EKY Medicaid Fraud Mess Is Not Over

Told ya Jack’s probably gonna win. Conway, the Democratic nominee, leads Bevin 45 percent to 42 percent, with 13 percent of voters undecided. Curtis polled at 8 percent, leaving Conway with 43 percent and Bevin with 38 percent. [H-L]

The Kentucky Derby was very good for Churchill Downs, but Big Fish has been even better. The Louisville-based gambling and racetrack company announced late Wednesday that it had record revenue of more than $409 million in the quarter that ended June 30. [H-L]

There’s a simple, popular solution that Republican leaders in Congress could grab hold of to get themselves out of their embarrassing public fight over the highway bill, and President Barack Obama could help force them to do it. [HuffPo]

A federal judge has dismissed most of a whistleblower suit filed by two federal employees who alleged that Eastern Kentucky disability lawyer Eric Conn colluded with a judge to rig Social Security cases in favor of Conn and his clients. [C-J/AKN]

The Obama administration is poised to change some deadlines for states to comply with its climate rule for power plants when the regulation is made final. [The Hill]

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet will hold a public hearing on the Big Run Landfill permit renewal next month at the Boyd County Community Center. [Ashland Independent & Press Release]

Republican Donald Trump on Wednesday pushed back against a lawyer he had berated when she requested a break to pump breast milk for her infant, the latest controversial remark to emerge in his presidential campaign. [Reuters]

After several tense exchanges between Kentucky’s candidates for governor, Republican Matt Bevin during a media interview accused a WAVE 3 News reporter of working for his rival. [WAVE3]

Great news like this hits and inevitably some wingnut GMO-denier crawls out of the woodwork to yell. [ThinkProgress]

Rowan County has thrown bigoted hypocrite Kim Davis to the wolves. [WFPL]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… A human tooth dating to around 565,000 years ago has been found by a 16-year-old volunteer in France. [BBC]

His story made national headlines in less than 12 hours and a lot of people are standing behind the Bullitt County man who was arrested after shooting down a drone. [WDRB]

The United States is emerging as the world’s hog farm—the country where massive foreign meat companies like Brazil’s JBS and China’s WH Group (formerly Shuanghui) alight when they want to take advantage of rising global demand for pork. [Mother Jones]

Woodford County residents like the small-town atmosphere of where they live, but they say the lack of available goods and services is a major downside, according to the results of a countywide survey released Tuesday. [H-L]

A fight over an incarcerated Alabama woman’s ability to have an abortion took a strange turn as the state moved to terminate the woman’s parental rights in order to prevent her from accessing the procedure. [HuffPo]

The KFB Thing Was As Sad As Always

A recently settled sexual harassment lawsuit, involving a state legislator and workers at Kentucky’s capitol, will pay $400,000, according to attorney Thomas Clay. Way to go, Democrats, costing taxpayers mountains of cash. [WDRB]

In a preview of what promises to be a bitter fall campaign, Kentucky’s two major party candidates for governor traded verbal blows as they faced off Thursday at the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “Measure the Candidates” forum. [H-L]

It’s a whole new day for Republican presidential contenders making their second bid for the White House. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is making serious efforts to woo black voters, and is becoming one of the fiercest critics of real estate mogul Donald Trump. Meanwhile former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, known for his stringent opposition to same-sex marriage, is softening his rhetoric about gay people. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky State Fair Board voted Thursday to “strongly discourage” the sale or giveaway of any product bearing the image of the Confederate battle flag at the 2015 Kentucky State Fair in August. [C-J/AKN]

Just not Kentucky Democrats. Democrats are coalescing around a new proposal to rewrite the Civil Rights Act to include protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, abandoning a piecemeal strategy that won enough bipartisan support to pass the Senate in 2013. [Politico]

Barren County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday opposing proposed changes to the 27 miles of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that runs through the county. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A year and a half after the Affordable Care Act brought widespread reforms to the U.S. healthcare system, Chicago’s Cook County Health & Hospitals System has made its first profit in 180 years. [Reuters]

An environmental advocacy group has asked a federal court to order River Cities Disposal to cease alleged violations of state emissions standards at its Big Run Landfill. [Ashland Independent]

The main federal fund for roads and bridges runs at a deep deficit. If even red states can raise the gas tax, why can’t Congress? [ProPublica]

In a 7-1 vote, the Berea City Council passed a resolution to apply for a $500,000 grant for new police and fire department facilities. The project would be one element of a $9.7 million project to build a new Berea municipal building on Chestnut. [Richmond Register]

After Dylann Roof opened fire on worshippers gathered inside the historically black Emanuel A.M.E Church in Charleston, South Carolina last month, allegedly killing nine congregants and claiming that they “rape our women” and “are taking over our country,” a disturbing image circulated online. [ThinkProgress]

If you want to waste a few minutes of your time, here’s a look at Jack Conway and Matt Bevin playing pat-a-cake at Kentucky Farm Bureau. Because that’s what you do at a homophobic organization like that. You play pat-a-cake. [WKYT]

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is very wealthy. And now, thanks to his recently released Federal Election Commission financial disclosure forms covering the past 18 months, we have some new information about the man and the breadth of his financial domain. [BBC]

A federal judge has ruled there is evidence that officers at the Fayette County jail used excessive force on an inmate who died when he was being held in 2012. [H-L]

Same-sex couples can finally get married everywhere in the country, thanks to the Supreme Court’s long-awaited ruling last month. A couple can exchange rings, dance the night away and then post pictures of the event on Facebook. Just like any other couple. [HuffPo]

Kim Davis Has Another Hearing Today

Pope Francis’ pronouncements about the immorality of social injustice and environmental degradation have rattled economic conservatives worldwide, and nowhere more than in King Coal’s Appalachia. [H-L]

Last year was likely the warmest year since 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed on Thursday in a report written by hundreds of scientists from 58 countries. [HuffPo]

It’s been a pretty good stretch for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell — in fact maybe his best ever. In January, he took over his dream job after Republicans thrashed Democrats in last year’s mid-term elections. [C-J/AKN]

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that existing civil rights law bars sexual orientation-based employment discrimination — a groundbreaking decision to advance legal protections for gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers. [BuzzFeed]

Kentucky Republican activists gather next month and they’re likely to give their blessing to a 2016 presidential caucus to benefit favorite son Rand Paul and replace the traditional primary. But they’re also likely to expect the cost to be borne by Paul’s campaign and that might end up being the fly in the ointment. [Ronnie Ellis]

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Thursday she was open to raising a threshold for determining a bank’s systemic importance and indicated that U.S. lenders had made progress in their submissions of so-called living will plans this month. [Reuters]

Look, we love to give Whitney Westerfield a hard time but this just seems silly. The politics of personal destruction are bleeding over from Jack Conway’s people aligned with Mark Riddle and his underlings. An outside group supporting Republican state Sen. Whitney Westerfield has gone on the attack over the lack of prosecutorial experience of Democratic candidate Andy Beshear, among other issues. [CN|Toot]

The Obama administration Saturday called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) “abhorrent” following its suicide bombing in Iraq’s eastern Diyala province that killed 115 people a day earlier. [The Hill]

Is an “opinion” from the state Revenue Department the same as its “advice?” The Madison County Board of Assessment Appeals grappled with that question Friday afternoon after hearing testimony from attorneys for Eastern Kentucky University and the Madison County school and library boards. [Richmond Register]

Concerns are mounting that huge checks in the GOP primary will hurt the party’s chances of taking the White House. [Politico]

The attorney for a former Glasgow police chief suing the city and current interim chief is seeking to get the court proceedings in the case moved outside the county. Matt Baker, the attorney for Guy J. Turcotte, who is now a lieutenant colonel at the Glasgow Police Department, filed a motion last week in Barren Circuit Court stating his reasons for wanting the change. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Pluto has mountains made of ice that are as high as those in the Rockies, images from the New Horizons probe reveal. [BBC]

Marina operators were pleased about the potential for a new business opportunity when Congress authorized floating cabins last year on lakes in the Cumberland River basin, including Lake Cumberland. Now, however, some operators are objecting to guidelines on the cabins set out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which administers the lakes. [H-L]

The geographic areas where Lyme disease is a bigger danger have grown dramatically, according to a new government study published Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Gay Panic Is Heating Up Everywhere

Steve Robertson, chairman and executive director of the Kentucky Republican Party, is taking a job next month with a public affairs firm in Lexington. [H-L]

We’re still trying to eliminate sweatshops and child labor by buying right. But that’s not how the world works in 2015. [HuffPo]

Churchill Downs Inc., having bet on the future of free games played online, is asking a federal judge to dismiss a case that contends those games are illegal casino gambling. [C-J/AKN]

At a roundtable in New York on Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate and former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) released his immigration platform for “New Americans,” announcing that he would go further than President Obama on immigration policies by enacting sweeping reforms to provide deportation relief for undocumented immigrants. [ThinkProgress]

It’s not ginseng harvest season, but that’s not stopping some people from taking this uncommon plant. [Ashland Independent]

Wondering why poor kids are unhealthy? The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday adopted a GOP amendment that would provide schools flexibility in meeting Department of Agriculture (USDA) rules for serving whole-grain products and reducing sodium levels. [The Hill]

A new law is beginning in Kentucky that allows motorcyclists to run red lights. [WHAS11]

In a video released Wednesday night, multiple police officers seem to be holding 28-year-old Sandra Bland to the ground while she cries out, “You just slammed my head into the ground, do you not even care about that?” Three days later, Bland was found dead in a jail cell. [ThinkProgress]

A company owned by Republican candidate for Kentucky governor Matt Bevin has been delinquent on its property taxes multiple times and is currently listed as “not in good standing” in Maine. [WAVE3]

Closed committee meetings are typically wonkish, routine affairs. But Friday’s session of Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee broke that pattern in spectacular fashion, laying bare the growing acrimony and sense of disorder within the House Republican Conference. [Politico]

A controversial project that called for logging and burning to improve forest health at Land Between The Lakes has been canceled. [WLEX18]

The US and Russia are among five countries to have signed a deal to prevent commercial fishing in the melting Arctic sea ice near the North Pole. [BBC]

A 30 percent jump in fatal drug overdoses in Fayette County last year contributed to a statewide increase in drug-related deaths, state officials reported Wednesday. [H-L]

Washington has delayed highway funds so long even red states are raising gas taxes. [HuffPo]

Come On, Matt Bevin, Quit The Schadenfreude (Just Kidding. Don’t.)

The Council on Postsecondary Education is holding a series of public meetings around the state to get input on a new five-year plan to guide Kentucky’s higher education and adult education systems. Don’t worry, this won’t matter. Don’t get too excited about it. [H-L]

A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served at the Auschwitz death camp has been convicted on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. [HuffPo]

Since Bevin accused the newspaper of continually trying to perpetuate lies about what he said, I went back and found every reference to him and early childhood education and every reference to him and Head Start after that. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama challenged Republicans to back the nuclear agreement with Iran, arguing it would allow a future GOP president to keep a stronger check on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Obama conceded few, if any, GOP elected officials will back the deal. But he called out Sen. Rand Paul by name, asking whether the 2016 presidential hopeful would support the agreement. [The Hill]

State government faces an unexpected $5 million to $6 million increase in personnel costs in a couple of years but the impact of an Internal Revenue Service ruling could have an even bigger impact on budgets of local governments and school districts. State officials have been informed by the IRS they must start withholding Social Security and Medicare taxes from employees’ contributions to their pension plans and the state — or local government employer — will have to match those contributions. [Ronnie Ellis]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign on Tuesday inadvertently tweeted a promotional photo featuring what appeared to be Nazi German soldiers superimposed on the U.S. flag alongside the controversial real estate magnate’s face. [Reuters]

People in Cave City don’t know how to parallel park and old ladies are losing their minds. Two downtown business owners approached the city council Monday night, complaining about the parallel parking along Broadway Street. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Why choosing the right surgeon matters even more than you know. In February 2012, LaVerne Stiles went to Citrus Memorial Hospital near her home in central Florida for what should have been a routine surgery. [ProPublica]

Numerous homes were damaged or destroyed, family gardens were leveled, and dozens of vehicles were submerged by rushing floodwaters after a flash flood ripped through parts of eastern Rowan County. [The Morehead News]

In three sentences laying out his overarching theory of government, Walker appears to align himself with political theorists, some of whom died more than a century ago, who would radically dismantle the American system of government. He also appears to align himself with more modern constitutional theorists who wish to reinstate long-discredited Supreme Court cases that would eliminate much of the legal framework protecting workers from exploitation. [ThinkProgress]

Tuesday evening’s storms dumped heavy rain on much eastern Kentucky. Many people had to be rescued from their homes because of the high water. [WKYT]

Climate change risks should be assessed in the same way as threats to national security or public health according to a new report. [BBC]

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ efforts to allow online voter registration in Kentucky kept moving through the legislative process Tuesday, though one lawmaker tried to derail it. [H-L]

The New Horizons mission to Pluto has been a dream come true for scientists, who’ve waited years to get their first close-up glimpse of the distant dwarf planet. But some of the informal names they’re giving its distinctive features are straight out of nightmares. [HuffPo]