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Rural Ohio county shows the impact of opioid influx

Jul. 18, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

JACKSON, Ohio (AP) — The numbers are staggering: An average yearly total of 107 opioid pills per resident were distributed over a seven-year period in this rural county deep in Appalachia. The newly released federal data is shocking even to people who live here in Jackson County, where nearly everyone...

Another military veteran joins Kentucky US Senate race

Jul. 18, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Mike Broihier, a political newcomer with a broad resume as a Marine officer, farmer and small-town newspaperman, ventured into a high-stakes Senate race as the latest military-tested candidate aiming to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell next year in Kentucky....

Data show many companies contributed to US opioid crisis

Jul. 17, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of OxyContin has been cast as the chief villain in the nation's opioid crisis. But newly released government figures suggest Purdue Pharma had plenty of help in flooding the U.S. with billions of pills even as overdose deaths were accelerating. Records kept by the federal Drug...

Kentucky deputy shot during wellness check at a home

Jul. 17, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

WHITLEY CITY, Ky. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy who was shot in southeastern Kentucky while conducting a wellness check is reported in stable condition after surgery. In a news release, Kentucky State Police say McCreary County sheriff's deputy Dustin Watkins went to visit a home Tuesday around 8 p.m. when a...

Tick removed from Kentucky man's eye

Jul. 16, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man who went to the doctor with an irritated eye got the unsavory news that it contained a tick. WYMT-TV reports an optometrist used tweezers to remove the tick from Chris Prater's eye. Prater works for an electric company and had left a job site where his crew had...

Jim Beam thanks firefighters who put out warehouse blaze

Jul. 16, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — Jim Beam has written an open letter to some newspapers to thank firefighters for battling a fire that recently burned down a storage warehouse in Kentucky. The producer of the world's best-selling bourbon writes that it regrets the environmental impact of the fire. Beam officials say...

Priest donates to miners affected by Blackjewel bankruptcy

Jul. 15, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — A priest in Kentucky handed out more than $20,000 on Monday to miners struggling to pay bills after the coal company they work for filed for bankruptcy protection. People crowded Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Harlan as Father Jim Sichko signed checks for more than 100 miners who are...

Conservation project buys huge tracts of coalfields forest

Jul. 15, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The nonprofit Nature Conservancy announced Monday it has partnered with private investors to acquire over a quarter-million acres (101,000 hectares) of forest land in the coalfields of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. The group said its new Cumberland Forest Project is designed to not...

Police: Woman's remains found naked, bound in shallow grave

Jul. 15, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) — Police have released more details about how they found the remains of a missing Kentucky woman. Police testified in court Monday that 23-year-old Savannah Spurlock's naked remains were found buried in a shallow grave and wrapped in a rug and garbage bags, with her feet bound. The...

Kurt Busch outduels little brother to win at Kentucky

Jul. 14, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Kurt Busch finally beat his little brother in a head-to-head NASCAR finish and took his new team to victory lane a week after they coughed away their first win. The downside of Busch's big win Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway? Kyle Busch didn't stick around to give his older brother a...