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Bevin's Pardons Cause Uproar And More Top Stories This Week

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Jim Nolan

On his way out of office, former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin issued a series of pardons and sentence commutations for convicted murderers and the rapist of a 9-year-old girl.

Three of those receiving pardons or commutations from Northern Kentucky include Gregory Wilson, who was convicted of a woman's murder and had his death sentence commuted to life with eligibility for parole after 30 years; Micah Schoettle, who was convicted just last year of raping a 9-year old girl in Kenton County and received a pardon after originally being sentenced to 23 years; and J.R. Roth, who was a member of the Campbell County board of education when he was arrested and later convicted on felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance in 2017.

Another pardon was received by Patrick Brian Baker, who was convicted in a homicide and on other charges after a 2014 home invasion in Knox County. Baker's brother raised significant funds for Bevin's campaign and to help retire campaign debt.

The Courier-Journal reporters who wrote about the pardons and commutations, Joe Sonka and Andrew Wolfson, will be with us.

We will also share our conversations with two journalists who made recent visits to Greater Cincinnati: Associated Press editor overseeing national politics Steven Sloan and Gesine Dornblueth, a freelance reporter from Deutschlandradio.

Closing out the news review will be WVXU reporters Tana Weingartner and Ambriehl Crutchfield.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.