Beginning Monday, Baptist Health Richmond is providing drive through COVID-19 testing for patients who have a scheduled surgery or procedure.

Patients who have a scheduled surgery or procedure are required to complete the COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to their appointment. 

Baptist Health Richmond Vice President Pat Olds said the hospital’s top priority is to ensure patients and staff are safe while continuing to provide the best patient experience.  All drive-through COVID-19 tests will be scheduled for each patient with an upcoming surgery or procedure. 

Tips Offered For Planting "Victory Gardens"

May 29, 2020

A Wartime effort is being resurrected as Kentuckians battle coronavirus. The Kentucky Agriculture Department along with the help of University of Kentucky are promoting the establishment of “victory gardens.” 

Kentucky Nutrition Education Program Director Marisa Aull says the effort is similar to a message sent out during World War I and II. “Most important it was for food security, but it was also to bring people together, rally around an idea of that we were going to be self-sufficient self-sustaining and victorious in our efforts,” said Aull

Seven Shot During Louisville Protest

May 29, 2020

Seven people were shot, leaving at least one in critical condition, during a protest Thursday evening in downtown Louisville over the death of Breonna Taylor.

Louisville Metro Police Department spokesperson Alicia Smiley said police made some arrests, but she couldn’t say how many as “the situation is ongoing.” LMPD spokesperson Jessie Halladay said in an email that no officers fired their weapons.

Josh Parker

Businesses across Kentucky are reopening with safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

A music store in Somerset is one of the thousands of businesses across the Bluegrass State adapting to the new reality.

Josh Parker enjoys demonstrating one of the most popular guitars at the shop he owns in Somerset, Earl Brooke’s Piano and Music Center. 

Stu Johnson

By mid-June all Kentucky state parks and lodges are expected to be open for visitors.  That includes four state parks, Lake Cumberland, Lake Barkley, Blue Licks Battlefield, and Buckhorn Lake, which had been designated for temporary housing for low acuity COVID-19 patients.

Glynis Board

A new federal program is buying more than $1 billion in farm products such as dairy, produce and meat unable to be sold due to the pandemic’s disruptions to the food supply and send “food boxes” to needy families. But some anti-hunger advocates worry that parts of the Ohio Valley may be overlooked in getting this aid.

Lexington Council Members Debate Budget Questions

May 28, 2020

Lexington city council members are considering ways to restore funding to outside agencies cut in Mayor Linda Gorton’s budget recommendation.  The city faces a projected $40 million revenue shortfall in the coming year.

University of Kentucky hospital administration and staff began planning for coronavirus care in mid-January.  The first COVID-19 patient came the first week of March.  UK Infection Prevention and Control Director Kim Blanton says frontline workers are so into caring for patients while also balancing that with caring for themselves and their families.

Ryland Barton

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging Kentucky’s new voter ID law, arguing it increases Kentuckians’ risk of exposure to coronavirus by requiring people to visit ID-issuing offices during the pandemic.

The lawsuit also asks the court to extend Kentucky’s new expanded vote-by-mail policy beyond the June primary elections.

Ceridwen Cherry, an attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said that Kentuckians are being forced to choose between their health and their vote.

Brittany Patterson

Executives with Indiana-based coal company American Resources Corporation will face daily fines of $2,500 if they continue to flout court orders, according to filings in the bankruptcy case of Cambrian Coal. 


Kentucky’s primary was moved to June 23 from its original date on May 19 due to safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. For the primary, the state has also expanded to all registered voters the option of absentee voting, which was previously only allowed for a few reasons, such as military deployment, disability, or temporary residence out of the state. 

Ohio Valley Unemployment Claims Exceed 100,000

May 28, 2020
Becca Schimmel

As some businesses in the Ohio Valley reopen and welcome back both customers and employees the region continues reporting high levels of unemployment claims.

At least 100,863 people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia joined those seeking help during the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia are making progress on unemployment claims filed in March as states begin a phased-in reopening.

Eastern Standard for May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

Changes coming to Kentucky’s colleges - on and off campus. | A look at the history of pandemics with the author of “Russia in the Time of Cholera.” |  Introducing “Future Tense” - anthropologist and author Chris Begley peers into a post-pandemic future through the visions of his guests. | The latest in our monthly series on the 19th Amendment | How the coronavirus has brought things to a standstill at the Appalachian Center for the Arts in Pikeville.

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As the economy continues to slowly open back up, its critical to know where cases of COVID-19 are and where the risk of contracting it is highest. In Today’s Interview, Samantha Morrill talked to Mark Carter, who Governor Andy Beshear has tasked with leading Kentucky’s contact tracing for the coronavirus.

Kentucky’s experience with coronavirus continues to take a toll across the Commonwealth.  During Wednesday night’s briefing Governor Beshear announced six additional deaths, bringing the overall total to 400 since the pandemic struck Kentucky. 

Beshear noted it’s a sobering statistic. “Let’s all acknowledge that losing 400 people to anything at any time for any reason, isn’t ok. It’s just not,” said Beshear.

Utilities Tout Solar Farm Expansion In Simpsonville

May 27, 2020

One of Kentucky’s best known electric utilities is announcing an expansion of renewable energy generation.  It comes right in time for sunny summer days.

L G and E and Kentucky Utilities has completed construction of a second 500 kilowatt section at its Solar Share facility in Simpsonville.  The subscription based solar share program is available to the utilities’ residential, business, and industrial customers.  L-G & E says the cost to support the solar energy program can be as low as 20 cents per day. 

Lexington Resuming Weekly Yard Waste Collection

May 27, 2020

Starting Monday, weekly yard waste collection will resume in Lexington. The announcement came Wednesday from Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton.  Door to door collection was suspended March 23rd due to health concerns associated with COVID-19.  

Keeneland One Step Closer To Summer Racing

May 27, 2020

Keeneland is one step closer to featuring live racing this summer at the historic Lexington track.  The Kentucky Racing Commission Race Dates Committee Wednesday approved Keeneland’s request to conduct a spectator-free five day meet July eighth through the 12th. 

J. Tyler Franklin

On the first Sunday in March, Teresa Johnson’s son called her from the Green River Correctional Complex with news that the facility was shutting down visitation due to the coronavirus.

Johnson didn’t think much of it back then. She had just visited her son earlier that day. The coronavirus seemed to be under control.

Since then it’s been a steady stream of worrisome news.

Governor Says He Won't Be Bullied By Protesters

May 26, 2020

Governor Beshear said a weekend protest that included an effigy hanging of him and heckling just outside the governor’s mansion doesn’t intimidate him. 

During his nightly briefing which was held in the Kentucky Supreme Court chambers, the governor spent several minutes talking about the incident Sunday. “Actions aimed at creating fear and terror, crossing over barriers, standing on the other side of the glass from where I raise my kids and hanging me in an effigy.  That’s an action intended to use fear to get their way,” said Beshear.

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton says the city is working up its applications for federal dollars to reimburse the local government for costs associated with the coronavirus. Gorton said the priorities include funding for social service agencies, affordable housing, and replenishing urban county government’s rainy day fund. 

Ryland Barton

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll only support sending more federal funds to state and local governments if the money is spent on responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and governors across the country have been pleading with Congress to prop up struggling state budgets during the pandemic amid a massive decline in income and sales tax revenues—taxpayers are making and spending less money.

courtesy St. Elizabeth Healthcare

A northern Kentucky hospital has been selected as the first site for a Phase 2 clinical trial, studying a drug, expected to help patients in the early stages of COVID-19.

Cheri Lawson talked with St. Elizabeth pulmonologist and lead investigator of the study Dr. Chaitanya  Mandapakala about the clinical trial and the drug PUL-042.  The second phase of the trial was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in early May.

Kentuckians are being asked to participate in a survey designed to evaluate attitudes about the current coronavirus pandemic.  The effort, undertaken in the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health, could have ramifications on how to deal with the disease in the future.

A relatively small group of people gathered in the capitol rotunda in Frankfort yesterday afternoon to hear about Phyllis George Brown who died earlier this month. She was well known for being 1971 Miss America, first lady of Kentucky, and a sports broadcasting pioneer.

A gun rights rally at the Kentucky State Capitol on Sunday ended with several people hanging an effigy of Governor Andy Beshear from a tree… then marching to the governor’s mansion… where he lives with his family.

A Courier Journal reporter sent out a string of tweets as it was happening… including a photo of the effigy that had a noose around its neck… and a famous Latin phrase that was supposedly shouted by Abraham Lincoln’s assassin.

Eastern Standard Preview

May 25, 2020
Eastern Standard

Changes coming to Kentucky’s colleges - on and off campus. | A look at the history of pandemics with the author of “Russia in the Time of Cholera.” |  Introducing “Future Tense” - anthropologist and author Chris Begley peers into a post-pandemic future through the eyes of his guests. | The latest in our monthly series on the 19th Amendment | How the coronavirus has brought things to a standstill at the Appalachian Center for the Arts in Pikeville.


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University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto Friday unveiled a more promising employment picture for the months ahead at the Lexington school. 

Capilouto announced that the UK budget for next year will not include reductions in workforce and the university is experiencing fewer employees being placed on administrative no-pay status than first anticipated.  The UK president is directing a portion of the institution’s contingency fund to augment the budget, saving about a hundred jobs.

Aaron Payne

A new study shows the Ohio Valley has some of the nation’s highest rates of food insecurity among older adults, and anti-hunger advocates say that situation could be made worse by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Child care providers across the state are likely reviewing just released state guidelines for re-opening their centers.