Coronavirus cases surpass 1,000 in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has surpassed 1,000 coronavirus cases. Gov. Andy Beshear reported 54 new statewide cases Monday and 14 more virus-related deaths from the pandemic. He says total statewide cases reached 1,008. The state’s first coronavirus case was reported a month ago. Since then, schools have closed and many businesses have been temporarily shuttered to try to slow the virus’s spread. The latest cases were about half the daily totals from last week. Beshear cautioned against concluding that it signals as a trend in the fight to contain the virus. The latest deaths raise Kentucky’s death toll from the virus to 59.
ELECTION 2020-KENTUCKY CONGRESS
Kentucky rep seeks to shore up support from Trump backers
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky congressman who drew President Donald Trump's wrath for trying to stall a coronavirus aid package has released a campaign ad aimed at shoring up support from the president's fans. It comes as his primary challenger attempts to win over those voters. The ad shows a photo of U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie with Trump, both smiling and giving the thumbs-up. The Massie ad is airing across Kentucky’s 4th District. It portrays the congressman and Trump as being on the same team against Democrats. Challenger Todd McMurtry's campaign spokesman says the ad covers up Massie’s “do-nothing record."
VIRUS OUTBREAK-GOVERNORS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Governors seize spotlight amid states' coronavirus response
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Watching the governor’s daily press briefing is becoming a new daily ritual for families holed up and isolated by the new coronavirus. Governors including Ohio's Mike DeWine, New York's Andrew Cuomo and Kentucky's Andy Beshear have seen their visibility skyrocket amid the global pandemic. A new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds more Americans approve of the way their state government is handling the coronavirus outbreak than approve of the federal government's approach. After years of intense focus on Washington and a creeping nationalization of politics, the coronavirus crisis has become a reminder of the significance of leaders closer to home.
Confederate flag at Kentucky courthouse draws criticism
BENTON, Ky. (AP) — News outlets report that a Confederate flag recently put up on a flagpole outside a Kentucky courthouse has drawn criticism. Marshall County Commissioner Justin Lamb says members of the local chapter of Sons of Confederate Veterans paid for the flag and raised it in front of the government building in Benton. Lamb says it's flying solo to recognize April as Confederate History Month, but it could eventually be part of a permanent Civil War monument that may also contain a Union flag. Since its installation, officials including a former Marshall County sheriff and a Louisville NAACP leader have joined community members in questioning the installation.
Education Department seeks public comment on testing waiver
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Education is asking the public for comment on the request and approval to bypass standardized testing this school year. The state applied for a waiver last month after the federal government announced that students affected by schools closures due to the coronavirus pandemic can bypass the testing. The request was tentatively approved, and formal notification was received March 27. Any state receiving a one-year waiver may also receive a waiver from the requirement to use the data in the statewide accountability system. Kentucky included the exemption in its waiver. Public comments on the waiver must be received by close of business Friday.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-FACE SHIELD PRODUCTION
Indiana workshop aims to make 2,000 virus face shields a day