Information from Louisville, Kentucky, and Indiana for April 27, 2021
Here are some top Kentuckiana stories for Tuesday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Good Tuesday morning, Kentuckiana!
Monday was a pretty big news day – here are some of our top stories of the day.
LMPD under federal investigation
Federal agencies are investigating LMPD and investigating the use of force, arrest warrants and guidelines by the department. In a press conference on Monday, US Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department is examining whether there is a pattern of discriminatory or abusive policing.
If there is reason to believe that violations have occurred, the DOJ will publish a public report. However, the investigation process can take up to a year.
While some see the LMPD investigation into possible wrongdoing as a cause for concern, Mayor Greg Fischer, Chief Erika Shields and other city leaders see it as an opportunity to make change within the department.
Mask requirements are changing in Kentucky
Starting today, Governor Andy Beshear said that people in Kentucky who have been vaccinated will be able to attend outdoor events without masks when there are fewer than 1,000 people. Masks are still required at larger events like the Kentucky Derby, but the governor has eased restrictions on smaller events like backyard barbecues or outdoor weddings.
“We hope this is a relief for the people,” said Governor Beshear.
President Joe Biden is expected to release updated federal guidelines from the CDC on Tuesday on the use of outdoor masks for vaccinated Americans.
Kentucky Derby Updates
Post positions were drawn for the fourteen fillies in the Longines Kentucky Oaks on Monday. The post time of the race is scheduled for Friday, 5:51 p.m. The positions for the Kentucky Derby will be announced Tuesday morning at 11am
At this year’s derby, the national anthem will be performed by Grammy singer Tori Kelly. Kelly is the eleventh great artist to perform before the race.
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