Author: Associated Press

Star Trek’s Captain Kirk rocketing into space next week

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Star Trek’s Captain Kirk is rocketing into space this month. Actor William Shatner will blast off from West Texas on Oct. 12. Jeff Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin, announced Monday that Shatner will join the flight with three others. It will be the company’s second crew flight to space. Bezos was on the debut…

Kentucky plans campaign to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations

FileFRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky is planning an outreach campaign in the coming months to continue encouraging more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. He says the campaign also will focus on the virus’s symptoms and long-term effects. Among those to be featured are Kentuckians who lost unvaccinated loved ones to the coronavirus. A target group…

World War II soldier from Kentucky to be buried in hometown

FileMcKEE, Ky. (AP) — The Army says the remains of a Kentucky soldier killed during World War II will be buried this month in his hometown. The burial at Wind Cave Baptist Church in McKee for Pfc. Berton J. McQueen was rescheduled for Oct. 16 and will follow funeral services. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said earlier that the 20-year-old…

Website helps Kentuckians search for antibody treatments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentuckians can now tap into the state’s COVID-19 website to help them search for health care facilities that provide monoclonal antibody treatment. Kentucky’s public health commissioner, Steven Stack, says supplies of the therapy are limited because of high demand nationally. For people infected with COVID-19, he says the treatment can help give their immune system a…

Burn restrictions in place as fire hazard season begins

FileFRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Officials say Kentucky’s fall forest fire hazard season has begun, meaning it is illegal to burn near a woodland or brushland between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Kentucky Division of Forestry said in a statement that the fall fire season runs Oct. 1 through Dec. 15. Under state law, no burning can take place within…

Local schools respond to passing of Senate Bill 1

FRANKFORT, Ky.  — Kentucky lawmakers voted Thursday to scrap a statewide mask mandate in public schools and shifted masking decisions to local school boards, acting in a special session as the state’s worst COVID-19 surge threatens to overwhelm hospitals. The GOP-dominated legislature set education policies in response to disruptions caused by the virus, which has forced dozens of school districts…

Kentucky to host Southern in series against SWAC schools

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky will host Southern this season in men’s basketball, tipping off a five-year Unity Series in which the Wildcats will play teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The league is comprised of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). There will be week of activities leading up to the Wildcats’ Dec. 7 meeting against the Jaguars. Southern…

Kentucky man convicted in killing after governor’s pardon

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A man pardoned by Kentucky’s former governor for a 2014 drug robbery killing has been convicted for the same slaying in federal court after a two-week trial. Federal prosecutors brought charges against Patrick Baker after he was released from prison when former Gov. Matt Bevin pardoned him in 2019. Baker’s family had political connections to Bevin,…

Kentucky lawmaker charged in domestic dispute case resigns

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky state lawmaker who is facing criminal charges for allegedly choking a woman during a domestic dispute in 2020 has resigned. State Republican Rep. Robert Goforth submitted a letter Tuesday to the governor’s office and the House speaker’s office announcing his departure effective immediately. He wrote that familly and personal matters are demanding his full…

New $28M elementary school to be built in west Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new $28 million elementary school is being built in west Louisville, the first in the area in two decades. Jefferson County Public Schools officials broke ground at the site of the new elementary school this week. The unnamed facility will be connected to the West Louisville YMCA on Broadway and will serve up to 650…