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Beshear requests major disaster declaration for damage caused by historic February rainfall

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear submitted a request to President Joe Biden Wednesday asking that a major disaster declaration be issued for some of the worst flooding in Kentucky history after unprecedented rainfall led to flash flooding, mudslides and landslides across the state. Between Feb. 26 and March 1, Kentucky experienced more than seven inches of rain in four south central and...

Kentucky sophomore shortstop Ryan Ritter proving to be a force both at the plate and in the field

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today When Ryan Ritter joined the University of Kentucky baseball team this season after one year at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill., 60 miles northwest of Paducah, he was considered an elite defender, with his offense hardly being given a second thought. But that is rapidly changing. The sophomore shortstop is proving he is pretty handy with a bat too, the latest...

Keith Taylor: Calipari used to one-and-done players, but not when it comes to transfers after one season

John Calipari is used to players taking the one-and-done route when leaving Kentucky. He’s just not accustomed to players throwing their names into the transfer portal after just one season. Earlier this week, guard Devin Askew announced plans to transfer to another program following a roller-coaster ride with the Wildcats this season. Askew probably should have waited another year before beginning...

Kentucky freshman Devin Askew opts to enter NCAA transfer portal, will finish college career elsewhere

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Devin Askew will finish out his collegiate career elsewhere after the freshman guard announced his plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal on Monday. Kentucky coach John Calipari talks with Devin Askew during a win at Tennessee last season. (Photo by Keith Taylor, Kentucky Today) “I am thankful for the opportunity I had to play basketball at the University of Kentucky,”...

Kentucky lawmakers send bill partially banning no-knock warrants to Governor Andy Beshear

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The bill severely restricting the use of no-knock warrants is now on its way to the governor after the Senate agreed with changes made to the legislation in the House. The measure, Senate Bill 4, is sponsored by Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, who explained to the members of his chamber that he went along with the House amendments, particularly one that would...

John Calipari adds sharp-shooting guard to roster in Davidson graduate transfer Kellan Grady

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the fourth straight season, Kentucky will be adding a graduate transfer to the roster. The Wildcats announced the addition of Davidson guard Kellan Grady to the roster on Monday. Grady scored 2,002 points in his four seasons with the Wildcats and averaged 17.1 points per game each year. Grady will graduate from Davidson with a degree in sociology next month. Kellan...

Rehabilitation project on I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge to result in lane closures over next four weeks

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Drivers who use the Interstate 64 Sherman Minton Bridge can expect lane closures over the next four weeks as the first phase of a three-year major rehabilitation project. Inspections of the double-decker bridge that crosses the Ohio River between Louisville and New Albany, Indiana with three lanes in either direction, began on Tuesday. To allow the inspection team to safely...

Malik Williams’ decision to stay turns one-year gameplan at University of Louisville into five years

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today This wasn’t what Malik Williams had in mind when he came storming out of Snider High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., as a supremely confident blue-chip recruit for then-coach Rick Pitino eager to get his University of Louisville career underway. His plan was to hang around for a while and then wave goodbye for greener pastures. “Coming in as a 5-star recruit that...

Coach Mark Stoops wants team to ‘use time wisely’ as the Wildcats begin spring workouts Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has time on its hands as it begins spring practice. The Wildcats will have five weeks to install a new system implemented by offensive coordinator Liam Coen. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Coen has already “implemented some things for them,” but added there’s “a great deal to go through.” The Kentucky coach said the staff and players will need to “use...

Virus figures continue to decline for ninth straight week, positivity rate remains below four percent

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky continued to drop on Sunday, as did those hospitalized, due to the coronavirus. There were 445 new cases reported to state public health officials on Sunday, raising Kentucky’s pandemic total to 416,215. Although numbers have often been lower on Sunday, due to some labs not reporting or closed on the weekend, it still marks...

Keith Taylor: Nothing ever worked well in Kentucky’s rare losing season — when all was far from normal

What went wrong for Kentucky basketball this season? Several factors could be taken into consideration regarding the team’s first losing season since the end of the Eddie Sutton era. 
The Wildcats concluded a 9-16 campaign following a 74-73 loss to Mississippi State in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday. The loss marked the first time Kentucky had more losses...

Despite big game from freshman Dontaie Allen, Cats fall to Bulldogs in opening round of SEC tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Dontaie Allen duplicated an earlier-season performance against Mississippi State but it wasn’t enough to prolong Kentucky’s disappointing season. The freshman guard tied his career-high with 23 points in a 74-73 loss to the Bulldogs Thursday in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, although missing a chance...

No-knock warrant measure drafted in wake of Breonna Taylor incident passes House committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Senate legislation that would restrict the use of no-knock search and arrest warrants passed a House committee on Wednesday. The measure, Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, was heard by the House Judiciary Committee. He told the panel he had the bill drafted in the wake of the Breonna Taylor incident in Louisville one year ago this...

With Terrence Clarke’s return, John Calipari leaving all options open as Cats head into SEC Tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is going into the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a full deck in hand and hopes the return of Terrence Clarke will turn to be an ace for Kentucky in Nashville. “This is this time of year nothing is (left) on the table,” Calipari said Wednesday. Clarke hasn’t played since Dec. 29 and was cleared by the team’s medical staff last week. Calipari...

As expected, Kentucky unemployment rate for 2020 jumped by 50%; U.S. rate had bigger spike

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The COVID-19 pandemic caused Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate for 2020 to jump more than 50% above the 2019 figure, state officials reported on Monday. 
Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate for 2020 was 6.6%, up from 4.1% in 2019, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 
The U.S. annual...

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd blocks bills limiting Beshear’s COVID-19 powers

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd issued a temporary injunction keeping three bills passed by the General Assembly that limited the governor’s power to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic from being implemented until the merits of the case are heard. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd House Bill 1 and Senate Bills 1 and 2 were approved by the Republican...

Kentucky gets shoved around, fails to fight back in 70-62 loss to Ole Miss Tuesday night in Oxford

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky got shoved around and didn’t fight back in a 70-62 loss at Mississippi Tuesday night. The narrow setback was the second straight for the Wildcats with one game remaining in the regular season. Kentucky (8-15, 7-9 Southeastern Conference) reeled off three constructive victories before back-to-back setbacks to Florida and Ole Miss. The Wildcats host South Carolina...

Bill aimed at making election changes permanent easily passes Kentucky house on 93-4 vote

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A measure to make permanent many of the changes made because of the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020 elections passed the House Friday. House Bill 574, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Decker, R-Waddy, who said, “Kentucky enjoyed a record-breaking voter turnout in the 2020 election, and the result caused many members of the General Assembly to consider which if any of the emergency...

Florida hands Kentucky Senior Day spoiler as Gators use zone to snap Wildcats three-game win streak

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari could have easily blamed his team’s 71-67 loss to Florida on an unexpected bye week, but said his team’s performance had everything to do with the Gators instead of the seven-day layoff. “It was their zone, their 3-2 zone press that took us out of sync,” Calipari said. “It wasn’t taking a couple of days off. I don’t believe that...

Adams applauds legislation that would make some voting law changes from 2020 election permanent

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams is applauding legislation that would make permanent some of the changes implemented for the 2020 primary and general elections, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Majority Caucus Chair Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, and Rep. Jennifer Decker, R-Waddy, are each sponsoring similar legislation in their respective chambers. Secretary...