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Kentucky Clerks Blocking All Marriages

Legal experts say they can expect to be sued

(Newser) - Clerks in at least five Kentucky counties are refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and heterosexual couples, citing their beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman. "I have always tried to be fair to everyone and treat everyone the same," a clerk tells the... More »

Guy Drives Himself to Cop Shop, Asks for DUI

Officers are happy enough to oblige

(Newser) - Authorities say a man drove under the influence of alcohol to a small-town Kentucky police station, where he requested that officers arrest him. The Kentucky New Era reports that 26-year-old Christopher L. Stewart drove Tuesday night to the station in Hopkinsville, near the Tennessee border, entered the "do not... More »

Escapee Surrenders After 39 Years—for Health Care

Clarence David Moore recently suffered a stroke

(Newser) - Clarence David Moore escaped from North Carolina's Henderson County Prison Unit on Aug. 6, 1976, and was never heard from again—until he turned himself in to police in Kentucky this week, citing his poor health and lack of insurance. Moore, 66, had previously escaped from state prisons in... More »

'Rogue' Workers Busted in $100K Bourbon Ring

9 charged with years of theft from 2 distilleries

(Newser) - There are those, perhaps scarred by youthful overindulgence, who might wonder why anyone would steal even a shot of Wild Turkey, and then there are the nine people indicted today in Kentucky with taking thousands of dollars worth of bourbon from two distilleries. The case is attracting a lot of... More »

After Runner Won't Quit, Cop Helps Her Finish Race

Woman who lost 200 pounds was determined to finish

(Newser) - The police incident commander for the Rodes City Run in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday went a long way beyond the call of duty when he saw a runner struggling around 2 miles from the finish line. After Asia Ford insisted that she was determined to finish the 10K race despite... More »

Kentucky State Senator: 1891 Rule Voids My DUI Bust

Brandon Smith says he's 'privileged from arrest' during travel to legislature

(Newser) - A Kentucky state senator accused of driving drunk on the legislature's opening day this month has invoked a law brought in by predecessors who traveled in horse-drawn carriages. Brandon Smith's lawyer filed a request this week to dismiss his DUI charge based on an 1891 provision in the... More »

Runaway 'Bonnie and Clyde' Teens Seen in Florida

Cops call on pair to hurry up and surrender

(Newser) - Two runaway teenagers whose traveling crime spree has earned them comparisons to Bonnie and Clyde have been seen in Florida. The two, missing since Jan. 3, were seen panhandling, police tell NBC News . "I think (their spree) started as a game or something funny," a sheriff says. "... More »

Ky. Bill Offers Reward for Spotting Trans Kids in 'Wrong' Bathroom

Would allow students to sue, win $2.5K

(Newser) - If a proposed measure somehow makes its way into law, students in Kentucky could see a $2,500 reward for finding transgendered people in a bathroom that doesn't match their assigned sex. The bill targets school officials who allow transgendered students to use their preferred bathrooms—as well as... More »

Cops: 'Bonnie and Clyde' Teens on Crime Binge

Dalton Hayes, 18, and 13-year-old girlfriend Cheyenne Phillips of Ky. on the run

(Newser) - A Kentucky man and his 13-year-old girlfriend have been missing for nearly two weeks, during which they've reportedly launched what NBC News calls a "Bonnie-and-Clyde-style crime spree across the South." Since Cheyenne Phillips was reported missing Jan. 3, she and Dalton Hayes, 18, have allegedly stolen a... More »

Officer: 'Divine Intervention' in Case of Crash Survivor

Teen's mom mourns 'best friend' killed in plane crash

(Newser) - The 7-year-old sole survivor of a Kentucky plane crash is a "remarkable young lady" who could provide vital clues to what brought down the small aircraft, National Transportation Safety Board investigators say. Sailor Gutzler, who trekked three-quarters of a mile for help after the crash that killed her parents... More »

Plane Crash's Lone Survivor, 7, Had Only Her 'Own Will to Live'

Sailor Gutzler 'done a hell of a job' in hiking barefoot from wreck

(Newser) - The 7-year-old child who walked away from a plane crash that killed four members of her family has been released from the hospital with a broken wrist and cuts and scratches, but Kentucky officials are amazed by the scope of her toughness. "She literally fell out of the sky... More »

Girl, 7, Walks Away From Plane Crash That Kills 4

She made it to a home in Kentucky, where she asked for help

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl survived the crash of a small plane in Kentucky that killed the other four people on board, and she managed to walk to a nearby home for help, say police. Police haven't identified her or her relationship to those killed, but the resident of the home... More »

Kentucky Shoots First Cougar in 150 Years

Animal hasn't been spotted in state since before Civil War

(Newser) - The last two confirmed sightings of a mountain lion in Kentucky occurred in the following time periods: before the Civil War, and on Monday. The cat, once native to the state, hadn't been spotted for more than a century until a farmer alerted the state Department of Fish and... More »

Noah's Ark Park Hits Another Wall

Kentucky denies $18M in tax incentives over discrimination worries

(Newser) - It's again raining on Ark Encounter's parade —er, park. The creationist theme park in the works since 2010 has been denied $18 million in Kentucky tax incentives based on concerns that it will violate the separation of church and state. Though the state initially gave its approval... More »

Court Blocks Gay Marriage in 4 States

Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee can't have same-sex weddings

(Newser) - It's a rarity for advocates of gay marriage: defeat. A federal appeals court today upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, reports the Columbus Dispatch . The ruling by the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals goes against decisions to allow gay marriage in four other... More »

Giant Snake Has Virgin Birth

Reticulated python had 6 babies, with no male in sight

(Newser) - Sorry, gents, you might be getting phased out of the reproduction loop—at least when it comes to the world's longest snakes. Thelma, a 200-pound, 20-foot-long reticulated python who lives at Kentucky's Louisville Zoo with her female roommate Louise, gave birth in 2012 to six female babies. This... More »

McConnell Pays Expenses if You Show Up, Cheer

GOP covers meals and lodging in exchange for enthusiasm

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell is in what the Courier-Journal of Louisville calls the "fight of his political life" against Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, with the newspaper's latest poll showing them in a statistical dead heat. No surprise, then, that the Senate minority leader hopes to have his... More »

Firefighter Dies After 'Ice Bucket' Accident

Tony Grider's truck got too close to power line in Aug. 21 incident

(Newser) - A 41-year-old firefighter in Campbellsville, Ky., died Saturday, a month after sustaining injuries while helping complete the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. Tony Grider and 22-year-old firefighter Simon Quinn were both in a bucket on the ladder of a truck that had just dumped water on the Campbellsville University marching... More »

Anti-Semitic Neo-Nazi Running for US Senate

Robert Ransdell plans mainstream radio spots for Kentucky race

(Newser) - November's Senate race in Kentucky is between Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. But write-in candidate Robert Ransdell is now making headlines because he happens to be a neo-Nazi who runs on the slogan, "With Jews We Lose," reports the Courier-Journal . Ransdell isn't content... More »

Black Lung Rates Rise 900%: Report

Appalachian coal miners contracting disease with prevalence not seen since '70s

(Newser) - Just 15 years ago, scientists were confident that the advanced, incurable version of black lung disease had been all but wiped out. Now, coal miners in Appalachia are contracting the illness—also known as progressive massive fibrosis—at rates not seen since the 1970s, the Courier-Journal reports. A National Institute... More »

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