Community Wifi Should Be A Bigger Deal

HELP PROTECT OUR SOURCES! Stop the Montgomery County-Joshua Powell-Phil Rison insanity! Help us pay ridiculous the fees these shysters caused. [CLICK HERE]

It’s back to the drawing board for the state Transportation Cabinet on its proposed regulations to allow more digital LED billboards throughout the state and let billboard owners cut trees on public rights of way that block their outdoor advertisements. [H-L]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… A huge array of ice age fossils, including the bones of mammoths, turtles and horses, were uncovered at a Southern California construction site this summer. [HuffPo]

More communities should be following Greg Fischer’s lead on this wifi matter. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama was in Alaska last week witnessing and warning of a warming world. After a powerful speech at an international Arctic conference hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry for foreign ministers, native leaders, and other dignitaries from 20 countries, President Obama toured the state to see staggering climate changes up close. [ThinkProgress]

Kim Davis is apparently taking time to enjoy being reunited with her family after a federal judge released her from jail Tuesday. [Ronnie Ellis]

The oil-rich West African nation of Angola has a dubious distinction. Its child morality rate is the world’s worst: 157 kids out of every 1,000 die before their 5th birthday. By comparison the child mortality rate in the U.S. is 7 deaths per 1,000. In Europe it’s between 3 and 4. [NPR]

A new event called Third Thursday Shindig has proven to be profitable for downtown businesses. Ann Stewart, marketing director of the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission, gave a report Tuesday during the commission meeting. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Former National Security Agency chief Keith Alexander said Wednesday that the ex parte, non-adversarial nature of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court made for a “great debate” and that he was in favor of allowing third-party, friend-of-the-court observations on proceedings — amicus curiae — though he “forgot what you call it.” [The Intercept]

Marriage licenses are still being issued. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is out of jail but not back to her office. [The Morehead News]

Dawn Johnson and her domestic partner, Mohamed Diallo, used to live in a shabby Bronx apartment, supported by his job as a mechanic. The building owner allowed the apartment to go weeks without running water and more than a year without heat. [NY Times]

A monkey escaped in Bath County and everybody lost their minds. [WKYT]

As Congress gets back to work this week, it’s facing a nearly unprecedented number of deadlines and political dramas. [WaPo]

More than seven years after public outcry over the demolition of a block of downtown buildings and discussions began on design standards for downtown Lexington, the city is no closer to passing those standards. [H-L]

More children than ever before are living to celebrate their 5th birthdays. But health advocates are disappointed that figures have fallen short of the U.N.’s child mortality goals. [HuffPo]

Fayette Should Run From Terry Holliday

HELP PROTECT OUR SOURCES! Stop the Montgomery County-Joshua Powell-Phil Rison insanity! Help us pay ridiculous the fees these shysters caused. [CLICK HERE]

Oh, look! It’s Terry Holliday! The man who enabled Joshua Powell and allowed him to wreak havoc. Trying to give advice to Lexington. A real shame no one in the media has bothered to highlight those very real and verifiable ties. [H-L]

Iran has for years exerted tremendous influence over Iraq, turning it into essentially a Shiite-led client state under former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. [HuffPo]

What? Another instance of Greg Fischer throwing blame while ignoring constituents? Surely not. [C-J/AKN]

Davis only has herself to blame for her dilemma. She clearly understood that she’d likely have to confront marriage equality as county clerk, and yet ran for the office anyway. [AU]

How dare the Governor not use his office to give special treatment to three county clerks. How dare he! Come on, bigots, get it together and learn some basic civics. At least try to understand how your government works before spouting off. [The Morehead News]

Chinese navy ships off the coast of Alaska in recent days weren’t just operating in the area for the first time: They also came within 12 nautical miles of the U.S. coast, making a rare foray into U.S. territorial waters, according to the Pentagon. [WSJ]

Grayson Mayor George Steele welcomed hundreds of supporters of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis into his small town on Saturday as they prayed for her in a grassy plot across from the Carter County Detention Center where she is currently being lodged for refusing to issue marriage licenses in Morehead. [Ashland Independent]

Sarah Palin: still an uneducated, racist halfwit. But you already knew that. [The Hill]

An emergency protective order issued against a former Barren County magistrate has been dismissed by mutual agreement of the parties, but misdemeanor criminal charges are still pending. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A civil rights group asked the U.S. government on Thursday to deny Los Angeles police the funding they sought for body cameras for patrol officers, objecting to a policy that would allow the police chief to withhold video footage from the public. [Reuters]

The cauldron of Kentucky politics was dramatically exposed this week for the whole world to see. [WFPL]

This Kim Davis nonsense needs to just flipping end. Mainstream media is just giving her more of a platform to enrich herself with her bigoted, backward beliefs. [BBC]

There is a spot in northern Pulaski County that is very rare, a wet meadow that is home to a splash of wildflowers and several threatened plants, including a tiny, carnivorous flower called the dwarf sundew. [H-L]

Thousands of migrants and refugees streamed into Germany on Sunday, many traveling through Austria from Hungary where they had been stranded against their will for days, while European Union governments argue over how to respond. [HuffPo]

In case you missed it: Rand Paul’s top guy, Mr. Morality who was “called by God” is all over Ashley Madison. [Page One]

Greg Fischer: Still Not Remotely Transparent

A religious group is threatening to sue the state of Kentucky over a year-old policy that prohibits anti-gay comments to youths at the state’s juvenile detention centers. [H-L]

Disastrous sea level rise is an issue for today’s public. [HuffPo]

Of course Greg Fischer’s stunt broke state law. Did anyone ever expect this man to truly be transparent? To truly be up-front? Please. Not even the Brown Family is in his corner. First-rate shyster that the Democrats are afraid to oust. The news director of WAVE-3 is accusing Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer of violating Kentucky’s open meetings law after banning photographs and video footage during a press briefing to review new designs for the downtown Omni Hotel project. [C-J/AKN]

The Senate on Sunday rejected a GOP-led amendment to repeal ObamaCare that fell several votes short of a 60-vote threshold to advance. [The Hill]

Pension spikes have become the city’s newest finance problem, and the board of commissioners is wondering how to handle this unbudgeted expense. [Ashland Independent]

The Associated Press is making thousands of hours of archival news footage available on YouTube. [NPR]

One of the defining characteristics of democracy in the 21st century is that nearly every member of the public can watch the government in action. Through live broadcasts and daily TV news reports, citizens can see and hear the deliberations and decisions that affect their daily lives. [WAVE3]

The U.S. government is violating a 1997 settlement by detaining unauthorized immigrant children, and an order may be forthcoming to require the release of the minors and parents detained with them, a judge in California has ruled. [Reuters]

A death investigation is underway in Bell County after a man was bitten by a snake Sunday during a church service. [WKYT]

Studies have shown time and again that humans are pretty effective at driving other animals to extinction — but a new study published in Science this week suggests that when it comes to some species, that blame might have been misplaced. [ThinkProgress]

Climate change will begin to have a demonstrative effect on Kentucky’s economy within five years. [WFPL]

New York state recently announced an increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers, to $15 an hour. It’s the fruit of a three-year labor campaign. But there’s another group of workers out there that hasn’t had a real wage increase in decades. [NPR]

Wealthy libertarians are giving big to Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul. Three super PACs supporting the Kentucky senator say they raised a combined $6 million through June 30. [H-L]

President Barack Obama freed dozen of nonviolent offenders earlier this month to draw attention to the harsh and often unfair sentences given under mandatory minimum sentencing rules for drug offenders. [HuffPo]

Thursday Evening Dept Of Awful

Democrats are pulling out the long knives, questioning Bevin’s commitment to agriculture and pressing the theme that Bevin “can’t be trusted.” During a conference call Wednesday morning organized by the Kentucky Democratic Party, one Kentucky farmer even made note of Bevin’s New Hampshire upbringing. [H-L]

Veterans were exposed to toxic chemicals and they’re accusing the VA of dragging its feet. [HuffPo]

West Virginia coal operator Jim Justice, who invited Gov. Steve Beshear to play a round of golf with the great Tiger Woods at Justice’s Greenbrier resort early this month, was the biggest contributor to the Kentucky Democratic Party last month. [C-J/AKN]

Hillary Clinton trails three top Republican presidential candidates in matchups in three key swing states — Iowa, Colorado and Virginia — a new Quinnipiac poll finds. [The Hill]

Rowan County resident Serena Smith has supported Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her decision not to issue marriage licenses since the day protests began in late June. [Ashland Independent]

Michigan’s Wayne County, home to Detroit, is in a financial emergency due to chronic budget deficits and a big unfunded healthcare liability, a state-appointed review team announced on Tuesday. [Reuters]

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, met Monday with constituents at a Glasgow restaurant. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Missouri cattle farmer Greg Fleshman became so concerned about keeping his local hospital open that in 2011 he joined its governing board. “I mean they’ve saved my dad’s life twice,” Fleshman says. “He had a heart attack and a stroke and they life-flighted him out of here both times.” Keeping the doors open at Putnam County Memorial Hospital in Unionville, Mo., seemed crucial to the community — but maybe an impossible task. [NPR]

Turns out Greg Fischer has another director-level hire with a drinking and driving in their city vehicle problem. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Though most states are slowing their emissions, the report shows eight states moving in the opposite direction, each seeing an increase in its emissions rate between 2008 and 2015. They include Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, Nebraska, Utah, Idaho and Alaska. [Climate Central]

The Casey County Fiscal Court says homophobic County Clerk Casey Davis is wrong. May be behind a paywall but the headline and sub-head will tell you everything you need to know. [Casey County News]

Logically, Iraqi refugees shouldn’t exist, according to Sen. Rand Paul, because the United States already “won” the Iraq War. In an interview with Boston Herald Radio this week, Paul attempted to justify why he wanted to restrict the number of refugees the United States takes in, particularly from certain areas of the world like the Middle East. [ThinkProgress]

The Boyd County Fiscal Court unanimously voted Tuesday to seek closure of Big Run Landfill. [More Ashland Independent]

With a little over one week left before funding for the nation’s transportation infrastructure dries up, the Senate has reached a deal on a multiyear bill, parting ways with the House. However, the bill immediately hit some bumps. [HuffPo]

Please accept my apologies for the caching issue that made the site appear to have stopped publication on July 16. Everything should be getting back to normal. If not, clear your browser’s cache and you should be good to go. [Jake]

Election 2015 Sure Is Awfully Meh

The four men seeking the Republican nomination for governor agreed on many key points in a debate Wednesday night, including their support for the coal industry and “right to work” legislation that would end workplace requirements for union membership. [H-L]

Looks like Frankfort’s bigots aren’t alone in hating the gays. [HuffPo]

Targeted for elimination just 15 years ago, syphilis has been rebounding in Kentucky and across the nation in recent years, mainly among men — part of an uptick that is leading public health officials to seek expanded testing and education. [C-J/AKN]

Orange man John Boehner wrote a thing about Mitch McConnell. [Time]

The Cumberland City Council performed the first reading of an animal control ordinance designed to allow for easier enforcement of animal control issues during a meeting on Tuesday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

House Democrats on Thursday vowed to fight any attempt by Republicans to tuck gun provisions into government spending bills. [The Hill]

Last Tuesday, City of Hazard Mayor Jimmy Lindon and City of Buckhorn Mayor Pat Wooton approved a proclamation to set April 7 as National Service Recognition Day to celebrate volunteerism and to encourage residents to recognize the positive impact of national service in the region, to thank those who serve, and to find ways to give back to the community. [Hazard Herald]

As a historic constitutional showdown over gay marriage looms this month at the U.S. Supreme Court, attorneys are fighting over another bitterly disputed issue: their fees. [Reuters]

Churchill Downs Racetrack officials wanted to provide a little more “tender loving care” for owners of Kentucky Derby horses by improving their access to the track and their horses while also providing a better view and amenities. [Business First]

A blog hosting posts from former and current New York City officers reinforces the worst kinds of stereotypes. [ProPublica]

Here’s a bit of Greg Fischer-Animal Shelter shadenfreude for ya. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Partisan tensions over a human trafficking bill are bogging down another key piece of congressional business: patent reform. [Politico]

Kentucky officials say the state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in March, the lowest rate since June 2001. [H-L]

The private prison industry’s growing role in immigrant detention is due in part to Congress’ requiring the federal government to maintain some 34,000 detention beds, according to a report released Wednesday. The report, drafted by Grassroots Leadership, a nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, calls on Congress to eliminate the immigrant detention quota from its 2016 appropriations request. [HuffPo]

Louisville’s Racial Divide Bubbles To Top

The University of Kentucky will pay a Washington D.C. lobbying firm with connections to U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, more than $500,000 over the next three years to represent UK on the federal stage. [H-L]

A pair of lawmakers behind a historic congressional amendment protecting medical marijuana operations from federal crackdown issued a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday demanding the Department of Justice stop prosecuting cases against medical marijuana patients and providers in states where the substance has been legalized. [HuffPo]

“I am offended. … I am deeply offended that they would be victimized by an individual and express some kind of fear of all black men,” he said. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul tells pastors and religious leaders at a private prayer breakfast that ultimately Washington, D.C., politicians won’t solve America’s problems and instead a spiritual revival is what is needed. [PEE ALERT]

The amounts Glasgow city employees receive in their next pay raises is expected to correlate with performance evaluations, which will be done with a new format. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Drunk Son On A Plane) is reportedly trying to downplay his connections to fringe conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones. [MMFA]

The White House highlighted a bunch of Kentucky trade and such. [Click the Clicky]

The lights went out on an interview with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Butt Cramp) on Friday after a tense encounter with a reporter from the Guardian. It’s just the latest flare-up between Paul and the press in the days following Tuesday’s announcement that he’ll run for president. [The Hill]

Watching Greg Fischer’s inept team dig themselves deeper and deeper is frightening. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Investors will cast a wary eye on the latest gauges of the United States’ economic health this week, while troubled Europe shows early signs of turning the corner. [Reuters]

As Louisville’s murder rate continues to climb, local groups continue efforts to stem the violence in the community. [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton’s campaign-in-waiting held its final pre-game briefing Saturday at its Brooklyn Heights headquarters, just ahead of her expected official entry into the race on Sunday. [Politico]

A contentious and controversial yearlong school redistricting process in Fayette County is now finished, officials said. The proposed final maps for elementary, middle and high school attendance zones will be presented to the public Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in Norsworthy Auditorium at the district office, 701 East Main Street. [H-L]

Jack Conway’s name was on the letter. Top state prosecutors from Oregon to Massachusetts, who contend they have evidence that thousands of Americans were fraudulently urged to take out federal student loans to attend dodgy for-profit schools, urged the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday to forgive the borrowers’ debts. [HuffPo]