DOJ Is Involved In Pending McConnell Indictments

A foundation with $48 million to spend on new research into coal miners’ safety and health has reviewed 160 proposals as it moves closer to picking winners by Oct. 1. [H-L]

Earlier this week, Jake revealed on Twitter that the DOJ was probing Curtis Morrison and Shawn Reilly and the McConnell illegal recording operation. The Morrison idiot claimed Jake was embarrassing himself. Well whattya know? That’s exactly what was going on. Imagine that. P.S. Don’t forget Shawn Reilly, as he still faces indictment. [Politico]

Saying his confession was coerced, the Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the conviction of a Kentucky teenager sentenced to 50 years for killing his adopted sister. [C-J/AKN]

The Supreme Court did not make major rulings on voting rights, affirmative action or gay marriage Thursday. [HuffPo]

The murder conviction of 19-year old Garrett Dye has been overturned by the Kentucky Supreme Court and he will have the opportunity for a new trial. [WHOP]

The head of a newly revived federal privacy oversight board pledged on Wednesday to be “as transparent and public as possible” as the board reviews recently exposed U.S. government secret surveillance programs. [Reuters]

Laying the political groundwork for any kind of tax reform will require Gov. Steve Beshear to travel the state and whip up a groundswell of public support, said Republican Senate President Robert Stivers. [Ryan Alessi]

Facing a tight withdrawal deadline and tough terrain, the U.S. military has destroyed more than 170 million pounds worth of vehicles and other military equipment as it rushes to wind down its role in the Afghanistan war by the end of 2014. [WaPo]

Plans for the Rupp District project should keep convention facilities within easy walking distance of downtown hotels and restaurants, while playing to Lexington’s strengths as a convention destination, according to a focus group report unveiled Thursday. [H-L]

From the chief actuary at the California health insurance exchange that President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law established to the legions of call center staffers who will help people trying to buy insurance through such state exchanges, the number of people working to implement “Obamacare” has reached the tens of thousands, a Reuters analysis has found. [Reuters]

Good grief, you can’t even go to a bar in Lexington these days without being shot multiple times. [WKYT]

More than 700 doctors nationwide wrote prescriptions for elderly and disabled patients in highly questionable and potentially harmful ways, according to a critical report of Medicare’s drug program released today. [ProPublica]

Lawmakers will try for a third time to redraw legislative district maps when they reconvene in special session on Aug. 19. [Ronnie Ellis]