Uh, Of Course Rick Pitino Knew

Disgraced former disability lawyer Eric C. Conn plotted his escape for a year before absconding from home detention weeks before he was to be sentenced in a massive fraud case, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday. The indictment levels new charges against Conn and Curtis Lee Wyatt, who worked for Conn at his law office in Stanville and allegedly tested security at the U.S. border with Mexico on Conn’s behalf. [H-L]

A month after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, many of the 3.4 million citizens on the island are desperate for aid as they struggle daily to find basic necessities like food, drinking water, medicine and consistent forms of communication. [HuffPo]

Former University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino questioned assistant coaches recently as to why Brian Bowen’s family was living at the Galt House Hotel, according to documents released Monday by Pitino’s lawyer Steve Pence. [C-J/AKN]

The content recommendation ad network Outbrain, whose clicky content sprawls across the web, is investigating whether Russian ads or other forms of election tampering took place on its service during the 2016 election. [BuzzFeed]

With Halloween quickly approaching, scary story enthusiasts are eager to revisit the horrors found in Camp Crystal Lake, Elm Street, Castle Rock and Sleepy Hollow. This year, fans of fright can add the Bluegrass State on their list of spooky story locales thanks to a special program this month at the historic Old Parsonage of Andrew Tribble on Boonesborough Road. [Richmond Register]

The U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday it has indicted two major Chinese drug traffickers on charges of making and selling highly addictive fentanyl to Americans over the internet. [Reuters]

Barren County’s parks and recreation department took in $50,015.62 in its first time managing the youth baseball and softball fall season. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A ProPublica review adds fuel to a longstanding worry about the nation’s highest court: The justices can botch the truth, sometimes in cases of great import. [ProPublica]

The city of Bowling Green is looking to tweak and merge its two ordinances regarding panhandling in light of recent court rulings that found many aspects of panhandling are protected under the First Amendment. [BGDN]

He’s just painfully stupid. Donald Trump said military personnel assisting in Hurricane Maria recovery efforts “shouldn’t have to be” distributing food in Puerto Rico, again casting the U.S. territory’s challenges as partially self-inflicted during a Monday press conference. [Politico]

A surge in the number of people receiving disability benefits in Kentucky is partly due to the state’s aging baby boomer population and other demographic trends, according to a left-leaning think tank. [WFPL]

Oh my god, Republicans are dumb as hell. There was a pretty striking finding in Thursday’s Quinnipiac University poll: Fully 46 percent of Republicans — a plurality — said they would support a preemptive strike against North Korea. [WaPo]

This is just stupid. Of course Rick Pitino knew what was going on. His attorney if Steve Pence. That should tell you everything you need to know. [H-L]

Would be great if stuff like this still happened in Kentucky schools – particularly in rural and poorer areas. [HuffPo]

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Hahaha. Rick Pitino. Hahahahahahaha.

Sweeping changes recommended for Kentucky’s public pension systems would cost taxpayers and public employees more money while making public employment far less attractive to future generations, according to a report released Monday. [John Cheves]

Donald Trump joked that Vice President Mike Pence “wants to hang” all gay people, according to a profile of Pence published in The New Yorker on Monday. [HuffPo]

Donald Trump’s decision late Thursday to cancel federal payments that help low-income people with costs not covered by their health insurance has sent shock waves through Kentucky, where more than 40,000 people benefit from such assistance. [C-J/AKN]

PEE ALERT! It’s November 2013 and you’re Donald Trump. By your standards it’s a normal weekend, which means you’re sitting in the presidential suite of the Moscow Ritz Carlton fuming at Barack Obama. In part you’re fuming because you’re very racist, and in part you’re fuming because Obama publicly humiliated you more than two years ago. If you were more self-aware than a mosquito, you’d realize these were heavily intertwined sources of aggrievement. [Crooked]

A grandmother in the front passenger seat was shot and killed by youths playing with an old handgun in the back seat of the car as they drove home from church. A grandson driving the car was not injured. [Ashland Independent]

Hey, Louisville and Lexington councils: get on this. In a sweeping change to Portland housing policy, City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly announced Sunday that the city will allow overnight RV camping and tiny homes on wheels, as long as they’re parked on private property. [Willamette Week]

It’s time once again to ask churches, businesses, and individuals in the community to participate in the preparation of Thanksgiving food baskets for those in need. [The Morehead News]

Eighteen U.S. states sued Donald Trump’s administration on Friday to stop him from scrapping a key component of Obamacare, subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses, even as Trump invited Democratic leaders to negotiate a deal. [Reuters]

The Glasgow Water Co. received “the standard clean, unqualified auditor’s report,” as certified public accountant Brent Billingsley put it at Thursday’s regular meeting of the Glasgow Water and Sewer Commission. [Glasgow Daily Times]

When you looked up, you could once see nothing but the lush, emerald canopy of tabonuco and sierra palm trees covering El Yunque National Forest. [NY Times]

Get rekt, Rick. The board that oversees athletics at the University of Louisville has unanimously voted to fire men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino. [WFPL]

Democrats accused Trump of trying to sabotage the nation’s health-care system through his decision to halt payments to insurers meant to shore up the system, while Republicans countered Sunday that Trump is just pushing for a hard bargain. [WaPo]

A rock fall that killed an employee at a Whitley County surface coal mine in March happened after the operator failed to identify and correct hazardous conditions, according to a federal report. [H-L]

In Midtown Manhattan, in a building that also hosts a dermatologist, a sports medicine doctor and a package tour operator, two North Korean diplomats run a backchannel line of communication to U.S. officials in Washington. [HuffPo]

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Matt Bevin Tried To Harm Foster Children

Jeff Hoover isn’t just a borderline racist, homophobic bigot… he’s also a con artist. Working on the pension mess in total secrecy is about as corrupt and shady as corrupt and shady can be. [H-L]

Donald Trump on Thursday signed an order that could rattle the Affordable Care Act’s private insurance markets by allowing a proliferation of cheaper, less comprehensive plans that would undermine rules about who and what insurers must cover. [HuffPo]

Why on earth are people giving Greg Postel crap for having temporary security during the height of the latest Rick Pitino bullshit? It’s like the people complaining have never done the right thing in the face of powerful, corrupt people with tons of resources at their fingertips. [C-J/AKN]

Late each night, Rafael Surillo Ruiz, the mayor of a town with one of Puerto Rico’s most critical ports, drives for miles on darkened roads, easing around downed power lines and crumpled tree branches — to check his email. [WaPo]

The fact that Nate Haney is involved with this Braidy bullshit should send red flags up with every state and federal investigator in Kentucky. Hi, Nate! You should be more careful about what you reveal to friends you’re with when you’re out in public. [Ashland Independent]

As Donald Trump promotes a tax plan critics say would raise the federal deficit by slashing corporate rates and eliminating some taxes paid by the rich, some three quarters of Americans believe the wealthiest should pay more, Reuters/Ipsos polling shows. [Reuters]

Fuck Matt Bevin for trying to harm foster children in need. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a case involving a growing number of Kentucky relatives providing free foster care for children. The result is that Kentucky must begin paying those relatives the same as they do licensed foster families, news outlets report. [Richmond Register]

Human grease fart, Donald Trump, threatened to stop recovery efforts in Puerto Rico because he’s fucking insane. If you support him, something is dangerously wrong. [NY Times]

Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said a “public conversation” is needed on whether to amend the state’s constitution so state judges are appointed by the governor instead of elected. [BGDT]

John Thomas set up the deal the way he had arranged nearly two dozen others. A friend said he wanted to buy as many guns as he could, so Thomas got in touch with someone he knew who had guns to sell. [ProPublica]

One item of business taken up by the Horse Cave City Council during their meeting Monday night was approving an audit proposal from Campbell, Myers and Rutledge PLLC. The auditing firm proposed conducting audits of the city’s financial records for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 fiscal years with the cost not exceeding $11,000, according to the city council meeting minutes. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The island of Puerto Rico was devastated by the worst hurricane in its history over three weeks ago. Parts of the Caribbean island – home to 3.4 million US citizens – remain isolated, and phone networks have been catastrophically ruined, making it difficult to confirm the picture on the ground. [BBC]

Kentucky officials say a new report shows a massive increase in the number of Kentucky adults and children receiving disability benefits. [H-L]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions broadly accused immigrants of lying to attain asylum Thursday, claiming that “dirty immigration lawyers,” along with “rampant abuse and fraud,” allow too many people to avoid deportation. [HuffPo]

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Kim Davis Is Finally In Over Her Head

Kim Davis and her shitty, drug-addled, bigoted family better hope they don’t fall on hard times because I promise you Rowan County won’t step up for them. They’ll have to go to Romania – where the Nazi, homophobic witch is spending nine days campaigning against gay people. That’s right – she’s in Russian-controlled areas fighting against gay people. Literally being funded by people advocating for the deaths of gay people. Such a shame this piece of garbage is still given any attention. [H-L]

Outside the Morgan County fair in McConnelsville, in a rural swath of Ohio that fervently backed Donald Trump in last year’s election, ticket seller John Wilson quietly counts off a handful of disappointments with the man he helped elect. [HuffPo]

The hot gossip these days is that Kenny Johnson is Coach #2. But who knows? Or, really, who cares? The lot of these fuckers need to be fired. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump “likely obstructed justice” when he fired FBI Director James Comey and could face impeachment, according to an analysis from the Brookings Institution. [CNBC]

A state lawmaker said he will file a bill that would legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana for adults in Kentucky as an effort to get more tax revenue for the state’s ailing pension systems. [WFPL]

New Republicanism: Killing the poorest of the poor along with the last remnants of the environment in places like Appalachia. [Reuters]

The 8-month-old director vacancy for the Glasgow Electric Plant Board has been filled after the 11 Glasgow City Council members present at their regular meeting Monday unanimously approved Mayor Dick Doty’s proposed appointment of Tag Taylor for the spot. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Schools for potential dropouts market aggressively to boost enrollment — especially during weeks when heads are counted to determine funding. Some of their tactics may violate federal consumer protections. [ProPublica]

Morehead State University is striving to see how it can turn a vision into being by having the safest, most affordable and most personable four-year university in the state, according to the school’s president. [Ashland Independent]

Trump escalated his attack on Senator Bob Corker on Tuesday by ridiculing him for his height, even as advisers worried that the president was further fracturing his relationship with congressional Republicans just a week before a vote critical to his tax cutting plan. [NY Times]

The courthouse square is officially “historic.” In March, the Rowan County Historical Society received notification that the courthouse square, which includes the former Rowan County courthouse, jail, and superintendent’s office, has been accepted in the National Register of Historic Places. [The Morehead News]

As the public feud between Trump and Sen. Bob Corker stretched through its third day on Tuesday, a collective, if private, acknowledgment emerged that Corker was speaking for most Senate Republicans when he stood up to a Trump taunt. [WaPo]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is asking the Education Department to skirt its rules and make an exception to provide federal dollars to a college in his home state – even though a high percentage of its graduates defaulted on their students loans for the last three years. [H-L]

A study published this week demonstrated that breast cancer death rates, already low, are improving even more. But one thing was missing from the hopeful headlines: There’s a major gap in mortality between black and white women. [HuffPo]

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Bevin Got Kneed In The Nuts Yet Again

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I wish people would quit pretending dead people are terrific. All this, “OH MY GOD! They were so great, my best friend, a pure spirit!” bullshit has got to stop. Especially as it relates to shitty Frankfort politicians. [H-L]

Donald Trump said on Sunday that Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) is retiring from office because Trump refused to endorse him for re-election next year ― a claim that a source familiar with the matter disputed. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin’s administration cannot keep secret the names of investors in Braidy Industries Inc., which received $15 million in public funding for a new aluminum plant in Eastern Kentucky, Attorney General Andy Beshear has ruled. While this is a big deal, there’s got to be someone more credible than Joel Christopher to speak for the paper. He’s gone on record with me lying (I have Chicago PD records to prove it and have published them) about Morgan Watkins’ claims to have interacted with Chicago Police during the airline mess. So he’s about as trustworthy as Matt Bevin. [C-J/AKN]

We’re still not holding our breath over Google Fiber. Because you know it’ll hit the absolute worst neighborhoods first. [Google]

One in six Kentuckians struggle with food insecurity and for the state’s children it is worse — one in five. Recently, Berea College hosted the 2nd annual Kentucky Hunger Dialogue to bring together communities, universities, non-profit organizations, government agencies to brainstorm and collaborate to create action against hunger. The focus of the dialogue was to show people what hunger looks like in Kentucky, and what people are doing in Kentucky to address the issue. [Richmond Register]

Tenants of the Baltimore-area apartment complexes owned by Jared Kushner’s real-estate company have brought a class-action lawsuit against the firm’s property management arm over its aggressive pursuit of tenants for allegedly unpaid rent. [ProPublica]

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will join some Eastern Kentucky residents and officials in opposing a requested electrical rate increase of $63.5 million by American Electric Power subsidiary Kentucky Power Company (KPC). [Ashland Independent]

A widely shared chart showing that more guns mean fewer gun murders gives a misleading impression. [NY Times]

Those wishing for some glimpse at proposed pension reform legislation this week are likely to be disappointed but one legislative leader provided some hope for those who fear it will include drastic changes to existing benefits. [Ronnie Ellis]

Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly. [WaPo]

The City of Glasgow and Barren County Fiscal Court are among the announced recipients of Kentucky Office of Homeland Security grants, with a combined $47,500 for radio equipment, according to a press release from KOHS. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The White House announced Thursday that Donald Trump has officially nominated Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). [ThinkProgress]

Lois Smith was paralyzed, but now she can walk again. Smith, 62, had been to the emergency room off and on since she collapsed one day in her driveway about five years ago and found herself unable to walk. She was uninsured, on disability and incapable of paying a primary care doctor. [H-L]

Mike Pence is a giant, closet case baby. That’s the long and short of it. He’s that kind of guy like Damon Thayer – feigning homophobia while trolling for you-know-what behind the scenes. [HuffPo]

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The New Republican Bigotry On Parade

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Here’s more of Matt Bevin using your tax dollars to force his perverse, immoral “religious” beliefs down your throat. A federal judge late Wednesday struck down a Kentucky anti-abortion law that required doctors to conduct an ultrasound and present the results to a woman before performing an abortion, saying the law violates doctors’ First Amendment rights. [H-L]

If you’ve still supporting that orange pigfucker, you deserve every bad thing imaginable. [HuffPo]

Denis Frankenberger, who has testified before the state legislature about the Yum Center’s subsidies, said he doubts credit agencies such as S&P or Moody’s will improve the arena’s bond ratings amid the FBI’s investigation into college basketball corruption. “It will have a devastating effect on the ability for the Yum Center to pay its debt,” he said. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump sure has a lot of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. Before he was president, Donald Trump told radio host Howard Stern that he turned away in disgust as an elderly man nearly bled to death in front of him. [Raw Story]

As chair of the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents the past four years, Craig Turner knows firsthand that the need for private support of the institution has never been greater. [Richmond Register]

This stupid, orange pigfucker has got to go. Donald Trump blamed Puerto Ricans on Saturday for the slow pace of relief from the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Maria, saying his government, which has come under fire for its response, was doing an “amazing job.” [Reuters]

Four of the region’s state legislators addressed the Kentucky pension crisis during a forum in Ashland Thursday night, saying the state needs to maintain the promises made to the state’s public employees in their benefit and retirement packages. [Ashland Independent]

The New York Times and ProPublica have teamed up to investigate who is to blame for skyrocketing drug prices — and have turned up some surprising answers. [ProPublica]

The results are in. The Kentucky Department of Education recently released the results from the 2016-17 K-PREP assessments. K-PREP is the standardized assessment that tests student knowledge of the Common Core State Standards. [The Morehead News]

People like Donald Trump and Tom Price stay rich by using other peoples’ money to do whatever they want with no consequences. Tom Price, the health and human services secretary, resigned under pressure on Friday after racking up at least $400,000 in travel bills for chartered flights and undermining Donald Trump’s promise to drain the swamp of a corrupt and entitled capital. [NY Times]

At Monday’s meeting of the Glasgow City Council, council members were provided with the name of the person Mayor Dick Doty proposes to appoint to the Glasgow Electric Plant Board to fill the vacancy left at the end of January when a majority of the council refused to reappoint Jim Lee. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump’s lazy bullshit is literally killing people in Puerto Rico. [WaPo]

Kentucky judges should stop ordering criminal defendants to report to private probation companies because the judicial branch does such a poor job of monitoring the companies’ performance, the ACLU of Kentucky said Wednesday. [John Cheves]

The mayor of San Juan on Friday tore into the federal government’s response to recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and begged the rest of the country to send help to the island. [HuffPo]

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Constant Dumpster Fire At Cardinal & Floyd Is Burning Out Of Control

The federal documents released to the public Tuesday related to the corruption investigation into college basketball contained detailed allegations against some of the nation’s biggest programs. [H-L]

Chuck Rosenberg, acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, will resign at the end of the month. [HuffPo]

The apparel company targeted in the federal college basketball recruiting scandal has deeper ties to the University of Louisville than a $160 million contract extension sealed this summer. Adidas also employs athletic director Tom Jurich’s daughter Haley Marie Jurich, according to her LinkedIn profile and a Facebook post from earlier this year. [C-J/AKN]

The United States no longer plays a leading role in the United Nations’ LGBTQ Human Rights group. [NBC News]

Let’s have high hopes for this. But let’s also expect the worst. Mostly because the partner organizations in Kentucky and West Virginia have a history of abandoning coverage that matters. And a history of hiring sloppy, lazy, deliberately terrible reporters (Hey, Valarie!) – so expect the worst. Hope for the best. Expect the worst. [Elizabeth Catte]

The Republicans’ long-awaited tax framework would cut the top tax rate for the wealthy, drastically slash taxes for businesses and eliminate most itemized deductions, according to a copy obtained by The Hill. [The Hill]

This should be illegal. Even though it’ll create a tiny monopoly, it’s still a monopoly. And Raycom’s been shitty for Louisville media. Raycom Media and Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. — owner of The Daily Independent — announced Monday a merger between the two companies. [Ashland Independent]

As Puerto Rico struggles with a lack of fuel, water and medical supplies following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, it is pressing the Trump administration to lift a bar on foreign ships delivering supplies from the U.S. mainland. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin’s government is so miserably incompetent. Late last week, the Division of Surplus Property in the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet discovered that a list previously removed from its website remained accessible, as a cached document, in response to specific Google searches. [Richmond Register]

Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too. [ProPublica]

For now, at least, the effort by some Glasgow City Council members to force the removal of three of the four remaining members of the Glasgow Electric Plant Board’s board of directors appears to be on an indefinite pause mode. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price took a government-funded private jet in August to get to St. Simons Island, an exclusive Georgia resort where he and his wife own land, a day and a half before he addressed a group of local doctors at a medical conference that he and his wife have long attended. [Politico]

Kentucky prosecutors warned the Bevin Administration this week that 17.4 percent cuts to their budgets would force them to either close their offices and lay off hundreds of employees by March 1 or cut their employees’ salaries by as much as 75 percent beginning Jan. 1. [H-L]

Donald Trump claimed on Tuesday that Sen. Luther Strange was “shooting up” in the Alabama polls thanks to his endorsement. But when Strange lost by nearly 10 points to Roy Moore in Tuesday night’s Republican primary, the president deleted that and two other messages in support of his candidate. [HuffPo]

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