Secret Sannie Shows Her True Colors

We still can’t stop laughing at how hard Sannie “Secret Sannie” Overly and the Democrats are fighting to keep their corruption secret. [H-L]

Global warming isn’t just affecting the weather, it’s harming Americans’ health, President Barack Obama said Tuesday as he announced steps government and businesses will take to better understand and deal with the problem. [HuffPo]

A day after announcing his bid for the White House in Louisville, Sen. Rand Paul got into a verbal scrapes with members of the media. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul (R-Garden Gnome), already in the spotlight for a televised fight with “Today” Show host Savannah Guthrie, got into a heated exchange over abortion on Wednesday with an Associated Press reporter. AP reporter Philip Elliott’s interview with Paul became heated after Elliott pressed the presidential candidate to say whether victims of rape should be able to get abortions. [The Hill]

In Milford on Wednesday, Paul said “when the founders of New Hampshire came up with the motto ‘Live Free or Die’, they didn’t leave a lot of wiggle room.” But the phrase didn’t become the state motto until 1945, and it wasn’t a state founder who came up with it. [WKYT]

Rand Paul has skipped most Homeland Security hearings since 2014, a review of videos and documents related to the hearings show. [BuzzFeed]

For Hazard native Jonathan Beatty, everything changed when he read the now-infamous New York Times article, “What’s the Matter with Eastern Kentucky?” [Hazard Herald]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday it was unlikely to approve new or expanded uses of certain pesticides while it evaluates the risks they may pose to honey bees. [Reuters]

Speaking at a meeting of the Harlan Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board member Ken Crider asked businesses to begin displaying signs or pictures supporting local tourist attractions, along with welcoming signs for visitors. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Neither Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky nor New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was invited to address the NRA’s Leadership Forum. [Politico]

The group that sought to replace the existing board of directors for T.J. Samson Community Hospital has decided it will not pursue further legal options after the Kentucky Court of Appeals on March 20 upheld a lower-court ruling against the group. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A proposal to nearly triple the maximum compensation for workers who lose a limb follows a ProPublica/NPR story that showed Alabama to have the lowest permanent partial disability benefits in the country. [ProPublica]

Less than 24 hours after Rand Paul announced his White House bid before dozens of jubilant, flag-waving supporters, his fledgling presidential campaign seemed to be defined more by his defiant performance when the cheering stopped. [H-L]

U.S. President Barack Obama called on Wednesday for an end to psychiatric therapies that seek to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian and transgender youth, the White House said. [HuffPo]

Not Even Walmart Hates The Gays These Days

Kentucky’s Supreme Court has restricted the authority of courts to intervene in police interrogations. [H-L]

Kentucky Fried Chicken may have changed its name to KFC years ago to downplay its cooking method in a more health-conscious consumer market, but the world’s second-largest fast food chain didn’t stop frying. [HuffPo]

The Frazier History Museum will open a semi-permanent, interactive exhibit on “the Lewis & Clark Experience” April 11 that will run through at least March 2016, the West Main Street attraction has announced. [C-J/AKN]

New renewable generating capacity broke the 100GW barrier in 2014, equivalent to the entire fleet of nuclear power plants in the US, a UN report shows. [BBC]

The opening date for Funtown Mountain, a roadside attraction in Cave City with a carnival theme, will be June 19, it was announced by prospective owner Will Russell. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Scientists agree that an increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases causes the Earth’s temperature to rise, but they’ve also noticed that relationship seems to swing both ways: warmer temperatures also seem to correspond with an increase in greenhouse gases. But drawing conclusions about the nature of the relationship is tricky, because though scientists have seen a correlation, they haven’t been able to show causation. [ThinkProgress]

The Madison County 911 service is hoping to make its emergency call network “smarter” with a new Smart 911 system that could alert operators to information pre-loaded by cell phone callers, said Wendy Lynch, the director. [Richmond Register]

After routing the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, the U.S. government began a now 13-year effort to stabilize and develop the country. It has cost taxpayers billions — and some say, achieved little. [ProPublica]

A complaint filed in Perry County Circuit Court on Thursday has accused three local pharmacies and a number of named and unknown employees/owners as being “negligent” and “erroneous” in the filing of information in the the state’s prescription monitoring program. [Hazard Herald]

The chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores has emerged as an unlikely voice for gay rights after the Arkansas state governor heeded his call on Wednesday to reject a much-criticized bill. [Reuters]

A non-traditional instructional program being used across the state was explained during a recent meeting of the Harlan Independent Board of Education. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

The corruption indictment federal prosecutors released against Sen. Robert Menendez on Wednesday is filled with eye-popping allegations about the senator’s relationship with Florida ophthalmologist and donor Salomon Melgen. [The Hill]

Eastern Kentucky University has applied to be the host for a 2016 vice-presidential or presidential debate. [H-L]

When Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz became the first politician to officially announce his presidential campaign last week, he repeated a familiar mantra to his audience at Virginia’s Liberty University. “Instead of a federal government that seeks to dictate school curriculum through Common Core, imagine repealing every word of Common Core,” the Texas politician said to roaring applause. The only problem? The Common Core State Standards are not enshrined in any federal law, and therefore cannot be repealed. [HuffPo]

Coal Coal Coal Coal Coal Coal Coal

The collapse in energy prices is dealing another blow to the struggling Appalachian coal industry, with estimates that two-thirds of Eastern Kentucky’s coal output is now unprofitable. [H-L]

We’ve long known that children from affluent families get a head start that can translate into a long-lasting advantage, especially when it comes to academic achievement. Now, scientists have found what may be part of the explanation: Children who grow up in higher-income families appear to have larger brains. [HuffPo]

If there’s ever a measles outbreak in Louisville, Lashawnda Starling won’t have to fret about her 4-year-old daughter. [C-J/AKN]

A group of business economists said Monday that they expect the U.S. economy to grow at a faster pace over the next two years. [The Hill]

The Berea Chamber of Commerce has submitted a proposal to the city of Berea to form a new partnership for economic development. [Richmond Register]

The largest association of U.S. pharmacists approved a measure on Monday at its annual meeting in California calling on members to avoid participating in executions, saying it violates a core value of the profession, an official said. [Reuters]

Area residents donated 1,500 non-perishable goods to Safe Harbor of Northeast Kentucky during Shop and Share Day. The annual one-day drive was Saturday with the Russell and Ashland Kroger stores and the Food City store in Louisa serving as partners. [Ashland Independent]

US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have arrived for the start of a 12-month tour of duty on the International Space Station. It will be the longest continuous stay anyone has had aboard the 400km-high (250 mile) orbiting platform. [BBC]

The Cave Region Trail Initiative Steering Committee met for the second time Monday night to continue work on a federal grant application. [Glasgow Daily Times]

In many municipalities around the country, the days of sorting your recyclables for curbside pickup are long gone, replaced by a system called “single-stream” recycling. But what happens after all those bits of plastic, paper, glass and metal trash get put in the bin? [NPR]

“Advancing Our Legacy” is the theme of the St. Claire Foundation’s 2015 Annual Fundraising Campaign, which is being launched this week. [The Morehead News]

Medicare’s spending on drugs to treat hepatitis C soared more than 15 fold from 2013 to 2014 as new breakthroughs came to the market, according to previously undisclosed federal data. The drugs cure the disease, but taxpayers are footing the bill. [ProPublica]

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said Kentucky’s religious-freedom law, similar to one signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence last week, should be clarified to include protections for the LGBT community. [H-L]

Don’t you just love watching Steve Beshear embarrass Kentucky on the national stage again? [HuffPo]

Fayette Co Health Department Is Stepping Up On The Needle Front

The nonprofit North Limestone Community Development Corp. will get a $550,000 grant to help turn a former Greyhound bus station into a public market and local food hub focused on the surrounding neighborhood. [H-L]

The Justice Department urged a federal appeals court Monday to reverse a hold a judge placed on President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action. [HuffPo]

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state’s ban on gay marriage should be upheld in part because it is not discriminatory in that both gay and straight people are barred from marrying people of the same gender. [C-J/AKN]

Congress was one vote away from ending its perennial Medicare “doc fix” dilemma for good, after nearly two decades of last-minute deals to prevent a healthcare meltdown. But instead of capping a rare week of productivity on Capitol Hill with the approval of a bipartisan fix ahead of a crucial Tuesday deadline, the Senate punted on the legislation in the wee hours of Friday morning. [The Hill]

Olive Hill is asking the Kentucky Department for Local Government for $65,000 to build restrooms and upgrade its trail system. The money would cover construction of a restroom near the historic railroad depot that is the trailhead for the city’s burgeoning trail system. [Ashland Independent]

This is what happens when mouth-breathing teabaggers try to meddle in education. [WaPo]

Hundreds of middle and high school students from across the state traveled to Eastern Kentucky University on Saturday to exhibit their science experiments at the Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair. [Richmond Register]

Two people tried to run their vehicle through the National Security Agency’s gates near Washington on Monday before guards at the spy agency fatally shot one of them, said officials, who added there was no evidence of a link to terrorism. [Reuters]

The Louisville Metropolitan Service Area’s population has increased by 2.8 percent since 2010, according to U.S. Census data released Thursday. “Most of the growth is happening on the periphery,” he said. “If you were in, what we call, the city, you’re not seeing any change at all.” [WFPL]

Daniel Swann is exactly the type of person the National Security Agency (NSA) would love to have working for it. [NPR]

The director of the Fayette County health(sic) Department said a needle-exchange program for heroin addicts will reduce the risk of getting jabbed by a dirty needles. He said Fayette County health officials are ready to get it going as soon as they figure out logistics. [WKYT]

Ants carried to the International Space Station were still able to use teamwork to search new areas, despite falling off the walls of their containers for up to eight seconds at a time. [BBC]

Rand Paul likes to say that the Republican Party should follow the advice of painter Robert Henri, who said people should “paint like a man coming over a hill singing.” [H-L]

A supervisor at the Veterans Administration office in Honolulu was manipulating data to make it look like the agency was processing veterans’ benefits claims faster it actually was, according to a new report by the VA Office of Inspector General. [HuffPo]

Let’s Talk About Ed Whitfield’s Corruption Again

Lawyers for the state of Kentucky are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Christian ministry that wants to be considered for a sales tax rebate program. [H-L]

Vermont’s governor told Mitch McConnell that climate change is real and we should deal with it. Mitch McConnell ignored him, counting his mountain of coal cash. You know — the thing that comes into being after mountaintop removal demolishes actual mountains — cash. [HuffPo]

Are you excited for the beginning of the Kentucky Derby Festival? Get ready. It’s almost here. If you’re not a Louisville local, you ought to take part. [C-J/AKN]

Legislators in two states are trying to repeal laws that let authorities revoke driver’s licenses or professional licenses when people fall severely behind on their student loan payments. Yep, Kentucky is one of those states. [Bloomberg]

Wondering why Andy Beshear has been trying to insert himself into the heroin fight? Because Whitney Sweaterfield has been all over it. It’s called political jealousy. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Supreme Court appeared split Wednesday over a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever limits on mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by power plants, slated to take effect next month for some plants. [The Hill]

The Madison County Animal Shelter is located at 1386 Richmond Road in Berea. Go there and adopt. [Richmond Register]

A special investigative panel will probe allegations that a Kentucky lawmaker helped his wife lobby on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Friday. [Reuters]

The finalization of a real estate deal involving Guntown Mountain, a Western-themed roadside attraction alongside Interstate 65 in Cave City, has been pushed back a few weeks. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer. [ProPublica]

In November 2014 the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department arrested three persons after a traffic stop for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. [The Morehead News]

A breakthrough in the development of temperature-resilient beans could help sustain a vital source of protein for millions of people around the globe. [BBC]

Will artists move in droves to Covington’s west side? Nope. Lipstick on a pig. [H-L]

“Lacee Scott?” the judge called. The 23-year-old rose from a hard black plastic chair, walked past the fireplace and stood before the table at the front of the living room. [HuffPo]

It’s All About Floridian Ed Whitfield, Of Course

For the first time in the history of this tobacco state, the House voted on — and passed — a bill to ban indoor smoking statewide in workplaces and other public spaces, such as bars and restaurants. And then the Senate assigned House Bill 145 to its Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection, where it saw no further action. [H-L]

There is significant evidence that cop cams cut down on most civilian complaints. But a close examination of violent encounters with the police caught on tape suggests that even with seemingly incontrovertible video evidence, questions will often linger. The kind of sea change that police reform activists desire will still likely escape them. [HuffPo]

Told ya the big money was running away from Jamie Comer. A new political action committee with ties to the billionaire Koch brothers has formed in Kentucky with plans to get involved in Kentucky’s Republican gubernatorial primary on behalf of Hal Heiner. [C-J/AKN]

The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it has opened an investigation into Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) regarding allegations that he improperly used his office to help his wife lobby Congress on behalf of the Humane Society. [The Hill]

Want your mind to be blown by state government? Check out this KEDFA Board Book from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. Rather than save a file as a PDF, they printed it out and scanned it. Remember, it’s 2015, not 1992. [External PDF Link]

Remember when Kentucky enacted this legislation in 2013 and no one batted an eyelash? Thousands of people marched in Indiana’s largest city on Saturday to protest a state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people. [Reuters]

Ten awesome Kentucky State Parks for you to visit! [University Press]

Gonna boycott Kentucky, too? Activists are encouraging a boycott of Indiana after the US state enacted a “religious freedom” law which they say discriminates against gay people. [BBC]

Now Paul Chitwood and his merry band of closet case circle jerkers are health experts. Especially when it comes to marijuana, something they’ve obviously all been smoking by the pound. [Mythical Nonsense]

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, who has taken over defense of his state’s ban after Attorney General Jack Conway declined to do so, is the sole state defending at the Supreme Court against both marriage and marriage recognition challenges. [BuzzFeed]

Greg Stumbo, Kentucky’s Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, is a former attorney general, the chief prosecutor in Kentucky. [Ronnie Ellis]

Apparently, some kind of big sports thing is happening and everybody is freaking out. [NPR]

Kentucky lawmakers are being criticized by leaders of public employee groups for a last-minute decision to transfer tens of millions of dollar from the public employee health insurance fund to government’s “rainy day” fund. [H-L]

A report released last week holds troubling findings about lasting inequality across the African-American community. [HuffPo]

Bourbon Tourism Is A Big Deal To Kentucky

The friendly rivalry for the hearts and throats of bourbon lovers is about to get more interesting, particularly in Louisville where major distilleries are focusing their tourism efforts. [Janet Patton]

Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee voted Thursday to shield attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act from objections that it would add to the government’s budget deficit. [HuffPo]

By all accounts eighth-grader Stephen Patton was cheerful and well-liked by most of his classmates at Floyd County’s Allen Central Middle School. But a few of them, his family says they discovered, repeatedly abused, taunted and bullied the 13-year-old gentle giant, who stood 6 foot 3, weighed 196 pounds and had a stutter. [C-J/AKN]

U.S.-Israeli relations are strained, and with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu winning reelection after a very public rebuke of the Obama White House, they could be worsening. But Israel isn’t the only U.S. ally at odds with the Obama administration. [WaPo]

The last day for students in Madison County Schools will be June 1, the school board decided during a work session Thursday evening. [Richmond Register]

The United States and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to work toward greater civil and national security space cooperation after officials from the two countries met in Washington this week, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. [Reuters]

Boyd County Clerk Debbie Jones will again represent Kentucky Highway District 9 on the state County Clerks Legislative Committee. [Ashland Independent]

Soon after the U.S. and other major powers entered negotiations last year to curtail Iran’s nuclear program, senior White House officials learned Israel was spying on the closed-door talks. The spying operation was part of a broader campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to penetrate the negotiations and then help build a case against the emerging terms of the deal, current and former U.S. officials said. [WSJ]

Snow days did not extend the school year this year but the Rowan County Board of Education did have to adjust the calendar to offset those missed days. [The Morehead News]

The tech startup bubble has America’s retirement funds — like Kentucky Retirement Systems — chasing unicorns. [Zero Hedge]

Literacy is much more than looking at words on pages, Jane Beshear reminded students at Glasgow Middle School on Thursday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Jerome Pate, a homeless alcoholic, went to the emergency room when he was cold. [NY Times]

Forest industries have the potential to provide thousands more jobs in Eastern and southern Kentucky as leaders in the region search for ways to improve the economy, according to an analysis. [H-L]

When researchers examined the fossils, they realized they were looking at a new species–a nine-foot-long creature dating back some 231 million years. From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… [HuffPo]