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Filly by Tapit brings $1.25 million to top Sunday’s opening session Day of Keeneland September Sale

Claiborne Farm, agent, paid $1.25 million for a filly by leading sire Tapit out of Grade 1 winner Embellish the Lace to top Sunday’s first session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale on a day marked by brisk trade and the sale of five horses for $1 million or more. On Sunday, the first of two sessions of the Book 1 catalog, Keeneland sold 109 yearlings for a total of $40,680,000, for an average...

Old State Capitol and Kentucky Military History Museum now open to visitors; masks required

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has announced the reopening of the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum to visitors. KHS members receive free admission to all three sites on the Kentucky Historical Society campus. Non-members can purchase tickets in-person at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History or online. Reopening of the facilities are in accordance with Healthy...

Deadliest week on record as Beshear reports on COVID, freezes evictions, mandates face coverings

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It was another big day in new cases of the coronavirus, including 11 deaths, making this week the deadliest since the pandemic started in early March. Since Sunday, 66 people have died from the virus. 
Gov. Andy Beshear reported 809 new cases – the fourth consecutive day where new cases exceeded 800 – were reported to state health officials. Ninety-eight of them...

Despite COVID-19 challenges, UofL incoming freshmen totals show slight increase this fall

By Janet Cappiello University of Louisville The University of Louisville’s 2020 move-in dates were spread out over several days this year for safety. Despite the enormous challenges necessitated by the ongoing global health emergency, thousands of students started fall classes at UofL on Aug. 17 and preliminary totals show the number of incoming freshmen has increased slightly over last year. As...

Kentucky health chief tells businesses that masks are key; lawyer tells how to enforce mandate

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The state’s top physician often says that basic public-health measures – like washing our hands, staying six feet apart and wearing a mask – are all we have right now to thwart the spread of the novel coronavirus until we get a vaccine. But masks are the most important, he indicated Friday. “That single measure is felt to be really a linchpin...

Daily Yonder: Unique spokesman helps spread the word of dangers of COVID-19 among miners

When the Appalachian Citizens Law Center (ACLC) went looking for someone to help them publicize the risk of Covid-19 for coal miners with black lung disease, they wanted a person miners could trust. And, since church gatherings represent one way the virus has spread in rural areas, the law center was also looking for someone who could address Covid-19 from a perspective of faith. Retired miner Buddy...

Murray State to host online Family Weekend event Sept. 11-12; parents may also visit campus

Murray State University will host an online Family Weekend event from Sept. 11-12, offering Racers and their families plenty of virtual activities in the name of Racer spirit. Family Weekend 2020, planned with social distancing and Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines in mind, encourages students to share their college experience with their loved ones. Planned virtual activities include the following: •...

Take it from Dr. Jeff Foxx, this is no time to take your guard down on COVID-19; he speaks from experience

Jeff Foxx, MD, will be the first to tell you that COVID-19 almost killed him. After battling the disease for a month at Baptist Health Lexington, at times in a coma and on a ventilator, he is a survivor. Now he wants to share his story to encourage the community to continue taking safety precautions that can stem the spread of the virus. Dr. Jeff Foxx with his dog Daisy enjoy the outdoors at Jacobson...

Healthy@school guidance issued for upcoming school year — and, yes, students should wear masks

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education, issued the highly anticipated guidance for schools and districts on how to safely reopen for the upcoming school year amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. The release of the 24-page document, “Safety Expectations and Best Practices Guidelines for Kentucky Schools (K-12),” was announced by...

Dr. Kevin Kavanagh: The virus is winning, and COVID-19 will not be defeated by false narratives

Society is struggling on two fronts, both for social justice and at the same time to control a raging epidemic. The epidemic of COVID-19 may be with us for a long time — and those who try to minimize it are doing so by placing front-line workers and economically disadvantaged populations at risk. I have been asked by many if I am on the side of the far right, whose narrative trivializes the dangers...

UK restart playbook begins and ends classes early, includes robust plan for testing, screening, tracing

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky on Tuesday released the pillars of its restart plan for the fall, which makes clear a commitment to returning to a residential campus experience in August: -In-person classes beginning a week early on Aug. 17 and end at Thanksgiving. -Testing for students for COVID-19, daily assessment for symptoms and mask-wearing in most places on campus. -Working...

Beshear announces limited service reopening of regional driver licensing office in Morehead

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet regional driver’s licensing office in Morehead will reopen for limited services starting Wednesday (June 10). It is part of Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative to safely reopen essential Executive Branch offices and services that were closed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus 2019. Gov. Andy Beshear“We are gradually...

Gov. Andy Beshear reports 135 new COVID cases, 10 deaths; talks more reopenings and food for kids

Gov. Andy Beshear reported in his daily briefing 135 new cases and 10 deaths, raising the state’s totals to 8,236 cases and 386 deaths. At least 3,008 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. Healthy at Work The Governor also announced auctions could be held starting June 1. Horse shows can be held again starting on June 8. Bars, gatherings with 50 people or fewer and venues that hold 50 people...

Kentucky marks single-day record of coronavirus deaths on eve of retail reopening; cases top 8,000

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A reported 20 deaths was Kentucky’s highest single-day total since the start of the coronavirus and the total number of positive cases topped the 8,000 mark on Tuesday. During his daily press briefing at the Capitol, Gov. Andy Beshear revealed the record number of deaths that brought the total to 386. Of Tuesday’s deaths, three were in both Adair and Edmonson counties;...

Louisville researcher studying link between personality, following coronavirus guidelines

By Baylee Pulliam University of Louisville Do extroverts have a harder time with social distancing? Are conscientious people more likely to wear face masks? University of Louisville researcher Michael Cunningham is investigating what factors, including personality, influence individual decisions on whether to take preventative measures that could help stymie the spread of coronavirus. Michael Cunningham “We...

Constance Alexander: Here’s to the incredible Class of 2020, may your memories live as long as you do

All over the country, teenagers are missing the pomp and circumstance associated with graduation. When schools closed in March, it was uncertain how long lockdown would last. Soon after, it became clear that staying home and social distancing were essential to prevent further onslaught of COVID-19. For the Class of 2020, school was out forever. No more homeroom, lockers, or lunch periods. Forget the...

Beshear says coronavirus numbers holding steady in Kentucky, but state’s fight is far from over

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A total of 177 new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Kentucky on Friday, along with eight more deaths, bringing the totals to 4,879 and 248, respectively. During his daily press briefing, Gov. Andy Beshear said the numbers continue to hold steady. “If you look at the number of cases, say over three days or even day today, it’s about a plateau, even though we...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A look at the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on outdoor activities in Ky.

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak has reached into the outdoors, where we practice social distancing on purpose. Fishing and hunting are open in Kentucky but there have been some changes enacted because of the health emergency. Here’s some news and observations about fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities in Kentucky during the COVID-19 outbreak. On its website the Kentucky Department of...

Constance Alexander: Nickole Brown’s The Donkey Elegies offers praise to the unsung beasts of burden

The other morning at 6:15, I finally plucked The Donkey Elegies from my bedside table. I’d waited to indulge my passion for poetry until I could no longer tolerate “social distancing.” Fluffing up the pillows and yearning to be transported to a world away from COVID-19, I sank back in the covers to read Nickole Brown’s amazing chapbook. From page 1, the poet’s metaphors made the beasts come...

Kentucky cattle producers finding alternate ways of purchasing bulls while social distancing

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Traditionally, buying bulls is a very social business. Producers often visit farms, go to auctions or open houses to purchase animals, but that’s out of the question until the travel restrictions and social distancing requirements of COVID-19 begin to loosen. “Many seedstock producers are already using the internet to help market their bulls, and this crisis...