Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear in a media briefing Tuesday urged Kentuckians to refrain from large gatherings as New Year’s Eve approaches. He also announced another $5 billion in federal funding for the state in the new federal COVID-19 relief package.

Kentucky Outlines Plans For Second Phase Of Vaccinations

Dec 29, 2020
Ryan Van Velzer

State officials have decided first responders, K-12 teachers and Kentuckians over the age of 70 will be included in the next phase of vaccinations set to begin in late January or early February.

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  The coronavirus relief bill under consideration in Washington would make more money available for small businesses hit hard by the pandemic. Hair stylists and barbers are among those struggling, including Black business owner Chad Stradwick in Wheeling, West Virginia. 


Updated at 1:09 p.m. ET Sunday

An active member of the military was charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder on Sunday following a shooting on the day after Christmas at a bowling alley in Rockford, Ill.

The suspect was identified as 37-year-old Duke Webb of Florida.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear in a press release Wednesday announced more state leaders received COVID-19 vaccines, and praised Kentuckians for their ongoing efforts against the spread of coronavirus. 

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A Kentucky lawmaker is in a hospital intensive care unit with COVID-19.

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Some COVID-19 vaccines are already in use, but the clinical trials roll on. In fact, they’re still recruiting participants, and they’re particularly focused on signing up people of color.

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The Office of Unemployment Insurance is unable to determine how much money the state owes in unresolved unemployment claims, according to a report from Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon released Tuesday.


While many frontline health care workers have been eager to get vaccinated, some in Tennessee are opting out. State officials are seeing signs of more hesitancy than they expected in hospitals.

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In a rare statewide address Sunday night, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee escalated his pleas for Tennesseans to follow COVID-19 guidelines to slow the spread of the virus. It’s now spreading faster and killing more people each day than the state has previously experienced.