KY A-P says Rand Paul was top story of 2010

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - Republican Rand Paul's rise from the life

of a small-town eye doctor to one of the most recognized political

faces in the country was selected as Kentucky's top news story of


Paul, who rode the wave of the tea party, defeated Kentucky

Attorney General Jack Conway to become the next Senator, replacing

the retiring Jim Bunning.

The No. 2 story selected by the AP in 2010 was the tragic

interstate crash in March that killed 11 people near Munfordville.

In the crash on Interstate 65 south of Louisville, a

tractor-trailer slammed head-on into a van carrying a Mennonite


In third place was the sensational story of a Louisville woman

convicted in August of demanding millions of dollars from Rick

Pitino to keep secret their sexual encounter in a restaurant.

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