It’s Friday. That Means It’s Acceptable To Start Drinking Fine Kentucky Bourbon At Noon.

Surprise! Matt Bevin and the Republicans have wasted more than a million dollars on their bogus pension study. [H-L]

Spoiler alert: He doesn’t actually care about working people. None of the New Republicans care. [HuffPo]

Ousted University of Louisville Foundation President James Ramsey was the nation’s highest-paid officer at a public university foundation, and that could make him liable for big IRS penalties if his pay is deemed excessive. [C-J/AKN]

Rinat Akhmetshin, the lobbyist and former Soviet army officer who met senior Trump campaign aides at a controversial meeting last year, has given evidence before a grand jury investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter. [FT]

From a town to holidays and monuments, Kentucky has more than 50 public symbols of the Confederacy. However, since the events in Charlottesville, Va., many are calling for those symbols to be removed, including historians and politicians from both parties. [Richmond Register]

Explosions at a chemical plant near Houston posed a fresh worry for storm-battered Texas on Thursday while rescuers searched block by block for survivors of Hurricane Harvey and the death toll rose to 35 people. [Reuters]

The Ashland Board of Education is considering three options regarding their 2017-2018 tax rate, and those options will be presented by finance officer Kristen Martin at a special meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Ashland Head Start gym. [Ashland Independent]

The administration continues to quietly hire political staffers — more than 1,000 so far, many of them regulating industries they previously worked for — but we’ve uncovered more identities. [ProPublica]

About 100 people, most of them African American, filled the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday as black leaders and lawmakers called on Gov. Matt Bevin to remove the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the rotunda. [Ronnie Ellis]

Outbreaks of a deadly, sexually transmitted disease confound health officials, whose obstacles include drug shortages, uneducated doctors and gangs. [NY Times]

Really, WFPL? Claiming Bevin didn’t anticipate this impending Medicaid disaster? This is almost as bad as letting that d-bag harasser continue to work there while everyone else jumped ship. [WFPL]

After the sister of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner dropped his name in early May while pitching a real estate development to wealthy Chinese investors, one of Kushner’s lawyers quickly released a statement that he had already divested all interests in the venture known as One Journal Square. [WaPo]

Whether it’s a 30-year-old woman who has no time for doctor’s visits, or an embarrassed teen who doesn’t want to tell her parents she wants to use birth control, Nurx brings the doctor’s visit to their palms and eliminates a trip to the pharmacy. [H-L]

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday declined to support the idea of replacing former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with anti-slavery icon Harriet Tubman. [HuffPo]

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