Is Lex Envious Of The Lou Shootings?

If Matt Bevin’s ignorance and code words leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth, you’re not alone. [H-L]

As Congress prepares to give President Barack Obama expedited powers to “fast-track” trade deals through Congress, many U.S. steel mills and skeptics of Obama’s trade agenda are worried about steel dumping, the term commonly used to describe countries selling steel below market price. [HuffPo]

State contractors, Steve Beshear appointees to important state boards, and two directors of R.J. Corman Railroad Group were among the big givers to the Kentucky Democratic Party in April. [C-J/AKN]

In the dead of night, they swept in aboard V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Landing in a remote region of one of the most volatile countries on the planet, they raided a village and soon found themselves in a life-or-death firefight. It was the second time in two weeks that elite US Navy SEALs had attempted to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers. And it was the second time they failed. [The Nation]

If the city administration’s budget plan is adopted, Richmond Tourism will no longer be the lead organizer and funder of three popular events. [Richmond Register]

Presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (R-Under the Bridge) ceded the Senate floor just before midnight Wednesday after more than 10 hours. [The Hill]

A former Carter County paramedic pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that she diluted pain medication belonging to Carter County Emergency Medical Services, according to court records. [Ashland Independent]

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly more than expected last week, but the underlying trend continued to suggest the labor market was tightening. [Reuters]

Weeks after a video that rocked the county and brought into question the authorities of county officials was uploaded to Facebook, state officials have decided to take the first steps into looking into the case. [Hazard Herald]

If Jack Conway falls, it won’t be because of President Barack Obama and Kentucky racism. It’ll be because of Jack’s poor political decision making and the handful of shitty people he surrounds himself with. If he wants to win, he’ll turn over a new leaf (like he did with refusing to fight against marriage equality) and he’ll abandon the typical KDP tripe. [Politico]

A jury trial was set to begin June 1 for the alleged murder of two-year-old Nathaniel Jones but like the past six years, it will be delayed again. Tiea Jones and her former boyfriend, Brian Gallagher, were indicted in 2010 for murder and criminal abuse, first degree. [The Morehead News]

The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the 15 cities with the biggest population increases were in the South and West — with two exceptions: New York City and Columbus, Ohio. [NPR]

A man was shot and wounded early Wednesday while walking through Martin Luther King Park, Lexington police said. [H-L]

It wasn’t that the intelligence community was giving the administration wholesale faulty intelligence. It was that the administration was lying to the American people about what the intelligence actually showed. [HuffPo]

Tom Eblen Hit The Nail On The Head

On the campaign trail this spring, the two Republican candidates for state attorney general talk more about current officeholder Jack Conway and the lone Democrat running for the job, Andy Beshear, than they do about each other. [H-L]

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Slightly Smarter Dubya) would have authorized the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, putting the likely 2016 presidential contender on the same page as his brother George W. Bush, the president who actually did so. [HuffPo]

In her autobiography “A Trail of Feathers,” Tracey Damron gives spiritual explanations for many eventful turns in a life that led her inside the world of Kentucky Republican politics. But her explanation for the breakup of a seven-year marriage to Will T. Scott is an earthly one. [C-J/AKN]

Democrats are chiding Republican leaders in Congress as standing in the way of improvements to ObamaCare that enjoy bipartisan support. [The Hill]

A heron lifted off from a branch overhanging the Little Sandy River and it immediately reminded Chuck Chambers of the time he watched a similar bird on the Elk River in West Virginia. [Ashland Independent]

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner faces a formidable challenge in his bid to reform public worker pensions by changing the state constitution, and even if he succeeds the move may not resolve the state’s pension funding woes for years to come. [Reuters]

Everyone who was supposed to turn in a financial interest statement to the Glasgow Board of Ethics did so, and it was in a timely manner, said City Clerk Tommie Birge, to whom the statements must be submitted. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Sen. Bernie Sanders hates the Supreme Court Citizens United ruling and if he becomes president he’ll make sure his Supreme Court nominees vote to overturn it, he said Sunday. [Politico]

Morehead-Rowan County-Lakeview Heights Joint Planning Commission Wednesday discussed ways to address storm water control after another major flood hit Rowan County in early April. [The Morehead News]

Scientists say they have exposed a scandal at the heart of Ancient Egypt’s animal mummy industry. A scanning project at Manchester Museum and the University of Manchester has revealed that about a third of the bundles of cloth are empty inside. [BBC]

Kentucky boasts four automobile assembly plants — two in Louisville and one each in Bowling Green and Georgetown. State leaders estimate that Kentucky is home to more than 400 auto-related businesses, when you count suppliers and other supporting businesses. [Business First]

The Labor Department’s latest report shows employers created 223,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate went down another notch to 5.4 percent. [NPR]

Things started changing in the 1980s with “pro-business” policies and “trickle-down” economic theories that resulted in the highest level of wealth inequality in nearly a century, not to mention the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression and a slow, uneven recovery. [Tom Eblen]

Low-income students in Kentucky and Texas are graduating high school at almost the same rates as their middle-class and affluent peers, defying a long U.S. trend. [HuffPo]

Mitch Loves Wiretapping, Rand Hates It

A coal mine closing in southeastern Kentucky has put 64 miners out of work. [H-L]

The urban poor in the United States are experiencing accelerated aging at the cellular level, and chronic stress linked both to income level and racial-ethnic identity is driving this physiological deterioration. [HuffPo]

Read this one paragraph and you’ll instantly see how crazy the bourbon heist mess is, corrupt law enforcement folks ignored for the moment. In Farmer’s case summary, Curtsinger told authorities searching his home March 11 that five Wild Turkey barrels in his backyard were being stored for now-co-defendant Mark S. Searcy because Searcy “was afraid his girlfriend’s husband was going to tell on him for having the barrels of stolen bourbon at his home in Lawrenceburg. Toby stated that he had agreed to keep them at his home … and that it was a mistake.” [C-J/AKN]

Congress is under new pressure to take action on the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance program, as a deadline looms near and questions swirl about the legality of its data collection practices. [The Hill]

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association penalized both Pike County Central and Lawrence County after a violent incident occurred during Tuesday’s baseball game in Pikeville. [Ashland Independent]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday defended his support for a measure in the USA Patriot Act that has anchored a National Security Agency program to collect Americans’ phone data. [Reuters]

The Madison Airport, jointly owned by Madison County, Richmond and Berea, will be re-named the Central Kentucky Regional Airport. [Richmond Register]

Leading global food companies are failing to account for impending water scarcity in their business plans, a new report finds. [Think Progress]

City of Glasgow department heads presented their draft budgets for fiscal year 2016 to the city council’s finance committee Friday morning during a more than two hour meeting. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Chris Christie racked up a $82,594 bill at the concessions operator at MetLife Stadium during the 2010 and 2011 football seasons, the New Jersey Watchdog reported on Monday as part of a broader look at how the New Jersey governor spent $360,000 of his state allowance over five years. [Politico]

Morehead is filling in its city pool, which is not a welcome sight for poor people who just want to stay cool. [The Morehead News]

Employers in the US created 223,000 new jobs in April, a much larger increase than the month before. [BBC]

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto will recommend bringing hourly workers to a starting rate of $10 an hour, a move that would affect at least 600 workers, he announced this week. [H-L]

What? Republicans still have no health care alternative? Surely not! [HuffPo]

Jamie Comer’s Worst Day Ever?

Winter’s full fury arrived late in much of the country, but once it did it was relentless, forcing state transportation agencies to spend more than $1 billion to keep highways safe and passable, according to a first-of-its-kind survey. [H-L]

Last week, a host of House Republicans voted to block predatory lending protections for American soldiers. This week, the Democratic Party is trying to make them pay a political price. [HuffPo]

Was fascinating watching Jamie Comer run away this morning. [C-J/AKN]

The Justice Department has launched a review of the administration’s use of controversial surveillance techniques that track people through their phones. [The Hill]

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet provided a brief response to Boyd County Attorney Phillip Hedrick’s demand for state personnel to be stationed at Big Run Landfill during operating hours, just one of many requests Hedrick made last month. [Ashland Independent]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact New Jersey’s ban on counseling intended to change the sexual orientation of gay children. [Reuters]

Get ready for “A wildly good time” at the 2015 Black Bear Festival, which will be held in downtown Cumberland May 8-9. With “authentic music, artistry and so much more,” Cumberland Tourist Commission Director Tracy Bailey said, “you’ll enjoy good music, great food and a fantastic experience.” [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Kevin Moore, the man who filmed police arresting Freddie Gray and dragging him on the ground was arrested on Thursday night, along with two other cop watchers from Ferguson. [ThinkProgress]

Fresh off a record attendance at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, a new report has found that the state’s tourism industry continues to grow. [Business First]

Have you seen what Illinois is trying to do with historic sites like Lincoln’s tomb? [NPR]

The unemployment rates in all of Kentucky’s 120 counties declined from March 2014 to March 2015, but only a few actually saw an increase in employment over the past few years. [WFPL]

Most people realize that emails and other digital communications they once considered private can now become part of their permanent record. But even as they increasingly use apps that understand what they say, most people don’t realize that the words they speak are not so private anymore, either. Top-secret documents from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency can now automatically recognize the content within phone calls by creating rough transcripts and phonetic representations that can be easily searched and stored. [The Intercept]

Fort Knox will display its ability to operate without external power during a ceremony this week, an achievement expected to save the post $8 million a year and prompted by a crippling ice storm a few years ago. [H-L]

Corinthian Colleges Inc. filed for bankruptcy on Monday, capping a year in which one of the nation’s largest for-profit career school chains slowly collapsed under the watch of the U.S. Department of Education amid allegations that it had systematically deceived students with false graduation and job placement rates. [HuffPo]

Walter Blevins Is Having A Rough Time

Between the big hats, the big bets and the booze, it can be easy to miss the other race happening at the Kentucky Derby. But in the stands — from Millionaire’s Row to the finish line — politicians were either clocking in and looking for hands to shake or clocking out and just enjoying a day at the track. [H-L]

The only spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury ended its four-year tour with a crash landing Thursday. [HuffPo]

Three-quarters of emergency physicians say they’ve seen ER patient volumes surge since Obamacare took effect — just the opposite of what many Americans expected would happen. [C-J/AKN]

Thousands of families whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy are being ordered to repay some of the compensation they received from the government. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is not only demanding interest on what it says were overpayments, but Washington is ready to call in debt collectors to recoup the cash. [The Telegraph]

Some relief from the winter storms in Boyd County and Lawrence County is on the way. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday that aid is being made available to several counties in Kentucky slammed during the period of Feb. 15 to 22. [Ashland Independent]

Always top of the data pile, this week will be no exception for the U.S. jobs report with a first interest rate rise likely this year despite a dramatic slowdown in the first quarter. [Reuters]

Neither Hal Heiner nor James Comer addressed a controversy over the possible cooperation of the husband of Heiner’s running mate with a blogger who has alleged Comer assaulted a woman in college at a GOP gubernatorial debate here Thursday evening. [Ronnie Ellis]

Facing a giant budget deficit, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to borrow $750 million against future income from a landmark legal settlement with cigarette makers. [ProPublica]

The growing pains of Rowan County’s new Fiscal Court were evident Thursday night as the judge-executive and four magistrates failed to have first readings of two key ordinances at a special meeting. With only hours remaining in the statutory May 1 deadline for sending a draft budget to state officials, Judge-Executive Walter Blevins presented the 2015-2016 budget with an overall decrease of about $600,000 from the current year spending levels. [The Morehead News]

Four months into his tenure as majority leader, Mitch McConnell says don’t expect any legacy-making deal with Barack Obama in the final stretch of his presidency. [Politico]

Coal jobs in Kentucky declined sharply in the first quarter of this year, according to the state’s latest quarterly coal report. [WFPL]

There’s a sign on Jonathan Stickland’s desk that reads: “Don’t steal. The government hates competition.” These days Stickland, a Texas state representative, isn’t spending most of his time worrying about the government “stealing” through high taxes or onerous regulation – standard political fare for the kind of conservatives who populate the state capitol in Austin. [BBC]

High school students in western Kentucky are trying to come up with a way to promote Kentucky Lake. [H-L]

Eighteen black women who were told decades ago that their babies had died soon after birth at a St. Louis hospital now wonder if the infants were taken away by hospital officials to be raised by other families. [HuffPo]