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Feds Charge Convicted Killer Pardoned by GOP Governor

Patrick Baker served just 2 years before he was pardoned by Kentucky governor

(Newser) - When former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin pardoned hundreds of people after his 2019 election loss, he said he was a "big believer in second chances." Authorities now have a second chance to put one of them back behind bars. Convicted killer Patrick Baker has been arrested on a...

Slave Owner's Descendant Pays Reparations

Louisville nonprofit receives 6-figure check

(Newser) - A Louisville nonprofit that helps marginalized people has received a six-figure reparations check from the descendant of a slave-holder. "It is a blessing for us but also definitely owed," says Taylor Ryan, executive director of Change Today, Change Tomorrow. The donation was so unexpected that the organization first...

Cleared Man Battles Bill for 14-Month Jail Stay

Kentucky Supreme Court to decide on $4K tab

(Newser) - A Kentucky factory worker had spent 14 months in jail when he was able to make bail, a few months before the case against him was dropped. As often happens when someone checks out of accommodations, he was presented a bill by Clark County Detention Center: $4,008. That started...

This Is the Least Stressed-Out State in America

South Dakota is chill, but Nevada needs to start meditating

(Newser) - We don't know if we'd believe anyone who said they hadn't felt some level of stress over the past year, all things considered. Money issues and the pandemic are the top two things Americans are anxious about right now, per WalletHub , which notes that some states are...

Taunting Police May Become a Crime in Kentucky

The measure comes on the heels of protests over the killing of Breonna Taylor

(Newser) - It could become a crime to taunt a police officer in Kentucky, under a bill that passed the state Senate on Thursday, the AP reports. The measure was filed months after Louisville, the state's largest city, became the site of huge protests in the wake of the police killing...

Ky. Woman Gets a Poorly Timed Tattoo

It's supposed to be a self-affirmation, she says

(Newser) - Leah Holland wants you to know that she is not an anti-masker—despite what her tattoo says. The 25-year-old from Georgetown, Ky., had the words “courageously & radically refuse to wear a mask” inked onto her left arm on March 4, 2020, Lex 18 reports, just two days before...

Firefighter Who Saw a Light Amid Flood: 'It Was God'

Family of 5 rescued in Kentucky, with help from a tractor

(Newser) - Plenty of people had to be rescued from flood waters in southeastern Kentucky over the weekend, including a woman who suffered a seizure, who was moved to safety in the bucket of a tractor. Eddie Stacy of the Hazel Green Volunteer Fire Department was moving his firetruck out of the...

Here Are the 10 Best, Worst States to Drive In

You'll be cruising pretty in Texas, trying to tame your road rage in Hawaii

(Newser) - There's still not a lot to do these days as we continue our weary march through the pandemic, but at least going for a drive can be a nice escape—unless you're in Hawaii, that is. That's the surprising last-place entry in WalletHub's new ranking of...

Breonna Taylor Shooting: Fired Detective Blasts Department

Detectives Myles Cosgrove and Joshua Jaynes were fired Tuesday

(Newser) - Breonna Taylor lost her life, and now two more detectives with the Louisville Metro Police Department have lost their jobs. Detectives Myles Cosgrove and Joshua Jaynes were fired Tuesday, reports the Courier Journal . They had received pretermination letters last week; the firings came after each met with interim Chief Yvette...

Man Injured in Attack on Menorah-Lighting Ceremony

Kentucky attacker shouted anti-Semitic abuse

(Newser) - A man was injured in an attack on a menorah-lighting ceremony outside a Jewish community center in Kentucky Saturday night—but he insisted that the menorah be lit before he was taken to a hospital. In a Facebook post, Lexington's Chabad of the Bluegrass says a car pulled up...

Snow Leopards Started Wheezing, Coughing. Now, Confirmation

At Lousville Zoo in Kentucky, 3 big cats test positive for COVID

(Newser) - Three snow leopards in a Kentucky zoo have come down with COVID-19, making it the latest type of animal to get sick after coming into close contact with humans. Per a filmed statement from Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak and a written statement from the zoo, zoo staff noticed within...

Mayor Falls Asleep in Drive-Thru, Crashes Cadillac

Kentucky mayor failed field sobriety test

(Newser) - A Kentucky mayor crashed her silver Cadillac into a utility pole after falling asleep in the drive-thru line at a White Castle, police say. Beverly Chester-Burton, mayor of the Louisville suburb Shively, was charged with driving under the influence after the incident Tuesday night, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. Police say...

Fire Ravages Jennifer Lawrence's Family Farm

Her brother is asking for donations to help rebuild

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence's family was dealt a blow Friday when a fire broke out and their Kentucky farm suffered serious damage. "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm the news that we lost our barn last night in a horrible fire," reads a Facebook post...

Cops: She Killed a Man, Claims Laws Don't Apply

Florida slaying involved 2 who claimed to be 'sovereign citizens'

(Newser) - A Florida man who questioned government authority over individuals living in the US through an online forum was fatally shot, allegedly by a woman who has espoused similar "sovereign citizen" views, police said Tuesday. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said Neely Petrie-Blanchard was arrested in Lowndes County, Ga....

More Problems for Cop Indicted in Breonna Taylor Case

10 women accuse Brett Hankison of sexual misconduct in lawsuit

(Newser) - The lone police officer charged in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor now faces allegations of sexual assault and battery. A lawsuit filed Tuesday describes former Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Brett Hankison as a "sexual predator" who "used his police uniform and secondary nightclub employment as mechanisms...

McConnell Wins 7th Term
McConnell Wins 7th Term

McConnell Wins 7th Term

He fends off challenge from Amy McGrath

(Newser) - The Senate's longest-serving Republican leader will be serving even longer. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has won a seventh term in Kentucky, fending off a challenge from former Marine combat pilot Amy McGrath, the AP reports. According to the AP, McConnell led Democrat McGrath by 13 points with almost...

State Police Boss Is Out After Expose by Young Journalists

High school publication reported slideshow quoted Adolf Hitler urging violence

(Newser) - Rodney Brewer is resigning as commissioner of the Kentucky State Police, days after Louisville high school journalism students reported previously used training materials had quoted Adolf Hitler recommending the "perpetually constant" use of violence. Brewer, who was named to the position in January by the governor, will be gone...

COVID Highs Push Hospitals Near the Brink

'We'll run into some difficult decisions to make'

(Newser) - Hospitals across the US are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff, the AP reports. New highs in cases have been reported in states big and small—from...

What the Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Recordings Reveal

Witness testimony focused on a 'core disagreement': whether cops announced themselves

(Newser) - A Kentucky court on Friday released about 20 hours of recordings from the Breonna Taylor grand jury proceedings, and now that audio is available to all. Daniel Cameron, the state's attorney general, says he hopes the public will be able to see, via the witness testimony in the recordings,...

Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Audio Is Out

But a few minutes have been redacted

(Newser) - Courts don't usually release grand jury recordings—but the Breonna Taylor killing isn't your usual case. On a judge's say-so, a Kentucky court released about 20 hours of recordings Friday from the controversial grand-jury sessions, the Courier Journal reports. The audio files, which don't include a...

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