We Knew UofL Was Messy 8 Years Ago

The federal mine-safety agency opened a new Kentucky center Friday aimed at improving its capacity to handle rescues, with a response truck, communication systems and portable, high-tech equipment to test for poisonous and explosive gases. [H-L]

Military officials on Friday denied the request of Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning to grow her hair in accordance with female grooming standards. [HuffPo]

African Americans living in Kentucky saw their average yearly incomes drop by more than 11 percent in one year, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released this week. The poverty rate also rose for black Kentuckians at a rate four times more than the rest of the state from 2013 to 2014. [C-J/AKN]

Exxon’s research laid the groundwork for a 1982 corporate primer on carbon dioxide and climate change prepared by its environmental affairs office. [ICN]

The attorney for the man accused of abusing public trust while employed with the City of Ashland has been given more time for discovery in the case. [Ashland Independent]

The White House said on Monday there was a surprising increase in August in the number of children entering the country illegally after those figures fell steadily since the child migrant crisis a year ago. [Reuters]

This is not how Kathy Jones envisioned her retirement years. [Glasgow Daily Times]

For nearly 15 years, voters have been able to click a mouse to view an up-to-date list of who’s contributed to candidates for the presidency and the U.S. House, and how those funds have been spent. [ProPublica]

The more the media hype this guy up, the more they’re contributing to his mental health issues and substance abuse problems. It’s just a spectacle and is beyond unnecessary. They won’t stop until he’s dead and then they’ll turn a blind eye. [WKYT]

Jeb Bush stood before supporters in Tallahassee, the Florida capital over which he presided for eight years, and vowed in his first policy speech as a presidential candidate last June to halt the “revolving door” between Congress and K Street. But the promise was undercut both by the audience to which Bush spoke — which included numerous lobbyists from his days as governor — and by the intensity with which Bush replenished his personal bank accounts upon leaving office by cashing in on the connections he had made. [Politico]

Who could have known, over the past eight years, that there’s a morale problem with faculty and staff at the University of Louisville??? Vicious and disrespectful: that’s how some faculty and staff describe the work environment at the University of Louisville. [WDRB]

US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan six years ago to express concerns with his unit’s leadership, an officer has testified. [BBC]

A case alleging that Pike County Circuit Judge Steven D. Combs violated ethics standards ended Monday with an agreement for Combs to be suspended without pay for six months. [H-L]

Seventy-three law enforcement agencies across the country will receive $20 million in federal grants to help them purchase and implement the use of body cameras, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance announced Monday. [HuffPo]

Serious Sannie Overly Spin Goin On

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Brian Mason, the deputy Rowan County clerk who has agreed to issue marriage licenses despite the religious objections of his boss, Kim Davis, is “in a difficult position,” his attorney told U.S. District Judge David Bunning on Friday. [H-L]

Professional entertainer Donald Trump suggested during a nationally televised Republican debate that vaccines cause autism, a theory that has been massively discredited. [HuffPo]

Sannie Overly, according to the T. Clay folks during the height of the lawsuit, turned her back on the women who were harassed. The women suing still maintain to me, off-the-record, that she turned her back on them. And she absolutely fought to keep what she knew secret. It’s essentially horseshit to suggest otherwise. Fascinating to watch A Kentucky Newspaper spin this mess up. Even more fascinating to watch T. Clay change his tune now that he’s banked a mountain of cash. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Eric Fanning to become the next secretary of the Army, the White House said on Friday, paving the way for the first openly gay leader of a military service branch in U.S. history. [Reuters]

Andy Beshear says his goals as attorney general are basically to do what Jack Conway’s staff already do and have been doing for years. [Richmond Register]

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) won the straw poll at the Mackinac Island Republican Leadership Conference, a show of organizational strength for a candidate who has seen his presidential hopes fade. [Politico]

Restaurants within city limits of Grayson may start paying up to a 3 percent tax if the Grayson City Council decides to vote for a request by the Tourism Commission. [Ashland Independent]

When gloomy Republican Party leaders regrouped after President Obama’s 2012 re-election, they were intent on enhancing the party’s chances of winning back the White House. The result: new rules to head off a prolonged and divisive nomination fight, and to make certain the Republican standard-bearer is not pulled too far to the right before Election Day. [NY Times]

Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin is up on the air with his first television ad of the general election following weeks of ads by his Democratic opponent Jack Conway and those on his behalf by the Republican Governor’s Association. Don’t look for any surprises. The ad relies on trusted Republican strategy of tying any Democratic opponent to President Barack Obama, who is deeply unpopular in Kentucky. [Ronnie Ellis]

In Washington County, population 12,000 on a good day, two marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples and the world has not ended. The media and their satellite trucks have not overtaken the courthouse lawn. Federal judges have not imprisoned county officials. Preachers with megaphones have not proclaimed hellfire and damnation to the whole downtown. [WaPo]

Morehead State University President Wayne D. Andrews approached Rowan Fiscal Court Tuesday to request a permanent easement on East Second Street between Battson-Oates Drive and Normal Avenue. MSU is in the planning phase of a $50 million renovation of the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC), including gutting the interior of the building, adding a 60,000-square feet addition on the east side and creating a new entrance to the campus. [The Morehead News]

Labs in the US states of Washington and Louisiana began “listening” on Friday for the gravitational waves that are predicted to flow through the Earth when violent events occur in space. [BBC]

With $250,000 from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in hand, the Republican Party of Kentucky confirmed Friday that it will proceed with a presidential preference caucus on March 5. Friday was the final day for Paul to provide funding for the caucus under a deal struck by party leaders last month. [H-L]

Senate Republicans are confirming federal judges at the slowest rate in more than 60 years, fueling a “politically motivated vacancy crisis” in the nation’s courts, according to an analysis released Thursday by Alliance for Justice. [HuffPo]

Jean Marie’s Prolly Mad At The GDT

Joe and Nicole Naugler insist they are not neglecting their 10 children. They say, rather, that they are loving parents who have chosen to raise their children in an “off-grid” lifestyle, without public utilities including electricity, running water and a flushable toilet. [H-L]

To raise rates now would be an unfortunate signal from the Fed that the current job market is as good as it gets. [HuffPo]

Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin traded more barbs in a bitter debate Tuesday over same-sex marriage, state pensions and the racial makeup of trustees at the University of Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Multiple House Republicans want Senate leaders to “go nuclear” over the Obama administration’s deal with Iran now that Democrats have stymied efforts to derail the accord by conventional means. [The Hill]

In a court room packed with professional associates, friends and family Wednesday morning, Tracey Kelley was officially sworn in as the new Boyd County Circuit Court Clerk, receiving a standing ovation from the audience at the end of the brief ceremony conducted by Chief Circuit Judge C. David Hagerman. [Ashland Independent]

To solve the Syrian refugee crisis, experts say the United States should take a page from its post-Vietnam playbook. [Mother Jones]

Ryan Quarles said people are just now really starting to pay attention to this year’s upcoming elections, and they’ve only got 49 days left. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The head of the U.S. military’s Central Command on Wednesday told a Senate hearing on the conflict against Islamic State that he never asked for intelligence reports to be skewed to present a more positive view of military operations in Iraq and Syria. [Reuters]

Many have posted pictures on social media of a plane flying over Rowan County since last week. The plane has a rainbow banner that states “#LoveWins.” [The Morehead News]

Average Americans haven’t seen much improvement in their income recently. But according to updated Census Bureau data released on Wednesday, the rich keep getting richer. [ThinkProgress]

Matt Bevin, the Republican candidate for governor, said he isn’t worried about the use of “alternative investments” by the state’s troubled pension system for public workers. [WFPL]

More people die prematurely because of the air they breathe than the 2.8 million who die each year of HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. [NPR]

Eastern Kentucky University employees will get a 2.5 percent salary increase that goes into effect Nov. 1, President Michael Benson announced Wednesday. [H-L]

What a difference an election cycle makes. Back in the 2012 nominating contest, one couldn’t help but be impressed with the way then-Texas Rep. Ron Paul and his campaign had undertaken a deep dive into the arcana of the nominating process, using an advanced study of the little-considered ins and outs of state conventions to give his campaign an outsider’s shot at winning delegates. [HuffPo]

It’s Time To Give It Up, Rand Paul

Rand Paul creates web ads like this:

And then polls like this happen:

Trump laps the Republican field with 35% to 11% for John Kasich, 10% for Carly Fiorina, 7% each for Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, 6% for Ben Carson, 4% each for Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, and 3% for Rand Paul.

The people around him still tell him he can win the presidency even though they know that’s never, ever been the case.

A common sense move would be to shut down his dying presidential behemoth and move everything over to the senate race. But he won’t. At least not until it’s too late.

Instead, he’s surrounding himself with people like Demitri Kesari. Go to 4:17 in the video below (click to go directly to the spot):

He’s letting creepy people like that get their dirt all over him. Tainting forever the 0.01% of good things he’s done in Washington.

Adam Edelen’s chances in 2016 increase by the day. The longer Rand allows these scandals to grow, the quicker his political career dies. We’re in awe as we watch it happen.

Maybe Rand & Donald Will Slap Fight

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The Tricorder wielded by Star Trek’s Dr. Jim McCoy is the go-to, whiz-bang medical technology best known to the masses. Seemingly able to do everything but give birth to a human, the gadget continues to be a mostly unobtainable medical aspiration. But in ways that would have been no less fantastic 50 years ago, the digital age in medicine is changing lives. [H-L]

President Barack Obama isn’t backing down from comments linking Republicans and Iranian hard-liners, telling CNN in a recent interview that the comparison was accurate. [HuffPo]

Befitting the strangest competitive race for governor of Kentucky in living memory, the political speaking at the 135th Fancy Farm Picnic had its weird moments, brought to you mainly by Republican nominee Matt Bevin. But in saying hardly anything substantive, he did manage to illustrate the strange campaign he’s running. [Al Cross]

Several Planned Parenthood officials and three private bio-medical firms were targeted on Friday by a U.S. congressional panel as lawmakers dig deeper into a controversy swirling around the women’s health organization. [Reuters]

As students across WAVE Country get ready to head back to school two Republican state senators plan to renew their efforts on legislation that would prohibit Kentucky’s school districts from starting classes before Aug. 26. [WAVE3]

Robert Freeman has been helping people extract public information from New York state agencies for four decades. He is the executive director of the New York Committee on Open Government, a division of the New York Department of State that advises the public on the Freedom of Information Law — the state statute authorizing access to public records. [ProPublica]

The Lewis County clerk’s and sheriff’s offices lack adequate segregation of duties, according to Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen. [Ashland Independent]

Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) is the rare GOP presidential candidate who has acknowledged that climate change is a real problem requiring us to “protect” the “creation that the Lord has given us.” But just days after earning plaudits for his relatively moderate-sounding approach in Thursday’s GOP presidential debate, Kasich adopted a climate-change denialist approach on Sunday. [ThinkProgress]

This caused an Ernie Fletcher flashback for some reason. The concept of noodling turns fishing on its head. Let me first say, I haven’t tried it, but I’m fascinated by the concept. [BGDN]

Wild bonobos use a single high-pitched call in a variety of contexts, showing a flexibility in their communication that was thought to be uniquely human. [BBC]

An area festival showcased the wide variety of hemp – a crop many are hoping to bring back to the Bluegrass. [WLKY]

Today there are 7.3 billion people on planet Earth, according to the United Nations. If you think that’s a lot … just wait. [NPR]

Less than a month ago, Rand Paul wouldn’t talk about Donald Trump. On a break from the presidential campaign trail in mid-July, Paul demurred as reporters asked him about the bombastic GOP frontrunner at events in Elizabethtown and Louisville. [H-L]

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) preserved support from his hawkish pro-Israel base with his promise to vote down the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday night — but will now have to answer to a group of anti-war liberal advocacy organizations who claim that Schumer’s opposition to the diplomatic accord with Iran renders him unfit for the role of the party’s leader in the Senate. [HuffPo]

College Boards = Democratic Patronage

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The boards at Kentucky’s largest public universities have more Democrats than they are supposed to, according to a published report. [H-L]

A wave of attacks on the Afghan army and police and U.S. special forces in Kabul killed at least 50 people and wounded hundreds, dimming hopes that the Taliban might be weakened by a leadership struggle after their longtime leader’s death. [HuffPo]

The attorneys for the three women who claimed they were victims of harassment and retaliation of legislators got the lion’s share of the $400,000 settlement paid by taxpayers. [C-J/AKN]

A U.S. Senate panel that conducted a two-year investigation into a scandal over the targeting of conservative political groups by the Internal Revenue Service issued a report on Wednesday with several bipartisan recommendations. [Reuters]

The Richmond Board of Adjustments has refused to allow erection of a “monument type” sign at the entrance of a Richmond Centre outparcel. [Richmond Register]

More than 30 years ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a revolutionary computer system in a bomb shelter two floors beneath the cafeteria of its national academy. Dubbed the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, or ViCAP, it was a database designed to help catch the nation’s most violent offenders by linking together unsolved crimes. A serial rapist wielding a favorite knife in one attack might be identified when he used the same knife elsewhere. The system was rooted in the belief that some criminals’ methods were unique enough to serve as a kind of behavioral DNA — allowing identification based on how a person acted, rather than their genetic make-up. [ProPublica]

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis’s religious beliefs do not shield her from the obligation to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, because she would be doing so in her official capacity, the American Civil Liberties Union argued in court documents filed Thursday. [Ashland Independent]

Israeli archaeologists say they are trying to decode ancient inscriptions written in Hebrew script discovered at a dig in Jerusalem. [BBC]

The city of Glasgow has filed a brief with the Kentucky Court of Appeals to argue in favor of overturning a local judge’s ruling that a firefighter’s employment should not have been terminated. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A recent poll of Republican presidential primary voters in the early voting states of New Hampshire and South Carolina finds an unexpected result for the 17 candidates campaigning there. Most of these voters support regulating carbon pollution — even using President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). [ThinkProgress]

It’s a two-year-old case of a murdered police officer and investigators hope yearly events will help solve the crime. [WDRB]

Mike Brown should be alive today. He should be home from his first year at college, visiting friends and enjoying summer as he prepares to return to campus. [The Guardian]

A Transportation Cabinet official says travelers passing a new bridge on the Mountain Parkway are seeing progress in an expansion project that started six months ago. [H-L]

Fireworks flew at Thursday night’s GOP presidential debate as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) went toe-to-toe with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on the proper role of government surveillance. [HuffPo]