Thursday, July 2, 2020

The words NO ONE wants to hear on the 4th of July "That's not supposed to happen". Be safe out there this long holiday weekend from all of us at Kentuckinana's Morning News!

Normally Daytona is the epicenter of racing over the 4th of July weekend. Not in this 2020 year of change. This year it's historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sitting down with Scott Fitzgerald is xfinity driver of the #22 Team Penske Ford talking about the challenges of the IMS road course and coming back to Kentucky Speedway where he got his first ARCA win in 2016.

Baseball teams have opened workouts in preparation for a shortened season, but some players are opting out. Who is refusing to play this season, and what does the Major League schedule now look like? NBC News Radio's Bill Zimpfer is following teams as they return and joins Joe to break it down.

Windows for another COVID stimulus package are closing as Congress will be going on recess before the current stimulus runs dry at the end of the month. As the holiday weekend approaches where are the hotspots? NBC News Radio's Michael Bower has combed the latest numbers and breaks it down with Joe.

Today is the release of both the June jobs report and the latest unemployment claims data. Bankrate.com senior economic analyst Mark Hamrick joins Joe Elliott to breakdown what we can expect.

With the recent reporting that Russia funded the Taliban in an effort to kill American soldiers, Brad discusses why Afghanistan has historically been so important to Russia, and how it has fed into their current obsession with keeping the Taliban in power. Russia has a long history of supplying weapons and equipment to the Taliban and they have their own motivations to push the U.S. out of Afghanistan. He says the plot is another example of the GRU, the Russian military intelligence service, making efforts to eliminate dissenters. Examples of this dot recent history: the assassination in 2006 of a former Russian Intelligence officer, the 2018 attempted assassination of Sergey Skripal and his daughter, and the much-publicized digital interference in the 2016 American election. With Joe is ABC News Crime & Terrorism Analyst Brad Garrett.

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