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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 »

Wuhan lab documents show Fauci ‘untruthful’ about gain-of-function research: critics

Wuhan lab documents show Fauci ‘untruthful’ about gain-of-function research: critics

Dr. Anthony Fauci has been accused by critics of lying after newly released documents appear to contradict his claims that the National Institute of Health did not fund gain-of-function research at China’s Wuhan lab. Senator Rand Paul led the criticism against Fauci on Tuesday after the documents, obtained by The Intercept, detailed grants given to EcoHealth…more »

GOP letter to Biden flags Afghan evacuees’ ‘rushed and incomplete’ vetting

GOP letter to Biden flags Afghan evacuees’ ‘rushed and incomplete’ vetting

Forty-one congressional Republicans have sent a letter to President Biden raising flags about the State Department‘s “rushed and incomplete vetting of Afghan evacuees” who were brought to the U.S. from Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover. “We are concerned that inadequate criminal and security background checks are being performed by the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department…more »

GOP lawmakers prefer mask mandates be local decision

GOP lawmakers prefer mask mandates be local decision

Republican lawmakers took initial steps Tuesday to block statewide mask mandates, showing their preference for local decision-making on the issue as they reconvened for a special session to assert their dominance in shaping Kentucky’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a daylong burst of action, a Senate committee advanced a measure to nullify the state…more »

4 prisoners Obama exchanged for Bowe Bergdahl now in senior Taliban posts

4 prisoners Obama exchanged for Bowe Bergdahl now in senior Taliban posts

Four out of five Guantanamo detainees whom former President Barack Obama released in exchange for former U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2014 now hold senior positions in the interim government created by the Taliban in Afghanistan. According to the Afghan television network TOLOnews, the Taliban-formed government gave leadership positions to Khairullah Khairkhwa, Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, and…more »

Lawmakers weigh education options amid COVID-19 surge

Lawmakers weigh education options amid COVID-19 surge

Keeping students learning in their classrooms should be the overarching goal of any education policies responding to disruptions caused by COVID-19, a key lawmaker said Wednesday. With more Kentucky school districts pausing in-person learning as the highly contagious delta variant spreads, a legislative panel reviewed options to give local school administrators more latitude in responding…more »

Mississippi governor: Christians are ‘less scared’ of COVID

Mississippi governor: Christians are ‘less scared’ of COVID

Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he stands by remarks he made at a political fundraising event last week — that he believes Christians are “a little less scared” of COVID-19 because of their belief in eternal life. “In our state and in our nation right now, there are certainly necessary precautions that…more »

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