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Jefferson County Grand Jury indicts former Louisville MPD detective in death of Breonna Taylor

Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Wednesday the completion of the Special Prosecution Unit’s (SPU) investigation into the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor. The findings of the investigation were presented to a Jefferson County Grand Jury, and the Grand Jury indicted former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Detective Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment, a Class D felony. “The...

Beshear reports 824 new COVID cases, 7 deaths; positivity rate up to 4.5 percent; register to vote

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday reported 824 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 62,731 cases and 1,190 deaths. Of the new cases, 134 are children ages 18 and under. The youngest is six days old. In addition, the positivity rate is back up to 4.52 percent. Fayette County reported 110 new cases. “The tough news is tough news for us as a country: We’ve now lost...

Kentucky League of Cities announces annual award winners for various government officials, entities

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) has announced its annual awards for Elected City Official of the Year, the City Employee of the Year and the City Government of the Year. For 2020, there were more than 50 awards nominations. “Part of our KLC mission is to support innovation and quality governance,” said J.D. Chaney, KLC Executive Director/CEO. “The annual awards program shines a light on the...

Who is responsible for cleaning up environmental mess bankrupt coal companies leave behind

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News service As more coal companies file for bankruptcy, it remains unclear what will happen to hundreds of thousands of acres of unreclaimed mine land in eastern Kentucky and the rest of Appalachia. Eight coal companies declared bankruptcy in 2019, and that number is expected to rise amid declining demand for fossil fuels. Mary Varson Cromer, deputy director at the Appalachian...

UK professor says Kentucky efforts at farmer suicide prevention, awareness a national model

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky farmers, like those across the nation, work tirelessly to stay afloat amid plummeting farm incomes, market instabilities, extreme weather conditions, few safety nets and now, a global pandemic. And sometimes those stressors add up, leading some to consider suicide, and others to die by it. To bring awareness to this issue, the General Assembly passed...

Beshear reports 406 COVID-19 cases, one death; says get flu shot, fill out census, vote, more

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday reported 406 new COVID-19 cases and one death, bringing the state’s totals to 61,917 cases and 1,112 deaths. Among the new cases were 67 children 18 and under, of which nine were ages 5 and under. The youngest was 5 months old. The death reported Monday was a 77-year-old woman from Scott County. “Last week, we had our second-highest number of cases by week,” the...

Keith Taylor: Football is back, and it looks like a break-even season for UK against tough SEC

Kentucky will step into unchartered water and right into Southeastern Conference play when the season kicks off this Saturday at Auburn. After weeks and months of debate, the Wildcats will join the rest of the league and provide a dose of normalcy as the nation recovers from a pandemic that has crippled sports and society as a whole since March. What remains to be seen is if the conference can complete...

Kentucky House Democrats unveil series of bills for 2021 General Assembly to ‘modernize’ voting laws

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky House Democrats have unveiled a series of bills they plan to introduce during the 2021 General Assembly to modernize Kentucky election laws. House Minority Caucus Chair Derrick Graham presided over a press conference where his fellow Democrats announced election-related bills they plan to introduce in the 2021 General Assembly, which they are calling collectively,...

Billy Reed: Just when I was thinking some people had good sense, we find out it really is about the money

Yes, that was heartfelt applause you heard coming from this corner when two of the country’s major college sports conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12, announced their teams would not play football this fall due to concerns about the coronavirus. Finally, I thought, we have some universities who put the health and welfare of their athletes above the money that football generates. Finally, I thought,...

A Kentucky example shows how CDC’s slow, cautious approach to pandemic contributed to spread

A bombshell USA Today package details how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention failed to effectively respond to the growing pandemic, adding to its spread across the United States — especially in small towns and rural areas. “Reporters reviewed 42,000 pages of emails and memos obtained from health departments and interviewed more than 100 community leaders and public health experts,...

KYTC reaches milestone of 50,000 REAL ID-compliant licenses; pace of applications increasing

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has reached the 50,000 mark in number of REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards issued. Applicants increasingly are choosing the more secure credential ahead of a federal deadline for having verified identification for access to certain installations and activities. REAL ID licenses and IDs are issued only at KYTC Regional Driver Licensing...

Beshear reports 1,002 new COVID cases, 7 deaths — ‘what happens when we let our guard down’

Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday reported 1,002 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 61,106 cases and 1,100 deaths. The new cases included 145 children 18 and under, of which 29 were age five and under. The youngest is 5 months old. Fayette County reported 140 new cases. “Today’s report shows that when we let our guard down, this virus truly spreads. This is...

Customs officials seize $1 million in cocaine, counterfeit clothing at Port of Cincinnati

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Customs and Border Protection officers in Kentucky have been kept busy discovering illegal drugs and counterfeit items coming into the United States from overseas. On Thursday, officers at the Port of Cincinnati facility in Erlanger, seized a shipment containing 29 pounds of cocaine concealed in 11 pouches labeled as shelf-stable emergency food rations. The cocaine has...

Morehead hospital says COVID-19 surge came from patients who delayed treatment for other conditions

At the end of 2019, St. Claire Regional Healthcare System restructured its finances after finishing the fiscal year about $9 million in the red. In March, the novel coronavirus hit and basically brought the hospital to a standstill and forced it to make even more changes, Liz Carey reports for The Daily Yonder. Headquartered in Morehead, St. Claire provides services to eight Eastern Kentucky counties....

Quarles sets Sept. 20-26 as Farm Safety and Health Week in Kentucky; theme is ‘Every Farmer Counts’

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has set Sept. 20-26 as Farm Safety and Health Week in Kentucky to encourage farmers and farm workers to put safety first at all times. The theme for this year’s safety week is “Every Farmer Counts.” “Farmers face a variety of risks in the course of their work, from machinery accidents, chemical exposure, unruly livestock, grain bin entrapment, severe...

Kentucky Supreme Court hears suit brought by three businesses related to Beshear’s executive orders

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday on whether Gov. Andy Beshear exceeded his Constitutional authority on executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic. 
A lawsuit was filed in June by three Northern Kentucky businesses: Florence Speedway, Bean’s Café and Bakery, and Little Links to Learning, a daycare center. The suit was not filed due to...

Al Cross: Mitch McConnell should get Trump to stop contradicting science — that’s bad for public health

When I was a child growing up in one of the poorest counties in the nation, with one of the smallest percentages of college graduates of any county, I was lucky. I had parents who had been to college and knew something about public health and had even worked in it. Even the less fortunate folks in our community had respect for the local health department. We all knew that it was a trusted place with...

Beshear reports 628 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths; voting information, Team Kentucky, and more

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday reported 628 new COVID cases and 11 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 59,370 cases and 1,093 deaths. Of the new cases 67 were children ages 18 and under, of which 14 were ages 5 and under. The youngest was just 2 months old. Fayette County reported 52 cases. The deaths reported Thursday include a 70-year-old woman and a 78-year-old man from Daviess County; three...

Adams urges Kentucky voters to take advantage of early voting, says successful election plans in place

Staff report Secretary of State Michael Adams testified Wednesday before the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations & Revenue, offering legislators an update on efforts to ensure a safe and successful general election. Adams said that working with a bipartisan group of county clerks and members of the State Board of Elections, as well as the Governor, he believes the system in place for the...

Beshear reports 776 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths; says continue to wear masks to stay safe

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported 776 new COVID cases and eight deaths, bringing the state’s total cases to 58,764 cases and 1,082 deaths. Ninety-one of the cases were children 18 and under, of which 12 were ages 5 and under. Fayette County reported 28 cases. “In general, what we are seeing is we still have higher case numbers than we would like to see, but we don’t at the moment see...