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The Medical Center at Bowling Green

Hospitals in southern Kentucky are among the increasing number of health care facilities being inundated with COVID patients.

Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday during a news conference that more and more hospitals across the state are at—or quickly reaching—capacity. Evidence of that is being seen in south-central Kentucky, with the head of emergency medicine at Med Center Health in Bowling Green telling media outlets Friday that his hospital has a full ICU, as well as a constantly full waiting area outside the emergency room.

Dr. William Moss said at least 90% of the COVID patients in his emergency room are unvaccinated, and that the number of people on ventilators was up to 11 as of Friday morning.

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It’s Election Day and if you didn’t vote early by mail or in person, today is the last day for you to cast a ballot in this year’s General Election.

Kentuckians will weigh in on contests for president, the U.S. Senate, Congress, the state legislature and local elections this year.

Here's our Election Day blog:

For NPR-One: The trailer to episode 1 of the podcast, Middle of Nowhere, from WKMS.

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Bowling Green will have a new mayor next year.

Bruce Wilkerson announced Tuesday that he's dropping out of the race for re-election.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports Wilkerson said the move was because of what he called “a prior health condition” that he needs to address.

The announcement was made prior to Tuesday's meeting of the city commission. Wilkerson said he planned to serve out the remainder of his current term, which expires at the end of this year.


A Confederate statue sitting on the Daviess County Courthouse lawn will be moved.

But where the statue is going is still unknown.

Daviess Fiscal Court voted Thursday night to form a five-person public committee tasked with presenting the court with options on where to move the 120-year-old statue.

The Messenger-Inquirer reports those committee members will be named by members of the fiscal court, with appointments announced within six weeks.

The debate over the Owensboro statue comes amid a renewed conversation nationally over what to do with symbols depicting elements of white supremacy.

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It's one week after Kentucky's delayed primary election, and county clerks' offices across the state are reporting their vote counts to the Kentucky Secretary of State. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, every registered voter was allowed to request an absentee ballot that could be returned through the mail. Counting all of those ballots, plus early votes cast at local county clerks' offices, and votes cast at polling places on primary day. 

1:14 p.m.: There were a number of Kentucky House and Senate seats on primary ballots this month, including a Senate district special election to replace a retiring lawmaker. Here are the results:

Senate District 26 Special Election: Karen Berg, a Democrat and a physician, has won the special election for Kentucky’s 26th Senate district, which was vacated by longtime GOP Sen. Ernie Harris, who retired earlier this year.


In a report that aired on June 24 and 25, 2020, and appeared on wkyufm.org, WKU Public Radio incorrectly reported that a legal motion had been granted to approve a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case conversion to Chapter 7 liquidation related to Hartshorne Holdings, LLC.

In fact, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District Kentucky has not approved that requested order. The request for the order was made via a legal filing, with a hearing on the request scheduled for July 21, 2020.

WKU Public Radio sincerely regrets this error.

Kevin Willis

It’s primary election day in Kentucky, and voter turnout across the state is expected to hit record levels. That’s due in part to the expansion of voting by absentee ballot. Most counties across the Commonwealth only have one polling location.

Kentucky Sec. of State Predicting Record-Breaking Turnout

Kentucky Sec. of State Michael Adams is predicting 1.1 million Kentuckians will cast a vote in today’s primary election. That would be about 32% of registered voters, which would break the state’s record for voter participation set in 2008.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We’ll continue to update this post as we learn new information.

There are at least 12,829 cases throughout Kentucky as of Tuesday. There are now 512 people who have died in the state as a result of the coronavirus.

In Indiana, there are 40,786 cases as of Tuesday. The number of deaths in the state is 2,265.

In Tennessee there are 31,830 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, and 493 people have died as a result of the virus.


The Ohio Valley ReSource and its seven partner stations in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia have mobilized to cover the coronavirus pandemic and the profound effects it is having on how we live in the region.

This is an anxious, bewildering time, and we know you have a lot of questions. We want to help answer them.

Ask your question below and the ReSource reporters will try their best to find an answer.

Bowling Green Independent Schools

A number of school districts are heeding Governor Andy Beshear’s request to shut down for at least two weeks starting Monday.

Beshear made the recommendation Thursday as a response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic.

Beshear is asking for all schools—public and private—to close for a minimum of two weeks.

Kentucky’s two largest school districts, Jefferson and Fayette, announced last night they would be closed.

Some of the other county school systems that have also announced they will close are Barren, Daviess, Hardin, Larue, Pulaski, and Warren.


Nominations are now being accepted for the first-ever Distinguished Educator Awards being offered by the Western Kentucky University College of Education and Behavioral Science.

The awards will recognize 10 P-12 educators in the WKU service area for their contributions to the teaching profession.

WKU will honor finalists and category winners at an awards ceremony at the Augenstein Alumni Center on April 14.

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Kentucky's two U.S. Senators and members of the U.S. House are reacting to the U.S. drone strike that killed the leading Iranian military leader, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

In a speech on the Senate floor Friday, the Republican Majority Leader strongly supported the killing of Soleimani. 

“This morning Iran’s master terrorist is dead," McConnell said. "The architect and chief engineer of the world’s most active state sponsor of terroism has been removed from the battlefield at the hand of the United States military. No man alive was more directly responsible for the deaths of more American service members than Qasem Soleimani."


Democrat Andy Beshear Garners Most Votes As Republicans Sweep Down Ballot Races

Democrat Andy Beshear got about 4,500 more votes on Election Day than incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin. Several media outlets called the race for Beshear, but the Associated Press deemed it too close to call late Tuesday as Republicans swept all other statewide races.

Bevin called the race “a squeaker” when he spoke first Tuesday evening — but he promised not to concede.

“This is a close, close race,” Bevin said at the Republican gathering at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. “We are not conceding this race by any stretch. Not a chance.”

University of Southern Indiana

The University of Southern Indiana is investigating a series of white supremacist flyers left on cars at the school’s campus in Evansville.

The flyers were found Tuesday on U.S.I.’s campus, and asked the question, “Proud to be white?” A school spokesman confirmed the flyers, and said U.S.I.’s public safety division is looking into it.

The Evansville Courier & Press reported the flyers contained a QR code that connects to the website for a group called The Creativity Alliance.