Kentucky flood toll continues to rise
Torrential rains flooded eastern Kentucky this week, destroying homes and wiping out entire communities in several counties. The death toll on Friday rose to 16, including at least six children, and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the death toll could likely double as the National Guard continues search and rescue missions. Beshear has also called a state of emergency, and more rain is expected this weekend after more than 6 inches of rain fell from Wednesday night through Thursday. A flood watch or warning was to remain in effect for many areas that saw the worst flooding. National Weather Service meteorologist Brandon Bonds said it wouldn’t take much more rain to “cause even more damage”.
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Prolonged triple-digit heat in Oregon investigated as cause of 4 deaths
Officials in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon issued air quality advisories earlier this week, which are expected to last through Saturday, warning that smog could reach levels that could be unhealthy for sensitive groups . Colby Neuman, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Portland, said temperatures will be within 100 degrees. On Tuesday, Portland set a daily high of 102 F. Seattle also reported a new daily high of 94 F on Tuesday. warm weather was expected to last through Saturday in western Washington as well. The National Weather Service has extended excessive heat warnings from Thursday through Saturday night. Heat-related 911 calls in Portland have tripled in recent days, from about eight calls last Sunday to 28 calls Tuesday. Most involved a medical response.
President Pelosi is expected to visit Asia
House lawmakers left Washington this weekend for summer vacation, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit Asia during the break. The trip may include a controversial visit to Taiwan. Pelosi won’t confirm her travel plans, citing security concerns, but invited Republican lawmakers to join her on the trip earlier this week. His visit to Taiwan would mark the first visit by a sitting president to the self-governing island in more than 25 years. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said a visit by Pelosi would challenge “China’s red line” and “face resolute countermeasures”, but other leaders Congressmen backed Pelosi’s trip and said backing down now would be a victory for China.
House recreations after the Assault Weapons Ban was passed
The House begins its traditional August recess this weekend, but not before passing an assault weapons ban for the first time in 30 years. The bill, passed almost entirely with the support of Democrats, is not expected to go anywhere in the Senate given GOP opposition. It is possible that the House will return to vote during the recess. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she wants to act quickly if the Senate sends a bill to the House that would address climate change, force certain corporations to pay taxes and allow Medicare to negotiate lower prices. medicines for the elderly. The proposal was the result of an agreement Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., reached with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., this week.
Controversial LIV Golf event at Trump’s Golf Club continues in New York
The controversial Greg Norman-led and Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series event continues Saturday at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey. The 54-hole tournament kicked off on Friday with former President Donald Trump in attendance. Although he faced widespread criticism for hosting the event, particularly from 9/11 families, a spirited crowd of onlookers burst into applause at the sight of Trump and chanted “Four years what’s more!” Swede Henrik Stenson and American Patrick Reed head into round two on Saturday atop the standings at 7 and under 64. The winner will walk away with $4 million on Sunday, while the last ranked golfer will receive $120,000.
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