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Democrat Scores Big Win in Heavily Pro-Trump District

Republican's widow lost bid for his seat

(Newser) - Two widows of lawmakers ran for the Kentucky House seat vacated by the suicide of Rep. Dan Johnson , and the Democrat won by a landslide. Linda Belcher defeated Republican candidate Rebecca Johnson by a 37-point margin, marking a massive 86-point swing in a district that President Trump carried by 49... More »

Mom of Teen Killed in Ky. Shooting Got One Final Call

Meanwhile, prosecutors will try to get case moved to adult court

(Newser) - Bailey Holt was one of two 15-year-olds killed in Tuesday's school shooting in Benton, Ky., and her anguished mother describes a final phone call—one that was both full of clamor and silent. Secret Holt tells WKRN that after she heard there was a shooting she started calling her... More »

Ky. Deputy Had to Make Sure Victim Wasn't His Daughter

Small town of Benton stunned by Tuesday's school schooting

(Newser) - Benton, Kentucky, is home to just 4,300 people, a size so small that nearly everybody has some kind of connection to Marshall County High School, notes the AP . The point was illustrated when one of the first deputies to arrive on the scene of Tuesday's school shooting came... More »

2 Teens Dead, 12 Others Wounded at Kentucky School

Alleged shooter is a 15-year-old boy

(Newser) - Another school shooting is in the news, this time in western Kentucky. Two 15-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were fatally shot Tuesday morning at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. Twelve others were injured by gunfire, and another five were otherwise injured in the chaos that ensued, says... More »

Asst. Police Chief Resigns Over Racist Facebook Messages

'If black shoot them'

(Newser) - An assistant police chief in Kentucky resigned after exchanging what a county attorney calls "highly disturbing racist and threatening Facebook messages" with a Louisville police recruit, the Courier-Journal reports. A letter from county attorney Mike O'Connell to Prospect Mayor John Evans detailing the contents of the messages, sent... More »

This State Is the Best to Spend Your Golden Years In

Florida ranks at the top of the best states for retirement

(Newser) - Trying to plan ahead for where you'll spend your golden years? WalletHub has done a good portion of the legwork for you, looking closely at three categories—affordability, health care, and overall quality of life—in all 50 states to see which ones offer the best retirement options. The... More »

New Requirement Could Push 95K Off Medicaid in Kentucky

State is first to get greenlight for work requirement

(Newser) - Kentucky has become the first state to require many of its Medicaid recipients to work to receive coverage, part of an unprecedented change to the nation's largest health insurance program under the Trump administration. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the approval on Friday, reports the AP... More »

Republican Leader Attacks Lies From 'Deepest Pit of Hell'

Jeff Hoover resigned as the speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives following sexual harassment allegations

(Newser) - The Republican speaker of Kentucky's House of Representatives resigned from his leadership position Monday, more than two months after acknowledging he secretly settled a sexual harassment claim and paid to keep it quiet. Jeff Hoover offered Monday to resign, but only if the House would accept. Moments later Speaker... More »

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 »

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