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Kentucky health officials issue advisory for Myrtle Beach travelers due to outbreak of COVID-19

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The state Department for Public Health issued an advisory on Thursday for Kentucky residents who have traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, over the past two weeks, due to an outbreak of the coronavirus. 
This follows a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases that began after Myrtle Beach hotels reopened May 15. Access to state attractions opened May 22, which was followed...

Al Cross: Any doubt about the vote count could resonate long past the primary

Voting for the Democratic nomination to face Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is over, but the election is not, because most ballots were mail-in absentees due to the pandemic and are still being counted. That means the campaigns aren’t over, either, and that could affect the general election. Wednesday afternoon, the campaign of state Rep. Charles Booker sought donations “to hire lawyers,...

Healthy@school guidance issued for upcoming school year — and, yes, students should wear masks

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education, issued the highly anticipated guidance for schools and districts on how to safely reopen for the upcoming school year amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. The release of the 24-page document, “Safety Expectations and Best Practices Guidelines for Kentucky Schools (K-12),” was announced by...

Fayette County Board of Education votes to buy Lexington Herald-Leader building for $7.5 million

A downtown landmark will become home to a state-of-the-art career and technical center following a unanimous vote of the Fayette County Board of Education to buy the Lexington Herald-Leader building for $7.5 million. “We are excited to acquire and repurpose this tremendous location,” said Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk. “The Herald-Leader has played a central role in...

Primary election has few problems, state officials say and vote totals will likely surpass 1million, a record

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite long lines for voters in Fayette County, members of the State Board of Elections are saying the unusual primary election has gone smoothly and could see a record turnout when final numbers are submitted on June 30. After Secretary of State Michael Adams, in his role as Kentucky’s chief election officer, sent a letter to Gov. Andy Beshear recommending the election...

Kids Count Data Book highlights areas of continued need as state aims toward recovery from pandemic

Kentucky ranks 37th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the latest edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book, released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky’s measurable, but still inadequate, improvements were due in part to progress across several areas of economic well-being, child health coverage, teen births, and parental employment. Though Kentucky made progress...

Kentuckians give varied reasons regarding their decision whether or not to wear face masks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Research clearly shows that wearing a face mask when out in public can effectively curb the transmission of the novel coronavirus, for which there is no vaccine, but Americans and Kentuckians are divided on whether it’s necessary. “Recently, I started not to wear it because I feel like I’m young and healthy, so I feel like I probably wouldn’t...

Kentucky records only 90 new coronavirus cases Monday, with no new deaths reported

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A low number of new cases of the coronavirus was reported on Monday and, for the first time in a number of days, no new deaths. During a press briefing held in the House Chamber of the Old State Capitol in Frankfort, Gov. Andy Beshear said there were 90 cases reported to state health officials on Monday. “This is one of the lowest Mondays we’ve had in a while. We’re...

Six Kentucky football players test positive for coronavirus antibodies after return to practice

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Kentucky men’s basketball team will begin a COVID-19 screening process on Sunday before returning to activities prior to the July 4 holiday. The only staff personnel who will be present at the workouts will be the school’s athletic development and performance coaches “for the safety of student-athletes, including strength and conditioning staff, athletic trainers...

Legendary coach Bill Baldridge goes from Friday Night Lights to a full life as mentor to young boys

By Rick Elmore The Greenup Beacon The Friday Night Lights no longer shine on Bill Baldridge. The legendary Kentucky high school coach and former leader of the Morehead State Eagles finds himself still coaching these days, although not on the athletic fields. Baldridge is the director of the Eastern Kentucky chapter of Team Focus, an organization founded by his long-time friend and former MSU teammate,...

University of Kentucky nursing student, father release new book about woman war leaders

By Katie Grace Special to KyForward Emily Jordan, a junior honors student at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, and her father, Jonathan W. Jordan, celebrate the forgotten heroes of the past in a new book about woman war leaders. Their new book, The War Queens, tells the story of the wartime tactics of some of the most powerful female leaders in history. The father-daughter duo reveal in...

Billy Reed: As COVID-19 invades college football, can’t we just say health is more important than playing?

The latest information from the sports coronavirus front was a stunner: National runner-up Clemson announced that 23 football players had tested positive of the for the cunning disease. As fate would have it, the Louisville Cardinals are scheduled to play at Clemson on Saturday, Sept. 12. That would be the Cards’ second game of the season, following their season opener on Thursday, Sept. 3, against...

It’s a Happy Father’s Day when a son’s homework saves dad’s life; Hunter and Greg Brown celebrate

By Berry Craig Special to KyForward Father’s Day is extra-special for one Lexington family this year. Greg Brown is alive to celebrate, because his son’s schoolwork saved his life. Reason to celebrate: Hunter and Greg Brown (Photos provided) MedQuest College student Hunter Brown was just trying to get some extra practice when he scanned his father’s heart last summer – but he found a life-threatening...

UK coaches have served as father figures to many players — on and off the court — for decades

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today College coaches are charged with more than just teaching their respective sports. They also serve as mentors to student-athletes, many of whom are thousands of miles away from home. Throughout history, the University of Kentucky has had some coaches who have served as a father figure to their players and juggled managing the team on and off the court and the field with...

Hundreds stand in line for hours this week to get resolutions to unemployment insurance claims

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Hundreds of Kentuckians stood in line for hours on successive days this week trying to resolve unemployment insurance claims at the state Capitol. 
According to figures released earlier this week by Gov. Andy Beshear, more than 52,000 had their cases held up for one reason or another from March, April and May. Although more than 1,100 had their claims resolved on Tuesday...

Beshear plans to restart Kynect, the health-insurance marketplace his father launched in 2013

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Gov. Andy Beshear has said he will restart the state health-insurance exchange that his father, then-Gov. Steve Beshear, began in 2013 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Kynect was dismantled in 2017 by Republican Matt Bevin, who served between the two Democrats. Beshear announced that he had told federal officials of his intent to move to...

Al Cross: Charles Booker, Mike Broihier harvest votes on a field Amy McGrath planted

When Amy McGrath ran for the U.S. House in 2018, Cameron French was with her. He was a campus organizer at the University of Kentucky, where he is a student. But now, as McGrath seeks the Democratic nomination for senator, he’s organizing for state Rep. Charles Booker. French said he abandoned McGrath on the second day of her Senate campaign, when she told the Courier Journal that she would have...

Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky remains a ‘very fragile place’ as coronavirus cases top 13,000

(Click for larger image) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky has now had more than 13,000 cases of the coronavirus, according to figures released Thursday by Gov. Andy Beshear. A total of 234 new cases were reported to state public health officials, bringing the total to 13,197. “We have to make sure that we can keep our number of new cases in this type of range,” Beshear stated. “To give...

Alpacas could be secret weapon against COVID-19; UK researchers say antibodies potential defense

By Elizabeth Chapin University of Kentucky Alpacas Big Boy, Blue Eyes and Emperor may hold the key to combating COVID-19. Their antibodies could offer a defense against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease. University of Kentucky College of Medicine researchers are using the special antibodies made by alpacas, called nanobodies, to help understand the novel coronavirus and potentially develop...

Carol Barr, wife of Rep. Andy Barr, passes away at home; coroner rules heart valve dysfunction

Carol Leavell Barr, the wife of U.S. Rep. Andy Barr passed away suddenly Tuesday at the family home in Lexington. 
“During this tragic time, we respectfully ask for privacy for Congressman Barr and his family to grieve Mrs. Barr being called home to heaven,” a statement released from Barr’s office said Tuesday night.  She was 39. Andy and Carol Barr The Fayette County Coroner’s...