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Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Matt Bevin says suicides are part of the societal costs related to casino gambling, as he lashed out at his opponent’s support for expanded gambling as a way to help fund pensions. In a radio interview Wednesday, Bevin said: “Every night somewhere in America, somebody takes their life in a casino because they’ve wasted the last semblance of dignity and hope that they had.” A gaming official called his remarks “patently false and irresponsible.”

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrats in Mitch McConnell’s home state are pitching “Moscow Mitch” merchandise as they capitalize on a bitter dispute involving the Kentucky senator over election security legislation. The Kentucky Democratic Party said Wednesday it’s launching the “Moscow Mitch” webstore in a dig at the Senate majority leader. A Washington Post columnist recently criticized McConnell for blocking legislation aimed at protecting the U.S. political system from foreign attack.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An auction will be held for the assets of bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel. A notice filed in federal bankruptcy court in West Virginia said the auction is scheduled for Thursday morning in Cincinnati. Bristol, Tennessee-based Contura Energy last week offered $20.6 million as the stalking horse bidder for three of Blackjewel’s mines. According to the bidding process, other qualifying bids made by Wednesday’s deadline triggered the auction.

CAVE CITY, Ky. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating a report that a man fired a gunshot while camping at Mammoth Cave National Park, an incident that another camper says was prompted by an alleged sighting of Bigfoot. Mammoth Cave said law enforcement rangers responded early Sunday to a report of a person with a firearm at one of the Kentucky park’s backcountry campsites.

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