Ashley Lopez

Ashley Lopez is a reporter for WGCU News. A native of Miami, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree. 

Previously, Lopez was a reporter for Miami's NPR member station, 

WLRN-Miami Herald News. Before that, she was a reporter at The Florida Independent. She also interned for Talking Points Memo in New York City and WUNC in Durham, North Carolina. She also freelances as a reporter/blogger for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

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The Kentucky chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit for a case in Muhlenberg County over song lyrics in a Facebook post.

In August, James Evans of Central City posted lyrics on his Facebook page from a song called “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” by the band Exodus. The 2010 song is about the Virginia Tech shooting.

Evans was arrested that month on a criminal charge of first-degree terroristic threatening, a felony. The charge was eventually dismissed.

The ACLU of Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit this week claiming Muhlenberg County Police Officer Michael Drake falsely arrested Evans for posting those lyrics. Evans’ attorneys—Brenda Popplewell and William Sharp—claim that arrest was illegal and violated their clients’ First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The lawsuit was filed at a U.S. District Court in the Western District of Kentucky and names Muhlenberg County and Officer Drake as defendants.

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The Kentucky chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit for a case in Muhlenberg County over song lyrics in a Facebook post.

In August, James Evans of Central City posted lyrics on his Facebook page from a song called “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” by the band Exodus. The 2010 song is about the Virginia Tech shooting.

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Republican U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul of Kentucky introduced legislation Monday aimed at helping bourbon producers.

The AGED Spirits Act allows bourbon producers to write off whiskey as it ages. At the moment, the tax code is written such that distilleries can only deduct bourbon once it is bottled and sold.

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  Republican Presidential candidate Rand Paul’s efforts to appeal to minority voters hit a rough patch over the past week.

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The trainer for Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah says he expects the horse to run in the next race for the Triple Crown.

American Pharoah’s trainer Bob Baffert also trained third place Derby winner Dortmund. This is Baffert’s Fourth Derby win.

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  Kentucky’s case before the Supreme Court started with a conversation between attorneys Shannon Fauver and Dawn Elliott.

As they chatted in Fauver’s Louisville office, the U.S. Supreme Court was considering a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a piece of legislation that was an obstacle to same-sex marriage being made legal in the U.S.

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Without debate, the Louisville Metro Council unanimously approved a measure Thursday evening giving local health officials approval to start a needle exchange program.

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Rand Paul’s presidential campaign will be the first to accept political contributions in Bitcoin, a relatively new—and completely unregulated—type of digital currency.

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In his first visit to Louisville while in office, President Obama on Thursday evening announced a new federal initiative called TechHire.

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Louisville’s efforts to train people for jobs in the technology industry will be on a national stage during President Obama’s visit to the city Thursday.

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