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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...

New coronavirus cases continue to spike in Kentucky with 295 reported Thursday; eight new deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another big spike in cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky was reported Thursday at Gov. Andy Beshear’s daily press briefing. A total of 295 new cases were reported to state health officials, making the pandemic total 10,705. Cases have now been reported in 119 of Kentucky’s 120 counties, Robertson County being the only one without a confirmed case. Gov. Andy Beshear...

Gov. Beshear reports spike in number of coronavirus cases, update on fatal police shooting in Louisville

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A large spike in new cases of the coronavirus and the state’s youngest victim to die from it were among the topics discussed by Gov. Andy Beshear during his daily press briefing on Wednesday. “On our list of deaths today, we have a 9-month old child from Hopkins County,” Beshear said. “The lead cause of death will not be COVID-19, but the way we have listed every...

Focus On Race Relations Frankfort group condemns effigy hanging on 111th anniversary of lynching

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An event to condemn the hanging in effigy of Gov. Andy Beshear last month, as well as to mark the 111th anniversary of the lynching of an African American man on a Frankfort bridge, took place this week on the Capitol grounds. Focus On Race Relations Frankfort sponsored the Wednesday event that was attended by several hundred people, which had community representatives speak,...

Gov. Beshear meets with mother of Breonna Taylor, orders KSP investigation of David McAtee’s death

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on demonstrations in Louisville and the investigations into deaths of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee. “As we move forward, we will be reducing our National Guard presence in Louisville,” the Governor said. “That is a recommendation by our adjutant general that we will be following.” Gov. Beshear talked about the search for justice for Breonna...

Beshear: ‘Unacceptable’ officers had body cameras turned off; Louisville man fatally shot by police

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear didn’t mince words on Monday night after a long day for him that started with an early-morning phone call. “It is unacceptable that the officers that responded did not have body cameras on and recording,” he said during a Monday evening press conference at the Capitol. Beshear was addressing the fatal shooting of a Louisville man early Monday morning...

Kentucky National Guard troops remain in Louisville for second night to provide community support

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky National Guard troops remain deployed in Louisville for a second consecutive night on Sunday. Called out on Saturday at the request of Gov. Andy Beshear and the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Guard says they will continue to provide support in and around Louisville to help provide safety and protection to residents and property. More than 400 KNG members...

Gov. Beshear sends National Guard to Louisville to quell violence; reports 247 COVID cases, 13 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear said that as the state continues to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), outside groups are poised to create violence against peaceful demonstrators and law enforcement, in the demonstrations related to the death of Breonna Taylor.   The Governor issued a video message and signed a letter to deploy approximately 350 Kentucky National Guardsmen to help provide safety and...

Kentucky records uptick in new coronavirus cases with 283 reported Friday; Nine new deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The was a large jump in new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear said during his daily press briefing. A total of 283 new cases were reported to state health officials, bringing the total cases to 9,464, and ending the streak of less than 130 cases per day that began on Monday. “We’ll have to wait for the next few days, to see if it is just labs getting...

After being re-elected, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice Minton sworn into office remotely

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr., after being re-elected to that position by the justices, was sworn into that office remotely by Deputy Chief Justice Lisabeth T. Hughes. With the re-election to another four years, Minton became only the second chief justice in Kentucky to be chosen to serve four terms. Hughes says if you look at Minton’s leadership...

Reviving a depression-era program could help put young Kentuckians work in time of national crisis

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The nation’s youth unemployment rate is the highest it’s been since the Great Depression, and some are calling for creating a new Civilian Conservation Corps to help rebuild the country’s parks and public lands at a time of national crisis. Unemployment in the Commonwealth has soared to 15.4% amid the coronavirus pandemic. And Ward Wilson, executive...

Former Franklin County Board of Education finance director pleads guilty to $1.6 million theft

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A former finance director of the Franklin County Board of Education has pleaded guilty to federal charges involving the theft of more than $1.6 million from the school system. Lesley Wade of Frankfort entered the pleas to charges of money laundering and filing a materially false tax return at U.S. District Court in Frankfort, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for...

Ky. reaches grim milestone with 400 coronvirus deaths; Aid applications, donations being accepted

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky has now topped 9,000 cases of the coronavirus and reached the 400 mark in deaths, Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Wednesday. During his daily press briefing at the Supreme Court chamber in the Capitol, the governor said there were 127 new cases, making it at least 9,077 since the first case was reported on March 6 in Kentucky. There were also six deaths reported...