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Governor Beshear says the current trend of fewer coronavirus cases and lower positivity rates indicate that a decline in spread is happening.

J. Tyler Franklin

The Republican Party of Kentucky voted down a resolution calling on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to oppose impeachment charges against former President Donald Trump.

The longshot petition shows that the vast majority of the state’s GOP leadership isn’t willing to force McConnell’s hand on the impeachment issue, though a large number of Republicans are worried he will move to convict the former president.

A new Louisville Metro partnership is offering relief for tens of thousands of customers behind on their utility bills, many for the first time. 

The city’s Metro COVID-19 Utility Relief Fund has set aside $10 million to help Jefferson County residents with past-due bills.

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Video machine wagering on previously run horse races has come to a halt at Lexington’s Red Mile.  The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in September certain historical horse racing betting was illegal.  The court denied a rehearing and the Red Mile shut down its operation early Monday morning. 

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On Today's Interview, Mike Savage talks to EKU President David McFaddin about how coronavirus has impacted the resumption of classes following the holiday break; the possibility of a higher education funding increase in the legislative budget and his take on voluntary buyouts at WKU designed to help reduce payroll expenses at that university.

1,268 New Coronavirus Cases Reported Monday, Jan. 25

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During Monday afternoon’s coronavirus update Governor Andy Beshear announced 1,268 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, bringing the state total to 347,836.

Governor Beshear also announced 39 new deaths, bringing that total to 3,460.

The positivity rate is at 9.93% as of Monday afternoon.

You can watch a recording of Monday’s update below.

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Private fundraising efforts to build a ten-acre green space public park in the heart of downtown Lexington are moving forward.  Town Branch Park Executive Director Allison Lankford says about 80% of the ultimate goal, or $25.4 million has been raised. 

By years’ end Lankford said a final plan for the park should be in hand. “So, over the course of the year we’ll go through the final schematic design for the project and then finalize the construction documents.  And they’ll be a number of community engagement opportunities along the way for input,” said Lankford.

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The House is formally transmitting the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump tot he Senate, setting the stage for the trial in that chamber the week of Feb. 8.

Watch the ceremony live Monday, January 25th @ 6:55 p.m. below and listen to WEKU.

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Murray residents calling for removal of a local Confederate monument donated books to their county library and other “little free” libraries throughout the city on Saturday in an effort to engage and give back to their community. The donations followed a “week of action” organized by these residents centered around the past Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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Jan 25, 2021
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The works of one of Kentucky’s leading literary figures is put to the ultimate test: critical reviews by peers. We talk with the editor of the forthcoming University Press of Kentucky release:  Silas House: Exploring an Appalachian Writer's Work. House has also been in the studio to record a duet with Nashville singer-songwriter Tiffany Williams, who joins us. And we hear about all of this from Silas House himself. Plus, another well-known Kentucky writer: Frank X Walker, interviewed by Tom Eblen.

  Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

J. Tyler Franklin

Gov. Andy Beshear is asking a legislative committee to dismiss an impeachment petition against him. Petitioners say Beshear violated the Kentucky Constitution when he imposed restrictions during the pandemic, including mandatory closures of non-essential businesses.

In a 45-page response to the petition, Beshear notes that the courts have upheld many of his restrictions, and describes the petitioners as “political activists ostensibly unhappy with the Governor’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and their lack of success in court.”

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The Lexington community has been undertaking massive sewer improvement projects for a decade now.  City Water Quality Director Charlie Martin offered an annual update on federal consent decree projects to a council committee last week. 

Kentucky Travel Industry Association

Business and leisure travel in Kentucky declined substantially during 2020 as the nation dealt with coronavirus.  An official in Kentucky’s travel industry sees an opportunity for growth in 2021, but how and when remain question marks.

Governor Andy Beshear today announced 2,018 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky.

Beshear also announced 35 new deaths.

The positivity rate is at 10.24%.

Governor Andy Beshear today announced 3,795 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky.

Beshear also announced 49 new deaths.

The positivity rate fell to 10.95%%.

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After an extraordinary inauguration ceremony marked by heightened security and coronavirus safety measures, President Joe Biden started his first day in office signing executive actions on climate change, immigration, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even before taking the oath of office, Biden was already addressing the nation about his ambitious plans to fight the twin crises of a pandemic and a flagging economy.

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More than 3000 American flags have been placed on Kentucky’s Capitol grounds to recognize those who have died from COVID-19.  Governor Beshear participated in a memorial service Friday Afternoon.

In a prerecorded coronavirus update Friday afternoon Governor Andy Beshear announced 2,756 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, bringing the state total to 340,779.

Governor Beshear also announced 36 new deaths, bringing that total to 3,337.

The positivity rate is at 10.8% as of Friday afternoon.

You can watch a recording of Friday’s update here.

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Three grand jurors from the Breonna Taylor case have filed an impeachment petition against Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, alleging he misled the public about the case and misrepresented the grand jury’s actions.

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Atkinson Elementary fourth grade teacher Breanna Finley was in the line of cars snaking through the mass vaccination site at Broadbent Arena, moments away from receiving her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Friday was the first day the city began vaccinating teachers and other K-12 school staff against the coronavirus.

“I’m very excited,” Finley said. “I’m hoping that this is going to be the step we take to get us back into the classroom.”

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Work on the 280-foot Brighton Rail Trail Bridge next week is expected to impact travel around a heavily commercial area of Lexington.  Crews will be installing structural beams for the span which will cross Man O’ War Boulevard near Hamburg. 

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More than 969,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to long-term care workers, teachers, and additional frontline health care workers around the Ohio Valley.  But  a surprising number of workers in some key sectors are hesitant or are refusing to get a shot, including some rural school staff in Kentucky, nursing facility workers in Ohio, and correctional facility employees in West Virginia.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines unfolds in the U.S., numerous questions around distribution, supply, hesitancy and efficacy persist. The stakes are high, as numbers of deaths and cases break records. A panel of experts from Harvard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tackles questions about COVID-19 vaccination. Watch live here on Friday, Jan. 22nd at Noon.

Stu Johnson

Kentucky recorded its highest one day number for COVID-19 related deaths Thursday with 58.  Governor Beshear said the high death count comes three to four weeks after high daily case numbers. 

The governor noted it’s difficult to say when vaccinations will help in lowering loss of life tied to coronavirus. “That’s going to happen, but we don’t have specific modeling yet because it’s a brand new virus, a brand new vaccine, and long term care is just being vaccinated now,” said Beshear.

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Attorney General Daniel Cameron has created a task force to review Kentucky’s search warrant policies in the wake of the Breonna Taylor shooting.

The announcement comes more than 10 months after Louisville police shot and killed Taylor in her apartment while executing a search warrant related to a drug investigation. No drugs or cash were found at the apartment.

Cameron said the task force fulfills a promise he made “to develop best practices for the effective and safe execution of search warrants.”

During Thursday afternoon’s coronavirus update Governor Andy Beshear announced 3,728 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, bringing the state total to 338,034.

Governor Beshear also announced a record 58 new deaths, bringing that total to 3,301.

The positivity rate is at 11.05% as of Thursday afternoon.

You can watch a recording of Thursday’s update below.

Ryland Barton

Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed a bill that attempts to change the venue for lawsuits that challenge the constitutionality of a law, executive order or state agency action.

The Republican-led legislature passed House Bill 3 earlier this month. The measure seeks to move those cases out of Franklin Circuit Court, where some Republicans say they aren’t treated fairly, and instead allow the lawsuits to be heard in the judicial district where a plaintiff lives.

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The founder of the Colon Cancer Prevention Project sees opportunities to heighten what’s already been successful screening across Kentucky.

Eastern Standard for January 21, 2021

Jan 21, 2021

Part Two of an Eastern Standard series about renter-landlord distress due to the economic impact of the pandemic. Although President Joe Biden has proposed an extension of the CDC moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent, problems persist - including misunderstandings about what is covered by the moratorium.

 

 

  Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

Kentuckians In Congress Weigh In On Inauguration Day

Jan 21, 2021
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There were calls for unity and predictions of division among Kentucky’s congressional members as Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.

Kentucky’s Republican senior Sen. Mitch McConnell took part in one of the official festivities—presenting a flag that flew over the inaugural ceremony to new Vice President Kamala Harris.

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