Morehead’s Kinda Maybe Stressed A Bit

A federal judge in Wyoming says it’s tough luck that the world’s largest private coal company doesn’t dig a 1970s-era protest song. [H-L]

Chinese president Xi Jinping is leaving behind a struggling economy as he visits the United States this week. That is worrying leaders of other countries that do business with China, including the United States, and is sure to be a topic of discussion when Xi meets with President Barack Obama on Thursday. [HuffPo]

Whenever one of these lobbyists tries to tell you they’re just a common man or woman? Laugh in their face. [C-J/AKN]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday laid out a stark choice for the cash-strapped city as he proposed a 2016 budget aimed at resolving a financial crisis linked to unfunded pensions — either slash vital public safety and other services, or enact the biggest-ever property tax increase. [Reuters]

Guess we can all look forward to another couple years of only reporting fluff about the state’s Commissioner of Education, regardless of what happens. [WDRB]

After arguing last month that local ordinances criminalizing people for being homeless are unconstitutional, the Obama administration will now tie federal funding to whether municipalities are cracking down on criminalization measures. [ThinkProgress]

A day late means Barren County’s real estate tax revenue will be approximately $94,224 less this fiscal year than it could have been. [Glasgow Daily Times]

NPR follows up on the status of “AK,” one of many Afghan and Iraqi interpreters for the U.S. military still waiting for a visa, and why thousands of interpreters struggle with the process. [NPR]

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes wants all eligible Kentucky voters to be able to register online by next year’s elections. [Ronnie Ellis]

Pope Francis waded into politics during brief remarks on Wednesday at the White House, touching on climate change, immigration and religious liberty before a packed South Lawn audience. [The Hill]

Much of Monday’s regular City Council meeting was discussion about issues facing Morehead. [The Morehead News]

Arne Duncan has tried to reshape American schools. Now will the backlash erase his legacy? [Politico]

Lexington is basically turning into the worst place on earth. [H-L]

A little over a year ago, Sister Mary Scullion received an unexpected call from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The church, she was told, was making plans for the World Meeting of Families — the international Catholic festival that Pope Francis will visit in the city this week — and they needed her help. [HuffPo]

Yes, Kentucky, Islamophobia Is Real

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) and Dong Trump got into a slap fight again and everyone melted down over Kim Davis. Because Republicans, and many Kentucky Democrats, don’t understand that separate but equal is not a thing. Discriminating against someone when you’re acting on behalf of government — because of your chosen religious beliefs — isn’t a-okay anymore. [H-L]

Yes, they’re as dumb as you think. The GOP candidates were asked about which woman they’d chose to be on the bill, since the Treasury has announced that a woman will replace Alexander Hamilton in 2020. [HuffPo]

Zoha Mian was flipping through papers, studying for AP Biology class Wednesday night when she got a text from her friend Huda. “Did you guys hear about what happened at the mosque?” Then the pictures came. Red marks against the white walls of the Louisville Islamic Center. [C-J/AKN]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged Wednesday that he and the House Speaker are discussing a short-term government funding bill to avoid a shutdown on Oct. 1. [The Hill]

Residents of single family homes in Heritage Place who want to keep an apartment complex from being constructed within the subdivision got a ray of hope Tuesday night. [Richmond Register]

A U.S. watchdog office urged Congress on Wednesday to empower regulators to extend a Dec. 31 deadline for freight and passenger railroads to adopt new safety technology that could prevent major derailments and other deadly crashes. [Reuters]

A lawsuit filed in Boyd Circuit Court alleges Boyd County Clerk Debbie Jones terminated a former employee despite protections under K.R.S. 61.102, which is more commonly known as the Kentucky Whistleblower Act. In the complaint portion of her lawsuit against Jones and the Boyd County Fiscal Court, Leslie Donta contends she was terminated from her job as a deputy clerk, a job she began in 2015. Donta had previously worked in the clerk’s office since 2011, primarily transferring microfilm onto a computer system. [Ashland Independent]

A House bill is being released [this week] along with a government report citing a lack of oversight about how the charity spends the millions of dollars donated by Americans. [ProPublica]

A proposed amendment to the city’s ordinance addressing humane treatment of animals narrowly passed in Glasgow City Council vote on Monday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Sure, the DNC sucks. But Martin O’Malley isn’t going to be your president and it’s dishonest as hell to suggest he has a shot. [Politico]

The Rowan County Historical Veterans’ Museum has been closed most of the summer after lightning apparently struck the fuse box about six weeks ago. [The Morehead News]

The emergence of a viral photo depicting a drowned toddler on a Turkish beach two weeks ago renewed the political debate over Syrian refugees being accepted in the U.S. [ThinkProgress]

Watch it happen there before it happens in Louisville. Lexington will announce soon a plan to build a fiber-optic network to increase Internet speeds across the city, Mayor Jim Gray said Thursday. [H-L]

While significant progress has been made on food insecurity worldwide — there are 200 million fewer hungry people around the world compared with 25 years ago — some 790 million people still do not get enough to eat, and an estimated 3.1 million children worldwide die of malnutrition each year, accounting for about 45 percent of all child deaths in 2011. [HuffPo]

Kim Davis Circus: Act 2 Begins Now

The city of Somerset agreed to drop its lawsuit challenging the authority of the state auditor’s office to do special examinations of cities, officials announced Friday. Auditor Adam Edelen’s office will bill Somerset $50,000 to cover the costs of doing the exam that led to the lawsuit, said Edelen’s assistant auditor, Libby Carlin. [H-L]

An extraordinary meat-eating dinosaur has been discovered Down Under. The prehistoric beast was certainly no match for T. rex, but with its huge hook-like claws it must have been pretty ferocious. [HuffPo]

Five months ago, Matt Bevin was almost an afterthought in the Republican primary. Today, the Louisville businessman is still something of a mystery – but he’s more likely than not to be the next governor of Kentucky, and he even says so! [C-J/AKN]

Just in case you didn’t already know that Mike Huckabee is crazier than a shithouse rat. Mike Huckabee on Thursday said the Dred Scott decision denying U.S. citizenship to African-Americans is the law of the land. [The Hill]

Of course Tom Riner connected backward-ass hater Kim Davis with the Liberty Con Artists. Leave it to Riner to be worried about Davis losing everything and not about the LGBT folks across the Commonwealth who face job loss and homelessness as a result of their sexual orientation. [Ronnie Ellis]

Republican anti-gay bigotry threatens the First Amendment. We’re looking at all of you Republicans who are afraid to stand up to your colleagues. This past June, in the heat of their outrage over gay rights, congressional Republicans revived a nasty bit of business they call the First Amendment Defense Act. It would do many things, but one thing it would not do is defend the First Amendment. To the contrary, it would deliberately warp the bedrock principle of religious freedom under the Constitution. [NY Times]

Few new superintendents have started the job with as many major projects and problems as Michael D. Taylor, who came to the Fairview independent district this summer in the wake of two state investigations. [Ashland Independent]

Mitch McConnell said in an interview Friday he will back a plan to fund the government into December with no conditions, rejecting in his strongest terms yet calls from within his party to defund Planned Parenthood as part of a larger budget bill. [Politico]

Some Louisville workers haven’t seen their pay grow fast enough to keep up with the national inflation rate during the last five years, an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show. [Business First]

Shell Oil Co.’s president Marvin Odum made the trip on Sept. 2 from Houston to this northern-most town in the United States, a spot whose traditional name, Ukpeagvik, means “place where snowy owls are hunted.” [WaPo]

The attorney representing a former Glasgow Police Department chief, Guy J. Turcotte, in his civil lawsuit against the City of Glasgow and interim GPD Chief James Duff argued Friday in Barren Circuit Court that excessive media coverage made it impossible for his client to receive a fair trial in the county. [Glasgow Daily Times]

U.S. prosecutors sought to drop wire fraud charges on Friday against a physicist at Temple University in Philadelphia, nearly four months after he was accused of sharing proprietary U.S. technology with China. [Reuters]

Here’s your NO SHIT, SHERLOCK moment regarding schools rating themselves too high in program reviews. [H-L]

Kamilah Brock says the New York City police sent her to a mental hospital for a hellish eight days, where she was forcefully injected with powerful drugs, essentially because they couldn’t believe a black woman owned a BMW. [HuffPo]