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Favorite Malathaat overtook Travel Column entering the stretch and edged Search Results in a tight duel to the finish line, winning the 147th Kentucky Oaks by a neck. The $1.25 million marquee race for 3-year-old fillies was back in its traditional spring spot at Churchill Downs the day before the Kentucky Derby. Both races were delayed to Labor Day last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Malathaat finally got the edge over Search Results in the final furlong and held on to improve to 6-0 and give trainer Todd Pletcher his fourth Oaks victory.

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Governor Andy Beshear says Kentucky’s expanded COVID-19 vaccination campaign is aimed at making it convenient for people to get the shots needed to defeat the coronavirus. The governor visited a newly opened community vaccination center in Henderson. Beshear says that no matter where people live, there's a convenient place to get the COVID-19 shot.

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Essential Quality is the 2-1 morning line favorite and will start from the No. 14 post for the 147th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The $3 million, 1-1/4 mile race for 3-year-colts is back on the first Saturday of May after being delayed to Labor Day weekend last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Rock Your World is the 5-1 second choice from the No. 15 slot with Known Agenda third at 6-1 despite drawing the rail in the 20-horse field. Hot Rod Charlie drew 8-1 odds as the fourth choice from the No. 9 post.

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The Kentucky Center for Statistics says unemployment rates fell in 81 of the state’s 120 counties between March 2020 and March 2021. The center says jobless rates rose in 31 counties and stayed the same in eight counties. The state’s lowest jobless rates were in Oldham, Todd and Woodford counties at 3.8% each. The center says Magoffin County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 13.6%. It was followed by Harlan County at 9.4%. Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted, preliminary unemployment rate last month was 5%.

Governor Andy Beshear says Kentucky has surpassed another COVID-19 vaccination milestone. But he said the pace needs to pick up among younger adults to defeat the coronavirus. Beshear says more than half of Kentuckians who are 18 and older have received at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. About three-fourths of Kentuckians, 70 and older have been vaccinated. But he says the vaccination rate drops off considerably among people in the 20-49 age groups. Beshear says the state still has about 400,000 doses available even before getting its next shipment of vaccine.

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A Kentucky judge has temporarily blocked applying some of the state’s pandemic-related restrictions to several restaurants and breweries challenging them.

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The only team from Kentucky in this year's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament had a short stay at the Big Dance as the Morehead State Eagles had their wings clipped by Bob Huggins' West Virginia Mountaineers 84-67 in an opening round matchup on Friday.

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Kentucky’s Toyota plant in Georgetown, the automaker’s largest worldwide production plant, has built 13 million vehicles. The RAV4 hybrid rolled off the line at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky plant earlier this month. It was the 13 millionth vehicle built since the plant opened in Kentucky in 1988. The company said it has invested about $1.5 billion in the Kentucky plant since 2017. The 1,300-acre Georgetown plant employs more than 10,000 people.

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As the clock wound down on the 2021 Legislative Session, Kentucky lawmakers sent several bills for the governor's signature.

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Kentucky lawmakers have finished work on a proposal giving them options to extend the time they meet in session. The ballot measure would require approval by Kentucky voters.