Author: Associated Press

House OKs bill giving relief to some jobless aid recipients

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have given final approval to a bill allowing the state to waive the overpayment of some pandemic-related unemployment claims. The House voted Friday to send the measure to Gov. Andy Beshear. The measure applies to some people who left jobs early in the pandemic due to concerns about exposure to COVID-19. At the time,…

Unsuccessful Impeachment petitioners face thousands in fees

FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear’s legal team has submitted a bill seeking nearly $18,000 in reimbursement from people who unsuccessfully pushed for his impeachment for his actions to slow the spread of COVID-19. That’s according to expenses submitted to lawmakers. In Kentucky, unsuccessful petitioners are required to pay back the legal fees incurred by the officer the petition…

Bill requiring training for future constables clears House

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Future constables would have to receive professional law enforcement training before wielding police powers under a bill passed by the Kentucky House. The bill would not apply to current constables. It would require people assuming the role starting in 2023 to receive certification like other law enforcement officers before exercising such police powers as making traffic…

Fort Campbell, 101st Airborne getting new commander

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A new commander of the 101st Airborne Division is taking over at Fort Campbell. Maj. Gen. Brian Winski is relinquishing command of the division and Fort Campbell to Maj. Gen. JP McGee. A change of command ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line. It will be livestreamed…

Memorial service planned for those who died from coronavirus

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear says a memorial service will be held Saturday to honor Kentucky residents who have died from the coronavirus. The service on the state Capitol grounds in Frankfort will also mark one year since Kentucky’s first positive case of the disease. Officials say the afternoon ceremony will include prayers, musical performances and speakers who…

Teacher vaccinations go untracked amid school reopening push

(AP) — As the U.S. prioritizes teachers nationwide for coronavirus vaccines, states and many districts are not keeping track of how many school employees have received the shots. While vaccines are not required for educators to return to school buildings, the absence of data complicates efforts to address parents’ concerns about health risk levels and some teachers’ unions’ calls for…

Kentucky lawmakers set deadline for schools to reopen

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have set a late March deadline for schools to resume in-person instruction. The pandemic-related bill won final passage Thursday. The legislation requires that in-person classes resume by March 29. The House voted 81-15 to send the measure to Gov. Andy Beshear. Republican Rep. Regina Huff says it reflects the priority that students have “face-to-face…

Louisville’s Evans garners national attention chasing titles

(AP) — Dana Evans’ competitive drive almost led her away from the Louisville women’s basketball program before she took a moment to appreciate that her opportunities would come. The Cardinals’ All-American senior guard has optimized them with a Final Four appearance, ACC championships and awards including consecutive selections as the league’s player of the year. This season has included leading…

Kentucky bill would ban execution for severely mentally ill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Efforts to ban applying Kentucky’s death penalty to some people with severe mental illnesses have run into resistance. But the bill mustered just enough votes to be sent to the full state Senate. The measure was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 6-4 vote Thursday. That leaves it potentially one step away from being…