Monday 25th October 2021

News Update 10/7/21

KY AG Presenting Arguments Before U.S. Supreme Court

(Frankfort, KY)  —  Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is set to argue for the right to defend a Kentucky abortion law before the U.S. Supreme Court.  The court will hear arguments next week about whether the attorney general’s office should be allowed to appeal the 2018 law, which was struck down during a lawsuit filed by the ACLU.  The law would ban a form of abortion that happens after the 15th week of pregnancy.  The governor’s office had declined to move forward with an appeal.

Nearly 27-Hundred New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Kentucky

(Frankfort, KY)  —  Nearly 27-hundred new COVID-19 cases are being reported in Kentucky.  Governor Andy Beshear announced the new cases yesterday, along with 51 additional deaths.  More than 16-hundred people in the commonwealth are hospitalized for COVID-19-related illnesses, with over 300 on ventilators.  Over 705-thousand Kentuckians have tested positive for the virus and more than 89-hundred have died since the pandemic began.

Fort Campbell Soldier Charged With Murder

(Fort Campbell, KY)  —  A Fort Campbell soldier is being charged with murder.  Sergeant First Class Joseph Santiago was arrested last month, a day after his pregnant wife was found dead.  Sergeant Santiago is also facing a charge for the injury of an unborn child.  He’s being held at the Grayson County Jail.

Former Kentucky Democratic Party Head Reporting To Prison

(Frankfort, KY)  —  Former Kentucky Democratic Party head Jerry Lundergan is being ordered to report to prison.  The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld Lundergan’s conviction on federal campaign finance charges and turned down a motion to stay the judgment.  The 74-year-old must report to prison on November 30th.  His attorney says Lundergan will seek an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.

KY AG Presenting Arguments Before U.S. Supreme Court

(Frankfort, KY)  —  Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is set to argue for the right to defend a Kentucky abortion law before the U.S. Supreme Court.  The court will hear arguments next week about whether the attorney general’s office should be allowed to appeal the 2018 law, which was struck down during a lawsuit filed by the ACLU.  The law would ban a form of abortion that happens after the 15th week of pregnancy.  The governor’s office had declined to move forward with an appeal.

Nearly 27-Hundred New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Kentucky

(Frankfort, KY)  —  Nearly 27-hundred new COVID-19 cases are being reported in Kentucky.  Governor Andy Beshear announced the new cases yesterday, along with 51 additional deaths.  More than 16-hundred people in the commonwealth are hospitalized for COVID-19-related illnesses, with over 300 on ventilators. 
As of yesterday the Calloway County Health Department has received notification of 21 new cases of COVID19.  The case count is now at 5,342 with 5,161 recovered, 114 isolated at home, 7 hospitalized, and 60 deaths.  Here is a breakdown of the total cases by age category:  1 case under age 18, 13 cases age 18 to 39, 4 cases age 40-60, and 3 cases over 60. 

Fort Campbell Soldier Charged With Murder

(Fort Campbell, KY)  —  A Fort Campbell soldier is being charged with murder.  Sergeant First Class Joseph Santiago was arrested last month, a day after his pregnant wife was found dead.  Sergeant Santiago is also facing a charge for the injury of an unborn child.  He’s being held at the Grayson County Jail.

Former Kentucky Democratic Party Head Reporting To Prison

(Frankfort, KY)  —  Former Kentucky Democratic Party head Jerry Lundergan is being ordered to report to prison.  The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld Lundergan’s conviction on federal campaign finance charges and turned down a motion to stay the judgment.  The 74-year-old must report to prison on November 30th.  His attorney says Lundergan will seek an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Kentucky News Brief

AG Cameron Supports SROs In Schools

(Frankfort, KY)  —  The state’s top law enforcement official supports resource officers in schools.  During a press conference in Frankfort yesterday, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said he supports SROs in schools.  Cameron said SROs could help maintain safety, especially in the state’s largest school district, Jefferson County Public Schools.  Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Erika Shields says it’s time for JCPS to have its own police force.

UK Working With Lexington Police, Fire To Keep Fans Safe

(Lexington, KY)  —  University of Kentucky police are working to keep football fans safe.  UK police say they’re partnering with the Lexington Police Department and the Lexington Fire Department on game days.  Following UK’s upset win over Florida on Saturday night, rowdy Wildcats fans spilled onto State Street to party and set fires.  The ‘Cats will face LSU Saturday night at Kroger Field.

Owensboro Transit System Offering Free COVID Vaccination Clinic

(Owensboro, KY)  —  The Owensboro Transit System will hold a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic tomorrow afternoon.  The clinic will be held from 2 o’clock until 4:30 at the OTS headquarters on Allen Street.  The Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be given by the Green River District Health Department.

Horse Mania To Return In 2022 In Time For Breeder’s Cup

(Lexington, KY)  —  Horse Mania is set to return to Lexington in 2022 in time for the Breeder’s Cup.  LexArts is partnering with Keenland and Makers Mark to bring back the artist-designed horse statues.  Organizers are looking for sponsors and artists to bring the creations to life.  The 50 horses exhibited will be put up for auction, and ten have already been claimed.  Next year is LexArts’ 50th anniversary.

Several Daviess County Schools Chosen For Special Program

(Daviess County, KY)  —  Over a dozen schools in the Daviess County Public School District have been chosen to participate in the Family Friendly Schools Learning Network.  The group is designed to raise parent engagement as a way to improving student learning.  The schools were selected by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, through its Kentucky Collaborative for Families and Schools.  The Daviess County schools were among nearly sixty chosen in the commonwealth.

No Injuries In Henderson Fire

(Henderson, KY)  —  No one is injured after a fire in Henderson.  Officials say the blaze broke out last night near a building in the 700-block of Highway 414.  No word on what led to the fire.  Damage estimates haven’t been released.

BOE To Hold Meeting Today

(Louisville, KY)  —  Another Jefferson County Board of Education meeting will be held today.  Tuesday night’s meeting ended prematurely over disruptions from parents and students protesting against the possibility of school resource officers in Jefferson County Public Schools.  This afternoon’s meeting is scheduled for 2:15 at the VanHoose Education Center.  Members of the BOE will vote on the district’s COVID-19 Test-to-Stay proposal, and no public comment will be permitted.

Exposed Well In Louisville Park Resealed

(Louisville, KY)  —  Louisville is investigating a well left open at a park.  A child apparently fell into the six-foot deep well in Camp Taylor Memorial Park last Thursday.  The well remained exposed until yesterday when Metro Sewer District employees put the cast-iron lid back in place.  The city says it’s investigating a breakdown in communication between departments.

LMPD Officer Injured In Single-Vehicle Accident

(Louisville, KY)  —  An LMPD officer is nursing a minor injury after crashing his police cruiser into a light pole in west Louisville.  LMPD says the crash happened yesterday afternoon at 12th and Broadway.  The officer had his lights and siren on while responding to a call.  He was headed east on Broadway, trying to turn north onto 12th Street when he had to swerve to avoid another vehicle.

Judas Priest Guitarist Suffers Medical Emergency In Louisville

(Louisville, KY)  —  Judas Priest’s 50th anniversary tour is being postponed while guitarist Richie Faulkner recovers from a ruptured aorta suffered while in Louisville.  Faulkner told fans on Tuesday he suffered an “aortic aneurysm” while the band played the Louder Than Life rock music festival at the Kentucky Expo Center last month.  UofL Health says Faulkner was rushed to the Rudd Heart and Lung Center where he underwent a nearly eleven-hour open-heart surgery.  He suffered the medical emergency while playing the song Painkiller.

Kentuckiana Pride Festival Starts Today

(Louisville, KY)  —  The Kentuckiana Pride Festival starts today.  It will be held through Saturday on the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park.  Festival activities will start with a kick-off party at Chill Bar in the Highlands.  Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman will speak at the kick-off event.

Tennessee News Brief

TDH Updates State Coronavirus Cases

(Nashville, TN)  —  There are over 31-hundred new coronavirus cases in Tennessee.  The Tennessee Department of Health reported the new cases yesterday, bringing the total since the outbreak began to over one-million-244-thousand.  Over 40 additional COVID-19-related deaths were also reported, with the total number standing at more than 15-thousand-400.  There are over 21-hundred COVID-19 hospitalizations in Tennessee.

State Legislature Sets Special Session On COVID Protocols

(Nashville, TN)  —  The Tennessee legislature will meet for a special session on Wednesday, October 27th.  Members of the Republican-led legislature say they hope to block what they call “burdensome COVID-19 mandates” during the special session.  Republicans say the session is expected to stretch into the following week.  Another special session to approve 500-million dollars in incentives for Ford to build an electric truck plant near Memphis is set to start on Monday, October 18th.

Dolly Parton, Businesses Raise Money For Mid-State Flood Victims

(Pigeon Forge, TN)  —  Sevier County native Dolly Parton is supporting Middle Tennessee flood victims.  Parton and her businesses announced yesterday they’ve raised 700-thousand dollars for the United Way of Humphreys County.  The money will be used to help people recovering from historic flooding on August 21st when over 17 inches of rain fell on the area.  Parton picked the United Way of Humphreys County to receive the donation because it’s home to friend and fellow country music legend Loretta Lynn.

Georgia Rep To Speak At Republican Event In Wilson Co.

(Wilson Co., TN)  —  Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene will speak at a “Trump Day Dinner.”  The Rep from Georgia is expected to speak at the Republican fundraiser in Wilson County tonight.  The event will be held at the Wilson County Expo Center.  Greene is expected to host a private reception with tickets running from 75-to-one-thousand dollars.

Warm, Rainy Weather Threat To Peak Fall Foliage

(GSMNP)  —  Tennessee is home to some of the nation’s top spots to leaf peep.  However, biologists say this year’s fall colors may not be as vibrant.  They say cool sunny days are needed this time of year for the foliage to be at its best later this month.  Experts say the warm, rainy weather to start this month may prevent the leaves from looking their best.

National/World Headlines

Dow Up 500 Points As Market Rebound Rolls On

(New York, NY)  —  Stocks are on the rise as investors are buying once again.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been up more than 500 points at times during today’s session.  It comes as progress is being made on a possible deal to extend the federal debt ceiling.  Stocks are also rebounding after the Dow and Nasdaq both lost more than 300 points on Monday.

Pfizer Submits EUA Request For Kids 5-11 To Get COVID Vax

(New York, NY)  —  Pfizer is asking federal officials for permission to administer its coronavirus vaccine to kids age five through eleven.  The company and its partner BioNTech have submitted a request for emergency use authorization to the FDA.  A meeting will be held later this month to discuss giving it approval.  The vaccine that requires two doses is currently available to individuals 12 and older.  It has been given full approval for those 16 and older.

Senate Leaders Confirm Deal On Short-Term Extension Of Debt Limit

(Washington, DC)  —  Senate leaders have come to an agreement on extending the debt limit until early December.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer confirmed the deal while speaking on the Senate floor.  The short-term extension was proposed by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday.  Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has warned of catastrophic consequences if the U.S. defaults on debt obligations on October 18th.  McConnell cited “good faith negotiations” and then said the deal will “spare the American people a manufactured crisis.”

Investigation Finds COVID Pandemic, Training Led To CA Sea Tragedy

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  An investigation says the COVID pandemic and inadequate training are to blame for the deaths of eight marines and one sailor in California last year.  The military’s investigation was mainly led by the Navy and the Marine Corps.  The deaths of the nine U.S. service members occurred last July off the southern California coast during a training exercise when an amphibious assault tank sunk.  Poor communication and human errors played a role in the accident Marine leaders have called “preventable.”

Snapchat Targets Drug Dealers

(Santa Monica, CA)  —  Snapchat is making moves to prevent drug sales on its platform.  The social media company is announcing improvements to the systems that look for those sales.  More workers were also hired to respond to requests for information from law enforcement.  The California-based company is also introducing a tool in the app called Heads Up.  It’s centered around informing users about the dangers of fentanyl along with counterfeit pills.

GM To Convert More Factories To Build EVs

(Detroit, MI)  —  General Motors will convert more of its North American assembly plants to build electric vehicles by 2030.  The automaker is also planning to double its revenues in the same time as it unveils more EVs.  CEO Mary Barra told investors yesterday their early investments in EV trends have transformed the company from “automaker to platform innovator, with customers at the center.”

Brazil Police Find $3M Nazi Haul In Child Abuse Suspect’s Home

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)  —  Police in Brazil say they found three-and-a-half million dollars worth of Nazi weapons and memorabilia in the home of a man suspected of raping a child.  Rio de Janeiro’s civil police say they found more than a thousand items in the 58-year-old suspect’s home, including images of Adolf Hitler and Nazi-era guns and ammunition.  Officers found the Nazi items when they went to arrest the suspect on suspicions he raped a under-age child and abused other children in his home.

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