Both of state’s U.S. attorneys submit resignations

Both U.S. attorneys in Kentucky who were appointed by President Donald Trump have submitted their resignations.

U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman, who oversees the western district of the state, said in a statement Monday that his resignation would be effective on Jan. 20. The western district is comprised of 53 counties, including the cities of Louisville, Bowling Green and Paducah.

U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan Jr., who oversees the eastern district, said in a separate statement that his resignation would be effective on Jan. 24. The eastern district is comprised of 67 counties including the cities of Lexington, Covington and Pikeville.

Both attorneys noted work their offices did to combat violent crime and drugs in Kentucky.

Beshear: Kentucky to do whatever’s needed to protect Capitol

Kentucky officials are prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect the state Capitol if more armed protests occur, Gov. Andy Beshear said.

The FBI has warned of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week’s deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.

“We will not allow that to happen,” Beshear said at a press conference Monday. “We will protect these buildings, these grounds and everyone in them. And we are ready to do whatever necessary, Kentucky State Police and others, to ensure the safety of everyone here.”

The Democratic governor declined to disclose security plans, including whether the Kentucky National Guard would have a role.

“We are not going to give those that would commit domestic terror a game plan that they can try to plan around,” he said.

Armed protesters gathered outside the Kentucky Capitol last Saturday.

COVID-19 graffiti spray-painted on health official’s mailbox

Graffiti proclaiming COVID-19 as a fraud was spray-painted on the home mailbox of Kentucky’s top public health official in an action that Gov. Andy Beshear denounced Monday as an attempt to “create fear.”

The weekend vandalism occurred at the home of Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner. Stack frequently speaks at the governor’s press conferences in taking a high-profile role in Beshear’s efforts to combat the coronavirus.

“Because of his work, thousands of people are alive today that wouldn’t be,” Beshear said at a press conference. “And whether you agree or disagree with the steps that ultimately I made the calls on, trying to create fear in his family is the lowest form of low.”

The Democratic governor had a message for whoever is responsible: “The cowards out there that did it, we’re working to find you.”

The words “COVID is PCR fraud” were spray-painted on Stack’s mailbox, Beshear said. PCR is a standard test for COVID-19.

The state on Monday surpassed 305,000 COVID-19 cases and is approaching 3,000 deaths since the pandemic began.

Beshear reported 2,085 new virus cases Monday and 21 virus-related deaths. More than 1,700 virus patients are hospitalized in Kentucky.

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