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Mitch McConnell Will Face the Fighter Pilot

Amy McGrath wins close race against Charles Booker in Kentucky Senate primary

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell will have to defend his Senate seat in Kentucky against a former fighter pilot. Amy McGrath, a retired Marine, has won the close Democratic primary against state Rep. Charles Booker, a progressive African-American lawmaker, reports NBC News and Politico . McGrath was long the favorite to be the nominee,... More »

Arrest Made After Shooter Fired Into Protest Camp

1 man is dead and a person is injured in Louisville, Ky.

(Newser) - Gunfire erupted at a protest against police violence Saturday, leaving one man dead and another person injured. Details are scant, but a bystander video (WARNING: disturbing images) shows a man just outside Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, Kentucky, shooting at a tent-filled area more than a dozen times, the Courier-Journal... More »

Tuesday's Vote Offers Key Progressive Tests

Challenges in New York and Kentucky on the rise after nationwide protests

(Newser) - Primaries in a handful of states were underway Tuesday, most notably in Kentucky and New York. But if previous 2020 primaries are any guide, don't hold your breath waiting for results. An unprecedented deluge of mail-in ballots is expected to cause delays, which could be a harbinger of things... More »

Cop Involved in Breonna Taylor Shooting to Be Fired

'Shock to the conscience,' Louisville police chief says of Brett Hankison's conduct in fatal March shooting

(Newser) - One of the police officers in Louisville, Ky., involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor is getting the boot from his job. The Courier Journal reports that termination proceedings have begun against Brett Hankison, one of three cops to fire into the 26-year-old EMT's apartment on March 13... More »

Initial Findings In on Sudden Death of Congressman's Wife

Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, wife of Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr, likely died of heart problem

(Newser) - The "terribly painful" sudden death of a congressman's wife in Kentucky has some preliminary answers. Gary Ginn, the coroner for Fayette County, tells People that "an autopsy was necessary" to find out what happened to Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr (known as Carol), wife of Rep. Andy Barr,... More »

A 'Terribly Painful' Sudden Death in Kentucky

Cause of death still unclear for 39-year-old Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, wife of Rep. Andy Barr

(Newser) - The wife of a US Congressman from Kentucky died unexpectedly in the family's home Tuesday night at the age of 39, news outlets reported. Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, the wife of Rep. Andy Barr, passed away in Lexington, Barr's chief of staff said in a statement, per the... More »

Rand Paul Introduces 'Justice for Breonna Taylor Act'

Bill would ban no-knock warrants

(Newser) - Sen. Rand Paul says it's time to do away with "no-knock warrants" like the one that led to the death of a young black woman in his home state in a hail of police gunfire. The Kentucky Republican has introduced a bill that would ban federal law enforcement... More »

As Ky. Cops Cleared Protest, Shots Fired; 1 Dead

Chief: Police, National Guard were clearing Louisville lot near protests when shots exchanged

(Newser) - A man was shot and killed by police in Louisville, Ky., early Monday after a night of violent protests there for George Floyd . WLKY reports the shooting took place around 12:15am, with the Louisville Metro Police Department saying that shots were fired at police officers first. LMPD Chief Steve... More »

7 Shot at Kentucky Protest Over Police Shooting

Louisville mayor pleads for peace

(Newser) - At least seven people were shot Thursday night in Louisville as protesters turned out to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman fatally shot by police in her home in March. Louisville Metro Police confirmed in a statement early Friday that there were at least seven shooting victims; at... More »

Man Who Hanged Effigy of Governor Loses Job

'I think what we saw was an act intended to create fear and terror,' Ky. governor says

(Newser) - A protester who participated in hanging an effigy of Kentucky's governor at an armed rally on the State Capitol grounds has been fired from his job at an auto dealer. Neil Huffman Auto Group said it terminated the unidentified employee after an internal review, saying it "does not... More »

Kentucky Governor Hanged in Effigy

Protesters marched to governor's mansion after gun rights, anti-lockdown rally

(Newser) - Republican and Democratic leaders in Kentucky have condemned gun rights and anti-lockdown protesters who hung an effigy of Gov. Andy Beshear on the Capitol grounds near the governor's mansion in Frankfort Sunday. The effigy had a note around its neck reading "sic semper tyrannis"—"thus always... More »

Mask Does Unusual Double Duty at Birth

Very new father used it to tie off umbilical cord

(Newser) - A mask came in handy as a woman gave birth outside a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, over the weekend. The mother wasn't wearing it, though. Rather, the baby's father used it to bind the umbilical cord, reports the Courier-Journal . Sarah and David Patrick had rushed to Baptist Health... More »

Lawsuit: Cops Busted Into Home, Killed Sleeping Woman

Outcry over death of Breonna Taylor goes national

(Newser) - The police department in Louisville, Ky., was trying to execute a search warrant on March 13 when they entered the home of a sleeping woman—and she ended up dead. A lawsuit has now been filed by the family of Breonna Taylor, 26, an EMT, nurse, and ER technician. She... More »

At Funeral for 4 Children, Family Gets Grim News

'The fifth child was reunited with the other four'

(Newser) - As the Hochstetler family held a funeral service Saturday for four children who died in a buggy accident three days earlier, Kentucky officials entered with grim news: The body of a fifth child had been found. "It was difficult for everybody, but there was also a sigh of relief... More »

At This 'Eden' for Animals, Cops Make Horrifying Find

Police find dead dogs, cats in freezer at Ky. no-kill animal shelter

(Newser) - Police seized 90 dogs from a no-kill animal shelter in Kentucky due to its allegedly poor conditions, reports the AP , and charged its owner after dead cats and dogs were found in the facility's freezer. The dogs were taken Saturday because of "poor living conditions" at the Trixie... More »

4 Children Dead as Buggy Overturns in Flood Waters

Another Amish child missing after Wednesday accident in Kentucky

(Newser) - Four Amish children have been found dead and another remains missing after a horse and buggy overturned in flood waters in Kentucky on Wednesday. The carriage overturned shortly before 5pm as the children and their mother were attempting to cross a low-water bridge over a flooded stream in Bath County,... More »

Tupac Shakur Files for Unemployment, Confusion Ensues

Gov. Andy Beshear thought Lexington resident's unemployment application was a prank

(Newser) - It’s no joke—Tupac Shakur lives in Kentucky and needs unemployment benefits to pay his bills. The Lexington man’s name was brought up by Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday night as he spoke about how the state is trying to process all unemployment claims filed in March amid... More »

They Gathered for Easter Services. Then Came the Cops

Ky. churchgoers who flouted governor's orders against mass gatherings ordered to self-quarantine

(Newser) - Pastors in Florida and Louisiana have been hit with charges for flouting coronavirus lockdown rules, and now a pastor in Kentucky, and his parishioners, are facing their own battle. Per WDRB , Gov. Andy Beshear had warned the faithful that anyone who mass-gathered over Easter weekend would be made to self-quarantine... More »

Governor Commuted His Sentence. He Just Got Arrested Again

This time, on federal charges related to the same alleged crime

(Newser) - A Kentucky man who was serving 15 years on charges of sodomy and the distribution of material depicting sexual performance of a minor had his sentence commuted last year by the state's then-governor—and now he's been arrested again on child pornography charges. Dayton Jones, 24, pleaded guilty... More »

Cops: Doctor Strangled Teen in Social Distancing Dispute

Video shows Friday altercation in Louisville, Ky.

(Newser) - A doctor has been arrested in Kentucky after a video allegedly showed him shoving a group of teenage girls, and putting his hands around one teen's neck, in a dispute over social distancing. John Rademaker, a Louisville-area physician, was arrested and charged Tuesday with strangulation and three counts of... More »

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