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Tuesday’s evacuation of four Lexington high schools was the result of an anonymous bomb threat demanding $500,000 ransom in Bitcoin, according to school officials. Arriving via a district tip line, the message indicated the deposit should take place by 12:30 p.m. 

University of Kentucky

Right now in Frankfort, you can drive a full circle around the State Capitol but that’s about to change. Governor Andy Beshear said bollards are going to be placed at the east and west ends of the portion of Capitol Avenue that runs between the Capitol and Annex buildings.

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Some Fayette County parents will soon have the option of enrolling their children in pilot programs aimed limiting quarantines in public schools. 

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National Guard members are now on the job at UK HealthCare’s medical storage facility, and while their numbers may be small, health officials say every bit of extra help is felt during this latest COVID-19 surge.

Associated Press

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is available for anyone 12 and older. But with kids now back in school and the extra-contagious delta variant causing a huge jump in pediatric infections, many parents are anxiously awaiting vaccinations for their younger children.

Associated Press

Almost 20% of Lexington’s 46,098 total COVID-19 cases have come since Aug. 1. The Lexington Fayette County Health Department released their latest data which also shows that through the first 17 days of September, Lexington has reported 3,772 new COVID-19 cases, which already makes it the fifth most in one month. The city reported 5,435 new cases in August.

UK Athletics

Last June, U.S. Supreme Court justices invalidated the NCAA’s ban on collegiate players being paid for use of their name, image or likeness (NIL) as counter to the general right of publicity law enjoyed by individuals throughout the rest of society. Not surprisingly this has already opened the door to a lot of new opportunities, and more than a few questions. This week on The Business Side we talk to Lane Report Executive Editor Mark Green who recently wrote an in depth feature on the issue.

WUKY To Feature Stories From 'Who We Lost KY' Project

Sep 18, 2021
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WUKY is collaborating with Martha Greenwald, creator and curator of 'Who We Lost KY' a writing project where families who have lost loved ones to the pandemic can pay tribute and in some cases, say their final goodbyes. This week WUKY's Dan Collins talks with Martha about bringing some of those stories to our airwaves and platforms.

For more information or to read other heartfelt stories click here.

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The lion's share of Kentucky school boards are opting to preserve masking requirements, even without being compelled by Frankfort. But the legislature’s decision to make school masking a local decision remains a contentious issue at the top of state government. 

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The Kentucky governor and the top Republican in the state Senate are at odds over whether additional federal money exists that could be used to bolster hospital staff in the commonwealth.