Undelivered absentee ballots found in dumpster in Kentucky

A U.S. Postal Service worker is no longer employed there following an investigation into the discovery of 112 unopened absentee ballots inside a dumpster in Kentucky.

A contractor renovating a home in eastern Jefferson County found the ballots Thursday, news outlets reported. The ballots were intended for voters in the 40299 ZIP code and had not been filled out.

Postal Service Office of the Inspector General special agents also found two political flyers. The ballots and flyers were returned to the Postal Service to be properly delivered, Special Agent Scott Balfour said in a statement.

Balfour said Friday the individual is no longer employed by the Postal Service. He added “federal privacy concerns preclude me from providing any more details about their employment.”

The case has been turned over to the U.S. attorney’s office, Balfour said.

Identified sailor killed at Pearl Harbor will be honored

The remains of a U.S. Navy sailor who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor were identified and will be honored in Kentucky.

Navy Fireman 2nd Class Martin Young, 29, of Hawesville, died on Dec. 7, 1941 when the USS Oklahoma capsized, news outlets reported.

In October 1949, Young’s remains were classified as non-recoverable by a military board because they couldn’t be identified.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed unknown remains from the USS Oklahoma in 2015 and used dental and anthropological analyses to identify veterans, including Young.

Young’s name was recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl. A rosette will be placed by his name to indicate that he was found.

Young will be buried on May 15, 2021, in Lewisport, Kentucky. Gov. Andy Beshear will order flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Young on the day of his interment.

“It took a long time to get him home, but we honor the sacrifice of Navy Fireman Martin Young no less,” Beshear said. “All of our veterans and their families have earned our respect and compassion for their service.”

A 29-year-old giraffe at Evansville’s Mesker Park Zoo has died

Kiah, a reticulated giraffe, died on Wednesday, the zoo announced on social media.

The age of 29 is well past life expectancy for giraffes in human care, the zoo said. Kiah had “age-related difficulties that were severely affecting her quality of life,” leading zoo officials to decide to euthanize her, the Evansville Courier & Press reported.

Kiah’s long-time companion and fellow giraffe Kizzie died unexpectedly in February at age 19.

Mesker Park has one giraffe remaining, 3-year-old Clementine, who lives in a habitat with two zebras as company.

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