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Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration says it has stopped a harmful and possibly unlawful practice of garnishing the wages of thousands of low-income Kentuckians with tardy medical bills from University of Kentucky HealthCare. Jill Midkiff, spokeswoman for the Finance and Administration Cabinet…

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In the midst of the largest and most challenging global health pandemic of our time, it is not only fitting but also more important than ever that we recognize and thank the teams at health departments across our state. This week marks the 25th annual National Public Health Week, which is ce…

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What more could be done to combat the spread of the coronavirus? National health experts continue to warn that failure to observe containment actions in a consistent and serious manner could result in more cities and communities experiencing statistically similar levels of infection, illness…

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The state of Kentucky should get $2.41 billion from the CARES Act coronavirus relief package that Congress passed last month, with the largest sum — $1.59 billion — going to state government to help it cover virus-related expenses through Dec. 30. Smaller sums will go to schools, universitie…

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Severe thunderstorms ripped through Kentucky Wednesday night into Thursday morning, leaving damaged homes and fallen trees around the state. Meteorologist Chris Bailey expected the storms, and said on Kentucky Weather that large hail, damaging winds and even tornadoes were possible. Bailey a…

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Congressman Brett Guthrie said this week he supports funneling additional money into the program geared toward rescuing small businesses crippled by the coronavirus pandemic. But in a phone interview this week, Guthrie, a Bowling Green Republican, said the rest of the $2 trillion coronavirus…

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The late Tom Petty put it well in a rock song: the waiting is the hardest part. Especially when shut-down business owners are waiting to reopen, and potentially losing money as they do. Federal help is available for businesses enduring the coronavirus. The president of the Hopkins County Eco…

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The fight against coronavirus in Hopkins County could wind up involving “well into the hundreds” of cases. Hopkins County Health Department Director Denise Beach used those words during a video conference meeting of the county health board. She noted the virus now affects two long-term care …

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Kentucky saw its largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases Wednesday with 204 new cases for a total of 1,346 in the commonwealth. Eight new deaths were recorded as well, for a total of 73. Meanwhile, Baptist Health, which operates hospitals across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, includ…

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Nursing homes that care for Kentucky's most vulnerable residents are quickly becoming the next battleground in the state's coronavirus outbreak — and some say they don't have the weapons they need to fight it. Facilities statewide are running short on masks, gloves and gowns that help protec…

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Doctors in Kentuckyand Indiana are trying to use a treatment method that's more than a century old to help patients with COVID-19, but to do that they need to find people who've recovered from the coronavirus and are able to donate blood plasma. The principle of using "convalescent plasma" d…

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Tens of thousands of people have called a tip line Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear set up on March 23 to let people turn in employers and neighbors who are violating the state’s orders to close “non-essential” businesses and cancel gatherings of all sizes to slow the spread of COVID-19. The resul…

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Some of the most financially-distressed local governments in Kentucky, particularly those in the state’s eastern coalfield, are bracing for large reductions in tax revenue that could jeopardize funding for a variety of essential services, including road maintenance, jails and senior centers.…

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Gov. Andy Beshear announced 204 new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky Wednesday, the highest daily increase yet, bringing the statewide total to 1,346. He announced eight new deaths, upping the statewide death toll to at least 73. The Democratic governor also issued an executive order tha…

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Food banks in Oldham County are seeing drastic increases in use as people struggle to make ends meet amid the fallout from the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. HighPoint Charitable Services in La Grange distributed food for over 3,100 people last month alone, according to HighPoint E…

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One person is dead after an accident early Wednesday morning at the Century Aluminum Plant in Sebree. Sebree Plant Manager Levi Chaffin said, “We are heartbroken by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to our colleague’s family. We have lost a valuable employee and friend, and t…

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Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Wednesday a plan to use cabins and cottages on state park grounds for housing first responders in isolation as a precaution against spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. This would appear to include the six units at Audubon State Park in Henderson. Accordin…

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The economic impact from the coronavirus continues to take its toll as Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky announced it will extend its production shutdown and release its entire variable or temporary workforce. TMMK, along with all Toyota manufacturing plants in North America, extended its …

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There are now 1,346 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky. With 204 new cases, this is the highest jump in confirmed cases in one day the state has seen thus far, Gov. Andy Beshear said during his daily press conference on Wednesday. In new steps to enforce social distancing, Beshear issue…

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For soldier and singer Samuel Wilco, faith is the thread throughout his entire life. In fact, it’s in his last name. “I think even when I look back at it ... he’s been directing my path the whole time,” Wilco said about God. Sam’s actual last name is Woodberry. Wilco is an Army term which me…

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A Harrison County man, among the first persons to test positive for the COVID-19 virus in Kentucky, donated plasma last week in an attempt to help others who are trying to recover from the novel coronavirus. Ray Young, 51, tested positive for the virus on March 12, and immediately went into …

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Drive-in movie theaters have been an entertaining diversion throughout the decades. But a global pandemic is challenging time-tested aspects of all societal segments, including a popular area drive-in. “In times like the Great Depression, the theater industry stayed constant,” said John Harr…

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A Bowling Green teenager who was arrested after handling a gun with deadly results was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison. Ricardo Montelongo, 18, was sentenced on a count of second-degree manslaughter in accordance with a plea agreement, according to Warren County Commonwealth’s Attor…

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In this period of rest­r­i­c­tions, healthy at home requirements can feel confining and frustrating after a time. You’ve cleaned everything that can be clean. You’ve worked in the flower bed to exhaustion. You’ve grown weary of binge watching and streaming videos. And perhaps your loved ones…

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When the president of the United States is speaking, cable news networks have a duty and a responsibility to cover it for the nation to view. It doesn’t matter if a certain network or networks don’t like a particular president, part of their job is to air when the president is speaking on an…

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It’s hard to understand why any churches would still be holding services in person. According to Gov. Andy Beshear and news sources, some churches in Kentucky and all over the country are still open, still holding services and still risking the lives of their parishioners. A church is a guar…

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The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents will delay the search for a new system president in the wake of COVID-19. The board postponed preparation work for the search with a goal of posting the president’s position at the end of August. It wants to have a new pres…

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Owensboro area banks have been inundated with applications from small businesses hoping to acquire a loan through a $349 billion forgivable loan program included in the federal coronavirus stimulus bill. Currently, the race is on to get an application approved before the funds run out. But 2…

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When Zach Armstrong gets off his next emergency room shift, he won't go home — or, inside it, at least. The emergency physician knows he can't control his exposure to the novel coronavirus as he works in emergency rooms at Jewish Hospital downtown and University of Louisville South in Bullit…

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Enjoy Wednesday afternoon's temperatures in the lower 80s. Storms are expected Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning across much of the state, according to the National Weather Service, and cooler temperatures are coming to close out the week, the weather service's Ron Steve said. Par…

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Rep. James Comer was among several legislators on board a train during a collision Tuesday, Jan. 31, en route to a two-day Republican retreat in West Virginia. No congressmen or staffers were seriously injured in the crash, but a passenger in the truck was killed.

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Owensboro resident Steve Wahler, who spent 23 years working at the Messenger-Inquirer newspaper, including 18 years as the newspaper's IT manager, drowned Monday in the Gulf of Mexico near Gulf Shores, Alabama, while trying to save a child in rough surf left over from Hurricane Nate.

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A bill that would create misdemeanor penalties for juveniles who engage in sexting, without subjecting them to being placed on the state sex offender registry, was unanimously approved Thursday by state Senators in Frankfort.

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RUSSELL -- The job no one wants at the Marvin Meredith Youth Basketball League is the concession stand, where your back's to the court, unable to see the kids play. But it's perfect for Tony Quillen, a Kentucky House candidate with an Appalachian twang who has spent 18 years as one of the fe…

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FRANKFORT -- Kentucky's new Republican governor and growing majority in the state Senate have put the pressure on abortion providers this year, filing two lawsuits and submitting at least five bills critics say could hinder access.

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LOUISVILLE — A new report by a state oversight panel shows a growing number of Kentucky's infants are dying from unsafe sleep situations, often suffocated while sleeping with an adult impaired by drugs or alcohol.