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Supreme Court Lets Kentucky Abortion Law Stand

Justices reject challenge to rule requiring women be shown fetal images and have ultrasounds

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions, per the AP . The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. The American Civil Liberties Union had... More »

Wife of Papa John's Founder: It's Over

M. Annette Cox files for divorce from John Schnatter after 32 years as husband and wife

(Newser) - The "finest human being" John Schnatter says he's ever met has filed for divorce from him. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that M. Annette Cox, 59, submitted paperwork Thursday in Kentucky to end her marriage to the 57-year-old Papa John's founder. Schnatter stepped down as CEO in early... More »

Police Arrest Mom Who Allegedly Sold Baby for $2K

As well as the couple who allegedly purchased the baby

(Newser) - A sad story out of Kentucky, where three people were arrested Tuesday—one of them for allegedly selling her baby, and the other two for allegedly buying the infant. Officials at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School in Bowling Green, Ky., reported to police that a woman was giving away a child. When... More »

Outgoing Gov Sets Free Man Serving Life for Child Sex Abuse

Ky. Gov. Matt Bevin issued pardon for Paul Donel Hurt in case with questionable recantation

(Newser) - An outgoing governor issued more than a dozen last-minute pardons late last week, but one in particular is raising eyebrows. Per the Courier-Journal , Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin put out a pardon and commutation order Friday for Paul Donel Hurt, who was serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2001... More »

Bevin Concedes Contentious Kentucky Gubernatorial Race

As secretary of state says recanvass does not change vote totals

(Newser) - Republican Gov. Matt Bevin conceded to Democratic archnemesis Andy Beshear on Thursday, putting an end to Kentucky’s bitterly fought governor’s race , the AP reports. Bevin, an ally of President Trump, made the dramatic announcement outside his statehouse office on the same day election officials across Kentucky double-checked vote... More »

Kentucky Legislature Could Decide Election Result

Matt Bevin has officially requested a recanvass

(Newser) - After a narrow election result in Kentucky Tuesday, Gov. Matt Bevin isn't going down without a fight. The Republican—who refused to concede after unofficial results showed him around 5,000 votes, or less than half a percentage point, behind Democrat Andy Beshear—confirmed Wednesday night that he will... More »

GOP Governor Refuses to Concede in Kentucky

Democrat has lead of 5K votes

(Newser) - Democrat Andy Beshear claimed victory over incumbent Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin with a lead of a few thousand votes Tuesday night, although the Republican refused to concede. With 100% of precincts reporting, Beshear, the state's attorney general, has a lead of around 5,000 votes, but Bevin said there... More »

4 States Hold Elections Tuesday

Races seen as a test run for 2020

(Newser) - Gubernatorial and legislative elections in four states Tuesday will test voter enthusiasm and party organization amid impeachment proceedings against President Trump and a fevered Democratic presidential primary scramble. Results in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia won't necessarily predict whether Trump will be reelected or which party will control... More »

Vacationing Man Dies Trying to Save 3 Sons

Kentucky's Stephone Ritchie got caught in a rip current in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

(Newser) - "We thought we hit the jackpot." That's how one member of Stephone Ritchie Sr.'s family felt as they made the drive from the Orlando area to Cocoa Beach during their Florida vacation last week. But, as WDRB notes of that Oct. 24 daytrip, their fun... More »

Child Rapist Set Free in Error Made It 500 Miles

Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez was captured late Wednesday in Kentucky

(Newser) - The inmate serving three life sentences for the rape of a child when he was mistakenly released from a Georgia prison last week has been captured some 500 miles to the north. Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez was nabbed in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, around 10:30pm Wednesday. The 31-year-old was apprehended in... More »

Reporter After On-Air Kiss: 'This Is Not OK'

Kentucky's Sara Rivest didn't appreciate peck on cheek from stranger while she was reporting live

(Newser) - A Kentucky reporter kissed by a stranger while on the air is pushing back. Per NBC News , WAVE 3's Sara Rivest was covering Louisville's Bourbon and Beyond fest last Friday when a group of men started acting up nearby. As Rivest tried to ignore them, one of them... More »

They Found Her Car, Backpack. The Search Continues for Her

Kentucky woman Lucy Schuhmann vanished in Virgin Islands last week

(Newser) - After a one-day break due to Tropical Storm Karen, the search is back on for a med-school grad from Kentucky who vanished in the Virgin Islands last week. NBC News notes 48-year-old Lucy Schuhmann was reported missing on Sept. 19 after her bags were found at a Coral Bay vacation... More »

A New Role Awaits Men in Coal Country

In one Kentucky county, it's women who bring home the bacon

(Newser) - Welcome to Letcher County in Kentucky, where coal's decline is changing time-honored gender roles. As men struggle to find work, women are entering a field in need of people—health care—and bringing home relatively small but still invaluable paychecks, the New York Times reports. "The mines have... More »

Woman Who Searches for Missing People Is Missing Herself

Missing in America volunteer Andrea Knabel vanished in Kentucky

(Newser) - Missing in America, a group that helps find missing people across the country, is for the first time searching for one of its own members. Andrea Knabel, a volunteer in Kentucky, was upset when she left her sister's house in Louisville's Audubon Park neighborhood around 1am on Aug.... More »

Rand Paul Has Part of Lung Removed

Senator has another surgery related to 2017 attack

(Newser) - Another senator is having medical issues : Rand Paul had lung surgery over the weekend, and he announced Monday on Twitter that "unfortunately, I will have to limit my August activities" as he recuperates, but "I should be able to return to the Senate in September." The senator'... More »

Night Turned Into Morning. Then, 'Like an Atomic Bomb Went Off'

One dead, 5 injured, 7 missing after pipeline explosion near Junction City, Ky.

(Newser) - A regional gas pipeline ruptured early Thursday in Kentucky, causing a massive explosion that killed one person, hospitalized five others, destroyed railroad tracks, and forced the evacuation of a nearby mobile home park, authorities said. Some structures were completely consumed by the blaze, and five to seven people were unaccounted... More »

Shots Fired at 'Bigfoot' in National Park

'There was absolutely nothing there,' camper says

(Newser) - Kentucky is more famous for bourbon than Bigfoot sightings, which may explain a strange series of events on Saturday. Western Kentucky University students Madelyn Durand and Brad Ginn say they were awoken at a campsite in Mammoth Cave National Park when they heard noises and found a man who claimed... More »

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 »

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