Matt Bevin Sure Is A Big (Sad?) Mess

Kentucky Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin voted for a presidential candidate in 2004 who defended the Confederate flag, enjoyed the support of a racist group and was later labeled an “active white supremacist.” [H-L]

White Christians in the South didn’t just support slavery — the Southern church was the backbone of the Confederacy and its attempts to keep African Americans in bondage. [HuffPo]

The Courier-Journal is asking Franklin Circuit Court judges to unseal records filed in two cases related to a Central Kentucky bourbon and steroid organized crime ring. [C-J/AKN]

In these final days of the U.S. Supreme Court’s annual session, people can get the justices’ decisions through the court’s website, its paper handouts, or, if in the courtroom itself, with a suspenseful tale. [Reuters]

Facing an exodus of engineers to private firms, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is giving some employees a pay raise in hopes of keeping them in state government. [WDRB]

Medicare has increased oversight of its prescription drug program but many holes remain, allowing fraud and abuse to proliferate. Questionable practices were found at 1,400 pharmacies, which collectively billed Medicare $2.3 billion in 2014. [ProPublica]

Sheriff’s deputies in Breathitt county say they’ve heard of several people going to the hospital after using meth that had been cooked with bath salts. [WKYT]

A federal judge ruled that an unemployed woman whose income is only about $10,000 a year doesn’t qualify for cancellation of $37,000 in student loan debt because she doesn’t meet the test of “undue hardship” and didn’t make a “good faith attempt” to repay her loans. [ThinkProgress]

They won’t spill the beans, so it’s gotta be a huge wad of cash. A settlement has been reached in the sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuits filed by Statehouse staffers against the Legislative Research Commission and current and former lawmakers. [WFPL]

Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate change agenda should brace themselves — the Obama administration isn’t letting up. [Politico]

You probably know that Louisville-based Humana Inc. is an acquisition target. Late last week, it was reported that Aetna Inc. has made an offer on the company. [Business First]

Kyle Rogers has worked for years to broadcast a disturbing message about race relations. He may have had a reader, Dylann Roof, who took his lessons to a grim conclusion. [BBC]

Maybe law enforcement in Jessamine County would be able to prevent things like this if it weren’t so focused on being awful? [H-L]

The White House took a major step forward on Monday to support research into the medical properties of marijuana, lifting a much-maligned bureaucratic requirement that had long stifled scientific research. [HuffPo]

People Still Support That Racist Flag

“The Confederate Battle Flag means different things to different people, but the fact that it continues to be a painful reminder of racial oppression to many suggests to me at least that it’s time to move beyond it, and that the time for a state to fly it has long since passed. There should be no confusion in anyone’s mind that as a people we’re united in our determination to put that part of our history behind us.” [Mitch McConnell]

The University of Kentucky has twice violated the state’s open-records law since 2014, according to opinions released Monday by the Kentucky attorney general’s office. [H-L]

An Afghan family returning to their home after fleeing a possible military operation struck a roadside bomb Saturday in the country’s south, killing at least 12 of them and wounding eight, authorities said. [HuffPo]

Aetna Inc. has made a takeover bid for Louisville-based health care giant Humana, increasing speculation that one of the city’s biggest employers is about to change hands. [C-J/AKN]

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule by the end of the month on whether same-sex marriage is legal, many Christian evangelicals say they would refuse to obey a decision allowing gay unions. [Reuters]

Under certain scenarios, a large percentage of Americans could subsist on a diet made up of mostly local food, according to a new study. [WFPL]

America earns $3 billion a year charging strapped college parents above-market interest. “It’s like ‘The Sopranos,’ except it’s the government.” [Politico]

The Governor’s Medal of Valor was presented posthumously to Delano G. Powell, a Kentucky State Trooper killed in the line of duty in 1965, at a ceremony held in Lexington Thursday. [Richmond Register]

Government forces in northern Afghanistan launch a counter-offensive against the Taliban after they took control of a key district. [BBC]

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System and Shaping Our Appalachian Region have a three-year strategic partnership designed to provide eastern Kentucky residents with the educational opportunities that lead to good jobs. [Ashland Independent]

If the court hands a victory to Republicans by ending subsidies for 6.4 million Americans, Republicans in Congress will be left scrambling to come up with a new game plan. Because they still don’t have a game plan. [ThinkProgress]

Bill Redwine, chair of the Rowan County Board of Education, announced at the regular meeting Tuesday that he is resigning effective June 30. [The Morehead News]

Nearly two centuries before Dylann Roof, the state of South Carolina conducted its own massacre of Emanuel AME Church members. Roof, who embraced white supremacy, killed nine church members Wednesday evening. The white supremacist-controlled state of South Carolina killed 35. [The Intercept]

C-SPAN will participate in a press conference on Monday with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Time Warner Cable representatives to announce details about its week-long visit to Lexington to report on Lexington’s history and literary life. [H-L]

On the morning of December 14, 2012, as news trickled in painfully slowly about a shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, aides gathered in the White House to chart out a response. [HuffPo]

Pope: Shut It, Wingnut Climate Deniers

This fall, three high school students from Fayette County Public Schools will be among the first class of 60 students who will enter Morehead State University’s new dual-credit Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics. [H-L]

Reports that President Obama is considering even more troops and bases to fight ISIS in Iraq put me to mind of Roman general Publius Quinctilius Varus. [HuffPo]

Activists said Sunday that the police shooting of a black man in Old Louisville a day earlier illustrates their claim that officers too often use excessive force to subdue people of color, and they said they hope it leads to police measures to increase transparency. [C-J/AKN]

Workers are putting the finishing touches on rows of barracks in a 50-acre camp here, the largest immigration detention center in the country. It houses thousands of women and their children who were caught crossing the border illegally and are seeking asylum in the United States. [NY Times]

Caverna Elementary School Principal Nathan Wyatt is leaving the position he has held for 10 years to work as the Caverna Independent Schools director of district-wide programs. [Glasgow Daily Times]

As the White House considers opening operating bases in Iraq and deploying troops to bolster support for Iraqi forces against ISIS, including one in ISIS-held territory, the cost of airstrikes in the region continues its steady rise. [Mother Jones]

It’s a vital, potentially life-saving project that has been more than a decade in the making—and it finally has secured funding, according to one Perry County official. [Hazard Herald]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it approved a brain implant from St. Jude Medical Inc that helps reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, a neurological disorder that causes rhythmic shaking. [Reuters]

Records from Benham Coal Company, one of several Appalachian collections to be digitized by University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded by Coal, Camps, and Railroads project, is now available on the digital library ExploreUK. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Millions of Americans rely on rural hospitals for emergency medical care. But in the last five years, these facilities have been shutting down more frequently than in previous years. [NPR]

Nature’s Methane, an Indiana-based biofuel company, has plans to build not one but two biofuel facilities in west Louisville. [Business First]

During Saturday’s speech on New York City’s Roosevelt Island that marked the thematic beginning of her second campaign for the presidency, Hillary Clinton largely stuck to broader economic topics. Yet climate change merited two significant mentions, as well as a promise to make America “the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky transportation officials say a contract has been awarded for more improvements needed to upgrade the Pennyrile Parkway to interstate highway standards. [H-L]

A draft of Pope Francis’ long-awaited encyclical on the environment has leaked just days before the Vatican was set to release it to the world. [HuffPo]

Humana: Louisville On Pins & Needles

Eastern Kentucky University students would pay 2.9 percent more in tuition this fall under a proposal being considered by the EKU Board of Regents finance committee, which met Monday in Lexington. [H-L]

A Texas police officer has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation after video surfaced showing one cop pulling a gun on a crowd of teens at a pool party while others handcuffed teenage partygoers. [HuffPo]

Humana has pulled out of a major health care conference and said it will not comment on rumors of a merger, actions that will likely fuel Wall Street speculation that the insurer is part of a developing deal. [C-J/AKN]

Republicans in Congress are worried the Supreme Court will hand them a major headache this month if it rules against the federal health insurance exchanges in more than 30 states, ending subsidies for millions of people. [The Hill]

Jack Conway, the Democratic nominee for governor, said Monday he’s committed to six joint appearances with his Republican opponent Matt Bevin prior to the November election. [Ronnie Ellis]

A summer of gridlock is bearing down on Washington, threatening to put an end to the burst of legislative productivity that kicked off Mitch McConnell’s reign atop the Senate. [Politico]

Dick Doty’s first proposed budget since becoming mayor made it through its first reading with the Glasgow City Council with no opposition votes, although he did receive a few suggestions. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Rising sea temperatures attributed to global climate change could drive many marine creatures away from the equator, but their move toward the poles promises to put them in peril in habitats that are smaller and less hospitable, scientists say. [Reuters]

It is unlawful for persons to fail to remove a political sign within 10 days after the election for which the sign is posted. At least that is what a Rowan County ordinance says. [The Morehead News]

China’s greenhouse gas emissions could start to decline within 10 years, says a London School of Economics report. [BBC]

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it’s too early to intercede in a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon dioxide limits for power plants. [WFPL]

After watching the biggest donors increasingly shun the major political parties and send their six-figure checks to super-PACs and other outside spending groups, Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress made a sly bid last December to bring billionaires and millionaires back into the party fold. [Mother Jones]

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday told lawmakers Monday that state officials would work with Fayette County staff to develop a plan aimed at closing the achievement gap. [H-L]

The Texas pool party where a police officer pinned a screaming teenaged girl to the ground and pointed his pistol at others might have escaped notice if not for Brandon Brooks. [HuffPo]

Minimum Wage Meltdown Has Begun

Jim Gray needs to get his house in order. The Lexington Division of Police violated Kentucky’s Open Records Act in January when it required a man seeking records about the 2010 shooting of a dog by a police officer to provide his address, the state Office of Attorney General has ruled. [H-L]

In responding to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, the crisis in Libya and efforts to advance Middle East peace, European leaders have stepped up their role after a real or perceived sense that the United States was drawing back. [HuffPo]

Here is some of the reaction to Gov. Steve Beshear’s executive order on Monday that will raise the minimum wage for executive branch state workers from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour effective July 1. [C-J/AKN]

It has become a recurrent moment in Hillary Clinton’s speeches as she campaigns for the presidency: softening her voice to a hush, she says she wants to end the “quiet epidemic” of Americans dying from overdoses of painkillers and other drugs. [Reuters]

Local residents and visitors to downtown Morehead can expect some changes in the near future. [The Morehead News]

The Obama administration has stepped up the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program on U.S. soil to search for signs of hacking. [ProPublica]

Locust Grove, the 18th century home of the sister and brother-in-law of George Rogers Clark and William Clark, is growing industrial hemp. [WLKY]

The “Live from the White House” series is usually President Barack Obama’s show. But not all of his interviews with anchors from regional TV stations [last] week worked out quite as planned. [Politico]

“Location, location, location” has meaning outside the real estate business as well. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The unemployment rate went up slightly last month to 5.5 percent. But Friday’s report from the Labor Department also shows a healthy increase in jobs for May. [NPR]

Lexington shooting people so frequently it’s beginning to resemble Louisville. [WKYT]

The Norwegian Parliament voted Friday to remove coal investments from the country’s $890 billion government pension fund, which is considered the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world. [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky’s Republican primary for governor is now officially one of the closest statewide elections in state history. [H-L]

Judy Beals of Belleville, Wisconsin, was getting ready to pay for her groceries at the store earlier this year when she found out that her monthly food stamp benefits had been slashed from $120 to $16. [HuffPo]

Ugh, Kentucky Could Be Hep C Central

In a study last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that hepatitis C cases across four Appalachian states — Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia — more than tripled between 2006 and 2012. Kentucky leads the nation in the rate of acute hepatitis C, with 4.1 cases for every 100,000 residents, more than six times the national average, according to the CDC. [H-L]

American Pharoah has cemented his misspelled name among horse racing royalty, claiming the Triple Crown with his win at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, a feat not done since 1978. [HuffPo]

American Pharoah blew into racing immortality Saturday, his 51/2-length victory over Frosted in the Belmont Stakes making him racing’s first Triple Crown winner since 1978 and only the 12th ever to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. [C-J/AKN]

Mitch McConnell is denying there’s a shutdown on President Obama’s federal court nominees —despite comments the Senate majority leader made on Thursday indicating such a freeze. [The Hill]

A government watchdog says Social Security overpaid nearly half the people receiving disability benefits over the past decade. [WKYT]

U.S Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday he was working with the White House to prepare a proposal for Congress on closing the Guantanamo prison for terrorism suspects, a long-time goal of President Barack Obama. [Reuters]

The Glasgow City Council on Monday will consider the nearly $18 million spending plan proposed by Mayor Dick Doty for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which begins July 1. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Hawkish Sen. Tom Cotton was confronted by an anti-war activist on Friday, provoking a tense and awkward exchange about the United States’s role overseas. [Politico]

More than 1,400 athletes took part in the Kentucky Special Olympics Summer Games which were held this weekend at Eastern Kentucky University. [Richmond Register]

China is building massive databases of Americans’ personal information by hacking government agencies and U.S. health-care companies, using a high-tech tactic to achieve an age-old goal of espionage: recruiting spies or gaining more information on an adversary, U.S. officials and analysts say. [WaPo]

Trains are still at the heart of problems surrounding Big Run Landfill, according to county residents and officials dealing with issues at the waste facility. [Ashland Independent]

Chinese miners last year dug up 3.87bn tonnes of coal, more than enough to keep all four of the next largest users – the United States, India, the European Union and Russia – supplied for a year. [The Guardian]

The summer of 2017 will be the first time in 38 years a total solar eclipse will be visible from the contiguous United States, and Hopkinsville will be right in the middle of it. [H-L]

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Thursday called for ending the federal ban on hemp production in recognition of Hemp History Week. [HuffPo]

Don’t Forget What Happened In Midway

A Kentucky company has received the largest contract ever awarded by the West Virginia Division of Highways. [H-L]

Rand Paul (R-Keebler), a vocal critic of the Patriot Act for what he says is its “unconstitutional” invasion of citizens’ privacy, was criticized Monday by former Rep. Barney Frank for ignoring some civil liberties. [HuffPo]

A Kentucky Department of Education audit that looked at schools were judging the quality of some of their programs found that schools are overscoring themselves. [C-J/AKN]

The fight over the Patriot Act left a lot of bruises in Congress. [The Hill]

The Olympic Torch will start down Lancaster Avenue at 5:15 p.m. Friday on its way to the Kentucky Special Olympic Summer Games opening ceremony in the Eastern Kentucky University Ravine. [Richmond Register]

The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday formally kicked off a competition for development of new prototype rocket propulsion systems, and address the “urgent need” to end U.S. reliance on Russian engines to launch military and intelligence satellites. [Reuters]

Five years ago, Owens Lane resident Rebecca Jackson said she had several ideas for improving outdoor living at her 3-acre home in Rush. Now, she refuses to put another penny into her property. Jackson said sometimes odors coming from Big Run Landfill, a few miles from her home, are so bad “you can taste it in your mouth.” [Ashland Independent]

One afternoon last summer, Pat Mulroy stood in 106-degree heat at the broad concrete banister atop the Hoover Dam, the wall that holds back the mighty Colorado River, and with it the nation’s largest reserve of water. [ProPublica]

Counties selected for Jack Conway’s post-election audit: Greenup, Laurel, Taylor, Lewis, Jefferson, Calloway. [Press Release]

Rand Paul is a man besieged. Eight weeks into his White House bid, the Kentucky Republican is hurting for deep-pocketed donors, watching supporters of his libertarian father, Ron Paul, gravitate toward opponents and getting flogged by a GOP establishment that abhors his calls for a less interventionist approach to foreign policy. [Politico]

Will Russell and his staff have been hard at work this week getting the Western-themed roadside attraction formerly known as Guntown Mountain ready to open later this month. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Kimberley Enyart was never interested in doing recreational drugs. But then she was in a car accident and her doctor prescribed a powerful opiate for the pain. [NPR]

This Woodford County city on Monday became the eighth in the state to adopt an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity. With 4-2 passage of the ordinance by the city council, Midway joined Lexington, Louisville, Covington, Danville, Frankfort, Morehead and Vicco in Perry County as cities with similar ordinances. [H-L]

Half of older Americans have no retirement savings, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. [HuffPo]