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The Presidential Search Committee at Eastern Kentucky University is recommending interim president David McFaddin be named the permanent president at the Richmond school. 

McFaddin, who had been in a position as vice president previously, was selected by the Board of Regents for the top job after Michael Benson resigned the first of the year. 

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On a recent sticky July afternoon, Diana Green stands on the muddy bank of lower Davis Creek in South Charleston, West Virginia. 

275* Coronavirus Cases reported in Kentucky Monday

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Citing a technical glitch with the reporting software that Kentucky uses, Governor Andy Beshear announced an "artificially low" number of coronavirus cases in the state. During Monday afternoon's coronavirus update Gov. Beshear announced 275 new cases of the virus. However, Beshear said the actual number of cases could be north of 300. Calling the error inexcusable, Beshear said that accurate case numbers will be announced in the coming days.

Kentucky Gas Prices Fall

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Kentucky motorists are benefitting from a drop in gas prices.  A virtual start to instruction in many school districts is anticipated to affect the price at the pump.

Triple A reports Kentucky’s gas price fell four cents on average over the past week.  Triple A Bluegrass Spokeswoman Lori Weaver Hawkins says August is pricing out to be the second cheapest start to a month in more than a decade.  She noted prices could drop even further with many students not in school, which could drive down demand in the weeks ahead.

Lexington Officials participated in a ribbon cutting Monday for a new affordable housing complex for seniors.

Mayor Linda Gorton along with Council Member Josh McCurn visited Meadowthorpe Landing on Antique Drive.  The facility is a 71 unit complex for independent senior citizens. 

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Reported coronavirus cases across Kentucky fell Sunday compared to Saturday’s numbers.   Governor Beshear remains concerned about the rate of infection.

Governor Beshear says the Commonwealth is still in what he terms “a very dangerous place” where the coronavirus “could easily get out of control.” 

The governor reported 573 new COVID-19 cases Friday, as well as four additional deaths.  Beshear said 21 of the new cases were found in children under 5.  The positivity rate currently stands at 5.57 %.  The number of new cases of coronavirus has been in the 500’s the last three days. 

573 Coronavirus Cases Reported in Kentucky Friday

Aug 7, 2020

Governor Andy Beshear announced 573 new coronavirus cases in Kentucky on Friday. That brings the state's total number of cases to 33,796.

Governor Beshear also announced four new deaths, bringing that total to 764.

The positivity rate as of Friday afternoon is at 5.57%.

Fayette County health officials say the Lexington area continues to see an increasing trend when it comes to coronavirus cases. 

Fayette County Health Department Spokesman Kevin Hall says the central Kentucky community has experienced about 470 cases in the first six days of August. “That’s about 80 cases a day and you’re comparing that to about 70 new cases a day on average through July, so this is, by far, not over.  It’s growing, it’s spreading and we need people to follow the guidelines,” said Hall.

The state has announced a new online mapping tool to help local officials and first responders develop emergency response plans for high hazard dams.

The interactive map on the Kentucky Water Maps Portal website identifies the approximate area, or inundation zone which could be effected if a dam failed. 

The online program uses satellite imagery to identify properties, roads, and geographic areas that could potentially be impacted.  It recognized nearly 3000 business structures and almost 14,000 residences within the state’s high hazard dam inundation zones.

Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers calls this a unique time when police officers can be challenged as being public servants.  

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Governor Beshear gave a preview Thursday at his coronavirus briefing about plans next week to lessen restrictions on bars and restaurants.  The governor says the formal announcement should come Monday.

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The installation of Lexington’s new Breaking the Bronze Ceiling statue took place Thursday morning.

It’s the culmination of an idea brought forth by longtime city council member Jennifer Mossotti.

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An animal rights advocacy group published a report Thursday that says Kentucky is “a center” for illegal cockfighting breeding that ships tens of thousands birds across the world to the Philippines, Mexico, and other countries.

The Animal Wellness Action report details video interviews and social media posts of seven suspected breeders, ranging from Bowling Green in west Kentucky to Manchester in east Kentucky, as evidence of these operations.

516 Coronavirus Cases Reported in Kentucky Thursday

Aug 6, 2020

During Thursday's coronavirus update Governor Andy Beshear announced 516 new cases of the illness. The total number of cases in Kentucky since the pandemic began is now at 33,254.

Governor Beshear also annouced 8 additional deaths, bringing that total to 760.

Thursday afternoon the governor announced that the facial covering mandate in Kentucky has been extended another 30 days.

You can watch Thursday's full update from Governor Andy Beshear below.

Eastern Standard for August 6, 2020

Aug 6, 2020

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The performing arts community has taken a hard hit during the pandemic and must restructure their normal schedules to accomodate health guidelines. Allison Kaiser, Director of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, shares the changes they are making for the upcoming 2020-2021 season.

Governor Beshear admits questions remain about how the return of thousands of college students to campuses across Kentucky will affect coronavirus activity.  The University of Kentucky this week began testing returning students.

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Tyson Foods sought and received federal permission to increase the operating speed at poultry processing plants in Kentucky and southern Indiana even as public health officials reported dozens of coronavirus cases among Tyson workers. Now, a union representing workers at meatpacking plants in Kentucky and southern Indiana is one of several plaintiffs suing the federal government over waivers that allowed Tyson Foods and other companies to operate faster.

Officials at the Fayette County jail are now reporting at least three cases of coronavirus among the inmate population. 

Detention administrators announced this week the corrections facility had seen its first case of COVID-19.  Two more have now tested positive.  Both inmates were moved into medical isolation.  All other inmates in that housing unit have been isolated from the general population. 

Several corrections officers who worked in this unit have been tested, are isolated at home and awaiting results.

546 Coronavirus Cases Reported in Kentucky Wednesday

Aug 5, 2020

During Wednesday's coronavirus update Governor Andy Beshear announced 546 new cases of the virus in Kentucky. Governor Beshear said that puts the state at about 100 fewer cases this week than a similar period last week.

The total number of cases in the state is now at 32,741.

The governor also announced one additional death from COVID-19.

You can watch the full update from Governor Andy Beshear below.

The Lexington Police Department is undergoing review on national standards as part of the accreditation process.  Metro Police was first accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies or CALEA in 1993.

The Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Department is responding to concerns expressed by a former football player about COVID-19 prevention. The school’s athletics director says the health, safety, and overall well-being of student athletes will always be a primary priority.

Kentucky First Lady Britainy Beshear is helping launch a statewide drive to secure face masks for students when they get back inside school buildings.  The “Coverings For Kids” campaign allows Kentuckians to donate facial coverings directly to school districts. 

700 Coronavirus Cases Reported in Kentucky Tuesday

Aug 4, 2020

Governor Andy Beshear announced 700 new coronavirus cases in Kentucky during Tuesday afternoon's update from Frankfort. Removing duplicates, that brings the total number of cases in the state to 32,197.

Governor Beshear also announced 7 additional deaths from the virus.

The positivity rate is slightly higher as of Tuesday afternoon, now at 5.24%.

You can watch the full update from Governor Beshear below.

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The central Kentucky horse farm industry is joining with Fayette County schools to expand hands-on experiences for students.  22 equine businesses, many of them horse farms, are contributing $322,000 over the next three years.

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton says the central Kentucky city is expanding its free COVID-19 testing opportunities.  That includes continuation of a mobile testing service.

Lexington will soon have four public testing sites, Southland Christian Church on Richmond Road, Consolidated Baptist Church on Russell Cave, Walgreen’s at Executive Drive, and the Mobile Neighborhood Testing program. 

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Poet and author Hannah Drake stands near the banks of the Ohio River, looking from Kentucky across to southern Indiana. Drake, who is Black, thinks about the enslaved people who stood here more than a century ago.

“You wonder what did they do when they weren’t working tobacco fields or hemp fields?” she says. “When they wanted to escape to Indiana, what were they dreaming about?”

Kentucky claimed neutrality during the Civil War, but it was a slave state. On the far side of the river was essentially freedom.

Governor Beshear says a recent stabilizing of daily coronavirus cases can be greatly attributed to mask use in public.  During his briefing Monday the governor said a mandate helps with compliance.

Beshear said even more widespread use of masks could lead to a more familiar day to day way of life in Kentucky. “We know that if we can get the vast majority of Kentuckians to wear one every time you go in public when you’re six feet away from somebody, that we can make a major difference, that we can get close to our old normal,” said Beshear.