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140K Kentucky Felons Now Have the Right to Vote

Steven Beshear wants to help nonviolent felons transition back into regular life

(Newser) - Only three states have a lifetime voting ban for all felons who can't get a gubernatorial exemption, and now that number's been knocked down to two. As one of his last moves in office, outgoing Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday that grants voting rights... More »

Guy Accused of Killing 7-Year-Old Enters His Plea

Timothy Madden is arraigned in Kentucky

(Newser) - The man accused of kidnapping and killing a 7-year-old Kentucky girl has pleaded not guilty. Amy Gabriella Doolin's mother, Amy Doolin, sobbed and held her hand over her mouth as a judge read the charges against 38-year-old Timothy Madden of Scottsville, Kentucky, on Monday. Allen County District Judge Martha... More »

Arrest Made in Murder of 7-Year-Old Kentucky Girl

The arrested is a local father of five who went to school with the victim's dad

(Newser) - Kentucky police have made an arrest in the murder of 7-year-old Gabbi Doolin, WHAS reports. Timothy Madden was arrested Friday in connection with the crime and is facing charges, though no charges have been released, according to WKRN . WKYT reports the 38-year-old Madden is from the same small town—Scottsville—... More »

Conjoined Twin Girls Successfully Separated

Doctors are 'cautiously optimistic' about the infants' future

(Newser) - Doctors at a Kentucky hospital have successfully separated conjoined twin girls. Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville said in a statement that the eight-hour surgery was performed on the 7-week-old girls on Nov. 11. While both remain on ventilators, the statement said they are getting stronger each day. The girls... More »

7-Year-Old Murder Victim Got 'Lost in a Crowd'

No arrests made in killing that has shaken Ky. town

(Newser) - It took less than a half-hour for the lives of Gabriella Doolin's parents to go from normal to nightmare. The 7-year-old girl was found dead 25 minutes after she disappeared from a youth football game in Scottsville, Ky., Saturday night, and police have confirmed that she was murdered. Gabriella'... More »

7-Year-Old Girl Found Dead Near School Football Game

Gabriella Doolin's death is a homicide, police say

(Newser) - Kentucky state police didn't take long in finding Gabriella Doolin's body. Her mom reported the 7-year-old missing from an Allen County-Scottsville High School football game Saturday evening in Scottsville, Kentucky, and 25 minutes later, police found Gabriella behind the school. Her body was in a creek in a... More »

$90M Noah's Ark Attraction Gets Opening Date

The ship will sail, so to speak, on July 7

(Newser) - Construction of a Noah's Ark attraction in northern Kentucky is sailing along, and the builders say it will open next year. Answers in Genesis, the Christian ministry leading the project, announced Thursday that the attraction will open to visitors July 7. The massive, 510-foot-long wooden boat is the $90... More »

GOP Scores Rare Win in Kentucky

Matt Bevin will be only 2nd Republican governor in four decades

(Newser) - One of the bigger races on Tuesday night's ballot has gone Republicans' way: Matt Bevin will be Kentucky's next governor, reports the AP . Bevin defeated Democratic State Attorney General Jack Conway, who had been leading in the polls, and will become only the second Republican governor in four... More »

5 Key Election Contests to Watch Tuesday Night

Kentucky's governorship, pot in Ohio, and other major issues at the polls

(Newser) - Everyone's watercooler buzz has been focused on Election 2016 lately, but there's business to be taken care of at the polls Tuesday. Some notable races and ballot items to keep an eye on:
  • The GOP hopes to address the elephant in the room in Kentucky: that there has
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Fugitive Rapist Dead in Police Shootout

Floyd Ray Cook initially shot an officer, fired at another: police

(Newser) - A fugitive accused of shooting a Tennessee police officer and firing at a Kentucky trooper was killed in a shootout with authorities early Friday, ending a nearly weeklong manhunt. Floyd Ray Cook, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene near Burkesville, Ky., after being confronted by state troopers and a... More »

Marine Dies Trying to Save Her Kids From Fire

She rushed back into the flames to save her five children

(Newser) - A former Marine died along with her three young children, whom she was attempting to save from a house fire early Tuesday in Kentucky, the AP reports. Lori Doppelheuer and Chris Hargis escaped from their house when the fire started, but both rushed back inside to rescue their five children.... More »

Ky. Coach: I Knew Nada of Sex Parties for Recruits

Pitino pleads ignorance on ex-escort's claims of staffer-paid stripper, sex parties

(Newser) - Five former players and recruits for the University of Louisville's men's basketball team say they went to campus dorm parties that included strippers and sex and were paid for by the Cardinals' ex-player and staffer Andre McGee, ESPN reports. Their admissions lend credibility to ex-escort Katina Powell, who... More »

Kim Davis' Lawyers: Tweaked Licenses Are Valid

Marriage license changes were approved by governor, AG: lawyers

(Newser) - Kim Davis didn't violate a judge's order when she made a host of changes to marriage license forms in Kentucky's Rowan County, her lawyers say. Couples who sued Davis argued the changes—including the removal of her name and a note that the licenses were issued under... More »

Until Recently, Kentucky Clerk Was a Democrat

But Kim Davis is switching political parties

(Newser) - Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, a longtime Democrat, says she is switching to the Republican Party because she feels abandoned by Democrats in her fight against same-sex marriage. Davis made the announcement while in Washington, DC, to attend the Family Research Council's Value Voters Summit, said Charla Bansley, a spokeswoman... More »

Kim Davis Doesn't Mind If You Call Her 'Hitler'

Couples accuse her of 'adulterating' marriage licenses

(Newser) - Kim Davis is back at work as a Kentucky court clerk and she says people have the right to call her what they want for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, ABC News reports. She has been called "Hitler," a hypocrite , and a homophobe, but "... More »

Kim Davis Accused of Violating Judge's Order

Deputy clerk says changes Davis made to licenses may invalidate them

(Newser) - One of Kim Davis' deputy clerks filed a notice in court yesterday claiming the sweeping changes Davis made to marriage license forms upon her return to work this week may make them invalid, NBC News reports. If that turns out to be the case, it could violate a judge's... More »

Kentucky Trooper Was Killed in Midst of Act of Kindness

Suspect recorded video before he was shot

(Newser) - Police in Kentucky are struggling to make sense of the death of a state trooper shot dead Sunday night , allegedly by a man he was trying to help. A Kentucky State Police spokesman says that after Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder pulled over Joseph Johnson-Shanks and discovered neither he nor the... More »

Kim Davis' Office Issues First Same-Sex Marriage License

Without the Kentucky county clerk's help

(Newser) - Kim Davis said this morning she wouldn't authorize any marriage licenses now that she's back at work, and she has so far kept to her word. But that didn't stop Carmen and Shannon Wampler-Collins from obtaining their Rowan County license this morning, making them the first same-sex... More »

Kim Davis Returns to Work, Won't Authorize Licenses

Kentucky clerk won't block them, either; says she's being forced to defy her God

(Newser) - Kim Davis is back behind the desk at her Rowan County clerk's job after five days in jail, and she had something to say this morning for those awaiting her next move. A choked-up Davis, reading from a handwritten statement, announced she won't interfere with her deputies issuing... More »

Suspect in Kentucky Cop Killing Shot Dead: Police

Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks didn't drop his weapon when asked: cops

(Newser) - The hunt is over for a 25-year-old Missouri man accused of shooting and killing a Kentucky State Police trooper. Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks was captured around 7am, Kentucky State Police Sgt. Michael Webb tells the Washington Post , but he wouldn't obey troopers' instructions to drop his weapon, so authorities "... More »

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