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AARP urging Congress to address COVID-19 spread in nursing homes, provide testing, PPE, more staff

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service AARP is urging Congress to take action to slow the spread of the coronavirus and help protect the lives of nursing home residents by boosting access to personal protective equipment, testing and nursing staff. According to data from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, more than 500 nursing home residents so far have tested positive and more than...

Ryan Quarles: COVID-19 pandemic makes clear the need for rural broadband internet connectivity

Across the nation, the coronavirus has highlighted issues in our food supply chain, our reliance on foreign countries for medical supplies, and the difference between strong, data-driven leaders and weak ones. But for Kentucky families and workers, perhaps the largest problem is one we’ve attempted to solve for years: internet connectivity, particularly in our rural communities. I spoke with many...

BBB research: Employment scams in COVID-19 pandemic hitting those already suffering financially

In the wake of COVID-19 business shutdowns, a Better Business Bureau study shows that employment scams continue to be the No. 1 riskiest scam to job seekers. The most common “scam job” offer? According to 65 percent of respondents, the “job” was related to reshipment of packages, often involving stolen goods. Titles used include “warehouse redistribution coordinator” or similar positions....

Ellis Park asks Horse Racing Commission to delay opening to July 2 to ensure health protocols are met

Pending approval by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, live horse racing will return to Ellis Park in Henderson on Thursday, July 2. Originally scheduled for Sunday, June 28, Ellis made the request to move the date four days to ensure all health and safety protocols are met following the COVID-19 pandemic. The summer meet will be highlighted by a pair of stakes-laden programs on Aug. 2 and 9. Ellis...

Discussion continues on shape of school in the fall; legislators hear from educators about challenges

By Sky Carroll
 Kentucky Department of Education At its recent meeting, the Kentucky General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Education heard concerns from superintendents about how to safely but efficiently return to in-person instruction in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Greg Schultz, superintendent of Oldham County Schools, emphasized the importance of in-person instruction, but...

Registration open for Lexington Theatre Company’s free #CreativeAtHome online education initiative

The Lexington Theatre Company opened registration this week for its new online education initiative – #CreativeAtHome Classes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Lex postponed their 2020 Summer Season productions starring Broadway veterans, local artists and college students from around the country. Instead, the company will continue its mission of nurturing and training artists with a robust array...

State unemployment rates soar in all 120 Kentucky counties due to COVID-19 pandemic

Unemployment rates soared in all 120 Kentucky counties between April 2019 and April 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Clinton County recorded the lowest jobless rate in Kentucky at 8.4 percent, up from 6.4 percent in March. It was followed by Carlisle County, 8.7 percent; Cumberland County, 10.1 percent;...

More older adults in Kentucky are struggling with food insecurity as coronavirus pandemic drags on

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentucky has the highest rate in the nation of food insecurity among older adults, and that’s likely to worsen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report released by the group Feeding America. Using the most recent available data from 2018, researchers found that nearly 7% of Kentuckians over 60 and around 17% of adults age 50 to 59 were food...

John Calipari disappointed London matchup with Michigan postponed, but pleased that series saved

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari will have to wait two more years to see the Queen. The Kentucky coach was disappointed after a three-game series against Michigan was postponed Wednesday. The Wildcats were scheduled to take on the Wolverines in the Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase in December but the series was put on hiatus because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m disappointed...

Voting on June 23: Postcard reminder for mail-in voting, fewer on-site voting sites, register by May 26

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite it likely being the most unusual one in state history, preparations are on schedule for Kentucky’s June 23 primary election. 
The coronavirus has played a role, not only in when the election will take place, but the manner in how it will be conducted. 
After Secretary of State Michael Adams, Kentucky’s chief election officer, sent a letter to Gov. Andy Beshear...

Kentucky Class of 2020 encouraged to participate in national ‘Graduate Together’ telecast Saturday

Kentucky high school seniors and teachers are encouraged to share their stories and participate in the national “Graduate Together” telecast at 8 p.m. this Saturday, May 16. “Graduate Together: America Honors the Class of 2020,” is a one-hour primetime special that will be aired simultaneously by more than 20 broadcast TV and digital streaming partners, including ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. With...

Constance Alexander: Calloway County Collective makes lists, solves problems in lockdown era

Grocery list, bucket list, hit list. Doesn’t matter. Any list is an attempt to still the beating heart of chance. Mary Scott Buck, founder of the Calloway County Collective, can tell you all about it. Every day she makes a list and checks it more than twice, to mobilize a band of volunteers in a battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. “We got started because on my Facebook newsfeed I kept seeing...

BBB Trends: You may be bored, but don’t fall for those fun quizzes on social media; scams at work

With many of us under orders to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are turning to social media for a fun distraction. Taking a Facebook quiz may seem like a harmless way to pass the time while quarantined, but it could also give scammers your personal information. How the Scam Works: Photo provided You see a fun quiz on Facebook or another social media platform. What’s the harm, you...

Legends join Minor League Baseball’s CommUNITY First campaign to raise funds for Feeding America

The Lexington Legends announced today they are joining MiLB CommUNITY First, a new national initiative developed by Minor League Baseball (MiLB) in conjunction with Feeding America, to raise funds for local food banks and to honor individuals risking their lives on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Legends fans are encouraged to visit MiLB.com/CommUNITYFirst through May 31 to donate. Once...

Lauren Shackleford: After going through COVID-19 pandemic, normal may take on a different appearance

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, I was enjoying my junior year, despite its challenges. As it is for most juniors, this was my most academically challenging year. In addition to my course load, I was active in several clubs and looking forward to end-of-year activities. A few weeks ago, my biggest worry was when I would do corrections for my AP physics test. Now, my concerns are more about my uncertainty...

UK’s Stoops hopeful college football season will start on time, wants fans in the stands this fall

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is proceeding with caution. The University of Kentucky football coach is hopeful the college football season will start as usual and won’t be delayed by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Many professional football teams in various states have taken steps to begin preparing for the upcoming season, and Stoops thinks some form of normalcy will resume in the near...

Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors contributes $50,000 to Team Kentucky Fund

The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors Board of Directors have approved a $50,000 contribution to the Team Kentucky Fund, developed by Gov. Andy Beshear to deliver financial aid to those severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Aid provided by the fund, according to both the Governor and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, will help cover mortgages, rent, utilities and other needs...

UK specialist says to plan ahead for equine feed needs, but no need to overbuy during pandemic

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of overbuying of food, and this is not only at the grocery stores. Horse owners may have an urge to buy more feed than usual. Bob Coleman, extension equine specialist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, urged horse owners to take a step back and think before making extra feed purchases. “I...

Legislature heads home after passing bill senators say lets Beshear buy all anti-virus gear needed

By Melissa Patrick and Al Cross Kentucky Health News In its waning hours Wednesday, the General Assembly passed a bill to help rural hospitals, but without specific funding, and added to it language that the Senate president said would give Gov. Andy Beshear the authority he needs to buy protective gear for health-care workers fighting the covid-19 pandemic. Beshear speaks daily at his covid-19 press...

Transportation Cabinet extends emergency order for commercial drivers during pandemic relief effort

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray has extended until June 1 an existing emergency order that temporarily lifts regulatory restrictions on motor carriers delivering goods and services critical to COVID-19 pandemic relief. The order is in keeping with Gov. Andy Beshear’s declaration of an emergency as part of a sweeping effort to protect Kentuckians and combat the spread of the novel coronavirus,...