By From wire reports

Kentucky coal miner died, 2nd mining fatality in a week

A coal miner working underground in western Kentucky died after being struck by a coal scoop.

It was the second coal mining death in Kentucky in less than a week and the fourth overall in the U.S. this year.

Phillip Ramsey, 58, was working on ventilation curtains at the Cardinal mine near Madisonville Tuesday evening when he was struck by the scoop, according to a release from Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet. Ramsey was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The mine is owned by Warrior Coal, a subsidiary of Alliance Resource Partners.

“This man’s death is especially tragic as this is the second miner that we have lost within a week,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said in the release.

Mining operations were suspended while an investigation is conducted.

On Friday, 48-year-old Douglas Slusher died in a surface mining accident in Bell County in eastern Kentucky.

Virtual Kentucky Bourbon Festival opens Thursday

This year’s Kentucky Bourbon Festival that was postponed then moved online gets underway this week.

Registration is free and open for online programs on topics ranging from food and whiskey pairing to the art of whiskey making and putting together cocktails with ordinary supermarket ingredients. There’s also a VIP package available for $150.

Last year’s festival drew some 50,000 visitors from 40 states and more than 20 countries for its activities and concerts, organizers said. For this year’s 29th annual festival, the board decided to shift to a virtual experience because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival runs Thursday through Sunday.

Drunk driver nearly hits marching band on field

Members of a Kentucky student marching band were forced to run to safety when a man allegedly drove over a football field while the musicians were practicing.

Irvine police allege William Caudill, 52, was drunk when he drove his Chevy Tahoe from the parking lot of an Estill County school onto the football field behind it Monday night, news outlets reported.

Caudill’s vehicle came to a stop “just feet before the area that the percussion section was practicing,” Det. Sam Hensley wrote in an arrest citation obtained by The Lexington Herald-Leader.

The newspaper reported that Hensley said there was “a strong odor of alcohol” near the suspect.

Officers administered a breath test, which showed alcohol in Caudill’s system, according to the agency. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and 15 counts of wanton endangerment, court records showed.

He was jailed on a $10,000 bond and set to be arraigned Nov. 25. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment for him.

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