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Beshear administration keeping promise, working to build America’s AgriTech capital in Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced that his administration is keeping its promise to build America’s AgriTech capital in Kentucky. Actions taken by Beshear on Wednesday include signing an international agreement with 16 other partner organizations, including the Dutch government, that are committed to the same goal. The Governor also established an AgriTech Advisory Council to guide the commonwealth’s...

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...

BBB research: Employment scams in COVID-19 pandemic hitting those already suffering financially

In the wake of COVID-19 business shutdowns, a Better Business Bureau study shows that employment scams continue to be the No. 1 riskiest scam to job seekers. The most common “scam job” offer? According to 65 percent of respondents, the “job” was related to reshipment of packages, often involving stolen goods. Titles used include “warehouse redistribution coordinator” or similar positions....

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...

Governor reports 117 new COVID cases, two deaths; urges getting tested, wearing masks

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the Commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to defeat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). “Team Kentucky, we can do this,” the Governor said. “Keep getting tested, keep wearing masks, keep answering the call if our contact tracers reach out to you. We have the tools we need to slow the spread of COVID-19 significantly until we get a vaccine.” He...

Kentucky continues to see sky-high unemployment claims as pandemic downturn drags on

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service More than 800,000 Kentuckians have filed for unemployment insurance since the start of the new coronavirus pandemic, and experts warn the economic downturn will likely have ripple effects that could last for years. Ashley Spalding, research director with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy says a major issue for many states is the lack of a rainy day fund,...

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...

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...

Beshear announces new help for state’s unemployed; 170 new virus cases, six new deaths reported

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear said there were 170 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday along with six more deaths and he announced new help for Kentucky’s unemployed who have not received their benefits. The total number of COVID-19 cases now stands at 12,995, while 518 Kentuckians have lost their lives to the disease, since the first case was confirmed on March 6. Four of today’s...

Beshear reports seven additional coronavirus deaths, 203 new cases during Tuesday briefing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A total of 203 new cases of the coronavirus and seven virus-related deaths were reported by Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday. The total number of cases has risen to at least 12,829 since the first case in Kentucky was reported in early March. The deaths are at 512. Boone and Jefferson County each had two of the latest deaths, with one each reported from Allen Green and Hardin...

Beshear reports 205 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths; urges wearing masks for best protection

As of Monday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear said there were at least 12,647 COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. The Governor provided updated information about coronavirus cases newly confirmed Sunday and Monday in Kentucky. On Sunday, 85 new cases of coronavirus were reported. On Monday, 120 new cases were reported. Beshear also announced one new death Sunday and five new deaths Monday. The total number of...

Beyoncé urges Kentucky attorney general to file charges against officers in Breonna Taylor shooting

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today In a Sunday letter penned to her website, music superstar Beyoncé is asking Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to charge the Louisville police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor. She said the investigation into the shooting has led to weeks of protests in the city and “created more questions than answers.” Singer Beyonce Knowles wrote an open...

Daily Yonder: In historic First, protests spread to more than 3,000 towns across United States

By John W. Miller Special to KyForward As one of the only black kids growing up in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (pop. 5,800), 21-year-old Chris Dyson kept a low profile. But when he saw protests over the murder of George Floyd sweep through American cities this month, he decided it was time to step up. He got on Snapchat and announced he was leading a protest in the western Pennsylvania town against...

Many of America’s faithful say it is time to return to church, but some governors continue to disagree

By Lindsey Van Ness Pew Charitable Trusts Gathering to pray feels more important than ever for many Americans of faith, as COVID-19 cases top 2 million in the United States and communities roil with anger about police brutality and systemic racism. Yet many governors and city leaders still prohibit large religious gatherings, angering some clergy — even those who backed pandemic-related restrictions...

Beshear reports 191 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, seven addtional deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A total of 191 new cases of the coronavirus were announced Wednesday during Gov. Andy Beshear’s daily briefing. That brings the total to 11,883 overall. Robertson County remains the only one of Kentucky’s 120 counties without a positive case. Gov. Andy Beshear at Wednesday’s daily briefing in Frankfort, where he reported 191 new cases of coronavirus. (Kentucky...

Already facing a significant budget gap, Ky. among states in particularly difficult situation after COVID-19

By Josh Goodman Pew Charitable Trusts The coronavirus outbreak, recent market swings, and the drop in oil prices have introduced a high level of uncertainty into state budget development in recent weeks. Policymakers are scrambling to assess the potential risk and the available options for addressing it. For states that had already amassed significant budget gaps — such as Georgia, Kentucky,...

Beshear reports drop in virus cases, pledges better health care for state’s African American community

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A sharp drop in the number of new cases of the coronavirus, as well as deaths, was reported by Gov. Andy Beshear during a Monday press briefing. He also pledged to improve healthcare coverage for African Americans in Kentucky. He said there were 70 new cases reported Sunday and another 120 on Monday, which brings Kentucky’s total to 11,476. There was one death on Sunday,...

President Eli Capilouto orders immediate removal of mural from UK’s Memorial Hall

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto ordered the immediate removal of a mural in Memorial Hall on Friday afternoon. He sent the following message to all students, faculty and staff: I have not been able to get the images out of my mind. And the images should be — and will be forever — in my mind. For eight minutes and 46 seconds, on a street in an American city in 2020, George Floyd...

Pew Trusts: Trump’s attacks on vote-by-mail worry election officials, who fear voters may doubt results

By Matt Vasilogambros Pew Charitable Trusts There is growing concern among election officials and experts that the increasingly partisan debate around voting by mail could sow doubt in the results of the presidential election. For months, President Donald Trump has been one of the loudest opponents to vote by mail, which experts agree is a safe alternative to in-person voting during the novel coronavirus...

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron asks legislators for law to limit governor’s powers

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron urged lawmakers to consider making changes to the law that gives a governor emergency powers. During testimony before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Cameron said the law passed in 1998, known as KRS Chapter 39A, mentioned many potential emergency situations. “Even with this comprehensive list, I’m...