‘I am now paying the price’: Grayson County sheriff, family test positive for coronavirus Sunday, Jul 12 2020 

Sheriff Norman Chaffins said he believes his family contracted the virus during a trip to Wyoming and Montana at the end of June.


1 dead in motorcycle accident on I-64 near Mellwood Avenue Sunday, Jul 12 2020 

According to LMPD's preliminary investigation, a motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control and struck a cable barrier.


COVID safety precautions put in place for LouCity FC opener in new stadium Sunday, Jul 12 2020 

The brand new stadium, with roughly 15,000 seats, was down to 30% capacity, with only about 4,800 fans at Sunday's game.


Louisville mayor declines Metro Council’s request of ‘all documents’ related to Breonna Taylor case Sunday, Jul 12 2020 

In a letter released Sunday, Greg Fischer said the premature release of those documents would compromise the investigation.


Masks, Thermometers and Protests At Louisville Soccer Stadium Opening Sunday, Jul 12 2020 

Louisville’s new soccer stadium opened its gates for the first time Sunday to thousands of fans willing to endure masks, temperature checks and the looming threat of coronavirus to become the first spectators in Kentucky to watch live sports since the beginning of the pandemic.

Nearly 5,000 people attended Sunday night’s match between Louisville City FC and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, as viewers around the nation tuned-in on ESPN 2.

It was a night of firsts: the opening of the new Lynn Family Stadium, the first team-based sports with fans in Kentucky since the pandemic began, the first game of the USL Championship season and the first time Louisville racial justice protesters have disrupted a live sports event with fans.

At one point, as protesters banged on the black metal bars of the stadiums gates, holding up signs and waving flags, a single man stood with his fist in the air completing the “I” in the massive “OUR CITY” statue outside the Louisville City FC game.

Above him, a digital billboard read “in our city, there is zero tolerance for racism.”

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A protester stands with his fist in the air completing the “I” in our city outside the Louisville City FC game.

But in the background of this microcosm of Louisville, it’s impossible to look away from another first: For the first time Kentucky is nearing 20,000 cases of coronavirus. Between July 6 and July 12, there was a 48.75% increase in positive cases of COVID-19, according to a news release from Gov. Andy Beshear.

Beshear’s “no mask, no service” policy went into effect as of Friday at 5 p.m. and was on full display 48 hours later as soccer fans walked into the Lynn Family Stadium. The stadium itself announced a number of rules to protect spectators — all of which were approved of in a plan shared with state officials.

The stadium announced 4,850 fans attended the game — amounting to about 32% of the stadium total capacity. The stadium required masks and temperature checks for all ticket holders before entering the stadium. Inside, they were asked to socially distance and make use of the hand sanitizer set around the facility.

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A temperature check outside the Louisville City FC Game.

One fan, Stuart Steinbock, said it was exciting and scary all at the same time.  He said he was excited to do something he had not done in a long time, but also, “it’s a lot of people,” he said.

“I haven’t been around this many people in months,” Steinbock said.

Brooke Neace said she was a little bit nervous to go to a big event but felt that the stadium had taken sufficient precautions to protect people.

“I mean, everyone is doing what they can to be safe so I just want to… go on living my life,” Neace said.

Just as the game was scheduled to begin, about a hundred or more protesters appeared, to remind the city that they want to see the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor arrested.

One protester used zip ties to attach a “Black Lives Matter” flag to one of the gates, another on roller skates held a sign saying “Kenneth Walker was NOT a drug dealer,” all one hundred marched together, chanted together and took a knee together.

“This doesn’t only affect us, it affects you,” said one a woman into a megaphone, speaking to the people inside the stadium. “So you all can go on with this game like nothing has happened in this city, but it has.”

And as they took that knee, on the other side of the bars, inside the stadium, an audience all wearing masks sat in small socially distanced clusters to watch a soccer game; everyone trying to go on living their lives in their own way.

Fourth woman arrested in multi-state fake coupon scheme Sunday, Jul 12 2020 

Lisa Williams, Harley Miller, Tara Lybeck and Mary Ann Dillon are accused of running a multi-state fake coupon ring over several years.

Grandson of Elvis Presley has died at age 27, agent says Sunday, Jul 12 2020 

Reports say Benjamin Keough died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Sunday in California.


Coroner IDs motorcyclist who died after losing control, crashing with no helmet Sunday Sunday, Jul 12 2020 

Interstate 64 near Mellwood Avenue was still closed to traffic around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, according to police, after a fatal crash.


Louisville City FC fans take a solid step toward normalcy with debut of Lynn Family Stadium Sunday, Jul 12 2020 

Louisville's 3-1 loss marked the opening of Lynn Family Stadium, but the more important result was fans' compliance with COVID-19 protocols.


1 dead, 1 injured after motorcycle crash on I-64W near Mellwood Avenue Sunday, Jul 12 2020 

The victim was not immediately identified.

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