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Keeneland bans prominent owner, breeder after racist post

Jul. 8, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A prominent Kentucky horse owner and breeder has been banned from racing and sales at Keeneland Race Course after his racist post on social media. Keeneland said Wednesday it was banning Tom VanMeter from the premises, including participation by his sales company, while the Lexington...

Kayaker who drowned in Kentucky lake identified

Jul. 5, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

SALT LICK, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man has drowned after his kayak flipped in a lake, a coroner said. The Bath County coroner identified the victim as Cubaka Nehemia Mutayongwa, 22, of Lexington, WKYT-TV reported. A search for Mutayongwa started Saturday afternoon in the Stoney Cove area of Cave Run Lake....

Lexington mayor names members of racial justice commission

Jul. 2, 2020 4:19 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton has made 70 appointments to a new commission aimed at reducing systemic racism. The Commission for Racial Justice & Equality has five subcommittees that will begin meeting next week. Gorton appointed two co-chairs, Roszalyn Akins and Dr. Gerald...

New regional driver license office opening in Fayette County

Jul. 1, 2020 4:13 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A new regional driver licensing office is opening in Kentucky and will be the only in-person driver licensing site in Fayette County. The office is intended to further expand access to Real ID-compliant licenses and identification cards, which will be required in October 2021 for...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Amy McGrath speaks to supporters in Richmond, Ky. McGrath overcame a bumpier-than-expected Kentucky primary to win the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination Tuesday, June 30, 2020 fending off progressive Charles Booker to set up a bruising, big-spending showdown with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

McGrath wins Kentucky Dem primary; McConnell showdown awaits

Jun. 30, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former Marine pilot Amy McGrath overcame a bumpier-than-expected Kentucky primary to win the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination Tuesday, fending off progressive Charles Booker to set up a bruising, big-spending showdown with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Voting...

Hicks claims Dem nomination for House seat, will face Barr

Jun. 30, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Josh Hicks, a Marine veteran who switched parties after growing disillusioned with Republican policies he saw as favoring the wealthy, claimed the Democratic nomination Tuesday for a Kentucky congressional seat, setting up a fall match-up against U.S. Rep. Andy Barr. A week after the...

U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath speaks to people during a visit to Thankful Hearts Food Pantry in Pikeville, Ky., Monday, June 22, 2020. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Senate Democratic primary heads to finish line in Kentucky

Jun. 29, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One of Kentucky's most unpredictable political races in years is headed toward the wire Tuesday, but it's taking a full week after the June 23 primary to sort out a possible photo finish in the Democratic U.S. Senate contest. Absentee ballots that stacked up amid the coronavirus...

FILE-In this Tuesday, June 23, 2020 file photo, poll workers instruct a voter on where to go to fill out their ballot during the Kentucky primary at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. There was only one polling place open on election day this week in Louisville, Kentucky, and voting went relatively smoothly compared to other recent primaries amid the global pandemic. Does that mean other cities should consider the same in November? (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Advocates, experts warn against polling place reductions

Jun. 27, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — With only one polling place open on election day this week in Louisville, Kentucky, voting went relatively smoothly compared with other recent primaries held amid the global pandemic. Does that mean other cities should consider the same in November? Voting rights groups say no....

Kentucky imam sentenced to 2 years in kidnapping plot

Jun. 24, 2020 4:14 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky Islamic leader was sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to kidnap a man who owed him money. Former Lexington imam Mahmoud Shaker Shalash will also serve five years of supervised release after his two-year prison sentence, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported....

Jamaal Bowman, who is running against Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., speaks during his primary-night party Tuesday, June. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

The Latest: Primary race for Engel's seat too early to call

Jun. 24, 2020 1:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a handful of primary elections across the United States (all times local): 1:30 a.m. The Democratic primary in New York’s 16th Congressional District is too early to call. As of 1 a.m. ET on Wednesday, challenger Jamaal Bowman had roughly 61% of the counted vote....