In historic case, Kentucky woman sues to challenge state’s near total abortion bans – NKyTribune

By Sarah Ladd
Kentucky Lantern

A Kentucky woman who is pregnant but does not want to be is suing Attorney General Daniel Cameron and others in Jefferson County Circuit Court to challenge the state’s near total abortion bans, the first lawsuit of its kind in Kentucky.
The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, said in a statement that “I am angry that now that I am pregnant and do not want to be, the government is interfering in my private matters and blocking me from having an abortion.”
Doe, who is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union in her class action lawsuit, is eight weeks pregnant, according to the court filing. She “seeks to terminate her pregnancy in the Commonwealth but cannot legally do so.”

(NKyTribune file)

After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade, which gave Americans the constitutional right to abortion, in 2022, a “trigger law” went into effect in Kentucky that banned abortions. Another law bans abortions after six weeks. Kentucky does not have exceptions for rape or incest. Lawyers for this case are asking that the state’s bans be ruled unconstitutional.
“At this moment, Jane Doe and the other putative and future class members, are suffering medical, constitutional, and irreparable harm because they are denied the ability to obtain an abortion,” the lawsuit states.

It argues that the bans violate Doe’s right to self-determination, as well as the autonomy of others like her. 

This lawsuit is “historic” for Kentucky, said Amber Duke, executive director for the ACLU of Kentucky. Nationally, though, cases like this are not new.

“Even before Roe vs. Wade was overturned. . .we did bring class action lawsuits on behalf of individuals, often in the context of people who were pregnant and seeking abortion when they were in government custody,” said

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Gun bills coming in Michigan after 2nd school mass shooting

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Armed with two handguns and dozens of rounds of ammunition, 43-year-old Anthony McRae open fired on the Michigan State University campus on the night of Feb. 13, killing three students and wounding five more.

The mass shooting has pushed Michigan Democrats, who had already planned to prioritize changes to gun laws, into action.

Democrats are expected to bring a sweeping 11-bill gun safety package before the Michigan Legislature this week, emboldened by their sweeping victories in statewide elections in November that gave them legislative control. Responding to two mass school shootings in 15 months, the party’s leaders say it is only the beginning of gun reform in the state.

“Nothing is off the table,” said Democratic state Sen. Rosemary Bayer, who leads the firearm safety caucus. “But every state has a culture. So I think we’re trying to be conscious of Michigan and how we do things.”

The package aims to establish safe storage laws, universal background checks and extreme risk protection orders, also known as red flag laws. Lawmakers will consider the package less than three years after protesters armed with guns entered the statehouse.

“Tyrannical government, like we’re witnessing here today, is why the Second Amendment is here in the first place,” Republican Rep. Angela Rigas said on the House floor prior to Democrats voting to approve universal background checks last week.

The bills were introduced in the days following the shooting at Michigan State University. Students across the vast campus were ordered to shelter in place for four hours while police hunted for McRae who — when confronted by police — killed himself near his Lansing home.

Students killed in the shooting were Arielle Anderson, 19; Brian Fraser, 20; and Alexandria Verner, 20, all of suburban Detroit.

Much of the package

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How 2 insurance agents made Pru Life UK prosper in Cebu

In the ’90s, insurance was an alien concept in the country, much more in rural areas. Here’s the story of how Pru Life UK pioneers Henry Gocuan and Jimmy Barba turned it around in the Queen City of the South

Prudential or Pru Life UK, as it came to be known locally, was among the crop of foreign insurance companies that entered the Philippines in the mid-90s. Engaging in such a business was a gamble then because insurance, especially life insurance, was unknown to Filipinos. People simply did not know what it was, and its selling proposition—investing money for later use—proved to be too intangible for people to quickly believe in.

Henry Gocuan, who became a financial advisor after losing his prawn farm to a typhoon, was familiar with Filipinos’ perspective on insurance. “We are selling a very intangible product they cannot see until they see the result: a check delivered to the loved ones when they suffer any losses.”

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Blue Pearl District Manager, Henry Gocuan

Yet, together with Jimmy Barba—who ventured in the US after the EDSA revolution, returned a couple of years after, and tried life insurance—they collaborated and convinced enough people in Cebu not just to insure themselves but to also be passionate agents in changing people’s minds about life insurance.

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(From left) Blue Pearl District Manager Henry Gocuan and Mica 1 Branch Manager Jimmy Barba

Today, Pru Life UK has the largest agency force in the country with over 33,000 insurance agents. The story of how these two men set out to start the company in Cebu in the late ’90s is one of grit.

“When Pru Life UK started operations in 1996, nobody knew about the brand,” Gocuan recalled. “There’s no brand, there’s no office, no nothing until I we got a full-blown operation in

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Pragati Life Insurance shares fly sans valid reasons

The price of Pragati Life Insurance shares has jumped by more than 124% since November last year on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) without a valid reason.

In response to two separate queries in November and December by the Dhaka bourse, the insurer said there was no undisclosed price sensitive information behind the recent price hikes.

According to the DSE data, Pragati Life shares were stuck at the floor price of Tk66.50 from September to November last year. But the shares jumped to Tk148.50 in just one month.

Earlier, on 20 October, Mabroor Hossain, a director of the Hosaf Group and a sponsor-director of Pragati Life Insurance Ltd, sold 37% of his holdings in the insurer.

According to the country’s premier bourse, he sold 3.72 lakh shares from his total holding of 9.97 lakh shares.

Mabroor Hossain is also the managing director of Hosaf Proficient Energy Limited, a concern of the Hosaf Group.

Other sponsor-directors of Pragati Life Insurance bought these shares on the block market of the bourses.

Sponsor-directors ASM Mohiuddin Monem, Tabith M Awal, Md Shafiur Rahman, and Salim Rahman have declared that they will buy 50,000, 744,000, 50,000, and 197,600 shares of Pragati Life, respectively.

Pragati Life Insurance started its business in 2000 and got listed on the stock market in 2006. The company is sponsored by some renowned business entrepreneurs associated with different industrial groups.

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Maine Man Faces Terrorism Charges in Attack on NYPD Officers

A New York City grand jury has indicted Trevor Bickford of Wells on terrorism charges in an attack with a machete on three NYPD officers near Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

The 19-year-old faces eighteen felony counts in the charges from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, following the stabbing of two officers and an attempt to stab a third just blocks from where thousands were gathered to watch the ball drop to welcome the new year. One of the officers shot Bickford in the shoulder.

“We are grateful for our NYPD officers who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe, as well as our Joint Terrorism Task Force partners,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement to CBS News Friday. “All eyes are on Times Square on New Year’s Eve and these charges reflect the seriousness of this alleged threat to the safety of our city and our officers.”

Bickford is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 1, according to Bragg.

The officers were released from Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan the day after the attack.

The new charges are:

  • Attempted Murder in the First Degree (3 counts)
  • Attempted Murder in the First Degree in Furtherance of an Act of Terrorism (3 counts)
  • Assault in the First Degree as a Crime of Terrorism (1 count)
  • Assault in the First Degree (1 count)
  • Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer as a Crime of Terrorism (1 count)
  • Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer (1 count)
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree as a Crime of Terrorism (2 counts)
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree (2 counts)
  • Attempted Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer as a Crime of Terrorism (2 counts)
  • Attempted Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer (2 counts)

Bickford is a graduate of Wells High

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Shidler donates $1 million to University of Hawaii’s law school

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Immigration attorney at center of fight to protect other DACA recipients

Luis Cortes Romero has been at the center of the fight to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

“So you’re not allowed cameras in the Supreme Court, so whoever was the sketch artist here, that’s apparently supposed to be me with my thick eyebrows,” Romero said about a painting from the day he was in the Supreme Court in 2017 when the Trump administration moved to end the program.

Romero is now a managing partner at NOVO Legalan immigration law firm that has offices near Seattle and Denver.

There are more than 500,000 DACA recipients in the US, including Romero.

“So I was born in Mexico, and I was brought to the United States when I was one or one or two years old,” Romero said. “My memories come from photos, being there, being baptized and that’s basically it, so I have no memory of what it’s like there.”

Romero grew up in the Bay Area of ​​California.

“I really considered myself a Californian,” Romero said.

His story is an example of how complex the DACA program and the debate over its future can be.

Even though Romero was brought to the United States before he could walk, his parents, who were undocumented, did it illegally. In the eyes of the government, he is also undocumented.

Priot to DACA, Romero said he often worried about being deported.

DACA recipients need to meet specific requirements like entering the US before their 16th birthday, but not turning 31 before the program started in 2012.

They need to have completed high school or have their GED and have no serious criminal convictions.

“DACA really only gives you a work permit. It’s a promise by the government that so long you play by the rules and don’t

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A Texas school board rejects ‘In God We Trust’ signs in Arabic

The signs had the right message, as required by law. One stated “In God We Trust” over a rainbow background. Another was in Arabic. But the Carroll school district in North Texas rejected the signs, saying it already has enough for its buildings.

“Why is more God not good?” came the retort from Srivan Krishna, a local resident who sought to donate the colorful signs at a school board meeting in Southlake, a city in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, earlier this week.

Board president Cameron Bryan did not take up that question, saying only that by accepting an earlier donation at its Aug. 15 meeting, the school district had enough signs for all 11 campuses and its office building.

The signs are part of pushback on a new Texas law

Krishna and others are testing the limits, and the logic, of SB 797, a recently adopted Texas law that requires public schools to display a poster bearing the US motto, “In God We Trust.” The law’s main requirements are that the posters include the state and US flags, and that schools don’t pay for them.

“The statute does not contemplate requiring the district to display more than one copy at a time,” Bryan said in a video recording of the meeting. But Krishna disagreed, saying the law doesn’t refer to how many posters should be displayed.

“It doesn’t say you have to stop at one,” he said. “So that is your decision to stop at one.”

“I think it’s kind of un-American to reject posters of our national motto,” Krishna told the board members.

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Srivan Krishna holds a rainbow-themed “In God We
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What you need to know about life insurance

CAMBRIDGE, Wis. — A Call for Action from a local mother might have you thinking about what your own family needs to make sure your loved ones are taken care of in case of an unexpected death.

Audrey DiMaggio-Fiore lost her son Nicholas to an untimely death at age 26 in the spring. She describes him as a light in her life — a lover of football, high school prom king, a poet. These days, she’s on his past work and signs from above to get her through new challenges since he’s been gone. One of those challenges, most recently, involves collecting his life insurance.

When going through things at his apartment, DiMaggio-Fiore found a packet of information that appeared to confirm Nick should have had a policy through his place of work for more than a year prior to his death, OSI Manufacturing in Fort Atkinson. When she touched base with the company, however, she heard something different.

“If he’s in the union, he doesn’t have insurance,” she says she was told. “If he’s not in the union, he does have insurance.”

We talked to representatives for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1473 Union.

They told us every employee at OSI — except for managers — is in the union, meaning every employee is required to pay for their life insurance benefit. The cost is roughly four cents a paycheck; it’s just a matter of knowing you need to sign up. Audrey says her son probably didn’t.

The union is providing Nick’s family with a $4,000 accidental death benefit, and it agreed to make sure union benefits are communicated to OSI employees effectively.

“I think there are many young people that go into the work world, and they don’t know what questions to ask,” DiMaggio-Fiore said.

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