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Bridgeview Box Park at NKy’s Newport on Levee the perfect place for fun, relaxation and social distancing

By Tory McKinley Special to KyForward Newport on the Levee launched an exciting new venture that will be sure to draw a lot of visitors during the summer months. The Bridgeview Box Park is located just steps from the Newport Aquarium offering unique places to dine and shop while still adhering to Governor Andy Beshear’s social distancing guidelines. As part of his Better Together program, this unique...

Connected Commerce Council urges policymakers to preserve access to digital tools, small business needs

Community leaders and small businesses throughout Kentucky sent a letter calling on Gov. Andy Beshear and other state policymakers to preserve access to business-critical digital tools and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic and the long recovery period ahead. Led by the nonprofit membership organization, Connected Commerce Council (3C), the letter was signed by over 80 Kentucky-based leaders representing...

Governor Andy Beshear outlines road ahead for gradual reopening of Kentucky’s economy

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday unveiled the first parts of his plan to re-open Kentucky’s economy, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, including dates and types of entities. The Governor moved his daily press briefing from the Capitol to the Emergency Operations Center at the Boone National Guard Center. Before they can re-open, he said there are 10 prerequisites...

Secretary of State Michael Adams offers detailed plans for Kentucky’s June 23 primary election

Secretary of State Michael Adams has reached an agreement with Governor Andy Beshear on the methods of voting to be used in the June 23 primary election. “This plan fulfills my promise to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” said Adams. “Through expanding absentee voting – with appropriate safeguards – limiting the number of polling sites, and adopting in-person voting methods that limit...

Constance Alexander: ‘Joy is always imperiled’ the fictional doctor said, but Gov. Beshear delivers hope

On December 30, a Chinese physician, Dr. Li Wenliang, 34, tried to alert fellow medics about the coronavirus outbreak in China’s Wuhan Province. His message to fellow doctors in a chat group warned them about the disease and advised that they wear protective clothing to avoid infection. Three days later police paid him a visit and told him to stop, as if it were a crime to inform the public of impending...

Beshear asks for best efforts in COVID-19 fight as Ky. records highest single-day number of new cases

Staff report Governor Andy Beshear asked for Kentuckians to step up their social distancing efforts as Kentucky saw its largest single-day number of new coronavirus cases Friday. Beshear reported 242 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 1,693. There were also 11 more deaths reported, bringing the state to 90 since the pandemic began. Andy Beshear said he plans to take a new action that he...

Governor Andy Beshear reports 92 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, with three additional deaths

Governor Andy Beshear on Saturday reported 92 new cases of novel coronavirus and 3 new deaths in Kentucky. The total number of cases statewide now stands at 917, with 40 deaths related to the pandemic. The Governor said following his 10-step guidance, which includes social distancing, is the key to blunting a surge in cases and urged Kentuckians not to let their guards down during a weekend filled...

Keven Moore: Adapting to social distancing orders come with new risk for restaurants

As restaurants and other industries adapt to social distancing orders to stop the spread of the coronavirus, many have had to adjust the way they interact with their customers and provide their services. Such tactics are necessary to stay afloat financially, but it’s important to point out that you may be opening up a whole new set of risk exposures to your customers, employees and to your company,...

Gov. Beshear reports 54 new coronavirus cases and three deaths; urges stay Healthy at Home

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday said his administration is continuing strong efforts to stop the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). He said the state had 54 new cases and confirmed three new deaths. Sign at Marianne Theater in Bellevue The Governor reiterated his call to Kentuckians to stay Healthy at Home and said that the state is continuing to working to prepare an initial drive-through testing...

Al Cross: Governor Andy Beshear is showing us what he’s made of; it’s sterner stuff than you thought

In a crisis that could be a catastrophe for millions of Americans, politics may seem irrelevant. But politics probably made the coronavirus crisis worse, and yet it could prevent catastrophe for many. And crises can change politicians, and reveal things about them, so this space will keep tabs on those we have chosen to lead us; if that isn’t your cup of tea right now, please move on. First, the...

Childcare centers to close, hospitals cease elective procedures as 18 coronavirus cases confirmed in Ky.

On Saturday, Gov. Andy Beshear held a briefing for Kentuckians and the media where he said the state has more positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and recommended childcare centers create plans for closure within 72 hours and that hospitals soon cease elective procedures. Sixteen cases were confirmed at the 4 p.m. ET news conference, and as of 6 p.m. ET, more test results were received, bringing...

Gov. Beshear provides guidance as state responds to COVID-19, asks places of worship to cancel services

Governor Andy Beshear announced more decisive action and preparations on Wednesday to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “We know this is community spread and we need to get ahead of it,” Gov. Beshear said. “It is important for everybody out there to be calm, practice good hygiene and reduce the risk of exposure for themselves and others.” Actions and preparations...

Two more COVID-19 cases confirmed in Harrison County, bringing total to five in county, eight in Ky.

Governor Andy Beshear confirmed two more cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), both in Harrison County, Tuesday night, bringing the total in Kentucky to eight. All eight are in isolation. “As we continue to prepare and respond, everybody should remain calm and know we are ready for this,” Gov. Beshear said. “Our local health departments are ready for this. The state is ready for this....

Governor Andy Beshear says state prepared and ready to address coronavirus issue head-on

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There have no confirmed cases in Kentucky of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, and Gov. Andy Beshear has addressed the state’s efforts to keep it that way. “I want to reassure everyone that your state government, your local health departments, everyone, is prepared and is ready to address this issue head-on, and I feel very strongly that our work will have us prepared,...

Gov. Beshear accepting nominations to university boards of regents, trustees, other higher ed boards

Nominations for gubernatorial appointments to the Commonwealth’s university boards of regents, boards of trustees, and other higher education boards are currently being accepted. The Governor’s Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee will consider the following vacancies at its next meeting: Governor Andy Beshear • University of Kentucky Board of Trustees • University of Louisville Board...

Governor Andy Beshear asks Kentuckians to ‘come together for the common good of all people’

Gov. Andy Beshear and first lady Brittainy wave to the crowd. (Photo by Robin Cornetet, Kentucky Today) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today On a cold, blustery Frankfort day, Andy Beshear was sworn into office as Kentucky’s 63rd governor on Tuesday. He wasted no time heating things up, using an executive order to make good on a campaign promise to replace the Kentucky Board of Education and saying he will...