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Kentucky's Fancy Farm: Chopped Mutton, Politicians Hurling Insults

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Rob Canning

  For some in Western Kentucky, the annual Fancy Farm Picnic is about chopped mutton and pork, bingo and music.

But for the rest of the state it’s that weekend in August when politicians roll up their shirt sleeves and yell into a sea of cheers and boos.

This year’s Fancy Farm on Saturday continued that tradition—after getting over one plea for civility.

The annual Fancy Farm picnic at St. Jerome's Parish is a little bit different from the rest of the events most politicians attend during a campaign.

 

  WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the significance of Thursday's Fox News GOP presidential debate being held in Ohio. 

  We don’t know about your family, but, at our house, when Thanksgiving came around, there were two tables set up for the family feast.

One for the grown-ups – the big fancy table. Another off to the side – usually a card table with a tablecloth thrown over it – for the kiddies.

It was OK, except the mashed potatoes tended to get cold by the time they made it to the card table.

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Samuel DuBose was laid to rest this week, just over a week after he was shot and killed by a University of Cincinnati police officer.  For those who knew him, it was a great loss. 

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The University of Cincinnati police officer accused of murder was fired from his job this week.  And he wants that job back.

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A hand-cuffed Ray Tensing appeared in a Hamilton County Common Pleas courtroom Thursday morning and entered a not guilty plea to a charge of murder and was slapped by the judge with a $1 million bond.

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 A Hamilton County grand jury has indicted a University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing for murder in the shooting death of Samuel DuBose in a July 19 traffic stop.

The shooting was, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said, the most “asinine” and “senseless” act he has ever seen a police officer commit.

“I’ve been doing this for over 30 years,’’ Deters said in a press conference early Wednesday afternoon at his office. “It was the purposeful killing of a person. That’s what makes it murder.”

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Hamilton County Commissioners are deciding how to pay for emergency communications as current revenue sources shrink.  Before they vote, they want to hear public input on a possible solution.

Two major bond rating agencies are keeping the City of Cincinnati’s bond ratings the same, but one of them has upgraded its financial outlook for the city.

Cincinnati officials said in a press release Tuesday that Moody’s Investors Service reaffirmed the city’s general obligation bond rating of “Aa2.”  But Moody’s moved its financial outlook for the city from the negative category to stable.

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Update: 1:29 p.m. Arena officials aren't saying how much the project could cost, nor are they laying out a timeline. Nederlander Entertainment CEO Ray Harris says funding talks are underway with Cincinnati,  Hamilton County, and the Port Authority. "It's obviously got to be a private/public partnership and we're trying to figure that out with them," he says.

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