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Amy McGrath's First 24 Hours Were Extremely Lucrative

When it comes to Democratic Senate candidates, the most lucrative ever

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Democrat Amy McGrath announced she was going toe-to-toe with Mitch McConnell. On Wednesday, her campaign announced it pulled in $2.5 million in the first 24 hours—a record for a Democratic Senate campaign by a long shot. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says the previous record-holder was... More »

New McConnell Foe Recalls Letter She Wrote Him at 13

Democrat and former fighter pilot Amy McGrath is running for his seat in Kentucky

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell may have a much tougher fight on his hands for re-election in 2020. Democrat and former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath said Tuesday she will challenge the Republican Senate leader, reports the Louisville Courier Journal . Make no mistake: McConnell, first elected to his Kentucky Senate seat in 1984,... More »

After Jim Beam Fire, a 23-Mile Alcohol Plume

Thousands of fish are dead in Kentucky River

(Newser) - A Jim Beam warehouse is now a pile of rubble , 6 million bottles of bourbon were lost—and thousands of fish are dead. After the warehouse fire in Versailles, Ky., last week, "bourbon-tainted runoff" ended up in nearby waterways, including the Kentucky River, ABC News reports. Despite the efforts... More »

Jim Beam Bourbon Warehouse Burned to Pile of Rubble

6 million bottles may have been lost in Kentucky fire

(Newser) - A Jim Beam warehouse went up in flames in Versailles, Kentucky, Tuesday night, and by Wednesday it was "a burning pile of rubble," with thousands of gallons of bourbon runoff spilling into nearby waterways and "a strong scent of bourbon ... in the air," per the Courier-Journal... More »

Protected Birds Are Eating Cows Alive

Black vultures can peck a calf to death in minutes, starting at the eyes

(Newser) - Black vultures are eating livestock alive, and there's little farmers can do about it unless they secure a federal permit to kill the protected birds, whose numbers have ballooned over the last two decades. Kentucky herdsman Derek Lawson says he came upon six black vultures pecking a calf to... More »

Cops: Pizza Delivery Man Helped Rescue Abused Girls

He called police after he saw something disturbing

(Newser) - Kentucky police have honored a pizza delivery driver they say rescued two girls who were being abused by their father. Mark Buede was honored Tuesday by the Lexington Police Department, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. Police say Buede was delivering a pizza to an area motel last November and knocked on... More »

Distillery to Release Bourbon 102 Years After It Last Did

Kentucky distillery had been closed since Prohibition

(Newser) - The last time the Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company produced a barrel of bourbon, America had just entered World War I—and Prohibition was looming. The revived Louisville distillery says its first bourbon in 102 years will be released in limited quantities on June 22, WLKY reports. Corky Taylor, great-grandson of... More »

Here Are the States With the Best, Worst Economies

Washington state comes in at No. 1; Alaska is dead last

(Newser) - It takes a village—or, in the case of the US economy, each individual state doing its fair share. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states and DC to see how they all fared across more than two dozen metrics in three categories: economic activity (including startup presence and... More »

Noah's Ark Replica Owners Sue Over Rain Damage

Owners of Ark Encounter say insurers need to pay up

(Newser) - Don't confuse the original Noah's Ark with the Ark Encounter—only the latter is suing its insurers over rain damage, CNN reports. The Kentucky attraction, which boasts a $120 million replica of the biblical ark, was affected when heavy rainfall in 2017 and 2018 caused a landslide on... More »

'Best News Ever': Missing Toddler Found After 3 Days

'That child is a true Kentucky mountain boy'

(Newser) - "This is the best news ever," the Magoffin County Sheriff Department said in a Facebook post after 22-month-old Kenneth Howard was found alive almost three days after he wandered away from his rural Kentucky home. The sheriff's office says the toddler is being treated for dehydration, but... More »

Alleged Killer: I Wanted Victim to Live, Despite Affair With Wife

Christian R. Martin said Calvin Phillips would've defended him in court

(Newser) - One of the three people Christian R. Martin is accused of killing in 2015 had been set to testify in a court-martial stemming from allegations of physical and sexual abuse and the mishandling of classified information, levied by Martin's ex-wife, Joan Harmon. Martin, an Army major turned pilot, would... More »

10 States With the Most Drug Abuse

The epidemic continues

(Newser) - A recent sliver of hope in the US opioid crisis emerged in the form of a substantial drop in prescription opioid use in 2018. But that doesn't mean the country's drug epidemic is anywhere near over. Drug abuse continues to run rampant, and WalletHub looked at the problem... More »

Pilot Arrested at Airport in Triple Homicide

Christian R. Martin nabbed in Louisville, accused of killing 3 people in 2015

(Newser) - A pilot for an American Airlines subsidiary was arrested Saturday in the 2015 shooting deaths of three people in Kentucky. Christian R. Martin was arrested at the Louisville airport, a day after he was indicted by a Christian County grand jury in the November 2015 deaths of Calvin and Pamela... More »

Home Invasion Erupts Into Gunfire

Invaders run into gun-toting homeowner

(Newser) - A scary home invasion was caught on video this week, gunfire and all. At least three intruders can be seen kicking in the door and entering the Kentucky mobile home—with the leading perp carrying what appears to be a handgun, Fox News reports. But when they reach a doorway,... More »

Teen Refused Vaccine and Sued, Then Got 'Itchy'

Lawyer says Jerome Kunkel knew he was at risk of chickenpox

(Newser) - No regrets. That's the mentality of Jerome Kunkel, the northern Kentucky teenager who objected to getting the chickenpox vaccine on religious grounds, only to come down with symptoms last week. "He's fine. He's a little itchy," attorney Christopher Wiest tells WXIX . The Washington Post reports... More »

Court Bans Parking Enforcement Practice in 4 States

Authorities can use photos instead

(Newser) - Marking a tire with chalk to track how long a car has been parked is unconstitutional, per a first-of-its-kind ruling that could force cities to adopt new approaches to parking enforcement. The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee on Monday found tire-chalking is an... More »

Hope, Then Devastation: Details Emerge on Missing Boy Hoax

Investigators: Brian Rini says he learned about Timmothy Pitzen, who vanished in 2011, from TV

(Newser) - An "astounding" story turned into a crushing blow for the family of a missing Illinois boy, and now there are a slew of questions surrounding the man who prosecutors say impersonated him. A young man turned up in the streets of Newport, Ky., on Wednesday, claiming to be Timmothy... More »

Man Who Claimed to Be Timmothy Pitzen Is 23

Cops say he is 'known schemer' Brian Michael Rini

(Newser) - The person who claimed to be 14-year-old Timmothy Pitzen , giving false hope to the long-missing Illinois child's family, is actually a 23-year-old man described by police as a "known schemer." Police in Newport, Ky., say the man found wandering in the city Wednesday has been identified as... More »

Teen Found by Police Gives Astounding News

Timmothy Pitzen has been missing since his mother died in 2011

(Newser) - A boy found by Kentucky police Wednesday says he's Timmothy Pitzen, 14—and if he is, that's long-awaited news. Newport residents called police about a suspicious boy walking the streets in a hoodie with a bruised face, who later said he had just escaped two kidnappers at a... More »

Governor Says He Exposed His Kids to Chickenpox

Bevin says government shouldn't 'force' vaccinations

(Newser) - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he deliberately exposed his children to chickenpox so they would catch the highly contagious disease and become immune. During an interview on Bowling Green radio station WKCT , Bevin said his children were "miserable for a few days" after contracting chickenpox but "they all... More »

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