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Clerk Rejects Gay Couple's License Bid for 3rd Time

'She can't get away with this,' couple says of Kentucky's Kim Davis

(Newser) - A gay couple trying to acquire a marriage license in Kentucky has been blocked for a third time by a Rowan County clerk who says issuing such a license goes against her Christian beliefs—even after a federal judge ordered her to issue the license, the Courier-Journal reports. James Yates... More »

Cops: Kentucky Man Tried to Dig Up His Dead Dad

Michael May's father died decades ago

(Newser) - In something we can see very few people getting in trouble for other than the Costanzas on Seinfeld, a 44-year-old Kentucky man has been arrested for trying to dig up his departed dad from a cemetery—so that, according to KMOV , he could finish an argument with him. Lincoln County... More »

Ky. Student Sent Home for Showing Her Collarbone

Students say dress code is outdated, sexist

(Newser) - Stacie Dunn got called to her daughter Stephanie's Kentucky high school last week because she needed a scarf—not because the teen's neck was cold, but because the school said she was dressed inappropriately. Her offense: an exposed collarbone. Stephanie's wardrobe malfeasance is just the most recent... More »

Ky. Clerk Digs in, Still Blocking Gay Marriages

Judge ordered Kim Davis' office to issue licenses only yesterday

(Newser) - A Kentucky clerk's office turned away two gay couples seeking marriage licenses today, defying a federal judge's order that dismissed her argument involving religious freedom. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis ' office rejected the couples' bid for licenses just hours after a US district judge ordered her to... More »

Hatfields, McCoys Pinpoint Key Feud Location

Descendants of feuding families find artifacts at site of 1888 attack

(Newser) - The Hatfield and McCoy descendants came armed—with digging tools. Side by side, they worked together to help archaeologists unearth artifacts from one of the bloodiest sites in America's most famous feud. The leader of the dig says they have pinpointed the place where Randolph McCoy's home was... More »

Snakes Again Prove Deadly in Church

John David Brock was handling the snake during Kentucky service

(Newser) - A man has died from a snake bite suffered during a church service, says a Kentucky sheriff's office. The Bell County Sheriff's Department said yesterday that 60-year-old John David Brock of Stoney Fork was handling the snake during a Sunday service at a Pentecostal church in Jenson. Authorities... More »

2 Dead, 3 Missing as Boat Hits Ky. Bridge, Capsizes

One of missing is thought to be a small child

(Newser) - Kentucky authorities say two people were killed and three remain missing after the pontoon boat they were riding in hit the Clark Memorial Bridge and capsized in the Ohio River. Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick told WHAS-TV that nine people were aboard the boat and that four were rescued after... More »

Kentucky Clerk Sued for Blocking All Marriages

She says her conscience won't let her issue licenses

(Newser) - Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses— or any marriage licenses at all —following the US Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry. The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit against Rowan County... More »

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 »

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