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Racing Suspended at Churchill Downs After 12 Horse Deaths

Venue is moving its current thoroughbred meet to Ellis Park in wake of 'unusual' number of deaths

(Newser) - Churchill Downs is suspending racing operations and moving the rest of its spring meet after a series of mysterious horse deaths. CBS News reports that 12 horses have died at the Louisville, Kentucky, racetrack since April 27, spurring the suspension that will run from Wednesday through July 3. Although racing...

Cops: He Shot Roommate in Butt for Eating Last Hot Pocket

Clifton Williams, 64, faces assault charges

(Newser) - It's that rarest of crimes: a Hot Pockets shooting. Police in Louisville, Kentucky, say a 64-year-old man shot his roommate in the derriere for eating the last one, reports WLKY . Clifton Williams allegedly got torqued and started "throwing tiles" at his male roommate when he discovered all the...

After 12 Deaths in Chopper Crashes, an Army 'Stand-Down'

Aviators grounded until they undergo training, after 2 crashes in a month's time in Alaska, Kentucky

(Newser) - The US Army has grounded aviation units for training after 12 soldiers died within the last month in helicopter crashes in Alaska and Kentucky, the military branch announced Friday. The suspension of air operations was effective immediately, with units grounded until they complete the training, said Army spokesperson Lt. Col....

Former Cop Who Fatally Shot Breonna Taylor Has a New Job

Ex-Louisville cop Myles Cosgrove has been hired as a deputy by Carroll County Sheriff's Office

(Newser) - The former police officer in Louisville, Kentucky, who fatally shot Breonna Taylor has a new job in law enforcement in a county northeast of the city, per the AP . The Carroll County Sheriff's Office on Saturday confirmed the hiring of Myles Cosgrove, who was fired from the Louisville Metro...

Rare Flower Unique to Kentucky Faces a Mighty Foe
Rare Flower Unique to
Kentucky Faces a Mighty Foe

Rare Flower Unique to Kentucky Faces a Mighty Foe

'Courier Journal' explores the plight of Kentucky glade cress amid encroaching development

(Newser) - If you want to see a specimen of the plant known as Kentucky glade cress, you'll have to travel to southern Jefferson County or northern Bullitt County in that state. Otherwise you're out of luck because, as environmental reporter Connor Griffin explains in the Louisville Courier Journal , the...

Louisville Mayor: Bank Shooter's Gun Is Headed Back to the Streets

Craig Greenberg says state law requires it to be turned over for police to auction

(Newser) - Under Kentucky state law, authorities cannot destroy the assault-style rifle used to kill five people at a Louisville bank and injure eight others, two of them critically, Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg said Tuesday. Weapons confiscated by police must be sent to state police officials to sell at auction, the Guardian...

Louisville Victims, Shooter Identified
Louisville Victims,
Shooter Identified

Louisville Victims, Shooter Identified

Police say 25-year-old livestreamed his attack

(Newser) - A fifth victim has died in Monday's Louisville bank shooting. Police have identified her as Deanna Eckert, 57, NBC News reports. Eight others were injured, including three who remain in critical condition.

4 Victims Dead, 8 Wounded in Louisville Bank Shooting

Gunman also is dead, may have been a former employee

(Newser) - A mass shooting Monday morning at a bank in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, has left four victims dead and another eight people injured, reports WHAS-TV and the AP . The gunman also is dead, said police. The assault took place about 8:30am at Old National Bank for reasons that remain unclear,...

'Fatalities Expected' After Crash of 2 Army Helicopters
9 Dead in Crash of
2 Army Helicopters

9 Dead in Crash of 2 Army Helicopters

Army says Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Kentucky near Fort Campbell

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. Nine service members were killed Wednesday night when two HH-60 Blackhawk helicopters crashed during a routine training mission in Kentucky, an Army official tells ABC . The Army says the crash happened around 10pm local time in Trigg County in southwest Kentucky, near...

Kentucky Lawmakers Override Governor's Veto of Anti-Trans Bill

Legal fight is expected

(Newser) - Republican lawmakers in Kentucky on Wednesday swept aside the Democratic governor’s veto of a bill regulating some of the most personal aspects of life for transgender young people—from banning access to gender-affirming health care to restricting the bathrooms they can use. The votes to override Gov. Andy Beshear’...

This Is the Most Stressed State in America

Mississippi needs to meditate, per WalletHub, while Minnesota seems to be handling its tension just fine

(Newser) - Need to squeeze one of those stress balls more than you used to? It could have something to do with where you live. WalletHub looked at all 50 states to see which ones were the most afflicted by anxiety and tension, examining more than three dozen metrics across four main...

Band Saw Rival School's Team Had No Music, Took Action
High School Band
Saw Rival School's
Team Had No Music,
Took Action

High School Band Saw Rival School's Team Had No Music, Took Action

Heartwarming story out of Kentucky has an 'aww' inducing ending

(Newser) - Martin County High School and Pike County Central High School often compete against each other in sports, and the two eastern Kentucky schools consider themselves rivals. But during a regional basketball tournament March 2, Martin County's team got unexpected support from Pike Central's band, the Washington Post reports....

Looking for Big Tips? These States Deliver

Delaware tops the list of Toast's quarterly 'Restaurant Trends Report'

(Newser) - Online eatery platform Toast is out with its quarterly "Restaurant Trends Report," for Q4 of last year, and among such stats as delivery orders during the Super Bowl, the site examined the state of tipping nationwide. Toast looked at average tips across the US and found that Cleveland...

20K Could Have Been Exposed to Measles at Religious Revival

CDC says unvaccinated, infectious person was at Kentucky prayer event

(Newser) - A religious revival in Kentucky may have gone viral in more ways than one. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a person who attended the prayer event at Asbury University had measles and around 20,000 people could have been exposed, the Guardian reports. The Kentucky Health Department...

Christian College Becomes Ground Zero for Viral 'Revival'

Thousands flock to Kentucky's Asbury U in TikTok-driven prayer event that's lasted more than a week

(Newser) - Early on Feb. 8, a routine chapel service took place at Kentucky's Asbury University, a small Christian college in Wilmore. "I would call it unremarkable," the school's president, Dr. Kevin Brown, tells NBC New s of the gathering in the 1,500-seat Hughes Auditorium. What's...

Kentucky Has First Infant Dropped Off at 'Baby Box'

Governor approved the program in 2021

(Newser) - Kentucky has seen its first infant anonymously dropped off at one of its “baby box” safe surrender locations, per the AP . Safe Haven Baby Boxes founder and CEO Monica Kelsey said the child was dropped off at a Bowling Green Fire Department location, declining to be more specific to...

Denny's Sign Falls Onto Car, Killing Passenger

Two others are injured by 1.3-ton restaurant sign

(Newser) - A towering Denny's Restaurant sign in central Kentucky fell on a car during high winds, killing a woman and injuring her husband and daughter. The sign partially crushed their car when it fell Thursday from a pole near the Denny's parking lot off Interstate 65 in Elizabethtown. Lillian...

Lifelike Film Character Outside Home Prompts a Call to Police
Police Check Out 'Cousin Eddie'

Police Check Out 'Cousin Eddie'

Lifelike (and annoying) film character outside home fooled a neighbor

(Newser) - A "Cousin Eddie" display in Kentucky apparently looked a little too real, and police were called to check it out. After receiving the call, a dispatcher described the scene to responding officers as "a male standing outside. He is naked. He has a robe covering part of his...

Lawmaker's Transgender Son Dies by Suicide

Kentucky legislator says difficulty finding acceptance led to mental illness

(Newser) - A Kentucky state senator said Tuesday that her transgender son, a trans rights advocate on whom "a lack of acceptance took a toll," has died by suicide. He was 24. Democratic Sen. Karen Berg said her son Henry Berg-Brousseau "long struggled with mental illness, not because he...

Her Book About Her Kidnapper Triggers Effort to Free Him

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy cites discrepancies between book, testimony

(Newser) - Sharon Muse Johnson's 2020 book is titled, Kidnapped by a Client: The Incredible True Story of a Lawyer’s Fight for Justice. Now some are taking issue with that "true" part and are fighting to get a man's conviction overturned. Frankie Covington is 16 years into a...

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