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The Kentucky River is brimming with dead fish. Photo: Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet/Facebook

The alcohol plume on the Kentucky River from a fire at a Jim Beam warehouse is about 23 miles long, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet said Sunday, and the runoff has caused a mass kill-off of fish.

We continue to see dead and dying fish. People using the Kentucky River in the area of the plume will likely see and smell dead fish."
— Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet statement

Details: The blaze at the Jim Beam warehouse containing 45,000 barrels of bourbon that broke out Wednesday is now out, but clean-up efforts continue at the site, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet said. "The leading edge of the plume is located between Owenton and Carrollton," it said.

"Aeration of the Kentucky River continues in an attempt to increase the low dissolved oxygen levels in the water. ... The on-site stormwater drainage system is being evaluated in an attempt to recover any product or impacted water that may remain within the system."

The big picture: The Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has been conducting wildlife assessments and a fish kill count. Results are pending, but WKYT-TV reports thousands of fish have died.

What's next? Authorities expect the alcohol plume to reach the Ohio River early on Monday. "We expect the plume to dissipate quickly at it enters the much, much larger body of water but there could be some impact to aquatic life immediately where the two rivers meet," the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet said.

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oving crates outside Rep. Elise Stefanik's old office Tuesday. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The House plans to renovate members' suites even though staff are worried about an influx of contractors and D.C. is tightening restrictions on large gatherings, some staffers told Axios.

Why it matters: The Capitol has been closed to public tours since March. Work over the holiday season comes as U.S. coronavirus cases spike, Americans beg for more pandemic assistance and food lines grow.

Trump pressures Barr to release so-called Durham report

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President Trump and his allies are piling extreme pressure on Attorney General Bill Barr to release a report that Trump believes could hurt perceived Obama-era enemies — and view Barr's designation of John Durham as special counsel as a stall tactic, sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Speculation over Barr's fate grew on Tuesday, with just 49 days remaining in Trump's presidency, after Barr gave an interview to the Associated Press in which he said the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread fraud that could change the election's outcome.

CDC to cut guidance on quarantine period for coronavirus exposure

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The CDC will soon shorten its guidance for quarantine periods following exposure to COVID-19, AP reported Tuesday and Axios can confirm.

Why it matters: Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which can occur before a person knows they're sick or if they're infected without feeling any symptoms. The current recommended period to stay home if exposed to the virus is 14 days. The CDC plans to amend this to 10 days or seven with a negative test, an official told Axios.

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