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Gov. Beshear meets with mother of Breonna Taylor, orders KSP investigation of David McAtee’s death

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on demonstrations in Louisville and the investigations into deaths of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee. “As we move forward, we will be reducing our National Guard presence in Louisville,” the Governor said. “That is a recommendation by our adjutant general that we will be following.” Gov. Beshear talked about the search for justice for Breonna...

Louisville legend, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld dead at age 74

Former University of Louisville standout Wes Unseld, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, passed away on Tuesday. He was 74. Unseld’s No. 31 is one of just four retired jersey numbers in UofL history. In three seasons at UofL (1965-68), he scored 1,686 points (11th all-time at UofL) and grabbed 1,551 rebounds (second all-time at UofL). Seneca High School graduate Wes Unseld...

Coronavirus trend line continues to rise; protestors asked to wear masks to help control spread of virus

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Coronavirus cases showed a big drop on Sunday, but jumped again on Monday to a number similar to the elevated numbers seen near the end of last week. Prior to the elevation in numbers late last week, the state had seen a downward trend for almost two weeks. “Kentucky has had 131 new positive cases with zero new deaths on Sunday and 214 new cases with eight...

Beshear: ‘Unacceptable’ officers had body cameras turned off; Louisville man fatally shot by police

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear didn’t mince words on Monday night after a long day for him that started with an early-morning phone call. “It is unacceptable that the officers that responded did not have body cameras on and recording,” he said during a Monday evening press conference at the Capitol. Beshear was addressing the fatal shooting of a Louisville man early Monday morning...

Plans in works to open schools in fall, despite some concerns that guidelines make it impossible

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Some Kentucky school superintendents say they wouldn’t be able to reopen schools under suggested state guidelines that require social distancing on school buses, rely on children to wear masks and will disrupt the normal class structure of upper grades. They voiced their concerns to public-health officials and the state education commissioner in an online...

Kentucky National Guard troops remain in Louisville for second night to provide community support

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky National Guard troops remain deployed in Louisville for a second consecutive night on Sunday. Called out on Saturday at the request of Gov. Andy Beshear and the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Guard says they will continue to provide support in and around Louisville to help provide safety and protection to residents and property. More than 400 KNG members...

Coronavirus cases remain elevated over weekend; pattern attributed to heavy testing at nursing homes

Coronavirus cases remained elevated over the weekend, but Gov. Andy Beshear said the number was driven by long-term care facilities, where the state is in the process of testing all residents and employees. Anonymous cell-phone tracking gauges mobility as the economy reopens. Selected counties’ numbers are shown; all are available on an interactive map from The Washington Post, with a story;...

Billy Reed: Racism has to stop now. What’s wrong with us? What can we cure this insidious disease?

“…I have a dream that the day will come when my four little children will live in a nation where they are judged not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character…” The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. August 28, 1963 It sounded as simple and right then as it still does now....

With interest in backyard chickens on the rise, experts warn of dangers of bacterial infections

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky When school is out and the weather turns warmer, people become more interested in raising backyard chickens. Since human interactions with poultry can raise the risk of bacterial infections, University of Kentucky poultry specialists are urging new and experienced backyard flock enthusiasts to remember safe handling principles. “We’re seeing an even higher...

Quarles, UK encourage Kentuckians to grow victory gardens; campaign to reach every Kentucky county

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced a new Kentucky Department of Agriculture partnership with the University of Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Service and Kentucky’s Nutrition Education Program to encourage Kentuckians to get in touch with their agricultural roots during the coronavirus pandemic. “Since starting the Kentucky Hunger Initiative years ago, the Kentucky Department...

Kentucky records uptick in new coronavirus cases with 283 reported Friday; Nine new deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The was a large jump in new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear said during his daily press briefing. A total of 283 new cases were reported to state health officials, bringing the total cases to 9,464, and ending the streak of less than 130 cases per day that began on Monday. “We’ll have to wait for the next few days, to see if it is just labs getting...

Recent UK graduate Maria Sanchez seeks to turn current ‘new normal’ into future ‘brighter successes’

By Jenny Wells-Hosley University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has turned life upside down for almost everyone, and University of Kentucky students had to quickly adapt to finish out a semester that was unlike any other in UK history. Maria Sanchez, who graduated from UK this May, was no stranger to these challenges. Sanchez chose to share her personal story of family, hard work and resiliency,...

Reviving a depression-era program could help put young Kentuckians work in time of national crisis

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The nation’s youth unemployment rate is the highest it’s been since the Great Depression, and some are calling for creating a new Civilian Conservation Corps to help rebuild the country’s parks and public lands at a time of national crisis. Unemployment in the Commonwealth has soared to 15.4% amid the coronavirus pandemic. And Ward Wilson, executive...

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;...

Kentucky, Notre Dame to resume basketball rivalry this season; Irish to visit Rupp Arena on Dec. 12

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has renewed its rivalry with Notre Dame on the basketball court. The two storied programs agreed to a three-year contract beginning on Dec. 12 when the Wildcats host the Irish at Rupp Arena. The two teams will play a neutral-site contest in 2021, with the Wildcats traveling to South Bend to conclude the series in 2022. The two teams played each other in 2015,...

Ky. reaches grim milestone with 400 coronvirus deaths; Aid applications, donations being accepted

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky has now topped 9,000 cases of the coronavirus and reached the 400 mark in deaths, Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Wednesday. During his daily press briefing at the Supreme Court chamber in the Capitol, the governor said there were 127 new cases, making it at least 9,077 since the first case was reported on March 6 in Kentucky. There were also six deaths reported...

UK Cooperative Extension agents help as Kentucky’s farmers markets open with an eye toward safe sales

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky In the United States, about 40 percent of farmers are 65 or older, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s census. Kentucky reflects that demographic, so when the coronavirus started to emerge in the state, some farmers who were in the elevated risk category and typically sell through farmers markets were a little concerned about how they would...

Lee County health teacher named SHAPE America National Health Education Teacher of the Year

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Jessica Napier, alongside friends and family, waited to hear if she would be named the 2020 SHAPE America National Health Education Teacher of the Year during the May 5 virtual ceremony. The awards ceremony originally was scheduled to take place in Salt Lake City, but due to the COVID-19 emergency, plans had to be altered. While this is an unprecedented and uncertain...

Calipari: UK basketball players to be in ‘pretty good bubble’ upon return to campus in June

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari expects things to be different, much different, when players return to campus for voluntary workouts in less than two weeks. The Southeastern Conference paved the way for players to return to campus on June 8. It will mark the first time students have been allowed on campus since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the SEC...

Forecasting group predicts $456M budget shortfall for state, due to COVID but also delayed tax filings

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Consensus Forecasting Group has painted a bleak outlook for state revenue during the remainder of the 2020 Fiscal Year that ends June 30, but not quite as bad as predicted earlier this spring. 
The group, which is made up mostly of economists from the state’s universities, met via teleconference last week in Frankfort and predicted general fund revenue would total...