Kentucky Congressman Morgan McGarvey calls on Biden to step aside

Kentucky Congressman Morgan McGarvey calls on Biden to step aside

Republished from WEKU. Kentucky’s sole Democratic congressman has joined others in his party calling on President Joe Biden to step aside. U.S. Rep. Morgan McGarvey praised Biden’s effectiveness and empathy as a leader in a statement Friday, but said the stakes were too high for Biden to continue in the race. “That’s why there is no joy in the recognition he should not be our nominee in November,” McGarvey said. “We can’t risk the focus of the campaign being anything other than Donald Trump.” NBC News reports more than 30 Congressional Democrats have...

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Kentucky’s Rep. McGarvey joins calls for new nominee as Biden camp vows to stay the course

Kentucky’s Rep. McGarvey joins calls for new nominee as Biden camp vows to stay the course

Republished from Kentucky Lantern WASHINGTON — Kentucky’s lone Democrat in the U.S. Congress joined nine of his Democratic colleagues Friday in calling on President Joe Biden to drop his reelection bid, the most in a single day since a poor debate performance shook confidence in his ability to win November’s election. U.S. Rep. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, said Democrats need a nominee who can “defeat Donald Trump, flip the House, and protect the Senate.” In a statement shared on social media, the first-term congressman said “critical issues at stake” include the future of the...

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Kentucky seeing higher rates of whooping cough than in previous years

Kentucky seeing higher rates of whooping cough than in previous years

Republished from Kentucky Lantern Kentucky is seeing higher numbers of pertussis (better known as whooping cough) this year than the past few years, though no deaths have been reported by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  As of June 17, Kentucky had 130 cases, which the cabinet said “indicate that the state is experiencing an elevated rate of infection not seen in Kentucky since 2016-2017.” During those years, there were 463 and 449 cases.  Of Kentucky’s 2024 cases, four infants, one school-aged child and three adults have been hospitalized, according to the...

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Beshear will not attend Aug. 3 Fancy Farm Picnic, annual West Kentucky political tradition

Beshear will not attend Aug. 3 Fancy Farm Picnic, annual West Kentucky political tradition

Republished from Kentucky Lantern Organizers of the annual church fundraiser held in Graves County said in a Friday afternoon email that the governor had said he is not attending the August event and “no reason was given.”  Fancy Farm organizers added that Republican State Auditor Allison Ball will not attend due to a conflict with a wedding that weekend.  Both Beshear and Ball attended the political speaking event last year. Over the course of 140 years, the Fancy Farm Picnic has become a Kentucky politics highlight, as candidates for office make a pitch...

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Pikeville becomes easternmost Kentucky community to open Safe Haven Baby Box

Pikeville becomes easternmost Kentucky community to open Safe Haven Baby Box

Republished from WEKU. A group of Pikeville organizations are installing a Safe Haven Baby Box for struggling parents in Kentucky’s easternmost communities. Baby boxes allow those unable to take care of their newborn to anonymously hand the child over without facing any judgment or legal punishment. It would be the 32nd such box in Kentucky – but they’re mostly located in more urban areas. The closest box to Pikeville is more than 100 miles away in Laurel County. “When I think about us here in Pikeville, we are in the far-most part of...

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In acceptance speech, Trump calls for United Auto Workers president Shawn Fain to be fired

In acceptance speech, Trump calls for United Auto Workers president Shawn Fain to be fired

Republished from Kentucky Lantern Former President Donald Trump used his acceptance speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee to call for the firing of United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain. “The leader of the United Auto Workers should be fired immediately,” said Trump, as he formally accepted the GOP presidential nomination. “And every single auto worker, union and non-union, should be voting for Donald Trump.” While Fain has yet to personally respond to Trump’s statement, his union was quick to respond on social media. UAW President Shawn Fain touts solidarity...

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‘Extremely frustrating:’ Kentucky crime victims still not getting automated court notifications 

‘Extremely frustrating:’ Kentucky crime victims still not getting automated court notifications 

Republished from Kentucky Lantern A House Republican leader on Thursday criticized the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) for a three-year lapse in automatic notifications to Kentucky crime victims about their court cases.  Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Middletown, the House majority whip, said the AOC should have requested the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed to relaunch these notifications through Victim Information and Notification Everyday, commonly called VINE, during this year’s session of the General Assembly. “We would have funded it,” he said during a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary. “This...

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Louisville is on the shortlist to host future Sundance Film Festivals

Louisville is on the shortlist to host future Sundance Film Festivals

Republished from WEKU. Louisville is a finalist host to the Sundance Film Festival in coming years. “Our rich history hosting world-class events, growing film industry, and commitment to sustainability position us as a perfect stage for the Festival’s future,” Mayor Craig Greenberg said in a news release. “We are home to the greatest two minutes in sports and we are ready to host the greatest 10 days in film.” The announcement comes as the Louisville Gardens are still under renovation to be converted into sound stages for film, television and other productions. It’s...

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Democratic U.S. senator from New Mexico calls on Biden to drop out

Democratic U.S. senator from New Mexico calls on Biden to drop out

Republished from Kentucky Lantern New Mexico’s senior senator is calling on President Joe Biden to “pass the torch” to give Democrats a better chance of defeating former President Donald Trump in November. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is the third Senate Democrat to publicly call on Biden to step aside as Democrats’ presidential nominee, following Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Peter Welch of Vermont. A handful of House Democrats are also beseeching Biden to get out of the race, including four more on Friday. Heinrich, in a statement Friday morning, praised Biden for...

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IT glitch causing delays in flights, business operations globally

IT glitch causing delays in flights, business operations globally

Republished from Kentucky Lantern Editor’s note: The global glitch also delayed delivery of the Morning Lantern, our daily emailed newsletter, by 19 minutes. Not getting our free newsletter? Subscribe here Air travel, banking, media and hospital systems are just some of the industries affected by a bug in a software update that has scrambled business operations for many globally Friday morning. Many of those who use Microsoft Windows are likely experiencing a “blue screen of death” or an error page. The issue is due to a single bug in a software update from...

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