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Lawmaker, inspector plead not guilty



An outgoing Kentucky lawmaker and a retired state mine inspector have pleaded not guilty to bribery charges.

Outgoing state Rep. W. Keith Hall and Kelly Shortridge entered their pleas in U.S. District Court last week. Shortridge also pleaded not guilty to additional charges of extortion and lying to federal agents.

Prosecutors accuse Hall of paying Shortridge more than $46,000 to ignore repeated violations at Hall’s Pike County coal mines. Shortridge is also accused of trying to extort more money from Hall and lying about it.

A trial is scheduled for the week of Jan. 5.

Hall, a Democrat, represented Pike County in the House for 14 years before he was defeated in May. (AP)



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