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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The death of Kentucky lawmaker Dan Johnson has jolted Republican leaders. Johnson shot himself Wednesday on a rural road. An accusation of sexual assault had been reported against him earlier in the week. Republican leaders were already struggling with a sexual harassment scandal that toppled the state's first GOP House speaker in nearly 100 years plus three other Republican committee chairmen.

CINCINNATI (AP) - A Kentucky news organization's in-depth expose this week on a pastor-turned-politician highlights the increasing role of such nonprofit, nontraditional newsrooms in the United States. The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting's series on Republican state Rep. Dan Johnson included the detailed account of a woman who said the pastor sexually assaulted her.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Medicaid fraud attorney in the Kentucky attorney general's office has been appointed to a national group trying to address the opioid problem. Attorney General Andy Beshear said in a news release Thursday that Jessica Williamson of Louisville will join the group of attorneys and investigators from 22 other states as part of the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units Opioid Working Group.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's beverage alcohol industry is pitching in to make sure people get home safely from holiday outings. The coalition, led by the Kentucky Distillers' Association, says it is offering $20 off safe rides.

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