Author: Associated Press

Kentucky’s old capitol, military history museum reopen

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum have reopened to visitors in Frankfort. The Kentucky Historical Society says the facilities reopened in accordance with the governor’s Healthy at Work guidelines and the American Alliance of Museums’ recommendations for reopening museums. The society says guidelines include masks requirements, social distancing, increased sanitation and limited…

New kind of license plate making debut in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A new kind of Kentucky license plate has started appearing on vehicles across the state. The biggest difference is in the way the new plates are manufactured. State transportation officials say the new plates are digitally printed on flat aluminum instead of traditional, embossed metal with raised letters and numbers. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says it…

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, has died at her home in Washington. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said. Ginsburg announced in July that she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lesions on her liver, the…

Louisville Orchestra offering 4 virtual concerts in fall

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Louisville Orchestra says it will launch an innovative fall season with four virtual concerts that will stream live and then be available for on-demand viewing. Music director Teddy Abrams said in a statement that the virtual concerts are the orchestra’s way of safely making music and serving Louisville during the coronavirus pandemic. The concert series…

Papa John’s announces plan for new hub in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Pizza purveyor Papa John’s has announced plans to open a new Atlanta-area facility housing several key departments along with about 200 jobs. The pizza delivery company said in a news release Thursday that the location will be one of three global headquarters, along with its Louisville office and its international hub outside of London. The Georgia location…

Kentucky reports 628 new coronavirus cases, 11 more deaths

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has reported 628 new coronavirus cases and 11 more deaths. Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday that a lower rate of positive COVID-19 tests is a good sign in the fight against the virus. The Democratic governor says the lower positivity rate is proof his mask mandate is working. Kentucky’s positivity rate was 3.82%. The rate…

Kentucky man arrested after girlfriend’s body found in bags

MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a Kentucky man has been arrested in suburban Chicago after parts of his girlfriend’s body were found in duffel bags he had toted aboard a Greyhound bus. Markham city spokesman Michael Taylor said Wednesday that 30-year-old Melvin Martin Jr. has been charged with fleeing prosecution. Taylor says Martin was arrested Monday at the Markham…

Kentucky court hears case challenging coronavirus orders

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case testing the legality of Gov. Andy Beshear’s orders to control the coronavirus outbreak with restrictions on public behavior. Beshear’s general counsel, La Tasha Buckner, on Thursday called the legal challenge an “unprecedented” maneuver. She says it seeks to “gut the governor’s ability to take action in emergencies.”…

Coal giant Murray Energy out of bankruptcy under new name

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A major U.S. coal mining company has emerged from federal bankruptcy protection under a new name and ownership group. Murray Energy Holdings says its Chapter 11 plan approved in federal bankruptcy court in Ohio became effective Wednesday. The company says it has completed the sale of its assets to an entity formed by former creditors. The…

Number of freshmen at universities appears to remain steady

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education said the number of freshmen enrolled at public universities in Kentucky appears to have remained steady despite the coronavirus pandemic and a struggling econony. The council said in a statement that initial estimates released this week indicate that 18,373 freshmen enrolled at public, four-year universities this fall. That’s down by…