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Kelly Knight Craft will be nominated as next U.S. ambassador to Canada, report says

05/21/2017 09:33 AM

Kentuckian Kelly Knight Craft is set to become the next U.S. ambassador to Canada, according to a report by Canada’s CTV News Friday. Unnamed top U.S. officials told CTV News that Craft, a prominent Republican fundraiser alongside husband Joe Craft and a University of Kentucky trustee, will be nominated to the post soon. The news outlet said U.S. officials have informed their Canadian counterparts of Kelly Knight Craft’s impending nomination. Craft, a Glasgow native, will need to be confirmed by... Read more 

Report: Trump discusses classified information with Russians; McConnell calls for 'less drama' from White House

05/16/2017 05:52 PM

The President of the United States allegedly revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a meeting last week, and seems to be defending the release of information in a series of tweets on Tuesday. The Washington Post first reported that Trump leaked the highly classified information on Monday. The story was initially labeled as false by the White House, but seemed to be confirmed in tweets from President Trump. Under the rules of espionage the information... Read more 

The Chatter: Ex Social Security judge pleads guilty to bribes from former disability attorney Eric Conn

05/13/2017 04:30 PM

A former Social Security Administration judge has pleaded guilty to accepting more than $600,000 in bribes from former disability lawyer Eric Conn as he approved benefits for thousands of the disgraced attorney’s clients, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday. David Black Daugherty pleaded guilty to two felony counts of accepting illegal gratuities, charges that could land the former judge behind bars for up to four years, and agreed to pay $609,000 in restitution, according to the report. Daugherty’s plea comes about... Read more 

McConnell says special prosecutor into Russia interference not needed; Paul claims Democrats crying crocodile tears

05/10/2017 01:58 PM

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rejecting Democratic calls for a new prosecutor to investigate ties between Russia and the campaign of President Donald Trump after the President’s decision to fire Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey on Tuesday. From the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, McConnell said there is too much at stake to restart the investigation which is already underway. “Today, we’ll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation which could only serve... Read more 

How Kentucky's advocacy groups are reacting to U.S. House passage of AHCA

05/05/2017 02:51 PM

After seven years of talk Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly moved replacement health care legislation out of the chamber on Thursday and the move has advocacy groups in Kentucky watching closely and calling on Senators in the upper chamber. Multiple groups which track everything from the economy to the well-being of youth in the state issued statements, and some called on federal partners to protect the interest of Kentuckians on Capitol Hill. Dr. Terry Brooks with... Read more 

Cuban ambassador optimistic of U.S.-Cuban relations in first trip to Louisville in more than 50 years

05/04/2017 07:46 PM

Cuban Ambassador to the United States José Cabañas expressed his hope that the developing relationship between the U.S. and Cuba will continue under President Donald Trump’s administration during an historic visit to Louisville Thursday. Cabañas, the first Cuban ambassador to the U.S. in more than 50 years, made his first appearance in Louisville since taking the post in 2015, months after former President Barack Obama took steps to renew diplomatic relations with the communist Caribbean country. Although a trade embargo remains in... Read more 

U.S. House passes the American Health Care Act

05/04/2017 03:57 PM

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday by the slimmest of margins. The American Health Care Act passed the House 217-213, with 20 Republicans voting “no” alongside all 193 Democratic Representatives. Four of Kentucky’s six U.S. Representatives voted in favor of the measure. U.S. Rep James Comer, R-Tompkinsville, praised the passing of the AHCA as vital to Kentucky. “Repealing Obamacare is critically important for Kentucky, where the individual market... Read more 

Sen. Paul says "nobody wants war" against North Korea as tensions escalate

04/28/2017 06:16 PM

LOUISVILLE – U.S. Sen. Rand Paul reiterated Friday his hope that China will help rein in North Korea amid rising tensions between the secluded communist country and the U.S. Paul told reporters after a roundtable with insurance professionals and state insurance officials that he would be open to U.S. trade with North Korea once it ends its nuclear ambitions and joins the rest of the civilized world. Paul said that he believes China, which represents about 90 percent of North Korea’s international... Read more 

Louisville pediatrician seeing signs of toxic stress associated with increased deportations

04/27/2017 05:31 PM

LOUISVILLE — With a more aggressive approach to enforcing immigration from the federal government, families have become fearful for their future together, and the anxiety has health care professionals concerned. Dr. Julia Richerson, a pediatrician who sees patients full-time in Louisville and serves on the state chapter and in a national role for the American Academy of Pediatrics, says parents and children face serious health challenges associated with the fear and reality of deportation raids. “It’s a horrible stress for... Read more 

Paul: U.S. needs help from China in easing tensions with North Korea

04/20/2017 06:25 PM

CLERMONT – With tensions between the U.S. and North Korea escalating, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is looking to China for help in keeping the isolated communist country in check. Both sides have escalated their rhetoric, with North Korea warning of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” against the U.S. and South Korea that would reduce them “to ashes” as American warships head to the Korean Peninsula. Paul said China, North Korea’s only major ally, should help keep peace in the region. “I think China... Read more 

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