‘Escalation’ Of Coronavirus In Kentucky Continues With Week’s Third Day Of More Than 1,000 Cases Friday, Oct 2 2020 

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Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky is heading towards its worst week for COVID-19 cases.

Beshear reported 1,039 new cases on Friday, the second-highest daily total of the coronavirus pandemic. Six more Kentuckians have died from COVID-19.

Friday marked the state’s third day this week with more than 1,000 cases. A total of 3,971 cases have been announced over the past four days.


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New Appalachian Journalism Outlets Tackle Stereotypes, Media Economy Friday, Oct 2 2020 

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It wasn’t too long ago that Michael Farmer, a pastor in Charleston, West Virginia, received an email asking him a question that was already on his mind: “As a Black Southern Baptist pastor in West Virginia, what is my role in telling our stories?”

The email was from Ashton Marra, the managing digital editor of a news organization called 100 Days in Appalachia. Marra was inviting Farmer to be a part of a new project, the Appalachian Advisors Network. 

“The Advisors Network is really three parts,” Marra said, “And the first part is a database of creators.” This way, Marra said, rather than national or international news outlets sending a journalist from New York City or Los Angeles to cover rural Appalachia, those same outlets could hire a freelance journalist rooted in those same communities, who could tell a more nuanced story. 


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Ky. Attorney General To Release Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Recording Tuesday, Sep 29 2020 

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron will release the recording of the grand jury that was impaneled to consider charges against the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor, Cameron said Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, during the arraignment for former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison, a Jefferson County judge ordered Camerons office to file the recording with the court by Wednesday. Cameron said in an emailed statement that his office has an ethical obligation to keep grand jury proceedings secret but it was apparent that couldnt happen due to the public interest in the case, and he will comply with the judges order.

We have no concerns with grand jurors sharing their thoughts on our presentation because we are confident in the case we presented, Cameron said. Once the public listens to the recording, they will see that over the course of two-and-a-half days, our team presented a thorough and complete case to the Grand Jury.


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A Tumultuous Weekend Ends With Relative Calm Sunday Monday, Sep 28 2020 

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A weekend of dramatic standoffs between protesters and police ended in relative calm Sunday night. The Courier Journal reports police allowed protesters who found refuge after the 9 p.m. curfew at First Unitarian Church of Louisville to return home by 11:45 p.m. without facing arrest.

Since Thursday night, First Unitarian had been a refuge for protesters after the 9 p.m. curfew and the scene of siege-like scenarios. On Thursday and Saturday, police surrounded the grounds and arrested some protesters after they left the premises or failed to make it there before curfew.

Police have arrested more than 200 people since protests reignited Wednesday after a grand jurys decision not to indict any officers for charges directly related to the death of Breonna Taylor. Some of the most common charges for protesters were failure to disperse, unlawful assembly and breaking curfew.


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Lawmaker Will Propose Plan To Redefine “Rioting;” Protesters Call For End To Curfew Sunday, Sep 27 2020 

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Kentucky state Rep. Lisa Willner (D-Louisville) is proposing changes to the states definition of rioting after Louisville Metro Police charged Attica Scottthe states only Black woman representativewith the Class D felony while she was participating in protests for racial justice.

Tomorrow I will be filing a new bill request for us to define rioting so that what happened to Attica Scott, what happened to Ashanti Scott, what happened to Shameka Parrish-Wright, while they were seeking sanctuary, cannot happen again, Willner told reporters during a Sunday press conference in Jefferson Square Park.

Instagram video Scott recorded in the minutes leading up to her arrest shows police detaining her, her daughter Ashanti Scott, and protest organizer Parrish-Wright Thursday night as they were trying to reach First Unitarian Church of Louisville just before the 9 p.m. curfew.


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U of L Cardinals Players March For Racial Justice, And Breonna Saturday, Sep 26 2020 

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Players from the University of Louisville’s men’s basketball team expressed their condolences to Breonna Taylor’s family Friday afternoon. 

“It breaks my heart,” senior and Cardinals player Malik Williams said. “It is time to take a stand against police brutality and social injustice against the Black community.”

Williams spoke to a crowd of a few hundred, who had gathered outside Cardinal Stadium for a march for racial justice that the UofL players would lead on campus. He went on to say that this isn’t about politics, but about systemic racism.


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LMPD Surrounds Louisville Church Offering Refuge, Arrests Protesters Thursday, Sep 24 2020 

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State Rep. Attica Scott and other protesters were arrested Thursday night on Fourth Street during a standoff of sorts with Louisville Metro Police officers around the property of a Fourth Street church.

Scott was charged with unlawful assembly and first-degree rioting, according to Tracy Dotson, a spokesman for the FOP union representing Metro Correction officers.

First-degree rioting is a Class D felony the same level offense that former LMPD officer Brett Hankison faces in connection with Breonna Taylors death.


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Six Months In, The Wait For Justice For Breonna Taylor Continues Sunday, Sep 13 2020 

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A few dozen cyclists rode their bikes from downtowns Jefferson Square Park to Breonna Taylors apartment Sunday, and as they got closer, Carlos Fish said he felt an energy.

Im not sure what it is, but you feel something radiating from this place, said Fish, who rode with the group to Taylors apartment, six months after plain-clothes Louisville Metro Police officers shot and killed the 26-year-old Black woman and emergency room technician there.

The area outside her door has been adorned with flowers, signs and candles since her death.


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Kentucky Politics Distilled: Unemployment Supplement Expires, Senate Race Heats Up Friday, Aug 7 2020 

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This week in Kentucky politics, Mitch McConnell’s latest coronavirus relief bill stalled in Congress right after the $600 per week supplement to unemployment benefits expired.

Kentuckians got some fresh polling in the race between McConnell and Democratic challenger Amy McGrath, and McConnell accused McGrath of putting out a racist commercial.

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Large Mural That Includes Faces of Breonna Taylor, David McAtee Unveiled Sunday, Jul 5 2020 

A new mural that includes the faces of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee now stands at the corner of 11th and Main streets in Louisville.

The mural was officially unveiled Sunday. Taylor and McAtee appear alongside other Black people killed by law enforcement, including George Floyd, Elijah McClain and Sandra Bland, as well as Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot to death while jogging. Two white men are charged with his murder.

Braylyn Resko Stewart is one of the three artists who painted the mural, along with Whitney Holbourn and Andrew Norris. Stewart said the artists worked for weeks to design and eventually paint the scene, which covers the entire side of the building housing Trifecta Event Productions and is visible from the expressway.

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The artists Andrew Norris, Braylyn Resko Stewart and Whitney Holbourn.

Stewart said they wanted the work to be large so that visitors or passersby will be “engulfed” by the faces of victims of police and racist violence.

“By being engulfed by the size and scope of the mural, maybe it will humble yourself a little bit, and take yourself back and realize that these are big beautiful faces on the wall. They are not faces of anger or fear or anything negative,” Stewart said. “We want this to be pure love, we want you to smile back as soon as you see it.”

The No Justice No Peace Louisville Choir celebrated the occasion with an original song meant to encourage people fighting for racial justice.

Choir member Natalie Witherspoon said the song was a complement to the new piece of street art. The faces on the mural made Witherspoon think of other works of public art such as the painting of Breonna Taylor on a basketball court in Annapolis, Maryland. She hopes the new mural here will inspire more people “to do justice and do justice work everywhere with whatever tools you have to use.”

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The No Justice No Peace Choir.

The combination of music and visual art make Witherspoon think of the collective effort people across the country are making to ensure a new voice of protest gets heard.

“Wherever people have space with whatever medium that they have that they are using it to send a collective message is grand and it is one that everybody can see,” Witherspoon said.

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