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Owners of The Black Italian restaurant and catering service, Paula Hunter, left, and her husband Anthony Hunter in their empty restaurant in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. The Hunter's spun off their catering service into a restaurant but now, hit with a recent statewide order closing restaurants to indoor dining until mid-December, the couple is hoping for another round of federal aid to hang on until vaccines can conquer the virus. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Hardships mount in Kentucky as COVID-19 relief talks drag on

Dec. 4, 2020 12:23 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Paula and Anthony Hunter spun off their catering service into a restaurant serving Italian food with a “touch of soul” right before the coronavirus hit. Soon, both Louisville businesses slammed to a halt, and the couple relied on federal relief to help stay afloat. They...

Kentucky outlines initial plan to vaccinate health workers

Dec. 3, 2020 7:01 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Frontline health care workers at 11 hospitals will be among the Kentuckians to receive initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive this month, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday. Details about allocating the first vaccine shipments to health workers came as Kentucky surpassed...

Brent Spence Bridge repairs on track for re-opening Dec. 23

Dec. 3, 2020 4:13 AM EST

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Repairs to a heavily traveled bridge linking Kentucky and Ohio remain on schedule for a Dec. 23 reopening, Kentucky’s transportation secretary said Wednesday. The Brent Spence Bridge — which spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington, Kentucky — has...

Kentucky sets virus death record for second straight day

Dec. 2, 2020 6:44 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's death toll from the coronavirus surged Wednesday after another daily record, and some hospitals are being stretched “to the brink” as virus cases escalate, Gov. Andy Beshear said. Beshear reported 37 more virus-related deaths, eclipsing the previous record of...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Dec. 2, 2020 10:40 AM EST

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Dec. 2 The News-Enterprise on a charity giving $300,000 to benefit a hospital in Kentucky: A recent announcement by Kosair Charities of another significant contribution made to Hardin Memorial Health Foundation was great news for the hospital and community. This...

Kentucky posts record numbers of coronavirus cases, deaths

Dec. 1, 2020 6:41 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported record-high numbers of new coronavirus cases and deaths Tuesday as the governor warned that the COVID-19 outbreak is “spreading like wildfire." Gov. Andy Beshear announced 4,151 more virus cases statewide and 35 additional virus-related deaths. He called it...

Beshear says vaccine to arrive in Kentucky by mid-December

Nov. 30, 2020 7:24 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is likely to receive about 38,000 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine by the middle of December, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday. Long-term care residents and staff, as well as front-line health care workers at hospitals, will be the first to receive doses, he said. A...

Federal judges uphold Kentucky governor's virus school order

Nov. 29, 2020 1:36 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal appeals panel has upheld Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's order to stop in-person classes at religious schools during the coronavirus pandemic. A three-member panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Sunday issued a stay of a federal judge’s...

Federal court halts part of Beshear's COVID-19 school orders

Nov. 27, 2020 7:14 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — A federal court halted Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's recent coronavirus-related suspension of in-person classes at religious schools, a victory for state Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Beshear has appealed the ruling to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and asked for an...

Kentucky reports 3,408 new confirmed coronavirus cases

Nov. 25, 2020 6:45 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) — Concerned about the risks of large gatherings amid surging coroavirus cases, Gov. Andy Beshear implored Kentuckians on Wednesday to keep Thanksgiving celebrations small and avoid traveling. “Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and usually we get together with about 15...