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Beshear reports 796 COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths; addresses report on shooting of Breonna Taylor

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported 796 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 63,517 cases and 1,134 deaths. One hundred and eleven of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, 24 of whom were ages 5 and under. The youngest were two 2-month-old babies. Fayette County reported 38 cases. Gov. Andy Beshear The deaths reported Wednesday include...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Beshear reports 439 new COVID cases, 3 deaths; Stack says to get outdoors as much as possible

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday reported 439 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 61,542 cases and 1,111 deaths. Of the new cases, 68 were children 18 and under. The youngest was just 2 months old. “I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather as we enter fall, but with this pandemic as deadly as ever and flu season beginning please take the essential steps...

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...

Flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday

Staff report Ruth Bader Ginsberg In accordance with a proclamation from the White House, Gov. Andy Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away late Friday. Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Justice Ginsburg’s internment, which is yet to be determined. Beshear...

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...

Kentucky Smart on Crime adds three new member organizations; goal is justice system reforms

Kentucky Smart on Crime, a broad-based coalition that advocates for common-sense justice reforms that enhance public safety, strengthen communities, and promote cost-effective sentencing alternatives, has announced the addition of three new partner organizations, NAACP of Kentucky, Kentucky Criminal Justice Forum, and United Way of Kentucky. The groups join 11 current partners: American Civil Liberties...

Kentucky Electric Cooperatives deploy 85 workers to help with Hurricane Sally recovery along Gulf Coast

In response to a request from an electric cooperative in Alabama, 85 electric co-op employees from Kentucky are joining power restoration efforts after Hurricane Sally hammered the Gulf Coast on Wednesday. The Category 2 hurricane made landfall early Wednesday in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Moving inland at only about 3 miles per hour, the storm has caused massive flooding and has knocked out power to more...

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...

Kentucky enters final stretch in effort to secure responses to 2020 United States Census

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentuckians have a few more weeks to secure the resources they will rely on for the next decade by completing their 2020 U.S. Census form. In early September, a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to stop attempting to cut short census operations, after the Census Bureau announced it will continue collecting data until Oct. 31. The order remains in...

Beshear gives wide-ranging report about grants, the opioid fight, more; reports 745 COVID cases, 9 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday reported 745 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 58,000 cases and 1,074 deaths. Ninety-five of the new cases were children 18 and under, of which 15 were children 5 and under. The youngest was only 27 days old. Fayette County reported 57 cases. “While those are more cases than we would like to see based on significant tests and testing...

Beshear reports 342 cases, 5 deaths; says wear masks and vote; Stack updates on schools

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday reported 342 cases and five deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 57,282 cases and 1,065 deaths. Fifty-three of the new cases were children 19 and under, of which 12 were age 5 and under. The youngest was a 1-month-old from Russell County. Fayette County reported 40 cases. The deaths reported Monday include a 71-year-old woman from Christian County; two men, ages...

Beshear reports 536 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths with reporting low; wear masks, follow guidelines

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday reported 536 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 56,945 cases and 1,060 deaths. Eighty-seven were children 18 and under, of which 24 were ages 5 and under. The youngest was a 1-month-old from Barren County. Fayette County reported 63 cases. “We’ve seen some troubling increases in the number of positive coronavirus cases across our...

Democracy Project helping Kentuckians with past felonies register to vote; many not aware of eligibility

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service More than 170,000 Kentuckians with past felonies have had their voting rights restored, but many may not be aware of the change. Jessica Clark is a volunteer for the Kentucky Democracy Project, a new grassroots effort to get the word out before the Nov. 3 election. Her daughter owns a soul-food restaurant on the north side of Lexington, where Clark said you often...