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After Lawmaker's Suicide, Widow Will Run for Seat

She slams 'high-tech' lynchings

(Newser) - "Dan is gone, but his story is far from over," says the widow of Dan Johnson, a Kentucky state lawmaker who killed himself Wednesday night after he was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl . Rebecca Johnson says she plans to run for the Republican's House seat... More »

Lawmaker Kills Himself After Woman's Accusation

She said Dan Johnson molested her when she was 17

(Newser) - A state lawmaker in Kentucky under investigation for allegedly molesting a teenager posted a farewell message on Facebook and shot himself Wednesday night, police say. Rep. Dan Johnson died in what the coroner says was a "probable suicide" after posting that the accusations were false and only God knows... More »

'Gun Choir' Lawmaker Accused of Sexual Assault

Dan Johnson also once compared Barack and Michelle Obama to monkeys

(Newser) - A Republican Kentucky lawmaker known for his inflammatory social media posts comparing President Barack Obama and his wife to monkeys has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who attended his church. Both Republican and Democratic leaders on Monday called for Dan Johnson to resign, the AP reports. The... More »

She Denied Gay Man a Marriage License. Now He Wants Her Seat

David Ermold is taking on Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in next year's election

(Newser) - The Kentucky county clerk who made headlines two years ago for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples is up for re-election next year—and one of the men she denied a license to has announced plans to run against her. Reuters reports that David Ermold of Morehead will... More »

How Did Rand Paul Get 6 Broken Ribs? Story Gets Odder

Motivation behind alleged assault on senator is a deepening mystery

(Newser) - The 59-year-old neighbor accused of tackling Sen. Rand Paul while he was mowing his lawn last Friday in Kentucky pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault on Thursday, the Washington Post reports. Rene Boucher, a retired anesthesiologist and Democrat who has lived next to Paul in a gated community for years,... More »

US Mosquitoes Will Soon Have a New Pest: Mosquitoes

Biotech startup will release infected males in 20 states, DC to mate with females in the wild

(Newser) - A biotech startup has just gotten approval from the FDA to unleash a new weapon against potentially dangerous mosquitoes. The weapon? Mosquitoes. As Gizmodo explains, a company out of Kentucky called MosquitoMate will sell male mosquitoes infected with a bacterium to businesses and homeowners in 20 states still to be... More »

Lawyer: Rand Paul Attack Wasn't Over Politics

It was a 'trivial' dispute between neighbors, supposedly

(Newser) - A lawyer for the neighbor accused of assaulting Sen. Rand Paul outside his Kentucky home says the "unfortunate occurrence" had nothing to do with the political beliefs of either man. "It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as... More »

Rand Paul Assaulted at Home in Kentucky

Senator suffered minor injury, suspect arrested

(Newser) - Sen. Rand Paul suffered a minor injury Friday afternoon when he was assaulted at his Kentucky home, the Courier-Journal reports. A spokesperson for Paul says he was "blindsided" by the attacker just before 3:30pm. The nature of Paul's injury is unclear, but the spokesperson says he is... More »

This State Has the Highest Cancer Rate

It's Kentucky, with Delaware and Louisiana trailing

(Newser) - Cancer may be the second leading cause of death in the US, but its effects across the country vary widely. Kentucky, for example, sees 514 cancer diagnoses per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the nation. New Mexico, on the other hand, has the lowest rate at 370 per... More »

State Prosecutor Facing up to 30 Years for Organized Crime

Gail Guiling has pleaded not guilty in Kentucky

(Newser) - A Kentucky prosecutor has pleaded not guilty to organized-crime and other charges that could send her to prison for up to 30 years, the AP reports. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, 64-year-old Gail Guiling pleaded not guilty during a Logan Circuit Court arraignment Friday. Guiling is the commonwealth'... More »

When Wedding Prep Ended, Bridesmaid Was Dead

Heather McNamara killed by falling tree in Kentucky

(Newser) - A few weeks before she was to walk down the aisle as bridesmaid at her friend's wedding, Heather McNamara's father passed away. It was only the first tragedy to befall the circle of friends before the nuptials could take place, reports WLWT . As the wedding party took a... More »

Boy Partied at Uncle's Wedding. Then He Slept for 11 Days

Doctors baffled at what caused 7-year-old Wyatt Shaw to sleep for so long

(Newser) - Wyatt Shaw was living it up at his uncle's wedding. The 7-year-old ring bearer from Kentucky even snagged the bride for a final dance. The next day, when he complained of a headache and an upset stomach, his family figured "he had just had too much cake,"... More »

Restaurant Robbed by Gun-Wielding Coke Bottle

Police looking for suspect in holdup of a Kentucky Rally's

(Newser) - The fizz, er fuzz, are on the trail of a man who robbed a Kentucky restaurant at gunpoint while dressed as a bottle of Coca-Cola, the Smoking Gun reports. Police says the suspect entered a Rally's in Henderson shortly before 7am Monday and confronted a manager, who was the... More »

Hall of Fame Coach 'Effectively Fired' From Louisville

Looks like Rick Pitino is out after recruiting scandal

(Newser) - After 28 NCAA tournament wins and three trips to the Final Four, Rick Pitino has been "effectively fired" as the coach of the Louisville men's basketball team, his lawyer tells the AP . Pitino, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was technically put on administrative... More »

He Pushed Woman Off Cliff, Then Killed Her Son, 5: Cops

Victim's sister says money dispute led to kidnapping

(Newser) - Jessica Durham saw two faces, including that of her 5-year-old son. Then she was pushed off an 80-foot cliff. She would remarkably survive, but her son wasn't so lucky. Police and family say the 41-year-old Kentucky woman was beaten, then kidnapped along with her son on Friday in response... More »

Relaxing Evening in Hammock Turns Tragic for Ky. Teen

Michelle Chalk, 15, killed by falling tree

(Newser) - A Kentucky teen who was set to start her freshman year in high school this fall instead met a tragic fate this week while hanging out with a friend. Michelle Chalk, 15, was lounging in a hammock positioned between two trees in a friend's Fort Thomas backyard Tuesday when... More »

Doctor Has 2nd Baby Right After Delivering a Patient's

Amanda Hess decided to respond to an emergency in the room next to hers

(Newser) - It's not every day that a woman preparing to give birth to her own child stops to deliver another woman's baby. But Dr. Amanda Hess, an obstetrician in Kentucky, found herself doing just that when she was about to have her second child and heard an emergency unfolding... More »

Buffer Zone Created at Last Abortion Clinic in Kentucky

Protesters will converge on clinic this weekend

(Newser) - Both sides in the abortion fight raging in Kentucky agree on one thing: The stakes are as high as ever in a state that could become the first in the nation without an abortion clinic. Political pressure has intensified since the Kentucky GOP took control of state government and moved... More »

Kentucky Taxpayers Must Pay $225K in Kim Davis Case

Judge orders the state to pay legal fees for those who sued the clerk

(Newser) - A federal judge has ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $220,000 in legal fees because a county clerk refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015, the AP reports. US District Judge David Bunning on Friday ordered the state to pay $222,695 in fees to... More »

Need a Job? Here's Where You Need to Be

Washington is best state for jobs: WalletHub

(Newser) - Job prospects looking a bit gloomy? They might look a lot better after a move to Washington state. According to WalletHub , it's the best state in the country for jobs, based on 24 factors like employment growth, median annual income, and average commute time. The best and worst states... More »

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