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Attorney General Daniel Cameron turns to Supreme Court to rule on Kentucky religious school lawsuit

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and stop Gov. Andy Beshear’s ban on in-person classes for religious schools. The Kentucky AG filed an emergency application on Monday imploring the court to uphold a U.S. District Court judge’s earlier ruling that Beshear could not stop classes at religious schools. The 6th Circuit Court ruled...

Kentucky expected to be part of predicted national surge in COVID hospitalizations after holiday

Kentucky is expected to be part of a predicted national surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations after the Thanksgiving holidays. Twelve groups that do such forecasts submitted their predictions to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which published them Nov. 25. Most of the forecasts are for an upward trend, and that was also the case in Kentucky. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National...

Success against all odds: From aging out of foster care to UK College of Social Work graduate

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Can you recall a time when you felt the odds were stacked against you? It’s a common phrase you’ve most likely used in casual conversation. For Tamara Vest, “the odds were stacked against me” isn’t just a simple sentence to sum up an unfortunate situation. The 23-year-old has rarely been given a fair chance at succeeding. And behind every success,...

Unbeaten Louisville expects big challenge from talented Western Kentucky on Tuesday night

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Usually when college basketball coaches set up an invitational, their modus operandi is to invite a bunch of teams they can beat and call it a “classic.” Not Louisville’s Chris Mack, the impetus and organizer behind the Wade Houston Tipoff Classic being played with nine teams over 10 days in the KFC Yum! Center. True, the Cardinals opened with an easy...

Federal appeals court sides with Beshear, allows order to halt classes at private religious schools

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A federal appeals court on Sunday morning sided with Gov. Andy Beshear’s order to close religious private schools and others in the state as the coronavirus rages in Kentucky. The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati granted Beshear’s request to temporarily halt a judge’s ruling that would have allowed 17 private Christian schools to reopen. Those schools...

Spider bite: Experienced Richmond stings No. 10 Kentucky in Rupp Arena with 76-64 upset

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari can finally forget about Evansville. Now he has another loss that will haunt him for the rest of the season. 
Slightly more than a year after the Purple Aces stunned Kentucky by a 67-64 score at Rupp Arena, Calipari’s squad suffered another early-season setback at home, this time to Richmond, which had never beaten a Top-10 opponent...

More sick staff, fewer beds in rural hospitals as COVID-19 continues spread through region

By Corinne Boyer Ohio Valley ReSource Dr. Kirk Tucker, chief clinical officer of Adena Health Systems in Chillicothe, Ohio, said a week before Thanksgiving that the health system’s three hospitals in southern Ohio were bombarded with coronavirus patients. But it isn’t just the patients testing positive. The virus has also sickened 65 of his fellow caregivers. Recently, Tucker said, a doctor there...

Ark Encounter and Creation Museum offer Christmas programs at top religious themed attractions in U.S.

On select dates through December 30, Answers in Genesis will once again host its spectacular outdoor Christmas programs at the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. This year’s events feature new ways to cherish the true meaning of Christmas and new procedures to ensure they are the safest, cleanest and most family friendly they can be. ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum and ChristmasTime at the...

Gov. Beshear reports 2,437 cases, 14 deaths, says ‘Hang on’ as vaccine is on the way

Gov. Andy Beshear urged Kentuckians to strengthen their resolve in the fight against COVID-19, with the knowledge that help is on the way. “I know we’re tired. I know many of us are disappointed we couldn’t celebrate Thanksgiving or enjoy Black Friday shopping the way we usually do. But I promise you: we have come so far and we are almost there. Hang on, Team Kentucky,” the Governor said. He...

Attorney General Daniel Cameron responds to Governor’s appeal of federal court ruling

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear’s appeal of a federal court ruling allowing in-person instruction at Kentucky faith-based schools was met with more criticism from Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who filed a brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Saturday in response to the governor’s appeal. “The District Court’s ruling was incredibly clear, a religious...

No. 6 Florida flexes muscles in second half, cruises to 34-10 victory over Kentucky on Saturday afternoon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Once Florida got started, the Gators were hard to stop. The sixth-ranked Gators used a punt return to close out the first half that led to 27 unanswered points in a 34-10 win over Kentucky in Gainesville on Saturday. Coming off an embarrassing 63-3 loss to top-ranked Alabama last week, the Wildcats (3-6) held Florida in check for most of the first half and led 10-7 late...

Gov. Beshear reports 5,617 cases, 36 deaths over two days, an ‘alarming trend’; wear mask at all times

Gov. Andy Beshear announced case information for Thursday and Friday, including the highest number of new daily cases ever reported in the state and the second highest number of newly confirmed deaths. Over the two days, Fayette County reported 502 new cases. The Governor asked families to avoid busy shopping areas to prevent a further escalation of COVID-19 cases. He reminded Kentuckians that many...

Central Kentucky real estate continues hot streak into last quarter of 2020; winter slowdown not on radar

Home sales surged in October to the highest level on record for any month in the fourth quarter of the year. With 1,375 sales, the month saw an uptick in sales of 18 percent over the 1,169 sold in 2019. October marked the fifth straight month of year-over-year increases. Sales for the year are up 6 percent, reaching 12,624 transactions through the first 10 months of the year, compared to 11,963 last...

Shorthanded Kentucky (3-5) faces tough task Saturday against No. 6 Florida (6-1) in Gainesville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky owns just one win over Florida in the past three decades. The task could be even more difficult for the Wildcats (3-5) after Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops announced earlier this week that 18 players and 10 staff members will likely miss Saturday’s contest in Gainesville because of injuries and COVID-19 contact tracing. “We can’t afford (to lose) anymore,”...

Economic outlook grim across Ohio Valley as coronavirus relief programs come to an end

By Sydney Boles Ohio Valley Resource With hundreds of thousands across the Ohio Valley struggling to make ends meet, a suite of coronavirus aid packages, including rent and utility relief funding, eviction moratoriums, and expanded unemployment benefits, is set to expire at the end of December. (Photo from Courtesy Bytemarks, Creative Commons via Ohio Valley ReSource) The consequences could be far-reaching....

Kentucky Children’s Hospital Patient bounces back after going from playground to operating room

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky Playtime scrapes happen to every kid. They get hurt or fall down, cry a little, then after a few minutes the incident is forgotten and they’re back to their games. Kids are resilient – they get hurt and they shake it off. But for Sarah Beth Ferguson, one such playground incident wasn’t so easy to walk away from. “Sarah Beth had just started kindergarten,...

Bake-A-Long keeps 4-H’ers in the kitchen during pandemic, returning normalcy to everyday life

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service club is keeping young people engaged with 4-H and returning some normalcy to their lives during these uncertain times by teaching them to bake. Each month, nearly 100 youth sign on to the videoconferencing platform Zoom to participate in the monthly meetings of the Kentucky 4-H Bake-A-Long Club. During the...

UK newcomers shine in debut as Wildcats soar to 81-45 win over Morehead State in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky unveiled a revamped roster on Wednesday night and the final result was typical of past season openers under head coach John Calipari. Freshman Brandon Boston scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the No. 10 Wildcats to an 81-45 victory over Morehead State in the first game of the three-day Bluegrass Showcase at Rupp Arena. Calipari improved to 12-0...

Federal judge rules Governor Andy Beshear can’t stop in-person classes at private religious schools

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a part of Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order requiring private and public schools to stop in-person classes until January infringes on their constitutional rights. U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove said the order cannot apply to private, religious-led schools across the state but can remain for public schools. He granted...