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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (OVR) — Jessalyn Brown met Kyra Higgins through theater. “I saw her on stage and I was just like, ‘This girl is so good!’ She was just amazing.” So when it came time for Brown, 21, to direct a play for her senior project at Kentucky’s Georgetown College, she knew she wanted Higgins,… Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (OVR) — Polls had barely closed in the U.S. when President Donald Trump falsely alleged voter fraud and claimed prematurely to have won the election, saying “We will win this, and as far as I’m concerned, we already have won it.” The results of the election had not yet been called, and the… Read More
The Missing Voters: The Ohio Valley Has Some Of The Nation’s Lowest Voter Turnout. What Could Change That?
LEXINGTON, Ky. (OVR) — This fall, Lexington, Kentucky, activist and artist Devine Carama launched a different kind of road trip across his home state. He visited a dozen cities and towns, from Pikeville, in the state’s Appalachian east, to Paducah, near where the Ohio River joins the Mississippi. He carried a sign that said “I’ll… Read More
Here’s irony: tobacco plants may be key in preventing COVID-19. Two companies are using the plants to produce proteins for a vaccine. One candidate vaccine is already in a clinical trial.
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — An aluminum company planning to build a massive mill in Appalachia has changed its name from Braidy Industries to Unity Aluminum. A release from the company Thursday says the new name “signifies the company’s steadfast commitment to its customers, innovative technologies and local community in Ashland.” Company leaders say Unity is… Read More
“The Grand Jury is meant to be a secretive body,” Attorney General Daniel Cameron says in a statement. “It’s apparent that the public interest in this case isn’t going to allow that to happen.”
Kentucky Grand Jury Indicts Former Officer Who Fatally Shot Breonna Taylor On Charges Of Wanton Endangerment
The grand jury did not announce charges against the other two officers involved. Demonstrators have long called for the officers to face criminal charges.
WHITESBURGH, Ky. (OVR) — A line of blue and yellow pop-up tents stand along the North Fork of the Kentucky River during a sunny September weekend in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky, and Valerie Horn is doing her part to keep the Letcher County Farmers Market rolling. Pumpkins and watermelons fill tarps laid out on the ground next… Read More
Officials also announced a series of police reforms to be adopted by Louisville Metro Police Department. Taylor was killed by police in March.
FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) — Kentucky’s governor has announced the creation of an eviction relief fund. Gov. Andy Beshear says it’s aimed at keeping people in their homes by reimbursing landlords for missed rent payments during the coronavirus pandemic. Beshear signed an executive order Monday setting up a system aimed at helping prevent evictions while assisting… Read More
ASHLAND, Ky. (OVR) — A new report from the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in U.S. elections raises new questions about a struggling eastern Kentucky development project with ties to both Senator Mitch McConnell and the Russian government. The 966-page document, the result of a years-long bipartisan investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee,… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky circuit court judge has issued a temporary restraining order against future executive orders related to the COVID-19 crisis. The Courier-Journal reports the order comes in a lawsuit from the Kentucky agriculture commissioner and an orchard and cider mill in Georgetown. The Kentucky attorney general also intervened in support of… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — News reports say an effigy of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear was hung in a tree near the state Capitol during a protest rally Sunday billed as a Patriot Day celebration of constitutional rights. The development in Frankfort drew rebukes from politicians from both major parties. Local news reports said the effigy… Read More
WHITESBURG, Ky. (OVR) — Just 15 percent of Kentucky counties meet minimum recommended coronavirus testing levels, according to a new report from health care company Castlight. Sixty-seven percent of West Virginia counties and 31 percent of Ohio counties met the threshold. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that states have the capacity to test 1 percent… Read More
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia are making progress on unemployment claims filed in March as states begin a phased-in reopening. New unemployment insurance claims are still reaching unprecedented levels across the Ohio Valley region. At least 125,459 people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia joined those seeking help during the economic… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Gov. Andy Beshear has announced a plan to reopen Kentucky’s restaurants to limited dine-in service later this month. Beshear announced the next phase of business reopenings Thursday. The plan also includes movie theaters, fitness centers, child care centers, campgrounds and some youth sports. Under the plan, restaurants will reopen dining rooms… Read More
As Trump Orders Meatpackers to Stay Open, Health Department Complaints Allege Louisville Plant Failed to Protect Workers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — As President Trump ordered meatpacking plants on Tuesday to keep operating amid the coronavirus pandemic, more details are emerging about the concerns workers had about their safety at a facility in Louisville, where dozens of workers were infected and one died. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services reported as of Monday,… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear has signed an order allowing Kentucky residents to vote by mail in the upcoming primary election. The governor’s office said Friday that state elections officials also are working on a plan for limited in-person voting and possible drive-thru voting. The primary is set for June 23. The governor’s… Read More
Governor Beshear has announced the largest one day total of coronavirus cases in Kentucky. During his daily briefing Sunday night, the governor reported 273 new cases and four deaths. Beshear said the total number of COVID-19 cases is just 40 shy of three thousand. While many of the serious cases and deaths have taken place… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Key Kentucky lawmakers say the legislature will be presented a one-year state spending plan. Lawmakers traditionally pass two-year budgets. Sen. Chris McDaniel on Tuesday called it a “fairly unprecedented move” caused by disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. Rep. Steven Rudy says passing a one-year plan will enable lawmakers to meet their… Read More
“We Can’t Get To Everybody”: Hospital Closures, Underfunded Health Centers Hinder Coronavirus Response
Local public health departments and hospitals are on the front lines of facing the coronavirus throughout the Ohio Valley, yet the health professionals who run these facilities say years of underfunding and hospital closures have diminished these services that now face the crisis. Dan Brown, a former councilman for the riverside village of Bellaire, Ohio,… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Gov. Andy Beshear has announced a new effort to help Kentucky residents determine if they’re among the nonviolent felons now qualified to vote. The website unveiled Wednesday features a searchable database. It lets people find out if their voting rights were restored. It’s a followup to the executive order Beshear signed… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – As Kentucky legislators advance a bill to require voters to show a government-issued ID to cast a ballot, a civil-liberties group says it might mount a challenge if the bill becomes law. The Republican-backed measure cleared a House committee on a party-line vote Thursday. Opponents raised concerns the photo ID requirement… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Medical marijuana advocates have won an initial victory in trying to legalize medical cannabis in Kentucky. A legalization measure cleared the House Judiciary Committee on a 17-1 vote Wednesday. The committee room was filled with advocates who have pressed for years to legalize medical marijuana for people battling chronic pain and… Read More
John Fuller is waiting for another farmer he’s never met before to talk about a situation he never imagined he would be in. It’s an overcast January day on his farm in west Kentucky, where he grew 18 acres of hemp last year, investing more than $250,000 of his own cash. He’s one of nearly… Read More