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Customs officers seize counterfeit designer apparel in Louisville, illegal drugs at in Erlanger

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Customs and Border Protection officers in Kentucky have had a busy couple of days, seizing counterfeit designer apparel and illegal drugs disguised as a powdered drink mix. 
In Louisville, officers found five shipments in one night, containing counterfeit handbags, wallets, shoes, purses, and other items worth more than $1.1 million, according to the manufacturer’s suggested...

Ky. Supreme Court rules historical horse racing isn’t pari-mutuel wagering, illegal under current law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court issued an opinion Thursday where they unanimously agreed that historical horse racing is not pari-mutuel wagering and is therefore illegal under state law, concluding a decade long battle. This is the second time the case has come before the justices, and this ruling followed oral arguments that were held in August. Kentucky’s Supreme Court...

Three state legislators have tested positive for COVID; infectious disease specialist dies

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today At least three Kentucky lawmakers have now tested positive for the coronavirus. 
The Senate Democratic Caucus announced that Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, admitted himself to the hospital last week, after experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and received the prognosis. Sen. Gerald Neal 
“Sen. Neal is a champion and fighter for his community in the state legislature,”...

Nearly a quarter million Kentuckians have requested absentee ballots for the November election

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today With less than 60 days to go until the general election in November, hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians have already requested an absentee ballot online. 
As of Friday, the Secretary of State’s office reports 223,000 requests for ballots have been submitted at govoteky.com.  That’s the website where, among other things, you can register to vote, check your registration...

Kentucky law enforcement out in force this weekend to keep highways safe for the holidays

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Law enforcement in Kentucky now has three separate highway programs in effect to make the roads safer during the long Labor Day weekend. 
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign began Aug. 21, with law enforcement officers looking especially for drunk drivers since highway safety officials say impaired driving-related crashes tend to increase during the Labor...

Remnants of Hurricane Laura will make their way into Kentucky, bringing rain and breezy conditions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The remnants of Hurricane Laura will begin affecting Kentucky today, bringing rain and breezy conditions, with a small possibility of tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service. While Laura had maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour when it made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana early Thursday morning, Forecaster Joe Sullivan with the NWS Louisville office...

Long-term and childcare facilities share frustrations with Health, Welfare and Family Services Committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Representatives for long-term and child-care facilities expressed their concern and financial frustration over the effects of the coronavirus to a legislative committee meeting on Wednesday. Betsy Johnson, president of the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities, reminded the Interim Joint Health, Welfare and Family Services Committee, “COVID deaths in long-term...

U.S. Customs officers seize meth hidden in yarn spools, counterfeit phone fronts at two Kentucky ports

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Louisville on Wednesday discovered a 46-pound shipment of methamphetamine hidden within yarn spools, which was worth more than $400,000. 
CBP officers seized a shipment from Mexico that listed the contents as handcrafted gifts.  They held the package for a closer examination and inspected the shipment after a narcotics drug...

Gov. Andy Beshear calls rise in COVID deaths alarming after 38 die from virus in past three days

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced another high number of new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, along with the third day in a row of double-digit deaths reported to state health officials. During a press briefing at the Capitol, the governor said there were 726 new cases, 101 of which involved children 18 years of age and younger. That brings the total cases to 41,626 since the first...

Gov. Andy Beshear reports 12 new coronavirus deaths as cases top 40,000 in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another deadly day for the coronavirus in Kentucky on Tuesday as a dozen deaths were announced, and the total number of cases has advanced past 40,000 after another 627 was reported. “This is about what we’ve seen on other Tuesdays going back three or four weeks,” Gov. Andy Beshear said during a Tuesday Capitol briefing. “We’re announcing 627 new cases of COVID-19,...

Louisville Mayor could face vote of no-confidence after seven council members request resignation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The seven Republican members of Louisville Metro Council are co-sponsoring a resolution seeking a vote of no-confidence in the leadership of Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat, and requesting his resignation from office. This is the latest fallout from the investigation into the shooting death of Louisville EMT Breonna Taylor, by Louisville narcotics detectives while serving...

Beshear, Rogers celebrate completion of abandoned mine lands project with virtual ribbon cutting

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A virtual ribbon-cutting took place at the State Capitol and three other locations on Thursday to officially mark the completion of abandoned mine land projects in eastern Kentucky. Gov. Andy Beshear and Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, did the honors in the Capitol Rotunda, while others involved in the projects also did ribbon-cuttings simultaneously in...

Gov. Andy Beshear reports third straight day of decreases in new coronavirus cases, positivity rate

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today For the third day in a row, new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky drop by more than 100 over the previous day, although there were also two more deaths. During a Capitol press briefing on Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 323 new cases, making the state’s total 31,568, since the first one was reported on March 6. The new cases included 12 children under the age of...

Coronavirus is not going away any time soon, state health expert warns General Assembly committee

Members of the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Health and Welfare Committee heard from acting State Epidemiologist Dr. Doug Thoroughman on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They listened with masks and were properly social distanced from each other. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The coronavirus and how long everyone will have to be dealing with it...

White House virus coordinator meets with Kentucky leaders; Beshear says new restrictions coming

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, met with reporters Sunday afternoon after meeting with community, business and health leaders about dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Andy Beshear says he will announce new restrictions Monday afternoon, likely including closing bars, due to the recent spike in cases. During a press...

Gov. Andy Beshear announces 583 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths on Saturday; now 22,184 in Kentucky

This map from the Kentucky Department of Public Health shows the total number of people who have been tested positive for COVID-19 by county as of Saturday, July 18, 2020. (Click for larger image) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The second-highest daily total of new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky were reported on Saturday, continuing the rising trend of recent days. Gov. Andy Beshear announced 583...

With 477 new virus cases, 10 new deaths reported Wednesday, Beshear says masks remain critical

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another high number of new cases of the coronavirus was reported to state health officials on Wednesday but was nearly 100 less than Tuesday’s near-record total. Gov. Andy Beshear said there have now been at least 20,677 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 477 of which were newly reported Wednesday, down from the previous day’s 576. The Governor emphasized that the continuing...

Beshear reports 277 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths; uptick noted in cases among young children

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While the number of new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky dropped on Monday, but Gov. Andy Beshear says the number doesn’t tell the true story. “Today, we’re reporting 277 new cases of COVID-19,” he said. “That number is down because there is a small number of results that came in today from over the weekend. We expect this number, sadly, to be higher on Tuesday.” That...

Gov. Andy Beshear promises more action will be taken to curb spread as coronavirus cases spike

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky continues to spike, reaching nearly 18,000 and prompting Gov. Andy Beshear to promise new action will be taken to halt the recent trend. “The rising case numbers are cause for concern, so on Thursday we’re going to announce some new requirements that are going to be mandatory,” he said. “Given what we are seeing...

Governor reports 371 additional COVID-19 cases; nine new deaths leaves state with 602 lost to virus

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky has now seen more than 600 deaths due to the coronavirus, as well as a massive spike in new cases, Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Tuesday. 
A total of 371 new cases, the highest total since May 5, were reported to state officials, making the pandemic total at least 17,519. 
“Today is a tough day in our fight against the coronavirus,” Beshear said. “While...