Once a Clinton stronghold, Appalachia now Trump country

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — An unwelcome reception in Appalachia underscores a striking political shift for Hillary Clinton, who along with Bill Clinton has long staked their electoral fortunes on the support of working class white voters.

Hillary Clinton is trying to replicate the electoral strategy that twice boosted President Barack Obama into the White House by concentrating on wooing young, minority and female voters.

That strategy reflects the demographic realities of an increasingly diverse country where white voters make up a shrinking part of the electorate.

But at the same time, Clinton isn't willing to give up on places such as the coal-mining region of Kentucky and West Virginia. Her campaign says that highlights her willingness to speak to the entire country — even those people who don't support her bid.


Sanders plans 2nd event during visit to Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has added a second stop during his visit to Kentucky in advance of the state's May 17 primary election, with a rally now planned for Lexington on Wednesday.

The Sanders campaign previously announced he would be in Louisville on Tuesday for a rally at Waterfront Park's Big Four Lawn.

Both events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Admission is first-come, first-served. People are asked not to bring bags. Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, signs and banners on sticks will not be allowed through security.

Doors open for the Louisville event at 4 p.m. The next day in Lexington, doors open at Lexington Center's Heritage Hall at 4 p.m.


Jim Beam fills 14 millionth bottle of bourbon

CLERMONT, Ky. (AP) — Jim Beam has filled and sealed its 14 millionth barrel of bourbon since the 1933 repeal of Prohibition, achieving a first in the bourbon industry.

Seventh-generation master distiller Fred Noe and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin sealed the barrel Monday at the company's flagship distillery in Clermont, Kentucky, about 20 miles south of Louisville.

The milestone comes two years after the distillery filled its 13 millionth barrel.

Noe said in a news release that the achievement speaks to the success of the company's whiskey and the increasing worldwide enthusiasm for bourbon.

Bevin said Kentucky bourbon is now an international symbol of the state's heritage and craftsmanship.


1 man injured after Henderson house explosion

(Information from: The Gleaner,

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — A man has been burned after an explosion ripped through a Henderson house.

Henderson Assistant Fire Chief Jeremy Baxter tells The Gleaner that authorities are unsure what caused the Monday evening explosion, which was strong enough to blow out part of a wall on the side of the brick house.

Baxter says the man's injuries were "substantial," but had no further updates on the man's condition.

Two other people had been inside when the explosion occurred, but Baxter says neither was injured.

The State Fire Marshall's Office has been called to assist the Henderson Fire Department with the investigation.



Lawsuit: Harlan hospital pharmacy illegally dispensed drugs

(Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — The federal government has filed a lawsuit accusing a hospital pharmacy in Harlan County of filling fraudulent prescriptions that a doctor wrote for other hospital employees.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the lawsuit, filed Monday, is against Appalachian Regional Healthcare, which is headquartered in Lexington and operates several hospitals in Kentucky.

The lawsuit says Dr. Donald F. Ramsey, who worked in the emergency room at the Harlan ARH hospital, wrote prescriptions for phentermine to hospital employees and their family members, with the prescriptions being filled at the hospital pharmacy. ARH couldn't be reached for comment.

The lawsuit says Ramsey didn't do proper examinations before prescribing the drug, which is used to help people lose weight. It says Ramsey wrote fraudulent prescriptions for the drug at least 83 times.

Ramsey indefinitely gave up his license to practice in April 2015.



1 killed after car collides with Lexington fire engine

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A man has been killed in a crash involving a Lexington fire engine.

The Fayette County Coroner's Office tells local media that 23-year-old Cody Emery was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center after the crash Monday, where he died of his injuries at about 5:30 p.m.

Lexington police Lt. Andrew Daugherty says the firefighter had minor injuries.

Daugherty says the engine had been responding to a call of an unconscious person when the wreck occurred. Emery's sedan was in the outer loop of Man o' War Boulevard before it jumped the median and collided with the fire engine. The truck hit the passenger side of the car.

Investigators are trying to determine why the sedan jumped the median.

Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz says the engine is probably totaled.


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