Author: Associated Press

Police: Kentucky murder suspect in custody in South Carolina

CHESNEE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina said a Kentucky man accused of killing a missing woman was arrested after deputies found his abandoned car. Anthony Daryl Hall, of Hillsboro, Kentucky, was arrested Wednesday night in Chesnee, South Carolina. Spartanburg Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an abandoned car and found Hall. Authorities said Hall told deputies he…

Kentucky to release some inmates in response to coronavirus

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration says Kentucky will release nearly 200 prisons in response to the coronavirus crisis. J. Michael Brown says the governor signed an order to shorten the sentences of 186 inmates determined to be more susceptible to contracting the virus. Brown is secretary of Beshear’s executive cabinet. Beshear says the inmates were convicted of…

Number of Kentucky residents filing for unemployment surges

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The number of Kentuckians filing for unemployment benefits has soared to nearly 113,000 as the coronavirus continues to ravage the economy. The U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday that 112,726 Kentuckians filed initial claims for unemployment last week. The previous week, 49,023 Kentuckians had sought jobless benefits as business shutdowns started taking a toll on the economy….

Nissan recalls over 250K vehicles to replace Takata air bags

File PhotoDETROIT, Mich. (AP) — Nissan is recalling more than a quarter-million SUVs, trucks and vans worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The vehicles have air bags with volatile ammonium nitrate that can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel. But they have a moisture-absorbing chemical that was supposed to make them safe. The Nissan recall…

Kentucky lawmakers pass a scaled-back budget amid pandemic

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have given final approval to a slimmed-down, one-year state budget. It lacks pay raises or increased education funding. Those priorities fell victim to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers sent the budget to Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday. It reflects the grim reality that state tax collections are expected to plummet…

Kentucky legislature make changes to process due to virus

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have taken unprecedented steps to change their way of doing business because of the coronavirus outbreak. The changes allowed them to keep their distance from each other while doing their work. The legislature reconvened Wednesday after a nearly weeklong break to take final votes on a new state budget. House leaders announced changes to…

Death of contract garbage truck worker under investigation

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Lexington Herald-Leader) — The death of a 30-year-old contract employee who worked on a Lexington city garbage truck is under investigation. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the coroner’s office has ruled Whitney Gardner’s death from head trauma an accident but hasn’t disclosed how she was injured. Her job involved picking up loose garbage and retrieving trash cans. Employees can…

Thoroughbred retirement farm offering virtual tours

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — A popular thoroughbred retirement farm in Kentucky is reaching out to its supporters through virtual farm tours that showcase its equine retirees. Old Friends offered its first virtual tour on Monday. The series is called “Monday Mornings with Michael” and is hosted by Old Friends founder Michael Blowen. Each week, he’ll offer short visits with a…

McConnell: Impeachment ‘diverted attention’ from coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial distracted the federal government from the novel coronavirus as it reached the United States in January. The Kentucky Republican told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday that the deadly virus “came up while we were tied down on the impeachment trial.” There were warnings at…