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Governor Backtracks Ridiculed Child Sexual Assault Assertion

The governor made an odd case about the state's teacher strike and child sexual assault

(Newser) - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin apologized Sunday for saying that children were sexually abused because they were left home alone while teachers rallied to ask lawmakers to override his vetoes, the AP reports. He added that "some were introduced to drugs for the first time because they were vulnerable and... More »

Kentucky Gov.: Teachers Are Enabling Child Sexual Assault

Matt Bevin gets rebuked from both sides of the aisle

(Newser) - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin took his battle with striking teachers to a new level Friday by accusing them of enabling child sexual assault—a blow that even his fellow Republicans rebuked, CNN reports. "I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at... More »

10 States Where Chance of Dying Young Is Highest

JAMA study blames opioids, alcoholism, suicide

(Newser) - "Some of our states are falling behind other, less developed countries" when it comes to premature death, says University of Washington epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, whose new study in JAMA shows a major disparity in the death rates of people aged 20 to 55 in California and those in West... More »

As Teachers Walk Out, an 'Unofficial Anthem' Emerges

Protesters in multiple states adopt 'We're Not Going to Take It' by Twisted Sister

(Newser) - Many schools were expected to be closed Tuesday throughout Oklahoma as teachers there continue their walkout for higher pay for a second straight day, reports CNN . Teachers in Kentucky also protested Monday—following the lead of their colleagues in West Virginia earlier this year—but most schools were expected to... More »

Teachers in 2 More States Walk Off the Job

Educators in Oklahoma, Kentucky are protesting everything from pay and pensions to state budgets

(Newser) - First teachers in West Virginia did it. Now educators in Oklahoma and Kentucky are walking out on their jobs and rallying at their respective state capitols, reports CNN . The issue, as it was in West Virginia, is money, though the particulars vary. In Kentucky, teachers are marching over the state... More »

Kentucky Curbs Black Lung Claims Amid 'Epidemic'

State says only certain doctors can diagnose the disease

(Newser) - Kentucky miners with possible black lung disease, bad news—you may have less chance of getting state compensation, NPR reports. That's because Kentucky lawmakers just passed House Bill 2 , which keeps federally approved radiologists from diagnosing the disease and leaves it mostly to doctors often employed by coal companies.... More »

Fake Cop Fatally Shoots Real Officer

Kentucky suspect shot dead after manhunt

(Newser) - An off-duty police officer in Kentucky was pulled over and shot dead by a suspect impersonating an officer, police say. Phillip Meacham, a 38-year-old Hopkinsville officer, was fatally shot in the small Kentucky city Thursday afternoon when his private vehicle was pulled over, ABC 11 reports. Police say the suspect,... More »

Watch the Tallest Building in Kentucky's Capital Come Down

The 28-story Capital Plaza Tower is no more

(Newser) - The tallest building in Kentucky's capital city came crashing down in a controlled implosion on Sunday, reports the AP , delighting thousands of onlookers who quickly scurried away to avoid the dust cloud that billowed overhead. Sunday's demolition of the 28-story Capital Plaza Tower in Frankfort will make way... More »

Men Accused of Satanic Murder Cleared After 26 Years

Kentucky men spent more than 20 years in prison

(Newser) - An Innocence Project lawyer says it's the worst miscarriage of justice she has ever seen—and it's one that kept two men behind bars for more than half their lives. Garr Keith Hardin and Jeffrey Dewayne Clark, who spent 24 years in prison in Kentucky after being accused... More »

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 »

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