Quick, Scare The Meemaws With Zika!

Amid many aspects of Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed state budget, one line item in particular raised a lot of eyebrows: $21 million to renovate and expand the University of Kentucky’s Wildcat Coal Lodge, the deluxe accommodations for UK’s basketball team that opened in 2012. [H-L]

Hillary Clinton delivered a fiery response to a Muslim veteran’s question about Islamophobia in the United States. [HuffPo]

The University of Kentucky’s 4-year-old Wildcat Coal Lodge, home of the men’s basketball team, could be heading for a renovation. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama said Monday he will ban solitary confinement for juveniles in the federal prison system and reduce the practice for certain other inmates. [The Hill]

London will be wet. Registered voters within the city limits took to the polls Tuesday to answer one simple question: “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in the city limits of London, Kentucky?” The result was a resounding “yes.” [Richmond Register]

Lockheed Martin Corp said on Tuesday it reached a deal to combine its information systems and government services business with Leidos Holdings Inc, and reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue. [Reuters]

City of Ashland personnel policy contradicts what City Manager Ben Bitter said about a vacation pay advance made to a department head this summer. [Ashland Independent]

Standing at a podium before the World Economic Forum, Leonardo DiCaprio briefly smiled as he received an award for his leadership in tackling climate change. Once settled under the spotlight, he quickly moved away from his grateful statements, and began railing on corporate avarice. [ThinkProgress]

City Attorney Rich Alexander released Tuesday the transcript from a portion of a disciplinary hearing that he acknowledged Monday he incorrectly closed to the public. [Glasgow Daily Times]

American scientists studying the Zika virus have warned that it could be a decade before a vaccine is publicly available. [BBC]

Marc Guilfoil is the new executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Federal Reserve has decided to keep its benchmark interest rate where it is, even as Fed officials expressed somewhat more caution about global economic conditions. [NPR]

Victims of domestic violence could break rental agreements without fear of penalty to get away from their abusers under a bill approved Wednesday by a Kentucky House panel. [H-L]

Will he have the guts to stand up? Every single Democrat in the Senate, and the two independents who caucus with them, are urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to act quickly to help the island of Puerto Rico restructure its debt. [HuffPo]

Mitch McConnell Just Ruins Everything

Alpha Natural Resources can pay potential bonuses of up to $11.9 million to senior managers during its bankruptcy, a judge has ruled. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell (R-Grandmother) really doesn’t like idea that President Barack Obama could use executive power to make more corporations disclose campaign spending. [HuffPo]

Louisville barely missed the brunt of a winter storm that dropped more than a foot of snow in some parts of Kentucky and created hazardous road conditions for hundreds of folks across the state. [C-J/AKN]

Scientists have described a new species of bird in northern India and China, called the Himalayan forest thrush. [BBC]

Rattled by forecasts of a major snowfall, Kentucky lawmakers left town a day early Thursday after a light legislative schedule and canceled Friday’s scheduled session. [Ronnie Ellis]

Mitch McConnell made a quiet move [last] week on a sweeping war authorization measure written by one of his most hawkish members — an effort to pressure the White House to craft a war proposal more to the GOP’s liking. [Politico]

Bourbon is a bigger deal than coal because it brings in gobs of tourism dollars. Tourists our pouring into Kentucky to visit distilleries on Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. [Richmond Register]

While Flint, Michigan battles a water crisis in the north, a different predominantly black town in the south is facing its own devastating public health epidemic, one that seems to come straight out of the Dark Ages: tuberculosis. [ThinkProgress]

The 16-year-old girl who died in a Kentucky juvenile-detention center last week was found unresponsive on a bed in a private room, according to the state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. [WFPL]

A California waste management company has launched a legal challenge to a new U.S. labor board standard for “joint employment” that could make it easier for unions and regulators to hold companies accountable for the practices of staffing agencies, contractors and franchisees with which they partner. [Reuters]

The Harlan County Fiscal Court discussed the possibility of purchasing some land in Baxter during a meeting on Monday. [Harlan Daily Independent]

Conservatives who disapprove of Donald Trump have converged upon their belief that Trump’s rise does not reflect any flaw in conservatism itself but can be blamed, in whole or in part, on Barack Obama. [NY Magazine]

The daughter of a man who was fatally hit by a Stanford police cruiser last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the officer, the police chief, the mayor and the city of Stanford. [H-L]

Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars building a conservative network to oppose Democrats, have actually done very well for themselves since President Barack Obama took office. [HuffPo]