Latest Kentucky News

Kentucky surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases

Jan. 18, 2022 18:25 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reached another unwanted pandemic milestone, surpassing 1 million COVID-19 cases as the prevalence of the omicron variant puts increased pressure on hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday. The state reported more than 53,500 new coronavirus cases...

House OK's bill excusing mental-health absences for students

Jan. 18, 2022 17:21 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House overwhelmingly passed legislation Tuesday aimed at ensuring that mental health-related absences from school are excused for students. The bipartisan measure heads to the Senate after clearing the House on a 94-0 vote. Under...

Public meeting planned to discuss dam safety recommendations

Jan. 18, 2022 04:07 AM EST

JACKSON, Ky. (AP) — A virtual public meeting is planned this month to discuss recommendations to ensure the long-term safety of Panbowl Lake dam, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said. The virtual meeting will be held Jan. 27, and those who want to attend must preregister. An...

No. 2 Auburn gets showdown with No. 12 Kentucky

Jan. 18, 2022 01:24 AM EST

Auburn has steadily moved up the rankings this season, climbing from No. 22 in the preseason to No. 2 in this week's AP Top 25. Coach Bruce Pearl believes the Tigers, with their quality wins and strength of schedule, should be even higher. “We should be No. 1 based...

Jill Biden: I didn't expect 'healing role' as first lady

Jan. 17, 2022 05:38 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Her husband campaigned to help unite the country, but Jill Biden says “healing” a nation wounded by a deadly pandemic, natural and other disasters and deep political polarization is among her chief roles as first lady, too. Wrapping up a year in which she saw...

Ali Center marks boxing legend's birthday with events

Jan. 17, 2022 04:02 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville is hosting a blood drive and other special events Monday to mark what would have been the boxing legend's 80th birthday. Monday will also be the first day of work for the center's new president and CEO, Marilyn Jackson....

Fund to preserve, assist Black churches gets $20M donation

Jan. 17, 2022 01:09 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A new effort to preserve historic Black churches in the United States has received a $20 million donation that will go to help congregations including one that was slammed during the tornado that killed more than 20 people in Mayfield, Kentucky, last month. ...

Two former Kentucky steel workers serve as Shriners drivers

Jan. 17, 2022 00:07 AM EST

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Armco Steel is gone from Ashland, but some of the volunteer projects performed by its workers are thriving. Charlie Adkins and Gary Mastin met when they were both crane operators at Armco in the 1970s. Today, they and several others make sure children who need...

Burrell, Green lead No. 5 Lady Vols over No. 19 Kentucky

Jan. 16, 2022 17:17 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rae Burrell and Keyen Green came off the bench and scored 14 points apiece as No. 5 Tennessee beat No. 19 Kentucky 84-58 Sunday to remain the only unbeaten team in Southeastern Conference play. The Lady Volunteers (17-1, 6-0) won despite losing 6-foot-6...

First woman to command USS Constitution takes over on Friday

Jan. 16, 2022 13:11 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — History is being made aboard the U.S.S. Constitution this week. Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell is scheduled to become the first woman to lead the crew of the 224-year-old warship known as Old Ironsides during a change-of-command ceremony on Friday. She takes over from Cmdr....