Author: Associated Press

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…

Powell County receives $1.7M for highway projects

STANTON, Ky. (AP) — Officials in Powell County have received more than $1.7 million for highway projects that will reduce traffic congestion at local schools and improve road conditions. A statement from Gov. Andy Beshear says he presented ceremonial checks Tuesday for $1.2 million and $524,400. The largest chunk of funding will go toward school safety. Officials said $1,155,000 will…

Jack Daniel’s has its first age-stated whiskey in a century

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The producers of Jack Daniel’s are offering the brand’s first age-stated whiskey in more than a century with the upcoming release of a 10-year-old Tennessee whiskey. Limited supplies will be available starting next month. The product will become an annual release from the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. The distillery used an aging process to…

Legal aid services get $1.2M to help fight substance abuse

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear says that Kentucky’s civil legal service programs have received nearly $1.2 million from federal grants to help them respond to the state’s drug epidemic. Local programs can use the funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid and Stimulant Substance Abuse Program to help those impacted by substance abuse create a pathway…

2 days left to enter last Kentucky $1M vaccine drawing

Credit: Twitter.com/GovAndyBeshearLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentuckians who want to participate in the state’s last vaccine lottery drawing have two days to get a COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter. On Friday, one $1 million winner and five more full-scholarship winners will be announced. In order to be eligible, participants must have received at least one shot…

Gov. Beshear suffers legal defeat in combating COVID surge

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky governor’s efforts to aggressively combat COVID-19 suffered a landmark legal defeat Saturday as the state’s high court cleared the way for new laws to rein in his emergency powers. The state Supreme Court ordered a lower court to dissolve an injunction that temporarily blocked the Republican-backed laws strictly limiting Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s emergency…