Kentucky officials say the state’s revenue collections in May continued to far outpace last year’s pandemic-battered performance.State Budget Director John Hicks said Thursday that General Fund receipts last month rose nearly 57% – or nearly $443 million – above the amount collected in May 2020.He says receipts have grown by 14% for the first 11 months of the current fiscal year.The General Fund pays for most state services, including education, health care and public safety.
Most mandates and restrictions are ending for COVID-19 across Kentucky, but not all.Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order on Friday to return to full capacity for all venues and events and lifting the mask mandate for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people in most settings. There are exceptions for jails, long-term care facilities, and a few other select categories.
West Virginia’s Greenbrier River Trail has been designated as a national recreation trail, federal officials said.The trail adds more 78 miles to the National Trails System, a network of more than 1,300 existing trails across the U.S., a statement from the Interior Department said. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland says tThe Greenbrier River Trail is a former railroad that’s now used for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The longest trail of its kind in West Virginia, it goes through several small towns and some of West Virginia’s most remote areas and includes 35 bridges and two tunnels.
The Kentucky Association of Health Plans (KAHP) is continuing its campaign to provide COVID-19 vaccine access in Kentucky.KAHP will be giving away $100 Visa gift cards every day from June 14-18 at different county health department in five Eastern Kentucky counties to people who get a COVID-19 shot. Officials said this will run until supplies last.“Kentucky has made a lot of progress on the vaccination front and health plans are playing a key role,” said Tom Stephens, Executive Director of Kentucky Association of Health Plans. “We’re trying to reach those that have been sitting on the fence. This promotion will be raising awareness, which is half the battle.”
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert now has until Wednesday to come to a resolution in his legal battle with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Earlier this week, Baffert sued the commission on the grounds that his Derby-winning horse, Medina Spirit, was not given due process in a failed drug test.
Silverliner is closing it’s doors. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2020 and has ceased operations in Pikeville’s Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park. The business closing means an empty industrial park, but a second spec building in the park is already well underway as the city seeks potential tenants for the future.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall is back in Laurel County. The City of London Tourism says it brought in the wall to give people in the area a chance to see the name of those who fought in the war, without having to travel to Washington D.C.
People are still looking for help from flooding earlier this year, FEMA is offering face-to-face help at several help centers across the region for people who were impacted by flooding in February and March.
Summer sports camps are back. The University of Pikeville’s summer basketball camp returned this week. It’s the first major basketball camp UPIKE has hosted since 2019.
Most COVID-19 mandates and restrictions are ending across Kentucky. Governor Beshear made it official on Friday.