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More than 2,000 dead from COVID-19 in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky has surpassed 2,000 COVID-19 deaths and the positivity rate is now higher than 10%. He also updated Kentuckians on the distribution plan for the commonwealth’s initial COVID-19 vaccine shipments. Long-term care residents and staff, as well as health care professionals, will be inoculated first. “Today, we passed some tough milestones…

New Coronavirus Relief Bill “Within Reach”

With COVID-19 deaths and infections hitting record highs and discouraging economic numbers, Washington is under pressure to break deadlock on a new relief bill. NBC's Alice Barr reports.

(NBC News) — With news of more U.S. COVID-19 records and discouraging economic numbers, Washington is under pressure to get out both short-term financial relief and the vaccines that could short circuit the pandemic. President Trump promised Thursday he will sign a bill into law if Congressional leaders can agree on a relief package. “I will, and I think they’re…

COVID-19 – “Explosion Of Cases” Brings “Crisis Situation”

Top health officials warn even worse days are ahead after the U.S. set new records for single day deaths and new infections. NBC's Jay Gray reports.

WASHINGTON (NBC News) — Doctors identified the first U.S. coronavirus infection on January 20th. Now, almost a year and more than 14 million cases, later health officials are warning of a “crisis situation” amid an “explosion of cases.” More than 200,000 new positive tests and more than 2,700 hundred deaths were recorded Wednesday, both new records. “What we’re seeing right…

Butler school employee accused of using Facebook to attempt to share graphic images with minor

MORGANTOWN, Ky. – Kentucky State Police Post 3 arrested Richie T. Bratcher, 51, of Morgantown on charges related to prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor. KSP received a complaint from the Butler County School System that a boy reported Bratcher sent him unsolicited invitations to join Facebook groups that contain graphic images and are sexual in…

Hardin Planetarium’s Holiday Show Presented with Focus on Safety

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Hardin Planetarium is open and presenting “Celebrations for a Long Winter’s Night”, every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7 and Sunday afternoon at 2 through Jan. 7 on the campus of Western Kentucky University. “Celebrations For a Long Winter’s Night” is one of Hardin Planetarium’s most popular presentations, exploring why mid-December is the time for so…

Mask Tree Pays Tribute To Healthcare Workers

Radiologic technologist Del Wehner decorated the tree using the masks she wears everyday while treating patients at Duke University Hospital. WRAL's Bryan Mims reports.

RALEIGH, N.C. (NBC News) — Face masks have become a symbol of 2020, and they aren’t that much fun to wear. However, health care workers have them on for many hours at a time, day after day. Del Wehner is a radiologic technologist and is constantly wearing a mask for her job at Duke University Hospital. “Every day, we’re wearing…

Kentucky mayor gets DUI after sleeping in drive-thru, crash

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police say a Kentucky mayor has been charged with driving under the influence after she fell asleep at the wheel in a restaurant’s drive-thru line and later crashed. A Louisville Metro Police arrest citation says officers arrested Shively Mayor Beverly Chester-Burton on Tuesday. Officers were dispatched after a car crashed into a utility pole. They found…

Florida Shootout Leaves Suspect Dead, Officers Wounded

Cell phone video shows a deadly exchange of gunfire Wednesday between police and a man wanted in connection with a fight that broke out in a game of pick-up basketball. WFLA's Ryan Hughes reports.

(NBC News) — A 20-year-old suspect is dead and a police officer is recovering in the hospital after a shootout Wednesday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Florida. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said police were trying to arrest Dominique Harris, 20, on child abuse charges after he allegedly slammed a 15-year-old boy to the ground during an altercation on a basketball…