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Beshear Recommends No In-Person Instruction Until September 28

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is calling for Kentucky schools to remain closed to in-person instruction until September 28.

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  Murray State University leaders emphasized Monday during a virtual town hall the need for faculty, staff, and students to follow COVID-19 guidelines and requirements outlined in a reopening plan so that the university can operate under a “new normal.”

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In his 23 years at the Woodlands Nature Station in Land Between the Lakes, lead naturalist John Pollpeter has found that snakes get the worst reputation amongst nature-goers -- more so than bats, coyotes, or spiders. Pollpeter speaks with Tracy Ross about the divisive species, including which kinds can be found at LBL and their crucial role in their ecosystem. 

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Calloway County has seen a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases that health leaders say is connected primarily to community spread, with more cases expected as local school districts and Murray State University bring back students for in-person learning. 

Governor Andy Beshear

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is calling for Kentucky schools to remain closed to in-person instruction until September 28. 

Undaunted by the coronavirus pandemic, voters in Puerto Rico donned face masks on Sunday and headed out to local polling places to cast votes in a closely watched gubernatorial primary election.

There was just one problem: For many voters, there weren't any ballots.

By early afternoon on the day of the primary, only a handful of polling places had received their paper ballots, NPR's Joel Rose reported Sunday.

Voters and politicians alike were infuriated, Rose said. One candidate called the situation "embarrassing."

For many businesses, the coronavirus pandemic has created a coin shortage. All the sheltering at home put a crimp in the normal circulation of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, and now some retailers are asking customers to pay with exact change.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has issued caution for motorists as mowing crews are following behind litter pick-up crews on Interstate 24 near Paducah..

Murray Independent School District

A western Kentucky school district is working to reopen safely after staff members tested positive for the coronavirus.

New Zealand has now gone 101 days without any community transmission of the coronavirus, and life in the country has largely returned to normal – an experience far different from the havoc that the virus is causing elsewhere in the world.

"Achieving 100 days without community transmission is a significant milestone, however, as we all know, we can't afford to be complacent," Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand's director-general of health, said in a statement Sunday.

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 On a recent sticky July afternoon, Diana Green stands on the muddy bank of lower Davis Creek in South Charleston, West Virginia.  


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Power Failure: A Massive Bribery Scheme Could Change The Ohio Valley’s Energy System

One of the country’s largest investor-owned electric utilities, with a large presence in the Ohio Valley, has emerged at the center of a $60 million bribery and racketeering scheme related to Ohio’s controversial energy bill that bailed out several struggling nuclear and coal plants.

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