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Update from last night’s Chamber dinner: Greg Stumbo said he wanted to raise taxes instead of solving problems and Steve Beshear, Rocky Adkins, Jeff Hoover applauded. Damon Thayer also pretended to lead the charge on pension reform. Which, you know, is the furthest thing from reality. [Deep Chamber Thoughts]

A judge dismissed a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine against the father of a 20-month-old boy who died after drinking drain cleaner that apparently had been used to make the drug. [H-L]

A U.S. regulatory probe of JP Morgan Chase & Co is expected to result in an order that the bank correct lapses in how it polices suspect money flows, in an action expected as soon as Friday, people familiar with the situation said. [Reuters]

First the “raccoon” jokes and now this antisemitic “yellow star” mess with John Yarmuth? Mandy Connell, a self-professed close friend of Mark Foley (she was actually on the radio making excuses for him as he was confessing), needs to move back to Floriduh. WFPL may not have the balls to say it but we will: She’s a racist anti-semitic wingnut who is not fit for the public airwaves. Francene is rolling in her grave. [WFPL]

Throughout its 142-year history, the National Rifle Association has portrayed itself as an advocate for the individual gun owner’s Second Amendment rights. In turn, the NRA relied on those gun owners, especially its 4 million or so members, to pressure lawmakers into carrying out its anti-gun control agenda. [HuffPo]

Under the stony gaze of about two dozen surviving family members, LeBruce Ellington pleaded not guilty Thursday to complicity in the killings of Sonsaray Warford and Charles Walker. [Richmond Register]

Over a year after she dropped out, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has refused to pay five staffers from her failed presidential bid, according to a former top campaign official. Peter Waldron, her controversial former national field coordinator, told Salon the dispute started when former Iowa straw poll staffers refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement that would bar them from discussing any “unethical, immoral, or criminal activity” they witnessed on the campaign with police or reporters. [Salon]

Few answers but many questions remain as a Perry County murder case gets colder. It has been five years since Marion Estep was found dead in his car along the Hal Rogers Parkway, near Exit 56. The family says the last five years have been painful, but they have made peace with the tragedy. [WYMT]

While President Obama pledged to crack down on access to what he called “weapons of war” in the aftermath of last month’s schoolhouse massacre, the White House has calculated that a ban on military-style assault weapons will be exceedingly difficult to pass through Congress and is focusing on other measures it deems more politically achievable. [NY Times]

We told you yesterday that Jennifer Elliott left the Kentucky Retirement Systems board. She has been replaced by Mike Cherry. [C-J/AKN]

Like all meaningless ceremonies in Washington (and there are lots), this year’s presidential inaugural has been beset by controversy. [Wonkette]

A former prominent Lexington prosecutor is scheduled to appear before a judge next week on charges that she tried to steal a shirt and shoes from a department store last month. [H-L]