Monthly Archives: September 2021

Feds indict two Afghan refugees on child sex, spousal assault charges

Feds indict two Afghan refugees on child sex, spousal assault charges

A federal grand jury in Wisconsin indicted two Afghan refugees Wednesday, accusing them of committing crimes while they were staying at a local Army base after being taken out of Afghanistan. Bahrullah Noori, 20, is charged with one count of attempting to engage in a sex act with a minor by force and three counts of engaging…more »

Moderna chief executive sees pandemic over in a year

Moderna chief executive sees pandemic over in a year

Moderna Inc Chief Executive Stéphane Bancel thinks the coronavirus pandemic could be over in a year as increased vaccine production ensures global supplies, he told the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung. “If you look at the industry-wide expansion of production capacities over the past six months, enough doses should be available by the middle of…more »

Pension-surplus funds not meant to be spent on higher benefits

Pension-surplus funds not meant to be spent on higher benefits

Sometimes “no” isn’t just the right answer; it’s the only realistic one. Kentucky Government Retirees President Jim Carroll told the Public Pension Oversight Board (PPOB) he thinks giving state pensioners a 1.5% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for the next five years is the right thing to do considering last year’s record investment returns. Both history and…more »

Just 56% of Americans can name all three branches of government — a 15-year high!

Just 56% of Americans can name all three branches of government — a 15-year high!

American politics may be in a disheveled state right now, but it’s apparently making more people aware of their rights as citizens, a new survey reveals. Researchers from the University of the Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center say knowledge about civics has actually increased over the last year — reaching its highest levels since 2006.…more »

Study: State worker pension systems in best shape since 2008

Study: State worker pension systems in best shape since 2008

Pension systems for state government workers across the U.S. are in their best shape since the Great Recession began more than a dozen years ago, according to a study released Tuesday. The Pew Charitable Trust report credits a booming stock market over the past year as well as states’ longer-term steps, which include boosting taxpayer contributions to…more »

Which Kentucky school districts are requiring masks? The latest on school mask policies

Which Kentucky school districts are requiring masks? The latest on school mask policies

Mask policies for Kentucky’s public schools are now in the hands of district leaders. Lawmakers recently voted to end a statewide mask mandate for public schools, keeping the requirement in place until Friday, when districts are expected to have determined their own mask policy.  Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend universal masking inside K-12…more »

Surgeon general: US to ‘monitor’ whether vaccine exemptions being used properly

Surgeon general: US to ‘monitor’ whether vaccine exemptions being used properly

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has advised that the Biden administration will “monitor” to ensure no one abuses COVID-19 vaccine exemptions. President Biden last week announced a mandate that required any company with at least 100 employees to mandate its workforce. The only way to avoid the mandate is to claim an exemption on either religious or medical grounds.  Some critics…more »

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