FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s governor says school-age children are contracting COVID-19 at a higher rate than any other age group in Kentucky. And the statewide vaccination rate among youngsters ages 12 to 17 is the lowest of any age group. That combination had Gov. Andy Beshear pleading with local school boards and superintendents on Monday to continue requiring mask wearing in schools. Last week, the Republican-dominated legislature scrapped a statewide mask mandate for public schools and imposed a ban on any statewide mask rules until June 2023. The Democratic governor vetoed the mask-related language, but GOP lawmakers overrode him before ending a three-day special session.