ER nurse at University Hospital sheds light on working the front lines during COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, Apr 8 2020 

For every patient that comes into the emergency room during the pandemic, members of the University staff have to always be prepared for the unknown.

37 southern Indiana small businesses receive loans through COVID-19 relief initiative Wednesday, Apr 8 2020 

One Southern Indiana announced Wednesday that the $360,000 raised through the COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Forgivable Loan Program has been awarded to 37 businesses.

Coronavirus roundup: Kentucky clamps down on religious services, issues retail restriction Wednesday, Apr 8 2020 

With religious holidays approaching, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is urging congregations of all faiths to halt all traditional and drive-up services


Kentucky church leader vows to hold Easter services even after getting Beshear stop order Wednesday, Apr 8 2020 

The pastor of Maryville Baptist Church in Hillview said he will ignore an order from Kentucky not to hold services due to the coronavirus


Rhiannon Giddens is “In This Together” this week! Wednesday, Apr 8 2020 

Join our sister station 90.5 WUOL this Friday for another episode of In This Together.

In This Together is a weekly segment on WUOL hosted by Daniel Gilliam and Teddy Abrams that helps bring us closer with music and conversation in a time we need to be apart.

This week’s guests are singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens and chef Edward Lee.

You can watch live on WUOL’s Facebook page at 3pm ET or listen on 90.5 WUOL, with the Louisville Public Media app, or on your smart speaker.

Here’s Riannon Giddens performing “Julie” with the Louisville Orchestra (recorded by Robert Simonds)

Ready for more great music?

The post Rhiannon Giddens is “In This Together” this week! appeared first on 91.9 WFPK Independent Louisville.

Police investigate after 9-year-old girl found dead in Clifton Heights Wednesday, Apr 8 2020 

Riqiya Smith, a 9-year-old girl, was found dead on Wednesday in Louisville's Clifton Heights neighborhood, police say.


Beshear Urges Churches To Not Hold Easter Services During Pandemic Wednesday, Apr 8 2020 

Gov. Andy Beshear is pleading with churches to not hold in-person services on Easter Sunday as Kentucky’s coronavirus infection and death counts continue to steadily rise.

Several churches across the state have still been holding services in recent weeks despite Beshear’s call for people to not gather in groups, to help stop the spread of the deadly disease. Some have already indicated they will gather this Sunday for Easter, usually one of the largest gatherings for churches each year.

Beshear called on pastors to cancel services, saying it would save lives.

“If you are the leader of the congregation, if you are charged with protecting your flock. Don’t do something that will mean that there are fewer people at Christmas than there are now, because of the service you put on now,” Beshear said.

So far, Beshear’s administration has not shut down any churches holding services, but he hinted that some form of enforcement might take place. He said that churches moving forward with services “can probably expect to see us.”

“Our hope is that we can still convince everybody to do the right thing,” Beshear said.

Beshear also announced new executive orders to try and reduce crowds at essential retail stores that are still open during the pandemic.

Only one adult per household will be allowed to go to the grocery store, hardware store or pharmacy, with exceptions for people who need assistance to shop, or who don’t have childcare.

La Tasha Buckner, Beshear’s chief of staff, said that the order would help reduce crowds at essential businesses and limit exposure to families. She said that people shouldn’t treat a shopping trip like “date night.”

Beshear also announced a ban on door-to-door solicitation, and a renewal of an order allowing people to get a 30-day refill on prescriptions and allowing pharmacists to use telehealth to meet with clients.

“This is just a way to keep everybody healthy and to make sure we’re getting everybody what they need without exposing them unnecessarily to the coronavirus,” Beshear said.

Kentucky again surpassed its previous daily increase of coronavirus cases, with 204 new cases confirmed on Wednesday and 1,346 total cases. Beshear announced 8 new deaths, bringing the state’s total to 73.

Following reports of long lines and crowds during Wisconsin’s primary elections on Tuesday, Beshear also said that Kentucky needs to move forward with plans to expand mail-in voting for the state’s June 23rd primary elections.

Beshear said that even if coronavirus is fading in Kentucky by then, mail-in balloting would help keep at-risk voters and poll workers at home.

“By June 23rd, while I hope we are on that downward curve when we are able to start releasing some of these restrictions, the people who are going to need protecting the most are the most-vulnerable,” Beshear said.

Last week lawmakers included language in the state’s revenue bill that would give the governor power to change the “manner” in which elections are conducted, if recommended by the secretary of state.

Beshear also announced that unemployment beneficiaries will start receiving an additional $600 in their weekly checks, with payments starting early as Thursday evening.

Police investigating after 9-year-old girl found dead in Clifton Heights Wednesday, Apr 8 2020 

LMPD's Homicide Unit is investigating the incident, and an autopsy is pending.

Union Year of Giving highlights their 7th charity, Kosair Charities Wednesday, Apr 8 2020 

Help support the Union Year of Giving by donating to Kosair Charities.


VIDEO | Spring has sprung in Kentuckiana! Wednesday, Apr 8 2020 

Spring has officially arrived to Kentuckiana, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, not everyone has been able to get out to see all of the natural beauty of the changing season.

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