Von Maur will open in Oxmoor Center, following CDC guidelines, beginning Wednesday Monday, May 18 2020 

The store will adhere to CDC guidelines, with reduced hours: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, as well as Sunday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.


Triple murderer taken off death row by former Gov. Matt Bevin to serve rest of life behind bars Monday, May 18 2020 

The parole board met Monday and gave Leif Halvorsen a "serve out," which means he is set to serve out his life sentence.

Free Krispy Kreme doughnuts for graduates Tuesday. High school, college seniors just need to wear their caps and gowns. Monday, May 18 2020 

Krispy Kreme announced its 2020 Graduate Dozen promotion, which includes a box of a dozen doughnuts for free.


Kentucky Accelerating Contact Tracing Efforts, Beshear Says Monday, May 18 2020 

Kentucky is expanding its contact tracing capacity, Gov. Andy Beshear announced during his Monday briefing.

“This isn’t just me,” he said. “This is the president too. This is Democrats and Republicans, federal government, state government. This is public health experts saying this is what’s got to happen for us to have a safe reopening, and to restart our economy without pausing it.”

Beshear said they’ll use CARES Act funding, over a seven-month period, to hire and train staff and put together an online tracking system. 

“It’s how we identify quickly and prevent one case from becoming 100 cases,” he said. 

State officials expect to hire 700 additional people to help with contact tracing, with training beginning this week. 

Between contact tracing and testing, Beshear expects to spend more than $100 million of CARES Act money.

He said they are looking into any privacy concerns around this issue, especially since contact tracing “doesn’t work without you buying in, without your voluntary commitment.” 

Mark Carter, with the Cabinet for Health & Family Services, underscored that. 

“The individual’s role in contact tracing is to be aware that you could be contacted by a member of the public health department in your community or at the state level,” Carter said. “Understand the importance of the process, answer the calls… spread the word that this is a way that we can rebuild our economy and keep people safe and well.” 

“Tracing isn’t effective without robust testing,” Beshear added, claiming that the state is at that point now. “We have the ability for everyone who wants to get tested to get tested.” 

He also asked people to get retested, and to get tested even if you don’t have symptoms.

“To reduce the spread, we need to find those asymptomatic people,” he said.

Here’s a list of where you can get tested in Kentucky. 

In regards to reports that some states are struggling with persuading people to get test, Beshear just said he feels “pretty good about what’s happening” with testing turnout in Kentucky. 

The state has administered 145,238 tests.

Two More Minors With COVID-Related Inflammatory Syndrome

The governor said two more kids in the state have gotten a severe, though rare, inflammatory syndrome that shows up after the initial viral infection: a five-year-old who is now recovering at home and an 11-year-old who is in the hospital.

Kentucky’s public health commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said “overwhelmingly, children do well” when infected with coronavirus. 

“But not all of them, and for those who get this syndrome, this is very serious,” he said. 

Two other minors had been diagnosed with the condition in Kentucky, which includes symptoms like fever, rash, vomiting, and swollen hands and feet that can appear red. 

Retail Opens This Week

The governor said that malls can open this week, as retail has been given the green light to reopen starting on Wednesday under the state’s Healthy at Work plan. But malls will have to follow the same stringent requirements, he said, including rigorous cleaning and social distancing measures. The 33% capacity limit will apply to individual stores within the mall, and to the mall itself.

Food courts at malls will have to follow the same guidance for restaurants, which can reopen in Kentucky starting on Friday.

Gatherings of 10 or fewer people will also be allowed as of Friday. 

Beshear said 122 new cases were reported on Sunday and 138 on Monday, bringing the state’s total to 7,935. Over the two days, there were 12 new deaths all in Jefferson County. 

Coronavirus roundup: Beshear eyes contact tracing amid ‘big week’ for Kentucky’s reopening Monday, May 18 2020 

Kentucky saw 260 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 12 new coronavirus-related deaths in the last two days.


Kentucky’s reopening picks up speed. Here’s where you can go and what you can expect Monday, May 18 2020 

Restaurants, barbershops, hair salons, retail shops, malls, spas, nail salons, funeral homes and other businesses in Kentucky can reopen this week.


Louisville police: Man dies after being stabbed Monday, May 18 2020 

The man was stabbed in the 500 block of 27th street, according to a police spokesman. A homicide unit is investigating and there are no suspects yet.


Louisville Baseball’s Danny Oriente selected to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team Monday, May 18 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Danny Oriente of the U of L baseball team was awarded a position on the 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District team on May 14. The former right fielder for the Cardinals completed his undergraduate degree this spring with a focus on sports administration. Oriente turned in a stellar 3.56-grade point average during his final semester at U of L.

Oriente’s effort towards academics mirrored his talents on the baseball diamond. The graduate was in the starting lineup for the Cardinals for three of his four years at U of L. Oriente always had an eye for the baseball, maintaining a .324 batting average throughout his 137-game collegiate career. His most notable moment with the bat was in the Cardinals’ 2019 playoff push when Oriente slugged for a .332 batting average to lead Louisville to the College World Series. Oriente was off to an excellent start in his final season at U of L. He connected for 16 runs batted in during the Cardinals 2020 campaign before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CoSIDA, or College Sports Information Directors of America, focuses on the development of sports organizations at all levels. Their awards range from scholarships and grants to recognitions such as the nomination Oriente is receiving. CoSIDA recognizes the country’s best collegiate student-athletes for their perseverance in academics and athletics. Honorees for first-team All-District will move onto the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. Honorees for the Academic All-American team will be announced on Jun. 8 through Jun. 11.

Oriente was the first Cardinals baseball player to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team since Colby Fitch back in 2017. Oriente is U of L baseball’s fifth nominee since the 2002 season.

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Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine, the drug he touted as coronavirus treatment, despite FDA warnings Monday, May 18 2020 

President Trump said he is taking hydroxychloroquine, a drug that he has touted as a coronavirus treatment, despite warnings about its effectiveness.


Kentucky’s cheerleading scandal shows that grown-ups didn’t act the part Monday, May 18 2020 

College kids are prone to bouts of stupidity. It's up to the grown-ups to step in to stop it.


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