Assessing The Upcoming Election

Assessing The Upcoming Election We are three months away from the general election and state leaders are discussing possible plans.Secretary of State Michael Adams met with lawmakers Tuesday to share his thoughts about last months primary and what he thinks should happen in November.State lawmakers are praising Adams for his collaboration with Governor Andy…

Restarting Criminal Jury Trials

Restarting Criminal Jury Trials Criminal jury trials may resume next week in Kentucky, but civil trials are still a couple of months away, the state Supreme Court said.The court also said in an administrative order that attorneys, jurors, parties, witnesses, members of the public and media must wear facial coverings during jury trials. Judges…

Purdue Pharma Limited On Election Contributions

Purdue Pharma Limited On Election Contributions A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is not allowed to contribute money to organizations aimed at the election efforts for state attorneys general.But Judge Robert Drain said the company can continue giving to some other political groups. Advocates cried foul earlier this month…

Making Golf Carts Street Legal

Making Golf Carts Street Legal One city in our region is looking to make golf carts street legal.The City of Prestonsburg has a new ordinance up for vote allowing golf carts to be operated on city streets.“It will designate some roads they can travel on so people know where to expect them,” Mayor Les…

Eastern KY School Districts Delay Reopening

Eastern KY School Districts Delay Reopening Following Governor Andy Beshear’s recommendation for schools to delay in-person until the third week of August, officials with two Eastern Kentucky school districts announced they will start the new school year online.In Letcher County, Superintendent Denise Yonts posted on the district’s Facebook page saying their school board voted…

Getting Mystery Seeds

Getting Mystery Seeds Agriculture officials in multiple states issued warnings Monday about unsolicited shipments of foreign seeds and advised people not to plant them.In Kentucky, the state agriculture department was notified that several residents received unsolicited seed packets sent by mail that appeared to have originated in China, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. The…

New KY COVID-19 Restrictions

New KY COVID-19 Restrictions Gov. Beshear announced new restrictions statewide. Starting today bars will close for two weeks. Beshear also said restaurants will need to reduce indoor seating to 25 percent. Outdoor dining will be unlimited as long as social distancing is followed.The governor also encouraged public and private schools to hold off on…

Rand Paul’s Neighbor Resentenced

Rand Paul’s Neighbor Resentenced U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s former neighbor was resentenced Monday to an extra seven months behind bars and six months in home detention for tackling and injuring the Kentucky lawmaker over a lawn care dispute.Rene Boucher originally was given a 30-day sentence after pleading guilty to assaulting a member of Congress.…

Planet Fitness Requires Masks

Planet Fitness Requires Masks One of the country’s largest gym franchises will require members and visitors to wear masks.Starting August 1, Planet Fitness will require people working out in its gyms to wear a face covering.An email to members of Planet Fitness said the chain has enhanced cleanliness policies and procedures, but wanted an…

More Unemployment Coverage For KY

More Unemployment Coverage For KY Kentucky will extend its contract with an outside company hired to help work through a backlog of unemployment claims amid the coronavirus outbreak, says Gov. Andy Beshear.The contract with Ernst & Young will be prolonged by another five weeks at a cost of $4.4 million, the governor announced.The company…