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Boone Circuit judge issues temporary restraining order to keep Beshear administration from enforcing some executive orders

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Northern Kentucky judge has issued a temporary restraining order to keep the Beshear administration from enforcing some of their executive orders issued to control the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, a hearing was held on a lawsuit filed in Boone Circuit Court by Florence Speedway (a half-mile dirt track, not to be confused with Kentucky Speedway in Sparta), and Little...

With second-highest turnout, officials from both parties calling state’s primary election a success

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Top Kentucky officials of both parties are saying the recent primary election, which was perhaps the most unusual in Kentucky history due to changes made because of the coronavirus outbreak, was a success. “This election, during the midst of a pandemic, had the second-highest voter turnout for a primary, in our history,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. According to figures from...

Kentucky records only 90 new coronavirus cases Monday, with no new deaths reported

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A low number of new cases of the coronavirus was reported on Monday and, for the first time in a number of days, no new deaths. During a press briefing held in the House Chamber of the Old State Capitol in Frankfort, Gov. Andy Beshear said there were 90 cases reported to state health officials on Monday. “This is one of the lowest Mondays we’ve had in a while. We’re...

Federal indictments returned against seven from civil unrest in Louisville, more expected

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Federal indictments have been returned against more than a half-dozen people, stemming from civil unrest in Louisville between June 1-4, according to Russell Coleman, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. 
The charges in the series of indictments of the seven men include pharmacy robberies, a carjacking and convicted felons in possession of firearms. Most...

Hundreds stand in line for hours this week to get resolutions to unemployment insurance claims

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Hundreds of Kentuckians stood in line for hours on successive days this week trying to resolve unemployment insurance claims at the state Capitol. 
According to figures released earlier this week by Gov. Andy Beshear, more than 52,000 had their cases held up for one reason or another from March, April and May. Although more than 1,100 had their claims resolved on Tuesday...

Beshear reports seven additional coronavirus deaths, 203 new cases during Tuesday briefing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A total of 203 new cases of the coronavirus and seven virus-related deaths were reported by Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday. The total number of cases has risen to at least 12,829 since the first case in Kentucky was reported in early March. The deaths are at 512. Boone and Jefferson County each had two of the latest deaths, with one each reported from Allen Green and Hardin...

Kentucky State Police announce cancellation of 2020 Trooper Island camp due to coronavirus pandemic

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s been another casualty due to the coronavirus pandemic as the Kentucky State Police announced Monday that the Trooper Island Kid’s camp this summer has been cancelled. It was supposed to be a celebration as state police planned to host the fifty-fifth year of the camp, but out of concern for safety, KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer made the tough decision to cancel...

Beyoncé urges Kentucky attorney general to file charges against officers in Breonna Taylor shooting

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today In a Sunday letter penned to her website, music superstar Beyoncé is asking Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to charge the Louisville police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor. She said the investigation into the shooting has led to weeks of protests in the city and “created more questions than answers.” Singer Beyonce Knowles wrote an open...

University of Louisville AD Vince Tyra sees good chance of football season starting on time

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today In his latest update to the University of Louisville Athletics Association (ULAA) board of directors and the media last week, Vince Tyra indicated that there is growing optimism that the 2020 college football season will kick off on time. UofL’s vice president/director of athletics cited an anticipated move by the NCAA next week as a promising sign that the Cardinals...

Beshear reports drop in virus cases, pledges better health care for state’s African American community

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A sharp drop in the number of new cases of the coronavirus, as well as deaths, was reported by Gov. Andy Beshear during a Monday press briefing. He also pledged to improve healthcare coverage for African Americans in Kentucky. He said there were 70 new cases reported Sunday and another 120 on Monday, which brings Kentucky’s total to 11,476. There was one death on Sunday,...

Mitch Barnhart says safety will be top priority as UK’s student-athletes return to campus Monday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s first priority will be safety when student-athletes return to campus Monday, says Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. Kentucky will follow the recommendations outlined by the Southeastern Conference’s Return to Activity Medical Guidance Task Force. The university will ensure that proper protocols are in place when players start arriving on campus, the AD...

Off the sidelines, Mark Stoops, UK players march against racial injustice as part of the solution

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops couldn’t sit on the sidelines any longer. The Kentucky coach and members of his team, along with Courtney Love, a former player and director of player development at Kentucky, marched in a protest against racial injustice and police violence Friday in downtown Lexington. “Generally speaking for seven years, I have played things pretty tight to the vest...

New coronavirus cases continue to spike in Kentucky with 295 reported Thursday; eight new deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another big spike in cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky was reported Thursday at Gov. Andy Beshear’s daily press briefing. A total of 295 new cases were reported to state health officials, making the pandemic total 10,705. Cases have now been reported in 119 of Kentucky’s 120 counties, Robertson County being the only one without a confirmed case. Gov. Andy Beshear...

Gov. Beshear reports spike in number of coronavirus cases, update on fatal police shooting in Louisville

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A large spike in new cases of the coronavirus and the state’s youngest victim to die from it were among the topics discussed by Gov. Andy Beshear during his daily press briefing on Wednesday. “On our list of deaths today, we have a 9-month old child from Hopkins County,” Beshear said. “The lead cause of death will not be COVID-19, but the way we have listed every...

U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, in split decision, throws out law restricting common abortion method

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A federal court of appeals panel in Cincinnati, on a split decision, has upheld a lower court ruling that threw out a Kentucky law restricting use of a common method of abortion. Legislation known as House Bill 454 passed the Kentucky General Assembly in 2018 and was signed into law by then-Gov. Matt Bevin. The measure outlawed use of a procedure called dilation and evacuation,...

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...

Voting on June 23: Postcard reminder for mail-in voting, fewer on-site voting sites, register by May 26

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite it likely being the most unusual one in state history, preparations are on schedule for Kentucky’s June 23 primary election. 
The coronavirus has played a role, not only in when the election will take place, but the manner in how it will be conducted. 
After Secretary of State Michael Adams, Kentucky’s chief election officer, sent a letter to Gov. Andy Beshear...

Bowling Green becomes Kentucky’s new hotspot in coronavirus fight as state surpasses 7,000 cases

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of positive cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky has now topped 7,000, Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday during his daily press briefing at the state Capitol. A total of 227 new cases were reported to state public health officials, making the total at least 7,080. The Bowling Green area has become the new hot spot in Kentucky as Warren County had 72 of Wednesday’s...

Federal judges rule in favor of churches, halt ban on in-person church services in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two federal judges in separate cases issued orders Friday evening halting a ban on in-person church services contained in an executive order issued by Gov. Andy Beshear due to the coronavirus pandemic. At U. S. District Court in Frankfort, Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove issued a temporary restraining order sought by Tabernacle Baptist Church of Nicholasville. The church had...

While Louisville answers notice of allegations, Pitino could also face NCAA penalties at Iona

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Overlooked in most of the initial reporting on the University of Louisville’s notice of allegations from the NCAA this week was the potential ramifications it could have for former coach Rick Pitino. Pitino, of course, was in charge when the alleged violations in the pay-for-play scandal took place in the summer and fall of 2017. He was fired in October of that year,...