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Governor had right to delay election during state of emergency, attorney general’s opinion says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Attorney General’s office released an opinion on Monday upholding Gov. Andy Beshear’s power to delay an election during a declared state of emergency. Jason Snead, Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based Honest Lections Project, sought the opinion, asking, “Whether, during a declared state of emergency, the Governor may suspend Kentucky’s laws...

Calipari says at least five players will enter NBA Draft, including SEC Player of the Year Immanuel Quickley

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is used to rotating rosters. The Kentucky coach is expecting more turnover next season. Calipari said he believes at last five players to declare for the NBA Draft, including Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Immanuel Quickley, along with Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans, EJ Montgomery and Tyrese Maxey. “My guess is four to five guys would probably...

Governor Beshear issues order restricting out-of-state travel; 42 coronavirus cases, two more deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While the number of new cases of the coronavirus was lower for the second day in a row, there were also two more deaths, and interstate travel restrictions are being put into place. During his Monday press briefing at the Capitol, Gov. Andy Beshear said there were 42 new cases, which brings the total to 480 from the pandemic. “This is good news, because other states are...

Filing deadline approaching for Small Business Administration disaster loans for 2019 flooding

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While the U.S. Small Business Administration recently approved low-interest loans to businesses impacted by the coronavirus, an earlier approval will be expiring in less than a month. The SBA is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that April 29 is the filing deadline...

Kentucky attorney general can be proactive in abortion cases under cleared House bill

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today With little discussion, a House bill allowing the Kentucky Attorney General to be proactive in cases involving abortion clinics passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, explained the measure to the panel. Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, far right, testifies to a Senate committee about a House bill that would allow...

‘Ratchet it up,’ Beshear says of next two to three weeks of fight to curb spread of coronavirus

(Click for larger image) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear says the next 2-3 weeks are going to be critical in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, and while the number of new cases dropped on Wednesday, there was also one new death. “Over the next two to three weeks, I need you to be Healthy at Home and I need you to ratchet it up multiple notches,” he said during his daily press conference....

Gov. Beshear orders ‘nonessential retail’ to close as coronavirus count exceeds 100 in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky saw its positive coronavirus cases climb over 100 and Gov. Andy Beshear said nonessential businesses would have to shutter Monday night. 
Beshear said the number of positive cases has reached 103, 16 more than Saturday’s total of 87. 

“We expected this, this is the way this virus works,” he said Sunday afternoon during his regular press conference. 
Beshear...

Quickley makes impression on Southeastern Conference; Calipari named top coach in SEC

Immanuel Quickley was named SEC Player of the Year and John Calipari took Coach of the Year honors as announced by the league Tuesday. (Photos by Tammie Brown/Keith Taylor, Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley’s transformation made an impression on the Southeastern Conference. Quickley was named the league’s Player of the Year Tuesday ahead of the conference tournament...

Berea College shutting down for semester due to coronavirus; residence halls to be vacated Saturday

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Berea College is shutting down school for the semester because of the challenges that the coronavirus brings, according to an email statement from President Lyle Roelofs, who said the school is stopping instructional activities at the end of the day Friday. Roelofs said the Administrative Committee made the decision in response to the COVID-19 challenges that will have...

County Employee Retirement System wants better representation over retirement plan

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bill proposed by the County Employee Retirement System to address their concerns about under-representation on the Kentucky Retirement Systems board cleared a House committee on Monday. Bryanna Carroll with the Kentucky League of Cities says while CERS has 76 percent of the assets and make up 64 percent of the KRS membership, they only have 35 percent of the seats on the...

Cats remain upbeat heading into Saturday’s regular-season finale against Florida Gators in Gainesville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has gotten over its disappointing loss to Tennessee and the sixth-ranked Wildcats face a tough task in a bounce-back encounter at Florida in their regular-season finale Saturday in Gainesville. Kentucky (24-6, 14-3 Southeastern Conference) let a 17-point lead slip away in an 81-73 setback to the Volunteers earlier this week. The loss was a second-half meltdown...

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes says Kentucky, Kansas still the top two teams in the country

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Rick Barnes hasn’t changed his mind about Kentucky. Even after Tennessee rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the sixth-ranked Wildcats Tuesday night, Barnes said Kentucky remains one of the top teams in the country as both teams prepare for the postseason, starting with next week’s Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville. Barnes said Kentucky and Kansas...

Governor Andy Beshear says state officials staying updated on latest coronavirus developments

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear told reporters Tuesday the state is staying on top of the coronavirus situation and remains in close contact with federal officials on the outbreak. Beshear says that included a Monday conference call with virtually every other governor, Vice-President Mike Pence, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the CDC and many others. Gov. Andy Beshear...

Bill requiring Ky. voters to show photo ID clears House; several changes made to Senate version

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation that would require all voters to show a photo ID when arriving at the polls to vote won House approval on Tuesday after several changes were made to the Senate’s original version. Rep. James Tipton, R-Taylorsville, presented the bill to his colleagues, beginning with an amendment. He told his colleagues the old method of allowing someone to vote without showing...

SEC title in hand, Wildcats still have plenty to play for; Immanuel Quickley makes history

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has secured the Southeastern Conference title and will be the top seed in the league tournament, but the Wildcats have plenty to play for during the final week of the regular season. Kentucky, which climbed to No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, hosts Tennessee on Tuesday and closes out the regular season at Florida Saturday in Gainesville. The Wildcats...

Wildcats capture 49th Southeastern Conference title; NCAA resume gets boost after topping Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky captured is 49th Southeastern Conference title Saturday, a feat that likely will boost the team’s NCAA Tournament resume nearly two weeks until Selection Sunday. The No. 8 Wildcats (24-5, 14-2) ended a rare two-game losing streak to Auburn with a 73-66 victory, securing a top seed and a double-bye for the league tournament that begins March 11 in Nashville....

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,...

Proposed amendment that would give local government more tax options passes first hurdle

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A proposed constitutional amendment that would set the stage for local governments to change to a more consumption-based taxing system passed its first legislative test on Thursday. Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Oakland, is sponsor of the legislation that has more than 50 bipartisan co-sponsors. He told the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky has all the right tools in place to be a serious national title contender

What will it take for Kentucky to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament? It obviously takes luck, skill and a lot of talent to win it all and the Wildcats have a team that’s capable of going all the way this season. It’s too early to make a projection simply because there are three more games left in the regular-season, not to mention the Southeastern Conference Tournament, but it’ safe to say...

Proposed amendment to limit the pardon power of Kentucky governors passes state senate

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A proposed constitutional amendment to limit the pardon power of Kentucky governors passed the state Senate on Wednesday. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Christian McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, would ban gubernatorial pardons and commutations during the period 30 days before the election to Inauguration Day. It came in response to former Gov. Matt Bevin pardoning hundreds of people,...