Repubs Screwing Teachers Part 2,037

Morehead State University will save $1 million by cutting five upper level administration positions, another belt tightening move amid state budget cuts and rising pension costs. Vice President for Administration. Facility Management Director. Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement. Associate Vice President for Academic Success. Assistant Vice President for Regional Engagement. [Linda Blackford]

When White House Communications Director Hope Hicks resigned on Wednesday, she was only the the latest of a series of high-profile departures from Donald Trump’s administration. [HuffPo]

A plan to give local governments, school districts and others more time to adjust to the soaring pension costs they face beginning later this year was approved by the Senate budget committee Tuesday morning. [C-J/AKN]

Ken Ham won’t like this. It’s long been an insult to be called a Neanderthal. But the more these elusive, vanished people have been studied, the more respect they’ve gained among scientists. [NY Times]

The far right reaction to gun-related stories explains a lot about why Kentucky tends to remain in the dark ages. Not just in terms of ability to effectively use language but the Fox News-induced panic beams on high. [WDRB]

Four Commerce Department political appointees working on interim security clearances lost their jobs Tuesday because of problems in their background checks, the latest fallout from the intensifying public scrutiny on administration officials working without permanent clearances. [WaPo]

Despite some changes to a proposed measure to alter Kentucky’s public pension systems, changes the bill’s sponsor insisted were in response to teachers’ concerns, hundreds of teachers who showed up Wednesday for a hearing on the bill were apparently not persuaded. [Ronnie Ellis]

Walmart Inc, the largest U.S. retailer, joined Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc in raising the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21 after the massacre at a Florida high school that has reopened a fierce debate over gun control in America. [Reuters]

Meth appears to be making a resurgence in Boyd County, replacing heroin and fentanyl as the street drug of choice amid a deadly overdose crisis. [Ashland Independent]

A full-time fellow, New York Times reporters and some of the country’s best journalism students have joined ProPublica’s project to report on hate crimes and bias incidents. [ProPublica]

The state Senate budget committee Tuesday approved a bill which will give local governments extra time to “phase in” their full contributions to the County Employee Retirement System. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump has stunned lawmakers from both parties by accusing them of being “petrified” of the National Rifle Association (NRA). In a break from his party’s anti-gun control stance, Mr Trump urged lawmakers during a televised meeting to come up with a “strong” reform bill. [BBC]

This is dishonest bullshit. On the store’s website, they direct customers to use PayPal to buy store gift cards and then to use those gift cards to purchase firearms. That’s why they got their asses handed to them. [H-L]

An already complicated day for Donald Trump’s administration was capped with several shocking reports Wednesday night. The barrage of stories shed new light on the extent of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and raised questions about several officials in the president’s inner circle, including communications director Hope Hicks and the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. [HuffPo]

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