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Kentucky's governor says the state has surpassed 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths. Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday it's the latest grim milestone in the ongoing fight against the global pandemic. The governor says the state’s rising death toll from COVID-19 has reached at least 10,019. He calls it “nothing short of tragic.” The governor says COVID-19 ranked as the Bluegrass State’s third-leading cause of death last year and again so far this year. Beshear says a memorial service is scheduled for Sunday on the state Capitol grounds in Frankfort to remember those who died from the virus.

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Gov. Andy Beshear says that a report by Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education has found that poor financial management by Kentucky State University leadership in recent years has resulted in significant financial losses. The report also recommends that the institution receive $23 million in special appropriations from the state budget to cover current budget shortfalls. The report, which includes an improvement plan, was required by the governor’s executive order for the university to be considered for additional funding.

  

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Democrat Charles Booker says he'll take his message about the shared interests of Kentuckians to every corner of the state. The Louisville Democrat on Wednesday filed to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in next year’s elections. Booker faces a daunting task in trying to unseat Paul, who's seeking a third term. Booker on Wednesday faulted Democrats for a willingness to “concede the narrative” to Republicans in rural areas. The Black former lawmaker promised to take his campaign themes to regions of Kentucky that have become GOP strongholds.

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Gov. Andy Beshear says more Kentuckians already vaccinated against COVID-19 are contracting the virus and ending up in hospitals. He said Monday that shows the importance of getting the booster dose. The unvaccinated still represent the overwhelming majority of new virus-related cases and hospitalizations. But Beshear says the number of vaccinated people in those categories has risen steadily. He says that indicates their eventual “waning immunity” and the need for a booster shot. In May, 5% of new coronavirus cases in Kentucky were among fully vaccinated people.

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Mississippi State scored 14 points off of four Kentucky turnovers to beat the No. 12 Wildcats 31-17 on Saturday night. The Bulldogs came up big with three interceptions of Will Levis and a fumble recovery. They turned a third-quarter fumble and pickoff into consecutive touchdowns to put the game out of reach. Will Rogers set an SEC record by completing 92% of his passes — 36 of 39  — for 344  yards and a touchdown.

A Kentucky attorney has pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges after he was implicated in a former judge’s criminal case. The Kentucky Attorney General's office says Robert L. Poole, of Florence, pleaded guilty to five counts of promoting human trafficking for commercial sex activity in Kenton County Poole was indicted in 2018 on 15 charges, including third-degree rape The investigation into Poole’s activity began when police found evidence that implicated Poole in the case against former Campbell County District Judge Timothy Nolan.

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Toyota says it is investing $461 million into its first U.S. plant to add new technology, increase production flexibility and reduce its carbon footprint. The announcement Friday didn’t include new jobs at the central Kentucky facility, but officials said 1,400 temporary jobs would be converted into permanent positions. The company said in a statement that plans include upgrading the Georgetown plant with advanced manufacturing equipment and technologies that will increase speed, flexibility, competitiveness and the ability to manufacture new electric products.

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  Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to help expand high-speed internet across the state. He says the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of reliable high-speed internet access for education, businesses and health care. The governor's office says all states were invited to apply for a $1 million grant through one of the federal programs developed to distribute American Rescue Plan funding. The grant is the latest step by Kentucky to expand high-speed internet.

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Gov. Andy Beshear says financial assistance is available for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020. The funds are available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. So far, Beshear says 2,500 Kentuckians have received assistance for a total of more than $18 million.

  

Striking workers at one of the world’s largest bourbon producers have voted to a ratify a new contract with Heaven Hill on Saturday. About 420 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23D went on strike about six weeks ago. They formed picket lines at the company's operations in Bardstown, Kentucky, after rejecting a previous contract proposal. The dispute revolved around health care and scheduling.

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