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U.S. District Court says CHFS social workers have no qualified immunity in Nikkie Holliday’s lawsuit

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor As “qualified immunity” for police and other public employees comes to the forefront nationally, the practice as it applies to state social workers has been dealt another blow in the U.S. District Court in Covington by Senior Judge William Bertlesman. The judge has ruled in the case of Maureen ‘Nikkie’ Holliday versus the Kentucky Cabinet for...

Florence man killed in one-vehicle crash on I-64 in Woodford County, state police are investigating

Florence man killed in crash in Woodford County near the Scott County line on I-64 westbound just after 2 a.m. Monday. Kentucky State Police responded. The initial investigation indicates that a blue, 2007 Dodge Ram hauling a trailer operated by James Stephenson, age 54 of Florence, was traveling westbound on I-64 around the 67-mile marker. The vehicle then veered off the roadway and overturned into...

Legendary coach Bill Baldridge goes from Friday Night Lights to a full life as mentor to young boys

By Rick Elmore The Greenup Beacon The Friday Night Lights no longer shine on Bill Baldridge. The legendary Kentucky high school coach and former leader of the Morehead State Eagles finds himself still coaching these days, although not on the athletic fields. Baldridge is the director of the Eastern Kentucky chapter of Team Focus, an organization founded by his long-time friend and former MSU teammate,...

Secretary of State says voting results will be delayed until June 30, because of mail-in ballots

“Under normal circumstances, the State Board of Elections receives and reports all preliminary election results on election night,” said Secretary of State Michael Adams in a press release. “However, because we, like other states voting during the pandemic, have accommodated voters by letting them mail ballots on election day, not every vote will be in hand by election night. “Moreover,...

It’s a Happy Father’s Day when a son’s homework saves dad’s life; Hunter and Greg Brown celebrate

By Berry Craig Special to NKyTribune Father’s Day is extra-special for one Lexington family this year. Greg Brown is alive to celebrate, because his son’s schoolwork saved his life. Reason to celebrate: Hunter Brown and his dad, Greg (Photo provided) MedQuest College student Hunter Brown was just trying to get some extra practice when he scanned his father’s heart last summer – but he found...

Rep. Ed Massey appointed co-chair to Judicial Structuring and Redistricting Task Force

Representative Ed Massey (R-Hebron) has been appointed to serve as co-chair on the Judicial Structuring and Redistricting Task Force by House Speaker David Osborne (R-Prospect). “I am grateful to be allowed the opportunity to serve as co-chair on this task force. I strongly believe that judicial work can be a source of change, better opportunities, and success for Kentucky,” said Massey. “The...

Kentucky unemployment rate at 11 percent in May; jobless rate drops 5.6 percent from April numbers

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May 2020 unemployment rate was 11 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary May 2020 jobless rate was down 5.6 percentage points from April 2020 and up 6.7 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in May 2019. The U.S. seasonally...

Rep. Andy Barr’s wife, Carol, 39, dies suddenly at family home; coroner rules heart valve dysfunction

Kentucky Today Carol Leavell Barr, the wife of U.S. Rep. Andy Barr passed away suddenly Tuesday at the family home in Lexington. 
“During this tragic time, we respectfully ask for privacy for Congressman Barr and his family to grieve Mrs. Barr being called home to heaven,” a statement released from Barr’s office said Tuesday night. She was 39. The Fayette County Coroner’s office...

St. Henry High school soccer player dies after collapsing during preseason training session

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter A member of the St. Henry District High School boys soccer team died after collapsing during a preseason training session on Tuesday, according to a post on the school’s Facebook page. The player has been identified as Matt Mangine Jr., who would have been entering his junior year at the Catholic co-ed school in Erlanger. “Words cannot adequately...

Beshear releases tax returns, renews calls for transparency from other office holders in Kentucky

As the commonwealth is focused on defeating COVID-19, Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday showed his ongoing commitment to transparency by releasing his tax returns for 2019 and once again called on other office holders to do the same. Beshear also released his 2019 Statement of Financial Disclosure and launched a transparency webpage listing executive flight details. Gov. Andy Beshear“Elected officials...

Beshear reports 205 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths; urges wearing masks for best protection

As of Monday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear said there were at least 12,647 COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. The Governor provided updated information about coronavirus cases newly confirmed Sunday and Monday in Kentucky. On Sunday, 85 new cases of coronavirus were reported. On Monday, 120 new cases were reported. Beshear also announced one new death Sunday and five new deaths Monday. The total number of...

Deadline today to request ballot by mail; other options, candidates, more here for June 23 primary

Staff report Today is the last day for registered voters to request a ballot by mail so they can vote from the comfort of home in the Kentucky Primary June 23. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Board of Elections has made special emergency arrangements to accommodate all those who want to vote in the primary. Click image to request a ballot to vote in the Primary on June 23 If you don’t...

Kentucky’s venerable State Fair will go on — but will be scaled back; Kentucky Farm Bureau will have big presence

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced this week that due to the coronavirus, a scaled-back Kentucky State Fair will be allowed to take place this year at the fairgrounds in Louisville, and one major sponsor announced Friday their plans to deal with the restrictions. During a press briefing on Tuesday, Beshear announced his administration approved a proposal to allow the Kentucky State...

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati sets July 24 reopening date

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has announced it will reopen July 24. The news comes after what has already been a three-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Freedom Center works toward its opening date, it is taking steps to ensure guests’ next visit will be safe and comfortable. “The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a place of understanding and dialogue,...

St. Elizabeth joins consortium to determine how COVID-19 affects cancer patients

St. Elizabeth is part of a group of cancer centers and other organizations joining together to form the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium (CCC19) to collect and share data about cancer patients infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19). As part of CCC19, St. Elizabeth submits information to a registry that includes participants from healthcare providers from the United States, The European Union, Argentina,...