It’s Post-Primary Hangover Time!

You should check out this interactive map of last night’s vote results from across Kentucky. [H-L]

As much as journalists may fancy themselves superhuman observers of history, the truth is that we are as susceptible to trauma as the victims whose stories we tell. [HuffPo]

A Franklin County grand jury Tuesday indicted former Buffalo Trace Distillery security guard Leslie M. Wright, 34, of Frankfort, on charges of being paid to look the other way as barrels were stolen for what authorities say was a bourbon theft criminal syndicate. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky hates old people. States with at least 40 percent of homes ranked on the bottom two rungs include North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. [Newsweek]

The real reason Republicans running for governor didn’t have in-depth discussions is because two of the candidates were incapable. The other two, one a former state supreme court justice and the other, an evangelical extremist who is overcompensating like woah, have never been outside their respective bubbles. Ever. [Eye Roll]

After winning reelection and control of the U.S. Senate, Republican Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., appointed Hazen Marshall, a lobbyist for Koch Industries, as his new policy chief. [The Intercept]

A historic case against the iconic Wagner’s Pharmacy near Churchill Downs is likely to end, since the Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that morbid obesity is not a state-protected disability. [Business First]

The White House on Monday called the fall of Ramadi to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) a “setback,” but vowed the U.S. is determined to help retake the Iraqi city. [The Hill]

An online fundraising campaign was successful for the Louisville businessman who is set to buy Guntown Mountain, the Western-themed roadside attraction in Cave City. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Obese young adults may be more likely to have a stroke than people who aren’t overweight, a U.S. study suggests. [Reuters]

His first four and a half months in office have included two record-breaking winter storms, two instances of flooding, collapsed bridges and the arrest of a Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program employee on forgery and theft charges. “All that’s missing is for a plague of locusts to hit Madison County, and we would have faced all possible challenges,” Madison Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor said Friday in his first State of the County address. [Richmond Register]

Millions of Americans use GlaxoSmithKline’s purple inhaler. But whether Advair poses a higher risk of asthma-related death remains uncertain 15 years after regulators approved the drug. [ProPublica]

The University of Kentucky has begun a sweeping overhaul of its body bequeathal program after finding numerous problems with its administration and oversight, including a three to five year delay in burying the remains of people who’d given their bodies for scientific research. The overhaul includes eliminating the position of program director Gary Ginn, who is also the Fayette County Coroner. [H-L]

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated a same-sex wedding over the weekend, and according to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, the Notorious R.B.G. gave a big shout-out to the U.S. Constitution. [HuffPo]

Student Loan Servicing Is A Mess

Here’s another Louisville/Kentucky movie to get excited about. [Variety]



William Hilton Paul, son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving under the influence in Lexington. [H-L]

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday launched a broad review of the often murky business of student loan servicing, questioning whether the roughly 40 million Americans with student debt are being treated fairly under a patchwork of rules and market forces that could leave them vulnerable to abuse. [HuffPo]

Many small towns in Appalachian Kentucky look a lot like Austin, Ind.; a picture of rural America with its shop-lined Main Street and stubble-filled cornfields — and the unlikely epicenter of the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana’s history. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. retail sales were flat in April as households cut back on purchases of automobiles and other big-ticket items, the latest sign the economy was struggling to rebound strongly after barely growing in the first quarter. [Reuters]

The Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) is adding cyber liability to its insurance coverage provided to member counties beginning July 1. [Ashland Independent]

What happens when you’ve been kicking the fiscal can down the road for years, but the road suddenly hits a dead end? That’s what Chicago – and the state of Illinois – are about to find out. [ProPublica]

A differing of understandings of which classification the Glasgow Municipal Airport has in regard to the volume and type of its traffic was the focus of a discussion that took at least 90 minutes Monday at a meeting of the airport’s board of directors. [Glasgow Daily Times]

There are 19 Republicans seriously considering launching campaigns for president, and 10 numbers on a phone. That causes a big problem for pollsters using automated polling technology, one of the most common forms of public polling. [Politico]

Louisville Metro Police officers in the Fifth Division will begin wearing body cameras in June. [WFPL]

A former chief justice from Georgia decried capital punishment Tuesday, dubbing it “morally indefensible” and void of business sense. [Think Progress]

Kentucky’s highest court says a fraternity house should be considered a private residence in a search-and-seizure case stemming from a college student’s drug conviction after police found marijuana in his room. [WKYT]

The global pharmaceutical industry is being called on to pay for a $2bn innovation fund to revitalise research into antibiotics. [BBC]

Federal prosecutors are opposing former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s request to go home to Las Vegas for Memorial Day. [H-L]

Asking the Department of Defense to consider allowing young undocumented immigrants to enlist proved a bridge too far Thursday in the Republican-led House of Representatives. [HuffPo]

Why Is Berea Afraid Of That Fracking Resolution?

Everybody saw that one coming since he worked for Greg Stumbo. Governor Steve Beshear today appointed David Allen Barber as a justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky. [Press Release]

Berea City Council voted Tuesday night to table a resolution expressing its opposition to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in watershed areas around the southern Madison County city. [H-L]

A lawyer in California has submitted a ballot initiative with the state Department of Justice calling for the death of anyone who engages in sodomy in the state. [HuffPo]

Rand Paul was the only potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate at the Conservative Political Action Conference who got a question about his hair. [C-J/AKN]

FOR NEARLY A CENTURY, American workers and their employers had a compact: A guarantee that after a workplace accident, employers would pay the injured workers’ medical bills and enough of their wages to help during recovery. [ProPublica]

Rowan Fiscal Court donated a used dump truck with a snow blade to the Clyde A. Thomas Regional Airport for the clearing of snow. [The Morehead News]

Since 2011, the Democratic National Committee has made 56 payments totaling more than $4.5 million to the U.S. Treasury, most of which paid for catering at “Reservation #1,” the National Park Service’s terminology for the White House grounds. [Sunlight Foundation]

The city of Richmond has $13 million more in the bank than it did four years ago, Mayor Jim Barnes said Friday during his state of the city address. [Richmond Register]

The U.S. Justice Department has concluded that the Ferguson, Missouri, police department routinely engages in racially biased practices, a law enforcement official familiar with the department’s findings said on Tuesday. [Reuters]

After warning citizens things may get worse before they get better in regard to odor issues with Big Run Landfill, officials with the site’s parent company EnviroSolutions Inc. are speaking more confidently about remediation efforts. [Ashland Independent]

The US House of Representatives has approved a so-called “clean” funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday. [BBC]

Former Barren County Board of Education Chairman Robbie Toms received the 2015 Proudfoot Award for Outstanding School Board Member, according to a press release issued by the Kentucky School Boards Association. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Don’t you love it when a self-hating wingnut tries to use prison rape to claim sexual orientation is a choice? [Think Progress]

The state Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a bill fulfilling the University of Kentucky’s request for $132.5 million in state bonds for a six-story medical research center. [H-L]

Scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley have captured the first detailed microscopic images of so-called “ultra-small bacteria” that are believed to represent the lowest size limit possible for life on Earth. [HuffPo]

Kentucky Economy: Imaginary Puppies, Rainbows

The Kentucky Supreme Court says a state law setting out procedural rights for police officers accused of misconduct should apply whether the complaints are made by citizens or by police departments. [H-L]

Never in the 30 years since the the Federal Reserve first starting collecting wealth data has the divide between the rich and everyone else been so large, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center. [HuffPo]

A federal spending bill that could be signed into law as soon as today by President Barack Obama contains language to prevent bureaucratic maneuvering that could hurt industrial hemp research efforts in states like Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Obamacare enrollment appears on track to meet administration goals for 2015, with almost 2.5 million people selecting plans on HealthCare.gov in the first month — including 1 million last week alone. [Politico]

For the fifth time, supporters of a statewide smoking ban are taking their case to Kentucky’s Capitol. But this time, they’re adding a new argument. [WDRB]

Rand Paul is breaking with other Republican presidential hopefuls and backing President Obama’s decision to launch talks normalizing relations with Cuba. [The Hill]

Don’t believe the hype. As some in media tout how magical Kentucky’s employment statistics are? Here’s the juice from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet: In November 2014, Kentucky’s civilian labor force was 1,993,607, a decrease of 3,260 individuals compared to the previous month. [Press Release]

The U.S. Federal Reserve is lobbying to stem a rising threat to its independence as the “Audit the Fed” movement, once seen as usual background noise, looks set to gain momentum in 2015 when Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress. [Reuters]

PEE ALERT! Because a patient transported Tuesday by Madison County EMS reported symptom that could match those of an Ebola infection, as a precaution the ambulance crew followed the Ebola protocol for which they were trained. [Richmond Register]

President Obama on Tuesday again used his executive authority to enact an environmental priority as he indefinitely barred oil and gas exploration of Alaska’s picturesque Bristol Bay to protect some of the nation’s most productive commercial fisheries. [NY Times]

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, was disappointed and confused Thursday when he realized reforms he has advocated for the past half year regarding “backdoor” surveillance of private data were excluded from last week’s omnibus bill. [Ashland Independent]

The EU may scrap plans for legislation on air pollution and waste in a drive to boost the economy, according to a leaked document seen by BBC News. [BBC]

Here’s what Jeb Bush’s announcement taught us about Miniature Texan Liberty Christ. [H-L]

At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found. [HuffPo]

Something Positive Happened In Bullitt County

Another fun scandal is brewing at the University of Louisville. The VP of Human Resources was canned and escorted away by cops. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Lexington police Chief Ronnie Bastin was promoted to public safety commissioner on Tuesday, and the city quickly began a search for a new chief. [H-L]

For Dreamers, the president’s unveiling of an executive action to defer deportations represented a historic victory, their second since convincing Obama to create DACA two and a half years ago. But the victory was bittersweet for many activists who had wanted relief to be broadened even further. [HuffPo]

Responding to public outcry, Bullitt Fiscal Court on Tuesday approved removing Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield from his position as a trustee on the fire protection district board. [C-J/AKN]

Mitch McConnell won’t become majority leader until next month, but he’s already acting the part. [The Hill]

Just as the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting learned eight months ago, a Louisville high school teacher has been told that financial details about his state-funded retirement plan are secret and can’t be disclosed. [WFPL]

Iraq plans to ask NATO for help training its security forces, the alliance said on Wednesday, months after the Iraqi army collapsed in the face of an offensive by Islamic State militants. [Reuters]

East Kentucky Power Cooperative, based in Winchester, has added its voice to those claiming power plant emission regulations proposed by the Obama administration go too far and will harm Kentucky’s manufacturing economy and increase electrical rates. [Ronnie Ellis]

All school districts in the country are required to tell the federal government how many times kids have been restrained in their schools. But some districts aren’t following through. [ProPublica]

Evangelicals are teaming up with environmentalists to support the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan to substantially reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning power plants. [Ashland Independent]

US President Barack Obama has renewed calls for Congress to approve $6bn (£3.8bn) in emergency aid to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The president made the plea on a visit to the National Institutes of Health, where he congratulated scientists on work towards a vaccine. [BBC]

An October car crash had a lasting impact on not only a section of fence around a water tower on West Main Street but also the communication system for the Glasgow Police Department. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Food and Drug Administration is considering revising a ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with other men. An FDA advisory committee Tuesday mulled the issues raised by changing the policy, which has been in effect since the early 1980s. [NPR]

The Kentucky Supreme Court has declined to hear oral arguments in the appeal of an inmate condemned to death for a 1997 slaying in Floyd County. [H-L]

For more than a century, scientists have been scratching their heads over a strange clocklike device recovered from a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901. [HuffPo]

Don’t Forget That Scathing Andy Beshear Story

Poor Andy Beshear. More than a year away from being sworn in to an office he hasn’t even won, and already his integrity in that office is open to question because of his unprecedented fund-raising. Not to mention the shadow cast on the administration of his father, Gov. Steve Beshear, as state contractors, lobbyists and appointees have lined up at 87 fund-raising events to give almost $1.5 million to the son’s campaign for attorney general. [H-L]

The white police officer who killed Michael Brown has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, his attorney said Saturday, nearly four months after the fatal confrontation with the black 18-year-old that fueled protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation. [HuffPo]

Vilified for demanding that judges stop “disingenuous maneuvering” by defense lawyers in drunken-driving cases, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell said he feels vindicated now that the Kentucky Supreme Court has officially banned the moves he complained about. [C-J/AKN]

The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States on Friday to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used sparingly. [Reuters]

The Court-Appointed Special Advocate program has seen a surge in support from local corporate sponsors for its annual fundraiser “12 Days of CASA,” which officially begins Monday. [Ashland Independent]

Many observers, such as Slate’s Jamelle Bouie and Vox’s Lauren Williams, pointed out that Wilson’s testimony has historical echoes of the “black brute” caricatures that portrayed black men as savage, destructive criminals. [NPR]

For the second straight month, controversy and testy exchanges ruled the day at a Perry County Fiscal Court meeting. [Hazard Herald]

It is the image that became indelible, fueling protests nationwide after the confrontation on a muggy August day here: Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American, with hands raised in surrender moments before a white police officer fired the shots that killed him. [NY Times]

Hal Rogers has asked the voters of the 5th Congressional District of Kentucky to elect him to be their representative 18 times now, and each time they have responded in the affirmative, almost always overwhelmingly. With his latest election victory earlier this month, Rogers added to his legacy of being the longest serving Republican ever elected to office in Kentucky. [Middlesboro Daily News]

Republicans in Ohio are pushing a law to keep all details of executions secret. [The Guardian]

The Glasgow city council voted 8 to 3 to approve a third fire station. Mayor-elect Dick Doty said he is still struggling with the idea of committing approximately $650,000 of taxpayer funds to build a third station for a fire department that is already performing at a high level with the stations it has. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The only thing as bad as being tortured for months as a captive of jihadists in Syria was dealing with the U.S. government afterward, according to one former American hostage. [McClatchy]

The 2015 Kentucky General Assembly, which starts Jan. 6, will be asked to devote billions of dollars in additional debt and spending to shore up the struggling pension funds that cover state workers and school teachers. [John Cheves]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham won’t understand… Archaeologists have unearthed an incredibly rare flint axe from the Stone Age that just may have been used in an ancient ritual. [HuffPo]

Politico Really Hammered Jesse Benton There

The Kentucky Supreme Court will not hear oral arguments or issue decisions in November after officials cited a lack of cases ready to be heard. [H-L]

A Republican Congress can’t repeal Obamacare. That won’t stop them from trying. [HuffPo]

In separate news conferences Wednesday, Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Republican Senate President Robert Stivers talked more policy than politics in interpreting the results of Tuesday’s legislative elections. Each took election results as a mandate for his own chambers’ record and agenda and vowed to press forward with priorities in 2015 that failed in recent years in the other chamber. [C-J/AKN]

The shape of birds’ eggs could have helped them survive the mass extinction event that killed off the dinosaurs, new research proposes. [BBC]

Here’s what John Yarmuth had to say about Mayor McCheese: “Jerry Abramson and Crit Luallen are dedicated public servants who have moved our Commonwealth forward, and I am thrilled for both of them today. Jerry’s leadership as Mayor and Lieutenant Governor has prepared him to be a strong advocate for local government at the federal level, and I look forward to having another Kentucky Democrat with me in Washington.” [Press Release]

As Matt Bevin weighed whether to jump into the Senate GOP primary, Mitch McConnell thought the Kentucky businessman should see what was in store for him if he did. [Politico]

And here’s what Jack Conway had to say: “This is a great day for Kentucky. After this week’s elections, it is clear the President must focus on building relationships and reaching out to people across this country and there is no better person to help him build his domestic agenda than Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson. Jerry is a friend who has served as Mayor of my hometown for more than two decades. His experience and passion for public service will be an asset to the White House and a benefit to all Kentuckians. I am incredibly proud of my good friend, Crit Luallen. Gov. Beshear made a wise choice is selecting her as the next Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Crit is the gold standard of public service. She has served as Kentucky’s Auditor and in the administrations of six prior Kentucky governors. Crit instantly brings a wealth of policy experience and gravitas that will help Gov. Beshear cement his legacy of fiscal responsibility and a healthier Kentucky.” [Press Release]

A parochial school in Kentucky has apologized to a teacher who resigned due to an Ebola scare after she traveled to an area of Africa unaffected by the virus, according to a letter to parents made public on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Carter County voters seemed to favor major change in their local politics during Tuesday’s elections, casting a majority of ballots for a new county judge-executive, sheriff, county attorney and magistrates. [Ashland Independent]

Stung by this week’s heavy defeat at the polls, Democrats on Capitol Hill are aching for leaders to find a new direction in the next Congress. [The Hill]

With a failed run for U.S. Senate behind her, a WKYT Herald-Leader Bluegrass Poll finds most Kentuckians don’t think Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes should set her eyes on the governor’s mansion. [WKYT]

Here’s a look at everything that’s happened since the Supreme Court ruled on the Voting Rights Act. [ProPublica]

Versailles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to annex 241 acres on U.S. 60 east of town. [H-L]

Ron Paul is done caring about his political future — which could spell bad news for Rand. [HuffPo]