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Ryan Van Velzer has told stories of people surviving floods in Thailand, record-breaking heat in Arizona and Hurricane Irma in South Florida. He has worked for The Arizona Republic, The Associated Press and The South Florida Sun Sentinel in addition to working as a travel reporter in Central America and Southeast Asia. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Ryan is happy to finally live in a city that has four seasons.


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A Kentucky State Police trooper has been temporarily reassigned after attending the Trump rally in Washington D.C. where a mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol.

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  Gov. Andy Beshear has vowed to protect the state Capitol against threats from within Kentucky and across the country.   

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Gov. Andy Beshear has vowed to protect the state Capitol against threats from within Kentucky and across the country.   

Beshear on Monday said Kentucky law enforcement is prepared to do what is necessary to protect government buildings and everyone inside following vandalism, armed protests and last week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol. 

He however, declined to give details citing the threat of “domestic terror.”  

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Kentucky reached another milestone in the pandemic over the weekend. The state has surpassed 300,000 total cases of COVID-19.

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The federal government is set to deliver about 150,000 coronavirus vaccines to Kentucky from mid- to late December, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday.

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Kentucky expects to receive about 115,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in two shipments beginning in December.

The pilots’ union for UPS Worldport in Louisville claims the parcel service offers limited testing for COVID-19 even as a growing number of pilots contract the virus.


Kentucky is set to receive about $10 million in federal funds from the Great American Outdoors Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund for improvements on and the expansion of public lands.  

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The remaining charges have been dropped against Rep. Attica Scott, her daughter Ashanti, organizer Shameka Parrish-Wright and 15 others for participating in a racial justice protest in September.

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has proposed $10 million in relief for tens of thousands of residents who are behind on utility payments because of COVID-19.