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News Snippets for Tuesday

Snippets from news stories about politics and governing.

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Editor’s note: Changing the name from “News and Notes” to “News Snippets” to better reflect the content. Still consists of small sections of larger stories with a link to the original, plus select tweets. Enjoy!

Final day to request mail-in ballots is Tuesday (today!)

The final day to request a mail-in absentee ballot for Kentucky’s upcoming election in November is Tuesday, Oct. 24. Any Kentucky resident who wishes to vote using a mail-in ballot should go to the Kentucky Board of Elections online portal and submit their information.

Kentuckians can also view their registration status and information, update their voter registration, apply to work the polls, find their polling place and see the results of previous elections at the Kentucky Voter Information Portal. (LINK NKY)

Sen. Menendez enters not guilty plea to a new conspiracy charge

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez returns to court to enter an expected not guilty plea to a conspiracy charge alleging he acted as an agent of the Egyptian government when he chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The New Jersey Democrat stepped down from his powerful post leading the Senate committee after he was charged last month. Prosecutors said the senator and his wife, Nadine Menendez, accepted bribes of cash, gold bars and a luxury car over the past five years from three New Jersey businessmen in exchange for a variety of corrupt acts. (WHAS)

No, this image doesn’t show a real tent city for displaced Israelis. It was created with AI

The war between Israel and Hamas militants has caused people to flee their homes and seek emergency shelter. 

According to the Times of Israel, more than 200,000 Israelis are internally displaced, which means they have been displaced from their home but have not crossed an internationally recognized border. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says about 1.4 million are internally displaced in Gaza, with nearly 580,000 sheltering in emergency shelters.

One image shared online claims to show an encampment built for people displaced by war. This X post written in Arabic and translated via Google Translate, says the image shows the first camp built for those displaced. This post with the image, written in English, says “Israelis are living in tents!”

But, this viral image doesn’t show a real tent city for displaced Israelis. The image was created with AI. (WHAS)

School board resignations

Fayette County school board member resigns for ‘personal reasons’ – Fayette County Public Schools board member Tom Jones has resigned from his position for “personal reasons,” he told the Herald-Leader Monday. (Herald-Leader)

Jefferson County Board Member Diane Porter resigns ‘effective immediately’ after 13 years – After 13 years of serving the Jefferson County Board of Education, Diane Porter has announced she is resigning effective immediately.

Porter’s resignation letter states that her decision to leave the position is due to a chronic illness. She said she is prioritizing her health and dedicating sufficient time for treatment, recovery and self-care. (WHAS)

And from the Twitterverse ...

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