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Headlines and excerpts from political and governance news across the state. Plus, some selected tweets for your viewing pleasure.

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Nearly a year later, most Americans oppose Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe

A growing majority of Americans support legal abortion in at least the early months of pregnancy, but the public has become more politically divided on the issue, according to a new Gallup poll.

The data, released days before the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision that overturned decades of precedent, suggests continued growth in public support for abortion rights. It comes at a time when many states are implementing new restrictions, which often include only limited exceptions for medical emergencies.

A year after Dobbs, 61% of respondents said overturning Roe was a "bad thing," while 38% said it was a "good thing." (Louisville Public Media)

Former governor Matt Bevin now leading Louisville medical device company, report says

Former Kentucky governor Matt Bevin reportedly has a new executive role. Bevin is now the CEO of Neuronetrix Solutions LLC, a medical device company based in Louisville, according to Louisville Business First. A representative at Neuronetrix could not confirm Bevin’s role at the company, but said they would ask Bevin to see if he could confirm. Bevin did not immediately respond to messages from the Herald-Leader inquiring about his role at the company. Neuronetrix does business as Cognision, which is “a portable device used to record electrical brainwaves from patients with neurological problems.” (Herald-Leader)

UPS union workers vote to authorize strike if they don't get strong contract

UPS union workers have voted to strike if the company doesn't give them the contract they want. UPS Teamsters said Friday that 97 percent of members agreed to authorize the strike if UPS fails to come to terms on a contract by July 31. Negotiations between the two sides started last April.

UPS Teamsters say they are asking for a new five-year agreement with higher wages for all workers, more full-time jobs, an end to forced overtime and harassment from management, elimination of a two-tier wage system and protection from heat and other workplace hazards. (WLKY)

Debt ceiling deal extends SNAP work requirement to older Kentucky workers

The bipartisan agreement to raise the debt ceiling that Congress passed earlier this month will have some implications for thousands of middle-aged Kentuckians who receive public assistance.

A provision in the legislation extends the work reporting requirement for more recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. Previously, those aged 18 to 49 needed to show proof of employment or participation in a job training program to maintain benefits. Starting later this year, beneficiaries between ages 50 and 52 must start abiding by the work reporting mandate. In October 2024, the requirement would extend to those aged 53 and 54. (Center Square)

Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked Pentagon Papers exposing Vietnam War secrets, dies at 92

Daniel Ellsberg, the history-making whistleblower who by leaking the Pentagon Papers revealed longtime government doubts and deceit about the Vietnam War and inspired acts of retaliation by President Richard Nixon that helped lead to his resignation, has died. But like millions of other Americans, in and out of government, he had turned against the years-long war in Vietnam, the government’s claims that the battle was winnable and that a victory for the North Vietnamese over the U.S.-backed South would lead to the spread of communism throughout the region. (Kentucky Today)

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