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Governor reports 522 new COVID cases, 9 deaths; announces two-week bar closure, restaurant limits

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 522 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths, and he instituted new rules Monday that will close bars for two weeks, limit restaurant capacity to 25 percent and delay in-person school until the third week of August. Gov. Andy Beshear “At a time when Kentucky is dealing with a surge in the coronavirus, knowing where other states have gone and knowing what it takes to stop it from...

State ending fiscal year today with at least a $114.4m budget surplus; lottery, individual taxes up

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite dire predictions of the state’s financial future over the past 12 months, Kentucky’s General Fund is going to finish the fiscal year that ends Saturday with a $114.4 million budget surplus.   Deputy State Budget Director Greg Harkenrider announced the budget figure during a Thursday meeting of the Interim Joint Appropriations and Revenue Committee. 
He says...