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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...

Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky remains a ‘very fragile place’ as coronavirus cases top 13,000

(Click for larger image) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky has now had more than 13,000 cases of the coronavirus, according to figures released Thursday by Gov. Andy Beshear. A total of 234 new cases were reported to state public health officials, bringing the total to 13,197. “We have to make sure that we can keep our number of new cases in this type of range,” Beshear stated. “To give...

Beshear announces new help for state’s unemployed; 170 new virus cases, six new deaths reported

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear said there were 170 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday along with six more deaths and he announced new help for Kentucky’s unemployed who have not received their benefits. The total number of COVID-19 cases now stands at 12,995, while 518 Kentuckians have lost their lives to the disease, since the first case was confirmed on March 6. Four of today’s...

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...

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,...

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron asks legislators for law to limit governor’s powers

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron urged lawmakers to consider making changes to the law that gives a governor emergency powers. During testimony before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Cameron said the law passed in 1998, known as KRS Chapter 39A, mentioned many potential emergency situations. “Even with this comprehensive list, I’m...

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,...

Focus On Race Relations Frankfort group condemns effigy hanging on 111th anniversary of lynching

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An event to condemn the hanging in effigy of Gov. Andy Beshear last month, as well as to mark the 111th anniversary of the lynching of an African American man on a Frankfort bridge, took place this week on the Capitol grounds. Focus On Race Relations Frankfort sponsored the Wednesday event that was attended by several hundred people, which had community representatives speak,...

Beshear: ‘Unacceptable’ officers had body cameras turned off; Louisville man fatally shot by police

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear didn’t mince words on Monday night after a long day for him that started with an early-morning phone call. “It is unacceptable that the officers that responded did not have body cameras on and recording,” he said during a Monday evening press conference at the Capitol. Beshear was addressing the fatal shooting of a Louisville man early Monday morning...

‘You can’t fight violence with violence,’ says mother of Louisville shooting victim Breonna Taylor

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear held a press conference on Monday to discuss the violence in Louisville these past few days in the wake of the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, a black EMT worker who was shot to death at her home in March by police. The protests followed the release of a 911 call Taylor’s boyfriend made on March 13, moments after the 26-year-old was shot eight times...

Kentucky National Guard troops remain in Louisville for second night to provide community support

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky National Guard troops remain deployed in Louisville for a second consecutive night on Sunday. Called out on Saturday at the request of Gov. Andy Beshear and the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Guard says they will continue to provide support in and around Louisville to help provide safety and protection to residents and property. More than 400 KNG members...

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...

After being re-elected, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice Minton sworn into office remotely

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr., after being re-elected to that position by the justices, was sworn into that office remotely by Deputy Chief Justice Lisabeth T. Hughes. With the re-election to another four years, Minton became only the second chief justice in Kentucky to be chosen to serve four terms. Hughes says if you look at Minton’s leadership...