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Kentucky Has Pair of Newly Poured Bourbon Ponds

After warehouse's partial collapse, hastily constructed retention ponds collect 120K gallons

(Newser) - Willie Nelson might've implored a whiskey river to wash his blues away, but the Barton 1792 Distillery in Kentucky has a couple of brand new, relatively unanticipated bourbon ponds, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal . After the partial collapse of a warehouse last month sent up to 9,000 barrels crashing... More »

Rand Paul's Family Now the Target of Violent Threats

A man allegedly threatened to 'chop up' the US Senator from Kentucky's family with an ax

(Newser) - US Sen. Rand Paul says he and his family were targeted by someone threatening to attack them with an ax. Per the AP , Paul told reporters Monday in his home state of Kentucky that Capitol Police issued an arrest warrant for a suspect. Then in a tweet, Paul thanked Capitol... More »

Kentucky's Medicaid Work Rule Blocked by Federal Judge

The new requirements were scheduled to take effect Sunday

(Newser) - A federal judge has blocked Kentucky's work requirements for Medicaid and has ordered the Trump administration to reconsider the program, reports the AP . US District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled the Trump administration did not adequately consider whether the work requirements and other changes would help the state give... More »

Up to 9K Whiskey Barrels Just Crashed to the Ground in Ky.

No one was hurt during the warehouse collapse at Barton 1792 Distillery

(Newser) - Thousands of whiskey barrels crashed into a massive heap Friday when a large section of a decades-old storage warehouse collapsed at a distillery in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country. The damaged warehouse at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown held about 18,000 barrels, and it appeared that up... More »

Hatchet Suspect Sought Suture Kit After Attack

He visited urgent-care facility, drug store before Tuesday arrest

(Newser) - Before he was arrested Tuesday, but less than two hours after he's alleged to have killed his former boss with a hatchet in Tennessee, Domenic Micheli visited an urgent-care facility, where he tried to buy a suture kit. The 36-year-old suspect—who police say was limping from a left... More »

Valedictorian Pulls a Fast One With 'Trump' Quote

Ben Bowling revealed he was really quoting Barack Obama

(Newser) - Perspective is everything in persuasive speaking, which Ben Bowling found out in a flash while giving a speech as valedictorian at his Kentucky high school graduation. Per the Louisville Courier-Journal , the 18-year-old senior at Bell County High School wanted to impart a nugget of wisdom to the crowd Saturday, and... More »

Valedictorian Banned From Giving Graduation Speech

So Christian Bales, 18, gave it on the lawn outside

(Newser) - When you're banned from giving a high-school graduation speech, what do you do? Give it anyway. On the lawn. With a bullhorn. That's what 18-year-old Christian Bales did Friday after Holy Cross High School in Covington, Kentucky, told him earlier that day he would not be allowed to... More »

8-Second Walmart Intercom Plea Goes Viral

Forrest Hunter wanted help in sporting goods, and took action to get it

(Newser) - It took only eight seconds of footage for Forrest Hunter to become a viral sensation. Hardly the first customer to get acquainted with the Walmart intercom, Hunter wasn't interested in pranks when he went live over the speakers at a store in Lawrenceburg, Ky. He was just tired of... More »

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 »

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