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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a stunning admission Tuesday when he went on the "Hugh Hewitt Show" and acknowledged that President Donald Trump has botched the federal government's response to the coronavirus. Oh, he didn't come right out and say, "Trump has screwed this up…

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Buried in a bill passed by the General Assembly on its way out the door is a single word added to a single Kentucky Revised Statute. The addition of that one word makes it possible for mail-in voting to happen in Kentucky. House Bill 351 was passed by the legislature on April 1, the day they…

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Gov. Andy Beshear proved during his time as attorney general, with his rulings favorable to newspapers on open records laws, and now as governor of Kentucky that he is a friend to our industry. Just last week, Beshear vetoed House Bill 195, which would have taken legal notices out of newspap…

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Last week, Ginny Ramsey’s phone wouldn’t stop ringing. Could the Catholic Action Center, a privately-funded Lexington homeless shelter, take someone who was discharged from a hospital? A shelter in a surrounding county was no longer taking new clients, was there room at the Lexington shelter…

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Baptist Health Lexington has turned back the clock to find ways to treat the new coronavirus called COVID-19. The local hospital has used blood plasma transfusions from a recovered coronavirus patient, a method used to treat the 1918 flu pandemic, the 2009 H1N1 illness and the 2014 Ebola out…

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All right, Kentucky, we’ve got the most popular governor in the country. I’m not measuring this in T-shirt sales, political polls or even that cringe-worthy story in Salon titled “Govern Me Daddy: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear a clean-cut sex symbol for the coronavirus age." This isn’t even…

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Earlier this week, a drone was found on the roof of the Logan County Detention Center while jail staff was conducting preventative maintenance. “Why a drone could be flying over the jail and crash-land on the roof could be a few things,” said jailer Phil Gregory. “One could be to drop off dr…

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Rep. Brett Guthrie said small businesses should be able to start receiving government-backed loans through the massive federal coronavirus relief package this week. But the timeline for individuals to receive checks included in the bill has not yet been set. Guthrie spoke to reporters Thursd…

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, companies around the country are finding ways to retune their operations to provide Personal Protective Equipment for medical professionals. A week ago, a Madisonville plant was approached to do the same. Berry Plastics is now assembling 75,000 face shields per …

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A third death in Hopkins County from the coronavirus became official Thursday. And after weeks of resistance, the Judge-Executive imposed a partial curfew. “I’m not a big government guy,” Jack Whitfield Jr. said during a Facebook Live briefing. “But my first responsibility is the health and …

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A Lexington-based uniform company that provides N95 masks to police has been accused of price gouging by two Arizona lawmakers. Galls, a uniform, equipment and gear store that sells to law enforcement and public service professionals, has been accused of spiking its N95 mask prices by 500 pe…

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Gov. Andy Beshear wants multinational company 3M to release its patent for the N95 respirator — a desperately needed type of protective gear that's difficult to get during the coronavirus pandemic — so that more manufacturers can start making it. Beshear spoke pointedly about 3M Wednesday ev…

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UK Healthcare, Kentucky's largest hospital system, announced Friday morning that it is establishing a 400-bed field hospital at Nutter Field House, in case there is a surge of COVID-19 patients in the commonwealth. Meanwhile, Gov. Andy Beshear announced a new executive order that mainly adds…

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With mortgage payments coming due and first-time unemployment claims rising to new records, the Kentucky Housing Corporation’s phone lines were swamped Wednesday. Besieged by anxious borrowers feeling a financial pinch from the coronavirus on the first day of the month, 11 KHC staff members …

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may see the chamber's majority slip through his fingers in 2020, according to the two leading political handicappers in Washington. The Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia have made slight yet important ch…

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Gov. Andy Beshear announced 100 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky Thursday and 11 new deaths related to the novel coronavirus. That brings the statewide totals to 770 cases and at least 30 deaths. “While the overall number of 100 seems like a lot, it’s not escalating as much as we’…

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In preparation for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients, UK HealthCare said it is planning to construct a 400-bed field hospital at the Nutter Field House. The state’s largest hospital system announced its plans for the “turnkey temporary medical facility” Friday morning, and said it will …

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Coronavirus seems to be causing gun sales to skyrocket across the country – but perhaps not in one of the most gun-filled states. Kentucky was the only state to have a decrease in gun background checks, according to data released by the FBI Wednesday. The data summarizes all gun background c…

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As the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact businesses, schools and other regular services, one local family is also facing a delayed military homecoming. Kassidy Chick hasn’t seen her husband Mason since last year when he was deployed in May with the U.S. Army to South K…

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The coronavirus outbreak has had a drastic impact on our way of life. Terms like “social distancing” were unknown just days ago; now, they’re the new normal.

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Maybe it’s time to stop dwelling on the COVID-19 head count. Initially, it was international news from China, later Italy and eventually most everywhere, each coming with specific case numbers and mounting death tolls. The tally became a way to track it’s progress. It startled us when the fi…

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The judge-executive of Eastern Kentucky’s largest county sharply criticized residents during a news conference Wednesday when he announced that Pike County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19, saying many residents have refused to abide by social distancing guidelines that will be criti…

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With Kentucky’s economy thrown into chaos by the novel coronavirus and the shutdown of normal life, the General Assembly on Wednesday approved a quickly written one-year state budget that will maintain most government spending at current levels while allowing for cuts as necessary. Gone are …

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Steadily declining inmate numbers, judges issuing lower bonds and more suspects being cited instead of arrested. While the legal system grapples with how to sustain its normal operations amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the immediate fallout reads like a defense attorney’s w…

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If residents don’t practice social distancing, an estimated 29,500 Kentuckians could die of the coronavirus, Gov. Andy Beshear reported during his Wednesday press conference. That’s based on President Donald Trump’s model, which showed more than 2 million Americans could die if residents don…

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A common story told among veterans returning from World War II is that, “the second thing they did when they got home, was put down their duffel bags.” The baby boom era in the United States began in 1946 and lasted until 1964 and was the result of a lot of social norms being “pent” back due…

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear called out the county he has deep roots in Wednesday during his daily coronavirus briefing. In the process, he released more details about how the virus has spread and killed two people in Hopkins County. Beshear read an edited report from the Hopkins County Health…

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In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, James Village apartment tenants in Hopkinsville received a letter Wednesday threatening eviction if they can’t pay their rent. However, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, the state supreme court and even the federal CARES Act have halted evictions and foreclos…

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The workers at the Budge Industries production facility in Henderson have gone from producing car and RV covers shipped all over North America to making protective face masks for Tri-State hospitals. And here's the kicker: the company is doing it absolutely free of charge. The first batch of…

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The federal lawsuit against former LaRue County High School principal Kyle Goodlett, and the LaRue County School District has been dismissed without prejudice. A suit that was filed by eight former students of LaRue County High School on September 20, 2017 entered into mediation on December …

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With federal stimulus funds soon to be dispersed, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is warning taxpayers to be alert for possible scams. Officials noted that for most Americans, the funds that include $1,200 for individuals, $2,400 for a married couple, and $500 for each child, will be direct depos…

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Small-business owners pour their heart and soul into their operation. So when they’re forced to close their doors, it’s hard. Jorga Greenwell of the Purple Rose Salon received the news on St. Patrick’s Day her business would have to be closed by 5 p.m. the next day as part of the ongoing res…

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It’s been a long three and a half years to convert the former Trapp Elementary School in Clark County into a transitional home for female homeless veterans. The organization was ready to dedicate the facility later this month, but the festivities have been postponed as the coronavirus pandem…

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear reported 93 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, ratcheting Kentucky’s total up to at least 687. The governor also announced at least two new deaths: a 60-year-old man in Daviess County, and a 76-year-old woman in Hopkins County. A third death, which the gove…

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A biopharmaceutical company in Kentucky is putting one of the state’s strongest resources — tobacco — to good use. Kentucky BioProcessing, based in Owensboro, has joined the coronavirus vaccine race and is using tobacco to do it, according to an announcement from British American Tobacco, Ke…

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A former Eastern Kentucky University president is among hundreds of passengers stuck on a cruise ship that has cases of COVID-19. Doug Whitlock, who retired in 2013 after six years as EKU’s president and more than 40 years working for the university, boarded the Coral Princess with his wife,…

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A church revival that took place in mid-March has been linked to at least 28 cases of the novel coronavirus and two deaths in a small Kentucky community. Hopkins County "has been hit really, really hard" by the event, Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday while addressing the revival. "When peopl…

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Gov. Andy Beshear has scheduled a conference call with Kentucky school superintendents Thursday afternoon as he weighs potentially longer school closures. After initially recommending public schools close for at least two weeks starting in mid-March, Beshear later extended the closures until…

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You could feel Republican congressional candidate Todd McMurtry smiling through the phone. President Donald Trump had just demanded incumbent Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie be expelled from the GOP for doing what the liberty apostle has done best in Congress — say no. Massie declined to go alon…

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Nearly 113,000 Kentuckians filed for unemployment last week as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll on the economy. Nationwide, some 6.6 million Americans submitted new jobless claims during the week ending on March 28, the second week in a row that numbers reached record high…

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Even The Great American Brass Band Festival isn’t immune to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the current state of affairs concerning the spread of the coronavirus, Danville's 31st annual GABBF will be a one-day, scaled-down version of the iconic festival later in July.

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David Whisman, 31, last talked with his mother on Oct. 7. On Oct. 8, she filed a missing persons report with the Kentucky State Police. Whisman’s body was discovered Monday around 6 p.m. in a building located behind the Recycling Center on River Road in Cynthiana. Police Chief Doug Robinson …

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When Gov. Andy Beshear announced restrictions Monday on Kentuckians traveling out of state, no one was happier than Simpson County Judge-Executive Mason Barnes. In fact, Barnes might actually have prompted the governor’s latest action to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in …

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Car curbs were installed by Franklin city workers from City Public Works near the Monarch Waystation garden at the Old Jail on Feb. 20. The Franklin Garden Club will be decorating the walkway next to the garden soon.

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A Franklin man was taken Tristar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville for treatment following a head on collision on Bowling Green Road on Sunday, March 22.