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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate increased slightly in July. The Kentucky Center for Statistics says the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.3 percent. The preliminary statewide figure is up slightly from the 4.2 percent rate reported for June.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A convicted robber is getting a new sentencing trial because the jury that convicted him included one of his previous victims. Kentucky's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a new sentencing trial for Johnnie Ray Douglas, who was indicted in 2006 for robbing two cash advance businesses in Louisville. After the trial, a juror told the judge he realized during the sentencing phase Douglas was the person who robbed him two decades earlier.

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Ball State University's trustees have voted to remove the name of alumnus and Papa John's founder John Schnatter from a business institute because of his use of a racial slur. The board voted 8-1 Thursday to remove the name from the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise and return money donated by the Schnatter Family Foundation. The vote came nearly two weeks after the trustees issued a statement Aug. 3 supporting Schnatter.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Court records say a Kentucky choir teacher has been charged with four counts of sexual abuse. News outlets report three of the counts against 36-year-old Thomas C. Steuart involve a child under the age of 12. The teacher at Winburn Middle School in Lexington was arraigned Thursday on the fourth count. Steuart has been placed on administrative leave.

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