Naz… Republicans Slow To Notice Alison Grimes Slapped Them Nearly Two Weeks Ago

Lexington apparently was a stopover point for a plane with 40 pounds of meth and 80 bricks of cocaine that federal and state officials tracked Friday from California, according to federal court documents. Florida might have been the ultimate destination. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, failed to disclose payments from Russia when applying for security clearance in 2016, lawmakers told reporters Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Google Fiber is a go in Louisville. But details on when the ultrafast network will be constructed and in what areas it will be first available will have to come later, Google Fiber said. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been reworking student lending since her appointment in February, raising concerns among Democrats that she will undo former President Barack Obama’s overhaul of college financial aid. [Retuers]

Bowling Green’s trio of automotive tracks brings thousands of cars and automobile enthusiasts who fill hotels, dine out and shop, representing a large segment of local specialty tourism. [BGDN]

Earlier this year, ProPublica and a coalition of newsrooms set out to chronicle and report on hate crimes in the United States. [ProPublica]

Republican U.S. Congressman Andy Barr faced 600 or so mostly angry constituents here Monday night at a town hall meeting dominated by questions about the Affordable Care Act and Republicans’ plan to replace it with their own plan. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Turkish man who gave Mike Flynn a $600,000 lobbying deal just before Donald Trump picked him to be national security adviser has business ties to Russia, including a 2009 aviation financing deal negotiated with Vladimir Putin, according to court records. [Politico]

More than 30 entities sent representatives to Monday’s pre-proposal meeting for a county “healing center” to combat drug addiction. The turnout “totally exceeded expectations,” Madison Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor said. [Richmond Register]

Behind the Trump administration’s sudden urgency in dealing with the North Korean nuclear crisis lies a stark calculus: a growing body of expert studies and classified intelligence reports that conclude the country is capable of producing a nuclear bomb every six or seven weeks. [NY Times]

Kentucky Christian University continues to pursue a merger with Cincinnati Christian University although the original plan to cement a management consultancy agreement earlier this year and finalize the pact sometime in the fall was abandoned in the face of financial obstacles, according to KCU President Jeffrey Metcalf. [Ashland Independent]

The White House setting perplexed lawmakers who have grown accustomed to such briefings taking place in a secure location on Capitol Hill, where there is more room to handle such a large group. [WaPo]

Wondering how to tell if Alison Grimes is getting under the skin of deluded homophobes like Scott Jennings and Jeff Hoover? Well… they noticed – nearly two weeks after it was published – that Grimes chapped their asses over right-to-work and being generally full of shit. They started melting down on Twitter and attempting to act as if a handful of jobs in East Bugtussle is evidence that right-to-work is magical. Spoiler alert: Their Trump chickens are slowly coming home to roost. But here’s that Grimes op-ed. [H-L]

Arkansas on Monday night carried out the first double execution in the U.S. since 2000 despite concerns that the first of the two was “inhumane.” [HuffPo]

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Another Day, More Messy Russian Stuff

Tanya Torp had enough of the Kentucky Democratic Party when she saw one of the state’s politicians, Alison Lundergan Grimes, holding a gun. [H-L]

White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted on Wednesday that a U.S. aircraft carrier was heading toward North Korea last week, even though a U.S. Navy photo from the time showed it was actually traveling in the opposite direction. [HuffPo]

Out-of-state groups pushing for charter schools joined the traditional Kentucky big business and other interests this year on the list of organizations that spent the most lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly. [C-J/AKN]

A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters. [Reuters]

She was the first woman to become a member of East Barren Volunteer Fire Department, and one of scant few female firefighters in the entire county two decades ago. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Republican actions speak louder than their words. Their racism shines brightly. [USA Today]

A civil case between American Legion Post 76 and the post’s building corporation may be headed toward mediation. [Ashland Independent]

Exxon Mobil Corp has applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia in a bid to resume its joint venture with state oil giant PAO Rosneft, according to people familiar with the matter. [WSJ]

Another man accused of assaulting protesters at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Louisville last year has countersued the president, saying he was following Trump’s urging to remove them. [WFPL]

Barack Obama warned President Trump that North Korea would be the gravest foreign threat he faced — and why a solution has proved so hard to find. [NY Times]

An ordinance that holds property owners responsible for minors drinking alcohol on their property with their knowledge or when they should have known minors were drinking failed to pass in Barren County Fiscal Court. [BGDN]

Instead of steaming toward the Korean Peninsula as Trump had said, the Carl Vinson strike group was actually headed in the opposite direction to take part in “scheduled exercises” more than 3,000 miles away. [WaPo]

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Unfortunately for Kentucky children, reports of abuse and neglect have increased dramatically in recent years, in part because of rampant drug abuse. These numbers illustrate the problem. [John Cheves]

Bill O’Reilly weathered sexual harassment charges for more than a decade, but not this time: Fox News has fired the controversial host. [HuffPo]

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Matt Bevin: Kentucky’s Own Republican Hot Garbage

As Kentucky has turned red over the past decades, it has become harder for a Democrat to win offices in the state. This interactive provides a breakdown of what it would take for Jim Gray to beat incumbent Rand Paul in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race. [H-L]

Last month, several American white nationalists traveled to an anti-immigration conference in Wismar, Germany, and told attendants that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign represents a win for the movement—even if he loses the election. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin is just as disgusting as Donald Trump. As if you needed any sort of reminder. [C-J/AKN]

For years, police and prosecutors have used special presentations to sell judges on the ​​​​​reliability of drug tests that help convict thousands. [ProPublica]

Kentucky’s top election official estimates 60 percent of the state’s registered voters will cast ballots on Tuesday. [WFPL]

The president has been reluctant to weigh in on FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email practices. Obama briefly addressed the situation for the first time, saying in an interview this week that there was a norm for how investigations are handled. [WaPo]

Some Democratic lawmakers are questioning the timing of Monday’s announcement of raises for some Transportation Cabinet workers only a week before an election which will determine majority control of the state House of Representatives. [Ronnie Ellis]

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a regular surrogate for Donald Trump, became agitated on Wednesday morning after being peppered with direct questions about whether Trump’s campaign boosts Vladimir Putin and white supremacists. [Politico]

Eastern Kentucky always knows how to get your attention. A 47-year-old man allegedly stole an ambulance from near the King’s Daughters Medical Center emergency room and sped through Central Park briefly before police apprehended him. [Ashland Independent]

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Wednesday blasted Mylan NV’s announced $465 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over the drugmaker’s classification of its lifesaving allergy treatment EpiPen as a generic, saying the amount was “woefully deficient.” [Reuters]

More Rowan Countians than usual are expected to vote in next Tuesday’s general election, primarily because of the intensity of the U.S. President’s race. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump has called the American media “disgusting”, “corrupt”, “biased” and “dishonest”. If he could read Russian, I suspect he’d appreciate the way the media here have been covering the US election. [BBC]

Lexington has tightened financial oversight of a division that manages more than $600,000 annually in programs that help poor people stay housed and pay city trash and sewer bills, city officials said Tuesday. [H-L]

Here’s your pee alert for the morning. Sean Hannity apologized for sharing a fake story about Hillary Clinton on his popular radio show. [HuffPo]

Where’s The Statue Of Tina Conner?

Former Gov. Paul Patton joked Tuesday that while supporters don’t usually put up statues of people before they die, he might not have been able to make sure a likeness of him was done correctly if they had waited. [H-L]

Donald Trump on Wednesday said he hopes Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails have fallen into the hands of Russian hackers. [HuffPo]

This little birdy is singing a really long song. The sentencing date for former Kentucky Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in federal court in Lexington. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday he’s “hopeful” about race relations improving in the country. [The Hill]

A new board to develop strategies for agricultural water use in Kentucky is closer to its first meeting. [WFPL]

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Friday a bill to require anyone planning to build a homemade firearm to first obtain a serial number for the weapon and submit to a background check, his office said in a statement. [Reuters]

Messy hands happily smeared strips of paper across large sized figures as creatures began to take form Wednesday morning at a camp hosted by Berea Art House. [Richmond Register]

President Barack Obama charged Sunday that divisive rhetoric from Donald Trump on Muslims and terrorism is “ultimately helping do ISIL’s work.” [Politico]

Boyd County will spend $80,000 for a one-question “wet” election on packaged alcohol sales — three months before it spends another $90,000 on the presidential election. [Ashland Independent]

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has attended his first rally as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, saying: “America was not built on fear”. [BBC]

Rowan Fiscal Court has agreed that the Tri-County Animal Shelter is for dogs and cats only and the feline capacity is limited to 30. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump made clear this weekend that he has not rolled back his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, despite top allies insisting that he had. [WaPo]

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes used her speech Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to paint Hillary Clinton as caring and inquisitive and “a fighter for every single thing Donald Trump is against.” [H-L]

A quarter-century after winning his party’s nomination for the presidency, Bill Clinton took the Democratic National Convention stage to tell a story on the night his wife officially won it herself… [HuffPo]

It’s Fun Watching The RPK Meltdown

A natl television station wants to hear from millennials in Kentucky who have no interest in the current election or are overwhelmed. Contact Jake for details. [Get In Touch]

“Get out! Leftist scum! Get out!” In the video, the bearded white man wears a black shirt and a red baseball cap with the words Make America Great Again. He is yelling at a young black woman. He shoves her once, then again, screaming at her to leave. The crowd around him is agitated. Others push the woman as well. Many are yelling. [H-L]

Illinois State Trooper Douglas Balder sat in his squad car, its red and blue lights strobing into the frozen night of Jan. 27, 2014. He was about to be set on fire. [HuffPo]

The old University of Southern California basketball coach, George Raveling, once quipped that if he ever needed a heart transplant, he wanted former Indiana coach Bobby Knight’s. “It’s never been used,” Raveling said. [C-J/AKN]

NPR’s Rachel Martin talks about the state of the Democratic presidential race with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni. [NPR]

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes visited the Morehead State University campus Thursday, April 14, to hold a town hall meeting to promote the “GO VOTE Kentucky! Tour.” [The Morehead News]

The US Defence Secretary, Ash Carter, has visited an American aircraft carrier in the contested waters of the South China Sea. [BBC]

The executive director and CEO of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) will deliver the keynote address at the annual College of Health Sciences Scholars Day at Eastern Kentucky University on Tuesday, April 19. [Richmond Register]

Hillary Clinton in the first three months of the year raised $33 million into a joint account her campaign formed with Democratic Party committees, according to a report filed Friday night with the Federal Election Commission. [Politico]

Cave City dentist Chris Steward, a former Barren County magistrate, was arrested and made an initial appearance in federal court Wednesday following his April 6 indictment on multiple charges related to prescription drugs and other health care issues. [Glasgow Daily Times]

U.S. federal, state and local government agencies rank in last place in cyber security when compared against 17 major private industries, including transportation, retail and healthcare, according to a new report released Thursday. [Reuters]

Stories of families of recently laid off steelworkers and dreadful economic impacts of mass layoffs were told to DC trade officials by Ashland economic leaders Tuesday. [Ashland Independent]

The Obama administration issued a suite of offshore drilling safety standards Thursday meant to prevent disasters like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill from occurring in the future. [The Hill]

Kentucky Republicans continue to elect uncommitted delegates to the national convention as tensions rise between frontrunner Donald Trump and national party leaders. [H-L]

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton sowed some confusion in Thursday’s debate when she said she would sign a bill setting a $15 federal minimum wage, despite saying in the past that $15 could be too aggressive for many parts of the country. On Sunday, she tried to clear things up. [HuffPo]

H-L Still Failing Montgomery Countians

The most important newspaper in the state assigned random staffers to cover the non-renewal of a superintendent in Knox County. But couldn’t be bothered to keep track of what’s gone on in Montgomery County the last several years. It’s either complete laziness/terrible reporting on the paper’s part or a lack of integrity. It can’t be both, as it was with Nancy Rodriguez during the Robert Felner years. Surely it can’t be both. [H-L]

Bill Clinton slammed the “awful legacy of the last eight years“ on Monday, which Republicans quickly claimed was an attack on President Barack Obama. However, the former president was really talking about Republican obstructionism. [HuffPo]

Of course this asshole says Donald Trump isn’t racist. She’s a far-right white woman of privilege with a history of excusing homophobia, racism and discrimination in general. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama says he used stark language in warning Judge Merrick Garland of the bruising confirmation battle he would face if he accepted his nomination to the Supreme Court. [The Hill]

We’ve been telling you for years that Laurel County is the absolute worst place in Kentucky. A grand jury has indicted a Laurel County constable in the fatal shooting of a Manchester man. [WLKY]

You can’t fix this brand of tea people. A man who took part in January’s armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon has been arrested after threatening to kill federal agents investigating the six-week-long standoff, a county prosecutor said on Friday. [Reuters]

More than 10,000 Kentuckians have registered to vote or updated their registration using GoVoteKY.com, the Commonwealth’s new online voter registration system. “GoVoteKY.com publicly launched last week and is already a huge success,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. “Over 10,000 people have used the site to register to vote or update their information. And anyone can use it – we’ve seen users from the age of 18 to 98!” [Press Release]

The more money doctors receive from drug and medical device companies, the more brand-name drugs they tend to prescribe, a new ProPublica analysis shows. Even a meal can make a difference. [ProPublica]

Some Republican state senators spent a long weekend back and forth between family and working on their version of a two-year state budget. [Ronnie Ellis]

While introducing his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, President Barack Obama said he wanted to “play it straight”. [BBC]

State regulators are continuing to monitor an Eastern Kentucky creek that ran red due to mine discharge over the weekend, though they say it wasn’t responsible for dead fish and turtles reported in the area. [WFPL]

Undeterred by questions of delegate math or political momentum, Senator Bernie Sanders brushed off suggestions on Friday that his campaign had no way forward and forcefully made the case that he was the Democratic candidate better suited to defeat Donald J. Trump in a general election. [NY Times]

Fayette County Public Schools officials have made some headway on the problem created by a redistricting plan in which some schools would be too crowded and other schools in close proximity would have empty rooms. [H-L]

Most Americans want Republicans in the U.S. Senate to consider the president’s Supreme Court nominee, new surveys show. [HuffPo]