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Kentucky Edition
Season 1 Episode 198 | 26m 29s  | Video has closed captioning.
The U.S. Department of Justice releases its report on the Louisville Metro Police Department. A sports betting bill is heard in Frankfort, while a measure to outlaw gray machines is revived. Sen. Mitch McConnell distances himself from a Fox News host. Workers continue to restore power following last week's windstorm.
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March 8, 2023
Season 1 Episode 198
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♪ ♪ >> It is in the fund.
The people of you.
We deserve better.
>> The U.S. Department of Justice releases its report on discrimination and rights violations by the LMPD and the city of Louisville.
>> I'm here to tell you about taking a a the industry that exist.
In darkness in the shadows and legitimizing it.
Legislators try to get the ball rolling on sports gambling.
>> For Republicans make their case in the race for governor who was there and who was a?
>> Production of Kentucky edition is made possible in part by the KET Endowment for Kentucky Productions.
Leonard Press Endowment for Public Affairs and the KET Millennium Fund.
♪ ♪ Good evening and welcome to Kentucky EDITION for this Wednesday, We thank you for joining us.
I'm Renee Shaw.
>> Coming to you from our KET studios at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort.
We appreciate you winding down your day with us legislative news and just a moment.
But first, almost 3 years after the death of Breonna Taylor, a report from the U.S. Department of Justice says Louisville police have engaged in conduct that is discriminatory and violates the constitutional rights of those.
They are sworn to protect U.S.. Attorney General Merrick Garland was in Louisville today to announce the findings of a two-year investigation and to the Louisville Metro Police Department and Louisville Metro government.
He was joined by Mayor Craig Greenberg, an LMPD interim police chief.
Garland said the DOJ investigation found the LMPD unlawfully arrest people of color discriminates against those with behavioral health disabilities violates the rights of those engaged in protected free speech uses excessive force conduct, searches through unlawful stops and execute a no-knock warrants unlawfully.
>> This conduct is an acceptable.
It's heartbreaking.
It erodes community trust necessary for effective policing and it is an affront to the vast majority of officers who put their lives on the line every day you served with honor.
And that is in the front to the people of you who deserve better.
>> The DOJ investigation was prompted by the death of Breonna Taylor and 2020 and the protests that followed Taylor was fatally shot by LMPD officers serving a warrant at her home.
The DOJ report said officers routinely get search warrants that are overly broad and involve those who are the remote connection to the investigation.
>> Officers also violated the law when they act on these warrants by unjustifiably barging into people's homes without not getting and announcing their presence and they often serve these warrants at night.
These tactics are dangerous.
Officers can be miss identified as intruders and they may interpret misinterpret shock and surprise as a threat.
All of this puts the public at risk and officers too.
>> The report also states the LMPD and the city failed to properly trained police officers and give them the resources needed to do their jobs effectively and lawfully the LMPD and the city have agreed to a series of reforms outlined by the DOJ to address the problems.
A federal judge will monitor the city's progress and adopting those reforms.
Sports gaming is illegal and can but it hasn't stopped people from placing more than 1 billion dollars in bets over the past year.
A bill making its way through Frankfort would legalize and regulate sports wagering kicking off our legislative update.
Our Casey Parker Bell tells you about the gambling bill.
Legislators are placing their bets on that.
>> I'm here to tell you about taking a a industry that exist.
In darkness and in the shadows and legitimizing it, legalizing it and regulating it to protect the consumers of Kentucky.
>> House Bill 5.51, would legalize sports betting in Kentucky.
Currently 6 of Kentucky surrounding 7 states have already legalized sports gaming House Bill 5.51.
Sponsor Oakland Representative Michael Meredith says sports betting is already happening in the Commonwealth.
>> This is not a product that's not already happening in the marketplace.
It's just happening in an illegal and unregulated fashion.
Meredith says more than a billion dollars annually are better legally in Kentucky.
>> He says even more money is going across state lines and he says it would put money in state coffers.
>> This is not a huge amount of money for the state.
We'll be clear.
It's roughly about the fiscal note about 23 million dollars annually in revenue.
But that's 23 million dollars.
It's either not being given to any government right now are being given to one of our border states.
>> But opponents to House Bill 5.51, say legalizing sports betting will create more problem.
Gamers while children access to make bets.
The executive director of the Family Foundation called the bill quote, that policy and bad government, predatory gambling.
>> Especially in the expansive form that is being considered here and House Bill 5.51, is not a victim and victim Liz form of entertainment or competition.
It is a form of financial fraud that sees the government partner with well wealthy gambling interest House Bill 5.51 past committee this morning.
You can now be heard on the House floor for Kentucky.
I'm Casey Parker Bell.
>> The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission would oversee sports gaming if House Bill 5.51 passes only license tracks would be able to get a license.
A bill to outlaw great machines was revived.
Today, a hasty motion on the House floor led to the wrecks resurrection of that bill that have been tabled last week.
Skill games or gray machines as opponents call them our slot like machines that have populated truck stops, restaurants and bars.
Estimates are that there are thousands of them in those locations across the Commonwealth, Lexington, Republican Kilian Timoney is House Bill 5.94.
Makes them illegal on the floor today the House speaker made this motion which was challenged by Democratic leadership.
>> Pursuant to House Rule 11 section 3, 4, 2, 1, dash, 1, 4, 92 Mason's manual.
A move that House Bill 5.94 was a bit of a House committee substitue one house four-member, one and taking on their table and resume consideration.
>> The motion is take House Bill 5.94 from the table to resume its Rick its consideration.
The motion is not debatable.
Your point.
>> According to rule 14, the motion to reconsider states procedural motions such as a motion to lay on the table or lay on the clerk's desk shall not be subject on the motion to reconsider past 8 of these.
>> A ruling allowed action on the bill to proceed and without debate, the measure was resurrected and approved by the House.
64 to 32 it now heads to the Senate for consideration there.
Well, the Kentucky Merchants and amusement coalition has been lobbying for the regulation of gray machines as they believe they're already legal issued this statement that reads in part, quote, It's unfortunate that even after so many Kentucky small business owners contacted their legislators about the benefits of skill games and even after it became clear that many House members were not in favor of voting on this legislation last week that several lawmakers decided to call HB 5.94 for a vote and pass it today.
It goes on to say it's no secret that this is a Churchill Downs backed Bill while they seek to ban a few skill games that are helping struggling small businesses, they simultaneously pushed a bill that gives the tracks exclusive rights to sports wagering, which ironically pass the committee today, end quote.
So now moving to the education front to Kentucky's K through 12 education system has a serious problem.
Some say student behavior.
We've heard a lot this legislative session about teacher and staff shortages.
And many believe that student misconduct is the driving reason that teachers are leaving the classroom.
That's the contention of the Senate Education Chairman Stephen West.
He says school districts, urban and roll are plagued by the problem.
>> The teacher shortage issue.
You're saying that older teachers.
If they're eligible for retirement or leaving early because they can't deal with these issues in the classroom.
We see that younger teachers coming into the profession.
A bail out early and not be able to continue in the profession because of these.
Her in this discipline issues that we're having.
>> Senator West Senate Bill 202 gives more options to superintendents and school districts when it comes to student expulsions for dealing with behavioral issues like adding alternative programming, all virtual instruction that still KET those kids engaged in school.
No one registered to vote against the measure, but there was some floor commentary raising concerns.
The concern.
>> That I have is that this is subject to discretion and judgment.
And of course, circumstances are different from school to school.
Certain circumstances are different from teacher.
The teacher and circumstances are different.
From situation to situation.
So this is not something where it's easy to put a standard this necessary to deal with it and whether there's a range of actions undertaken by a student that could be judged as disruptive in the class are not.
Our could be managed in the circumstances.
Maybe something this clearly needs to be managed and it should be some interest session.
>> What we've seen historically.
Is that these kinds of discretion is the judgments tend to disproportionately affect black students more than whites to us that when you look at the students that are being removed from the class were being suspended or be his they are disproportionately black as compared to white.
That will get the county public schools credit in the last 2 years.
We've seen that that just portion that measure come down significantly.
But it's deal there.
And I think with the Senate just 33 is concerned about and I'm concerned about, too, is the fact that we don't want these decisions again to have a disproportionate impact on black students because they are there to learn too.
>> Senate Education Chairman Stephen West, U.S. in student discipline, measure advance from the Senate.
36 to 0.
It now goes across the Capitol to the House.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness or NAMI is dedicated to building better lives for those affected by mental illness.
Today, representatives from the Kentucky chapter of NAMI gathered with state law lawmakers and other mental health advocates to encourage Kentucky students and others struggling with mental health to seek help.
>> We all know someone that's affected or that is related to someone that's affected.
I myself have had family members that have been affected by mental illness.
And I tell you, it takes a toll not only one person, but the but everyone one person goes through when you peel this.
Hopefully we just the family members in the community as a whole.
>> It does not matter if you are United States senator or somebody that's home was under a bridge mental health knows no.
So economic or cultural boundaries.
>> This is a gigantic challenge that all of us are dealing with before the pandemic.
The CDC reported that nearly one in 5 American children have been disorder like depression, anxiety or substance abuse, but only 20% of that received care from a specialized provider and 15% of high school students in Kentucky.
Reported seriously considering suicide.
Many of them were afraid and are still afraid because of the stigma that comes along with no health issues.
So they weren't seeking the help that they actually need it don't be afraid to ask for help.
That's the message that we >> to inform until all people that we start.
>> Our objective is to have a healthy society both mentally and physically here content mental illness is no different from any other illness that we make things.
We've been at this for a while now.
Kentucky remains a national leader in this work primarily because of the foundation laid by so many of you who've been caring.
>> This torch for so long you are valued.
You are appreciated and you are a partner in this work and always will be.
You are the best of what team Kentucky has to offer.
>> According to the CDC, 57% of high school girls and 29% of high school boys reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness in 2021. now from the capital to the debate stage 4 of the 12 candidates running in Kentucky's crowded Republican gubernatorial primary faced off in their first televised debate last night.
The debate was hosted by the Jefferson County Republican Party and aired on Spectrum News.
One Daniel Cameron, Ryan Quarles Mike Harmon and Alan Keck.
Each endorsed work by Kentucky's GOP dominated legislature to cut the state individual income tax and to give parents a greater voice in education.
The candidates were also asked if they support more exceptions to Kentucky's abortion law.
Kak said there should while the other candidates said they support the current law.
We'll discuss this issue more with dry Lynn Barton in just a few minutes.
Here are the candidates discussing where they stand on efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky?
I think that.
>> As a policymaker, we need to give those in a very narrow a an opportunity to have the perceived medical benefits from medical cannabis that could come from him as well to allow them to do that is.
>> We members of our law enforcement community folks in the medical field as well that come to the table to have this conversation.
If they say that they can get around a framework that is responsible.
And if that came to my desk, I would ultimately sign it.
>> It's time it's past time and candidly, I'm sick of Kentucky.
Always be in the last to the table.
You know, we've got to start winning again.
This is a policy that I think the majority of Kentuckyian support, even as you pass it and make it quote, unquote, legal technically, as I understand, still illegal on the federal level so that creates problems.
>> Notably absent from last night's debate was former United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft who declined to participate.
The GOP primary is May 16 the winner will advance to the general election and is likely to face Governor Andy Beshear who is seeking a second term.
Some Republicans in Congress are blasting FOX News host Tucker Carlson for showing edited video of the January 6 Capitol insurrection and claiming it was just a peaceful protest.
Senator Mitch McConnell says that contradicts what police said about the riot and he agrees with the police.
>> Clearly.
The chief of the Capitol police, in my view.
Correctly describes.
What most of us witness firsthand.
On January 6th.
So that's my reaction to it.
It was a mistake in my view for.
FOX News too, depict this.
In a way that completely at variance with what our chief law enforcement official here a couple times.
>> Congressman James Comer of Kentucky's first congressional district says the U.S. made a mistake when it didn't bomb meth labs and Mexico during the Trump presidency.
Comber spoke on FOX and friends about using the military to stop drugs from entering the United States at the Mexican border.
>> I believe we should have a military presence at the very least on the southern border, if not across the border.
One of the things we learned post Trump president, he is that he had ordered a bombing of a couple but now crystal meth labs in Mexico just across the border and for whatever reason, the military didn't do it.
I think that was a mistake.
Think about all the deaths that have occurred, not just from the crystal meth that was manufactured and the southern side of the border, but also the 5th know that a packed across the border.
It was a gathering place for fentanyl.
A also lab for crystal meth.
So we've got to take a firm position against Mexico.
>> Former secretary of Defense Mark Esper wrote in his memoir that Trump suggested several times at the U.S. Fire missiles into Mexico.
♪ >> Time now for our midweek, check-in of some major political developments in Kentuckyian here at the state Capitol this week with Roland Martin, who is the managing editor of Kentucky Public Radio.
Good to see you.
>> Could see a chance.
So let's talk about the debate.
The first debate for the Republican primary for governor.
We had 4 contenders.
One was conspicuously absent.
Talk to us about who was there, what was said and who was not.
>> Right.
So we've got Republican Agriculture Commissioner Ryan We've got Daniel Cameron, the attorney We've got by Carmen, the state auditor and Alan Keck, the mayor Somerset, the only one on stage wasn't a statewide office or so.
Yes, conspicuously conspicuously missing was Kelly Craft former UN ambassador move.
He's really trying to jockey and get her name out there.
She's on the spending a lot of money on TV ads at this point.
But without her there, this is an opportunity for those candidates, too, try and set each other apart from one another, which is difficult at times.
But there are a couple notable moment felt Somerset Mayor Alan Keck was really trying to do that, trying to to differentiate himself from those other candidates of showing that he would be in favor for creating some exceptions for cases of rape or incest tech is near total ban on abortion.
I thought that was pretty notable so it's there were no, it wasn't the most fiery of debates.
And that's as much as you can expect at this point in the campaign season.
Things really starting up once you're in that month before the primary, which is on May 16th right?
>> And so did anybody come out as the winner?
>> Everybody comes out claiming that they're the ones that I don't know.
I've always felt that it's a little bit hard to do I think Daniel Cameron was certainly playing the playing it safe us to really the lead.
He didn't really seem to be feeling the need to try undercut his opponents too much.
He's really gunning for the general election is trying to go after Andy this year.
He's trying to broadly go after the left, you know, creating creating you know, the opponents Republican voters will be thinking about once they're in that general election.
So hard to find an exact winner here.
But I'm just trying to get their names out there for in this off year election when a lot of people might not necessarily be playing pay attention in Indy this year is probably the most well-known figure in this race.
At this point.
There's tree with a stream high approval ratings and they want So there's 2 more debates We do want to call the KET a parent's a debate, but that's May first.
And then there's one with Kentucky sports radio on the 19th or 16th of April.
So we'll KET our eyes out for though.
So let's talk about the first big Ed punch negative ad that came out on behalf of Kelly Craft.
It was not her ad, but it was a political action committee on her behalf that called Daniel Cameron, quote, a soft establishment.
Teddy bear.
>> And the teddy bears really you know, so far, the meme of the of this race right now.
And yeah, that's Joe Kelly Craft whole mission right now.
Are those aligned with Kelly Craft?
We should say that's really getting her name out there and also trying to undercut some of the Republican Daniel Cameron being the presumed front runner in this race right now.
And they're trying to portray him as not being as effective a Republican as Republican voters are bought the highlight of the case so much.
He hadn't joined to a lawsuit of other attorneys general of fighting the Biden administration.
That being Daniel Cameron has really enjoyed a lot of other lawsuits against the Biden administration, but they found this one particular case.
And I think that's a hint of what we're going to see in the months to come until the primary.
What Kelly Craft and and and the line can campaigns are going to do to try to undercut Daniel Heat continues to be the front.
>> Chris Kelly crafted do are all negative ad.
So eventually, you know, but there's a little risk in that.
And those will come a little closer to the primary election.
I mean, that's something we saw last time.
We had a really tight Republican primary back to 2015 and get a little closer to the election.
And that's when candidates are really starting to get into fights.
>> You know, put in each other's names out there and having a little bit of those tighter tense debate.
>> Yeah.
So Cameron also released his education plan probably after we spoke last Wednesday and he wants to increase the starting pay for teachers.
Sounds and also KET teachers from being bombarded and overwhelmed with all their administrative tasks.
So this sounds kind of familiar.
>> Those really, really familiar.
That's the thing that Governor Beshear has proposed since he proposed his first budget back in 2020.
So I think that there's a little bit of a pattern here.
And the other issue we saw that on as well as medical marijuana with Ryan corals coming out in favor of that last week, which I think we discussed then.
So there is some, you know, I I think people recognize that like raising teacher pay is kind of a popular issue.
It's something that this year really built his campaign in in 2018 and even before when he was attorney general.
So I think that Cameron is trying to go ahead and again, keeping an eye on that general election, trying to KET some of those in his camp who very well might vote with interesting, too.
This is out of line.
But with what the legislature's don't read, the phrase don't seek money, but not all that always closed out.
A teacher us.
>> Yeah, that's right.
A lot up to the district to decide even though they gave a lot more money, but that did not always flowed out is always good to talk to you.
Thanks so much.
♪ >> We at last check in Kentucky 15,000 customers are still without electricity after storms and high winds last Friday.
>> At one point yesterday, that number was more than 50,000 Woodford County is one of the hardest hit areas with more than 500 still without power.
Crews from 11 states are in Kentucky helping to fix power lines.
For Johnson.
Central High School students took part for the groundbreaking yesterday as the county begins work on a new high school and career technical Education Center.
It's 126 million Dollar project.
The school will have a media arts studio facilities for engineering and technology students, a gym that's age 30, 300 and a second, Jim, that can be used as a storm shelter.
It's expected to be finished by the 2027 28 school year.
♪ The today we celebrate International Women's Day.
The thing for 2023 is hashtag embrace equity at Western Kentucky University and Art exhibition called melanin includes digital illustrations, celebrating people of color.
It would just was designed by young female artist majoring in studio art with a minor in graphic design.
>> Being around these different artists growing up in West Mobile and just hearing their music just inspired me so much too.
Design the faces.
>> Well, today, the International Women's Day is the day for us to just celebrate women and empower them to tell their stories in just no matter your walk of life for background, no matter the type of work you do to just support women and just concede some power.
And with women who do major things in our community and our society.
>> The gallery is located at the Intercultural Student Engagement Center at WKU is Downing Student Union.
Happy International Women's Day.
Thousands of people lost power after storms last Friday.
Some people still don't have it.
How vulnerable is Kentucky to future storms?
We'll talk to an expert about Kentucky's power grid tomorrow on Kentucky Edition, which, you know, of course, is at 6.30, Eastern 5.30, central.
And it's where we inform connect and inspire.
Thank you so much for joining us.
We'll be right back here again and Frankfort tomorrow to give you all the latest that's happening in your state capital.
I'm Renee Shaw.
Until I see you again.
Take really good care.
♪ ♪ ♪
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