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Bob Murray, Who Fought Black Lung Regulations As A Coal Operator, Has Filed For Black Lung Benefits

Robert E. Murray, the former CEO and president of the now-bankrupt Murray Energy, has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Labor for black lung benefits. For years, Murray and his company fought against federal mine safety regulations aimed at reducing the debilitating disease.

“I founded the company and created 8,000 jobs there until the move to end coal use. I am still chairman of the board,” he wrote on a Labor Department form that initiated his claim obtained by the Ohio Valley ReSource. “We’re in bankruptcy, and due to my health could not handle the president and CEO job any longer.”

According to sources, Murray’s claim is still in the initial stages and is being evaluated to determine the party potentially responsible for paying out the associated benefits. The Labor Department is required to determine a liable party before an initial ruling can be made on entitlement to benefits. If Murray’s claim were to go before an administrative law judge, some aspects of the claim would become a matter of public record

The Ohio Valley ReSource confirmed the authenticity of Murray’s claim documents by inputting associated information — including his last name, birthdate and a case …

Trump’s Chances Are Dwindling. That Could Make Him Dangerous.

President Trump’s quest to win a second term is not in good shape. He entered Tuesday night’s debate with roughly a 7- or 8-point deficit in national polls, putting him further behind at this stage of the race than any other candidate since Bob Dole in 1996. If we look at potential tipping-point states, the […] Source...

COVID-19 Cases Top 1,000 For Second Day In Kentucky

Kentucky saw a record number of COVID-19 cases last week and the state is “more than on track” to exceed that figure this week, said Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday.

For the first time since March, cases topped 1,000 for each of the past two days, reaching 1,004 daily cases on Wednesday — a further sign cases are escalating in the state, Beshear said.

“1,004 cases is a problem and it means we need to be more vigilant,” he said. “We have to continue to be committed to doing the things that are going to stop that escalation.”

Among the new cases, 154 were among people under the age of 18.

At the same time, the positivity has gone down in recent days and is now at 4.07%. Beshear said that decrease can be misleading however, because overall cases can still grow at the same time the positivity rate shrinks, when testing is expanding.

Beshear also reported four new deaths bringing the total to 1,174 fatalities. He said increases in deaths often follow a couple weeks after spikes in cases.

If cases continue to escalate, Beshear said he would revisit statewide guidance, but as of now feels the guidance that …

Don’t Try to Score First Debate by Traditional Metrics

If you're like me, you enjoy presidential debates for the memorable lines, the zingers, and watching two politicians talented enough to win the nomination of their parties debate the future of the country. If you're like me, two other things are probably true: The debates are usually pitched toward people like us, and we're atypical of most voters in the country.Understanding those latter two points is the key to understanding Tuesday night's face-off between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, because for the first time in years this debate was not pitched toward people like us. Trying to score it...Source...

Louisville Playwright Chosen For New Festival Exploring Race And Politics

Louisville artist Cris Eli Blak, “writer for the page, stage and screen,” said he learned about Regina Taylor’s new theater festival via a social media post. 

“I don’t have an agent, don’t have a manager or any kind of that showbiz stuff,” Blak said. “I get my opportunities from going online and just going on the hunt and being in way too many Facebook groups.”

He saw someone post about the opportunity to submit a short play in consideration for “Regina Taylor’s VOTE!,” presented by The Oaks Collective, and decided to give it a try. He wrote a play, titled “For Liberty, For Justice, For All,” and submitted it. Then, about two weeks ago, he received a phone call from a number he didn’t recognize.

“I just let the call go through and I got a voicemail. It was someone from the Oaks Collective, and they said, ‘We want to do your show,’” Blak said. “It was insane.”

Taylor’s new theater festival is “a call to action that seeks to explore themes and encourage discussion about the African-American community’s relationship with the political process through an artistic lens,” according to the HowlRound website. The site will live …

Rep. Attica Scott: Protesters Targeted For Arrest As Political Retaliation

Anticipating the “potential for civil unrest,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer barricaded downtown, amped up law enforcement and implemented a dusk to dawn curfew ahead of a big announcement in the Breonna Taylor investigation.

In the days that followed, police arrested more than 200 protesters, including the state’s only Black female legislator, Rep. Attica Scott; her 19-year-old daughter, Ashanti Scott; and organizer Shameka Parrish-Wright with the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.

The curfew ended Monday night, though the increased police presence and traffic restrictions downtown continued through Wednesday. Fischer said the curfew served its purpose to help keep people safe. 

But civil rights advocates and protesters say the city’s actions served another purpose: they suppressed speech, and appeared to target protesters not for what they did, but for what they had to say about the Mayor’s office and LMPD’s handling of the Breonna Taylor case and subsequent protests.

“I truly believe that the curfew was a setup,” said Attica Scott. “It was a way to try and harass and incarcerate as many people as they could.”  

In response to questions about the fairness of the curfew and arrests, a spokeswoman for the mayor said the curfew applied to all …

Politics Podcast: Trump Interrupts To Point Of Chaos In First Debate

In a late-night installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew reacts to a chaotic first presidential debate. It was one of President Trump’s few remaining opportunities to shake up the dynamics of the 2020 race, but his aggressive interruptions likely didn’t help him. You can listen to the episode by clicking the “play” button […] Source...