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The U.S. attorney's office says a former U.S. Postal Service worker has been charged with tossing dozens of absentee ballots and other mail that was found in a dumpster in Kentucky. U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman's office said in a news release that 30-year-old DeShawn Bojgere of Louisville was charged with delay or destruction of mail.

Kentucky’s governor says political candidates should lean toward virtual campaigning amid a surge of coronavirus cases. And he says they should follow strict guidelines if opting for in-person events.

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The Kentucky National Guard is preparing to assist local officials at polling locations in 38 counties on Election Day. Guard officials say about 280 guardsmen will provide logistical and administrative support next Tuesday.

In early August, Kentucky’s First Lady Britainy Beshear and Lt. Governor Jaqueline Coleman kicked off the ‘Coverings for Kids’ program. The mission was to make sure children and educators had the face coverings they needed to be ‘Healthy at School’ by reducing the spread of the coronavirus when schools reopened. The First Lady said more than 150,000 masks have been given so far and this Friday, October 30th, the donation leg of the program will come to an end. Districts across the state will continue to give out masks as needed until the supply runs out.

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Residents in Kentucky counties that go "red" during the ongoing coronavirus surge are being advised to observe new guidance from the governor's office.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says the state has shattered a weekly record for the number of positive coronavirus cases. The 9,335 confirmed cases in the past week broke the mark during the pandemic of 7,675 set during the week of Oct. 5 through 11. In addition, at least 1,462 cases were reported Sunday, a record for that day of the week.

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Following months of work through the summer, Mayor Linda Gorton's Commission for Racial Justice and Equality has delivered dozens of recommendations to her office.

In a just-released documentary, Pope Francis openly calls for legalized civil unions for same-sex couples. It’s a comment that’s brought both controversy and praise. In the film Francesco, the leader of the Catholic Church says, "Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God." Kentucky’s own Father Jim Sichko concurred. “What the Pope is saying is that these people matter. They matter and they need tending to and (to be) cared for and respected.”

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Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball is questioning the state's use of taxpayer funds to monitor church services for violations of the temporary mass gathering restrictions early in the pandemic.

Stonewall Elementary’s Donnie Piercey is Kentucky’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, and Lafayette’s Christopher McCurry is the state’s High School Teacher of the Year. Fayette County Public Schools boasted two of the three finalists for the overall award by the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc.

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