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Residents Can Return Home After Kentucky Derailment

Train company says chemical fire has been extinguished

(Newser) - A chemical fire at a Kentucky train derailment that caused evacuations has been extinguished and people can return to their homes, rail operator CSX said Thursday. CSX spokesperson Bryan Tucker said Thursday afternoon that authorities and CSX officials reviewed air monitoring data and decided it was safe to let displaced...

Here Are the Chubbiest States in America

And the least chubbiest

(Newser) - "Being overweight is becoming the new normal in America." So says WalletHub in its list of the chubbiest and slimmest states in the nation. The site took a look at obesity and overweight prevalence, health consequences, and food and fitness, and cross-referenced them across 31 health metrics. (Note:...

With Big Wins, Democrats Get a 'Blueprint' for 2024
Big Wins Give Democrats
a 'Blueprint' for 2024
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Big Wins Give Democrats a 'Blueprint' for 2024

Voters back abortion access, appear wary of Trump-backed candidates

(Newser) - Nearly a year and a half after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, abortion remains a key issue in elections across the country—to the benefit of Democrats, who've made protecting abortion rights a priority. A major takeaway from Tuesday's elections is that "voters are casting...

Democrat Andy Beshear Will Remain Governor in Kentucky

He fends off challenge from Daniel Cameron

(Newser) - Democrat Andy Beshear will keep his job as governor in Kentucky. Beshear was reelected Tuesday in a competitive race against Republican state Attorney General Daniel Cameron, reports the AP . The 45-year-old Beshear, who flipped the governor's seat from red to blue in 2019 with his defeat of Matt Bevin,...

Abortion a Big Issue in Tuesday's Voting

Restrictions, protections are front and center in Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia

(Newser) - The most-watched races in Tuesday's off-year general election have been dominated by the ongoing debate over abortion rights. From a reelection bid for governor in Kentucky and a statewide ballot measure in Ohio, to state legislative elections in Virginia, access to abortion has been a frequent topic in campaign...

Ky. Governor on Coal Plant Collapse: 'The Scene Is Bad'

One of the 2 trapped men is dead, says Gov. Andy Beshear

(Newser) - Two men working to demolish an 11-story building at an abandoned mine site in Martin County, Kentucky, became trapped Tuesday night when the building collapsed, and Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that at least one of the men is dead. The other man's condition is unknown. Workers are attempting...

He Picked Up a Bag of Soil, Was Killed by Swarm of Bees

Authorities in Kentucky say 59-year-old was attacked on his own porch

(Newser) - A cautionary tale for gardeners: Authorities in Kentucky say a swarm of bees killed a man who picked up a bag of soil on his porch, reports the Courier-Journal . Michael Alford, 59, of Dizney inadvertently disturbed a colony that had set up shop within the bag, per the Washington Post ...

Kentucky Prosecutor Accused of Murdering Wife

Donald Deskins is also charged with tampering with evidence

(Newser) - A Kentucky prosecutor has been charged with murdering his wife more than two years ago and tampering with evidence. According to an indictment filed last week, 52-year-old Donald Kyle Deskins killed Judith Dawn Deskins, 46, on April 24, 2021 "with the intent to cause her death or under circumstances...

McConnell Called Allies After Freezing Up Again

Marjorie Taylor Greene says he's 'not fit for office'

(Newser) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's office says he was "momentarily lightheaded" when he froze up while speaking to reporters in Kentucky on Wednesday—but insiders say concerns about the 81-year-old's ability to remain in a leadership role are growing. McConnell had a similar episode a month ago...

COVID, Flu, Strep Cases Get Classes Canceled 9 Days After School Begins
School Barely Begins, Gets
Canceled Due to Mass Illness
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School Barely Begins, Gets Canceled Due to Mass Illness

Kentucky district says nearly a fifth of the student body got sick

(Newser) - The first day of school for Kentucky's Lee County School District was August 9, but by Friday, attendance had already dropped to 82%. By Monday, it was 81%, and 14 teachers had called out sick—so classes were canceled Tuesday and Wednesday, with remote learning planned for Thursday and...

In Louisville, First Day of School Is 'Transportation Disaster'

Last Jefferson County Public Schools students were dropped off at 9:58pm

(Newser) - For some students in Kentucky's biggest school district, the first day of school turned out to be the first night of school, too. Issues with school buses on Wednesday meant the final bus riders weren't dropped off until 9:58pm, said a rep for Jefferson County Public Schools—...

After 'Series of Unfortunate Circumstances,' a Reopening

Racing to resume at Kentucky's Churchill Downs in September, after 12 horse deaths

(Newser) - Racing will resume at Churchill Downs in September, with no changes being made after a review of surfaces and safety protocols in the wake of 12 horse deaths, including seven in the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby in May. The Louisville track suspended racing operations on June 7...

A Fortune in Gold Emerges From Kentucky Cornfield
Buried Treasure's Significance
Is 'Hard to Comprehend'
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Buried Treasure's Significance Is 'Hard to Comprehend'

More than 800 Civil War-era coins emerge from Kentucky cornfield

(Newser) - At first glance, the video appears to show your average pile of dirt. Then a breathless man points to what lies beneath layers of dirt and dust in his Kentucky cornfield: dozens upon dozens of gold coins, unearthed from the spot they've sat hidden for more than 150 years....

Cops: He Had 'My Dead Friends' as Apartment Decorations

Kentucky's James Nott allegedly sold human remains on Facebook

(Newser) - One man tied up in a nationwide network of traffickers in human remains was located Tuesday in a Kentucky apartment decorated with human spinal cords, femur and hip bones, and 40 skulls, one of which was found on the bed where he slept, according to court documents. "The skulls...

One Child Fatally Shoots Another in Kentucky Home

Police believe shooting was accidental

(Newser) - Another tragic apparent accident ended with the death of a Kentucky 5-year-old. State police say a 7-year-old in the McKee home fatally shot the younger child. The children are believed to be siblings, LEX18 reports. Lifesaving measures were not successful, and the 5-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. "...

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...

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