:57 am Tuesday, October 30, 2018

KKK robe, Nazi decorations displayed at Kentucky gun show

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Nazi Christmas decorations and an authentic Ku Klux Klan robe were on display or for sale at a gun show in Kentucky.

The Courier Journal reported Monday that the items were seen at the National Gun Day annual show in Louisville over the weekend. The event was housed at the Kentucky Expo Center, and spokesman Cody Patterson says the display was unacceptable. He says the venue is leased to show managers who then lease space to exhibits, which usually aren’t screened.

The owner of the National Gun Day promotions company, Ron Dickson, hasn’t responded to the newspaper’s request for comment. U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says the display is “symptomatic of what we’re dealing with now” where it “seems to be OK to publicly condone white supremacy.”

Tricky Halloween weather leads to early treats for some

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The weather might be tricky on Wednesday, so some Kentucky communities are moving Halloween festivities to make sure little ghosts and goblins still get treats.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said in a statement that the city would change its treat-or-treating hours to Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the city joins several other central Kentucky communities, including Richmond, Danville and Winchester. Lawrenceburg moved its festivities to Friday.

Meanwhile, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer told the Courier Journal that he’s leaving the decision up to individual neighborhoods and some places including Washington County and Berea are keeping treat-or-treating hours on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service is predicting a rainy Halloween. Forecasters are calling for widespread rain across central Kentucky through Wednesday evening.

High court won’t hear suit alleging coerced confessions

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A lawsuit involving three teenagers who accuse Evansville police of violating their constitutional rights is headed to trial after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

The high court refused Monday to review a January ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which found enough evidence to warrant a civil trial in the suit filed on behalf of William, Deadra and Andrea Hurt and their mother.

The city of Evansville and other defendants had asked the justices to review that ruling.

The teens’ lawsuit alleges Evansville police threatened them and fed them facts to coerce confessions in the 2012 killing of 54-year-old Marcus Golike.

Attorney Theresa Kleinhaus says the plaintiffs are pleased. Their suit is set for a September 2019 trial.

The defendants’ attorney declined comment.