A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Deadliest week on record as Beshear reports on COVID, freezes evictions, mandates face coverings

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It was another big day in new cases of the coronavirus, including 11 deaths, making this week the deadliest since the pandemic started in early March. Since Sunday, 66 people have died from the virus. 
Gov. Andy Beshear reported 809 new cases – the fourth consecutive day where new cases exceeded 800 – were reported to state health officials. Ninety-eight of them...

Kentucky Supreme Court issues two amended orders related to in-person testimony and evictions

The Kentucky Supreme Court has entered two amended administrative orders related to in-person testimony and evictions. Highlights of those orders are below.   In-Person Testimony Administrative Order 2020-63 amends Administrative Order 2020-55, Health and Safety Requirements. The amendment clarifies that a judge may, in his or her discretion, allow a party, attorney or witness to temporarily remove...

Beshear reports 688 COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths; kids’ cases grow; last-mile internet, benefits, more

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday reported 688 new COVID cases and 10 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 44,568 cases and 895 deaths. Ninety-six of the newly reported cases were children 18 and younger with 12 being children 5 and under. The youngest were two 8-month-olds. “This continues to grow the percentage of kids testing positive, and we know not as many kids are being tested. But with...

Beshear reports 373 cases, 4 deaths; doesn’t change KHSAA decision on fall sports but has grave doubts

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 373 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths as of Monday afternoon, bringing the state’s totals to 43,899 cases and 885 deaths. Sixty-eight of the new cases were children under 18 and 14 were under age 5. The youngest was seven months old. “Let’s start where we need to start – by remembering that we’re going to get through this and we’re going to get through it...

Beshear reports 778 new COVID cases, 4 deaths; ‘mask up’; and a round-up of coronavirus news

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday reported 778 new COVID cases and 4 deaths, bringing state totals to 30,151 cases and 778 deaths. Twenty-three of the new cases were from children age 5 and under. There were 19 new cases in Boone County, 17 in Kenton County and 12 in Campbell County. “The health and the lives of people around you, our economy and how fast we can build it back, and our ability to get our...

To evict or not evict, that is the question — and the answer is, well, confusing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today New guidance from the Kentucky Supreme Court on staffing, access to jury trials and evictions has caused some widespread confusion, especially when it comes to the eviction section. 
The Administrative Order, which takes effect on Saturday, allows all evictions for non-payment of rent to resume on that date, except for those subject to the federal CARES Act. 
Leigh Anne...

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...

Supreme Court highlights need for attorney volunteers, declares Oct. 21-27 Ky. Pro Bono Week

The Supreme Court wants to thank Kentucky attorneys who donate their time and expertise by proclaiming Oct. 21-27 as Kentucky Pro Bono Week. “One of the hallmarks of legal professionalism is a commitment to public service,” said Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. “Although Kentucky doesn’t have a pro bono requirement, Rule 6.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct encourages all lawyers...