Rallygoers sue Beshear; gov says rally sent message of hate
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear has criticized organizers of protests taking aim at the pace of business reopenings in Kentucky. Beshear said Tuesday that the organizers risk spreading the coronavirus outbreak by flouting health guidelines. And he says they sent a “message of hate" with the display of Confederate flags at their rallies. His criticism comes as some protesters are suing him. They claim his pandemic measures are infringing on their right to protest at the state Capitol. The four men are asking a federal judge to strike down orders that keep protesters away from Capitol grounds.
Family of woman killed by police hires civil rights attorney
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A prominent civil rights and personal injury attorney has been hired by the family of a black woman who was fatally shot by Kentucky police in her home. News outlets reported Attorney Ben Crump was hired Monday by the family of Breonna Taylor, who was 26 when officers entered her Louisville home early on March 13 as part of a narcotics investigation and fatally shot her. Police say they were returning fire after one officer was shot in the apartment and wounded. A lawsuit filed last month by Taylor's family says officers didn't announce themselves when they entered the apartment, weren't looking for Taylor or her boyfriend and found no drugs.
Kentucky House candidate charged with DUI to stay in race
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — A candidate for a Kentucky state House seat says she'll stay in the race despite pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge. News outlets report Monteia Mundy entered her plea to driving under the influence on Monday. Charges of leaving the scene of an accident without rendering aid and failure to wear a seat belt were dropped. The Republican candidate for the 88th District House seat was accused of being involved in a collision in April. She said she took prescribed medication and had a drink without realizing that a side effect was disorientation. Mundy apologized and says she'll stay in the running.
EPA BROWNFIELD GRANTS
EPA grants $1.7M for 5 brownfield sites in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted $1.7 million for five brownfield projects in Kentucky. The grants help communities plan the cleanup and redevelopment of properties that are contaminated or suspected of being contaminated. A release from Gov. Andy Beshear’s office says $300,000 grants are going to Hazard, Frankfort, Louisville and Florence. A coalition grant of $500,000 is going to Middlesboro and Pineville. Kentucky communities have received about $16 million in EPA brownfield grants since 2007.
HOUSE FIRE FATALITIES
Authorities: Two killed in Kentucky house fire
MOUNT OLIVET, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say two people have died in a house fire in Kentucky. News outlets report the Mount Olivet home was engulfed in the blaze when fire crews arrived early Monday morning after getting a call from a neighbor. A state trooper told WKYT-TV that firefighters battled the fire for hours before they were able to enter the house. News outlets report investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire. Kentucky State Police did not reveal the identity of the people who died in the blaze. State Police say foul play is not suspected at this time.
Police: Teen dies, 2 injured in blaze at Kentucky home