December 4, 2013 |
Matt Bevin stood beneath Kentucky's Capitol dome and tore into all the things wrong with Congress, starting with the state's U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. "How," Bevin demanded, "can we begin to remedy what ails us as a nation ... if we continue to send the very same tired ideas and tired people to Washington over and over and over again?" Soon enough Alison Lundergan Grimes chimed in. "D.C. has come to stand for the dysfunctional capital," she told a pair of reporters after touring a distribution warehouse in northern Kentucky, "and after 28 years in Washington, Mitch McConnell is the institution and the reason that it's broken down.
December 4, 2013 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An ill-considered tweet and ham-handed bit of Photoshopping illustrate one reason Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell faces the political fight of his life. Last month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee - a campaign arm of the GOP - tweeted a photo superimposing the head of McConnell's Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, atop the body of “Obama Girl,” the curvaceous model who shimmied her affection for then-candidate Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign.
November 28, 2013 |
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Relations between President Obama and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear have not always been friendly. When Obama paid his first presidential visit in May 2011, his fellow Democrat was somewhere else. Later, Beshear lashed out at the administration's environmental regulators, telling them to "get off our backs. " But leading one of the nation's poorest, sickest states, Beshear has improbably overseen one of the most successful rollouts of Obama's troubled healthcare overhaul and become, deep in his long public career, a hero to Democrats grasping to find a redeeming figure amid the political wreckage.
November 17, 2013 |
At least six people were killed and dozens more hurt when an unusual November tornado outbreak hopscotched through the Midwest on Sunday, leaving destruction in its wake. Twisters and thunderstorms more reminiscent of spring than fall savaged communities in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky with punishing winds and heavy hail. Survivors poured into hospitals with broken limbs and other wounds from flying debris. An NFL game at Soldier Field in Chicago had to be suspended as football fans evacuated to the concourses, taking shelter from a line of storms.
November 14, 2013 |
Stanley Johnson, a 6-foot-6 forward from Santa Ana Mater Dei High, is expected to announce Friday that he has chosen to attend Arizona over USC and Kentucky, according to two people with knowledge of Johnson's recruitment. Johnson, who is rated among the nation's top 10 high school senior basketball players, averaged 19.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game last season. He is scheduled to make his decision public on ESPNU at 1 p.m. Friday, along with three other highly rated seniors: Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Cliff Alexander.
November 6, 2013 |
In Kentucky, controversy has erupted over a girls' cross country runner deciding to forfeit a race rather than run wearing the number 666. Codie Thacker from Whitley County High School refused to run after being assigned 666 for religious reasons. The number is "associated with the beast" in the Bible. "I didn't want to risk my relationship with God and try to take that number," Thacker told Lexington, Ky., NBC affiliate LEX18. "I told them to mark out my name because it makes me sick just thinking that my name is associated with that number.
November 6, 2013 |
Kentucky cross-country athlete Codie Thacker was told at a recent meet she had to wear bib number 666. So, she decided not to race. And that gives her something in common with Ronald Reagan (see below). Thacker told local NBC affiliate LEX 18 she had trained for Saturday's race for months. But she could not bring herself to put on that number. She felt it put her relationship with God at risk . Some background: The number 666 is the biblical mark of the beast. In the book of Revelation, two beasts arise -- the first a seven-headed beast from the sea. It's this monster whose number must be imprinted on everyone's right hand or forehead.
November 2, 2013 |
Common sense would dictate that the horse who wins the biggest 2-year-old race of the year would then be destined for greatness six months later in the Kentucky Derby. But when did common sense and racing ever go together? Instead, it has been more of a curse. In the previous 29 years, only one horse has won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby - Street Sense in 2006 and 2007. New Year's Day is hoping to change that history on the first Saturday in May. The lightly raced 2-year-old was guided by jockey Martin Garcia to seventh at the three-quarter-mile pole, fourth at the top of the stretch and won going away by 11/4 lengths.
October 31, 2013 |
Kentucky and its roster full of high school All-Americans is the narrow choice over Michigan State in the Associated Press' preseason college basketball poll. The Wildcats, who finished last season with an NIT opening-round loss at Robert Morris, received 27 first-place votes and 1,546 points from the 65-member national media panel. The Spartans, who return four starters from the team that lost to Duke in the NCAA tournament's round of 16, snared 22 first-place votes and 1,543 points.
October 9, 2013 |
Get ready for lots of controversy and debate after the Kentucky High School Athletic Association sent out a "Commissioner's Directive" warning schools about their organized post-game handshake lines because of fighting. Handshakes after games are considered part of the sports experience and a sign of sportsmanship. They happen at every level from high school to college to the pros. Kentucky will still allow players to shake hands voluntarily, but more than two dozen fights in the last two years have raised concerns.