More than 275,000 Kentuckians seek jobless aid in 3 weeks
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than 275,000 Kentucky residents have filed for unemployment benefits in the past three weeks. The surge comes as the coronavirus pandemic causes widespread economic damage. The U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday that more than 117,000 Kentuckians filed unemployment claims last week. It was an increase of nearly 4,000 people from the prior week. Nationwide, 16.8 million Americans filed for unemployment aid in the past three weeks. Like elsewhere, Kentucky’s unemployment benefit enrollment system has been overwhelmed by surging numbers of applicants. Kentucky dramatically increased the number of employees handling unemployment insurance claims.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-CONVENTION CANCELED
American Legion cancels convention over virus concerns
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The American Legion has announced it will cancel the group’s annual national convention this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. The veterans' organizations says the convention, which was scheduled to be held in Louisville, will be moved to August 2021. A Wednesday news release by the group says the rescheduled convention will take place in Phoenix. Officials say the decision was necessary to protect the safety of the group’s members. This is the first time the organization’s national convention has been canceled.
University of Kentucky cancels summer athletic camps
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky has canceled summer athletic camps and clinics. The university said in a statement that the cancellations are part of the school’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The statement says the move includes camps for all sports that were scheduled through July 31, both on and off campus. UK Athletics said it would automatically process refunds for those who already paid for a camp or clinic. In addition to the cancellations, UK said no further camps or clinics will be scheduled until further notice.
Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73
Singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73 after spending days on a ventilator due to the coronavirus in Nashville, Tennessee. His family announced his death Tuesday night. Revered for his wise and witty lyrics, he sang with a proud twang in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other quirky original tunes. Prine's voice was rough around the edges and throat cancer disfigured his jaw, but he kept performing for decades. He won admiration and respect from the likes of Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson, and mentored generations of singers in Nashville. His characters were common people, facing the simple indignities, absurdities or pleasures of life.
OBIT-JOHN PRINE-BEST SONGS
7 Essential tracks from John Prine, folk music's Mark Twain
NEW YORK (AP) — Some people, the songs just come out of them. For nearly half a century, they tumbled out of John Prine like nothing. His songs -- compassionate, funny, sage -- make up an American songbook that would be staggeringly intimidating if it wasn’t so warm and welcoming. He began -- with a dare at an infamous open mic -- a fully formed songwriter who through calamity and cancer never once wavered in his wry, homespun humanism. He was, anyone would say, as good as they come. Some of his best songs include “Angel From Montgomery,” “Spanish Pipedream” and “Lake Marie.”
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