Kim Davis Just Won’t Effing Quit It

Despite Kentucky’s socially conservative streak, more than half of the state’s voters think Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis should have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [H-L]

In a speech last week, Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen inadvertently told us why Congress should set a 4 percent unemployment target for the Fed in its conduct of monetary policy, as is proposed in a new bill put forward by Michigan Representative John Conyers. The context was Yellen’s dismissal of such a target. [HuffPo]

Don Childers and others affiliated with Childers Oil Co. combined to give $4,000 to the Kentucky Democratic Party this summer while Governor Steve Beshear’s administration was negotiating a secret settlement with the company over a 2011 spill of diesel fuel into the North Fork of the Kentucky River. [C-J/AKN]

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is the favorite to succeed John Boehner (R-OH) after his surprise resignation as the House Speaker last week. The appointment of McCarthy, who represents a heavily Latino district, to preside over a more radically conservative Republican caucus could have implications for immigration reform. [ThinkProgress]

Ann Stewart, executive director of the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission, has been reappointed to serve another term on the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s board of directors. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Secret Service reportedly leaked sensitive personal information to the press about Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz as the Utah Republican was investigating the beleaguered agency. [Politico]

Steve Beshear’s lawyers are using the words “absurd,” ”forlorn” and “obtuse” to describe the legal arguments a county clerk has used to avoid issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [WAVE3]

Can we quit it with calling Drew Curtis “quirky”? It’s an insult from a bunch of old-ass white men and seems to get thrown around a lot lately. The only people who think he is quirky are people who have no idea what “URL” means. And can we quit acting like the RGA pulled out because Bevin sucks? Sure, he sucks, but the RGA’s man on the ground said six months ago their budget was $3 million. RGA never thought Bevin could win, really. Which is worse than abandoning him now. [Larry Sabato]

Kentuckians are continuing to default on federal student loans at one of the highest rates in the nation. [WFPL]

Rand Paul’s (R-Cookie Tree) daddy hauled in more money in one day than he’s raised in three months. Surprising that anyone thinks his presidential campaign is anything more than a stunt to raise his senate campaign profile. [Mother Jones]

Attorneys for a Magoffin County judge have asked the Kentucky Supreme Court to review a lower court decision that would force the judge out of office for election fraud. [WKYT]

In an interview with NPR, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country will use its added billions of dollars from the nuclear deal for boosting the Iranian economy. [NPR]

This year’s Historic Paris-Bourbon County house tour Sunday is at the boyhood home of one of Kentucky’s most interesting and least known Civil War generals, who ended his short life as an American diplomat in South America. [H-L]

Thirteen people were killed and as many as 20 were wounded Thursday in a shooting at a small community college in Roseburg, Oregon, according to multiple reports. Another day, another mass shooting. [HuffPo]

Kim Davis Goes Full Fox Fame Whore

Weighing in on an open-records case involving some of Kentucky’s most vulnerable residents, a divided state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an advocacy group failed to qualify for access to documents related to the deaths of some people in the state’s care. [H-L]

A young girl from California delivered a message about immigration reform to Pope Francis on Wednesday and received a blessing in return for her efforts. [HuffPo]

What was that, again, about not wanting the spotlight? Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said in an interview Wednesday with Fox News that she was prepared to stay in jail as long as necessary to defend her decision on marriage licenses. [C-J/AKN]

Growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector showed no month-over-month change during September, staying at August’s sluggish pace which was the weakest in almost two years, according to an industry report released on Wednesday. [Reuters]

The development of a homeless shelter is something officials with the Glasgow Service Unit of the Salvation Army have discussed at its board meetings. [Glasgow Daily Times]

In Alabama, anti-drug fervor and abortion politics have turned a meth-lab law into the country’s harshest weapon against pregnant women. [ProPublica]

The two women running to be Kentucky’s next lieutenant governor squared off in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Wednesday evening at Midway College in Versailles, mostly sticking to campaign talking points. But there were a few fireworks toward the end. [Ronnie Ellis]

Few things strike fear into the hearts of politicians like a disgruntled grandparent entering a voting booth. [ThinkProgress]

Good-paying jobs exist in Kentucky, but employers are having difficulty finding workers skilled enough to fill positions, according to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway. [Ashland Independent]

Millions of kids, some as young as 5, now get their schooling online. Just one problem: Nobody knows how well it works. [Politico]

Kelly Bowman knew he was going to be a Kentucky State Police trooper when he was a little boy. His career has always brought him home. [The Morehead News]

The U.S. government says the fingerprints of five times as many people as originally believed were included in the data hacked from Office of Personnel Management computers earlier this year. [NPR]

Every Republican presidential candidate who could be in the room with Pope Francis during the pontiff’s address Thursday to Congress – that is, every senator – was there. Except one. [H-L]

With less than two weeks before the start of the new Supreme Court session, Justice Antonin Scalia is still lamenting Obergefell v. Hodges, the June ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. [HuffPo]

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 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]