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News Minute: Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EDT

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says public workers who oppose changes to the state's pension systems are like drowning victims in that "you just need to knock them out and drag them to shore." Bevin's comments came during a live interview with Brian Thomas on WKRC in Cincinnati. He said the state must make changes to the pension system or it will collapse, risking the retirements of hundreds of thousands of people and their loved ones.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky has ended a local elected official's contract to collect child support payments after determining he threatened to burn down the governor's home and "choke to death" a state employee. But a lawyer for Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley called the accusations "baseless" and part of an "unprovoked and reckless attack" to punish Bartley for campaigning for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's Democratic opponent in the 2015 election.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An ethics commission is urging Kentucky lawmakers to update the state's legislative ethics law to fill a void in the fight against sexual harassment that surface at the state Capitol. The Legislative Ethics Commission recommended Tuesday that the ethics law be revised to specifically prohibit workplace harassment by lawmakers against their staff.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A parole decision for the killer of a police officer in Kentucky has been postponed. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that 42-year-old John Paul Works was interviewed Tuesday by a two-member panel of the state Parole Board.

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