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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...

Beshear reports 720 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths; Stark warns of ‘twindemic’ — get flu shot

Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday reported 721 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 56,415 cases and 1,057 deaths. Eighty-one of the new cases were children 18 and under, of which 15 were ages 5 and under. The youngest was a 6-month old from Warren County. Fayette County reported 50 cases. “Make sure you’re protecting your family, yourself and one another,” said...

Beshear says new record set for the week in number of total COVID cases; stay away from crowds

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday reported 313 new COVID cases, a dip because of the weekend reporting, and three deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 52,774 cases and 996 deaths. The new cases included 43 in children under 18, with two of those being 5 and under. The youngest was just 27 days old. Fayette County reported 25 new cases. The deaths reported Sunday included a 75-year-old woman from...

Beshear reports 390 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky, three deaths on an underreported Sunday

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 390 new COVID cases and three deaths as of Sunday afternoon, bringing the state’s totals of 39,315 cases and 813 deaths. Thirteen of the new cases were children 5 and younger. There were 34 cases in Fayette County. “The total number of new COVID-19 cases has increased this week which shows the disease is still very active in Kentucky, but on a positive note it...

Shaping Our Appalachian Region organization launches statewide search for next executive director

Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR), a nonprofit and non-partisan organization that champions the future of Appalachia, is launching a statewide search for its next executive director. Jared Arnett, the founding executive director of SOAR, has announced his intentions to leave his position at the end of his current contract (October of 2020). After leading the organization for nearly six years,...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seize meth embedded at candles, dishes in Erlanger facility

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers based in Northern Kentucky intercepted two shipments containing a total of 11 pounds of smuggled methamphetamine at a local express consignment facility. Meth packaged inside these candles was seized by U.S. Customs in Erlanger. (Customs photo) 
One shipment, labeled as “candles and crafts,” was being imported from San...

Beshear reports 463 COVID cases, two deaths, hoping it’s a plateau; urges caution, mask-wearing

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 463 new COVID cases and two deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 31,185 cases and 742 deaths. Eleven of the new cases were children age 5 and under. There were 80 new cases in Fayette County, second to Jefferson County’s 91 new cases. “We’ve made it to August, and while I know we all hoped months ago when this pandemic first arrived in Kentucky that we’d...

Kentucky Lottery sales set records in 2020 fiscal year; total sales of $1.2 billion a 6.2 percent increase

The Kentucky Lottery Corporation has posted record sales and dividend numbers for FY20. These include: -Total sales of $1,203,442,000, which is $73.8 million (6.2 percent) more than the previous record set in FY19. -Cash transfers totaled $278.5 million, of which $271.4 million went to the General Fund to pay for college scholarships, grants and education programs, and $7.1M from unclaimed prizes to...

Quarles warns against use of unsolicited seed packets from China — report immediately

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is sounding the alarm about reports of foreign seeds being shipped unsolicited to Kentuckians across the Commonwealth. Kentucky is the fourth state known to receive suspicious packages of seeds that appear to have originated from China. “It is incredibly important that if you receive a package of foreign or unfamiliar seeds, you report it to the Kentucky Department...

Pandemic depressing vaccination rates, but it’s safe to take our kids to health-care providers

By Lisa Gillespie Kentucky Health News Not as many Kentucky children are getting critical vaccinations as they did previous years, tracking a nationwide trend of parents staying away from health-care centers to avoid the coronavirus. Last April, 27,906 Kentucky 1-year-olds were vaccinated for diseases such as Hepatitis B, influenza, polio and measles/mumps/rubella. But only 17,463 1-year-olds were...

State of Babies Yearbook: Study shows disparities that hurt rural children’s health

The Rural Blog Though rural living offers some benefits to health, such as increased community cohesion, many of the approximately 1 million infants and toddlers living in the rural U.S. face challenges that can hurt their health and stymie their development, Jessie Laurore, Gayane Baziyants, and Sarah Daily report for Child Trends. The brief relies on national- and state-level data compiled by...

State to work with national nonprofit to help young people who reach adulthood in foster care

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The state is launching a new program this month to help young people who reach adulthood in foster care, one of the groups the most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 
The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services, an agency of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, has announced that Youth Villages, a national nonprofit organization, is offering the LifeSet...

CPE report predicts strong 10-year growth in health care sector; degree production on pace to meet demand

A new report from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) shows that jobs in health care are expected to jump 12 percent during the next decade, expanding at nearly twice the average rate for all other jobs across the state. Meanwhile, Kentucky colleges and universities are on track to meet the demand for health care degrees and other credentials by 2024 following years of steady gains. The...

Kentucky creates nationally unique partnerships to commercialize academic tech innovations

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the creation of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures (KCV), a new public-private partnership unique in the U.S. that aims to develop academic innovations into job-creating tech companies. “We all want to grow Kentucky’s tech sector and create the high-paying, knowledge-based jobs that follow. A big part of doing so is turning Kentucky’s own academic research and development...

Keeneland announces realignment of racing and sales operations to better serve global clientele

As part of a strategic realignment of its core racing and sales operations, Keeneland has announced changes in roles for members of their executive leadership team. The Lexington-based Thoroughbred racetrack and sales company expects these adjustments to strengthen its ability to execute its mission and better serve the needs of its global clientele. Shannon Arvin Keeneland President-elect Shannon...

Bill Straub: Leave it to Mitch to make terrible situation unbearable, and welcome to McConnell World

With the Covid-19 juggernaut sweeping across the nation, sidestepping the federal government’s thus-far paltry efforts to rein it in, you can always count on Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell to make a terrible situation even worse. Despite recent bromides paying tribute to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases...

Billy Reed: Birthday remembrances with a baseball soundtrack playing prominently in the background

Today is my birthday, and a lot of things go through your mind when you reach my age. I remember, for example, Mickey Mantle’s famous quote before he died: “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d taken better care of myself.” I think a lot about baseball because the season always was in full swing on July 12. Not this year, of course, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. But I still...

Bill Straub: Art and history, statues and reality — removing any offending art does not change the past

A few years ago I had the privilege of visiting the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid to view Picasso’s Guernica, one of the most amazing and unsettling works of art imaginable. It depicts the April 1937 bombing of the Basque city of Guernica by the Nazis at the request of the Nationalists, led by Generalissimo Francisco Franco, during the Spanish Civil War. The painting, in stark black and white and greys,...