What’s Going On With The Glasgow PD?

A $62 million construction contract with D.W. Wilburn Inc. for a new Lexington high school has been approved by the Fayette County school board. [H-L]

The U.N.’s Paris climate conference, designed to reach a plan for curbing global warming, may instead become the graveyard for its defining goal: to stop temperatures rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. [HuffPo]

Imagine waking up after a serious accident to discover you’ve become an unwitting subject in a medical study without ever agreeing to participate. [C-J/AKN]

Among African American adults with low education and income levels, the increase in risk of heart disease or stroke associated with living in poverty is largest for women and people under age 50, according to a large new study. [Reuters]

Ashland Alliance President Tim Gibbs told the city commission its town is “just maintaining,” instead of either growing or shrinking economically. Gibbs said his joint-chamber of commerce for Greenup and Boyd counties, however, is trying to grow Ashland again — the most recent step in this direction being to achieve Work Ready certification. [Ashland Independent]

Several U.S. Senators and military lawyers say they are concerned by Col. Norm Allen’s attempts to thwart an investigation into why the U.S. Military built an unneeded luxury headquarters in Afghanistan. [ProPublica]

Glasgow’s city attorney responded Wednesday to a lawsuit filed by former Glasgow police chief Guy Turcotte against the city and interim chief James Duff by saying the lawsuit will provide an opportunity for the public to look closer at Turcotte’s record with the Glasgow Police Department. [Glasgow Daily Times]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the Afar region of Ethiopia, scientists report. [BBC]

FEMA has released the most recent numbers for persons receiving federal assistance since the severe storms in April. A total of 1,800 persons registered for aid in Kentucky and 116 were Rowan Countians. [The Morehead News]

After seven years on the outs, choice is back. For the first time since 2008, significantly more Americans identify as pro-choice (50 percent) than pro-life (44 percent), according to a Gallup poll released Friday. [Mother Jones]

Join BGT deTours on June 3 at 6:00* pm in Frankfort, KY for tours of the Old Governor’s Mansion and the Old State Capitol. [Click the Clicky]

In a signed letter submitted to the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, 136 House Democrats called on the Obama administration to end the practice of detaining Central American mothers and children in family detention facilities. [ThinkProgress]

This is what happens when good old boy rednecks ignore court orders, trample on mental health, act above the law. [H-L]

The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the U.S. carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. [HuffPo]

Afghanistan Sure Is A Terrible Mess

Kentucky’s Republican voters narrowly chose Ryan Quarles to represent the GOP in the race for commissioner of agriculture in a down-to-the-wire finish Tuesday night. [H-L]

A faction of Republicans in the House of Representatives wants to stop poor people from buying junk food with food stamps. [HuffPo]

During the recent Kentucky shoot for “Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking,” there was no “Cutthroat Kitchen,” and nobody got “Chopped.” Rather, two local chefs wandered among buffalo grazing in Goshen, grilled bison brisket, bison skirt steak and fresh asparagus under tents at a Finchville farm, and relished the scent of slow-fermenting bourbon at Woodford Reserve distillery in Versailles. [C-J/AKN]

The third of four key U.S. congressional committees on Tuesday approved funding for 12 additional Boeing Co fighter jets in fiscal 2016, increasing the prospects that the company will keep its St. Louis production line running past the end of 2017. [Reuters]

The evening started with a rainbow that arced perfectly behind the commencement stage. And it ended with a fireworks display in the Friday night sky above Richmond. [Richmond Register]

This is a story about how the U.S. military built a lavish headquarters in Afghanistan that wasn’t needed, wasn’t wanted and wasn’t ever used—at a cost to American taxpayers of at least $25 million. [ProPublica]

Fairview school superintendent Bill Musick violated and impeded state education law by allowing non-teachers to teach students, interfering in hiring, withholding staffing allocations, transferring employees without posting vacancies and allowing two administrators to perform duties for which they were not certified, according to a report by the state Office of Education Accountability. [Ashland Independent]

The phrase “Aids epidemic” awakens distant memories in most of Europe, Australia or the Americas, where infection rates have generally been in decline for years. But as former UK Health Secretary Lord Fowler explains, the phrase is not used in Russia either – despite failed policies that have allowed infection rates to soar. [BBC]

Effective Monday, Glasgow Police Sgt. Bradley Lewis was placed on administrative leave with pay, according to a Glasgow Police Department press release. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A new survey of financial professionals tends to confirm the widely held belief that the financial industry has an ethics problem. [NPR]

Negative impacts of development have significantly impaired water quality and stream bank stability in the Triplett Creek watershed. [The Morehead News]

The White House has released its rural child poverty report. [External PDF Link]

Building and maintaining a linear park through downtown Lexington could cost upwards of $75 million, city officials told the Urban County Council on Tuesday. [H-L]

Throngs of students hit the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, last week to protest Gov. Alejandro García Padilla’s proposal to cut some $166 million from the budget for the island’s public university system — roughly one-fifth of the system’s total funds. [HuffPo]

Granny Mitch Still Loves Wiretapping

School districts across Kentucky are tracking down 16- and 17-year-old high school dropouts to tell them they are required to return to school this fall if they don’t get a GED by June 30. [H-L]

Nine months after police in riot gear dispelled racially charged protests, President Barack Obama is prohibiting the federal government from providing some military-style equipment to local departments and putting stricter controls on other weapons and gear distributed to law enforcement. [HuffPo]

Here’s who wound up sitting on Millionaires Row at the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks in the 160 seats made available by Churchill Downs to Gov. Steve Beshear and his entourage. [C-J/AKN]

BIG GAY PEE ALERT! U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a longtime Washington insider and critic of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, said he would announce on June 1 whether he will seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. [Reuters]

Barren County Schools retirees were honored Thursday during a regular board of education meeting at Barren County High School’s auditorium. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The military’s mantra for Afghanistan was “winning hearts and minds.” And a key part of that strategy was cold, hard cash. [ProPublica]

Have you seen the tripe the Bowling Green Daily Toilet Paper has been pushing out lately? Kind of like their editors, behind the scenes, worked to trash talk Marilyn Thomas instead of bothering to investigate claims. [BGDTP]

A high level group of scientists is to be recruited to provide independent advice to the European Commission. [BBC]

The partnership between Kentucky Proud business owners and the Kroger Co. has been a success so far, officials say. [Business First]

At schools that offer comprehensive sex education, students tend to get the biology and the basics — they’ll learn about sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, how to put a condom on a banana and the like. But some public health researchers and educators are saying that’s not enough. They’re making the case that sex ed should include discussion about relationships, gender and power dynamics. [NPR]

The Benham City Council heard a proposal from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority concerning combining the city’s waste water system with Cumberland and Lynch. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

For thousands of years, religious people have gathered together in houses of worship to sing songs, celebrate sacred rituals, and lift up prayers to God(s) on high. And on July 1, a new religious group in Indiana intends to do just that — but with a lot more emphasis on the “high” part. [ThinkProgress]

As his fellow Republican Kentucky senator, Mitch McConnell, pushes this week to reauthorize the Patriot Act, Rand Paul took his presidential campaign to Independence Mall on Monday and said he’d do whatever he could to kill the law and the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. [H-L]

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he intends this week to “responsibly extend” provisions of the USA Patriot Act due to expire on June 1. [HuffPo]

Jamie Comer’s Revisionism Is Hilarious

Brigitte Blom Ramsey has been chosen by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s board of directors to be executive director. [H-L]

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) told HuffPost Live he likely won’t be running for president again in 2016, largely because of the influence of money in politics. [HuffPo]

Nate Haney has resigned as chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee, after nearly two years in the post. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul took the stage in Louisville this month for his presidential campaign kickoff and delivered a thunderous pronouncement to cheering supporters. “We limit the president to two terms. It’s about time we limit the terms of Congress!” he blared. Back in the U.S. Senate, the idea was quickly dismissed — by Paul’s fellow Republicans. [Politico]

Williamsburg Police Sergeant Brandon White has a title most officers don’t carry. Sgt. White is a drug recognition expert. He can determine the type of drug, or drugs, the person he arrests is using. [WKYT]

The call comes into the Afghan battalion headquarters, a small concrete building that once housed American Green Berets. The Taliban are attacking a police checkpoint under construction in the foothills of Nangahar Province in eastern Afghanistan, a short distance from the border with Pakistan. [NPR]

During a recent meeting of the Evarts Tourist Commission, members discussed BB&T charging the city $5 per month for each account they have with the bank and then charging city employees’ another fee to cash their payroll checks. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Where do America’s most racist people live? “The rural Northeast and South,” suggests a new study just published in PLOS ONE. [WaPo]

WFPL’s community conversation Thursday (from April 17) on the surge of heroin addiction in the region drew a wide range of participants, including public health officials, treatment professionals and people in recovery. [WFPL]

A key expert in the supreme court lethal injection case did his research on drugs.com. How the Supreme Court case over lethal injection shows it’s becoming nearly impossible to find experts to defend the practice. [ProPublica]

Comer, who is the current commissioner of agriculture, said he has the same vision for the state now that he had for Kentucky agriculture four years ago. Which isn’t remotely accurate. Otherwise, half his staff wouldn’t have quit over his erratic behavior. [BGDN]

U.S. economic growth braked more sharply than expected in the first quarter as harsh weather dampened consumer spending and energy companies struggling with low prices slashed spending, but there are signs activity is picking up. [Reuters]

Law enforcement agencies in northeastern Kentucky are working together to fight crime. [H-L]

Members of Congress criticizing Clinton cash should look in the mirror. People like Rand Paul, apparently. [HuffPo]

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Lawn Darts of Fate! Contest runs through the end of the week. [Page One & The ‘Ville Voice]

Not Even Walmart Hates The Gays These Days

Kentucky’s Supreme Court has restricted the authority of courts to intervene in police interrogations. [H-L]

Kentucky Fried Chicken may have changed its name to KFC years ago to downplay its cooking method in a more health-conscious consumer market, but the world’s second-largest fast food chain didn’t stop frying. [HuffPo]

The Frazier History Museum will open a semi-permanent, interactive exhibit on “the Lewis & Clark Experience” April 11 that will run through at least March 2016, the West Main Street attraction has announced. [C-J/AKN]

New renewable generating capacity broke the 100GW barrier in 2014, equivalent to the entire fleet of nuclear power plants in the US, a UN report shows. [BBC]

The opening date for Funtown Mountain, a roadside attraction in Cave City with a carnival theme, will be June 19, it was announced by prospective owner Will Russell. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Scientists agree that an increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases causes the Earth’s temperature to rise, but they’ve also noticed that relationship seems to swing both ways: warmer temperatures also seem to correspond with an increase in greenhouse gases. But drawing conclusions about the nature of the relationship is tricky, because though scientists have seen a correlation, they haven’t been able to show causation. [ThinkProgress]

The Madison County 911 service is hoping to make its emergency call network “smarter” with a new Smart 911 system that could alert operators to information pre-loaded by cell phone callers, said Wendy Lynch, the director. [Richmond Register]

After routing the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, the U.S. government began a now 13-year effort to stabilize and develop the country. It has cost taxpayers billions — and some say, achieved little. [ProPublica]

A complaint filed in Perry County Circuit Court on Thursday has accused three local pharmacies and a number of named and unknown employees/owners as being “negligent” and “erroneous” in the filing of information in the the state’s prescription monitoring program. [Hazard Herald]

The chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores has emerged as an unlikely voice for gay rights after the Arkansas state governor heeded his call on Wednesday to reject a much-criticized bill. [Reuters]

A non-traditional instructional program being used across the state was explained during a recent meeting of the Harlan Independent Board of Education. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

The corruption indictment federal prosecutors released against Sen. Robert Menendez on Wednesday is filled with eye-popping allegations about the senator’s relationship with Florida ophthalmologist and donor Salomon Melgen. [The Hill]

Eastern Kentucky University has applied to be the host for a 2016 vice-presidential or presidential debate. [H-L]

When Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz became the first politician to officially announce his presidential campaign last week, he repeated a familiar mantra to his audience at Virginia’s Liberty University. “Instead of a federal government that seeks to dictate school curriculum through Common Core, imagine repealing every word of Common Core,” the Texas politician said to roaring applause. The only problem? The Common Core State Standards are not enshrined in any federal law, and therefore cannot be repealed. [HuffPo]

Comer’s Running Mate Comes Into View

Members of the NAACP in Lexington are raising questions about how Fayette County Public Schools distributes money to individual schools and about the district’s minority hiring rates. [H-L]

More from the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… Newly uncovered fossils show a relative of the salamander called Metoposaurus algarvensis that lurked in the waters of Portugal some 230 million years ago that was the size of a small car. This monster amphibian was so ferocious that it snacked on some of the first dinosaurs. [HuffPo]

The stupid is palpable. Chris McDaniel, a Northern Kentucky Republican running for lieutenant governor, has bought into unfounded insinuations that House Bill 419, to generate donations for rape crisis centers through a box Kentuckians can check on state tax returns, somehow is linked to abortion services. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky is apparently the 8th-worst state for retirement. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. [Bankrate]

But wait! It’s not just the aforementioned shenanigans that make Chris McDaniel dumber than you thought. He voted against HB 340 — the film tax credit. After he failed at attempting to derail it. What an idiot. Same for pussyfooter Damon Thayer. [LRC PDF Link]

A Department of Homeland Security watchdog report issued Tuesday blasted the agency’s No. 2 official for repeatedly intervening on behalf of well-connected participants in an investor-visa program, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Tony Rodham, a brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. [Politico]

Remember former Morgan County Judge-Executive and convict Tim Conley? He’s now in the Beckley, West Virginia Federal Correctional Institution. Register Number: 17235-032. [Deep Thoughts]

US consumer prices rebounded in February as petrol prices rose for the first time since June, official figures show. [BBC]

Kentucky Natural Lands Trust (KNLT), a statewide land trust, is working on the largest landscape conservation effort in the commonwealth’s history with a campaign to protect thousands of additional acres on Pine Mountain in southeast Kentucky. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Cyber crime is probably the biggest risk facing companies across the world, and they need to do more to help governments tackle the problem, U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

The Early Childhood Profiles, produced by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), are compiled to help community leaders, Community Early Childhood Councils and school districts with data to assist in developing local strategies for helping every child in their community arrive at kindergarten ready to do kindergarten work. [Click the Clicky]

Gary Fury was working at a Simonton Windows factory in West Virginia in July 2012 when a large two-window unit slipped to the floor. [ProPublica]

Floridian Ed Whitfield is doing his part to kill the environment. [H-L]

A powerful explosion shook windows in Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, police and Reuters witnesses said, but it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties. [HuffPo]

Let’s Pray For All The Doomed Couches

A Transylvania University official prevented a Herald-Leader reporter from attending a student-organized meeting Tuesday that was promoted on Facebook as a “public and open discussion” of race relations on campus. The meeting was spurred by a BuzzFeed article last week by Transy alumnus Tracy Clayton, who detailed the racial hostility she felt there as a student in the early 2000s. [H-L]

A comprehensive bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday aims to deal a significant blow to the federal government’s long-running war on medical marijuana. [HuffPo]

Lexington officials have declared an “emergency area” where off-campus housing sits near the top-seeded University of Kentucky as NCAA Tournament celebration time nears and the possibility of couch fires approaches. [C-J/AKN]

They called them “ratlines.” In the final days of the Third Reich, when its demise was imminent, adherents realized that if they didn’t escape they would go down with it. So they devised a system of escape — ratlines — that funneled thousands of war criminals through Spain to points west and south. [WaPo]

Citizens in Hazard and Perry County now have two new, technology-driven ways to report crime and be alerted of crime and news in the area thanks two new services being offered by the Hazard Police Department (HPD) this month. [Hazard Herald]

Ginn Academy, the first and only public high school in Ohio just for boys, was conceived to help at-risk students make it through school — experimenting with small classes, a tough discipline code and life coaches around the clock. [NY Times]

During a special called meeting of the Evarts City Council on Monday, members voted to adopt the county’s ordinance relating to the confinement and control of dogs in the city. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has praised the US for the commitment shown to Afghanistan over 14 years during his first official visit to Washington. [BBC]

His announcement isn’t official yet, but U.S. Senator Rand Paul is already talking the competition for the White House in 2016. [WDRB]

Do you need to pee a little? Check out this lunacy Josh Powell is pushing around in an attempt to make himself look clean. [PEE ALERT]

Kentucky’s best teachers will be announced later this year, and nominations for the awards are being taken now. [WLEX18]

The United States ranks near the bottom among major economies in terms of policies to allow hiring highly skilled immigrant workers, according to a study by a business lobbying group that supports relaxing immigration controls. [Retuers]

A museum and a university in southwestern Ohio are working together to create artifacts for a new display at a northern Kentucky historic site. [H-L]

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress Tuesday would end government spying on ordinary Americans by repealing the Patriot Act as advocates rush to reauthorize the law’s most controversial provisions before a June deadline. [HuffPo]