Tuesday 18th January 2022

News Update for 1/5/22

Health Departments, Schools Partnering to Keep Kids In School

(Frankfort, KY) — Local health departments across the commonwealth are partnering with school districts to help keep kids in classes. Health and school officials say getting eligible kids vaccinated against COVID-19 is a key element in keeping kids in school as virus cases skyrocket. Officials at UK Children’s Hospital say they are seeing more kids with COVID. Doctors say the most severe cases are mostly among unvaccinated children. Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Sack says vaccinations, along with a test-to-stay and masking combination, should keep kids without infections from missing school.

Kentucky Senate Proposing Significant Changes To Legislative Map

(Frankfort, KY) — The Kentucky Senate is proposing significant changes to the commonwealth’s legislative map. The Senate released its redistricting plan yesterday which included growth in the Fifth and Sixth Congressional districts, splitting Bath County between the two. The First Congressional District would also see its borders shift. The redrawn Senate districts showed a seven way split of Lexington, and shrinking urban district boundaries. No incumbents in the new Senate map would have to run against each other.
Kentucky State Police Post 1 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints
Mayfield, KY (January 3, 2022) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints throughout the Post 1 district, to check motorists for compliance with motor vehicle laws including driving under the influence statutes. KSP utilizes traffic safety checkpoints to promote safety for motorists using the public roadways and to provide a deterrent for those who violate laws contained in the Kentucky Revised Statutes. A list of current checkpoint locations can be found at, http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post1checkpoints/.

5-day Closure for Repairs to Caney Branch Bridge

PADUCAH, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans an extended closure along KY 1836/Downing Road about 1/2 mile south of the Calloway-Marshall County Line. in northwestern Calloway County starting Monday, January 10, 2022.
This extended closure of KY 1826 is to allow substructure repairs to the Caney Branch Bridge near the 10 mile marker. Use of a crane to facilitate the repairs will require the roadway to remain closed until the repairs are completed. Weather permitting, KY 1836/Downing Road is expected to reopen around 3:30 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 14.

Kentucky State News Brief

Louisville Sees Record COVID Positivity Rate

(Louisville, KY) – The state’s largest city is dealing with a record high COVID-19 positivity rate. Louisville’s positivity rate is currently at 27 percent. Metro Public Health and Wellness said last week over ten-thousand people had tested positive for COVID-19 in Jefferson County. That was nearly seven-thousand more cases than the week before.

Harlem Globetrotters To Perform In Owensboro Tomorrow Night

(Owensboro, KY) – The Harlem Globetrotters will be in Owensboro tomorrow night. They’ll perform at the Owensboro Sports Center at 7 o’clock. The show will include a dunk contest and an autograph session. Tickets starting at 23-dollars can be bought at the Owensboro Convention Center box office.

GRDHD Updates COVID-19 Numbers

(Owensboro, KY) — The Green River District Health Department is updating its COVID-19 numbers. Yesterday, the GRDHD reported nearly 15-hundred new confirmed cases with close to 900 reported in Daviess County alone. There have been nearly 44-thousand cases in the seven-county district since the outbreak began. There have been over 700 COVID-related deaths since the start of the outbreak.

State Senator Reggie Thomas Tests Positive For COVID

(Frankfort, KY) — The Kentucky 2022 legislative session is underway and already a Democratic Senator has tested positive for COVID-19. Senator Reggie Thomas took a test shortly before the Senate gaveled in yesterday and says he was shocked by the result. Thomas says he hasn’t experienced any symptoms. He is quarantining at home and won’t be able to fully take part in the first week of the session, which will mostly focus on redistricting.

Former Kentucky State Rep. Darryl T. Owens Dies

(Louisville, KY) — Family members say former state Representative Darryl T. Owens has died. Owens’ death at his home surrounded by family was announced yesterday. He was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2005 and was later the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Owens was also the first Black person elected to the Jefferson County Fiscal Court, where he served for 21 years. Owens was 84-years-old.

Big Rivers Electric Headquarters Construction Underway

(Owensboro, KY) — Construction of the Big Rivers Electric Corporation’s new headquarters is underway. Officials broke ground in downtown Owensboro yesterday. The four-story building will replace the current headquarters in Henderson. The building is expected to be ready to use by the end of the year.

Authorities Investigating Deadly Henderson County Collision

(Henderson, KY) — Authorities in Henderson County are investigating a deadly collision. The crash happened yesterday morning at the intersection of U.S. 60 and Kentucky 1078 North, where a van pulled into the path of a truck going west on U.S. 60. The van’s driver was identified as 61-year-old Loretta Duncan, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger was taken to the hospital with injuries, but the driver of the truck wasn’t reported to be injured.

Pleasure Ridge HS Student Facing Gun Charge

(Louisville, KY) – A Pleasure Ridge Park High School student is expected to be arraigned today after allegedly bringing a gun to school. The loaded nine-millimeter was found in the 18-year-old student’s backpack yesterday. He apparently tried to get the gun out of his backpack during a fight. School staff members were able to grab the backpack and secure the gun.

JCPS Fires Teacher Seen Fighting With Student

(Louisville, KY) – A Moore High School teacher seen on video fighting with a student is out of a job. William Bennett was fired by JCPS on December 16th for the fight in August of 2021. Bennett’s termination letter says he was fired “on the basis of insubordination, conduct unbecoming a teacher, inefficiency, incompetency, and neglect of duty.” JCPS says the student started the fight, punching Bennett in the back of the head before turning to walk away.

Some Snow Accumulation Possible Tomorrow

(Louisville, KY) – Wintry weather may be coming to Louisville. The National Weather Service in Louisville said yesterday it’s becoming more likely there will be an accumulation of snow tomorrow. Forecasters say about one inch could accumulate north of Louisville, while as much as three inches is possible from Metro Louisville and areas to the south and southeast. They say it could be enough to make roads slick and cause school delays and closings.

Louisville Sees Record COVID Positivity Rate

(Louisville, KY) – Louisville is dealing with a record high COVID-19 positivity rate. Louisville’s positivity rate is currently at 27 percent. Metro Public Health and Wellness said last week over ten-thousand people had tested positive for COVID-19 in Jefferson County. That was nearly seven-thousand more cases than the week before.