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Lexington mayor prioritizes federal funding based on ‘community needs’ and ‘city’s financial stability’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton has set her priorities for how federal money will be spent following last week’s announcement by Gov. Andy Beshear that Kentucky cities will receive funding for expenditures related to the coronavirus. During a press conference at Lexington City Hall, Gorton laid out her recommendations for how the money should be spent. “Funding for the...

Governor Andy Beshear addresses effigy during daily briefing Tuesday, says he will not ‘bow to terror’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today “I owe it to the people of Kentucky not to bow to terror, but to continue to do what is right, for their families and for mine,” Gov. Andy Beshear said, referring to a group of protesters who hung him in effigy on the Capitol grounds Sunday. The governor resumed his daily update on the coronavirus on Tuesday, following a three-day break for the Memorial Day weekend,...

TODAY is the deadline to register to vote in June 23 primary; state portal open to ask for mail-in ballot

Today is the deadline to register to vote in the June 23 primary. You can register online at GoVoteKy.com but you must do that by 4 p.m. local time. Registering now will permit you to vote in the primary election and also in the general election to be held Nov. 3. Because there are no local or independent races this time only registered Democrats and Republicans can get a ballot for the Primary election....

Kentucky politicians quick to condemn the protestors who hung an effigy of Gov. Beshear in tree at Capitol

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky politicians were quick to react in condemnation to an effigy of Gov. Andy Beshear that was hung in a tree at the Capitol during a protest on Sunday afternoon that included protesters chanting “Come out Andy!” and “Resign Andy!” in front of the governor’s mansion. The Patriot Day Second Amendment Rally, which was supposed to be a celebration...

Methamphetamine shipments seized in Erlanger by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at an Express Consignment Operations hub in Northern Kentucky seized 50 pounds of methamphetamine that was hidden in soap. There were two shipments that arrived at the Erlanger facility on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Those two shipments came from the same shipper in Mexico. Meth was hidden in soap packages like these. (U.S....

Ark Encounter, Creation Museum attractions reopening June 8 with safety guidelines

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum attractions are going to reopen June 8, according to a release from the organization. The Answers in Genesis attractions have been closed for nearly three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter from Ken Ham, CEO of Answers in Genesis, they said they would follow the safety measures from Gov. Andy Beshear’s “Healthy...

Harmon refers results of audits of three Kentucky county attorneys offices to federal law enforcement

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Auditor Mike Harmon has announced that a special examination of nine county attorney offices has turned up findings in three of them, including a six-figure bonus to a spouse, that are being turned over to state and federal law enforcement and other authorities. Harmon says his special examination was spurred by findings from an examination last year of the Cabinet...

Kentucky’s city and county governments to receive $300 million coronavirus aid from CARES act

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Wednesday a $300 million award to city and county governments as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Part of The CARES Act, as it is known, established the Coronavirus Relief Fund to reimburse local governments for expenses incurred in response to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. During his...

Kentucky marks single-day record of coronavirus deaths on eve of retail reopening; cases top 8,000

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A reported 20 deaths was Kentucky’s highest single-day total since the start of the coronavirus and the total number of positive cases topped the 8,000 mark on Tuesday. During his daily press briefing at the Capitol, Gov. Andy Beshear revealed the record number of deaths that brought the total to 386. Of Tuesday’s deaths, three were in both Adair and Edmonson counties;...

Gov. Andy Beshear outlines seven-month contact tracing program as Kentucky reopens economy

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Contact tracing, as well as increased testing, will be a large part of reopening the state’s economy, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday during his daily press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic. “Contact tracing which is funded by the federal CARES Act is expanding to meet both the White House and my benchmarks for reopening. Remember this is something that, under the...

Supreme Court Justice Michelle Keller to receive KY Bar Association’s Distinguished Judge Award

Supreme Court of Kentucky’s Justice Michelle M. Keller, was selected by the Kentucky Bar Association’s Board of Governors to receive the 2020 Distinguished Judge Award. The award is usually presented at the annual banquet held during the association’s annual convention. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the convention was canceled. The KBA is working to reschedule the awards banquet...

Phyllis George, former Miss America and First Lady of Kentucky, dies of rare blood disease at age 70

Staff report Phyllis George, Miss America of 1971, a broadcast television pioneer and former First Lady of Kentucky, died Thursday at the University of Kentucky medical center of a rare blood disorder. She was 70. George, who lived in Lexington, was married to former Gov. John Y. Brown who served as governor from 1979-1983. They divorced in 1998. She is survived by her two children, Lincoln Tyler George...

Beshear announces June 1 reopening for Kentucky’s State Parks; make reservation starting May 19

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced the schedule for reopening recreation and tourism-oriented entities which had been ordered closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Kentucky State Resort Parks, recreational parks, lodges and cabins, will be open to the public for normal business beginning June 1,” he said on Friday at the daily briefing. “It’s going to be required social...

Beshear announces restrictions in travel, small gatherings to be lifted in time for Memorial Day

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced during his daily press briefing Thursday that restrictions on travel and group gatherings of 10 or less are being lifted just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The new date is Friday, May 22, the governor said. “We originally had it on May 25 but realized that people are making plans for Memorial Day. I trust we can do this right, that we...

Bowling Green becomes Kentucky’s new hotspot in coronavirus fight as state surpasses 7,000 cases

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of positive cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky has now topped 7,000, Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday during his daily press briefing at the state Capitol. A total of 227 new cases were reported to state public health officials, making the total at least 7,080. The Bowling Green area has become the new hot spot in Kentucky as Warren County had 72 of Wednesday’s...

Second Kentucky youth hospitalized with inflammatory illness related to coronavirus

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A second Kentucky youth has been hospitalized due to an inflammatory illness related to the coronavirus that overstresses their immune system. During Gov. Andy Beshear’s daily press briefing on Tuesday, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said, “We are now aware of two patients in Kentucky. One is the 10-year-old reported Monday who is critically ill in the...

Kentucky part of 18-state coalition asking for probe into China’s role in coronavirus pandemic

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on Monday he has joined an 18-state coalition calling on Congress to investigate the communist Chinese government’s role in the coronavirus pandemic. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson led the effort, sending a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Foreign Relations Committees, and members of House and Senate...

10-year-old becomes first Kentucky child to be placed on ventilator as result of coronavirus complications

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A 10-year-old has become the first Kentucky child to have to go on a ventilator due to an immune system overstressed by the coronavirus. “We’ve started seeing at least a couple of COVID-19 related issues around the country,” Gov. Andy Beshear said during his daily press briefing on Monday. “Anytime someone is on a ventilator, it’s tough. Having a 10-year-old...

Dr. Dwayne Mack appointed vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Berea College

Dr. Dwayne Mack has been appointed vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Berea College, effective July 1. Mack has been with Berea since 2003 and has taught American history, African American history and general studies. He currently serves as professor of history and the Carter G. Woodson Chair in African American history. Mack brings to the position a wealth of knowledge from research...

U.S. Department of Treasury, IRS have delivered over $3.2 billion in stimulus checks to 1.8m Kentuckians

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS announced that nearly 130 million Americans have received Economic Impact Payments, worth more than $218 billion, in less than five weeks. These totals do not include the more than $2.5 billion delivered to U.S. territories for payment to territory residents. To date individuals in Kentucky have received 1,878,814 Economic Impact Payments worth $3,282,818,708. “This...