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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2018, file photo, artist Karyn Olivier creates contextual art around the University of Kentucky's controversial 1930s mural, seen on the wall in the background, in Memorial Hall in Lexington, Ky. A Kentucky writer and his wife sued the university Monday, July 6, 2020, to try to stop the removal of the mural that has been the object of protest for its depictions of Black people and Native Americans. University President Eli Capilouto announced in June 2020 that the mural would be coming down. Meanwhile, the National Coalition Against Censorship made public a letter that separately asks the university to halt its plans, saying it would negate the work of Olivier, a Black artist who created an installation that responds to the mural. (Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

Author sues to stop removal of controversial Kentucky mural

Jul. 6, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Award-winning Kentucky writer Wendell Berry and his wife sued the University of Kentucky on Monday to try to stop the removal of a mural that has been the object of protest for its depictions of Black people and Native Americans. University President Eli Capilouto announced last month...

A ground mural depicting a portrait of Breonna Taylor is seen at Chambers Park, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Annapolis, Md. The mural honors Taylor, a 26-year old Black woman who was fatally shot by police in her Louisville, Ky., apartment. The artwork was a team effort by the Banneker-Douglass Museum, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, and Future History Now, a youth organization that focuses on mural projects. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

7,000-square-foot Breonna Taylor mural put in Maryland park

Jul. 6, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A 7,000-square-foot (650-square-meter) mural honoring Breonna Taylor, a 26-year old Black woman who was fatally shot by police in her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment, has been put in a Maryland park. Nearly 30 volunteers and 10 teaching artists finished the project in...

Officials identify man killed in homemade fireworks blast

Jul. 6, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Officials in Kentucky have identified a homeowner who was killed in an explosion allegedly sparked by homemade fireworks, authorities said. The victim was identified as Kelly Zilisch, 53, according to Hardin County Coroner Dr. William Lee. At least seven people were inside...

Louisville mural remembers Breonna Taylor, others

Jul. 6, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A mural of Breonna Taylor and other Black people killed at the hands of police has been unveiled in Louisville, Kentucky. Family members of Taylor attended the unveiling of the mural Sunday in downtown Louisville, news outlets reported. The “Say Their Names” mural...

Kayaker who drowned in Kentucky lake identified

Jul. 5, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

SALT LICK, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man has drowned after his kayak flipped in a lake, a coroner said. The Bath County coroner identified the victim as Cubaka Nehemia Mutayongwa, 22, of Lexington, WKYT-TV reported. A search for Mutayongwa started Saturday afternoon in the Stoney Cove area of Cave Run Lake....

Lee Beard, left, and Mar, no last name given, paint the phrase Black Lives Matter on Washington Street, Sunday, July 5, 2020, in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Street mural painted after demonstrators demand justice

Jul. 5, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Volunteers using yellow paint began filling in a Black Lives Matter street mural on Sunday, a day after hundreds of people used the Fourth of July holiday to call for justice on behalf of Black victims of police violence. Demonstrators carried signs saying "Defund The Police" and “Say...

Orchestra Kentucky stays active during pandemic

Jul. 5, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, Orchestra Kentucky is staying busy. Whether it is honoring its members, providing new music for the Fourth of July or preparing for what lies ahead, Orchestra Kentucky has remained active, trying to continue to serve the musical needs of...

Judge blocks Kentucky virus limits on racetracks, child care

Jul. 4, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A judge has blocked some limits on auto racetracks and child care facilities put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, reasoning that participating in those kind of businesses is a value judgment best left to individuals. Boone Circuit Court Judge Richard Brueggemann’s...

Louisville bookstore owner champions underrepresented voices

Jul. 4, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — About a year ago, the upstairs space above Nanny Goat Bookstore, nestled inside a rehabbed church on Clay Street, was packed with people standing shoulder to shoulder for a first-of-its-kind “Queer poetry slam.” After all the registered speakers had completed their...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2020, file photo, Hillcrest Prep's Makur Maker (20) controls the ball against Sunrise Christian Academy during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Highly touted prospect Maker picked Howard University over UCLA, Kentucky and Memphis. The five-star recruit is the highest-ranked player to commit to a Historically Black College or University since ESPN began tracking such things in 2007. Maker is a 6-foot-11 center who declared for the NBA draft in April before opting to consider college basketball. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

Top prospect Maker picks Howard over UCLA, Kentucky, Memphis

Jul. 3, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Highly touted prospect Makur Maker verbally committed to Howard University on Friday, picking the Bison over college basketball powerhouses UCLA, Kentucky and Memphis. The five-star recruit is the highest-ranked player to commit to a Historically Black College or University since ESPN...