FBI launches investigation after 2 fires set at Hall of Justice Monday, Aug 3 2020 

The sheriff's office said a courthouse window caught on fire when a flammable material was thrown. A second fire was set outside the building on 6th Street.


Beshear says masks appear to have prevented exponential growth of COVID-19 cases Monday, Aug 3 2020 

The governor also warned that the high number of infections reported in the state in July would produce an uptick in deaths in August.

Kentucky officials announce increased flexibility for schools during coronavirus pandemic Monday, Aug 3 2020 

Schools will have a little more flexibility as they navigate through the coronavirus.


After COVID-19 scare, in-person appointments for unemployment claim help resume in Frankfort Monday, Aug 3 2020 

In-person appointments for unemployment claim help have resumed in Frankfort after they were abruptly halted on July 31 due to COVID-19 concerns.


In Kentucky, Real Estate Rebounded in June Monday, Aug 3 2020 

from KentuckyRealtors.com

Sales up 13% Over June 2019

Lexington, KY (8/3/2020) – COVID-19 had an adverse, albeit short, impact on the Kentucky housing market this spring. Higher pending contracts over the past two months indicated that sales would come roaring back. June would not disappoint. 5,426 closings took place in Kentucky, up a whopping 13% over June of last year. Year-to-date sales climbed to 24,159. This is 1% greater than sales through June of 2019 which peaked at 23,945.

Nationally, total existing-home sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, jumped 20.7% from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.72 million in June. Sales overall, however, dipped year-over-year, down 11.3% from a year ago (5.32 million in June 2019).

“The sales recovery is strong, as buyers were eager to purchase homes and properties that they had been eyeing during the shutdown,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “This revitalization looks to be sustainable for many months ahead as long as mortgage rates remain low and job gains continue.”

The median sale price of homes in Kentucky continues to climb. The June median price, up from $183,000 in June 2019, rose 5% to $192,00. The statewide average home price hit $224,195. Sales volume rebounded strongly, up 45% from last month ($837.9 million) to $1.05 billion. That figure also marks an increase of almost 17% from June of 2019. This surge raises the year-to-date sales volume 6.5% ahead of 2019’s figure at $5.1 billion.

The number of homes available on the market hit a record low for the state for the second month in a row. There is now less than 2 months of inventory in Kentucky for the first time since record-keeping began. The figure currently sits at 1.96 months.

“The housing market rebound in June shows that REALTORS® responded admirably to the health and safety recommendations made by experts and state leadership”, said Lester T. Sanders, President of Kentucky REALTORS®. “We stood ready to help Kentucky consumers successfully buy and sell property so the American dream of homeownership and wealth-building could continue. A housing market rebound means a better economic impact and outlook for all Kentuckians”, he said.

Distressed sales (foreclosures or short sales) were down 46% over June of 2019. It remains to be seen whether this figure will climb as forbearances and other programs expire as the year continues.


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U of L Health to open 3 free coronavirus testing sites; first appointments on Thursday Monday, Aug 3 2020 

The sites will offer appointments daily beginning Thursday.

KY employers could face major unemployment insurance tax increases Monday, Aug 3 2020 

Without significant government intervention, Kentucky employers could soon face major increases to their unemployment insurance tax obligations. Employers in the Greater Louisville region should plan ahead and join GLI in advocating to elected officials to take action on this issue.   Due to the massive unemployment levels brought on by the...

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Kentucky State University students will get to choose how they attend class this fall Monday, Aug 3 2020 

Many higher education institutions in Kentucky have made similar decisions regarding their fall 2020 semesters amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Ballard grad Jo Adell gets call to major leagues from Los Angeles Angels Monday, Aug 3 2020 

A first-round pick in 2017, outfielder gets first call to major leagues


Oldham County Fair happening this week despite coronavirus concerns from some top officials Monday, Aug 3 2020 

The Oldham County Fair Board has issued its COVID-19 policy, which will be in effect during the county fair, which runs from August 4-8.


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