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By the national captioning institute, c1 3 kentucky with a message for veterans and kentucky voters.

Alexus good afternoon, i'm tom kenny... and i'm veronica jean seltzer..

In our top story at five...president donald trump makes his fourth trip to kentucky since taking office and brings with him...a big announcement for disabled veterans.

That announcement coming this afternoon during his speech at the 75th national american veterans convention at the galt house in louisville.

Abc 36's christy bollinger is covering the president.

Take christy the president signed a memorandum during his remarks at the amvets convention that would relieve approximately 25,000 disabled veterans of their federal student loan debt.

Take sot "every penny... " "there will be no federal income tax on the forgiven debts" take vo this comes after the president gave a 40 minute speech to roughly 2,000 veterans.

Take sot "today we celebrate american veterans.

" "i'm the first commander in chief first president to address you and be here" take vo he told the amvets they haven't been forgotten, millions of americans are right by their side.

Mr. trump talked about how his administration has been committed to veteran affairs.

Take sot "after years of neglect, were fixing the heartbreaking failures from the last administration at the department of veteran affairs."

Take vo the president credited his administration with streamlining health care for veterans.

Take sot "we've smashed wait times at the va by more than 33%.

Take vo the president recognized several in the crowd, including secretary of education betsy devos and honorable veterans.

He went on to praise senate majorly leader mitch mcconnell and governor matt bevin.

Mr. trump says he'll be campaigning for both and they will be re- elected.

Take sot "....because he has been a truly great governor man" take christy after his remarks the president headed to a private fundraiser for governor matt bevin's re- election campaign against attorney general andy beshear.

Reporting here in downtown louisville, christy bollinger, abc 36 news.

Dozens of people came out to protest the president's visit in louisville.

Protestors with signs..

Were outside the galt house on the corner of main and fourth streets earlier today.

Their signs had messages that said quote..."close the camps", and "we support our veterans, but would rather play golf" overview: scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are possible through friday.

High temperatures return to the mid to upper 80s thursday into the weekend.

The weekend looks to mainly stay dry, yet a few thunderstorms will be possible at times, with a better chance for rain on sunday.

Tonight: a few rain showers will develop, with a low of 71 degrees.

Thursday: mostly cloudy skies and scattered rain and storms will continue, with a high of 88 degrees.

Thursday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures develop, with a low of 69 degrees.

A few lingering rain showers will be possible.

Friday: partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures will be around, with a high of 84 degrees, and the chance for a few rain showers.

Friday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures are expected, with a low of 64 degrees.

We now know the name of the dump truck driver killed in an accident on i-64 in clark county.

According to the sheriff's office..

63- year-old garry shrout, from salt lick...died yesterday morning..

After he lost control of the dump truck.

Investigators say he hit an embankment before he crashed.

According to deputies the accident happened near mile marker 99.

State police are investigating a deadly accident in pulaski county.

According to k-s-p, it happned last night..

In eubank.

State police say 32- year-old sherman devan, was traveling westbound on highway 452...when he lost control of his car and drove off the road, before rolling several times.

According to k-s-p..

Devan was thrown from his car, and died on the scene.

A home left with damages, after a fire overnight in clay city.

Firefighters say they saw smoke coming from this house..

When they arrived on the scene around two this morning..

According to fire officials..

They had to do..

What they call an 'interior' attack...by ventilating a hole in the roof, to clear the home.

Police are looking for the suspect who robbed a cash express in lexington, earlier today.

According to officers..

The robbery happened at the location on north broadway around eleven this morning.

Investigators say a man wearing a mask and carrying a gun, walked in and demanded cash from the clerk.

According to police... the clerk gave him the money, and the suspect took off.

A franklin county family is speaking out... hoping for answers about the death of their loved one.

In september, we told you 45 year old bryan cox was found dead near the kentucky river.

The coroner says it was an accidental drowning.

Abc 36's alexus larson reports cox's family doesn't think that's what really happened.

"when bryan cox was found dead his mother and sister were devastated.

Since his death, they both say they've received phone calls and text messages about what happened and it's leading them to believe it was no accidental drowning."

"it wasn't right.

I knew something was wrong."

Debbie and tabitha cox say their world has been turned upside down since debbie's son...tabitha's brother... was found dead almost a year ago near the kentucky river.

"i'll never forget hearing my momma scream and it was the worst thing in the world to hear it.

I was in shock."

"losing a child is almost unbearable, well it is unbearable."

The coroner says the death was accidental...case closed.

But the cox's don't accept that.

They say about a dozen people have come to them...with information suggesting...it wasn't an accident.

We think it was murder but debbie and tabitha won't say right now why they think that...they say it's to protect their family.

They do say they've shared that information with police.

"because it was different people telling me the same story i felt that it was substantial enough and credible enough to go to the authorities."

Police say they still officially think the death was an accident.

But they'll re-open the case and follow up on any substantial leads the family brings.

After such an unexpected death...many families can be in denial about how a loved one died.

The cox's...say they're not... we asked them if the police and the coroner laid out all the evidence they have to believe it was an accident...would that be enough to make them believe it?

In my gut, yes, that's not good enough.

"the family says they will be keeping the ten thousand dollar reward out there and will continue searching for answers to get justice for their loved one.

Reporting in franklin county, alexus larson, abc36 news.

We told you yesterday about an 18-year-old...from las vegas...who is accused of trying to kidnap a 16-year-old from her high school in northern kentucky.

Boone county deputies say benjamin margitza, traveled to the girl's school and tried to grab her, but another student was able to stop him.

As jake ryle reports... today we're hearing from that student..

Who says he jumped- in- to save his classmate script: cody hardin said it happened within seconds..

Monday morning..

Junior wrestler at conner high school..

Then followed his instinct.

He grabbed her by the shoulder..

Now he was now between a 16-year-old student..

And 18- year-old benjamin margitza..

Outside the front door of the high school.

Margitza is seen here on the school surveillance video just before the confrontation.

Deputies say he and the 16-year-old student..

Met on a phone chat app four years ago.

Hardin..

Provided the barrier..

For the girl to get away..

For jody hardin..

Cody's dad..

But he says he couldn't be prouder of his son.

..

Also grateful..

Something..

Cody is quick to downplay.

C1 3 when you have a guy like lynn bowden junior you have to get him the ball in any way possible.

So...why not just start the play with the ball in his hands?

Earlier this week the football cats held an open practice for media and guess who was taking snaps?

Bowden.

In high school bowden did play q-b, but is now kentucky's do everything guy...he did make the three all s-e-c preseason team in three different ways.

Is lynn bowden under center something solid blue fans could see?

One young solid blue fan a had a wish to be a kentucky football c1 3 player for a day...thanks to the make a wish foundation...it happened.

More on that at 5:30.

Tom and v-j back to you.

Coming up..

A new trail..

For people on lexington's north side..

But first after the break..

Changes on the way for immigrants staying at family detention center's on the mexico and u-s border.

##### c1 3 u-s.

Government..

Will detain undocumented families.

Whitney wild explains the new rules..

In today's nation view.

--reporter pkg-as follows-- critics call them cruel, president trump calls them necessary.

President donald trump: we're being very strong on the border.

The department of homeland security announced new rules wednesday that put migrant children in the middle of the debate over how to stop the flow of immigrants at the southern border.

Kevin mcaleenan / acting secretary, department of homeland security: the new rule will restore integrity to our immigration system and eliminate the major pull factor fueling the crisis.

The administration hopes to withdraw from what's known as the flores settlement, which requires u.s. officials to remove migrant children from non-licensed facilities within 20 days.

After that, children are supposed to go to their parents, other family, or licensed programs. new rules could take effect as soon as late october, and would require children to stay with parents in licensed facilities or in i.c.e.

Facilities that meet certain standards, while parents await hearings.

Kevin mcaleenan / acting secretary, department of homeland security: that's going to allow us to bring families in, finish immigration proceedings as one of a multi-layered strategy.

Critics say the new rule amounts to indefinite detention for children, as immigration and asylum hearings could last several months.

An american civil liberties union statement called it an attack on the most vulnerable, "the government should not be jailing kids, and certainly shouldn't be seeking to put more kids in jail for longer."

In washington, i'm whitney wild.

Overview: scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are possible through friday.

High temperatures return c1 3 to the mid to upper 80s thursday into the weekend.

The weekend looks c1 3 to mainly stay dry, yet a few thunderstorms will be possible at times, c1 3 with a better chance for rain on sunday.

Tonight: a few rain showers will develop, with a low of 71 degrees.

Thursday: mostly cloudy skies and scattered rain and storms will continue, with a high of 88 degrees.

Thursday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures develop, with a low of 69 degrees.

A few lingering rain showers will be possible.

Friday: partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures will be around, with a high of 84 degrees, and the chance for a few rain showers.

Friday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures are expected, with a low of 64 degrees.

Saturday: mostly sunny skies are expected, with the chance for a stray shower or storm, with an afternoon high of 87 degrees.

Saturday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures develop, with a low of 67 degrees.

Sunday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies develop with a few isolated storms, and a high temperature of 88 degrees.

Sunday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures develop, with a low of 68 degrees.

Monday: hot temperatures continue, with a high of 86 degrees, and widely scattered storms. monday night: a few rain showers continue, with a low of 70 degrees.

Tuesday: partly cloudy skies and a few rain showers are possible, with a high temperature of 89 degrees.

In today's business report...walmart is c1 3 according to the complaint... the retail giant, is accusing tesla of negligence after its solar panels allegedly started fires on the roofs of seven stores.

Walmart wants tesla to pay for the damage from the fires.

According to the company, tesla solar panels are currently installed, on more than 240 stores, across the country.

Kohl's department store officials...say 'despite' better than expected quarterly earnings... it's now forecasting a steeper decline in its profit margins for the year.

The blame - going to the potential hit from new tariffs...on chinese imports, higher shipping costs and aggressive promotions.

Cereal makers are trying to woo people back to the breakfast table.

The wall street journal says americans spent eight and a half billion dollars on cold cereals last year.

That's down six percent from five years ago.

Manufacturers are now trying new marketing campaigns and new flavors to get shoppers to buy again.

Now the frankfort toyota 'live' traffic report.

Non-injury collision: woodland ave at e main st.

Upcoming lane closures for w main st for crane removal: saturday 8/24 at 6 a.m.

Thru sunday 8/25 .

Possibly extending to monday 8/26.

W main st between s limestone and s upper st.

Left and center lanes closed.

Left turn lane to upper closed.

Intermittent complete street closures.

Motorists c1 3 lexington theres a new walking trail for people to use at meadowthorpe park.

Mayor linda gorton, and city leaders, officially opened it during a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.

You can find the trail in the meadowthorpe neighborhood , at the end of larch lane.

Read more about it...at w-t-v-q dot com.

Now, in entertainment news... gerard butler plays a different type of character than what we're used to seeing..

In his new movie "angel has fallen."

The film hits theaters this week.

David daniel has a preview.

--reporter pkg-as follows-- "they're drones!

They're drones!

Get the president in the water!"

"i love this character, i love these movies, i love the reaction you get from people.

Um, you know, as you go around the world, you go oh, this works!

People dig it!

So, it was fun to be able to climb back into, then take it in a different direction."

Gerard butler is back as secret service agent mike banning in "angel has fallen."

"the president's top guardian angel has fallen."

"can't you see that i'm being set up?"

The third movie in the series deals with addictions, including being addicted to war.

"this thing called ltsd: 'lack of traumatic stress syndrome.'

Almost like when you come back, it -- because now there's so many conflicts going on, coming back, it, it's that dealing with the lack of the thrill."

Newcomers to the franchise are nick nolte and piper perabo.

"this is a kind of multigenerational idea of action.

You know, maize, who plays our daughter, is two, and then you go all the way up to nick, so you're seeing different generations and how this kind of work is affecting a large family."

Jada pinkett smith had some multigenerational encouragement to take on her role.

"my son, trey.

My bonus son trey, is a huge fan and he actually was very instrumental in me taking this movie.

When he saw the script he, 'mom!

You've gotta do this movie!!'" "so i was like, okay."

"there' somebody else behind this, it wasn't me."

"i just want you to come home safe."

In hollywood, i'm david daniel.

Visit lex- is making national beshear: my granddad and great-granddad were baptist preachers from western kentucky.

Their faith guided them, just as it guides my work today their faith guided them, , and the left behind, the victims of rape, human trafficking, and child abuse, and families worried about losing their healthcare.

As governor, i'll treat all kentucky families and families worried about losing their healthcare.

With dignity and respect.

Those are the values britainy and i teach to our kids, with dignity and respect.

And those are the values i'll bring back to frankfort.

Went viral.

Their 'neigh s-m-r' video...featuring a horse named hank...took first place last night at the destinations council's destiny- awards program.

Check it out..

Horse crunching 5 seconds that's hank, at the kentucky horse park... crunching on carrots, apples and peppermints.

This award winning video, was posted on social media back in april, it now has more than 425-thousand views on the 'visit lex' youtube channel.

If you want to see more of it..

You can find the full video on our website..

At w-t-v-q dot com.

Overview: scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are possible through friday.

High temperatures return to the mid to upper 80s thursday into the weekend.

The weekend looks to mainly stay dry, yet a few thunderstorms will be possible at times, with a better chance for rain on sunday.

Jason thank you.

And... thank you for watching abc 36 at five.

C1 3 trump's visit today to kentucky.

L3: now at 5:30 white first day 20 years in the making and a first day of school...two decades in the making...in scott county.

Good afternoon, i'm tom kenny... and i'm veronica jean seltzer..

Amber freeman is on vacation.

In your top story at 5:30... president donald trump makes his fourth trip to kentucky since taking office and brings with him...a big announcement for disabled veterans.

That announcement coming this afternoon during his speech at the 75th national american veterans convention at the galt house in louisville.

Abc 36's christy bollinger is covering the president.

Take christy the president signed a memorandum during his remarks at the amvets convention that would relieve approximately 25,000 disabled veterans of their federal student loan debt.

Take sot "every penny... " "there will be no federal income tax on the forgiven debts" take vo this comes after the president gave a 40 minute speech to roughly 2,000 veterans.

Take sot "today we celebrate american veterans.

" "i'm the first commander in chief first president to address you and be here" take vo he told the amvets they haven't been forgotten, millions of americans are right by their side.

Mr. trump talked about how his administration has been committed to veteran affairs.

Take sot "after years of neglect, were fixing the heartbreaking failures from the last administration at the department of veteran affairs."

Take vo the president credited his administration with streamlining health care for veterans.

Take sot "we've smashed wait times at the va by more than 33%.

Take vo the president recognized several in the crowd, including secretary of education betsy devos and honorable veterans.

He went on to praise senate majorly leader mitch mcconnell and governor matt bevin.

Mr. trump says he'll be campaigning for both and they will be re- elected.

Take sot "....because he has been a truly great governor man" take christy after his remarks the president headed to a private fundraiser for governor matt bevin's re- election campaign against attorney general andy beshear.

Reporting here in downtown louisville, christy bollinger, abc 36 news.

There were protests today against the president's visit in louisville.

Protestors had signs outside the galt house.

Some of the signs had the words..."we support our veterans, but would rather play golf."

There were also some signs that said "close the camps."

Overview: scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are possible through friday.

High temperatures return to the mid to upper 80s thursday into the weekend.

The weekend looks to mainly stay dry, yet a few thunderstorms will be possible at times, with a better chance for rain on sunday.

Tonight: a few rain showers will develop, with a low of 71 degrees.

Thursday: mostly cloudy skies and scattered rain and storms will continue, with a high of 88 degrees.

Thursday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures develop, with a low of 69 degrees.

A few lingering rain showers will be possible.

Friday: partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures will be around, with a high of 84 degrees, and the chance for a few rain showers.

Friday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures are expected, with a low of 64 degrees.

Saturday: mostly sunny skies are expected, with the chance for a stray shower or storm, with an afternoon high of 87 degrees.

In lexington..

The search continues for the person who robbed a cash express today.

According to officers..

The robbery happened at the location on north broadway around eleven this morning.

Investigators say a man wearing a mask and carrying a gun, walked in and demanded cash from the clerk.

According to police... the suspect left..

.after the clerk gave him the money.

A scam alert now for teachers in kentucky.

According to the attorney general..

Someone who says his name is "deputy hart" is calling school in franklin, jefferson and whitley counties -- and demanding to speak with teachers.

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School officials say ... the scammers have threatened them with "obstruction charges" if they don't let the calls go through..

Once on the phone with the teachers..

The scammer then tells them, they have an outstanding warrant or missed jury duty, and tells the teachers they need to send a payment using gift cards.

According to the attorney general, this is a scam, and don't fall for it.

Today was the first day back to school for students in scott county.

Police were there, with them this morning, to welcome them back.

Officers gave students high fives, and hand shakes..

As they went into their buildings for class.

Scott county has two new schools.

Creekside elementary... and great crossing high school, where students jammed packed the halls this morning.

The high school was discussed for 20 years, and is now a reality.

In louisville... vandals are targeting electric -scooters.

According to investigators..

More than a dozen "lime" and "bird" scooters were damaged recenlty.

Officials say some of the scooters had their brake lines cut, before they were taken off the streets.

Louisville has three different e-scooter brands for riders in the city...lime, bird, and bolt.

The first fleet arrived last year.

Down in florida...wildlife officials are investigating a mysterious disorder, found in some of the animals in the state.

Accoring to authorities..

Panthers were caught on camera recently..

Stumbling as they tried to walk along trails.

Officials say the videos are from different areas throughout florida.

According to fish and wildlife conservation... some of the animals have neurological damage.

Right now..

There are only about 120- adult panthers in the state, and they're on the endangered species list.

Officials are testing for toxins like rat pesticides, and for infectious diseases, that could be responsible for the disorder.

Back in kentucky... state police looking for new recruits.

The agency is currently accepting applications for its next academy cadet class, which will begin in may.

According to k-s-p... there will be an open house...tomorrow, from 10 a.m.

Until 2 p.m...for anyone interested in applying.

It will be held at the state police training academy, on coffee tree road in frankfort.

After the break..

A sign language interpreter, steals the spotlight during a rap concert.

And..

You may have heard of cat cafe's..

But what about a raccoon cafe?.

Details on where you could find one..

Coming up.

It's a lobster and crab celebration at captain d's.

Go ahead, pinch yourself.

See, you are awake.

And all this premium lobster and tasty crab is a reality.

It's a crackin' summer celebration when the captain is callin'.

Captain d's.

C1 3 friday.

High temperatures return to the mid to upper 80s thursday into the weekend.

The weekend looks to mainly stay dry, yet a few thunderstorms will be possible at times, with a better chance for rain on sunday.

Tonight: a few rain showers will develop, with a low of 71 degrees.

Thursday: mostly cloudy skies and scattered rain and storms will continue, with a high of 88 degrees.

Thursday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures develop, with a low of 69 degrees.

A few lingering rain showers will be possible.

Friday: partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures will be around, with a high of 84 degrees, and the chance for a few rain showers.

Friday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures are expected, with a low of 64 degrees.

Saturday: mostly sunny skies are expected, with the chance for a stray shower or storm, with an afternoon high of 87 degrees.

Saturday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures develop, with a low of 67 degrees.

Sunday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies develop with a few isolated storms, and a high temperature of 88 degrees.

Sunday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures develop, with a low of 68 degrees.

Monday: hot temperatures continue, with a high of 86 degrees, and widely scattered storms. monday night: a few rain showers continue, with a low of 70 degrees.

Tuesday: partly cloudy skies and a few rain showers are possible, with a high temperature of 89 degrees.

Trending on the internet... a lot of people are talking about a sign language interpretor ..

After a hip-hop concert.

Jeremy roth shows us why..

In today's take a look at this!

--reporter pkg-as follows-- this sign language interpreter is going viral for her lightning-fast moves at a concert for rapper twista, the woman, amber galloway gallego, provided interpretation and she had no problem keeping up with the rapper's high-speed lyrics the clip quickly went viral, with many giving props to galloway gallego some said she deserves a try at a world record -- and guinness welcomed it even twista tweeted about her spotlight-stealing signing, saying "she's the real mvp" officials with the town of derry, new hampshire had been waiting 50 years to open this time capsule and when the moment of truth arrived, what did they find?

3..2...1.... a big ol' nothingburger yep, the capsule which had been sealed in 1969 ... was empty!

There's no recorded info on file, so officials have no idea if someone removed the contents ... or if nothing was ever put in to begin with customers are flocking to a unique ukranian cafe that pairs hot coffee with live raccoons oh yeah, i like this idea naturally, it's called raccoon cafe ..

And there can be up to a 30 minute wait to snuggle up to these furry friends hmmm ..

Scalding hot beverages and jumpy critters ... what could possibly go wrong?

For talat - i'm jeremy roth.

Now here's your abc 36 live traffic report.

Non-injury collision: woodland ave at e main st.

N broadway at i-75n vehicles on the exit ramp.

Stalled vehicle: alu c1 3 with amy johnston of unitedhealthcare and michael halligan of god's pantry food bank.

Thank you both so much for being here.

Amy johnston: thank you.

M.

Halligan: you're welcome, thank you.

Speaker 1: well, today we're going to cover a topic that some people are quite familiar with and other people don't realize it's such an issue here across the commonwealth: hunger and a lack of food for people and their families and individuals here.

It's a bigger problem than a lot of us even expect it to be.

Why is that?

Amy johnston: absolutely.

So, i think, you know, it's important that we remember the mission, which is to help people live healthier lives.

And as part of that mission, it's addressing things like social determinants of health.

One of the most pressing social determinants of health is food insecurity.

And i think, you know, correct me if i'm wrong, but one in five children... m.

Halligan: one in five children across the commonwealth.

Yes.

Amy johnston: that's a shocking statistic that they don't know where their next meal is coming from.

Speaker 1: and it's not just kids.

We were talking earlier that the older population are now being affected by this just as much.

So you have new research that just indicates how huge this problem is.

M.

Halligan: yeah, so there's a couple of really interesting pieces of research that have come out recently: "map the meal gap," which is a study that's done every year by feeding america.

We're a member of that national organization.

There's some 660,000 people that are at risk of hunger across the commonwealth.

It's about one in six.

One really concerning piece of information that's brand new: in individuals that are aged 50 to 59, kentucky has the worst food insecurity rate in the nation.

Speaker 1: that's c1 3 huge.

M.

Halligan: and that's a huge concern.

Speaker 1: that is a huge concern.

Now, i know you both are combining your forces and doing something to help these people.

What can we do to help you?

M.

Halligan: so, one of the things that i think is really important for folks to think about is you don't end hunger through a food bank or through a health care organization by itself.

You end hunger, you address social determinants of health, by working in communities where the issue exists and understanding what those needs are in that specific community.

So it's really important for the community to engage and for those who want to make a difference in someone else's life to get involved.

And there's lots of different ways to do that.

Speaker 1: we talk about a food bank, and i guess we should probably say what exactly a food bank does for people.

M.

Halligan: so, the way to think about god's pantry food bank, we serve 50 counties in central and eastern kentucky.

11 of the 50 counties we serve are some of the most impoverished in the united states.

We gather and then redistribute food to those who are food insecure.

In the last 12 months, we've done almost 40 million pounds of food.

That's enough product to create nearly 33 million meals.

Speaker 1: wow.

M.

Halligan: we've got all kinds of wonderful programs that we work.

There's snap outreach program that allows potential snap recipients to directly apply for benefit.

We do summer feeding sites for kids.

We do afterschool feeding sites for kids.

We've got all kinds of produce programs that we do to ensure a healthier diet and to try and address those social determinants of health.

Speaker 1: now, if somebody needs your services or wants to donate to your services, is that what you do?

Do you take food donations from people?

M.

Halligan: so, there's a variety of different ways that people can can help.

The easiest thing to do is go to our website, godspantryfood bank.org.

There's a page on there that talks about how to volunteer.

There's a page on there that talks about how to make financial donations securely.

There's actually a page there for someone who's in need of food.

They can go in and search by county all of the agencies that are available to help with that food assistance.

Speaker 1: so right there at your fingertips.

M.

Halligan: right there at the website, godspantryfood bank.org.

Speaker 1: i think so many people do want to help, because it's something we can all associate with.

We all eat.

We know what it's like to be hungry.

We don't all know what it's like to be that level of hungry and want to help people that are.

M.

Halligan: so, a quick story that i'll share with you.

A few weeks ago, i was in one of our pantries, a one of ou(soft music)a hey, i'm alec.

My name's kaleb.

Is everything okay?

I don't like hospitals.

This isn't just a hospital.

This is a special place.

Come with me.

This is the place.

- where i can play games with my grandparents.

This is the place where i make the shot.

This is the place where kids-- - learn how to walk down stairs.

I get it!

This is where kids get to be kids!

Yes!

This is shriners hospitals for children.

And this special place is only possible because of the monthly support of people just like you.

When you give at loveshriners.org, you'll be joining thousands of other caring people who give just $19 a month to change these kids' lives.

Because of shriners hospitals for children, i can do things i never thought were possible.

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Cooking!

Breaking boards, ha!

When you give 63 cents a day we'll send you this adorable love to the rescue blanket as a thank you and a reminder of the love you gave to a kid just like me!

Because of people like you shriners hospitals for children is able to make an everyday miracle happen for kids like me.

Gracias.

Merci.

Thank you very much.

Did you know there is a shriners hospital for children, right here in lexington?

Please call or go to loveshriners.org to give.

C1 3 player for a day.

The make a wish foundation...made it come true.

Thanks to kentucky wildcats t-v here's a look at that day.

Coming up at 6, the 36 blitz heads to mount sterling to check out the c1 3 montgomery county indians.

That's all for now though, stay with us, we'll be right back.

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C1 3 friday.

High temperatures return to the mid to upper 80s thursday into the weekend.

The weekend looks to mainly stay dry, yet a few thunderstorms will be possible at times, with a better chance for rain on sunday.

Jason thank you.

And... thank you so much for watching abc 36 at 5:30.

Eating panera for dinner just got even more dinner-y.

Because we've just made an all new menu specifically for -you guessed it- dinner.

With new dinner bowls.... new dinner flatbreads and even new dinner sides for dinner that's crafted and 100% clean.

So tonight, why not ha?

Panera.

Food as it should be.

C1 3 l3: now at 6 white family doesn't believe man's death was an accident alexus sot tease l3: now at 6 white state fair ham breakfast protest and more on a protest.... planned for tomorrow's state fair ham breakfast.

Hello and welcome in... i'm tom kenny.

And i'm veronica jean seltzer.

The president made his fourth trip to the state since being elected in 20- 16.

This time, he was in louisville at the galt house for the 75-th national american veterans convention.

Abc36's christy bollinger was there for tonight's top story at 6.

L3 christy: top story white take christy the president signed a memorandum during his remarks at the amvets convention that would relieve approximately 25,000 disabled veterans of their federal student loan debt.

Take sot "every penny... " "there will be no federal income tax on the forgiven debts" take vo this comes after the president gave a 40 minute speech to roughly 2,000 veterans.

Take sot "today we celebrate american veterans.

" "i'm the first commander in chief first president to address you and be here" take vo he told the amvets they haven't been forgotten, millions of americans are right by their side.

Mr. trump talked about how his administration has been committed to veteran affairs.

Take sot "after years of neglect, were fixing the heartbreaking failures from the last administration at the department of veteran affairs."

Take vo the president credited his administration with streamlining health care for veterans.

Take sot "we've smashed wait times at the va by more than 33%.

Take vo the president recognized several in the crowd, including secretary of education betsy devos and honorable veterans.

He went on to praise senate majorly leader mitch mcconnell and governor matt bevin.

Mr. trump says he'll be campaigning for both and they will be re- elected.

Take sot "....because he has been a truly great governor man" take christy after his remarks the president headed to a private fundraiser for governor matt bevin's re- election campaign against attorney general andy beshear.

Reporting here in downtown louisville, christy bollinger, abc 36 news.

A franklin county family is speaking out... hoping for answers about the death of their loved one.

In september, we told you 45 year old bryan cox was found dead near the kentucky river.

The coroner says it was an accidental drowning.

Abc 36's alexus larson reports cox's family doesn't think that's what really happened.

"when bryan cox was found dead his mother and sister were devastated.

Since his death, they both say they've received phone calls and text messages about what happened and it's leading them to believe it was no accidental drowning."

"it wasn't right.

I knew something was wrong."

Debbie and tabitha cox say their world has been turned upside down since debbie's son...tabitha's brother... was found dead almost a year ago near the kentucky river.

"i'll never forget hearing my momma scream and it was the worst thing in the world to hear it.

I was in shock."

"losing a child is almost unbearable, well it is unbearable."

The coroner says the death was accidental...case closed.

But the cox's don't accept that.

They say about a dozen people have come to them...with information suggesting...it wasn't an accident.

We think it was murder but debbie and tabitha won't say right now why they think that...they say it's to protect their family.

They do say they've shared that information with police.

"because it was different people telling me the same story i felt that it was substantial enough and credible enough to go to the authorities."

Police say they still officially think the death was an accident.

But they'll re-open the case and follow up on any substantial leads the family brings.

After such an unexpected death...many families can be in denial about how a loved one died.

The cox's...say they're not... we asked them if the police and the coroner laid out all the evidence they have to believe it was an accident...would that be enough to make them believe it?

In my gut, yes, that's not good enough.

"the family says they will be keeping the ten thousand dollar reward out there and will continue searching for answers to get justice for their loved one.

Reporting in franklin county, alexus larson, abc36 news.

Overview: scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are possible through friday.

High temperatures return to the mid to upper 80s thursday into the weekend.

The weekend looks to mainly stay dry, yet a few thunderstorms will be possible at times, with a better chance for rain on sunday.

Tonight: a few rain showers will develop, with a low of 71 degrees.

Thursday: mostly cloudy skies and scattered rain and storms will continue, with a high of 88 degrees.

Thursday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures develop, with a low of 69 degrees.

A few lingering rain showers will be possible.

Friday: partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures will be around, with a high of 84 degrees, and the chance for a few rain showers.

Friday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures are expected, with a low of 64 degrees.

Saturday: mostly sunny skies are expected, with the chance for a stray shower or storm, with an afternoon high of 87 degrees.

We told you earlier this week about a c1 3 man from las vegas... accused of flying to kentucky and trying to kidnap a teenage girl at her high school.

Now... as jake ryle reports... we're learning more about how other students helped stop him.

L3: white student helps stop kidnapping hebron, ky l3: white cody hardin conner high school student l3: white student helps stop kidnapping hebron, ky l3: white jody hardin cody's father l3: white student helps stop kidnapping hebron, ky cody hardin said it happened within seconds..

Monday morning..

Junior wrestler at conner high school..

Then followed his instinct.

He grabbed her by the shoulder..

Now he was now between a 16-year-old student..

And 18- year-old benjamin margitza..

Outside the front door of the high school.

Margitza is seen here on the school surveillance video just before the confrontation.

Deputies say he and the 16-year-old student..

Met on a phone chat app four years ago.

Hardin..

Provided the barrier..

For the girl to get away..

For jody hardin..

Cody's dad..

But he says he couldn't be prouder of his son.

..

Also grateful..

Something..

Cody is quick to downplay.

C1 3 the annual ham breakfast at the kentucky state fair will be happening tomorrow... but this year... there will be some opposition.

The event is put on each year by kentucky farm bureau... and now... four advocacy groups are calling out what they describe as discriminatory policies by the insurance company.

The a-c-l-u of kentucky, the fairness campaign... jefferson county teachers association, and louisville showing up for racial justice released this video .... calling on the kentucky farm bureau to quote: "stop the hate"... citin policy-book positions they say are anti-l-g-b-t-q, anti-teacher, anti- union... and trans- phobic.

Farm bureau says they are a democratic group... and their policies reflect the values of their members.

And they say when it comes to the law... they don't discriminate.

When you have a guy like lynn bowden junior you have to get him the ball in any way possible.

So...why not just start the play with the ball in his hands?

Earlier this week the football cats held an open practice for media and guess who was taking snaps?

Bowden.

In high school bowden did play q-b, but is now kentucky's do everything guy...he did make the three all s-e-c preseason team in three different ways.

Is lynn bowden under center something solid blue fans could see?

Coming up later in sports, thr 36 blitz c1 3 checks out montgomery county.

That's all for now though..

Tom and v-j back to you.

If you're looking to spend some more time outside... theres a new walking trail in lexington... at meadowthorpe park.

Mayor linda gorton, and city leaders, officially opened it during a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.

You can find the trail in the meadowthorpe neighborhood... at the end of larch lane.

It is one-third of a mile long... and permanent seating and trash cans have been installed around it, as well.

It's just the newest of the 50 trails around the city.

Is president trump reversing his position on gun control?

L3: coming up white president reversing on gun control?

Coming up later... why many say he's backing off support for background checks.

Weather reopen kentucky governor matt bevin facing some major backlash.

Woman: the 10-minute rant in which he called teachers selfish, shortsighted, woman: the 10-minute rant in which he called teachers and misinformed.

It's been called the war on public education.

Devastating cuts to public schools and universities.

No money for textbooks.

Threats to educators' retirement security.

Taking kentucky backwards.

But a $56 million tax deal for the banking industry.

More for the rich mo and less for schools.

Tell matt bevin -- stop taking and less for schools.

Kentucky's schools backwards.

It's a lobster and crab celebration at captain d's.

Go ahead, pinch yourself.

See, you are awake.

And all this premium lobster and tasty crab is a reality.

It's a crackin' summer celebration when the captain is callin'.

Captain d's.

Possible through c1 3 friday.

High temperatures return to the mid to upper 80s thursday into the weekend.

The weekend looks to mainly stay dry, yet a few thunderstorms will be possible at times, with a better chance for rain on sunday.

Tonight: a few rain showers will develop, with a low of 71 degrees.

Thursday: mostly cloudy skies and scattered rain and storms will continue, with a high of 88 degrees.

Thursday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures develop, with a low of 69 degrees.

A few lingering rain showers will be possible.

Friday: partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures will be around, with a high of 84 degrees, and the chance for a few rain showers.

Friday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures are expected, with a low of 64 degrees.

Saturday: mostly sunny skies are expected, with the chance for a stray shower or storm, with an afternoon high of 87 degrees.

Saturday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures develop, with a low of 67 degrees.

Sunday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies develop with a few isolated storms, and a high temperature of 88 degrees.

Sunday night: partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures develop, with a low of 68 degrees.

Monday: hot temperatures continue, with a high of 86 degrees, and widely scattered storms. monday night: a few rain showers continue, with a low of 70 degrees.

Tuesday: partly cloudy skies and a few rain showers are possible, with a high temperature of 89 degrees.

Skeptics of u-k football doubted scattered storms. monday night: a few rain showers continue, with a low of 70 degrees.

Tuesday: partly cloudy skies and a few rain showers are possible, with a high temperature of 89 degrees.

Skeptics of u-k football doubted the wildcats could ever c1 3 compete in the trenches in the s-e- c... but the o-line may be the team's biggest strength this season.

Up next in sports... why chemistry is a big part of that success.

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Directv call 1.800.directv beshear: my granddad and great-granddad were baptist preachers from western kentucky.

Their faith guided them, just as it guides my work today their faith guided them, , and the left behind, the victims of rape, human trafficking, and child abuse, and families worried about losing their healthcare.

As governor, i'll treat all kentucky families and families worried about losing their healthcare.

With dignity and respect.

Those are the values britainy and i teach to our kids, with dignity and respect.

And those are the values i'll bring back to frankfort.

C1 3 before...the big men lead the way.

And the football cats will have one of the best lines in the s-e-c.

They have two guys...drake jackson and logan stenberg...who made all s-e-c preseason teams. they also have former lafayette star landon young.

Young would likely be right with stenberg and jackson on that list if he hadn't missed the 2018 season with a knee injury.

Now that he's back, the o-line is coming together on and off the field.

If you go to a montgomery county indians practice, there are c1 3 players...everywhe re.

Can those numbers translate to wins?

The 36 blitz travels to mount sterling to find out.

Grant county may play in the hardest district in the state.

Frederick douglass, c1 3 montgomery county, scott county ...all in their district.

Those teams had a combined 31 wins last year.

Great crossing warhawks added this year.

How are the braves preparing?

Find out in the 36 blitz tonight at 11.

Sports banter why the president may be changing his support for gun control... next.

C1 3 break 3 c1 3 his stance on expanded background checks.

He had come out in support of new regulations... but now many think he's backtracking.

Maggie rulli reports in our nationview.

L3: nation view white president trump's stance on gun control l3: nation view white maggie rulli abc news today president trump agreeing that gun violence in the us is a public health crisis nats "i do" but also saying he wants to protect second amendment rights people need weapons, unfortunately, for protection seeming to once again - back off any new push for increased background checks we have a lot of background checks right now and again, saying the actual problem is mental health "what we're doing is, i want guns to be in the hands of people that are mentally stable people that are sick up here, i don't want them to get a gun."

But flashback to just four days after the el paso shooting - and president trump was sending a very different message.

"there's a great appetite and i mean a very strong appetite for background checks and i think we can bring up background checks like we've never had before."

The reversal coming after the president had a lenghty conversation with the head of the nra yesterday - sources tell abc news the president made it clear to wayne lapierre that he does not support universal background checks.

But today, the president denied he was caving to the nra - saying, it's a slippery slope "you approve one thing, then another thing, then another thing, then all of the sudden you're on that slope," he said, "and nobody ha legal protection."

1255 on cam tag: democratic 2020 hopefulls - are already calling out the president's position.

Today former vice president and presidential candidate joe biden has released an ad - saying it's unacceptable and americans deserve better.

A last check of your forecast... next.

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C1 3 rain showers and thunderstorms are possible through friday.

High temperatures return to the mid to upper 80s thursday into the weekend.

The weekend looks to mainly stay dry, yet a few thunderstorms will be possible at times, with a better chance for rain on sunday.

That's all the time we have world news tonight with david muir is next.

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