PeckrePointe & The Ark Park Are Still Failing

Patriot Coal Corp. is warning that substantial cutbacks at its two Union County mines could come in the next two months, affecting as many as 670 workers. [H-L]

In what’s already being hailed as “a great step forward,” the International Olympic Committee has taken a significant move against future intolerance toward the lesbian, gay and bisexual community in the Olympic Games. [HuffPo]

The group behind the proposed Noah’s Ark theme park in Northern Kentucky is launching a billboard campaign to rebut critics who have raised concerns over religious discrimination. [C-J/AKN]

UK-born US journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie have been killed by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen during a failed rescue bid. [BBC]

Kentucky’s new lieutenant governor says she’s not completely closing the door on running for another office. But everyone knows she’s pretty much done. She’s not going to be a U.S. Senator in this lifetime. [WFPL]

The Christian terrorist movement no one wants to talk about. [Think Progress]

Eastern Kentucky University will recognize 1,424 degree candidates and award honorary degrees to Trey Grayson and Jon Carloftis at its annual fall commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 13. [Richmond Register]

A leak at the federal reserve revealed confidential bond-buying details. [ProPublica]

Just before daybreak Thursday, temperatures were in the low 30s and there was a constant drizzle of rain. [Glasgow Daily Times]

One of the worst myths official Washington and its establishment media have told itself about the torture debate is that the controversy is limited to three cases of waterboarding at Guantánamo and a handful of bad Republican actors. [Glenn Greenwald]

A year ago we highlighted another bad real estate mess for Kentucky Retirement Systems. Nothing has changed with that corrupt joint and its placement agents. [Page One]

“It used to be folks would say, well, maybe blacks are exaggerating, maybe some of these situations aren’t what they describe. But we’ve now seen on television for everybody to see — gives us an opportunity, I think, to finally have the kind of conversation that’s been a long time coming.” [Barack Obama]

People in Lexington are still mad about CentrePointe, which is apparently a still a thing all these years later. [H-L]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Won’t Understand… For the first time ever, a galaxy has been observed blasting out cold, dense gas in vast quantities and at mind-boggling speed. [HuffPo]

Is The Mainstream Lazy On The Pension Mess?

A new program from the federal Department of Agriculture could help launch more creative, innovative and collaborative conservation efforts in Kentucky, according to Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. [H-L]

There’s no war on coal but there IS a war on coal miners. And it’s backed by organizations like the Kentucky Coal Association and Bill Bissett. Try as they might to play nice with people like us, deep down they’re horrible people who just want to dick every person who walks the earth while getting rich. And in Kentucky, you have people like Steve Beshear and his family who think it’s a golden idea to hide the threat of black lung from watchdogs and workers. [HuffPo]

Of course they blame the legislature but not the governor or management of Kentucky Retirement Systems. Because it apparently takes too much brainpower for media organizations in this state to try to figure out the pension mess. Everybody is too g-d lazy, apparently, and they’re failing the millions of people who live in darkness as a result. [C-J/AKN]

The Obama administration’s proposed carbon-emissions rule sparked a political and economic debate that is likely to play out for months. [LA Times]

A number of dead fish turned up in the Clover Fork branch of the Cumberland River on Friday after Harlan/Cumberland Coal Company at Highsplint released Flock — a high molecular weight flocculant of polyacrylamide type agent used as a clarification and filtration agent of river water, waste water and industrial water — into the river, officials said. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Patrick O’Hara, a prisoner convicted of murder, is 69 years old and mostly confined to his bed. He is incarcerated in a sparkling-clean facility where nurses work behind steel cages and he gets oxygen from tubes in his nose while a television mumbles nearby. [AP]

A London man took issue with the billing of his insurance company by the Laurel County Fire Department. [Times-Tribune]

President Barack Obama has described the growing influx of unaccompanied children migrating to the United States as an “urgent humanitarian situation”. Latest estimates say as many as 60,000 children, mostly from Central America and Mexico, will enter the US illegally this year. [BBC]

Horace Johnson, the interim chief of the Franklin Police Department, is looking for help. [BGDN]

United Auto Workers union on Tuesday raised membership dues by 25 percent, its first such increase since 1967, in an action to replenish a depleted fund to support workers who go out on strike. [Reuters]

Let the speculation begin that Trey Grayson will run for McConnell’s seat after this upcoming term. [CN|2]

This will make Les Fugate’s head explode. With so many studies linking Americans’ collective sweet tooth to diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity, there’s a lot of talk about policies to nudge consumers to consume less sugar. [NPR]

Global defense contractor Lockheed Martin is laying off about 110 employees from its Bluegrass Station facility in Lexington, the Maryland-based company confirmed Tuesday. [H-L]

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) called on the Environmental Protection Agency to combat climate change in a May 29 letter. It specifically focused on the issue of carbon pollution, particularly from power plants. [HuffPo]

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Can’t Escape The Primary, Feels Like A Hangover

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Zip lines, a popular amusement that can send people speeding high above the ground, are not regulated or inspected by any government authority in Kentucky. [John Cheves]

Alison Grimes says she won’t answer to the president. But she will definitely answer to her daddy, as she has done since day one. He runs roughshod over the people who help him get where he wants to go and she’ll do the same — because that’s what Jerry tells her to do. And she’ll absolutely answer to Hillary Clinton because the Clintons made the Lundergans relevant. [HuffPo]

Electricity prices are probably on their way up across much of the U.S. as coal-fired plants, the dominant source of cheap power, shut down in response to environmental regulations and economic forces. [C-J/AKN]

Two Congressional Democrats are unveiling legislation this morning that would restart the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s gun violence research efforts. [ProPublica]

Six candidates survived the primary and will face off for three Lexington-Fayette County council-at-large seats in the general election. [WLEX18]

Oil giant BP suffers a setback in a US appeals court in the latest legal hearing over compensation for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. [BBC]

How the heck did they get away with this? Why on earth do you keep buying ads if your clients aren’t paying you?! They were totally pulling a Gunnell. Meridian-Chiles, once one of Lexington’s largest advertising agencies, closed its doors as of Tuesday evening and has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. [Business Lexington]

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said no one country was indispensable to the ISS after Moscow last week said it would not participate in a plan to extend the station’s life past 2020. [NPR]

A three-month-long national search for the next president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce yielded a nationally-known figure who also has deep roots in the community. Edgewood native Trey Grayson, 42, will take the helm of the influential business group on July 1. [ & NKY Chamber]

A new Harvard study fingers neonics as the key driver of bee colony collapse disorder. This is what beekeepers have beens saying for years. [Mother Jones]

It’s time for gigantic trip down W. Keith Hall’s corrupt memory lane. [Page One]

Days after President Lyndon B. Johnson’s election to his first full term, an administration official asked a subordinate to explain the policy on firing gays. In particular, he wondered whether someone with a history of gay liaisons could, through years of marriage, be “rehabilitated” into a trustworthy civil servant. [NY Times]

After setting things abuzz by trapping customers in a store, a hive of honeybees has been safely removed from downtown Danville in central Kentucky. [H-L]

What these outsiders fail to mention is that this was the first time Mitch McConnell has ever had to face $3 million in a primary. That cash has never existed against him and it is being ignored wholesale by the mainstream media because they’re tapping into the anti-McConnell mood. [HuffPo]

Democrats Tried To Buy Ed Marksberry Out

Eight months after this tiny Appalachian town took a stand against gay-based discrimination, it’s basking in a flurry of attention and even an infusion of much-needed cash. All that hoopla has its openly gay mayor dreaming of reviving a place that had long seemed past its prime. [H-L]

President Barack Obama continued to hammer congressional Republicans on Saturday, urging them to “stop governing by crisis” in their efforts to defund his signature health care law. [HuffPo]

Joe Gerth wants to know who enabled a climate of harassment at the state capitol. So we’ll tell you: Joe Gerth and other reporters who ignored what they were told and knew, Greg Stumbo, David Williams, Larry Clark, Bob Stivers, Bobby Sherman. They’re all responsible and all enabled it. [C-J/AKN]

In summer 2009, GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to have gotten his way. He had successfully strong-armed his cantankerous Bluegrass State colleague Jim Bunning into retirement, and he had cleared the field for the ascension of Trey Grayson, a McConnell favorite and Kentucky’s 37-year-old secretary of state. [NY Mag]

Lawd, you can’t even be at home in Wayne County these days without experiencing a drive-by shooting. [WKYT]

Thank goodness Darwinism is a real thing? Australian “young Earth” creationist pastor Ken Ham said on Facebook Tuesday that Bill Nye “The Science Guy” does not “understand science correctly” because Nye does not believe in a literal interpretation of the Biblical book Genesis. [Raw Story]

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot up a pawn shop in Danville and killed three people including a Richmond man. [Richmond Register]

The word “freedom” looms large in modern conservative rhetoric. Lobbying groups are given names like FreedomWorks; health reform is denounced not just for its cost but as an assault on, yes, freedom. Oh, and remember when we were supposed to refer to pommes frites as “freedom fries”? [NY Times]

If you missed it earlier, a prominent Democrat offered to give Ed Marksberry a job in exchange for him dropping out of the U.S. Senate race. Guess who it was. [Page One]

Oh, look, Public Campaign Action Fund is back to pretending to be “non-partisan.” And it’s also pretending to be anything other than a monstrous payday for David Donnelly. [The Hill]

Is bourbon still king in Kentucky, or could craft beer be beefing up the competition? Yes, bourbon is still king and will remain king. [WDRB]

U.S. State officials behind the launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform on Oct. 1 say they could weather a federal government shutdown, though the scenario would add new pressure to the political attacks and technical issues that have weighed on the program’s introduction. [HuffPo]

Jack Conway Is Suddenly An Education Expert

Yep, you can thank your “new” cable company for that one. Can you imagine if it was a Wildcats game? A test emergency message on Lexington’s WTVQ-TV (Channel 36) interrupted the final moments in Tuesday night’s coverage of the NBA Finals. [H-L]

The New York Times leaves industry disclosure out of op-ed celebrating broadband mediocrity. [Media Matters]

The three candidates for the 56th District House special election clashed over criminal justice issues, expanded gambling and their respective experience at their final forum on Tuesday night at Midway College. [CN|2]

FBI director Robert Mueller said Wednesday that the nation’s top law enforcement bureau uses drones to conduct surveillance on U.S. soil, though only on a “very, very minimal basis.” [MSNBC]

How do you know Jack Conway is running for another office? “Attorney General Jack Conwaywill participate in a round table and press conference with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to announce plans for a new, national early childhood education initiative.” [Press Release]

Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blasted the Bush administration and former Vice President Dick Cheney on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Tuesday evening, blaming them for not taking corrective action for pre-9/11 intelligence failures and for creating a security protocol inconsistent with the Constitution after the attacks. [HuffPo]

Two females and a male are dead and a third female has life-threatening injuries after a shooting at a condominium complex on Gardiner Lane on Wednesday afternoon that sparked panic among residents who didn’t know at first if the shooter was still on the loose. [C-J/AKN]

After contradictory stories emerged about an F.B.I. agent’s killing last month of a Chechen man in Orlando, Fla., who was being questioned over ties to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the bureau reassured the public that it would clear up the murky episode. [NY Times]

This is how conspiracy theories get started. When a Democratic activist suggests there was some nefarious plot on the Republican side to cause Curtis Morrison and Shawn Reilly to do what they did. But we sure do love watching this continued meltdown because we hear indictments are coming soon. [Head – Desk]

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is in love with Trey Grayson this week. [DSCC]

Henderson will play host to both of Kentucky’s U.S. senators on the same day for the first time in a very long time — or, perhaps, ever — on July 1. [Henderson Gleaner]

The Drug Enforcement Administration has kicked its lobbying against legalizing industrial hemp into high gear, hoping to block an amendment in the House that would decriminalize the crop for research purposes. [HuffPo]

Gov. Steve Beshear says Kentucky will receive a settlement of more than $6 million from a case involving online gambling. [WKYT]

Kentucky Once Again Ranks At The Very Bottom

Trey Grayson, the former Kentucky secretary of state and Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010, is running a political action committee formed by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that will try to elect Democrats who want to work with Republicans. [C-J/AKN]

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Tuesday that the state would not comply with a court ruling and restore early voting in the final weekend before the election until an appellate court rules on the matter. [HuffPo]

The confusing process of setting up Kentucky’s health insurance exchange should get clearer later this month. [WFPL]

Records and publications that chronicle the Works Progress Administration, which provided millions of jobs at the height of the Great Depression, have found a home at the University of Kentucky. [H-L]

A shining bigot on the hill. This not at all racist teabagger lady chairwoman whatever went on the CNN teevee to explain why President Barack Obama doesn’t love American like ‘we’ do. [Wonkette]

A book about the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden by a former Navy SEAL who participated in the mission contains classified information and the Pentagon is reviewing legal options, a Defense Department spokesman said on Tuesday. [Reuters]

Way to go, Laurel County, you couldn’t help yourself to win the awful award again. Officials with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an alleged stabbing that happened early Sunday morning. [WYMT]

A national financial magazine has ranked Kentucky 47th in overall fiscal health, thanks to its rising pension obligations and relatively high debt levels. [H-L]

A pro-Mittens Romney super PAC released a new ad this week targeting President Obama’s support of gay marriage, urging voters to look to the Romney campaign as an alternative with “values.” [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Lottery will end its nightly televised drawing show on Sept. 15. Instead, drawings will be streamed live and archived. [Business First]

The bus is always the center of attention. Partly because it’s a hulking 1970s tour bus that somehow made it from Arizona all the way to Charlotte, but mostly because of what’s inscribed on the side of it in thick, black letters. “Sin Papeles, Sin Miedo,” it reads in Spanish. “No papers, no fear.” [NPR]