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ANALYSIS: Some ideas for countering the Big Lie about the presidential election (a clue: Biden won)

By Al Cross Director and Professor UK Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues I wrote recently that journalists, including those in rural areas friendly to President Trump, have an obligation to counter his big lie of election fraud that led to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Now Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan and American Press Institute Executive Director...

Anticipated armed protests don’t materialize at well-guarded state Capitol; KY man arrested for U.S. riots

After ramping up for a major protests at the state Capitol Sunday, few protestors showed up and they were peaceful. Frankfort State Journal photo The FBI sent warnings to all states to be prepared for protests at every Capitol. The National Guard was called to Frankfort in addition to Kentucky State Police and Frankfort police. A few people wandered in — some with rifles and handguns —...

FBI warns of hostile gatherings at state capitals; Beshear shuts down Capitol grounds on Sunday

The FBI has warned every state governor about the potential for demonstrations at state capitals across the nation, in the wake of violence at the nation’s Capitol and the coming inauguration of President-Elect Joseph Biden. Gov. Andy Beshear has announced heightened security measures around the Kentucky State Capitol grounds in Frankfort and, in interviews on national TV, has decried the violence...

St. Elizabeth, HealthPoint, NKY Health Dept. to start Phase 1B (teachers and 70+) today, by appointment

Kentucky is moving into the Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccination stage which includes people aged 70 years or older and K-12 school personnel. St. Elizabeth Healthcare, the Northern Kentucky Health Department and HealthPoint Family Care have announced they will start today vaccinating Phase 1B individuals who live and/or work in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties. Phase 1B individuals who are 70...

Trump impeached by House, 232-197; McConnell says Senate trial can’t be set before inauguration

Staff report Ten Republicans in the U.S. House sided with Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump 232-197 for inciting the storming of the Capitol on January 6. The violent breach of the Capitol resulted in terrorism of its occupants, terrific damage to the historical building, and the death of five people, including Capitol police who were defending against the invasion. Mitch McConnell The rioting...

Gov. Beshear reports 3,053 new COVID cases, 22 deaths and explains unemployment relief payment

Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than 3,053 new COVID cases and 22 deaths and shared more details on the state’s unemployment one-time relief payment program. Gov. Beshear “This is the fourth-highest Tuesday, it’s higher than the last couple weeks, so we’re trying to determine where these numbers are going,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are sure that this is a surge caused by gatherings through...

Kentucky House passes four state budget bills which go to Senate; hope to complete budget this month

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky House passed four of the five state budget bills on Monday, along with a measure to reorganize the General Assembly’s Program Review and Investigations Committee. 
Ordinarily, lawmakers approve a two-year budget during their sessions in even-numbered years.  But due to the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty about how it would affect state finances, the General...

Governor reports 3,232 new COVID cases, 25 deaths, 12.45% positivity; 119 counties in red zone

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There was a sharp drop in new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky on Sunday, but the number of deaths rose, as did the state’s positivity rate. 

 There were 3,232 new cases of the coronavirus reported to state officials. That is 1,008 less than the 4,240 reported on Saturday and raises the total number of cases in Kentucky since the first one was reported last March 6 to...

Former NewCath football head coach Bob Schneider dead at age 82; led team to three state titles

Former Newport Central Catholic football head coach Bob Schneider has died at the age of 82, the school announced Friday night. Schneider became the NewCath head coach in 1966, and he compiled a career record of 345-183-2, including state championships in 1984, 2005 and 2006. Schneider also led the Thoroughbreds to six state runner-up finishes and nine regional titles. His 345 wins rank third in Kentucky...

General Fund receipts in December increase by $1,258,755,431, second-highest monthly total ever

State Budget Director John Hicks reported Friday that December’s General Fund receipts reflected the second-highest monthly total ever, $1,258,755,431, a 16.1 percent increase compared to December of last year. Total revenues rose by $174.4 million over last December, with increases in all the major taxes: individual income, sales, business and property taxes. December is one of the three largest...

Republican lawmakers off and running on top priorities, fast-tracking 10 bills

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Armed with veto-proof power, Republican lawmakers were off and running on their top priorities Thursday. The third full day of the legislative session saw 10 bills – five in each chamber – being fast-tracked before Gov. Andy Beshear could give his State of the Commonwealth address later in the evening. There may still be smoke in the room after a lightning-fast...

Events at Capitol: Mitch McConnell’s remarks to Senate before/after mob; Gov. Beshear’s remarks

A civics lesson U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks yesterday regarding the Electoral College certification of vote in presidential election. In the joint convening of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate before the Capitol was overtaken by a pro-Trump mob: “We are debating a step that has never been taken in American history: Whether Congress should overrule...

National gas price average holds steady for 12 days; Kentucky price drops 3 cents from last week

The new year has started, but the national gas price average remains unchanged, holding steady at $2.25 for the last 12 days. Meanwhile, after climbing over a dime during the past couple of weeks, the average gas price in Kentucky began edging back downward, although the average price has been stable the last couple of days. Pump price stability at the start of the year is credited to consistent crude...

Kentucky’s Thomas Massie is one of seven conservatives who won’t object to electoral votes

Staff report Kentucky’s Rep. Thomas Massie is one of seven conservative House Republicans who said they would not join an estimated 100 GOP colleages in challenging the results of the presidential electionn In a letter signed by the seven legislators, they said, “. . .only the states have the authority to appoint electors, in accordance with state law. . .Congress has only a narrow role...