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Quick, Everybody Forget About Pension Shysters

September 13th, 2013 · 2 Comments

The University of Kentucky is accepting bids to operate its dining services, but bring some cash: The request for proposals released Thursday by UK requires any new vendor to spend $25 million to $50 million on new facilities. [H-L]

Several opinion columns praising Russia and published in the last two years on CNBC’s web site and the Huffington Post were written by seemingly independent professionals but were placed on behalf of the Russian government by its public-relations firm, Ketchum. [ProPublica]

Thousands of acres of lush forests, wildflower-filled meadows and ecologically rich marshes at the confluence of Western Kentucky’s Tradewater and Ohio rivers will be protected for future generations under a landmark conservation deal designed to help preserve the state’s fragile habitat. [C-J/AKN]

The UN has confirmed it has received documents from Syria on joining the Chemical Weapons Convention, which outlaws their production and use. [BBC]

Lexington police have arrested two people in connection to a shooting and burglary that happened Thursday night. [WLEX18]

The United Auto Workers would like Volkswagen AG to voluntarily recognize the U.S. union as the best choice to represent the German automaker’s workers at its Tennessee plant, the union’s president said on Thursday. [Reuters]

That $250 million Centre funtimes mess is a result of some KRS-tied pension hacks. [Page One]

With the current focus on Syria it’s easy to miss that things are getting worse again in Iraq. Since the spring, the country has been pounded by waves of attacks on civilians and security forces by extremists with links to al-Qaida. [NPR]

The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission voted to begin drafting regulations to license farmers to plant hemp in 2014. [WHAS11]

For a minute, we were worried that everything was going to be fine: The House planned to vote on a clean Continuing Resolution that would avoid a shutdown and fund the government through December, splitting off the usual poison pill of de-funding Obamacare into a separate resolution for the Senate to laugh at. [Wonkette]

Health officials in northern Kentucky are warning residents there to limit their contact with bats after an usually high number of people have gotten rabies vaccines due to exposure to the animals. [H-L]

Initial jobless claims fell to their lowest level last week since the spring of 2006, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Or not. [NY Times]

The President announced today that he will appoint Jeffrey Zients, former Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget, to serve as Director of the National Economic Council. [White House Release]

John Arnold submitted his letter of resignation. Hope the door hits him on his way out. [Good Riddance]

In news that will hopefully sour cable companies’ view of blackouts as a viable negotiation tool, Time Warner Cable has admitted that its pointless, month-long standoff with CBS ended up costing it customers. Meanwhile, the network came out of the dust-up unscathed. [Consumerist]

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 UKeye // Sep 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Allegedly, food services at UK produce some profit for the university. Privatizing them most likely won’t bring any new cash, but would make someone like Sodexo pay for more construction on UK campus. Similarly, all dorm construction being outsourced will not bring any cash to the university for at least 20 years (if ever).

    Apparently, the goal is to have new construction during the term of the current pres and, no doubt, to name one of the biggest new buildings “Capilouto Hall”. Students will end up paying more for all of this, but since it would not be the university that would milk them directly, the PR problem of ever-rising price tag of higher ed at UK would be partially solved…

  • 2 Novena // Sep 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

    “Savaging State U”

    Yes, UKeye, the corporatization of state universities is the sad wave of the present and future in academe. It is among the major reasons for the decline of U.S. colleges (vide the two principal ones in KY). Students are typically an economic afterthought in this late capitalist scheme. More and more, state colleges should simply be called “state-located,” not state-affiliated or state-supported.