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Kentucky National Guard will deploy to Washington D.C., state Capitol on inauguration day

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky National Guard is sending 270 members to Washington, D.C., for the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. The soldiers and airmen will assist in protecting property and providing a safe environment for citizens to exercise their right to peacefully assemble and protest. These Guardsmen will begin leaving the state in the next several days, and will be...

Budget bills for state’s three branches of government continue to advance in Senate committee Tuesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Budget bills for the three branches of Government in Kentucky continue to advance in the General Assembly, winning Senate committee approval on Tuesday. The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee approved the measures covering the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches. Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue Co-chair Sen. Christian McDaniel, R-Taylor...

With veto-proof power, House Republicans keep foot on gas in early days of General Assembly session

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Armed with veto-proof power, Republican lawmakers were off and running on their top priorities Thursday. The third full day of the legislative session saw 10 bills – five in each chamber – being fast-tracked before Gov. Andy Beshear could give his State of the Commonwealth address later in the evening. It was a lightning-fast day when the House zipped through...

COVID claims 21 Kentuckians as 1,509 cases are reported Sunday; some counties out of red

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There were 21 more COVID-19 related deaths reported in Kentucky on Sunday, along with 1,509 new cases. 

 However, both numbers are lower than a week ago, when there were 26 deaths and 1,765 new cases, which could be an indication of flattening the curve, or even the start of a decline. Kentucky has now seen 257,063 positive cases since the start of the pandemic, while...

U.S. Customs in Erlanger intercepts millions of dollars in fake jewelry shipped from China

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It’s back to the drawing board for some people wanting to sell fake jewelry and watches for Christmas as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Cincinnati seized over $9.5 million of counterfeit products in two shipments. Fake jewelry (U.S. Customs photo) 
One, which originated from Shenzen, China, was being sent to a home in Norcross, Georgia. Although...

‘Beginning of the end’: Major milestone in virus fight as Kentucky receives first vaccine shipment

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Sunday saw a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19, as the first shipment of vaccine arrived in Kentucky. The initial shipment of the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was delivered to Louisville’s UPS Worldport. It was the first vaccine to win approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, receiving final regulatory approval Friday evening. The first shipment...

Attorney General Daniel Cameron optimistic the U.S. Supreme Court will overrule Beshear order

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron is awaiting word on whether the U. S. Supreme Court will take up his appeal of a ruling by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which upheld Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order closing private religious schools through the end of the year. “The process can go one of two ways,” Cameron told Kentucky Today on Tuesday. “Justice Brett...

Federal appeals court sides with Beshear, allows order to halt classes at private religious schools

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A federal appeals court on Sunday morning sided with Gov. Andy Beshear’s order to close religious private schools and others in the state as the coronavirus rages in Kentucky. The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati granted Beshear’s request to temporarily halt a judge’s ruling that would have allowed 17 private Christian schools to reopen. Those schools...

Kentucky Christian schools, parents file briefs in support of lawsuit against Beshear school closures

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Seventeen Kentucky Christian schools and more than 1,000 Kentucky parents filed separate briefs in support of a federal lawsuit against Gov. Andy Beshear’s order halting in-person instruction at public and private K-12 schools. The amicus brief filed Monday by the parents said Beshear’s executive order violates Danville Christian Academy’s right to the free...

Kyra Elzy named interim head coach for UK women’s basketball after retirement of Matthew Mitchell

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kyra Elzy played for the best and coached alongside the all-time winningest coach in women’s basketball history at the University of Kentucky. Elzy, who won two national championships as a player at the University of Tennessee under the tutelage of late legendary coach Pat Summitt, was named interim head coach at Kentucky last week after Matthew Mitchell announced...

First-time Kentucky Disaster Relief worker overwhelmed by ‘heart-opening’ experience

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Carrie Fondaw’s first experience as a volunteer with Kentucky Disaster Relief wasn’t just eye-opening. It was heart-opening. The 54-year-old Benton woman had longed for an opportunity to work on a mission with DR volunteers, but her health had kept her from doing it. A pituitary tumor had caused uncontrollable weight gain and led her to be wheelchair-bound in most...

Senator Reginald Thomas proposes legislation to increase Kentucky’s minimum wage to $15 an hour

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation is being prepared for the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly to increase the minimum wage for workers in Kentucky. The proposal, from Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, would raise the minimum wage with staggered increases over the next five years, ultimately bringing the minimum wage up to $15 an hour by 2026. Another provision would let individual cities enact...

Louisville’s conference schedule finally arrives, ACC home debut set for Dec. 16 against N.C. State

Chris Mack and the Cardinals have the ACC portion of the schedule mostly set. (UofL photo) By Russ Brown Kentucky Today It took much longer than usual due to complications from the coronavirus pandemic, but Louisville’s 2020-21 basketball schedule was finally released Tuesday morning, providing the first look at the Cardinals’ 20-game Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. However, it’s...

Kentucky Attorney General joins Republican AGs in legal action over Pennsylvania mail-in ballots

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has joined the Republican Attorneys General Association to bring legal action against the process of counting mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. He is one of 10 Republican attorneys general who signed onto an amicus brief supporting a Republican lawsuit arguing absentee ballots received after Nov. 3 should not be counted in Pennsylvania...

Kentucky Republican leaders tout stronger supermajority during news conference in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three of Kentucky’s top Republican leaders spoke to reporters Friday about the huge gains the GOP has made in the state over the past 36 years. During a press conference at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was joined by Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and House Speaker David Osborne, R-Prospect. They pointed...

Kentucky voters say ‘yes’ to crime victims rights, ‘no’ to longer terms for judges; final count due Friday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There were two proposed Constitutional amendments on the ballot during the general election, and although not all the votes have been counted, one is passing easily, while the other is heading to defeat. It was a successful second time around for a victims’ rights amendment, commonly called Marsy’s Law, which is named after a California murder victim whose mother was...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizes 134 pounds of methamphetamine at Port of Cincinnati

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It’s been a busy week for U.S Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Cincinnati, located in Erlanger, as they have seized 134 pounds of methamphetamine over the last five days, which they say is valued at $1.2 million. Methamphetamine valued at $1.2 million was seized by U.S. customs over a five-day period. According to the CBP, the drugs were in nine separate...

Recent audit finds several Kentucky counties are in violation of state’s long-standing ethics laws

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Auditor Mike Harmon issued a data bulletin on Wednesday in which he says several Kentucky counties are in violation of ethics laws passed by the General Assembly more than 25 years ago. In response to the Operation Boptrot scandal of the early 1990s, when 17 lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists were convicted on federal corruption charges, the General Assembly passed...

Kentucky receives $900,000 in deceptive marketing settlement with surgical mesh maker C.R. Bard, Inc.

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky will receive more than $900,000 as its share of a $60 million settlement by 48 states and the District of Columbia with C.R. Bard, Inc. and its parent company Becton, Dickinson and Company, for the deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices. Attorney General Daniel Cameron Kentucky’s share is $918,583, Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on...

KYTC warns fall mowing season is underway — signs will be removed from roadsides; don’t put them there

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today With fall mowing season underway along highways around the state, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet warns they are collecting signs from the roadsides. 
Political candidates, residents, business operators, and property owners along US and KY routes are reminded that no signage is allowed on the right of way, other than official highway signs and items approved through...