Tag: Kentucky

Amy McGrath Defeats Charles Booker and Will Face McConnell in Kentucky

WASHINGTON — Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot who built a formidable campaign war chest, emerged Tuesday as the Democratic nominee to take on Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, fending off a challenge from the left that highlighted the party’s ideological divisions. One week after the primary was conducted, The Associated Press declared Ms. […]

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What to Watch in Kentucky Election Results and Colorado Senate Race

The Democratic presidential primary may be effectively decided, but there are still elections left on the calendar. And Tuesday brings a handful of new contests, as well as some long-awaited results. There are competitive Democratic Senate primary races in Kentucky and Colorado. A governor’s race in Utah. And House Republican primaries in Utah and Colorado […]

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Elk Return to Kentucky, Bringing Economic Life

On a bright morning early this spring, David Ledford sat in his silver pickup at the end of a three-lane bridge spanning a deep gorge in southeast Kentucky. The bridge, which forks off U.S. 119, was constructed in 1998 by former Gov. Paul E. Patton for $6 million. It was seen at the time as […]

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From 47 Primaries, 4 Warning Signs About Voting in a Pandemic

WASHINGTON — Evelina Reese has been a poll worker for 40 years. And for the last six decades, she says, she has never missed a chance to vote. “We’re all dedicated citizens as far as voting goes,” Ms. Reese, a retired social services worker from the Atlanta suburb of Riverdale, said this past week. But […]

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Why Is It Taking So Long To Fire, Arrest And Charge ALL Of Breonna Taylor’s Killers?

Source: Brandon Bell / Getty While one of the three officers involved in Breonna Taylor‘s shooting death was fired after the preventable killing, the other two remain gainfully employed by the Louisville Metro Police Department. Perhaps even more egregious, none of them has been charged criminally for their roles in the shooting that took place […]

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Lots of Drama But Little Certainty in Kentucky and New York Primaries

WASHINGTON — Voters in Kentucky and New York were selecting nominees in extraordinary circumstances on Tuesday, as fears about the coronavirus reduced the number of polling places and led to a surge in absentee balloting that was almost certain to delay the results, possibly for days. Kentucky Democrats were deciding who would be their nominee […]

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New York Primary, Kentucky Senate Showdown: What to Watch For Today

New York, Kentucky and Virginia are holding primary elections on Tuesday. There are also congressional runoff elections in North Carolina and Mississippi and runoff elections for legislative races in South Carolina. The Kentucky Senate Democratic primary is highly competitive, as are several House races in New York. Polls in Kentucky close at 6 p.m. local […]

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The Battle for the Senate’s Future

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher This episode contains strong language. Today’s Senate primary in Kentucky has been transformed by the outcry over police brutality. What can the election tell us about the future of Democratic politics? On today’s episode: ImageCharles Booker, a […]

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Kentucky and New York Hold Primaries Today: What to Watch For

New York and Kentucky and Virginia are holding primary elections on Tuesday. There are also congressional runoff elections taking place in North Carolina and Mississippi and runoff elections for state legislative races in South Carolina. The races in New York and Kentucky are competitive and have drawn the most attention. Polls in New York will […]

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Long Lines for Black Voters Anticipated as Kentucky Cuts More than 95 Percent of Polling Places Ahead of Its Democratic Primary

Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty Images) Since the coronavirus pandemic hit earlier this spring, voting rights advocates have voiced concern over the country’s ability to operate free and fair elections. Tomorrow, all eyes will be on Kentucky, which will be running its most anticipated Democratic primary in years with only a sliver of in-person polling locations […]

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Booker and McGrath Intensify Advertising Blitz in Kentucky

Amy McGrath had already built a $41 million war chest to take on Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in what was shaping up to be one of his toughest re-election campaigns yet. But over the past week, Ms. McGrath has pumped more than $3.1 million into television ads in the suddenly competitive Democratic primary, flooding […]

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How the Shooting of Breonna Taylor Changed the Kentucky Senate Race

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Senate Democrats thought they had it all planned out. Maybe they couldn’t defeat Senator Mitch McConnell, their legislative bête noire, in Kentucky this November. But by nominating Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot who earned a national following in a close 2018 House race, they figured they could keep the race […]

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Can Dems Dispatch Mitch?

Mitch McConnell is up for re-election this year, and the idea of him losing is as seductive as — oh, I don’t know. Dinner in a real restaurant? Obviously, it’s hard to pay attention to anything but the presidential race when John Bolton is revealing that Donald Trump did not seem to know Britain was […]

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Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, Wife of Kentucky Congressman, Dies at 39

Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, the wife of Representative Andy Barr, Republican of Kentucky, died at the couple’s home in Lexington on Tuesday, his office said. She was 39. “Congressman Andy Barr’s wife Carol passed away suddenly tonight at the family home in Lexington,” Mary Rosado, the congressman’s chief of staff, said in a statement Tuesday […]

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Beyoncé Urges Kentucky Attorney General to Bring Breonna Taylor’s Killers to Justice

Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images) In March, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by members of the Louisville Metro Police Department, after officers entered her Kentucky using a no-knock search warrant. The officers, Jon Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison, have been placed on administrative leave, but have not been arrested for her murder. Advertisement […]

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In Bitter Kentucky G.O.P. Primary, Thomas Massie and Todd McMurtry Trade Charges of Racism

WASHINGTON — Rarely does a primary race in today’s Republican Party become much more than a competition to show loyalty to President Trump. Even rarer still is one dominated by issues of race. But as Representative Thomas Massie fights to hold off a Republican opponent and defend his seat in a deeply conservative and overwhelmingly […]

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University Of Louisville Creates Nursing Scholarship In Memoriam Of Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor aspired to become a nurse before her life was senselessly taken away at the hands of law enforcement officials on March 13. The University of Louisville is ensuring her legacy lives on through its future nursing students. The institution recently announced the creation of a scholarship named after Taylor. The four-year scholarship—dubbed The […]

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What You Can Do to Lift Up Breonna Taylor and Other Female Victims of Police Brutality

Photo: JASON CONNOLLY (AFP via Getty Images) Nearly three months after 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by the Louisville Metro Police Department in a botched drug raid, no officers have been charged in her killing. In fact, since her death, another black person, West Louisville barbecue caterer David McAtee, was shot and […]

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What You Need to Know About David McAtee, the Louisville Restaurant Owner Killed After Sunday’s Protests

Photo: AP Photo (Darron Cummings) There are a lot of stories circulating about David McAtee, the 53-year-old black man shot and killed while Louisville Metro Police and the National Guard attempted to “disperse” a crowd who had gathered outside a Dino’s Food Mart in the early hours of Monday morning. Advertisement The details are hazy […]

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Louisville Police Chief Fired After It Was Revealed the Officers’ Body Cameras Were Turned Off During David McAtee Shooting

Photo: Brett Carlsen (Getty Images) Louisville, like many American cities this last week, was the site of multiple protests against police brutality. The city was marching for both George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT was killed after Louisville police entered her home with a “no-knock” warrant and opened fire. Advertisement On Monday, The […]

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Congress Plans Hearings on Racial Violence and Use of Force by the Police

Top lawmakers in both parties, spurred to action by the death of a black Minnesota man in the custody of white police officers, said on Friday that they would hold hearings in the coming weeks on the use of excessive force by law enforcement and on racial violence. Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York […]

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911 Call of Breonna Taylor’s Shooting Death Released as Protests and Shootings Occur in Louisville, Ky.

Protests in Louisville, Ky. Photo: Jada W (AP Images) Thursday night, protests against police violence took place nationwide. Louisville, Ky., was the site of one such protest as people gathered in honor of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT who was shot and killed after police entered her home. New information about the case was released […]

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As Police Brutality Draws National Attention, Advocates and Journalists Push for Accountability in Shooting of Breonna Taylor

Screenshot: WLKY TV The Louisville Courier Journal is suing the city’s police department over its investigative file concerning the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old black EMT who was killed during a police raid in March. Advertisement Filed late Tuesday afternoon, the lawsuit argues that the public has the right to know the circumstances […]

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Right-Wing Anti-Lockdown Protesters Hung an Effigy of Kentucky’s Democrat Governor From a Tree

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Right-wing protesters in Kentucky hung an effigy of Gov. Andy Beshear near the governor’s mansion on Sunday. The group Take Back Kentucky hosted the “freedom-oriented” rally in the state capital of Frankfort, but eventually it turned into a more general protest against […]

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FBI to Investigate Police Shooting of Breonna Taylor

Photo: Shutterstock On March 13, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was at home with her boyfriend when police entered her residence, shot and killed her. Much controversy has surrounded the case as there are two different accounts of what transpired and the officers weren’t wearing body cameras. Advertisement On Thursday, the FBI opened an investigation into the […]

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Coronavirus Could Mean Fever Checks and Quarantine Dorms at College

Fever checkpoints at the entrances to academic buildings. One-way paths across the grassy quad. Face masks required in classrooms and dining halls. And a dormitory-turned-quarantine facility for any students exposed to the coronavirus. That was one vision for the fall semester at the University of Kentucky conjured up by a special committee last week — […]

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Coronavirus Could Mean Fever Checks and Quarantine Dorms at College

Fever checkpoints at the entrances to academic buildings. One-way paths across the grassy quad. Face masks required in classrooms and dining halls. And a dormitory-turned-quarantine facility for any students exposed to the coronavirus. That was one vision for the fall semester at the University of Kentucky conjured up by a special committee last week — […]

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University of Kentucky Cheerleading Coaches Are Fired Amid Hazing Scandal

The University of Kentucky fired the entire coaching staff of its storied cheerleading program on Monday, saying that students on the team had engaged in hazing rituals and public nudity and used alcohol on the coaches’ watch. The misconduct came to light during a three-month internal investigation, according to the university, which said the review […]

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Lawsuit Filed in 2019 Against Cop Involved in Breonna Taylor’s Death Claims He Was Vindictive, Planted Evidence

Photo: Shutterstock A civil lawsuit filed last year against one of the officers who raided 26-year-old Breonna Taylor’s Louisville, Ky., home in March accused him of being a vindictive, “dirty” cop who had no qualms about planting drugs on suspects. Advertisement According to USA Today, Kendrick Wilson filed a federal lawsuit against narcotics detective Brett […]

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South Carolina Teacher Quits After Being Accused of Being a Neo-Nazi

2017 Unite the Right RallyPhoto: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Racism in American schools is, unfortunately, not all that uncommon. Whether it’s a teacher calling the cops on a student for not switching seats, telling a student to go back to their country or a 6-year-old black girl being sent to a mental institution, teachers have […]

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Why Were the Louisville Police Who Fatally Shot Breonna Taylor Not Wearing Body Cameras?

Photo: BORIS HORVAT (AFP via Getty Images) The three Louisville Metro police officers who raided the home of 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor weren’t wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting, raising questions about the department’s policies as local and state officials called for the FBI to review the high-profile killing. Advertisement Three officers […]

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