Randy Gets A Little More Like His Racist Daddy

Education on safe sleeping practices, programs aimed at stopping abusive head injuries and better access to mental-health assessments could help prevent child-abuse deaths in Kentucky, according to a state review panel. [H-L]

Public service — should we do more to encourage people to participate in it? Absolutely, yes. America’s strength is derived from a citizenry of diverse talents, histories and backgrounds, and when they come together to place a hand on the tiller of this great enterprise, our nation can accomplish amazing things. [HuffPo]

Want even more proof your state government is a damn nightmare? The [Louisville] city’s tree advocates and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are colliding head-on over rules for safer and easier-to-maintain state roadways. [C-J/AKN]

An epinephrine injection can be life-saving for someone with a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting, a peanut or a piece of shrimp. But just half of internal medicine doctors know that epinephrine should be the first treatment, a recent study finds. [NPR]

Anthony Bowling worked 16 years in the construction business and most recently spent seven years in the coal business until he was furloughed. At age 48, he knows he took the right career move by completing the Lineman Training Program at Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC). [Hazard Herald]

US Attorney General Eric Holder has announced plans to “help end racial profiling once and for all”. [BBC]

During the holiday season last year Mark Ward and his family were the victims of a “bad” act. But that’s when the good guys rode in, in the form of the Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Maybe she shouldn’t have been an absolutely terrible candidate. Mary Landrieu said on Tuesday that she is “extremely disappointed” in Senate Democrats’ campaign committee, after it pulled its ad spending for her runoff election. [The Hill]

Welders, electricians, pilots and spectators held their breath Tuesday as the new Valley View Ferry towboat, named the John Craig II, was lowered into the water for the first time. [Richmond Register]

Really? Is anyone surprised that Robert Felner lackey John Deasy is in this mess? L.A. school district officials turned over 20 boxes of documents Monday in response to a federal grand jury subpoena for documents related to its troubled iPad project, officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon. [LA Times]

After a 10 week-program, 13 more citizens have completed the fourth Rowan County Sheriff’s Department Citizens Police Academy. [The Morehead News]

Really, Rand Paul? Using the Eric Garner case to go on a rant about fucking CIGARETTE TAXES?! You’re telling the world, despite your recent attempts to pretend you have black friends, that you’re a racist jackass. Just like your crackpot father. [Kentucky Deserves Better]

Maybe Rand Paul can run for the U.S. Senate in 2016 and somebody named Shmand Shmaul can run for president. [H-L]

New York City residents took to the streets on Wednesday after a grand jury said it would not bring charges in the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died in July after a police officer placed him in a chokehold. [HuffPo]

Scary Mitch McConnell Maimed The World In 2008

This ad will burn McConnell for sure:

Though, it reeks of spin and desperation. The DSCC should have been pushing stuff like this a year ago.

Because this ad won’t sway anyone so late in the game. People already know they hate Mitch McConnell and that’s not going to change now. Minds are made up.

Here’s hoping there are more scandalous ads like this from both sides. Mud slinging is tons of fun.

Clay County Gets Back To Being The Worst…

A man has admitted helping to dispose of the body of a reputed informant slain in Clay County, meaning he could become a key witness against the alleged head of a large drug ring and a man charged as a paid killer. [H-L]

Schools are getting better at fostering a friendly environment for LGBT students, but they still have a long way to go. [HuffPo]

No one wanted Greg Fischer’s job this morning. For a man who claims to be a great, experienced leader, he’s really shooting himself in the foot with the latest. Boobie pictures and all. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Twenty-two candidates, including nine prosecutors, two former judges and nine incumbents, are running for Jefferson District Court in 11 races. [C-J/AKN]

A year and a half into the release of classified documents by Edward Snowden, the existence of far-reaching National Security Agency surveillance is common if controversial knowledge. [ProPublica]

new epidemiological study adds to the growing body of scientific evidence that mountaintop removal coal mining is harmful to the health of nearby residents. [WFPL]

A team of U.S. and French scientists say they have developed a new tool that can specifically tell when environmental contamination comes from waste produced by hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. [Think Progress]

A new lottery game is expected to generate more millionaires than any other game in history. [WAVE3]

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee plans to go back on the air in Kentucky after the party has been encouraged by new polls suggesting the race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is within reach. [Politico]

The two candidates for mayor in Greenup both have experience in the city’s executive office: Incumbent Lundie Meadows is pitted against former Mayor Donna Hewlett, who he defeated four years ago. [Ashland Independent]

The White House and USDA released a state-by-state Made In Rural America Report yesterday. [Click the Clicky & External PDF]

Chief Justice of Kentucky Supreme Court John D. Minton, Jr., visited Glasgow First United Methodist Church on Sunday and discussed the meaning of a happy life. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Detroit’s relatively fast move through municipal bankruptcy has resulted in costly creditor settlements and too little emphasis on fixing the city’s broken operations, a restructuring expert testified in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday. [Reuters]

In the election for the Urban County Council’s 10th District seat, challenger Amanda Mays Bledsoe is seeking to unseat incumbent Harry Clarke after his first term. [H-L]

Emboldened by new polling showing a tight race for Senate in Kentucky, Democrats are recommitting funds to boost Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. [HuffPo]

Puppies Dead, Rainbows Gone In U.S. Senate Race

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes declined Wednesday to say whether she will pull a television ad that three left-leaning, pro-immigration reform groups condemned Tuesday as “offensive” and “hurtful.” [Sam Youngman]

People are changing Earth so much, warming and polluting it, that many scientists are turning to a new way to describe the time we live in. They’re calling it the Anthropocene — the age of humans. [HuffPo]

A super PAC supporting Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign for the U.S. Senate raised $176,970 in the recent quarter and spent $100,000 on a radio ad attacking Grimes’ opponent, Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. The super-PAC is called “We Are Kentucky.” But, despite its name, the report shows that only $11,500 – or just 6.5 percent – of its contributions during the quarter came from Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has stopped running TV ads in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, a severe blow to Alison Lundergan Grimes in her challenge to Republican leader Mitch McConnell. [AP]

Louisville’s disaster of a mayor spends his days lying on the radio. The man will be called on something, his claims will be debunked and then he’ll show up on the radio the next day spewing what he knows is false. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The unseriousness of Republicans on man-made climate change. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell aren’t scientists, but that doesn’t stop them from discrediting it. [The Atlantic]

Grimes implies that she’s barred from saying who she voted for, and the Constitution includes no prohibition on that. [WAVE3]

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) has decided to stop spending money on television ads against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky and shift its resources elsewhere. [The Hill]

Local students are already benefiting from the Promise Zone, which is less than a year old. In September alone, Promise Zone partners and local schools were awarded more than $44.7 million in grants for several key projects to support a college-going culture and mental health initiatives. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets. [Reuters]

Among the big topics expected on the agenda for next year’s Kentucky General Assembly are public-private partnerships, local option tax and expanded gaming, state Rep. Johnny Bell told Glasgow’s Rotary Club on Thursday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Democrats are pulling out of the Kentucky Senate race. Here’s why that’s important. [WaPo]

Ummm…. it’s not the kids who need to be tested for drugs in Eastern Kentucky, it’s the parents. [H-L]

If law enforcement officials around the country are going to continue cracking down on marijuana grow operations, especially in heavily armed, unannounced raids, maybe they should consider hiring a botanist or two. [HuffPo]

Franklin County Sheriff Probably Drank It All

It’s been a year since almost 200 bottles of rare 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon went missing. And nobody has seen it since. [H-L]

This past September was the warmest since records began in 1880, according to new data released by NASA. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville announced Thursday that a capital campaign started seven years ago to endow teaching chairs, upgrade facilities and create grants and scholarships for students has hit its $1 billion goal. [C-J/AKN]

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has gone dark in Kentucky, where the party is targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. [Roll Call]

Although a settlement conference in September failed to produce a resolution in a federal civil lawsuit against Barren County’s former sheriff and four others, the negotiations are continuing, attorneys told a judge Wednesday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Though she did so clumsily and has been widely criticized for it, Grimes isn’t the only Democrat seeking a Grand Canyon of distance from Obama this campaign cycle. [TIME]

A former Carter County deputy who has already pleaded guilty to official misconduct is denying allegations in a lawsuit stemming from a criminal case in which he was accused of demanding sexual favors in exchange for not arresting a Grayson woman. [Ashland Independent]

Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race is apparently the most ridiculous of 2014. [WaPo]

A retired state trooper and former Administrative Office of the Courts employee has filed a complaint with the Kentucky registry of Election Finance alleging Brian Bayes, a candidate running for Carter County Attorney, did not follow state laws regarding letters that were mailed to local voters. [Ashland Independent]

An accidentally released court filing reveals how one company secretly gave money to a nonprofit that helped get favorable mining legislation passed. [ProPublica]

On Friday, the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center welcomed a guest of honor for a visit, when U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers toured the facility. [Floyd County Times]

Nearly 50 people have been arrested at protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager two months ago. [Reuters]

Lexington will host the 70th annual Southern Legislative Conference in 2016, legislative and city leaders announced Tuesday. [H-L]

The ratio of wealth to household income in the U.S., a measure of inequality, is the highest it has been since just before the Great Depression. [HuffPo]