Jim Gray: More Waste, More Bullshit

Someone should pay for the Jim Gray research files that exist. Because if this jackass is going to waste taxpayer dollars fighting the release of public documents? He’s got another thing coming. [H-L]

Thousands of people are fleeing Puerto Rico as the island remains without power and the death toll continues to climb more than a month after Hurricane Maria. [HuffPo]

James O’Malley, a farmer from Shelby County, has crossed the East End bridge at least five times this year to visit his son in Indianapolis or travel to Wisconsin. He doesn’t mind paying a toll to cross, he said. But he’s never gotten a bill. [C-J/AKN]

Haha, personal funds? More like pilfered charity dollars. Trump plans to spend at least $430,000 of his personal funds to help cover the mounting legal costs incurred by White House staff and campaign aides related to the ongoing investigations of Russian meddling in last year’s election, a White House official said. [WaPo]

The mayor and the father-and-son founders of a new company starting in Glasgow have officially signed off on a deal providing the company a $30,000 loan from the Glasgow Economic Development Loan Fund. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The latest chapter in the country’s continuing reckoning with the legacy of the Confederacy is being written by grade school students. [NY Times]

Drama’s afoot! In a split but bi-partisan vote Tuesday and without providing reason on cause, the state Board of Elections dismissed its executive director, Maryellen Allen, and assistant director, Matthew Selph. [Ronnie Ellis]

A 17-year-old illegal immigrant in federal custody in Texas can have an abortion immediately despite the objections of Donald Trump’s administration, a U.S. appeals court decided on Tuesday in a ruling spearheaded by Democratic-appointed judges. [Reuters]

As the newly appointed Boyd County Commonwealth Attorney, Rhonda Copley hopes to make a difference regarding the local drug issue. [Ashland Independent]

Sen. Jeff Flake delivered a scathing speech about Trump from the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, as he officially announced that he will not run for reelection in 2018. [The Hill]

Only minor issues were reported during an annual audit of Rowan County Schools. Lori Dearfield, senior auditor for Kelly Galloway Smith Goolsby, PSC, presented the report during last Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. [The Morehead News]

The voter-fraud-checking program championed by the head of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity suffers from data security flaws that could imperil the safety of millions of peoples’ records, according to experts. [ProPublica]

The nation’s two largest credit ratings agencies, both of which downgraded Kentucky this year because of its large public pension debt, have handed in mixed reviews of Republican Giant Pussy Matt Bevin’s proposal to reshape the state’s retirement systems. Standard & Poor’s predicted that Bevin’s proposal “will likely face legal challenges” over the “inviolable contract” rights of school teachers and state employees to not have their retirement benefits reduced. [John Cheves]

Seeing Russian flags get thrown at Dipshit Donald as he walked through the Capitol with Mitch McConnell was prime viewing. [HuffPo]

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Overdoses Are Hitting Ashland Hard

The effort to preserve a 125-mile stretch of Pine Mountain that runs the length of southeastern Kentucky has taken a significant step forward with the purchase of nearly 2,000 acres, the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust announced Thursday. [H-L]

The public feud between Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Donald Trump continued to escalate on Tuesday. The GOP senator, who warned earlier this month that Trump’s behavior could lead to World War III, told CNN that he believes the president’s legacy will be the “debasement of our nation.” [HuffPo]

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has made its final decision for a new VA hospital in Louisville, and it is sticking with a 35-acre farmland site off Brownsboro Road. [C-J/AKN]

The U.S government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure. [Reuters]

A second person has announced her candidacy to become the next Barren County clerk, with incumbent Joanne London not seeking re-election. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Another lawmaker is asking insurers whether their policies have made it easier for patients to access cheaper, more addictive drugs over less addictive alternatives. Meanwhile, the insurance industry trade group pledged additional steps to combat inappropriate prescribing. [ProPublica]

Rowan County Fiscal Court made it clear during its monthly meeting on Tuesday that it did not support a rate increase proposed by Advanced Disposal, owner and operator of the county landfill. [The Morehead News]

This idiot. Speaking to reporters alongside Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló at the White House on Thursday, Trump gave the White House the highest possible marks for its response to Hurricane Maria. [ThinkProgress]

A plaque proclaiming Jefferson Davis as a hero and a patriot will be removed from Kentucky’s Capitol, the latest effort to alter Confederate monuments across the country following outbreaks of racially motivated violence. [Richmond Register]

After a series of high-profile police shootings, police departments across the nation turned to body cameras, hoping they would curb abuses. But a rigorous study released Friday shows that they have almost no effect on officer behavior. [NY Times]

An overdose awareness and prevention seminar is set for Thursday in downtown Ashland amid an overdose crisis that’s devastated the Tri-State and left at least 34 dead in Boyd County this year alone. [Ashland Independent]

These fools have no idea that it’s the media’s job to constantly question those in power – no matter what. Yet again, the White House has declared itself to be above question. [WaPo]

It was time. Long past time, actually. As the sun set Tuesday on a beautiful fall day, it also set on Lexington’s two most visible symbols of history rewritten. [Tom Eblen]

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) won’t run for re-election in 2018, The Arizona Republic first reported. Flake spoke about his decision on the Senate floor Tuesday, railing against the “appalling features of our current politics” and arguing that lawmakers should “never regard as normal the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals.” [HuffPo]

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Republicans Ruin Everything They Touch

It may be true, as its title suggests, that the pension plan outlined last week by Matt Bevin and Republican legislative leaders is “keeping the promise.” But what promise and to whom? Certainly, it doesn’t keep a promise to current or future public workers and retirees that they will retire with financial security. [H-L]

Once upon a time, an insurgent candidate defeated Hillary Clinton, the most prepared potential president in U.S. history, after a nasty, close and historic race. [HuffPo]

Anyone deliberately ignorant enough to claim a soccer stadium in Louisville is going to push wages higher is an asshole. That’s not remotely based in reality. It’s not going to happen. If anything, they’ll hire the lowest common denominator for work and pay them the lowest rate that’s legally possible. It happens in every development in Louisville and it’s not changing any time soon. But this is Attica Scott, the woman who refused to answer questions about her residency when she initially ran for Metro Council. So it’s not surprising she’d put false hope out there to fluff up liberals in wealthy parts of the city. [C-J/AKN]

The two Honduran women told nearly identical stories to the immigration courts: Fear for their lives and for the lives of their children drove them to seek asylum in the United States. [Reuters]

State Librarian and Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) Commissioner Terry Manuel announced that Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger has received a grant totaling $17,302 from the KDLA to preserve and manage local government records. [Richmond Register]

It was about 10 a.m. on Aug. 12 when the melee erupted just north of Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. [ProPublica]

It’s been 10 years since Kentucky judges received a raise, placing judicial salaries in the commonwealth 48th among the 50 states. [Ronnie Ellis]

With the White House under fire over its handling of the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger, questions are rising about the deadly ambush. [ThinkProgress]

The Boyd County Public Library is operating on a $3.1 million budget and will likely have about $5 million in reserve this fiscal year. The library – like the school districts, volunteer fire departments and health department in Boyd County – is a special taxing district. The bulk of the library’s budget – 84 percent – is funded by property taxes. [Ashland Independent]

The Environmental Protection Agency has published a list of 10 toxic threats it will evaluate first under a law passed last year intended to crack down on hazardous chemicals. [NY Times]

Sometimes you have to wonder if the folks running Morehead State University know their ass from a hole in the ground. [The Morehead News]

Authoritarian bullshit. The White House flashed its authoritarian streak again on Friday when press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was “highly inappropriate” for journalists to fact-check a false claim by Chief of Staff John F. Kelly. [WaPo]

This sort of thing happened repeatedly in Montgomery County. I reported on it for a few years. Kids ‘escaped’ school on a regular basis, roamed around in traffic, you name it. It was a nightmare situation. Valarie Honeycutt Spears just twiddled her thumbs over those stories. [H-L]

For 27 years, Erwin Marks helped design military aircraft, missiles, drones and even solid rocket boosters for the space shuttle. The work was a good fit for Marks, who’d left the Navajo Nation to study design engineering technology at Brigham Young University in the 1980s. But after almost three decades, Marks had grown tired of the hiring and layoff cycles every few years as federal contracts were awarded and expired. [HuffPo]

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Republicans Have Bungled Pension Reform

Parents slaughter their helpless children during 24 hours of insane violence. An Army nurse falls in love in Amish country and solves a murder mystery. A mighty Thoroughbred claims the first Triple Crown in a quarter-century. The Turtleman pokes a hole in the ceiling and out pours a torrent of rats. These stories have one thing in common: Kentucky taxpayers opened their wallets to bring them to the screen through a financial gift called “film incentives.” [John Cheves]

Never forget that this lazy-ass bigot dodged the draft. A Florida congresswoman described Donald Trump’s phone call to the widow of a soldier killed during an ambush in Niger as “insensitive” after the president reportedly said the man “must’ve known what he signed up for.” [HuffPo]

No, Tom Jurich is absolutely not worth his pay. He’s yet another Six Flags Over Jesus fraud. In a written defense of suspended University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich released Monday, attorney Allison M. Stemler takes issue with news reports about her client’s pay package, and says he’s worth every penny. [C-J/AKN]

Republicans are just fucking stupid lately. If Indiana state Rep. Jim Lucas had his way, journalists would be required to register with state police in order to report the news. [ThinkProgress]

Pornography publisher Larry Flynt is offering “up to $10 million” to anyone who produces information that leads to Donald Trump’s impeachment and removal from office. [H-L]

A cybersecurity researcher who said he was recruited to vet hacked Hillary Clinton emails last year by a GOP operative tied to President Donald Trump’s campaign team has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, Business Insider has learned. [Business Insider]

The fix for Kentucky’s badly underfunded pension systems proposed by Matt Bevin and Republican legislative leaders is complex with a lot of moving parts. [Ronnie Ellis]

Never forget that this lazy-ass bigot dodged the draft. Rep. Frederica Wilson blasted Donald Trump on Wednesday, calling him a “sick man” after he accused the Florida Democrat of fabricating her claim that he made an insensitive remark to the wife of a fallen soldier. [The Hill]

Matt Bevin and Republican legislative leaders unveiled an outline of their proposed pension system fix Wednesday, one which they say won’t affect current retirees and won’t increase the retirement age for state workers or teachers. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Two U.S. senators on Tuesday reached a bipartisan agreement to shore up Obamacare for two years by reviving federal subsidies for health insurers that Donald Trump planned to scrap, and the president indicated his support for the plan. [Reuters]

No one said it would be easy and few thought the proposal by Matt Bevin and GOP leaders to reform Kentucky’s public pensions would be embraced by all. [Even More Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump’s latest attempt to bar citizens of eight countries from entering the US has suffered a second federal court defeat. [BBC]

This ought to end in a nightmare… An Indiana native was hired Tuesday as the first president of a new downtown organization that will oversee special events and economic development in Kentucky’s second largest city. [H-L]c

Never forget that this lazy-ass bigot dodged the draft. Donald Trump was slammed on social media overnight for his comments to the grieving widow of a fallen U.S. serviceman. [HuffPo]

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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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Dick Roeding Was A Homophobic Bigot

Daviess County Sheriff’s Department deputies and the Owensboro Police Department’s hazardous device unit were called to a home under construction in west Daviess County on Thursday after a crew found an explosive device that had been stuffed in a portable toilet. [H-L]

Donald Trump denied a report on Wednesday that he previously requested a tenfold increase to the U.S. nuclear arms supply. NBC News published a piece alleging that he made the ask over the summer after seeing a slide displaying the reduction in American nuclear weaponry since the 1960s. [HuffPo]

The contracts for a pair of suspended Louisville men’s basketball coaches would allow the University of Louisville Athletic Association to fire them as soon as Monday morning’s board meeting. [C-J/AKN]

Groups that advocate for LGBT rights increasingly feel that they are under assault from the Trump administration. [The Hill]

Bigots of a feather flock together. John Schickel is a homophobic bigot just like Dick Roeding. Both have spent years fighting to make the lives of LGBT people miserable and unlivable. Fuck both of these people. Thank goodness one of them is dead. Yes, I said it. Thank goodness Roeding is dead so he can no longer harm young gay people. If you’re praising him? Check yourself. Something is wrong with you. [CN|Toot]

Donald Trump suggested challenging media licenses for NBC and other broadcast news networks on Wednesday, delivering his latest salvo against the media after recent NBC News reports about Trump’s secretary of state and the country’s nuclear arsenal. [Reuters]

It’s almost like someone did zero research regarding freshwater crustaceans before writing this. My eyes rolled way back into my head because I’ve studied them for 20+ years – to the point of my side hustle being speciality freshwater shrimp foods that took a decade to perfect. It’s frustrating to see people get paid for producing mediocre, ill-informed content while editors push it around like it’s stellar or groundbreaking. These shrimp (no S – shrimp is plural) aren’t difficult to find because I’ve been able to locate them my entire life. Their habitat is well understood among hobbyists and scientists. Otherwise, I wouldn’t know what I know and wouldn’t be shocked as hell at a story like this. It’d behoove the writer to put in more effort before publishing something a cave guy knows little about as fact. [WFPL]

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced last week that it is launching a new study of certain types of DNA analysis used in criminal prosecutions. [ProPublica]

Auditors reviewing an Appalachian county’s finances found that its former treasurer wrote herself checks worth more than $114,000 by dipping into county funds and emergency preparedness grant money, Kentucky’s auditor said Tuesday. State Auditor Mike Harmon said he was forwarding the findings regarding former Jackson County Treasurer Beth Sallee to the FBI, Kentucky State Police and state attorney general. [Richmond Register]

The International Monetary Fund delivered a blunt warning to international policy makers ahead of the fund’s annual meeting this week: Governments risk undermining global economic growth by cutting taxes on the wealthy. [NY Times]

New Boyd Emergency Medical Services director Charles “Chuck” Cremeans said he will work to give his staff the tools it needs to save lives in an aging county with a staggering overdose rate. [Ashland Independent]

Donald Trump is full of shit about stock market claims. Just like he always is. Here’s proof. [WaPo]

In the days following Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, Google searches for gun control spiked to overtake searches for gun shops in every state — except Kentucky. [H-L]

A coalition of more than a hundred Democratic members of Congress has asked Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis if the Pentagon helped advise Donald Trump on his July decision to bar transgender Americans from serving in the U.S. military. [HuffPo]

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Bevin Lost Another Of His Dumb Games

Steve Bannon plans to back primary challengers to almost every Republican senator who runs for re-election next year in an effort to depose Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and streamline Senate voting procedures, three people familiar with his plans said. [H-L]

There’s nothing about these people that isn’t horrendously trashy. Absolutely nothing. [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. [C-J/AKN]

Wannabe YouTube stars and diehard Donald Trump supporters ‘Williams & Kalvin’ totally swear they’re from Atlanta. In reality, they were working for the Kremlin. [TDB]

The first legally recognized and chartered Native American Indian group celebrated its 45th anniversary last month. [The Morehead News]

The Treasury Department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis has been illegally rifling through and filing away the private financial records of US citizens, Treasury employees alleged. “This is such an invasion of privacy,” said one official. [BuzzFeed]

Scott Gillum was officially appointed Flatwoods police chief by the city council — three years after he was named acting chief. [Ashland Independent]

Have you seriously considered filing for bankruptcy any time in the last ten years? [ProPublica]

The Madison County Fiscal Court announced the opening of the 2017/2018 Charitable Giving Program grant cycle. The program, which provides gap funding for nonprofit programs focused on assisting Madison County residents, is in its third year. This year’s program will award $37,000 in grants to eligible recipients. [Richmond Register]

Two decades ago, the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein invited Ashley Judd to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what the young actress expected to be a business breakfast meeting. Instead, he had her sent up to his room, where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower, she recalled in an interview. [NY Times]

You may not know Jon Fleischaker, but if you live in Kentucky, you probably know more about your government than citizens in many states. You can thank Jon Fleischaker. [Ronnie Ellis]

After nearly nine months of the Trump administration, many of the closest U.S. allies have concluded that the hoped-for “learning curve” they believed would make Trump a reliable partner is not going to happen. Policy, and who makes it, remains a riddle, and there is growing acceptance the administration’s unpredictability is a permanent condition. [WaPo]

What on earth? There are only a couple people on this list who aren’t straight-up con artists. [Tom Eblen]

Surprise! A bigot wasted your taxpayer dollars for a personal, racist stunt. Mike Pence leaving an NFL game early on Sunday was a costly political “stunt,” according to some Democratic lawmakers. [HuffPo]

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