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Ky. Supreme Court rules historical horse racing isn’t pari-mutuel wagering, illegal under current law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court issued an opinion Thursday where they unanimously agreed that historical horse racing is not pari-mutuel wagering and is therefore illegal under state law, concluding a decade long battle. This is the second time the case has come before the justices, and this ruling followed oral arguments that were held in August. Kentucky’s Supreme Court...

Three state legislators have tested positive for COVID; infectious disease specialist dies

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today At least three Kentucky lawmakers have now tested positive for the coronavirus. 
The Senate Democratic Caucus announced that Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, admitted himself to the hospital last week, after experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and received the prognosis. Sen. Gerald Neal 
“Sen. Neal is a champion and fighter for his community in the state legislature,”...

UK to allow 12,000 fans at Kroger Field for home games during 2020 season with multiple restrictions

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Fans will be allowed at Kroger Field this season as capacity is expected to be at 20 percent the school announced this week. The changes would result in a game attendance of 12,000 based on the current seating in the stadium. The fans also will be required to wear masks. Suite and Lexus Loge will be limited to a maximum of 10 persons or 20 percent, whichever is greater....

It’s a ‘win’ for UofL as Cardinals enter game week without any players sidelined by coronavirus

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Through what was probably a combination of discipline on the part of its players, the leadership of the coaches and training staff — and undoubtedly some assistance from Lady Luck — the University of Louisville football team has escaped any major problem with the coronavirus since players started returning to campus in early June. And now it looks as if that good fortune...

Nearly a quarter million Kentuckians have requested absentee ballots for the November election

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today With less than 60 days to go until the general election in November, hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians have already requested an absentee ballot online. 
As of Friday, the Secretary of State’s office reports 223,000 requests for ballots have been submitted at govoteky.com.  That’s the website where, among other things, you can register to vote, check your registration...

Kentucky law enforcement out in force this weekend to keep highways safe for the holidays

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Law enforcement in Kentucky now has three separate highway programs in effect to make the roads safer during the long Labor Day weekend. 
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign began Aug. 21, with law enforcement officers looking especially for drunk drivers since highway safety officials say impaired driving-related crashes tend to increase during the Labor...

Punting the proverbial football: Board sends issue of fall sports for high schools back to KHSAA

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today After an exhausting three and a half hour meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education punted the proverbial football back to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control on Friday. 
The BOE unanimously voted to send a letter urging the KHSAA to consider “additional consideration of alternative options for high-contact sports.” It would include...

Remnants of Hurricane Laura will make their way into Kentucky, bringing rain and breezy conditions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The remnants of Hurricane Laura will begin affecting Kentucky today, bringing rain and breezy conditions, with a small possibility of tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service. While Laura had maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour when it made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana early Thursday morning, Forecaster Joe Sullivan with the NWS Louisville office...

Long-term and childcare facilities share frustrations with Health, Welfare and Family Services Committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Representatives for long-term and child-care facilities expressed their concern and financial frustration over the effects of the coronavirus to a legislative committee meeting on Wednesday. Betsy Johnson, president of the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities, reminded the Interim Joint Health, Welfare and Family Services Committee, “COVID deaths in long-term...

Kentucky’s offense installed; Cats wasting no time preparing for season’s Sept. 26 opener at Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is wasting no time preparing for the upcoming season. “Since I’ve been here, this is the fastest we’ve installed (our offense),” Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said. “We just finished five practices and we didn’t slow down. We’ve went through all five installs (of our offense). That’s never happened here.” Although the Wildcats got...

James ‘Bruiser’ Flint reunites with John Calipari, looks to ‘accomplish special things’ at UK

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take John Calipari long to find a replacement for Kenny Payne. Calipari hired former assistant James “Bruiser” Flint to join the Kentucky coaching staff less than two weeks after Payne resigned to take a similar post with the New York Knicks. Flint spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana University. Former Indiana Hoosiers Assistant...

Kentucky’s DeWayne Peevy to depart UK to become athletics director at DePaul University

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today DeWayne Peevy has spent more than a decade as one of the top athletic administrators at the University of Kentucky. Now he gets a shot at running his own administration. Peevy was named athletics director at DePaul and will be formally introduced at a press conference Tuesday in Chicago. Peevy has been deputy director of athletics since 2013 and has assisted Kentucky...

U.S. Customs officers seize meth hidden in yarn spools, counterfeit phone fronts at two Kentucky ports

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Louisville on Wednesday discovered a 46-pound shipment of methamphetamine hidden within yarn spools, which was worth more than $400,000. 
CBP officers seized a shipment from Mexico that listed the contents as handcrafted gifts.  They held the package for a closer examination and inspected the shipment after a narcotics drug...

Gov. Andy Beshear calls rise in COVID deaths alarming after 38 die from virus in past three days

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced another high number of new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, along with the third day in a row of double-digit deaths reported to state health officials. During a press briefing at the Capitol, the governor said there were 726 new cases, 101 of which involved children 18 years of age and younger. That brings the total cases to 41,626 since the first...

Gov. Andy Beshear reports 12 new coronavirus deaths as cases top 40,000 in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another deadly day for the coronavirus in Kentucky on Tuesday as a dozen deaths were announced, and the total number of cases has advanced past 40,000 after another 627 was reported. “This is about what we’ve seen on other Tuesdays going back three or four weeks,” Gov. Andy Beshear said during a Tuesday Capitol briefing. “We’re announcing 627 new cases of COVID-19,...

Louisville Mayor could face vote of no-confidence after seven council members request resignation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The seven Republican members of Louisville Metro Council are co-sponsoring a resolution seeking a vote of no-confidence in the leadership of Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat, and requesting his resignation from office. This is the latest fallout from the investigation into the shooting death of Louisville EMT Breonna Taylor, by Louisville narcotics detectives while serving...

Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield pleased with first look at Cards in a scrimmage

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today On a day mostly devoted to the younger players and newcomers on Louisville’s football team, coach Scott Satterfield pronounced himself “very pleased” with the Cardinals’ progress in their first scrimmage of fall camp after two weeks of lighter workouts. Some of the veterans sat out the scrimmage due to various bumps and bruises, while even many of...

Beshear, Rogers celebrate completion of abandoned mine lands project with virtual ribbon cutting

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A virtual ribbon-cutting took place at the State Capitol and three other locations on Thursday to officially mark the completion of abandoned mine land projects in eastern Kentucky. Gov. Andy Beshear and Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, did the honors in the Capitol Rotunda, while others involved in the projects also did ribbon-cuttings simultaneously in...

Gov. Andy Beshear reports third straight day of decreases in new coronavirus cases, positivity rate

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today For the third day in a row, new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky drop by more than 100 over the previous day, although there were also two more deaths. During a Capitol press briefing on Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 323 new cases, making the state’s total 31,568, since the first one was reported on March 6. The new cases included 12 children under the age of...

Coronavirus is not going away any time soon, state health expert warns General Assembly committee

Members of the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Health and Welfare Committee heard from acting State Epidemiologist Dr. Doug Thoroughman on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They listened with masks and were properly social distanced from each other. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The coronavirus and how long everyone will have to be dealing with it...