Margaret O'Donnell

The Poor People’s Campaign will hold a rally in Bowling Green on May 10 that will be more of a celebration than the group’s usual marches or protests at the state capitol.

But  the group will still emphasize its main concerns – poverty, environmental destruction, systemic racism and social justice.

The rally signifies the group’s return to more public events as the COVID-19 pandemic eases with widespread access to vaccinations and a lifting of some state limitations on gatherings. 

Kate Howard

Moments after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron acknowledged a grand jury wasn’t charging the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor for her death, he made a promise.

He stood at a podium last September, surrounded by reporters from across the world, and pledged to form a task force to review the process for securing and executing search warrants like the one that led to Taylor’s death.

Cameron indicated a sense of urgency, saying he would issue an executive order “in the coming days.”

But that didn’t happen until four months later. And nearly eight months later, the task force has yet to even meet.

J. Tyler Franklin

Gov. Andy Beshear said he will relax some of the state’s pandemic-related capacity restrictions in three weeks.

Starting May 28, which marks the beginning of Memorial Day weekend, the state will increase capacity at all indoor and outdoor venues and businesses with under 1,000 people to 75%. The current limit is 60%. The increase will cover retail, hair salons, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, weddings and memorial services.

Beshear said events with more than 1,000 people in attendance will be able to operate at 60% capacity starting May 28, up from 50%.

“It gives us the time to make sure we get through these last weeks of school, yet also gives notice to those that’ll be hosting folks,” Beshear said.

Jess Clark

The Jefferson County Board of Education is suing the marketing and business consulting firm McKinsey & Company over its alleged role in fueling the opioid epidemic.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court, the school board alleges McKinsey is responsible for the millions of dollars in costs Kentucky school districts are spending to handle the epidemic’s impact on students, families and employees.

According to the lawsuit, Jefferson County Public Schools is seeking damages for costs related to providing special education and related services to children who were exposed to opioids in utero.

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When it comes to deciding whether to get the COVID-19 vaccine, a new poll found that Kentuckians overwhelmingly trust information from medical experts close to home. 

The survey done for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky shows that 95 percent of Bluegrass State residents trust their physician or other health care provider when it comes to vaccine information. 

Ninety-eight percent of those who said they will get the vaccine said they trust their own doctor. 

Somerset Community College

Somerset Community College is offering a free class to certain prospective students in an effort to get their higher education plans back on track. 

The idea comes as many Kentuckians have put parts of their lives on hold during the pandemic and the resulting economic challenges. 

The offer from Somerset Community College is for a free class of up to three credit hours in a long list of subjects ranging from art to nursing to truck driving. 

The offer applies to students attending college for the first time, 2021 graduating seniors and returning students who have not attended Somerset Community College in the last five years.

Kyeland Jackson

Republican Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is calling on Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear to set a firm “reopening” date for the state amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The demand comes as Republican-led states like Tennessee and Florida have almost entirely dropped pandemic-related restrictions and others have set dates when they will reopen further.

It also comes as the virus lingers, vaccination rates have dropped due to lack of demand, and public health experts say the United States won’t achieve herd immunity before this winter, if at all.

But Quarles argues people and businesses should be able to make their own decisions about how to stay safe during the pandemic.

Lisa Autry

Western Kentucky University will offer this fall’s freshman class a new living-learning community aimed at keeping them on a path toward graduation. 

Members of the media were given a tour on Tuesday of the new First Year Village at the south end of campus.  It includes two new residence halls constructed unlike typical dormitories.

Normal Hall and Regents Hall will both contain ten pods of 15-25 students each, housing more than half of the incoming freshmen this fall.  WKU President Timothy Caboni says students will live in small groups with other classmates who share similar majors and interests.

“What we know is that students don’t succeed alone," Caboni said. "They’re most successful when they’re surrounded by support systems from their advisors, instructors, and staff to their roommates, classmates, and student organization peers.”

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A pharmacy in Nelson County is scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations from a waiting list of more than 2,000 people.

Crume Drug Store in Bardstown has about 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine that arrived two weeks ago.

Ashley Coomes, co-owner of the drug store and a pharmacy technician, said there's a been a good response from the community for the vaccine.

“We were probably one of the only people in town that actually had a list of names going. And we probably had like 2,500 names," said Coomes. "So we’re calling down through the people that have had their names on the list and letting them know that it’s here and we can schedule an appointment for them and get everybody vaccinated, as many as we can.”

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A string of heavy storms has led to a demonstration of community support for its local animal shelter.

The heavy rain that hit southern Kentucky early Tuesday morning led to an evacuation of the Glasgow-based Barren River Animal Welfare Association.

Staff members, city workers, and volunteers moved 40 animals—including dogs, cats, and rabbits—out of BRAWA.

“Everybody is safe, nobody was injured, and most of them never even got wet,” said BRAWA board member and volunteer Molly Taylor.

She said there was standing water throughout the facility when volunteers arrived to see the damage.


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