In Second Night Of Protests Downtown, Police Bracing For Action

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Protesters and police in riot gear faced off at Fifth and Jefferson streets Friday night around 9:30 p.m. during a second night of protests in downtown Louisville.

Governor Andy Beshear

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear reacted Friday to the downtown Louisville demonstrations held in response to the death of Breonna Taylor at the hands of the Louisville Metro Police Department. 

Office of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Gov. Bill Lee’s administration has announced that long-term care facilities will soon be required to test all of their residents and staff for COVID-19 after initially just urging nursing homes to do so. 

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  The city of Murray has announced changes made to the annual Freedom Fest held on July 4. Due to the COVID-19 social gathering regulations, the Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau has decided to cancel the parade. 

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  A new federal program is buying more than $1 billion in farm products such as dairy, produce and meat unable to be sold due to the pandemic’s disruptions to the food supply and send “food boxes” to needy families.

  The leader of a Muhlenberg County town said the economic damage inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic will force city and county governments to make “impossible” budget choices.

Greenville Mayor Jan Yonts joined her Louisville counterpart, Greg Fischer, Thursday on a conference call with reporters, asking the U.S. Senate to pass a relief bill with economic aid for state and local governments.

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  Gail Fleck is a school cafeteria worker in the greater Cincinnati area and lives with her 90-year-old father. She loves her job because she gets to work with kids. But she is worried she won’t be able to keep her dad safe if her work exposes her to the coronavirus and she unknowingly brings it home.

Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky plans to reopen and operate a privately owned prison to shift inmates from overcrowded county jails. 

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  This story has been updated.

Mayor Greg Fischer is appealing for calm on the streets following protests in downtown Louisville Thursday night. The protest moved through downtown for several hours and was largely peaceful, until gunfire rang out and seven people were wounded late in the evening.

Administrative Office of the Courts

The administrative head of Kentucky’s judiciary system took the oath of office Thursday for a fourth four-year term via the video conferencing service Zoom.