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Governor calls Tuesday’s coronavirus numbers ‘a wake-up call,’ reporting 576 new cases, six deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s ongoing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) as cases continue to rise in the Commonwealth. He reported 576 new cases and 6 deaths. “COVID-19 is attacking us, and we are at war with this virus. We either come together or we fall apart,” the Governor said. “This virus isn’t playing, and neither are we. And it...

Beshear reports 277 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths; uptick noted in cases among young children

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While the number of new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky dropped on Monday, but Gov. Andy Beshear says the number doesn’t tell the true story. “Today, we’re reporting 277 new cases of COVID-19,” he said. “That number is down because there is a small number of results that came in today from over the weekend. We expect this number, sadly, to be higher on Tuesday.” That...

Beshear reports 227 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths; in battle against pandemic, wear the mask

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continued efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), reporting 227 new cases and three deaths. “Folks, this is serious. So what we need everybody to do is wear that mask. It’s a requirement, just like wearing your seatbelt. At every store, it’s no shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service,” said Beshear. “This is just...

Beshear reports 426 new COVID-19 cases, eight deaths; urges wearing masks to stop the spread

Gov. Andy Beshear re-emphasized the importance of wearing face coverings in many situations to protect Kentucky lives and the economy and to preserve the Commonwealth’s hard-won but fragile progress in the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). “The more people who wear masks, the more leaders who model wearing masks in any region of the state, the more people there are going to be...

As cases top 18K, Governor orders wearing masks in public to halt virus and continue to reopen safely

Highlighting his commitment to protecting all Kentuckians, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentuckians must wear face coverings in many situations if the state is going to stop the increase of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) cases and continue to reopen the economy safely. He reported 333 new cases as of Thursday afternoon and four deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 18,245 cases and 612 deaths. “We...

Gov. Andy Beshear promises more action will be taken to curb spread as coronavirus cases spike

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky continues to spike, reaching nearly 18,000 and prompting Gov. Andy Beshear to promise new action will be taken to halt the recent trend. “The rising case numbers are cause for concern, so on Thursday we’re going to announce some new requirements that are going to be mandatory,” he said. “Given what we are seeing...

Governor reports 371 additional COVID-19 cases; nine new deaths leaves state with 602 lost to virus

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky has now seen more than 600 deaths due to the coronavirus, as well as a massive spike in new cases, Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Tuesday. 
A total of 371 new cases, the highest total since May 5, were reported to state officials, making the pandemic total at least 17,519. 
“Today is a tough day in our fight against the coronavirus,” Beshear said. “While...

Kentucky tops 17,000 novel coronavirus cases; Beshear reports eight new deaths Monday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky has now topped the 17,000 mark, with another big spike over the weekend, according to data released by Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday. Since the first case was reported on March 6, Kentucky has now seen at least 17,152 cases. State health officials said there were 776 new cases over the three-day period ending Monday. That...

Brother says Rep. John ‘Bam’ Carney marks six months in hospital care, making progress

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky House Majority Floor Leader John “Bam” Carney, who has been hospitalized for six months from a severe battle with pancreatitis, continues to make slow and steady improvement, his brother said last week in a Facebook post. Rep. John ‘Bam’ Carney (LRC photo) 
Mark Carney said his brother was moved to Kindred at Jewish Hospital and the move is...

Grace period ending for expired drivers licenses and motor vehicle registrations

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The grace period for expired drivers licenses and motor vehicle registrations, issued due to the coronavirus pandemic, is coming to an end, Gov. Andy Beshear announced. 
A previously issued official order temporarily granted a 90-day extension for select driver and motor vehicle documentation which expired while local and state government issuance offices were closed due...

UK marketing experts explain how, why brands are tackling current social justice issues

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Ben & Jerry’s. Nike. Patagonia. These are just a few of the major brands and companies taking a firm stance against racial injustice and demonstrating their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. In the wake of protests across the United States, corporate America is shifting away from “business-as-usual” and instead, sharing messages of solidarity...

Bill Thomason to retire as Keeneland President and CEO; Shannon Bishop Arvin named successor

Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of 2020 after a decade with Keeneland Association, including eight years at the helm of the global racing and sales company. Shannon Bishop Arvin, who as a partner with Stoll Keenon Ogden (SKO) has served as corporate counsel to Keeneland since 2008 and as Secretary and Advisory Member of Keeneland’s Board...

With second-highest turnout, officials from both parties calling state’s primary election a success

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Top Kentucky officials of both parties are saying the recent primary election, which was perhaps the most unusual in Kentucky history due to changes made because of the coronavirus outbreak, was a success. “This election, during the midst of a pandemic, had the second-highest voter turnout for a primary, in our history,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. According to figures from...

Democrat Karen Berg wins special election to replace state GOP Sen. Ernie Harris, who held seat 25 years

Staff report In the big surprise of the primary election was a special election on the ballot in a State Senate race to fill a vacant seat left by the resignation of longtime GOP Sen. Ernie Harris. Harris retired in April after holding the seat in suburban Louisville for 25 years. Dr. Karen Berg Democrat Karen Berg won the seat, defeating Republican Bill Ferko by 14 points and flipping the Republican...

Beshear reports 282 new virus cases, five deaths; help for state’s unemployed on the way

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky reported 282 new cases of COVID-19 and five more people who died with the virus on Tuesday. A statewide total is now at 15,624 and the statewide death toll sits at 565. “While we are not seeing the type of very concerning spike in so many other states, it’s something we’ve got to watch very carefully,” said Gov. Andy Beshear at his daily briefing. Gov....

Statewide primary vote winners: Trump, Biden; McConnell, McGrath; Barr, Hicks — and more

Staff report With almost all precincts reporting statewide, Donald J. Trump has won Kentucky Republican primary for president and Joseph Biden has won the Democratic primary. Trump took 87% of the Republican vote and Biden took 70% of the Democratic vote in a field of ten candidates. In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Mitch McConnell took 83% of the vote in a seven-candidate Republican field and Amy...

Beshear reports 117 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths; Robertson County reports first case

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 117 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths as of Monday afternoon. “Kentucky has been leading with compassion for our fellow citizens throughout this global pandemic,” Beshear said. “We’ve made the changes and sacrifices to keep the most vulnerable among us safe from the coronavirus. Together, our efforts have saved thousands of lives in the commonwealth and now are allowing...

Lexington Parks and Recreation planning events to celebrate summer, including July 4 fireworks

Summer’s in full swing, and Lexington’s Parks and Recreation is planning several events to celebrate the season. Celebrating our patriotism Lexington is celebrating the Fourth with a twist on some favorites, the fireworks and a virtual Bluegrass 10,000, and with something new. Beginning at 10 p.m. on July 4, Lexington will light up the sky with a spectacular high-flying fireworks display designed...

140th Fancy Farm will just be picnic on Aug. 1 — no political speeches this year; more details coming

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Fancy Farm’s annual picnic is still a go for August, but without the political speeches, organizers said this week on social media. 
Rev. Darrell Venters of St. Jerome Catholic Church posted on the Fancy Farm Facebook page about the 140th picnic on Aug. 1. He said there will not be any political speeches, WPSD and the Mayfield Messenger reported. Fancy Farm last year...

Kentuckians warned that massive dust cloud from Sahara Desert could make weekend air quality poor

Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack warned Kentuckians that air quality in the state may be poor this weekend and into next week. An enormous cloud of dry and dusty air that originated over the Sahara Desert will move across the southern United States over the next three to seven days. “We absolutely need to be cautious this weekend and next week, monitor the air quality...