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Man Who Was Denied 'IMGOD' License Plate Awarded $151K

Kentucky ordered to pay man after violating his first amendment rights

(Newser) - For more than a dozen years, Bennie Hart drove around Ohio with his personalized license plate reading "IMGOD." Then, in 2016, he moved to Kentucky. The state denied him the plate, saying it broke rules barring "obscene, vulgar, or in bad taste" messages, WAVE reports. A legal... More »

Cops Find Missing Teenager as Psychics Had Predicted

Group had gathered at Haylee Martin's home

(Newser) - A group of psychics met at the Kentucky home of a missing 17-year-old on Thursday night as part of the investigation into her disappearance. The Franklin County sheriff says he was skeptical, but "did not want to leave any stone unturned" in the search for Haylee Marie Martin, the... More »

The 10 Most, Least Educated US States

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Mississippi is last

(Newser) - Looking to surround yourself with brainiacs? Some states have more of an emphasis on education than others, and WalletHub looked at the data to see which ones graduate at the top of the class. The site analyzed all 50 states in terms of educational attainment (meaning such factors as the... More »

After 'Tragedy of Errors,' Woman Awarded Millions

Carolyn Boerste had to have leg amputated after nurses left sponge in her

(Newser) - A woman whose leg was amputated six years after undergoing heart surgery was awarded $10.5 million by a jury last month, after what her lawyers say was a "tragedy of errors" by multiple medical personnel. "Everything has changed," Carolyn Boerste says, per WAVE , which along with... More »

Report: FBI Asking Questions About Ex-Governor's Pardons

Sources: FBI agent contacted Ky. Rep. Chris Harris on Matt Bevin's controversial pardons

(Newser) - Members of the general public may not be the only ones wondering about the pardons Matt Bevin issued during his final days as Kentucky's governor. The more than 600 pardons and commutations—including for a convicted child rapist and for a man whose brother and sister-in-law held a fundraiser... More »

'It Looked Like a Battlefield': 15 Horses Shot in Kentucky

Free-roaming animals may have been hunted

(Newser) - For years, you could visit a rehabilitated strip mine in the woods in eastern Kentucky and be greeted by horses, some of which would walk right up to you. That might not be the case anymore. Authorities say at least 15 of the free-roaming horses were shot and killed with... More »

Why Matt Bevin Pardoned Child Rapist? Girl's Hymen

Former Kentucky governor says 'there was zero evidence'

(Newser) - Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is defending his decision to pardon a convicted child rapist shortly before leaving office on the basis that "there was zero evidence." And by that he means the victim's hymen was intact. In a WHAS radio interview, Bevin discussed the case of... More »

Cops: Man Crashes Stolen SUV With Baby Inside

'Twelve minutes of sheer terror, I'll say'

(Newser) - A man accused of stealing an SUV with a 13-month-old baby girl inside and leading police on a chase before crashing on an interstate has been arrested in Kentucky. The child was unharmed. "Twelve minutes of sheer terror, I'll say," Shepherdsville Police Chief Rick McCubbin said of... More »

Kentucky's Defeated Gov Takes Flak Over Pardons

Matt Bevin says he's 'a big believer in second chances'

(Newser) - Patrick Brian Baker was sentenced to 19 years in prison for crimes stemming from a 2014 home invasion in which a man was fatally shot. Convicted of reckless homicide, robbery, impersonating a peace officer, and tampering with evidence, he has walked free after serving only two years. Baker—whose brother... More »

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 »

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