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Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk, described by Fayette County Public Schools officials as “a transformational educational leader with a calling to advance equity for all children,” was named the district’s next superintendent Saturday. [H-L]

Federal and state investigators are looking into a fire that destroyed a predominantly black church in South Carolina. Recent fires have already caused damage to predominantly black churches in Charlotte, North Carolina and Macon, Georgia. In those instances, investigators say the fires were deliberately set. [HuffPo]

Conway worked in the governor’s office for six years, ran for Congress from Louisville and is in his eighth year as attorney general, so it’s hard to believe that he didn’t know how African Americans felt about the Jeff Davis statue. If he didn’t, he gets demerits for failing to pay attention. [C-J/AKN]

Last summer, facing a spike in the number of Central American migrants fleeing violence and poverty at the southern U.S. border, the Obama administration sped up deportation proceedings of asylum-seeking mothers and children and increased family detention capacity at the four main detention centers located in Pennsylvania, Texas, and New Mexico. [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky Homeplace Director Mace Baker announced earlier this month the addition of a new office, staffed with a full-time community health worker (CHW), to serve Perry County. Carole Frazier, a CHW from Hazard, Ky., will accept clients Monday through Friday at the new location in room 478 at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health on Morton Blvd. [Hazard Herald]

Scientists finally have a complete picture of what one of nature’s most bizarre animals looked like. [BBC]

Unsolved murder cases are just as frustrating for investigators as they are for family members and the public, Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock said Tuesday. [Richmond Register]

Americans born between 1982 and 2000, known as millennials, now comprise one quarter of the country’s population. At 83.1 million, millennials outnumber the 75.4 million baby boomers. [NPR]

Members of the Harlan County Board of Education will spend part of their summer examining the school district’s jobs and related salaries. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Something is rotten in the state of Michigan. [Bill Moyers]

Two national issues resonated loudly in Kentucky last week: the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on subsidies for health insurance on the federal health exchange and calls to re-examine symbols of the Confederate South displayed on public property. [Ashland Independent]

Police have opened an investigation into the killing of an unarmed black man by law enforcement officers outside Baltimore, authorities said on Saturday, two months after the city was rocked by protests over the death of another African-American who was taken into custody. [Reuters]

Fayette County will remain in its current 17-county federal workforce development area that controls millions of federal workforce training dollars. [H-L]

Now, from impoverished reservations in the West, to Congress and the White House in the East, there is a growing bipartisan movement to document and address the lack of resources and opportunities in Native communities. [HuffPo]

Probably Not A Fun Time For Keith Hall

A jury convicted former state Rep. W. Keith Hall, D-Phelps, on Friday of bribing a state coal mine inspector to win favorable treatment for surface mines he owned in Pike County. [H-L]

Justice Antonin Scalia may have penned the most colorful dissent to Friday’s landmark Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, but his colleague Clarence Thomas wrote the weirdest. [HuffPo]

Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday appointed two new members to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, potentially tipping the balance of a board divided over the actions of the university’s foundation. [C-J/AKN]

Here we go again — Mitch McConnell is still trying to repeal health care reform. Republicans in Congress are moving toward a plan to use a special budgetary process to repeal ObamaCare, after the Supreme Court ruled for a second time to uphold the controversial law. [The Hill]

Despite challenging lower court rulings throwing out Kentucky’s ban on same sex marriage, Gov. Steve Beshear moved quickly to comply with Friday’s historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating such bans in all 50 states. [Ronnie Ellis]

Keith Hall made the international news. A former Kentucky state lawmaker was convicted on Friday of bribing a former mining inspector not to cite his coal mining companies for violations. [Reuters]

The Morehead Tourism Commission agreed Thursday to pay a Lexington architectural firm to develop a master plan for the old SunnyBrook golf course. [The Morehead News]

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples nationwide have the constitutional right to marry, splitting the 2016 candidates sharply along partisan lines. [Politico]

The Board of Trustees of the Pine Mountain Settlement School has announced the appointment — effective June 1 — of Geoff Marietta as executive director. He succeeds Miriam Pride who has been serving as interim executive director since spring of last year. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

A battle is brewing in Mississippi, as the growing animosity directed against Confederate symbols following the church shooting in Charleston has led to calls to remove the rebel pattern from the state’s flag. [BBC]

After the Supreme Court ruled all 50 states must allow same-sex marriages, Republican Matt Bevin used the decision to criticize Attorney General Jack Conway as the two men battle to be the next Kentucky governor. [WKYT]

People from around the country react to Friday’s Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. [NPR]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has admonished South Carolina, Texas and Kentucky for failing to provide enough money from tobacco tax revenue or tobacco prevention efforts. [H-L]

President Barack Obama delivered a stirring eulogy at the funeral for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a South Carolina state senator and pastor who was one of nine people shot and killed at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week. [HuffPo]

Is This Some Kind Of Weird Dream?

Jack Conway is afraid to take a position on whether or not Jefferson Davis is a symbol of racism and slavery.

Matt Bevin is leading the fight to oust symbols like that, calling firmly for their removal.

Mitch McConnell says symbols like that are awful.

Steve Beshear says we should wait and see.

Meanwhile, Republicans are allegedly choking Democrats in the latest PPP polling data. Partly to be expected, as Dems weren’t advertising themselves during the primary because they didn’t really have a primary. Partly to be expected because the campaign has barely gotten off the ground. But maybe a wakeup call for people to get their acts together?

As your mamaw and papaw would say: this is a sorry bunch. Both sides. Republicans pandering on abortion (wtf does abortion have to do with the Department of Agriculture???)… Democrats afraid to stake a position against racism and slavery (remember, it’s 2015 and the Civil War ended some 150 years ago).

These odd year elections get worse every cycle. Couldn’t have predicted this crap, though.

UPDATE — Guess who decided to take a position. Jack Conway:

I believe that the Jefferson Davis statue belongs in a museum, where history is taught, rather than in the State Capitol, where laws are made, where rights are upheld, and where we strive for equal justice under the law.

Therefore, I will submit a public comment to the Historic Properties Advisory Commission, which by law determines what is displayed in the Rotunda, asking for the Jefferson Davis statue to be removed, and an appropriate replacement considered.

I have spoken with some African American leaders on this issue, and when I am Governor, I will work inclusively to complete this outcome.

Fascinating how that worked out. Only took a position after extreme public pressure.

Shameful that he thought he needed to speak with others in order to determine whether or not Jefferson Davis is a symbol of racism.

Frankfort Repubs Harm Public Health

W. Keith Hall, then a powerful state lawmaker who owned coal mines in Pike County, secretly paid tens of thousands of dollars to a state mine inspector in 2009 and 2010 “so he could have that inspector in his back pocket if he needed it,” a federal prosecutor told a jury Monday. [John Cheves]

Those who believe slavery was not a central point of conflict in the Civil War may wish to peruse the South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas declarations of secession. Those documents all explicitly cite threats to slavery as reasons for secession. Mississippi’s declaration goes so far as to say that “a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.” [HuffPo]

One week into the opening of Louisville’s syringe exchange, health officials doled out 1,352 clean syringes to drug users and collected just 189. So get with the program, small town Kentucky! [C-J/AKN]

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a Los Angeles ordinance that lets police view hotel guest registries without a warrant violates the privacy rights of business owners, taking away what the city called a vital tool to fight prostitution and other crimes. [Reuters]

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved, with modifications, a settlement agreement granting a rate increase to Kentucky Power Co. [Ashland Independent]

Racist wingnuts are the worst. The absolute worst. This country can do better than this hatred. [ThinkProgress]

After hearing additional information from Mayor Dick Doty and comments from the city’s fire chief, Glasgow City Council decided to abandon the idea of placing a third fire station at a site donated by a local manufacturing company. [Glasgow Daily Times]

On the eve of what could be a landmark US Supreme Court decision enshrining gay marriage as a constitutional right across the country, evangelical conservatives converged on Washington DC to talk politics and size up Republican presidential hopefuls. [BBC]

“Freedom Fest: Thunder Over Triplett,” is not only a fireworks show but a community event that has brought together several organizations to create an evening of fun and fellowship. [The Morehead News]

Police across the country have collected an enormous amount of data with license plate readers over the past few years. But what does that data actually tell us and who can see it? [NPR]

Leave it to backwater Republicans to complain about Louisville’s needle exchange. [WKYT]

GOP-backed legislation pending in Congress would thwart NASA’s push to end U.S. dependence on the Kremlin to send astronauts to the International Space Station, the agency is warning. [The Hill]

For Rand Paul, the rubber is meeting the road. In the wake of last week’s racist shootings in Charleston, S.C., the Republican Party has been torn on the issue of whether the Confederate flag should continue to fly on the grounds of the state Capitol in Columbia. [H-L]

Charleston, South Carolina Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. (D) said on Sunday that the lack of gun control in the United States was “insane.” [HuffPo]

Mitch McConnell is unpopular in Kentucky and Matt Bevin is leading Jack Conway. [PPP]

Louisville FOP Incites Fear, Sadness

We’re still so disgusted over this FOP letter that it’s tough to focus. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Community members have both a constitutional right and a responsibility to question authority. They have a right to understand the policies employed by police, the parameters for deciding when deadly force is appropriate, and the training received on de-escalation techniques. It is unjust to equate the upholding of these rights as “anti-law enforcement” or “race baiting.” [ACLU]

Fayette school officials on Friday would not release the names of the two candidates that they are going to interview publicly next week. [H-L]

Dylann Roof is a terrorist who wanted to start a race war. But blowhards on Kentucky’s airwaves can’t figure out what his motives were. [HuffPo]

All hell is maybe going to break loose in Louisville. The makeup of the membership of the metro panel that decides some key zoning-related cases is facing a legal challenge. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. consumer prices in May recorded their largest increase in more than two years as gasoline prices surged, suggesting the drag on inflation from lower oil prices was fading. [Reuters]

Are they all going to be eagles, flags and similar crap that ignores region and culture? Tony Pence, Main Street manager for Downtown Morehead, Inc., says interest in downtown murals is growing. [The Morehead News]

The flag that Dylann Roof embraced, which many South Carolinians embrace, endorses the violence he committed. [The Atlantic]

As natural gas speculation increases in the Rogersville Shale in Eastern Kentucky, scientists are beginning research into the region’s existing seismic activity. [WFPL]

Hundreds of men and women are killed by police every year across the United States. No-one knows exactly how many because the authorities do not count how many lives are lost. [Amnesty International]

Park City Elementary School’s family resource coordinator, Penny Huffman, said she likes the Glasgow-Barren County Community Relief Fund’s Back to School Program for families in need because it “gets families started” for the school year. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The man suspected of shooting dead nine people at an African-American church in Charleston has been charged with nine counts of murder and one weapons possession charge, police say. [BBC]

Jack Conway, the Democratic nominee for governor, Thursday released three years of tax returns and challenged Matt Bevin, his Republican opponent, to do the same. What? He finally sold Kinder Morgan? Surely not. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Obama administration laid out a major step Friday in its ongoing fight against climate change, with a plan it said would reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty trucks and buses by 1 billion metric tons. [The Hill]

The Lexington Urban County Council approved a $323 million budget Thursday that includes 4 percent raises for most city employees, nearly $58 million in borrowing and $3 million for social service programs. [H-L]

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) wants to “blow up the tax code,” and he’s proposing a new, far-reaching flat tax to do it. The only problem is that his plan could blow up the size of the deficit, too. Don’t worry, though, it doesn’t matter to Rand. He’ll be mega wealthy once this campaign is over. [HuffPo]

You Should Follow The Landfill Saga

With a little more than six months before a new state law to address dating violence takes effect, Kentucky officials are trying to determine how best to offer emergency protective orders to victims of abusive dating relationships. [H-L]

Confidence in the police is lower than it’s been in more than 20 years, according to a new Gallup poll measuring the levels of faith in American institutions. [HuffPo]

This is just jacked up. The giant banner across Jackson Street in the heart of Louisville’s medical center offers hope for victims of a dread disease. [C-J/AKN]

As the iconic American gun maker Colt Defense struggled to stay in business after losing a key contract to supply M4 rifles to the U.S. Army, the company was paying a range of political allies, including the National Rife Association, the consulting firm set up by retired Army General Stanley McChrystal, and other trade groups and lobbying outfits. [The Intercept]

Big Run Landfill will no longer accept waste in the form of bales transported in gondola cars due to odor issues connected to this type of rail transportation of trash, according to top landfill company officials. [Ashland Independent]

The White House has pushed foundations, institutional investors and philanthropies to commit more than $4 billion to clean energy projects and help fight climate change, doubling a goal set in February, officials said. [Reuters]

Jack Conway made a stop in Prestonsburg Monday as part of the campaign tour he and his team have dubbed the “Bluegrass Business Listening Tour.” [Floyd County Times]

The European Space Agency says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth. [BBC]

Representatives from the coal and utility industries as well as environmental and community activists appeared on KET’s Kentucky Tonight to discuss what’s next in energy and environmental issues in the state. [KET]

Political gridlock over climate change has left the US military exposed to Russia’s superior fleets in the Arctic, flooding in its naval bases and a more unstable world, according to high-ranking former military commanders and security advisors. [Mother Jones]

When lawmakers failed to agree on ways to shore up the troubled Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System, some – like House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown – called on Gov. Steve Beshear to appoint a task force to study solutions. [Ronnie Ellis]

A couple of miles outside the town of Page, three 775-foot-tall caramel-colored smokestacks tower like sentries on the edge of northern Arizona’s sprawling red sandstone wilderness. At their base, the Navajo Generating Station, the West’s largest power-generating facility, thrums ceaselessly, like a beating heart. [ProPublica]

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has revealed how a pledged $10 million dollars will be used to tackle the state’s heroin epidemic. [H-L]

Real estate developer Donald Trump’s speech announcing he is running for the Republican nomination for president contained a number of false and misleading statements on the economy, trade, health care and terrorism. [HuffPo]