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Kentucky’s General Fund receipts increase 1.5 percent in FY20; Road Fund receipts fall 4.8 percent

State Budget Director John Hicks has reported that Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) ended better than expected: $104.6 million more than the budget enacted in April 2020 and $575 million more than the late May 2020 revised revenue estimate. Road Fund collections were $60.3 million less than the enacted budget and $101.5 million more than the May revised estimate. The fiscal...

Campbellsville University to hold adjusted graduation recognition on campus for May, August graduates

Campbellsville University’s May and August graduates have been invited to return to campus to participate in an adjusted graduation recognition. “It is a time for you to be recognized for your accomplishments and a time for family and friends to cheer you on as you cross the finish line,” said Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University. Carter and his administration invited...

Kentucky baseball star T.J. Collett to return in 2021; senior takes advantage of NCAA eligibility relief

University of Kentucky senior first baseman T.J. Collett will return for the 2021 season, taking advantage of the NCAA’s ruling on eligibility relief for spring sports student-athletes whose season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He joins fellow senior Zeke Lewis in returning to Lexington for a final season. “Four years ago, (Big Blue Nation) welcomed me with open arms,”...

Charles Williams: How many nursing home residents must die from COVID-19 before Congress acts?

COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire through the nation’s nursing homes. Already, more than 56,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities — including more than 450 in Kentucky — have died from COVID-19. They account for more than 44 percent of U.S. coronavirus deaths, even though less than one percent of Americans live in nursing homes. This is a national disgrace. To...

Take it from Dr. Jeff Foxx, this is no time to take your guard down on COVID-19; he speaks from experience

Jeff Foxx, MD, will be the first to tell you that COVID-19 almost killed him. After battling the disease for a month at Baptist Health Lexington, at times in a coma and on a ventilator, he is a survivor. Now he wants to share his story to encourage the community to continue taking safety precautions that can stem the spread of the virus. Dr. Jeff Foxx with his dog Daisy enjoy the outdoors at Jacobson...

Beshear reports 532 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths, says ‘We are at war with virus’; follow guidelines

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 532 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths on Tuesday. Twenty-one of the new cases were children aged 5 and younger, including a 7-month-old girl from Madison County and a 7-month-old boy from Graves County. The new cases include 24 in Kenton, 12 in Boone, and 5 in Campbell counties. “We are at war with this virus. It has come to take the lives of our people, it has tried to...

Starting dates for Kentucky high school fall sports pushed back to September due to pandemic

By Terry Boehmker KyForward sports reporter Starting dates for Kentucky high school football games and other fall sports competition were pushed back to September by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. During a virtual meeting that drew thousands of viewers, the KHSAA Board of Control voted in favor of changing the starting dates following the recent spike in COVID-19 cases around...

Outdoor classrooms present exciting opportunity for engagement at Georgetown College this fall

One of the new developments coming to Georgetown College’s campus this fall will be outdoor classroom spaces. While several professors routinely hold class outside during the semester, the college has committed to building spaces outdoors so even more students can partake in outdoor learning. This practice will not only keep campus safe and healthy, it will also present an opportunity for students...

UK volleyball standouts Skinner, Stumler navigate challenging circumstances during pandemic

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way people around the world do everything. And that includes college student-athletes, who had to stop in the middle of their regular schedules and adjust to the new way of the world. University of Kentucky volleyball senior Avery Skinner said that the changes that happened in the spring left herself, and the team, with...

Kentucky by Heart: In-person school is best, but we must have the resolve to do it safely and right

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist From my perspective as a teacher, getting Kentucky’s elementary/secondary young people back into physical classrooms in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is important and for many reasons. Obviously, students need to learn and grow mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally, and for most—a live classroom setting works best. And as any experienced teacher...

White House virus coordinator meets with Kentucky leaders; Beshear says new restrictions coming

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, met with reporters Sunday afternoon after meeting with community, business and health leaders about dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Andy Beshear says he will announce new restrictions Monday afternoon, likely including closing bars, due to the recent spike in cases. During a press...

Three UK theater students are helping theater go virtual worldwide — and see plenty of opportunity for the future

By Whitney Hale and Mark Mozingo University of Kentucky Like most businesses, arts organizations have been scrambling most of 2020 to find new footing during the COVID-19 global pandemic. For many, dropping the curtain on the year, just is not an option. That said, there is a lot to problem-solve for those in the performing arts. While coronavirus has taken away of lot of opportunities, it has also...

Governor reports 316 new COVID cases, 4 deaths; expect new rules to curb virus on Monday

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 316 new COVID cases and 4 new deaths as of Sunday afternoon. Eight of the new cases were children 5 and under. This brings the state’s totals to 27,079 cases and 700 deaths. “I want you to know that the White House and Kentucky state government are in complete agreement that the escalation of cases is going to require us to take some new steps,” said Gov. Beshear....

Beshear reports 836 cases (2nd-highest single-day total), 5 deaths; says number must stablize

Gov. Andy Beshear reported the second-highest single-day total of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky — 836. There were five new deaths. “Today’s numbers continue a concerning increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in our Commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “We expect to take additional steps next week if the case numbers don’t stabilize.” There were at least 26,764 coronavirus cases in Kentucky...

Kentucky Health News: A round-up of COVID-19 news — cases, trends, the surge, masks, stimulus bill and more

From Kentucky Health News, a round-up of COVID-19 news: • Counties with more than five new cases on Friday were Jefferson, 206; Fayette, 76; Warren, 41; Kenton, 27; Boone, 26; Bell, 23; Harlan, 17; Bullitt, 16; Barren, Hardin McCracken and Scott, 15 each; Laurel, 14;  Campbell, Henderson and Shelby, 12 each; Jessamine, 11; Knox, 10 1.25 Pike, 9; Ohio and Oldham, 8; Perry Pulaski and Whitley, 7...

Phase II results of Co-Immunity Project show high rates of exposure to COVID-19 in Jefferson County

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville Results from the second phase of the University of Louisville’s groundbreaking project to track COVID-19 in Jefferson County show that 4 to 6 times more people than previously reported may have been exposed to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. From June 10-19, researchers conducting Phase II of the Co-Immunity Project tested members of the Louisville...

Beshear reports 797 new COVID-19 cases on Friday; new steps coming if numbers don’t decrease

Gov. Andy Beshear reported the second-highest daily total (797) of new cases of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Kentucky on Friday. That number includes 19 new cases from children under 5. “Today we are reporting what I believe is the second-highest number of new cases we have had since our first case on March 6, with 797 new cases of COVID-19. That brings our total number of cases to 29,931....

UK’s James B. Beam Institute rallies industry partners to provide vital sanitizer during pandemic

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has created shortages of vital sanitizer for everyone. The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky has rallied during the crisis and gathered industry partners to make sure UK HealthCare and the entire UK campus has enough sanitizer to reopen more safely this fall. “Early on in the pandemic, we made about...

Daily Yonder: Will a rural homelessness crisis hit after benefit and eviction moratoriums end?

By Liz Carey Special to KyForward With federal unemployment benefits ending soon and moratoriums on evictions soon to follow, social services organizations are bracing for a homelessness crisis to hit rural Americans. Adrienne Bush, executive director for the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, says her agency anticipates the termination of federal unemployment benefits could mean as many...

Jason Bailey: Kentucky’s senators must agree to adequate federal aid for state to survive recession

A couple months ago, some public officials and corporate lobbyists began eagerly calling for states to reopen rapidly as the way to solve the COVID-19 problems of mass unemployment and struggling businesses. But the choice to reopen before the virus had been controlled and minimized — and without adequate testing, contact tracing and protections for workers and consumers — has been a dismal failure. COVID-19...