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Ryan Van Velzer has told stories of people surviving floods in Thailand, record-breaking heat in Arizona and Hurricane Irma in South Florida. He has worked for The Arizona Republic, The Associated Press and The South Florida Sun Sentinel in addition to working as a travel reporter in Central America and Southeast Asia. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Ryan is happy to finally live in a city that has four seasons.

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says it feels odd to announce the Kentucky Derby in September, but it's the reality of 2020 — a year when the "most exciting two minutes in sports" will go forward without spectators in the stands due the coronavirus pandemic, but crowds will gather outside the track to amplify calls to arrest and charge the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor.

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Governor Andy Beshear has mandated Kentuckians wear masks in public, as coronavirus infections surge around the state and country.

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Kentucky reopens bars, swimming pools and music venues on Monday, allowing crowds of up to 50 people to gather indoors as the U.S. reports record cases of COVID-19.

Monday's plans are the latest in a series of reopenings phased in by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's administration. Already, the state has opened restaurants, some child care programs, funerals and barbershops at limited capacities, among other businesses.

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At least 20 people are confirmed to have the coronavirus in at least seven Kentucky counties, Governor Andy Beshear announced during a Sunday afternoon press conference, where he also said he, too, has taken a test for COVID-19. At least one of the confirmed patients is not expected to survive, while another patient in Nelson County refused to self-isolate and now has a sheriff’s deputy parked outside their home. 

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Snow is melting faster in Kentucky as warmer average winters bring about fewer days of snow cover, according to State Climatologist Stuart Foster.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear approved a new funding stream Tuesday to help establish a wildlife refuge in Western Kentucky.

  For more than a decade, Kentucky House Rep. Jim Gooch has denied the existence of human-driven climate change.

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Climate change: It’s the T-rex chasing the jeep in Jurassic Park and the climate scientist is Jeff Goldblum yelling “must go faster.” It’s omnipresent and ineffable, it’s everywhere and touches everything. It’s a problem so complex that it’s easy to distract ourselves with the efficacy of plastic straw bans and recycling.

The number of sweltering summer days will only increase as climate change takes its toll on Kentucky, according to a study released Tuesday.

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As coal plants retire and the price of renewable energy gets cheaper, solar power will increasingly energize the country.

So in Kentucky, when you hear words like "net metering" and "distributed generation" it's easy to miss the big picture in the fight over solar power.

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The Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest could be tracking the first pair of golden eagles in the eastern United States.

This love story, like many others, starts over a romantic meal… just replace the candlelit dinner with some roadkill.

Kentucky’s infrastructure is falling apart faster than the pace of investment, based on the latest grade from the American Society for Civil Engineers.

If the commonwealth were graded on a curve, it would still be doing better than the country as a whole, which received a “D+” on its last report card; whereas Kentucky squeaked past this year with a “C-“.