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Report says Kentucky should tighten limits on gatherings, close bars where positive tests are up

A report prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended that Gov. Andy Beshear should close bars in all counties with rising percentages of positive tests for the coronavirus, limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people, decrease indoor restaurant capacity to 25 percent and “increase outdoor dining opportunities.” The recommendations were in a previously unpublicized...

UK study shows promise for drone fungicide applications; cost effectiveness examined

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Drones are an effective way to apply fungicides to corn facing disease pressure, according to a University of Kentucky study. The study, which was conducted during the 2019 growing season, looked at the cost effectiveness and feasibility of drone-applied fungicides to corn in Adair, Taylor and Green counties. Most corn fungicides are applied aerially in Kentucky...

Murray State, development organizations partner to disburse River Counties Business Stimulus Fund

Murray State University has joined the application review committee of the River Counties Business Stimulus Fund, which helps support small businesses across the Four Rivers Region covering Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton counties in Western Kentucky. The fund was established by the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative (CEDIK) and the West Kentucky Alliance...

Ozone season is officially here, outdoor burning restricted in several Kentucky counties

Ozone season has begun and for some Kentucky counties that means taking extra care to learn before you burn. From May 1 through Sept. 30, open burning in Boone, Boyd, Bullitt, Campbell, Jefferson, Kenton, Lawrence, and Oldham counties is restricted to protect air quality. This is especially important this year as Kentucky fights through the Coronavirus pandemic. Ground-level ozone is a summertime health...

KSBDC, Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service offices to advise businesses during pandemic

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky If there’s a direct pipeline in Kentucky’s counties for the transmission of research-based, pertinent information to the people who need it, it’s Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Recognizing the ties extension agents have to their communities, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center is working closely with county extension offices during...

Latest models for Kentucky COVID-19 impact vary; estimates how counties will deal with disease

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Projections of COVID-19’s impact on Kentucky continue to vary, but one model has begun to estimate how individual counties will deal with the disease. Those projections rely on data that is even more scant than the earlier models, but they are being updated frequently and are intended to be a guide to local and state officials in planning for the expected surge...

Secretary of State says counties using electronic ballot machines should move to paper ballots

Secretary of State Michael Adams, acting on his promise to ensure ballot integrity and enhance public confidence in our election system, told the House Standing Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs that counties using electronic ballot machines should move to using only paper ballots as soon as fiscally possible. Michael Adams Adams spoke in favor in House...