The Forward Five – Friday, 7/31/20

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Five Things to Know Today

— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! As readers of the Forward Five, I need to hear from you about something.

For two days, I have not included the “Featured Content” section in the bottom of this newsletter. (Frankly, because I’m still getting over being sick and didn’t feel like dealing with it.)

I know, from the Mailchimp reports, that it does get some clicks, so some people read it and use it to go to stories. But I suspect many more of you skip it.

So, here’s what I need to know: Other than the “Five things to know,” what additional info would you find useful? Top five stories for the past week? (You’ll miss some good ones.) Stories I think you should read, popular or not? Just a list of current stories by section? Or nothing at all?

I’m a person who wants all the information I can get, all the time. So, I liked the list as it was. But, the point is not what _I_ want; it’s what YOU find valuable.

So, use the Feedback link below to share your thoughts. I really do want your feedback.

Wear your mask, wash your hands, and take care of yourself. We’re going to get through this, together. #TeamKentucky

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know

Cases up, positive-test rate down; Beshear says mask mandate having effect

Thursday’s coronavirus numbers were mixed, but Gov. Beshear kept accentuating the positive, saying he sees the impact of his mask order, and believes cases are leveling off. But, says we’ll have to wait to see. (Forward Kentucky)

Calling it the HEALS Act turns out to be a cruel joke

The Republican relief bill doesn’t “heal” anyone or anything – except corporations and defense contractors. Read what’s in it – and what’s NOT in it. (Forward Kentucky)

Beshear stops paycheck for KY fish and wildlife chief. Board considers legal action.

Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration has stopped issuing paychecks to Rich Storm, saying he no longer is commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Karl Clinard, the agency’s board chairman, said the board is looking at possible legal action against the Beshear Administration, with input from Attorney General Daniel Cameron, to keep Storm commissioner.

(summary by ForwardKY) Agency approved two-year contract. Beshear administration said one-year, due to one-year budget passed by legislature. Offered the one-year; no response. Agency says administration has done two-year contracts with others. (Herald-Leader)

Kentucky attorney general: Breonna Taylor autopsy, police radio files shouldn’t be released yet

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office won’t require Louisville public agencies to release Breonna Taylor’s autopsy report, police radio recordings in connection with her death or Kenneth Walker’s investigative file. 

The agency, which is conducting its own investigation into Taylor’s March 13 death, released a series of open records rulings this week, finding that Louisville Metro Police, Louisville Metro Emergency Services and the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office were justified in rejecting The Courier Journal’s requests because of pending investigations. 

In reaching those conclusions, the attorney general’s office pointed to letters from the FBI’s Louisville field office and an assistant deputy attorney general that said releasing the records would adversely impact the ongoing investigations and any potential prosecutions that may result from them. (Courier-Journal)

SCOKY order on evictions causes confusion

New guidance from the Kentucky Supreme Court on staffing, access to jury trials, and evictions has caused some widespread confusion, especially when it comes to the eviction section. (Forward Kentucky)

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