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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — When Louisville civil rights leader Mattie Jones attempted to vote in an election in Mississippi in the 1950s, she had to pay a poll tax, pass a literacy test and sing the Star-Spangled Banner.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers took unprecedented steps to change their way of doing business to keep their distance from each other as they reconvened Wednesday amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak.

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With Kentucky’s economy thrown into chaos by the novel coronavirus and the shutdown of normal life, the General Assembly on Wednesday is prepared to approve a quickly written one-year state budget that maintains most government spending at current levels while allowing for cuts as necessary.…

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Police are investigating pop-up coronavirus test sites operating in central Louisville Tuesday that metro officials now say are scams. Two medical marketing companies pedaling coronavirus tests they say yield results in 24 hours charged people who exhibited symptoms up to $250 per test. An o…

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Kentucky's congressional delegation continues to play a prominent role in discussions about relief efforts for the coronavirus pandemic. After saying focus on President Donald Trump's impeachment trial delayed the initial response to the coronavirus, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ha…

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The latest projection says Kentucky will have a total of 815 deaths by August from the novel coronavirus. That is down from an earlier projection of 1,161 deaths that did not factor in closed schools limiting potential exposure to the virus. The projections from the Institute for Health Metr…

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Kentucky lawmakers, some of whom were wearing face masks, took extraordinary measures Wednesday to conduct their business of approving a state budget during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 100-member state House only allowed 25 members at a time in the chamber to answer roll call and approve a ch…

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While efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 seem to be working, the peak number of people affected will probably not be known for several weeks, a Paducah hospital official said Tuesday. Speaking on a conference call to the local business community, Dr. Brad Housman, vice president and chi…

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Hopkins County is now a “hotbed” — and in this case, that’s not good. Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield Jr. used that word Tuesday to describe the coronavirus outbreak in the county. The confirmed number of positive cases had its biggest one-day jump so far, from 17 to 26. “There are more,” Whi…

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A child “younger than 10” is among Scott County’s two latest patients confirmed to have the coronavirus. He is the county’s youngest victim to date. Officials learned of the two latest victims, both males, the other younger than 50, around 7 p.m. Tuesday. This brings Scott County’s total con…

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A Frankfort park will be a pilot site for COVID-19 drive-through testing. Franklin County Sheriff Chris Quire confirmed to The State Journal on Tuesday that Lakeview Park was chosen for the site. Quire said the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office along with the Frankfort Police Department and K…

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Social Security and Supp­lemental Security Income benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID­­-19 pandemic, according to Andrew Saul, comm­issioner of Social Se­cur­ity in a news release. The agency in the release also reminded people to be aware of scammers who try t…