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D.C. Folks Are More Excited Than Kentuckians

August 16th, 2013 · No Comments

A federal grand jury has added a new charge against a Kentucky sheriff’s deputy, this one related to an alleged assault in 2008. [H-L]

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden wants to set the record straight after individuals associated with his father have, in his words, “misled” journalists into “printing false claims about my situation.” [HuffPo]

Just as a new school year is about to get underway, a central Kentucky school district has had to make some tough decisions. [WKYT]

The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since 2008, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing an internal audit and other top-secret documents. [Reuters]

King’s Daughters Health System is restructuring its operations in response to a decline in patient volumes and reimbursement levels. [Ashland Independent]

Ancient rock etchings found along a dried-up lake bed in Nevada are the oldest petroglyphs in North America, scientists have said. The carvings, in the north of the state, are at least 10,000 years old and may be as old as 14,800 years. [BBC]

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says federal officials have confirmed that a gray wolf was killed in Kentucky for the first time in more than a century. [H-L]

Though the topic may be decidedly less salacious, the Republican Party is embroiled in its own semantics gymnastics this week as its national committee members gather in Boston for their summer meeting. The imbroglio playing out Thursday is over the swap of the word “may” for the word “shall” — and how that little change in a party rule could affect the 2016 presidential prospects of potential out-of-the-GOP-mainstream candidates. [NPR]

Jack Conway said Thursday he doesn’t think the firm that wants to build a natural gas liquids pipeline has the ability to take land through eminent domain. [CN|2]

The sweeping presidential power to help prisoners that Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t mention. [ProPublica]

The two leading independent political handicappers in the country — Charlie Cook and Stu Rothenberg — paint very different pictures of the race unfolding in Kentucky between Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), businessman Matt Bevin (R) and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D). [WaPo]

Federal investigators found no initial evidence that a UPS cargo jet suffered engine failure or was burning before it clipped trees at the end of a runway and slammed into a hillside, killing the two crew members onboard, officials said Thursday. [WLEX18]

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