Trickle-Down Economics. Who Knew???

Kentucky GOP gubernatorial hopeful Matt Bevin wants his state to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from its statehouse. [The Hill]

More than 90 cases involving possible child abuse or neglect in Northern Kentucky have been lost, with some languishing for months before being recently discovered, state social service officials said. [H-L]

Really, the stupid is thing with these presidential candidates. Huckabee refused to take a real position on the confederate flag. Probably because he has quite a history of palling around with racist organizations. [HuffPo & TDB]

How much should you worry when your young athlete gets headaches? Dr. Tad Seifert, a neurologist for Norton Healthcare, hoped to help answer that question through a recent study. [C-J/AKN]

The International Monetary Fund says trickle-down economics don’t work. The lending group usually known for its pro-market stance is realizing that growing income inequality can actually undermine an economy. [Fast Company]

Matt Bevin, the upset winner of the Republican gubernatorial primary, said at the statewide Lincoln Day Dinner on May 30 that he had reached out to Republican state lawmakers in an effort to get the party solidly behind his fall campaign against Democrat Jack Conway. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Earth has entered a “new period of extinction”, a study by three US universities concludes, and humans could be among the first casualties. [BBC]

Before stopping at 761.12 feet above sea level, Cave Run Lake took in a record amount of runoff water this spring. By the first week of June, however, the lake reached its ideal summer pool level, thanks to the efforts of Anthony Orr, natural resources project manager for the Army Corps of Engineers. [The Morehead News]

During the school year, over 21 million children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch each day through the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. But, when school is out, many children who rely on these meals go hungry. The challenge is particularly great in rural areas and Indian Country, where 15 percent of households are food insecure. In these areas, children and teens often live long distances from designated summer meal sites and lack access to public transportation. [White House]

A new lawsuit filed in Floyd Circuit Court this week has shed more light on the tragic events surrounding a former Eric C. Conn client who committed suicide in depression over losing his Social Security disability benefits. [Hazard Herald]

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday in favor of husband-and-wife farmers in California who had been left with nothing but sour grapes by a Depression-era federal program requiring raisin producers to put aside some of their crop without guaranteed compensation. [Reuters]

An issue of who is responsible for collecting restaurant taxes due the city came up in a recent meeting of the Cumberland Tourist Commission meeting. Chair Cleon Cornett said he feels it is “the city’s sole responsibility to initiate efforts to collect restaurant tax.” [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

The Council of Conservative Citizens, an organization with white supremacist leanings, has issued a statement defending the “legitimate grievances” expressed by Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof. [Mother Jones]

Health officials in Louisville say 57 intravenous drug users visited the city’s needle exchange program during its first week of operation. [H-L]

A substantial share of America’s youth remains economically disconnected, even as the economy continues to recover. [HuffPo]

Why Rand Will Never Be President…

Despite criticism from some city commissioners, Frankfort Mayor Bill May intends to pursue an independent investigation into the capital city’s police department in the wake of an ongoing investigation into a bourbon theft/steroid trafficking ring. [H-L]

The stupid is on high with presidential candidates. Mike Huckabee joined the growing pack of 2016 presidential candidates skeptical about climate science on Sunday. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Democratic Party benefited from a jolt of new out-of-state contributors in May – 14 executives of AT&T who combined gave $12,550 to the party in this crucial gubernatorial election year. [C-J/AKN]

GCHQ’s covert surveillance of two international human rights groups was illegal, the judicial tribunal responsible for handling complaints against the intelligence services has ruled. [The Guardian]

Members of the Richmond City Commission argued about funding for employee benefits and economic development in a Tuesday morning work session. But, they were all smiles in a called session Friday afternoon when the 2015-16 budget was adopted on final reading. [Richmond Register]

Many of the quotes attributed to the Founding Fathers in two of Rand Paul’s books are either fake, misquoted, or taken entirely out of context. [BuzzFeed]

Barren County Fiscal Court unanimously decided in a special-called meeting Friday to go back to the county’s former health insurance agent of record, Pedigo-Lessenberry Insurance Agency. [Glasgow Daily Times]

With the release of his encyclical “Laudato Si” on Thursday, Pope Francis made headlines for recognizing the threat of human-caused climate change. But the encyclical also called attention to the world’s oceans, affirming just how vital they are to “our common home.” [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Jack Conway lobbed barbs in their first joint public appearance on Friday. [WFPL]

The US State Department says the number of terror attacks around the world rose by a third in 2014 compared with the previous year. [BBC]

The Lexington Humane Society is asking for the public’s help in replacing their air conditioning unit. [WAVE3]

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday that the Confederate flag near the state Capitol should be moved, reversing an earlier position she had held and adding a powerful voice to the growing chorus of calls for the flag’s removal. [WaPo]

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said Monday that police are working hard to determine what was behind multiple shootings Sunday night during a basketball tournament at Douglass Park. [H-L]

We’re looking at you, Rand Paul, because you’ve known about this guy for ages. The leader of a white supremacist group cited by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof made $65,000 in donations to Republicans, including several to Republican presidential candidates, The Guardian newspaper reported Sunday night.[HuffPo & TPM]

Glad Some KY History Is Appreciated

$86,448 was awarded yesterday in the form 12 Certified Local Government Grants for historic preservation efforts in nine communities.

There are now 23 Certified Local Government communities, according to the Kentucky Heritage Council.

Belo are the latest:

Bardstown: Survey of Maple Hill Neighborhood, $10,141 grant/$6,761 match
This project will utilize existing digital architectural survey and planning software to survey approximately 60 undocumented post-World War II residential buildings. Once completed, a public workshop will take place to share information and gauge or build support for designation of a conservation overlay district.

Bellevue and Covington: Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend, $3,000/$2,000 each
This grant will assist with funding the fifth annual presentation of this popular weekend workshop, which has drawn hundreds of participants each year and helped strengthen northern Kentucky’s preservation ethic. Once again, Bellevue will be working in conjunction with Covington and the CLG community of Newport to organize and staff the event.

Bellevue and Covington: NKY Preservation Video – Take 3, $6,000/$4,000 each
This partnership will produce the third installment of a video series, all funded with CLG grant assistance, to educate owners of historic properties and other interested residents about preservation fundamentals. This new video will educate about the inherently “green” features of historic buildings and how to take advantage of them; explain how to repair and restore historic windows and increase their efficiency; and cover proper treatment and maintenance for historic wood, masonry, gutters and downspouts.

Covington: Peaselburg National Register Nomination – Phase II, $2,000/$1,333
This request will provide additional funding to hire a consultant to present the Peaselburg National Register nomination to Covington’s Urban Design Review Board and the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Review Board, and cover final editing expenses.

Danville: Community Education Preservation Workshops, $6,300/$4,200
This grant will fund two workshops, one focusing on teaching the value of historic preservation and why communities create preservation ordinances and historic districts, the other a small trades fair with additional speakers on preservation-related topics including the use of historic rehabilitation tax credits.

Hopkinsville: Preservation Education Event, $6,000/$4,000
This grant will provide educational programming to benefit owners of historic properties and residents of local historic districts, and fund a consultant or speaker meeting SOI Professional Qualifications Standards for historic preservation and rehabilitation. The event will include a historic building design demonstration by KHC staff and a downtown walking tour.

Louisville: Metro Design Guidelines Update, $24,999/$20,000
This grant will fund a consultant to revise and update the Metro Louisville Landmarks Commission’s design guidelines, which are applicable in six local historic districts and for 83 designated local landmarks. The last revision took place in 1997, and this update is requested to reflect advances in sustainable technologies, building materials and preservation methodologies.

Maysville: National Register Boundary Expansion, $9,212/$6,142
This grant will expand the boundary of the Maysville Downtown National Register historic district to include approximately 110 additional parcels.

Paducah: GIS Database of Historic Resources, $3,795/$2,530
This funding will allow staff to develop and populate a GIS database of historic and cultural resources in downtown Paducah. All work will be conducted by an intern under the supervision of the Paducah Main Street Program director, Melinda Winchester, who meets SOI Professional Qualifications Standards. The database will link multiple data sets including historic site name, street address, National Register status, square footage, the number of floors, existing use and more.

Shelbyville: Historic District Commission Website, $6,000/$4,000
This project will create an interactive website to interface with the city’s existing website and building survey database, RuskinArc. This will give the public access to the local building inventory, the city’s newly updated design guidelines, historic preservation information, forms and guidelines, and more.

Kentucky Kids Always Seem To Lose

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray applauded the work of the Urban County Council in its deliberation of his proposed $323 million budget on Tuesday but declined to say if he would veto any changes council made to the budget. [H-L]

Former Detective Joe Crystal sat at a back table in Martin’s West Ballroom last Thursday, scanning the room filled with police officers for any friends he still had left. [HuffPo]

The number of Kentucky children removed from homes because of abuse or neglect has reached more than 8,000 — the highest in memory for child advocates who find the increase alarming. [C-J/AKN]

Roughly half of deaths from 12 smoking-related cancers may be linked directly to cigarette use, a U.S. study estimates. [Reuters]

Just fewer than 100 new laws take effect in Kentucky next week, laws that loosen regulations on telephone providers, allow hunters to donate game meat to those who feed the hungry and one that restricts who can distribute beer. [Ronnie Ellis]

Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the enhanced interrogation techniques deployed by his brother after Sept. 11 attacks were no longer appropriate, that he hoped the Supreme Court would rule against same-sex marriage, and mocked Hillary Rodham Clinton for passing few laws during her eight years in the Senate. [NY Times]

For four days, 413 teenagers and volunteers have come to Madison County to change the homes — and lives — of at least 28 area residents. [Richmond Register]

A new study from the University of Colorado Denver finds that there has already been scientific consensus on same-sex parenting for decades. [ThinkProgress]

Three months later and still no arrests. Investigators tell us they need your help as they try to figure out who killed a Laurel County couple and set their home on fire. [WKYT]

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio appears to be giving Hillary Clinton the best competition among Republican presidential contenders in his home state and in Pennsylvania, in the latest Quinnipiac University poll of swing states released Wednesday. [Politico]

“I need a motion for Fiscal Court to approve a survey of the East Kentucky Tobacco Warehouse to be performed in anticipation of purchase for Rowan County Detention site.” That is what Cecil Watkins, county attorney, said Tuesday in Rowan Fiscal Court’s regular meeting. [The Morehead News]

Federal officials have spent years locked in a secret legal battle with UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s biggest Medicare Advantage insurer, after a government audit detected widespread overbilling at one of the company’s health plans, newly released records show. [NPR]

A southern Kentucky doctor has been arrested in Tennessee after being indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of unlawful distribution of controlled substances, health care fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. [H-L]

Don’t call Chris Christie rich. The Clintons say they still have bills to pay. And Mike Huckabee? Despite his wealth, he was born “blue collar, not blue blood.” [HuffPo]

It’s Ark Park Construction Funtimes!

Governor Steve Beshear is raising wages for state government’s lowest-paid workers. Beginning July 1, every person working for the executive branch of state government will earn at least $10.10 per hour, except for tipped employees whose wages will be more than doubled to $4.90 per hour. [Press Release]

Meanwhile, all hell has broken loose in their backyard of Montgomery County the past two years. [H-L]

One of the largest shale formations responsible for America’s oil boom has a crime problem. [HuffPo]

The Christian ministry building an attraction based on the huge ark that was built in the biblical story of Noah is inviting the public to the construction site in central Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of cancer death are generally the same across the country. [Click the Clicky]

Way to go, Morehead, condemn homes owned by poor people. The Morehead-Rowan County-Lakeview Heights Joint Planning Commission Wednesday approved a preliminary proposal for a Community Development Plan in a residential area off West Main Street in Morehead. [The Morehead News]

Fracking is creating a new dividing line between the nation’s red and blue states. [The Hill]

Nearly two years after he was originally scheduled to report to prison, former Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton is in custody at a low-security facility in Louisiana, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons website. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Thousands gathered in St. Paul, Minnesota Saturday afternoon to march in protest of the growing network of tar sands pipelines in America, singling out one pipeline — the Alberta Clipper — in particular. [ThinkProgress]

Greenup and Lewis were among six counties randomly selected for a post-election audit by the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General. [Ashland Independent]

A revolutionary class of drugs with the potential to treat intractable diseases like cancer and other killers — as well as to explode health spending globally — is at the center of the toughest negotiations of the biggest trade deal in history. [Politico]

For many years the question was, “Where’s the beef?” Now, people want to know where it’s coming from. As the farm-to-table and buy-local trends continue to grow, many local businesses and even schools and universities are getting into the act. [Richmond Register]

The US says it faces a “dedicated adversary” and an “ever evolving threat” to the nation’s cyber security, after a major data breach. [BBC]

Dr. David Jones is still impressed by the sight of it: A smiling fast-food worker taking the time to feed a disabled woman her favorite meal, a steak burrito. [H-L]

Obstruction and wasted taxpayer dollars is the name of the game for the wealthy Washington elite. Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he doesn’t expect to confirm any of Obama’s circuit court nominees for the remainder of his time in office, a blow to White House efforts to fill empty federal court seats despite working with a Republican-controlled Senate. [HuffPo]

Bevin: Now An Early Education Expert

The race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Kentucky is a dead heat, with Hal Heiner, James Comer and Matt Bevin all statistically tied with a week to go until the May 19 primary, according to a new Bluegrass Poll. [H-L]

The Urban County Council probably will be asked by August to approve a needle-exchange program aimed at stemming growing rates of hepatitis and HIV in Fayette County. [More H-L]

The nation focused its attention last year on deaths resulting from some police officers’ controversial use of force. But just as tensions rose between law enforcement and citizens in 2014, so did killings of officers. [HuffPo]

Gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin called for reconsidering money spent on early childhood education, saying that the current Head Start program isn’t working. [C-J/AKN]

Likely Republican presidential contender and former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.) is attracting heat from conservatives for his recent declaration that he, too, would have invaded Iraq in 2003 if he had been president. [The Hill]

Viewers didn’t have to wait long for the allegations of domestic abuse to come up in the statewide, televised debate Monday night between four Republican candidates for governor. [Ronnie Ellis]

Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline, which decided last week to retain rather than float off its HIV drugs business, is to collaborate with U.S. scientists in developing a cure for AIDS. [Reuters]

The City of Glasgow took steps Monday to encourage a local business’ growth in addition to what local and state economic development authorities have done. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Incommunicado Forever: Gitmo detainee’s case stalled for 2,477 days and counting. The Senate torture report chronicled the CIA’s interrogation of high-profile detainee Abu Zubaydah, but the justice system’s treatment of his habeas corpus petition has largely escaped notice. [ProPublica]

Fitz Steele had his LRC staffers write a thing for the local paper. [Hazard Herald]

Deb Nardone does a lot of traveling. As campaign director for the Sierra Club’s natural gas reform campaign, she goes to the places where fracking is prolific, speaking to affected families. When she’s in Pennsylvania, she’s most often in poor, rural townships — like Dimock, in Susquehanna county. [Think Progress]

Family is seeing the good points and the bad points in each other, and loving them anyway, said Donna Bailey, a foster, adoptive and biological parent. Bailey and her husband, John, recently were recognized as Foster Parents of the Year by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services. [Richmond Register]

The height of a swathe of the Himalayas has dropped by around one metre as a result of the devastating Nepal earthquake, scientists say. [BBC]

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin gave $500,000 on April 24 to his Republican campaign for governor, while former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott provided his GOP gubernatorial campaign with $61,146. [H-L]

Even though some politicians claim America is a “Christian nation,” the share of the population that identifies as Christian has declined significantly in recent years. [HuffPo]

Y’all Seen This Landfill Fight In NEKY?

A public meeting to discuss the status of Kinder-Morgan’s proposal to convert the Tennessee Gas Pipeline for the transport of natural gas liquids through Kentucky will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Inter-County Energy, 1009 Hustonville Road in Danville. [H-L]

This screwed up Louisville story made the national news. People are horrible. Help that guy out, folks, and donate. [HuffPo]

The Louisville Metro Council’s government accountability committee wants answers about rising home assessments in certain neighborhoods. [C-J/AKN]

The price of eating anywhere other than your own kitchen could go up significantly, depending on a federal judge’s decision in a week-long hearing that began Tuesday. [ThinkProgress]

Elected officials and employees will be out for blood Monday, May 11, but for a good cause. [Richmond Register]

The Pentagon wants to make it clear: No one is messing with you, Texas. [Politico]

A room full of residents and community leaders received an update on the progress of the community group opposed to the continued operations of Big Run Landfill. [Ashland Independent]

In New York City, supporters of public libraries say that respect for — and repair of — the libraries is long, well, overdue. [NPR]

Barren was not among the 27 counties that were authorized for assistance in covering the cost of damage as a result of the severe winter storm event that hit in mid-February, but the county plans to appeal that decision, said Tracy Shirley, director of Glasgow-Barren County Emergency Management. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A coalition of advocacy groups from all sides of the political spectrum has joined forces to warn against Sen. Mitch McConnell’s plan to renew expiring portions of the Patriot Act without changes. [The Hill]

The Rowan County Board of Education will hold a special meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss budget constraints. It is projected that about $300,000 will need to be cut from the current operating budget to offset financial shortfalls and lack of funding from the state and federal governments. [The Morehead News]

The monthly global average concentration of carbon dioxide just broke 400 parts per million for the first time since record-keeping of greenhouse gas levels began. [Mother Jones]

A Somerset optometrist has been found liable for seeking payment from Medicare for more than 11,000 unnecessary eye examinations on nursing home residents. [H-L]

The Obama administration on Tuesday morning put in motion one of the last major elements of the president’s economic agenda, a reform to overtime rules that could result in a pay bump for millions. [HuffPo]