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Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has asked a federal appeals court to scrap a series of unfavorable rulings issued by the district judge who sent her to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [H-L]

Middle-aged white Americans are dying at increasing rates and half a million people are dead who should not be, according to a new report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [HuffPo]

A former state social worker charged with making false child abuse complaints against her Elizabethtown neighbors now faces additional charges she made false abuse complaints against two people in Grayson County — one the husband of her longtime best friend and the other the pastor at the local Baptist church she attended. [C-J/AKN]

Matt Bevin, a Republican political novice, wealthy Louisville businessman and Tea Party favorite, was elected Kentucky’s next governor on Tuesday, a victory that could herald a new era in a state where Democrats have held the governor’s mansion for all but four of the last 44 years. The Associated Press declared Mr. Bevin the winner shortly after 8 p.m. [NY Times]

On the eve of Election Day, Kentucky voters received a phone call with an automated message from embattled Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. [Ashland Independent]

In Kentucky, it’s hard to find many Republicans supporting Rand Paul’s bid for president. And that’s making GOP strategists nervous about his future prospects as a senator. [National Journal]

Roll out the maroon and white carpet. A documentary film that chronicles the history of Eastern Kentucky University premieres at the EKU Center for the Arts on Monday, Nov. 9. [Richmond Register]

President Obama on Monday mocked Republican presidential candidates as thin-skinned for lashing out at CNBC over the network’s handling of last week’s primary debate. [The Hill]

Hundreds if not thousands of details that take careful planning go into making an election happen, so there is always room for something to cause a kink. This year’s general election in Barren County had some of the usual issues but also at least one not-so-common one. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The journalists were assassinated on American soil, one after another. Duong Trong Lam was the first. He was 27 years old and ran a Vietnamese-language publication called Cai Dinh Lang, which he mailed to immigrants around the country. A gunman found him as he walked out of his San Francisco apartment building one morning and shot him, a single bullet piercing his pulmonary artery, just above the heart. [ProPublica]

Three mayors and a host of other officials gathered here last Thursday to announce a major auto racing event. [The Morehead News]

The influence industry is playing a larger role than meets the eye in raising money for Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. [Politico]

Frankfort Republicans are fearmongering over Planned Parenthood? Surely not! A dozen Republicans in the Kentucky House have pre-filed a bill for the 2016 General Assembly to end state funding for women’s health services at Planned Parenthood clinics in Lexington and Louisville, which this fiscal year totaled $331,309. [John Cheves]

Law enforcement officers accused of sexual misconduct have jumped from job to job — and at times faced fresh allegations that include raping women — because of a tattered network of laws and lax screening that allowed them to stay on the beat. [HuffPo]

Is This Dang Race Over Yet? Ugh

With a little more than a week to go until Election Day, tempers are flaring in the race for governor, and Republican Matt Bevin brought some sharp elbows and questionable claims to Sunday night’s debate against Democrat Jack Conway. [H-L]

Early in the summer of 2013, Sarah Karp was reading through a report on a Board of Education Meeting when she came across something suspicious. Buried in the report was a notice that the Board had voted to approve a $20.5 million no-bid contract to a company called SUPES to provide professional development for principals. [HuffPo]

We’ll know who Kentucky’s next governor is in just over a week, and it’s still up in the air as to whether Democrat Jack Conway or Matt Bevin will win. [C-J/AKN]

While humanitarian groups and religious charities across the country are urging the U.S. to open its arms to refugees fleeing the bloody conflicts in Syria and Iraq, a number of bloggers and political pundits are beating the drums of intolerance, using conspiracy theories and anti-Muslim rhetoric to mobilize the American public against accepting migrants escaping war. Several of the leading voices in this effort are sponsored by Robert Shillman, a wealthy donor to conservative causes who lives in Rancho Santa Fe, a suburb of San Diego. [The Intercept]

Adam Edelen, the Democratic state auditor seeking re-election, is considered one of the Kentucky Democrat Party’s best young politicians, perhaps even a challenger next year for Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. [Ronnie Ellis]

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged the 2003 invasion of Iraq played a part in the rise of the Islamic State militant group, and apologized for some mistakes in planning the war, in an interview broadcast on Sunday. [Reuters]

A new statewide survey shows the average price of retail food items has dropped for the third straight quarter in Kentucky. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Low-carbon electricity, not gas, is the cheapest way to keep lights on and meet carbon targets, says the government’s climate advisory panel. [BBC]

Ashland Community and Technical College’s Adult Learning Center is offering free General Education Development Ready testing to any one in need of earning the GED certificate. [Ashland Independent]

A Milwaukee hospital is trying a new approach to get newly insured residents to stop using emergency rooms as their main source of medical care and develop relationships with doctors instead. [NPR]

At NewCity Morehead’s regular meeting Wednesday, Judge-Executive Walter Blevins offered his opinion about Rowan Fiscal Court’s decision to keep the old courthouse square and all of its structures intact. [The Morehead News]

It’s like they did a case study about everything Joshua Powell and his people have perpetrated against countless individuals. From attempting to paint school employees as “whores” and folks reporting the news as “cross-dressers” to trying to play the victim. This summer, American Psychologist, the official journal of the American Psychological Association, released a special issue on the topic of bullying and victimization. [New Yorker]

Tucked away off a narrow country road in Clark County, in the middle of a farm, 27 acres of hemp grew all summer. Now, the plants will be harvested and processed. [H-L]

Nearly a decade before the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education made segregated schooling of black students unconstitutional, a group of five Mexican-American families fought for integrated schools in Mendez v. Westminster. [HuffPo]

Gubernatorial Race Will Melt Yer Brain

Kentucky’s next governor takes office Dec. 8 and gets just a few weeks to prepare the roughly $24 billion, two-year state budget that he’ll propose to the legislature this winter. [John Cheves]

When an execution is reported on in the media, coverage typically peaks during the few days before and after it is carried out. But the coverage often fails to go into any depth. [HuffPo]

Jack Conway went to western Louisville on Saturday and promised that he would appoint African Americans to the University of Louisville’s board of trustees if he were elected governor. [C-J/AKN]

The press has become more aggressive about reporting on national security in the post-Snowden world, ranking House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff said Thursday. [The Intercept]

Some tourism and economic development officials are squirming uncomfortably as the nation watches the events play out in Rowan County where Kim Davis, the county clerk, refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [Ronnie Ellis]

The scary stock market that we’ve seen since mid-August is a classic example of how reality keeps intruding on theory. And it shows how there really is no such thing as free money on Wall Street, no matter how beguiling the sales pitch. [ProPublica]

In about two months Rowan County property owners will receive property tax bills for 2015 and some could see a slight increase even if tax rates stay the same. [The Morehead News]

Rand Paul on Saturday signaled plans to ratchet up his attacks against Donald Trump during the next Republican primary debate Sept. 16 – and Trump fired back on Twitter. [Politico]

The number of Kentuckians receiving tax credits through the federal health care law to reduce the cost of insurance is among the lowest in the country. And a state official says that shows Kentucky’s health insurance exchange is working the way it’s supposed to. [WFPL]

Among the first firefighters on the scene when wildfires broke out in eastern Washington this summer was a crew of juveniles — inmates, actually. The crew, teens aged 15 to 19, were building fire lines and digging trenches. Hard work, in difficult conditions. [NPR]

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis bowed to a federal court Monday morning – sort of. She said she will not allow her name to appear on marriage licenses issued by her deputies, but she also will not stop them from issuing licenses. [More Ronnie Ellis]

To listen to the way some Republicans tell it, America is a pretty awful place these days. [NY Times]

Every circus has clowns, and the carnival surrounding Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ claim that her religious beliefs should trump the rule of law and the civil rights of the people she is paid to serve has attracted more than its share of them. [Tom Eblen]

Most members of Congress had something to say about never forgetting the heroes of 9/11 as the 14th anniversary of those attacks passed Friday, but by the end of the day, only about a third of federal lawmakers had signed onto new legislation to aid those ailing responders. [HuffPo]

It’s The Big Day For Anti-Gay Kim Davis

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The heat on Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis rose a few more degrees Wednesday afternoon when a U.S. attorney expressed “grave concerns” about her refusal to issue marriage licenses in the face of a federal court order. [Ronnie Ellis]

Now Rand Paul says it’s part of the “American Way” for government to refuse services on the basis of sexual orientation. [H-L]

The top executives at the largest publicly held fossil fuel companies in the United States have made nearly $6 billion in the last five years — enough to double the U.S. commitment to addressing climate change abroad. [HuffPo]

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who two decades ago spirited the headquarters of the nation’s largest hospital chain out of Kentucky, says he is coming back to the state to plunder some more. [C-J/AKN]

Candidates and their super-PACs are finding previously unimagined flexibility. [The Hill]

As of 9:17 a.m. Tuesday, Eastern Kentucky University’s enrollment stood at 16,940, a new record. And nearly 60 percent of them are women, EKU President Michael Benson said as the university opened an on-campus women’s health clinic. [Richmond Register]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… One of the most impressive weapons to appear during the dinosaur arms race of the Cretaceous Period was the big bony tail club wielded by some members of a group of tank-like plant-eaters. [Reuters]

Lewis Williamson, 61, of Louisa, filed a lawsuit on Aug. 11 in Rowan Circuit Court alleging that asbestos exposure during his time as a student and employee at Morehead State University caused him serious health problems. [The Morehead News]

Over the 18 years Denise Doheny has worked as a child care provider, she’s experienced a number of tough financial spells. She was homeless twice, once living with her mother, another time with friends. She had a hard time affording food. [ThinkProgress]

All but one member of Barren County Fiscal Court voted in a special-called meeting Tuesday to increase the 2015 real estate property tax rate to 14.3 cents per $100 of assessed value. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Attempting to force reporters to reveal information about sources is a serious threat to democracy. A First Amendment showdown may be looming with new indications that journalists are about to be pulled into litigation over leaks about the government investigation that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus and, ultimately, his conviction on a charge of mishandling classified information. [Politico]

Kentucky transportation officials say the state is getting close to finalizing details of a new law that will require some drunken drivers to get ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. [WKYT]

Maintaining her stand against same-sex marriage, a Kentucky clerk on Wednesday rejected a gay couple’s request for a marriage license and braced for a Thursday morning hearing before the federal judge who will decide whether to declare her in contempt of court. [NY Times]

About two weeks ago, as the golfers were finishing their rounds at Bardstown Country Club, Jack Conway stood in a clubhouse dining room and saw the end of summer approaching and with it, an end to some of the issues that threatened to derail his Democratic campaign for governor. [H-L]

If you’re a working-age person without a job, a disability or a kid, then soon you’re not going to have access to food stamps, either. In another sign of eroding sympathy for the jobless amid a tepid economic recovery, states are restricting benefits for the unencumbered unemployed. [HuffPo]

Kim Davis: You’re So Dumb It Hurts

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Going to school saved James Mouser’s life in early April. Mouser, then a senior at Northpoint Academy in Pike County, cut his hand while at school on a Friday. Unable to see a doctor because he has no car, he lanced his own hand over the weekend after it became infected. [H-L]

Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who has received international attention for defying the U.S. Supreme Court, is still refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples today, more than two months after the high court’s historic ruling in Obergefell. [HuffPo]

Neither Republican Matt Bevin nor his Democratic opponent, Jack Conway, seem to be exciting their parties’ bases. Jack Conway is sleepwalking once again. [C-J/AKN]

The pollution caused by China’s coal use gets a great deal of attention, and for good reason. It causes health problems in both China and America — helping to kill 4,000 Chinese people per day and traveling across the Pacific Ocean to increase smog levels in the western United States. [ThinkProgress]

When Hardin County voters help pick their party’s presidential nominee next spring, Democrats will be assigned one of 60 polling places while Republicans will converge at one. That’s never happened before, according to Hardin County Clerk Debbie Donnelly. The only reason it’s happening now is because the GOP is holding its own primary, in the form of a caucus, which allows U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to bypass a state law banning candidates from appearing on a ballot more than once. Paul is seeking the presidency and re-election to his Senate seat. [News-Enterprise]

A federal appeals court in Kentucky on Wednesday affirmed a ruling ordering a county clerk who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [NY Times]

The Kentucky Board of Education has chosen two finalists in its search for a new state education commissioner. It’ll be someone the opposite of great and, sadly, you know I’m right. [WKYT]

The go-to dealmaker in the market for tobacco bonds is gone from her post – a surprise departure that raises questions about the future direction of a once-burgeoning corner of Wall Street. [ProPublica]

Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins on Thursday referred a charge of official misconduct against clerk Kim Davis because of her two-month refusal to issue marriage licenses to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office despite the ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that same-sex marriage is legal. [Ashland Independent]

President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean under what he said were rigorous standards, fending off criticism by environmental groups. [Reuters]

Here’s another supreme wasted of taxpayer dollars. A drug bust that featured the seizure of 77 marijuana plants resulted in a pair of arrests on Wednesday in Hart County near the community of Magnolia. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The two journalists killed by a gunman while broadcasting in Virginia were shot in the head, officials have said. [BBC]

With the race for governor nearing the Labor Day starting gun, Americans for Prosperity will unleash significant attacks this week to try to tie Democrat Jack Conway to President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act. [H-L]

Kim Davis: dumb as hell. A county clerk in Kentucky who petitioned the Supreme Court to allow her to refuse to wed LGBT couples unknowingly married a trans man and a pansexual woman, the couple says. [HuffPo]

No Puppies & Rainbows Here Today

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The Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s independent campus newspaper, announced Monday that it will cut production of the print newspaper from five days a week to two in an effort to put more emphasis on its online products. [H-L]

This is just… sick. Two beloved Virginia journalists were shot and killed Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire in a shocking moment caught on live television. [HuffPo]

A wildlife research organization that studies the expanding range of cougars in North America has come to a different conclusion from the one offered by state authorities on how an ill-fated mountain lion made its way into Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Here’s a real ruh ro moment for a few legislators… The chief executive of and six employees running the website were arrested Tuesday and charged with promoting prostitution under the federal Travel Act. [The Hill]

The high fence surrounding a Purdue University research farm here was installed to keep out pesky deer, but this summer it served a second purpose: Keeping federal drug agents at bay. The research farm, 10 miles south of Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, is home to the first legally grown industrial hemp crop in Indiana in decades. [News & Tribune]

Often maligned for speaking too frankly, Vice President Joe Biden’s reputation for shooting from the lip might be one of his biggest weapons if he does decide to run against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. [Reuters]

Three Kentuckians made Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list. [Business First]

Across the country, those who support abortion rights and those who oppose them are feuding in court over how much information should be disclosed about women undergoing abortions. Supporters say there’s no margin for error. Opponents say it’s about ensuring quality care. [ProPublica]

House Speaker Greg Stumbo will propose a constitutional amendment that would allow as many as seven casinos to open in Kentucky, with tax revenue from the businesses dedicated to public education, boosting the racing industry and shoring up the state’s ailing retirement system. [WFPL]

By 2050, an area of forests the size of India is set to be wiped off the planet if humans continue on their current path of deforestation, according to a new report. That’s bad news for the creatures that depend on these forest ecosystems for survival, but it’s also bad news for the climate, as the loss of these forests will release more than 100 gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. [ThinkProgress]

Only the Madison County School Board and the fiscal court as well as the cities of Richmond and Berea, have not set property tax rates for 2015. [Richmond Register]

NPR’S Audie Cornish talks to Megan Greene, managing director and chief economist at Manulife, about how the interest rate hike will affect mortgages, auto and student loans, and consumer behavior. [NPR]

Visitors entering the Georgetown Police Department’s new $5 million headquarters on Bourbon Street might notice two details. [H-L]

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest renewed the Obama administration’s call for Congress to take action on gun control after a gunman shot and killed a reporter and cameraman during a live television broadcast on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

There’s A Literal Stink In Bullitt County

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A group of University of Kentucky trustees upheld the proposed revocation of a longtime surgeon’s clinical privileges Monday but modified the decision to allow him access to campus as a tenured professor. [H-L]

Fast-food workers who are hoping to raise the minimum wage will find an ally in the Obama White House this week, with Labor Secretary Tom Perez traveling to Detroit on Tuesday to show his solidarity with the so-called Fight for $15. [HuffPo]

The owner of a failed private wastewater treatment plant that serves more than 700 homes in Bullitt County filed papers late Friday to walk away from the system that’s caused raw sewage to flow into a tributary of popular Floyds Fork for 17 months since a massive tank breakdown. [C-J/AKN]

A U.S. appeals court said the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cybersecurity, and may pursue a lawsuit accusing hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp of failing to properly safeguard consumers’ information. [Reuters]

Berea Mayor Steve Connelly called for changes in city personnel policy after several police officers questioned the fairness of recent salary increases. At the Berea City Council meeting Tuesday, Connelly proposed revising the procedure for employee evaluation and awarding raises. [Richmond Register]

It’s now or never for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. That appears to be the view of his wealthy super-PAC backers, who are spending fast and hard to keep Christie in contention for the Republican presidential nomination. [The Hill]

A company offered a proposal to Barren County Fiscal Court on Tuesday to allow it to do a free evaluation of the county’s energy efficiency. [Glasgow Daily Times]

There’s an old saying in journalism that there are no new stories, everything’s been done before, ProPublica’s Joe Sexton says. But when he came across “The Outlaw Ocean,” investigative reporter Ian Urbina’s latest series for The New York Times, he couldn’t help but be “genuinely jealous” of the intriguing, outrageous world he uncovered. [ProPublica]

An Ashland man who until recently lived in Medellin, Colombia, is among defendants accused of selling millions of dollars worth of untaxed cigarettes from a Russell storefront. David White, who is free on bond and living with a friend in Ashland pending his January trial date, posted information about his arrest and alleged part in the cigarette scheme on Facebook and spoke on Friday to a reporter from The Independent. [Ashland Independent]

Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. [BBC]

Rowan Fiscal Court agreed Tuesday to an inter-local agreement with the City of Morehead to form a city-county recreation commission. [The Morehead News]

After her two leading rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination became targets of the Black Lives Matter movement, Hillary Clinton came armed with policy arguments when she met with members of the African-American activist group last week. [Mother Jones]

Mathieux Saint Fleur has been virtually blind for two decades. In less than 24 hours, he will see again. [H-L]

Students in America’s schools are much, much poorer than they were nine years ago. In 2006, 31 percent of America’s students attended schools in “high-poverty” districts, meaning that 20 percent or more of the district’s students lived below the federal poverty line. [HuffPo]