Retiring Louisville Police Chief Faces Council Questions On Protest Response Monday, Sep 28 2020 

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In about four hours of open testimony to the Metro Councils government oversight committee, outgoing Interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder painted a picture of stress and confusion that marked his brief tenure at the top of the department.

Schroeder, who has avoided speaking publicly to council under oath since early August, conceded Monday after an appeals court denial earlier in the day. Last week, a circuit court judge ruled he could have been held in contempt if he did not testify by Monday. He is set to retire Thursday.

Committee members say they intend to focus future investigative efforts on the shooting deaths of Breonna Taylor, killed by police, and David McAtee, killed by members of the National Guard. For now, the committee is focusing on the official response to protests following the deaths of Taylor and McAtee. After Schroeder retires, it is unlikely he will return since committee subpoenas may only apply to active city employees.


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64 Kentucky School Districts Returned In-Person Monday Monday, Sep 28 2020 

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On Monday, for the first time since March, students returned to the classroom in 64 of Kentuckys 171 school districts, according to a list complied by the Kentucky School Boards Association. The districts join another 53 that chose to go back to in-person classes before the Sept. 28 start-date recommended by Gov. Andy Beshear.

During his briefing Monday, Beshear said hes confident about schools moving to in-person classes, if they follow the state guidance.

But he pointed out that several of the school districts that went back to in-person learning Monday are listed as red, or critical, on the states coronavirus dashboard. Those districts include Henderson, Mercer and Whitley county schools.


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Beshear Warns Coronavirus ‘Escalating’ In Kentucky Monday, Sep 28 2020 

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After Kentucky logged its highest-ever number of coronavirus cases last week, Gov. Andy Beshear says he believes the pandemic is escalating in the state.

There were 4,949 new cases of coronavirus cases in Kentucky last week—more than any other week during the pandemic.

During his Monday afternoon coronavirus briefing, Beshear blamed the rise on people who haven’t been following masking and social distancing requirements during the pandemic.


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Former LMPD Officer Indicted In Breonna Taylor Case Pleads Not Guilty Monday, Sep 28 2020 

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Former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison entered a plea of not guilty in his initial court appearance before a Jefferson County judge Monday afternoon.

The proceeding was conducted via telephone. Hankison was on the call.

Hankison is one of three officers who fired their weapons while participating in the March 13 raid that left Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, dead in her south Jefferson County home. He was fired by the Louisville Metro Police in June.


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Most Kentucky County Election Plans Still Haven’t Been Approved Monday, Sep 28 2020 

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With early voting set to begin in two weeks, state officials still haven’t approved most Kentucky counties’ plans for in-person voting.

Many Kentucky counties plan to have fewer in-person polling locations amid a shortage of poll workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the summer, Gov. Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams issued an order allowing all voters to cast ballots by mail if they are worried about catching or transmitting coronavirus and requiring all counties to have early in-person voting starting on October 13.


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Following Mass Protester Arrests, Louisville Mayor Ends Curfew Monday, Sep 28 2020 

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will not extend the countywide curfew that ended Monday at 6:30 a.m., his office announced in a news release. Traffic barricades around downtown that went up nearly a week ago will remain in place, and the city will reassess those restrictions daily, according to Fischers office.

Louisville police said they arrested more than 200 people related to protests since the curfew went into effect Wednesday. Thats when a grand jury which considered evidence from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Camerons office announced it would indict a former Louisville Metro Police officer, Brett Hankison, on wanton endangerment charges unrelated to Breonna Taylors death. No officers were charged for her killing.

The curfew served its purpose of helping ensure that most people were home safe by 9 p.m., because our past experience had shown that most violence and destruction occurs after dark, Fischer said in a statement.


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Monday, September 28 Monday, Sep 28 2020 

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Counties Implement A Patchwork Of Voting Plans Across Kentucky Monday, Sep 28 2020 

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Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins says he’s confident his office will be able to handle the election.

But it’s a juggling act.

“I mean if you think about it, we’re running kind of three different kinds of elections simultaneously,” Blevins said. You’ve got a normal election day, you’ve got early voting in person and now vote by mail again.


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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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Ohio Valley Election Officials Prepare For Unprecedented Pandemic Election Sunday, Sep 27 2020 

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Governors, Secretaries of State, and other state and local election officials throughout the Ohio Valley are preparing for an unprecedented election during a global pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced local governments to change practices that have been the same for decades, and to do so in a highly charged political environment. 

Some of the main changes are safety precautions suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State officials in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia are ensuring residents feel comfortable voting in person if they choose to, while making adjustments for those who are concerned about contracting COVID-19. 

Rules have changed to keep voters safe.


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