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Another Day, Another Bunch Of Corruption Stories

June 7th, 2012 · No Comments

A former sheriff now plans to plead guilty in that Breathitt County vote-buying scandal. [H-L]

Please warn your children! If you smoke weed, you might grow up to be like these three guys. [Married to the Sea]

Three and a half years after leaving office, a survey Thursday shows that former President George W. Bush remains unpopular among a majority of Americans — the only living president with an under 50 percent approval rating. [Politico]

Because we all know the evil tyranny of wanting energy and cost efficient light bulbs! The House approved two amendments to a 2013 spending bill late Tuesday night that would prohibit the government from enforcing federal light bulb standards that Republicans say are too intrusive. [The Hill]

Mining companies buried sections of streams in Eastern Kentucky without getting proper permits, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. [H-L]

When veteran regulator Tim Long announced his retirement from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency last year, the agency quickly replaced him with David Wilson, its deputy comptroller for credit risk. [American Banker]

Was a bad day for unions made worse by California public pension initiatives? Kentuckians should probably pay attention. [NPR]

More than eight months after Occupy Wall Street burst onto the global stage, decrying income inequality and coining the phrase “We are the 99 percent,” the movement’s survival and continued relevance is far from assured. Donations to the flagship New York chapter have slowed to a trickle. Polls show that public support is rapidly waning. Media attention has dropped precipitously. [Reuters]

The Christian Appalachian Project plans to close three facilities in eastern Kentucky as they run about $1 million behind in annual fundraising revenue. [WKYT]

Mr Calderon said on Twitter that the law would make Mexico the “first developing country with integral legislation against climate change”. The law, which sets targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy, is only the second of its kind in the world. [BBC]

When Obama said our military would leave the Middle East and focus on the Pacific Region, he probably wasn’t kidding. [Wonkette]

A common misconception about coal in America is that it accounts for most of the nation’s electricity generation. Turns out, it only produced 34% of the nation’s energy in March. [WFPL]

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