Planned Parenthood Hype’s Taken Over

HELP PROTECT OUR SOURCES! Stop the Montgomery County-Joshua Powell-Phil Rison insanity! [CLICK HERE]

The KDP is not happy with Mike Harmon’s decision not to fire Jesse Benton after the indictment. [KDP]

Diversicare of Nicholasville has received the largest nursing home fine in the nation in recent years, following an outbreak of scabies that went unabated for months, infecting 45 percent of the residents. The fine of $ 891,350 was levied by the federal government against Diversicare of Nicholasville following a January inspection. [H-L]

U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria likely have killed hundreds of civilians, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The coalition had no immediate comment. [HuffPo]

Sara Hall started going to Planned Parenthood when she was in her late teens and needed birth control, and she’s gotten care there ever since. [C-J/AKN]

Documents from a “crisis management” report produced by the cybersecurity firm ZeroFox indicate that the firm monitored Black Lives Matter protesters during the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore earlier this year. The documents, which surfaced online last Wednesday, also state that the firm “protected” the online accounts of Maryland and Baltimore officials and members of the Baltimore Police Department and Maryland National Guard. [Mother Jones]

Berea citizens will likely be voting for or against restaurant sales of alcoholic drinks by September. [Richmond Register]

In 1953, Dr. John Clements realized something fundamental about the way the lung functions — an insight that would ultimately save the lives of millions of premature babies. [NPR]

The two men running to become Kentucky’s next attorney general leveled personal attacks at each other during their speeches at the Fancy Farm Picnic here Saturday. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Clinton Campaign panicked and started shopping this Biden story around, no doubt. [Politico]

Stress such as bullying, substance abuse, and mental health issues are known to prevent children from reaching their full academic potential and impede positive relationships with fellow students and adults. [The Morehead News]

The stupid is real, kids. President Obama has sort of ruined the whole concept of black presidents, according to Donald Trump. [ThinkProgress]

For Republicans, breakfast on Fancy Farm weekend usually has a lot of red meat on the menu. [Ronnie Ellis]

Civil rights campaigners in the US have begun a 40-day march to highlight what they say is a fresh attack on equal rights for African Americans. [BBC]

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is hosting a program on the cultural and natural history of the river. [H-L]

Senate Democrats blocked a vote on a bill Monday that would have stripped federal funds from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest family planning provider. [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]

Miniature Texan Probably Really Mad At Hillary

A Bell County coal miner was crushed and killed by a large rock last October because a foreman allowed the man to go in an area of the mine where there was no support for the roof, federal investigators found. [H-L]

The Forbes 500 is still, as The New York Times described it in 1987, “a gossipy ranking of the country’s richest people.” Increasingly, those people are from the financial industry. [HuffPo]

A new nationwide poll on the 2016 presidential race shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leading Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul by an 11-point margin. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters on Friday that the Obama administration will issue national guidelines urging local municipalities to drop their use of debtors prisons like those recently detailed in the Justice Department’s investigation in Ferguson, Missouri. [Reuters]

A new state senator for this area was elected Tuesday in a special election that was decided by only 12 percent of the nearly 82,000 registered voters in eight counties. [The Morehead News]

Paralyzed from the waist down in a workplace accident, Joel Ramirez relied on an aide provided by his employer’s insurer. After a new workers’ comp law passed in California, the aide was taken away. [ProPublica]

Even after the massive snowfall that blanketed northeast Kentucky overnight Thursday, Lawrence County schoolchildren remain on track to finish school on time or close to it although the district has called off school 28 times this year. [Ashland Independent]

A groundbreaking new study has found that long-term improvements in air quality are associated with better respiratory function in children during critical growth years. [ThinkProgress]

In a lengthy special called board meeting on Feb. 20, the Perry County Board of Education laid the groundwork for much of the next school year. [Hazard Herald]

Money is ruining America’s courts. It’s happening in Kentucky, too. Remember when the 4th District Kentucky Supreme Court seat was open? One lady who desperately wanted the job had her husband doing her fundraising for her. The whole time he was telling people — including Jake — that they were prepared to spend up to $2 million as a family for her to get the job. Meaning they were ready to buy a seat on the bench. It’s beyond time for reform. [Politico]

The state Senate recently approve a bill that would tie higher education funding to Kentucky universities’ ability to produce more and better graduates. [WFPL]

Mitch McConnell is now telling states to ignore President Barack Obama’s climate rules. [Mother Jones]

Water burst from a mine on the mountain above Lynch early Friday, sending a muddy torrent for about a mile down Main Street of the historic Harlan County coal town, according to city Clerk Erica Eldridge. [H-L]

The federal government has no idea how much Americans owe on student loans. [HuffPo]

Who’ll Win Today’s EKY Special Election?

The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation has released its 2015 list of endangered properties, called “Eleven in Their Eleventh Hour.” [John Cheves]

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won the straw poll vote at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. [HuffPo]

As the legislature enters the final full week of its 2015 session, the local option sales tax — Mayor Greg Fischer’s top legislative priority — is as close as it has ever been to getting the necessary votes from lawmakers to get a statewide referendum. But it still has a long way to go and a diminishing amount of time to get there. [C-J/AKN]

Jeb Bush may have wealthy Republican donors backing him, but the former Florida governor will have to woo conservative activists wary of his moderate positions to win his party’s 2016 nomination for president. [Reuters]

The state House on Friday passed a bill that would create a personnel policy for the troubled Legislative Research Commission, the state agency that provides staffers and research for legislators. [WFPL]

Federal health watchdogs say they are cracking down on organizations that don’t protect the privacy and security of patient records, but data suggests otherwise. [ProPublica]

Voters in Rowan and seven other counties will go to the polls Tuesday (today) to elect a new senator for the 27th District. [The Morehead News]

Simon & Schuster has landed the rights to Jill Abramson’s first book since her abrupt departure from The New York Times. The deal, rumored to be around $1 million, will see Abramson weighing in on “the evolving state of media in the information age and what it means for the future of news,” per a press release from the publisher. [Politico]

A bill strengthening regulation of deep-well drillings was unanimously passed by a state Senate committee Thursday. [Richmond Register]

A US intelligence assessment of security threats faced by the country highlights cyber attacks from foreign governments and criminals. [BBC]

Appears the Harlan County Sheriff has quite a few audit problems on his hands, according to two new reports from the State Auditor. [External PDFs: Here & Here]

When it comes to eating well, we should consider the health of our bodies and the planet. This was the recommendation coming from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on Feb. 19. [NPR]

Kentucky in 2014 had the second highest per-capita rate in the country of inappropriate relationships between school employees and students, according to a national study of media reports conducted by a former U.S. Department of Education official. [H-L]

It could hardly have been a more perfect storm, and it was all because of a single question in a routine briefing. [HuffPo]

It’s Gonna Be Non-Stop Rand Paul Hype

The University of Kentucky stretches over 800 acres of central Lexington, its buildings, its people and its programs touching nearly every aspect of the city and much of the commonwealth beyond. [H-L]

Two congressmen filed separate House bills on Friday that together would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana at the federal level, effectively ending the U.S. government’s decadeslong prohibition of the plant. [HuffPo]

We don’t know any social workers who are surprised when there’s a murder. Primarily because many DCBS offices, like the one in Montgomery County, are an absolute disaster. [C-J/AKN]

Were you ever the teacher’s pet? Or did you just sit behind the teacher’s pet and roll your eyes from time to time? [NPR]

Rand Paul isn’t sure a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will be successful. [WFPL]

Blanca Katsura will never forget the night of 6 January 1943. She was 12 at the time and living with her parents and two siblings in northern Peru. [BBC]

Kelly Caudill of Maysville, Democratic candidate for the Kentucky Senate, will bring his campaign to Morehead next Wednesday. [The Morehead News]

The Justice Department said Thursday that it will block video recordings of next month’s closing arguments in a Seattle court case that addresses the rights of child migrants to legal counsel in deportation proceedings. [Politico]

All four Republican candidates for governor showed up on a wet, cold and foggy Saturday night at Barren River Lake State Resort Park in search of votes. But one was on very familiar ground. [Ronnie Ellis]

Nestled in the woods of central Minnesota, near a large lake, is a nature sanctuary called the Audubon Center of the North Woods. The nonprofit rehabilitates birds. It hosts retreats and conferences. It’s home to a North American porcupine named Spike as well as several birds of prey, frogs, and snakes used to educate the center’s visitors. [ProPublica]

People in Richmond are fighting over a damn fence. The controversial fence proposed for Richmond’s Irvine-McDowell Park will be on the city commission’s agenda when it meets 6 p.m. Tuesday. [Richmond Register]

The U.S. homeland security chief said on Sunday he takes seriously an apparent threat by Somali-based Islamist militants against prominent shopping sites in the West including the Mall of America in Minnesota and urged people there to be careful. [Reuters]

Rand Paul wasn’t a conventional Republican when he won a U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky, and he’s not mapping out a predictable strategy as he ponders a 2016 bid for the White House. [H-L]

Scientists have long known that the Earth’s crust consists of at least 15 tectonic plates–continent-sized slabs of rock on the surface of the Earth that shift about to create mountains, volcanoes, and earthquake zones. But the exact mechanism by which the plates move has remained a mystery. Until now. [HuffPo]

Democrats Expect To Hold On To Blevins’ Seat

The Republican-led state Senate approved two of its high-priority bills and the Democratic-led House made controversial committee appointments as lawmakers wrapped up the first part of this year’s lawmaking session Friday morning. [H-L]

Friday marks the anniversary of the West Virginia chemical spill in the Elk River, in which thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical used to process coal spilled upstream from a water treatment plant serving the state capital, Charleston, and surrounding areas. Around 300,000 West Virginia residents were left without potable water as officials scrambled to purge the chemical, known as MCHM, from the supply. [HuffPo]

During the five years prior to 2013, McCreary County households had a median annual income of less than $21,000, the lowest county-level income in Kentucky — and in the nation. [C-J/AKN]

Monarch butterflies may warrant U.S. Endangered Species Act protection because of farm-related habitat loss blamed for sharp declines in cross-country migrations of the orange-and-black insects, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. [Reuters]

A coal company’s temporary closure of a local road has some Perry County residents up in arms. [Hazard Herald]

Sen. Charles Grassley is asking the American Red Cross to explain more clearly how it uses public donations, specifying how much money goes to services and how much to overhead. [ProPublica]

Mining companies can’t sue individual government inspectors for damages, according to a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued late last month. [WFPL]

A series of 77 earthquakes in Ohio — including one strong enough to be felt by humans — was caused by the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, scientists claimed in research published Tuesday in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA). [Think Progress]

A longtime Cave City attraction is expected to soon change hands – and its name, according to prospective buyer Will Russell of Louisville. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The federal government has spent billions helping doctors and hospitals digitize patients’ lives, but there are still many holes in our electronic records including a big one: We can’t list end-of-life wishes. [Politico]

Kelly Caudill, an attorney from Maysville, and Stephen A. West, an attorney from Paris, were nominated Saturday as candidates for a vacant seat in the Kentucky senate. [Ashland Independent]

McConnell is claiming not just that he can create prosperity without, you know, actually passing any legislation, but that he can reach back in time and create prosperity before even taking power. [NY Times]

There’s been little heat so far in Kentucky over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technique of drilling for oil and natural gas that has caused division elsewhere in the country, but now the controversy has gushed up here. [H-L]

Jon Stewart finds out what happens when you rub Mitch McConnell’s shell. [HuffPo]

Another Republican — Michael Hogan — has filed to run for Attorney General. [Secretary of State]

Who’ll Replace Walter Blevins, Jr. This March?

Think people aren’t interested in local issues like education and school boards? Yesterday was our busiest traffic day on the site in its history. Let that sink in for a second. Think about all the previous stories that have, really, been much bigger deals than Montgomery County. That should send a strong message to news organizations everywhere. [It Matters]

The next University of Kentucky provost will be a familiar face. President Eli Capilouto has announced that he will look no further than UK’s campus to find the next chief academic officer to replace former Provost Christine Riordan. [H-L]

More macroeconomic projections will be included in cost estimates for major fiscal legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives under a rule change approved on Tuesday, a move critics said could mask the true impact of tax cuts. [HuffPo]

They’ll sit on their hands and not pass much of anything of consequence. [C-J/AKN]

CONGRESSIONAL TEABAGGER PEE ALERT! Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) says the removal of two Republican lawmakers from a key committee in apparent retribution for voting against Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is something that would happen in a “communist country.” [The Hill]

Over the past 12 years, the Berea City Council has invested in the city in a variety of ways, said Mayor Steve Connelly, who started his fourth term Thursday. [Richmond Register]

A homemade bomb exploded outside the offices of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP civil rights group on Tuesday, authorities said, but a gasoline can placed next to the device failed to detonate and no injuries were reported. [Reuters]

Three state parks – including Barren River Lake State Resort Park in Lucas – will receive grant funding from the Kentucky State Parks Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports state parks. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay a Nigerian fishing community for two massive oil spills that devastated the Niger Delta region in 2008 and 2009. [Think Progress]

After a controversial race against former Carter County Judge-Executive Charles Wallace, Mike Malone said he is ready to switch gears and get down to business with the new fiscal court. Carter cleaned house in the November elections, with four out of five magistrates replaced and a new judge-executive, county attorney, sheriff and others also elected in heated races against strong incumbent opponents. [Ashland Independent]

House conservatives didn’t unseat John Boehner, but a dozen settled on Florida Rep. Daniel Webster as their favored alternative. [Politico]

Voters in Rowan and seven other counties will go to the polls on Tuesday, March 3, to pick a new senator for the 27th Senatorial District. Gov. Steve Beshear called the special election Monday after receiving notice of the resignation of Sen. Walter Blevins, D-Morehead, who was sworn in the same day as Rowan County judge-executive. [The Morehead News]

This past year, the number of inmates executed in America was the lowest in two decades at 35, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. But death penalty states are having increasing difficulty obtaining the drugs they have used to execute inmates because pharmaceutical companies refuse to associate their drugs with killing people. [NPR]

Lexington’s homeless shelters are gearing up to handle extra guests, and city officials are warning all residents to take precautions as weather forecasters predict dangerously cold air in Central Kentucky in the next few days. [H-L]

The deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and other African-American men who have died at the hands of law enforcement in recent months were on the minds of the black lawmakers who gathered Tuesday morning in the U.S. Capitol for the start of the new Congress. [HuffPo]

Help Kenn Parks. He deserves it. His son deserves it. [Give Back]