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News & Notes for Monday, 8/14

Eight news snippets and seven selected Tweets for today. Enjoy!

Freedom Fest canceled in Kentucky after Donald Trump says he'll be a no-show

After declaring that former President Donald Trump would attend Freedom Fest next month, organizer Eric Deters announced Sunday that Trump wouldn't come, resulting in the popular Northern Kentucky festival being canceled.

The event in Morning View, Kentucky, about 20 miles south of Cincinnati, has drawn thousands of attendees for the past two years and has been packed with conservative political speakers, food trucks and entertainment for children. Last year, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump revved up the crowd.

Deters said on social media it was a “tough call” to cancel the festival, planned this year for Sept. 9. so those who bought VIP tickets to the event and counted on seeing the former president could get their money back, he said. (Courier-Journal)

ACLU files emergency brief to allow ‘medically necessary care’ for transgender minors in Kentucky

The ACLU is fighting back against a recent ruling allowing Kentucky’s ban on gender affirming care to go into effect. The organization filed briefs to support their emergency motion to allow medically necessary care for transgender youth in the state as they sue to block SB 150. The brief from the ACLU includes 23 major medical organizations that maintain gender affirming care is safe and effective.

In late July, the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the preliminary injunction that kept the ban from taking effect while the lawsuit played out in court. (WHAS)

Press organizations condemn police raid on rural Kansas newspaper

National Press Club president Eileen O’Reilly and Gil Klein, president of the organization’s Journalism Institute, said in a joint statement they were “shocked and outraged by this brazen violation of press freedom.”

“A law enforcement raid of a newspaper office is deeply upsetting anywhere in the world,” they said. “It is especially concerning in the United States, where we have strong and well-established legal protections guaranteeing the freedom of the press.” (The Daily Yonder)

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LMPD chief: No further investigations or discipline for officers highlighted in DOJ report

Louisville Metro Police Chief Jackie Gwinn-Villaroel announced Thursday there will be no additional investigations or disciplinary action taken against officers whose alleged misconduct was highlighted in the U.S. Department of Justice’s scathing report earlier this year. (LPM News)

Louisville Metro Councilman Jecorey Arthur leaves Democratic Party. Here’s why

The former Democrat switched to being an independent in the middle of a meeting about state legislation that he said was “hyper-partisan.” (Courier-Journal)

Justices put Purdue Pharma bankruptcy plan on hold

The Supreme Court on Thursday put a bankruptcy plan for Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the highly addictive opioid painkiller OxyContin, on hold while it reviews a challenge to the legality of the plan, which would shield the Sackler family, which currently owns the drug company, from lawsuits. In the brief order the justices agreed to hear oral arguments this December in the Biden administration’s appeal of a lower-court ruling approving the plan. There were no recorded dissents. (Howe on the Court)

Trump won’t pledge to support eventual GOP nominee if it’s not him

Former president and current presidential contender Donald Trump is refusing to sign the loyalty pledge that is required to take part in the Republican Party’s first 2024 primary debate.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced in June requirements for candidates to take part in the debate, which is set to be held on August 24 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to reaching polling and fundraising goals, candidates must promise to support the nominee who is chosen by Republican voters in the primary election next year.

Trump's refusal to sign the pledge puts the Republican National Committee in a difficult position. (Truthout)

Judge sides with activists in first-of-its-kind climate change trial in Montana

A Montana judge on Monday sided with young environmental activists who said state agencies were violating their constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment by permitting fossil fuel development without considering its effect on the climate.

The ruling in the first-of-its-kind trial in the U.S. adds to a small number of legal decisions around the world that have established a government duty to protect citizens from climate change. (WLKY)

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