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America Really Does Have Child Death Shame

August 30th, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Breathitt Circuit Court judge has entered a handwritten order apparently restoring the ability of five Breathitt school board members to participate in meetings and school district decision-making. Circuit Judge Frank Fletcher did not, however, order an end to state management of the troubled Breathitt County Public Schools, as the five board members had sought. [H-L]

As supporters and opponents of the Affordable Care Act debate the best way to overhaul a clearly broken healthcare system, it’s perhaps helpful to put American medicine in a global perspective. [HuffPo]

Long midwinter shifts at the sawmill gave Harley Ratliff plenty of time to think about dropping out of school. Every time the big saw bit into the pine lumber he was cutting into 2-by-4s, Ratliff again regretted his decision to leave Lawrence County High School halfway through his junior year. [Ashland Independent]

All legally wed gay couples, no matter which state they live in, are entitled to the same U.S. federal tax benefits as married heterosexual couples, the Obama administration said on Thursday. [Reuters]

Earlier today Alison Grimes issued a press release claiming that Mitch McConnell lied during his press conference for ladies. Unfortunately, she didn’t bother to mention what the actual lie(s) was in the release. [Press Release 101]

The Democrat challenging Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky on Friday called for the Obama administration to figure out an exit strategy from Syria before launching a military attack. [The Hill]

Don’t miss Comment on Kentucky tonight at 8:00 P.M. Eastern on KET. Scheduled guests: Al Cross, Linda Blackford, Tom Loftus. [KET]

America’s child death shame. Every five hours a child dies from abuse or neglect in the US. [BBC]

A former Northern Kentucky mayor was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to abusing the public trust by selling metal that belonged to the Boone County Water District. [H-L]

Further development of the Canadian tar sands will be a disaster for the climate, and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is the “linchpin” for that development, a coalition of environmental groups said on Thursday. [HuffPo]

Inspired by the horrific tornado damage to the area surrounding the University of Alabama, the University of Kentucky will be as prepared as ever this fall if a natural disaster is to occur. [WAVE3]

After more than a decade of national legislative efforts to end prison rape, this month was supposed to produce a significant victory: formal audits of prisons and jails around the country that would more reliably chronicle incidents of sex abuse and the consequences for its perpetrators. [ProPublica]

Steve Beshear’s law firm got a sweet contract with the University of Louisville. $75,000 through June to represent on the UK-Norton issue. [External PDF Link]

Tags: Alison Grimes · Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Education · Environment · Health Care · Journalism · Mitch McConnell · Taxes · The Gays · UK · UofL

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Ed Marksberry // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    If we can’t afford “Meals on Wheels or Food Stamp”programs, we can’t afford to go to war in Syria or Iran.