Beshear reports 5th virus-related death in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear has reported a fifth Kentucky death linked to coronavirus. He said Wednesday that total statewide cases during the pandemic approached 200 despite a slight drop in the number of new cases from the prior day. Beshear reported 35 new cases in Kentucky, compared to 39 Tuesday. He says the latest Kentucky death linked to the virus was a 75-year-old man from Jefferson County. Also on Wednesday, Beshear issued an executive order outlining which Kentucky businesses are considered “life sustaining" and allowed to stay open amid the coronavirus pandemic. His order suspended evictions as Kentucky residents deal with economic damage inflicted by the virus.
Kentucky State Police: 3 men charged in 1989 slaying
CAMPBELLSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say three men have been indicted on charges related to a slaying nearly three decades ago. The agency said in a statement that authorities arrested Shawn F. Satchwell, Curtis Wade Sharon and Ricky H. Asher on Friday. News outlets report the three were accused of involvement in the fatal shooting of Bernard “Cowboy” Hopkins, who was found dead in his Gallatin County mobile home in 1989. State Police said investigators following up on new leads recently identified the suspects. A Gallatin County grand jury on Friday indicted Satchwell on a murder charge, Sharon on complicity to murder charge and Asher on a charge of facilitation to murder.
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Police: Kentucky teen's remains found 10 years later in Ohio
COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Ohio say the remains of a Northern Kentucky teenager who went missing almost 10 years ago have been found. Paige Johnson was 17 years old when she was last seen at a party with friends on Sept. 23, 2010. Kentucky's Covington police said Johnson's body was found Sunday near Williamsburg Township, Ohio, about 30 miles east of where she was last seen. Ohio's Clermont County Sheriff's office said someone called 911 on Sunday and reported seeing human remains. Investigators searched the area for two days and recovered the body. A cause of death hasn't been determined.
Iconic plant's end spells doom for struggling coal industry
DRAKESBORO, Ky. (AP) — A coal plant in western Kentucky has shut down, marking a defeat for coal, President Trump and other top politicians who tried to keep it open. Last year, the Tennessee Valley Authority voted to close the last coal boiler at the Paradise Fossil Plant. In February, the plant burned its last load of coal. The closure is the latest in a slew of coal plant shutdowns that's making it tougher for the industry to bounce back. Since 2010, 500 coal burning units, or boilers, at power plants have been shut down, and no U.S. utility big or small has plans to build a new coal-burning plant.
Beshear signs bill giving relief to schools due to virus
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear has signed a bill giving Kentucky's schools the latitude to use as many nontraditional instruction days as needed in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The proposal to give relief to school districts sped through the legislature with strong bipartisan support as lawmakers deal with the global pandemic's impact on Kentucky. The governor recently asked superintendents to extend school closures until at least April 20 in an effort to help contain the virus. During his daily coronavirus briefing, Beshear announced he had signed the legislation. It has an emergency clause allowing it to take effect immediately.
Kentucky jail inmate dies, officials investigating