J. Tyler Franklin

About 20 people gathered in the courtyard of the Caldwell Medical Center in Princeton for a Mitch McConnell event last week. It was raining and attendees tried their best to social distance beneath tents as McConnell talked to them about the CARES Act.

He pulled out a piece of paper and began to read what the medical center got out of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill that passed back in March.

“You got $8.8 million totally—$3.9 million came directly out of the direct hospital relief fund, but you also very skillfully and smartly accessed $1.3 million of PPP loans,” McConnell said.

 

Graves Gilbert Clinic Glasgow

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and health officials warn that the state is in a dangerous escalation of COVID-19.

They worry that some Kentuckians have “COVID-19 fatigue” and are becoming too casual about safety precautions, like wearing a mask, social distancing and avoiding group gatherings.   

WKU Public Radio Reporter Rhonda Miller spoke with Dr. William Travis, an internal medicine physician at Graves Gilbert Clinic in Glasgow. He said he’s seeing an increase in patients with COVID-19 symptoms and confirmed cases.


Commonwealth of Kentucky

Republican State Treasurer Allison Ball says that Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear violated the  U.S. constitution when he banned mass-gatherings early on during the coronavirus pandemic because he also banned gatherings at churches.

At the time, several churches defied the order and Beshear sent state troopers to record license plate numbers of cars parked in church parking lots. Those violating the order were told to quarantine for two weeks.

Ball issued a report on Thursday outlining why she thinks Beshear’s orders were unconstitutional.

During a presentation to a state legislative committee on Thursday, Ball said that using state troopers to enforce the order was an inappropriate use of state funds.

“They have been put in the untenable position of having to either obey the governor or follow the constitution. And that’s wrong. They should not be put in that position,” Ball said.

Blake Farmer | WPLN

When a vaccine for COVID-19 is approved for use, it will be the state government who determines who gets it first. All states were required to submit their draft plans to federal authorities by this week. Tennessee will distribute its allotment based mostly on population, not severity of recent outbreaks.

At first, the priority will be inoculating health care workers and first responders, then the elderly and those who live in congregant settings — including prisons. Whether someone has had COVID won’t matter, according to the planners, since so little is known about the duration of immunity.

Tennessee does expect to hold on to roughly 10% of its vaccine supply in order to respond to hotspots or communities that may run out prematurely.

J. Tyler Franklin

Mitch McConnell holds a nine-point lead over Democratic challenger Amy McGrath in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, according to a new poll.

McConnell has consistently polled ahead of McGrath throughout the race, though McGrath has significantly outraised and outspent the six-term incumbent.

According to the survey by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, McConnell is backed by 51% of likely voters in Kentucky, McGrath has 42% while libertarian candidate Brad Barron has 4% and 3% are undecided.

The poll was conducted from Oct. 12 through Oct. 15 and included 625 registered Kentucky voters who were interviewed over the telephone. The margin of error was +/- 4 percentage points.

One of the Louisville police officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor seven months ago said while her death was tragic, it is different than other high-profile killings of Black Americans this year.

"It's not a race thing like people try to make it to be," said Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of the three officers who discharged their service weapons during the botched narcotics raid at Taylor's home in the early hours of March 13.

Democrats all across the country are anxious.

The fact that former Vice President Joe Biden consistently leads President Trump by double digits in national polls lately doesn't help. Neither does Biden's unprecedented advertising advantage over the incumbent.

Updated at 12:14 p.m. ET

The Justice Department announced on Wednesday a global settlement of civil and criminal investigations into Purdue Pharma's aggressive marketing of opioid medications, including OxyContin.

Federal officials have long maintained Purdue's actions helped fuel a prescription opioid epidemic that has killed more than 232,000 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

AppHarvest

An eastern Kentucky agritech company that is cutting the ribbon this week on a massive greenhouse in Morehead is also announcing construction of another large-scale greenhouse in the region. 

AppHarvest said in a release Tuesday that the second large-scale greenhouse will exceed more than 60 acres when completed in Madison County, south of Lexington. The company states the greenhouse would double AppHarvest’s growing space for fruits and vegetables, to go along with the company’s freshly-minted 2.76 million-square-foot greenhouse in Morehead.

Coronavirus Cases Rising As Kentucky Reports Highest Number Of Cases On A Tuesday

Oct 21, 2020
Stephanie Wolf

As the number of coronavirus cases surge across the U.S., so do cases in Kentucky. It’s one of 31 states where cases continue to rise. 

Gov. Andy Beshear said the state is preparing for another surge in COVID-19 cases as the state saw another record-setting day for new coronavirus cases. 

Beshear called the daily COVID-19 report “grim” as he confirmed 1,312 new cases on Tuesday. It’s the highest number of cases ever reported on a Tuesday.

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