RPK Won’t Step Up On Opioids So Counties Are Doing The Hard Work To Improve Kentucky

Keep hearing reports that this is allegedly tied directly to the shady-ass Jessamine County Sheriff but no one in the state wants to talk about it. And I’m hearing it from federal folks. Guess we’ll see? Someone should also start asking the sheriff about his wife. [H-L]

Bernie Senders introduced a single-payer health care bill that’s backed by a third of the Senate Democratic Caucus. [HuffPo]

Much, and perhaps all, of the recent Bevin administration plan to cut spending within most state agencies is illegal, Attorney General Andy Beshear said Tuesday. [C-J/AKN]

Michael G. Flynn, the son of Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, is a subject of the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, according to four current and former government officials. [NBC News]

Nearly nine months after Glasgow City Councilman Jake Dickinson suggested the council should hire his friend Danny Basil, a local attorney, to pursue unseating three members of the Glasgow Electric Plant Board’s board of directors, Dickinson was one of only four people on the 12-member council to vote in favor Monday of continuing pursuit of that idea. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Trump administration has engaged in an unconstitutional practice of searching without a warrant the phones and laptops of Americans who are stopped at the border, a lawsuit filed on Wednesday alleged. [Reuters]

The owners of vacant or abandoned properties in Louisville owe more than $40 million in unpaid property maintenance fines. That’s according to a recent report from the city’s Vacant and Public Property Administration. [WFPL]

Sens. Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, Dean Heller and Ron Johnson on Wednesday released an Obamacare repeal bill, framing it as the last, best hope to fulfill the GOP’s promise to undo the health law. [Politico]

For a state whose name is synonymous with fried chicken, it’s no wonder a recent study found that more than 1 out of 3 Kentucky’s adults are obese. [Richmond Register]

Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters have left this sprawling metropolis partially ruined and eager to return to something like normalcy. But the storm has also forced many thousands of people out of their homes. As a result, the city is engaged in one giant collective improvisation. Its defining creative endeavor is where to find a place to sleep. [NY Times]

PEE ALERT. The Morehead Police Department is searching for those responsible for committing criminal mischief at Don Greenhill City Park over the weekend. [The Morehead News]

The U.S. government on Wednesday banned the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies and gave them three months to remove the software amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored cyberespionage activities, according to U.S. officials. [WaPo]

Fiscal courts in nine Central and Eastern Kentucky counties and one Western Kentucky county filed separate civil lawsuits Tuesday in federal courts, seeking damages against wholesale distributors of painkillers called opioids for “creating a public nuisance.” [H-L]

Democrats won two GOP-held legislative seats in Oklahoma and New Hampshire on Tuesday, bringing the total number of state legislature seats the party has flipped since the November election to six. [HuffPo]

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