Whitesburg: The Worst Place On Earth?

Way to go, Whitesburg! Now everyone thinks you’re a bunch of dumb effing rednecks. It’s like you’ve escaped from a television sitcom version of a Nathan Smith-owned trailer park and you’re spewing your stupid everywhere. Perfect stereotype: fat, white lady who sells guns is spewing fear and hatred while a confederate flag and anti-Muslim sign hang in the windows. [WKYT]

Rhyan Moseley, a rising eighth-grader at Lexington’s Carter G. Woodson Academy, has spent his summer in a program at Kentucky State University focused on topics including computer coding and programming, mathematics and game design. [H-L]

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived unannounced in Baghdad on Thursday to assess the government’s progress in healing the country’s sectarian divisions and hear the latest on support for the Iraqi army’s coming attempt to recapture the key city of Ramadi from the Islamic State. [HuffPo]

The big city folks finally started paying attention to what’s going on in Boyd County. Willing to reject more than $1 million a year in revenues, elected officials in Boyd County have called on Kentucky regulators to close a stinky, mega dump that’s fed by daily East Coast trash trains. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump says the chances that he will launch a third-party White House run will “absolutely” increase if the Republican National Committee is unfair to him during the 2016 primary season. [The Hill]

Glasgow firefighters sometimes re-enter a burning house to rescue a family pet that did not make it out with its owners. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Even as immigration remains a hot topic in the U.S. presidential campaign, the number of people emigrating from Mexico to the United States, legally and illegally, has dropped sharply in recent years, research published Wednesday shows. [Reuters]

Just before the Greenup Meals on Wheels program went under, two groups stepped up to keep it afloat. [Ashland Independent]

GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush suggested that the United States should figure out a way to “phase out” Medicare, the federal program that provides insurance to more than 50 million elderly and disabled people, at a political event on Wednesday night. [ThinkProgress]

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded more than $1.2 million in operating support to 91 arts organizations across the Commonwealth including two in Madison County for the 2016 fiscal year. [Richmond Register]

It’s illegal to hire immigrants without legal status. Yet the federal government employs thousands of undocumented workers. [NPR]

This is apparently a sports thing that happened. Rap star Drake has received a cease-and-desist letter from the University of Kentucky. [WKYT]

The documents also raise questions about the accuracy of the Red Cross’ count of how many Haitians it helped, concluding the figures on one project were “fairly meaningless.” [ProPublica]

Nathan Smith’s trailer park business just paid an $11,000 fine for sewage that’s been discharging into waterways for ages and ages. Yep, the big dogs behind Jack Conway and their spokespeople (KATHY FUCKING GROOB) are still all up in some literal shit. [WFPL]

A Gun Nut Extremist Fears The Gays

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE? A dog’s collar and chain leash were found on the passenger side of a vehicle allegedly used to drag a dog to its death, a Lexington police officer testified Tuesday. [H-L]

An evangelical Christian suggested in a video posted to Facebook that Christians should fight against gay rights with firearms. [HuffPo]

State audits of companies that provide Medicaid-funded homes and services for adults with disabilities are sending shock waves through the businesses, which say the state is demanding repayment of millions of dollars for what amounts to minor paperwork errors. [C-J/AKN]

The Des Moines Register editorial board is blasting businessman Donald Trump, saying he should drop out of the 2016 Republican presidential race. [The Hill & DMR]

Hal Rogers, a staunch supporter of Kentucky’s coal industry, said last week that the state must consider other manners of employment for the Appalachian region besides coal. [WFPL]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and liberal stalwart Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) have reached a deal on a six-year highway funding bill. [The Hill]

Steve Beshear is placing $82.5 million of surplus funds into the state’s reserve fund, bringing the “rainy day” fund to $209.4 million, the highest amount in almost a decade. [Business First]

Less than 15 percent of U.S. adults eat enough fruits daily to meet federal recommendations, but the numbers are even worse in some states, dipping as low as 7.5 percent in Tennessee, according to a new study. [Reuters]

The state Energy and Environment Cabinet will take comments about oil and gas development from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in a “listening session” at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. [Richmond Register]

Meagan Taylor, a 22-year-old transgender woman of color, has been sitting in an isolated Iowa jail since last Monday simply because she was profiled for her identity. [ThinkProgress]

Truckloads of cleaning supplies, food, water and other provisions are continuing to be distributed to Johnson Countians whose lives were devastated by recent flash flooding and other weather-related problems. [Ashland Independent]

If this isn’t an honest-to-goodness crystal ball, it’s close. Neurobiologist Nina Kraus believes she and her team at Northwestern University have found a way — a half-hour test — to predict kids’ literacy skill long before they’re old enough to begin reading. [NPR]

After much criticism and refusing to utter Bevin’s name, Mitch McConnell is stepping slightly forward. Then he’ll very quickly step back into the shadows, allowing Bevin to dig his own political grave. [H-L]

President Barack Obama on Tuesday listed Americans held in Iraq by name and said the United States will not give up until they are returned. [HuffPo]

Louisville Shootings Are Out-Of-Control

Lexington is crowding in on Louisville’s obsession with shootings. [H-L]

At no point in recent memory have consumers been as excited about bourbon as they are today. [HuffPo]

The old Cane Run power plant stacks that have towered above the Ohio River for decades are silent now, their coal burners no longer sending plumes of pollution across the Louisville sky. [C-J/AKN]

The U.S. trade deficit widened in May, fueled by a drop in exports that could heighten concerns over weak overseas demand and a strong U.S. dollar. [Reuters]

The Greenup Meals on Wheels program will cease activities at the end of the month because of issues in funding and attracting volunteers. [Ashland Independent]

Two years after going bankrupt, is Detroit still Detroit? [Mother Jones]

This is the big news in Glasgow. At 2:31 a.m. Tuesday, the Park City and Cave City Volunteer Fire departments, plus the Barren-Metcatcalfe Emergency Medical Service responded to a wreck with injuries at the 45 mile marker in the north bound lane of Interstate 65. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is none too happy about the amount of money he’s had to hand over in federal taxes. [BBC]

A new effort to collect unpaid county occupational tax is underway by Rowan Fiscal Court. [The Morehead News]

Nineteen years after President Bill Clinton endorsed conservative ideas about fighting poverty and signed sweeping welfare reform into law, one of the most poorly thought out elements of that political pact is on the verge of crumbling. [ThinkProgress]

Eight shootings in a single weekend. Jones was shot and killed Saturday evening outside his home, one of eight weekend shootings that Louisville Metro Police are investigating. Jones and two other people, including a Louisville musician and a 60-year-old woman, died of their injuries. [WAVE3]

The GOP-controlled Senate is on track this year to confirm the fewest judges since 1969, a dramatic escalation of the long-running partisan feud over the ideological makeup of federal courts. [Politico]

As South Carolina lawmakers debate Monday on the the fate of the Confederate flag flying outside the Capitol, see the presidential candidates who support removing the flag. [H-L]

Nearly three months after Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy, she remains the favored choice of most Democratic voters, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds. [HuffPo]

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]