Matt Bevin (R-Turd) Now Fears Refugees

YET ANOTHER University of Louisville official is under investigation for allegedly squandering hundreds of thousands of dollars! [The ‘Ville Voice]

Former Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley’s appeal of his guilty plea in a corruption case should be dismissed, a federal prosecutor has argued. Conley waived his right to appeal his plea and conviction as part of the deal, in which the government dismissed some charges, Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles P. Wisdom Jr. said in a motion. [H-L]

Apparently, if you are a Democratic presidential candidate, there is no longer such a thing as being too strict about gun safety. All three candidates were locked in a fierce battle to prove their gun control bona fides at the Democratic debate at Drake University in Iowa on Saturday night. [HuffPo]

Just a few years ago, Louisville’s Family Health Centers were on the brink of closing clinics and laying off staff. More than half the patients at the network of seven community clinics had no health insurance. Operating losses for the clinics, a medical safety net for the poor, had reached $2.5 million. [C-J/AKN]

The Federal Reserve is emerging as one of the most popular punching bags on the GOP campaign trail. [The Hill]

Here comes Backward Bevin! Way to go, Kentucky, you’ve elected an actual dog turd. Echoing the stance of several Republican governors, Matt Bevin on Monday said he opposes the resettling of Syrian refugees in Kentucky. [WFPL]

Capital punishment in the United States has moved into the slow lane, with the number of executions and new death sentences likely to hit lows not seen for more than 20 years. [Reuters]

Mayor Jim Tom Trent on Thursday signed a proclamation declaring November as Adoption Awareness Month in the City of Morehead. [The Morehead News]

Astronomers have identified the most distant object yet in the Solar System. Observations with Japan’s Subaru telescope reveal the likely icy body to be some 15.5 billion km from the Sun – about three times further away than even far-flung Pluto. [BBC]

Tucked away in the back roads of Rowan County lies a piece of Morehead State only a few know exist. Since 1967, the Derrickson Agricultural Complex, also know as the University Farm, has been a part of the Department of Agricultural Sciences. Recently, 24 agriculture students have been given the privilege of living in the newly built Lundergam Hall that rests in the middle of the farm. [Ashland Independent]

Almost 20 percent of the people in low-income communities who die of colon cancer could have been saved with early screening. And those premature deaths take a toll on communities that can least bear it. [NPR]

The Kentucky State Police is urging all motorists to be aware of the increased dangers posed by deer wandering onto roadways during November and December. [Richmond Register & Press Release]

20 percent, or 1 in 5, were reporting patients to credit agencies or placing liens on their properties or garnishing wages, practices that aren’t supposed to happen if hospitals are following the rules. [WaPo]

Marriage licenses altered by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis this summer don’t meet the state’s legal requirements, but they still should be considered valid, lawyers for Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear told a federal judge Friday. [H-L]

Federal and state prosecutors are poised to announce a settlement with Education Management Corporation, one of the nation’s largest for-profit college chains, that would resolve allegations it defrauded taxpayers out of $11 billion, according to people familiar with the case. [HuffPo]

Harmon Should Continue Major UofL Audit

We’ve highlighted scandals involving programs like these in Montgomery County but they’ve been ignored by the paper. By January, consultants could be conducting audits of programs for special education, gifted and talented students, and English-language learners, according to Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk. [H-L]

When it comes to accreditors, the private organizations paid by colleges to help them maintain access to nearly $150 billion annually in federal student aid, the U.S. Department of Education seems to think sunlight is the best disinfectant. [HuffPo]

The Louisville Arena Authority ended its total ban on firearms and agreed Monday to give promoters and booking agents of events at the KFC Yum! Center the right to decide whether ticketed visitors can carry firearms into the downtown arena. [C-J/AKN]

Leaked internal emails from the powerful Democratic think tank Center for American Progress (CAP) shed light on several public controversies involving the organization, particularly in regard to its positioning on Israel. They reveal the lengths to which the group has gone in order to placate AIPAC and long-time Clinton operative and Israel activist Ann Lewis — including censoring its own writers on the topic of Israel. [The Intercept]

Kentucky’s next state auditor, Danville Republican Rep. Mike Harmon, said he’s not sure if he’ll continue the investigation of the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees and its relationship with the University of Louisville Foundation, which manages the school’s $1.1 billion endowment. [WFPL]

President Obama is on a collision course with congressional Republicans over the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, with increasing chatter in Washington that he might seek to close the prison through executive action. [The Hill]

Boyd County Clerk Debbie Jones’ office was one of 30 awarded a state grant to assist in preserving local government records for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday that Jones will receive $657,023 from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives for the purposes of preserving and managing local records. [Ashland Independent]

Three major companies, citing the under-representation of minorities in science and technology fields, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold affirmative action in university admissions in a closely watched case to be argued next month. [Reuters]

The Morehead-Rowan County-Lakeview Heights Joint Planning Commission Wednesday unanimously approved preliminary design plans for St. Claire Regional Medical Center’s new medical services building. The three-story, 78,000-square foot building is estimated to cost about $25 million. [The Morehead News]

As part of an overall strategy to reduce overcrowding and give fairer sentences for low-level drug offenders, the U.S. Department of Justice granted 6,000 inmates — including nearly 2,000 immigrants — early release from prison earlier this week. But the immigrants among that group may face additional punishment even after they’re no longer behind bars. [ThinkProgress]

Lindsey Wilson College education majors Anthony Horne and Justin Sumpter felt a warm welcome from faculty and students during three weeks spent student teaching in the Caverna Independent Schools district earlier this year. [Glasgow Daily Times]

They’re hard. At least, that was the rep on new tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards that millions of U.S. kids took last spring. Now you can be the judge. [NPR]

Manny Caulk, superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools, is inviting Gov.-elect Matt Bevin to visit the district to see the efforts being made to raise student achievement before Bevin decides that public charter schools are the answer. [H-L]

How does one explain the lopsided vote against Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO)? If you ask Hillary Clinton, it all comes down to voters’ emotions. The U.S. presidential candidate told the crowd at MSNBC’s Democratic candidates forum on Friday night that the nondiscrimination measure’s failure defied common sense. [HuffPo]

Let’s Hope Hampton Tones Down Extremism

Republican state Rep. Mike Harmon defeated state Auditor Adam Edelen, denying a second term to a politician many have seen as a rising star among Kentucky Democrats. [H-L]

Years before the high-profile deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says. [HuffPo]

Coal no longer burns at the LG&E Cane Run power plant, ending decades of production of waste products such as ash and sludge that brought blowing ash and foul odors. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky’s newest lieutenant governor-elect is unique in many ways. She and her running mate, Gov.-elect Matt Bevin, are some of this election cycle’s first victorious political outsiders. (Bevin had been likened to Donald Trump). Jenean Hampton is also the first African American to be elected to statewide office in Kentucky. And she’s just one of a handful of black women on the national level to identify with the tea party movement. [WaPo]

The Harlan Fiscal Court met in a special called session on Friday to discuss a few topics including an agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet concerning $275,000 in discretionary funds for Harlan County roads from the Governor’s Office. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

In the long legal struggle against the death penalty, the future has in some ways never looked brighter. [NY Times]

An investigation is underway after a deadly shooting in Rowan County. [WKYT]

A new design for lithium-air batteries overcomes several hurdles that have stood in the way of this “next-generation” concept. [BBC]

The only local race in Pulaski County’s general election has ended with former Ferguson Councilor Linda Hughes once again filling a seat on that city’s governing body. [Commonwealth Journal]

California jails could soon stop locking up tens of thousands of people who haven’t even appeared before a judge yet simply because they’re too poor to post bail, if a class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday succeeds. [ThinkProgress]

In a close decision, Henderson County residents approved the nickel tax in Tuesday’s election. [Henderson Gleaner]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… The well-preserved partial skull and skeleton of a gibbon-like creature that lived 11.6 million years ago in Spain is shedding new light on the evolutionary history of modern apes. [Reuters]

Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes narrowly won a second term Tuesday, blocking a challenge by Republican Steve Knipper, a former Erlanger city councilman. [H-L]

If you don’t think teachers are important and deserve mega raises, you ought to think again. [HuffPo]

Democrats Still Playing The Blame Game

SurveyUSA has finally been kicked to the curb! [H-L & C-J/AKN]

Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright III defeated Court of Appeals Judge Janet Stumbo in the race for Eastern Kentucky’s 7th District Supreme Court seat. [H-L]

If France can do it, the United States can do it. France will end its ban on blood donations by gay men, its health minister said Wednesday, calling the move the end “of a taboo and discrimination.” [HuffPo]

Republican Matt Bevin has scheduled no press conference or public events on the day after his huge victory in the governor’s election that raises implications for every major issue facing the state, including healthcare, education and pensions. But the transition process is already taking shape in Frankfort. [C-J/AKN]

A few hours before their afternoon shift at the Marshall County Mine last spring, hundreds of coal miners were summoned to a mandatory meeting with their new boss, Bob Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp. At a training facility in Moundsville, West Virginia, the chief executive of the nation’s No. 1 underground coal producer sported his signature sweater vest and struck a confrontational tone. [IBT]

Opinions issued by a federal appeals court Monday will allow two major air pollution-related lawsuits in Louisville to move forward. [WFPL]

This is basically why everyone is skeptical of whatever it is the U.S. Justice Action Network is doing in D.C. with the Koch money. It’s a story political journalists couldn’t resist. Reporters at the New York Times, Politico, Yahoo News, and other outlets have been rhapsodizing lately about how the ultra-conservative billionaire Koch brothers are “braving the spotlight” and joining forces with “tree-hugging liberals” to dedicate themselves to the cause of ending America’s over-incarceration crisis. Meanwhile, however, Koch money continues to finance election-year efforts that promote tough-on-crime politics. [The Intercept]

It has been two months since a head on crash destroyed Scott County Habitat for Humanity’s only pickup and delivery truck. [WKYT]

Instead of thanking Barack Obama, as these outsiders suggest, Matt Bevin should be thanking Kentucky Democrats for being to the right of national Republicans. It’s always some asshole outsider pontificating on Kentucky as if they’ve been here more than twice in their life. [WaPo]

The votes have all been counted, and Harlan County’s choice for circuit court clerk is incumbent Democrat Wendy Flanary. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

It is rare to hear a candidate for the United States Senate so earnestly quote rock lyrics. Rarer still, lyrics from a Canadian progressive-rock band. But Rand Paul quoted “The Spirit of Radio” by Rush — a group whose members were similarly influenced by the writings of Ayn Rand — everywhere he went during the Republican primary in Kentucky in 2010. [NY Times]

A Perry County man from the community of Chavies is facing multiple theft charges after Hazard Police say he stole a police cruiser. [Hazard Herald]

Hillary Clinton leaned as far as she ever has into making gun control a central focus of her presidential campaign on Tuesday, releasing a somber new 30-second television advertisement calling for more stringent gun policies. [Politico]

Ryan Quarles, a Republican state representative from Georgetown, will be the new commissioner of agriculture. [H-L]

Though 8,000 Detroit residents were foreclosed on this year, they’re finding inventive ways to deal with an ongoing crisis. Tynetta Sneed, 32, had been settled for years in a modest white bungalow, down the street from her mom and brother, when she got a notice saying that her house was going into foreclosure. [HuffPo]

More Higher Ed In Kentucky? Pipe Dream

The author of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide has a suggestion for Kim Davis and other county clerks who feel torn between their religious scruples and their duty to issue marriage licenses to all legally qualified couples: Follow the law or resign. [H-L]

Tuberculosis has joined HIV/AIDS as the top infectious disease killer on the planet, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Rand Paul opened himself up to certain political barbs in August when he decided to skip the annual political speaking at the Fancy Farm picnic to campaign for president in Iowa. [C-J/AKN]

A panel of medical experts said on Friday the prices of prescription medicines in the United States need to be brought in line with the value they bring to patients instead of continuing to let drugmakers set any price they choose. [Reuters]

On Monday members of the Grayson Utility Commission met with Adam Scott from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority to discuss the progress and new projects for the 2017 fiscal year. [Ashland Independent]

John R. Leach worked for Peabody Energy Corp. in western Kentucky for 23 years. When he retired, he and his wife Rhonda relied on his pension and health benefits not only for themselves but to care for two severely disabled adult children. So when Peabody notified them in 2007 that their benefits were now the responsibility of a spinoff called Patriot Coal, they had a worrisome premonition. [ProPublica]

The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Plant achieved a major milestone this week after both contractor and government teams declared construction of the main facility complete. [Richmond Register]

Australia has named Dr Alan Finkel, an engineer and vocal advocate of nuclear power, as its next chief scientist. [BBC]

Rowan Fiscal Court last week agreed to hire Steve Adams to complete an appraisal of the Rowan County Detention Center. [The Morehead News]

For decades, many presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa have made sure to offer their loud support for ethanol — the fuel made from corn. [NPR]

Metcalfe County magistrates are scheduled to award bids for the construction of four additional tornado safe rooms Thursday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A group of nearly 40 representatives, from the Congressional Black, Hispanic, and Asian Pacific American Caucuses, wrote to Attorney General Loretta Lynch Wednesday morning, requesting that the Department of Justice do more to address gun violence in minority communities across the country. [Mother Jones]

From the Department of Things That Probably Won’t Happen… Kentucky’s state coffers could increase by $900 million a year if the state’s higher education attainment rates increase to the national average, according to a new study. [H-L]

Bad news for America’s schools: Student achievement in math and reading is on the decline, according to National Assessment of Education Progress scores released Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Mike O’Connell Can’t Catch A Break These Days

Kentucky’s race for attorney general has featured attacks worthy of a courtroom drama, pitting a venerable political name against an up-and-coming lawmaker. The candidates bad-mouth each other’s qualifications, right down to teeth-cleaning habits. [H-L]

The number of U.S. police officers charged in fatal shootings has hit the highest level in a decade in 2015, new research shows, driven by greater scrutiny over use of deadly force. [HuffPo]

A Jefferson district court judge on Friday ruled that the traffic school program that has generated more than $1.2 million in revenue for County Attorney Mike O’Connell’s office is unconstitutional. [C-J/AKN]

Before Joni Greenberg started working to raise awareness of mental health issues in schools, she spent more than 20 years as a high school guidance counselor in West Virginia. [NPR]

Jack Conway says he can work with Republican Senate President Robert Stivers if he wins the governor’s election, but the Democrat made clear he can’t go along with several Republican priorities. [Ronnie Ellis]

U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders contrasted his record with that of Hillary Clinton on key issues, including his early support for same-sex marriages and consistent opposition to the Iraq war, during a Democratic fundraising dinner in Iowa on Saturday. [Reuters]

It’s common during the last days of an election for candidates to go out on the trail to gin up the enthusiasm of supporters and make sure they go to the polls and pull the right lever on Election Day. [Ronnie Ellis]

On May 10, 2007, in the East Room of the White House, President George W. Bush presided over a ceremony honoring the nation’s most accomplished community service leaders. Among those collecting a President’s Volunteer Service Award that afternoon was Kay Hiramine, the Colorado-based founder of a multimillion-dollar humanitarian organization. [The Intercept]

Oh, look, the teevee people dug up an issue we’ve been talking about for years and are acting as if it’s new news. [WDRB]

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has been able to count on his Facebook page for stalwart support during his long-running battle with the House Republican leadership, including a successful effort to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Orange Face). [WaPo]

A Bullitt County District Court Judge has dismissed all charges against a man who shot down a drone he said was flying over his property. [WDRB]

Republicans in the US Congress have reached a compromise budget deal with the White House to avert the prospect of a renewed government shutdown. [BBC]

The second in a series of meetings to solicit public comments about a proposed bypass around Versailles will be held Tuesday. [H-L]

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) came out in favor of the Obama administration’s effort to cut carbon pollution by power plants on Sunday, bucking Senate leadership that has worked to derail the emissions plan. [HuffPo]

A Rowan County man has been arrested in connection with a body that was found inside a wooden box in Louisville. [WKYT]

Who’ll Win The Andy-Whitney Slap Fight?

One of the country’s biggest coal producers, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, is getting ready to sell at 16 inactive mines in four states. [H-L]

Bernie Sanders sharpened the contrast with Hillary Rodham Clinton on a bevy of liberal causes on Saturday, casting himself as a principled progressive before thousands of Iowa Democrats in an appearance that could set the tone for the leadoff presidential caucuses in February. [HuffPo]

Louisville attorney Andy Beshear launched his campaign for attorney general nearly two years ago, and his popular last name immediately made him a political force to be reckoned with. A rich boy and a gay-panicked manboy get into a slap fight. Who will win? [C-J/AKN]

The US Ambassador to the UK has told Sky News that his country’s gun violence problem is the number one issue for the British people he has met in his two years in the London embassy. [Sky]

Prosecutors used testimony Friday from former Performance Coal President Chris Blanchard to show that his boss, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, focused solely on production and profits, disregarding safety regulations. But the defense countered that Blankenship was simply doing his job as the company leader and never actually directed anyone to violate safety standards. [Richmond Register]

Billionaire investor activist Carl Icahn tweeted on Wednesday that he is forming a Super PAC with an initial commitment of $150 million, representing the biggest one-time injection of money in the history of such political action committees. [Reuters]

Editors and copy editors do a great job of making a report look put together, carefully crafted and clean. But every now and then there are instances where the report almost doesn’t get delivered. On Wednesday, I covered President Barack Obama’s remarks and community forum on drug addiction and abuse in Charleston. [Ashland Independent]

University students have less privacy for their campus health records than they would have if they sought care off campus. Schools say they are trying to seek the right balance between privacy and safety. [ProPublica]

It was standing room only Tuesday at Rowan Fiscal Court when dozens of citizens showed up to express their opposition to a recent proposal to demolish two historic buildings located on the old courthouse square. [The Morehead News]

Negotiators meeting in Germany say that questions over cash are the biggest barrier to a new global climate deal. [BBC]

The judge in the case finding that the Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education violated Kentucky’s open meetings law has agreed that the board should pay attorney fees and costs for the person who pursued the claim against it. [Glasgow Daily Times]

As Democrats gain from the nation’s growing diversity — attracting solid majorities among Hispanic and African American voters — Republicans are gaining among white, working-class voters, a group that was once a Democratic stronghold. Nowhere is this clearer than in West Virginia, where the president touched down this week to talk about drug addiction. [NPR]

The University of Kentucky is going to break with tradition when the General Assembly convenes in January — instead of asking for money for new buildings, UK is going to ask for funding to fix up older ones in the campus core. [H-L]

Targeting one of education’s most divisive issues, President Barack Obama on Saturday called for capping standardized testing at 2 percent of classroom time and said the government shares responsibility for turning tests into the be-all and end-all of American schools. [HuffPo]