News Minute: Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - American distilleries have watched warily as the threat of tariffs from Europe ratcheted up in recent weeks. While larger, corporate-owned facilities tend to do the most business overseas, small and mid-sized companies could be especially vulnerable to a trade war. With the European Union moving to slap tariffs on whiskey and other products on Friday, companies such as Catoctin Creek Distillery in Virginia fear that an extended trade war could do irreparable harm.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal lawsuit from an environmental group alleges two protected crayfish species have been harmed by coal mining in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. The Center for Biological Diversity alleges that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is late in designating habitat areas for the crayfish. The Big Sandy crayfish and Guyandotte River crayfish were protected by the Endangered Species Act in 2016 because of habitat loss and water pollution.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Kentucky police officer has been charged with threatening President Donald Trump on social media. Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Andrew Long Ryan was indicted Wednesday on two counts of making threats against the president.
LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man admitted that he killed two Roman Catholic nuns, pleading guilty to murder in an agreement that avoided the death penalty, which was opposed by the women's families and their religious orders. Rodney Earl Sanders made the pleas Thursday to two counts of murder in state court in Lexington, blocks away from where Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill had worked as nurse practitioners in a medical clinic.
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