Papaw Was Just Campaigning For Andy

The Humane Society of the United States is objecting to a proposed expansion of bear hunting in Kentucky. The group says the state’s black bear population is still small and needs time to expand. [H-L]

Watch the sweet wingnut freakout continue over marriage equality. [HuffPo]

Steve Beshear took state government’s Learjet from Frankfort to White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Tuesday afternoon and returned to Kentucky Wednesday after his round of golf with Tiger Woods, records of the website FlightAware indicate. [C-J/AKN]

Looking back at the nationwide support for American troops in the two world wars, we see Americans of all stripes making patriotic contributions and sacrifices — including farmers, factory workers and librarians. [NPR]

The prospect of Matt Bevin becoming Kentucky’s next governor is intriguing in more ways than just who wins the election between him and Democrat Jack Conway. [Ronnie Ellis]

Oil and gas giant Shell is expected to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks. [BBC]

Although a rehabilitation program within the Madison County Detention Center would likely help decrease the ever-growing population of returning inmates, there is no room in the facility for such a program, said Jailer Doug Thomas. [Richmond Register]

Weight screenings in high school were not enough to get overweight and obese kids on track toward a healthier weight, a recent U.S. study found. [Reuters]

Two officials of Rowan Fiscal Court attended a bond hearing in Frankfort Tuesday to help arrange financing of the new Rowan County Detention Center. [The Morehead News]

This man admitted to plotting to massacre Muslims but a judge set him free anyway. [ThinkProgress]

Louisville has really gotten into this murder thing lately. Every other day someone is shot. [WDRB]

Oh, look, the Southern Baptist wingnut-types are playing victim. It’s as if these folks are incapable of free thought. [The Hill]

It’s clear that Prather’s attempting to strike balance and to nudge fearful bigots into reality. But his language is dismissive and part of the problem. Telling people to get over decades of oppression and ongoing discrimination because “live and let live” or whatever does more harm than good. [H-L]

Hillary Clinton will soon start giving interviews to the national media, nearly three months into her presidential campaign and amid growing tensions with the press. [HuffPo]

SCOTUS Says Millions Keep Health Care

Pope Francis’ call for urgent action to combat climate change isn’t having much influence on members of Congress from the coal state of Kentucky, who are working this week to block the centerpiece of the president’s agenda to limit the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. [H-L]

The latest and possibly the last serious effort to cripple Obamacare through the courts has just failed. On Thursday, for the second time in three years, the Supreme Court rejected a major lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act — thereby preserving the largest expansion in health coverage since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid half a century ago. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin used $800,000 more of his own money to fuel his successful stretch run in the Republican primary for governor. [C-J/AKN]

Britain has carried out drone strikes only in war zones in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. The documents raise the possibility that in addition, British intelligence may have helped guide American strikes outside conventional war zones. [NY Times]

Members of the Harlan Independent Board of Education voted to partner with UNITE and AmeriCorps in the creation of a position for what will be equivalent to a “teacher’s aide” at a recent meeting. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

President Obama hosts two active duty trans servicemembers at the White House as pressure grows to let them serve openly. [Politico]

Operating costs of the Madison County Detention Center for the fiscal year ending June 30, exceeded its budget by about $500,000. [Richmond Register]

U.S. President Barack Obama reaffirmed in a phone call with his French counterpart Francois Hollande on Wednesday Washington’s commitment to end spying practices deemed “unacceptable” by its allies. [Reuters]

Carter County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Gera Ferguson, announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees began on June 15, 2015. [Ashland Independent]

The U.S. military acknowledges the negative health effects of Agent Orange on Vietnam veterans — but what about their children? [ProPublica]

The Industrial Development Economic Authority board approved in a special-called meeting to create a new budget category and more money for park work in the city and the county. Executive Director Dan Iacconi proposed Tuesday to the IDEA board for Glasgow-Barren County to create a category in the operating fund titled drainage and erosion control related to Highland Glen Industrial Park. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Acting on climate change will have major economic, environmental, and health benefits, according to a report released Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency. [ThinkProgress]

Caitlyn Jenner’s presence on the glossy cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair magazine incited a powerful moment of visibility for the transgender community, including the one in Lexington. [H-L]

Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits. [HuffPo]

KY Obviously Needs More Campaign $

You won’t believe the wild horse shit flowing from a Louisville FOP president. It might blow your mind. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Rand Paul of Kentucky, running for president on a platform of keeping the government out of people’s business, took a deep breath when asked at a recent stop in Philadelphia whether he’d make addressing abortion a part of his campaign. Pander to bigots = you’re a bigot. [H-L]

American gun owners are far more likely to injure themselves or someone else with their firearm than to stop a criminal, according to a new study from a group calling for tighter gun control. [HuffPo]

The search officially is on for the leader of Kentucky’s Department of Education. Which, sadly, means next to nothing. [C-J/AKN]

The CIA did not know in advance that al-Qaeda’s leader in Yemen was among the suspected militants targeted in a lethal drone strike last week, according to U.S. officials who said that the operation went forward under counter­terrorism guidelines that were eased by the Obama administration after the collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Yemen this year. The officials said that Nasir ­al-Wuhayshi, who also served as ­al-Qaeda’s overall second-in-command, was killed in a “signature strike,” in which the CIA is permitted to fire based on patterns of suspected militant activity even if the agency does not know the identities of those who could be killed. [WaPo]

Independent candidate for governor Drew Curtis needs to get 5,000 signatures by Aug. 11 in order to appear on the ballot in November’s general election. [WFPL]

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the right of the state of Texas to reject a specialty license plate featuring a Confederate flag. The case featured an unusual alliance in which Justice Clarence Thomas, known for his rigid ideological conservatism, teamed up with the court’s four liberal justices in a 5-4 majority. [Mother Jones]

When Audrey Haynes sat down before the legislature’s Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee Wednesday, she expected the data she brought would persuade lawmakers that Kentucky’s expansion of Medicaid has been good for the state. [Ronnie Ellis]

Rand Paul made headlines recently with his one-man effort to roll back government surveillance. And that’s the just beginning of Paul’s plan to dismantle big chunks of the federal government. [NPR]

The answer has been filed to a lawsuit against the City of Glasgow and its interim police chief that was filed last month by Glasgow Police Department Lt. Col. Guy Turcotte. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A state legislature’s strong environmental voting record can translate into real results for states, according to a new study. [ThinkProgress]

A special election to allow alcohol sales in Berea will likely take place in late September, according to Berea Mayor Steve Connelly. [Richmond Register]

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will call for tax credits for businesses that hire and train apprentices as a way to raise wages and boost youth employment during a campaign stop in South Carolina on Wednesday. [Reuters]

A Florida-based group is challenging in court a Kentucky law that bans corporations from making political contributions to candidates and parties. [H-L]

Deaths by drug overdose have been on the rise in the United States, with a majority of states recording increases from 2009 to 2013, according to a study released on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

You Should Follow The Landfill Saga

With a little more than six months before a new state law to address dating violence takes effect, Kentucky officials are trying to determine how best to offer emergency protective orders to victims of abusive dating relationships. [H-L]

Confidence in the police is lower than it’s been in more than 20 years, according to a new Gallup poll measuring the levels of faith in American institutions. [HuffPo]

This is just jacked up. The giant banner across Jackson Street in the heart of Louisville’s medical center offers hope for victims of a dread disease. [C-J/AKN]

As the iconic American gun maker Colt Defense struggled to stay in business after losing a key contract to supply M4 rifles to the U.S. Army, the company was paying a range of political allies, including the National Rife Association, the consulting firm set up by retired Army General Stanley McChrystal, and other trade groups and lobbying outfits. [The Intercept]

Big Run Landfill will no longer accept waste in the form of bales transported in gondola cars due to odor issues connected to this type of rail transportation of trash, according to top landfill company officials. [Ashland Independent]

The White House has pushed foundations, institutional investors and philanthropies to commit more than $4 billion to clean energy projects and help fight climate change, doubling a goal set in February, officials said. [Reuters]

Jack Conway made a stop in Prestonsburg Monday as part of the campaign tour he and his team have dubbed the “Bluegrass Business Listening Tour.” [Floyd County Times]

The European Space Agency says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth. [BBC]

Representatives from the coal and utility industries as well as environmental and community activists appeared on KET’s Kentucky Tonight to discuss what’s next in energy and environmental issues in the state. [KET]

Political gridlock over climate change has left the US military exposed to Russia’s superior fleets in the Arctic, flooding in its naval bases and a more unstable world, according to high-ranking former military commanders and security advisors. [Mother Jones]

When lawmakers failed to agree on ways to shore up the troubled Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System, some – like House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown – called on Gov. Steve Beshear to appoint a task force to study solutions. [Ronnie Ellis]

A couple of miles outside the town of Page, three 775-foot-tall caramel-colored smokestacks tower like sentries on the edge of northern Arizona’s sprawling red sandstone wilderness. At their base, the Navajo Generating Station, the West’s largest power-generating facility, thrums ceaselessly, like a beating heart. [ProPublica]

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has revealed how a pledged $10 million dollars will be used to tackle the state’s heroin epidemic. [H-L]

Real estate developer Donald Trump’s speech announcing he is running for the Republican nomination for president contained a number of false and misleading statements on the economy, trade, health care and terrorism. [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]

Louisville Just Loves Killing People

In most ways, Kentucky’s Women, Infants and Children Program is public: Federally funded and run by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, it provides $84 million a year for low-income families to buy nutritious food at about 750 state-approved stores, from big supermarket chains to tiny gas stations. But the WIC Program suddenly turns private when those stores get in trouble for repeatedly overcharging customers, letting them buy liquor or cigarettes with their payments, selling expired food, not keeping the proper groceries on shelves or otherwise breaking the rules. [H-L]

Reversing a long-held position, the Department of Veterans Affairs now says Air Force reservists who became ill after being exposed to Agent Orange residue while working on planes after the Vietnam War should be eligible for disability benefits. [HuffPo]

Kosair Charities, which had donated millions of dollars to Norton Healthcare’s Kosair Children’s Hospital to care for poor children, says financial documents show Norton has reaped a fortune from the hospital that it’s using to “float the entire Norton empire.” [C-J/AKN]

Years of pouring money into its laboratories, wooing scientists home from overseas and urging researchers to publish and patent is starting to give China a competitive edge in biotechnology, a strategic field it sees as ripe for “indigenous innovation.” [Reuters]

If you doubted the power of coal in Kentucky, the past 10 days should persuade you. [Ronnie Ellis]

Researchers raise alarms about unknown health risks of GE’s Omniscan and Bayer’s Magnevist, drugs injected to get better MRI pictures that contain the heavy metal gadolinium. [ProPublica]

Really? Killing the guy because he was swinging a flag pole? Way to go, Louisville, you love killing people. How compassionate. [WHAS11]

Under the People’s Declaration for Climate Justice, citizens from the nations of Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and the Philippines announced their intent to bring legal action against fossil fuel companies for their role in contributing to climate change. [ThinkProgress]

The state veterinarian has banned the sale of birds at flea markets and swap meets to protect Kentucky’s poultry industry amid an avian flu outbreak. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Politicians at a UN climate conference in Bonn, Germany are refusing to discuss whether their polices will actually protect the climate. [BBC]

A federal judge has agreed to delay the criminal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. [WKYT]

The Pentagon is considering a proposal to place M1 Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles and armored howitzers in NATO countries in the Baltic and Eastern Europe in a bid to stem what is viewed as Russian aggression. [NPR]

Voters in Magoffin County may have to choose a judge-executive again this fall after the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld on Friday a lower court’s ruling to toss out the results of the November 2014 race. [H-L]

This is why your racist wingnut relatives love Faux News. A Fox News panel discussing race turned fiery Wednesday night when host Sean Hannity asserted that George Zimmerman was “absolutely” in the right for fatally shooting black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012. [HuffPo]

Airline? In Pikeville? Well, About That…

Won’t say we told you so, but… Appalachian Air, and Public Charters, Inc., will end service to the Pikeville- Pike County Regional Airport in July with the final date of service to be announced soon. [H-L]

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Tuesday that the Pentagon has added “sexual orientation” as a protected class under its Military Equal Opportunity Policy. [HuffPo]

Beve Cotton ticked off all the ways his body is failing him — high blood pressure, bone spurs, circulation problems, pinched nerves, diverticulitis, cataracts and five broken vertebrae from a car wreck. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama on Tuesday made an emotional plea to protect the Affordable Care Act just weeks before the law could face its biggest legal challenge to date. [The Hill]

Opponents of a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule on carbon emissions by power plants lost an initial round Tuesday when a federal appeals court said it cannot review a regulation that doesn’t yet exist. [Ronnie Ellis]

Coal companies and 14 states sued to stop a draft regulation to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, a priority for the Obama administration. [NY Times]

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) held a Strategic Planning Listening Session Thursday at the Morehead Conference Center. [The Morehead News]

Student poverty is a major barrier to learning, according to teachers polled in a new national survey of educators. [WaPo]

In 25 years, Kentucky’s energy landscape will look dramatically different than it does now. [WFPL]

U.S. stocks rose slightly on Tuesday, bouncing back partially from the previous day’s decline as higher oil prices helped energy shares, but the dollar slipped on global economic concerns. [Reuters]

Here’s the latest column Greg Stumbo’s Legislative Research Commission staffers have written for him. [Floyd County Times]

The national high school graduation rate is an impressive 81 percent. So impressive, President Obama highlighted it in his State of the Union address this year: “Our high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high.” [NPR]

Next week, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees is expected to approve UK’s largest budget ever, a $3.4 billion document that reflects a burgeoning health care enterprise paired with continued reliance on tuition paid by out-of-state students. [H-L]

Investigative journalist Bob Woodward on Tuesday rebutted former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s claims that he had always been skeptical about U.S. efforts to promote democracy in Iraq following the 2003 invasion. [HuffPo]