It’s Post-Primary Hangover Time!

You should check out this interactive map of last night’s vote results from across Kentucky. [H-L]

As much as journalists may fancy themselves superhuman observers of history, the truth is that we are as susceptible to trauma as the victims whose stories we tell. [HuffPo]

A Franklin County grand jury Tuesday indicted former Buffalo Trace Distillery security guard Leslie M. Wright, 34, of Frankfort, on charges of being paid to look the other way as barrels were stolen for what authorities say was a bourbon theft criminal syndicate. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky hates old people. States with at least 40 percent of homes ranked on the bottom two rungs include North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. [Newsweek]

The real reason Republicans running for governor didn’t have in-depth discussions is because two of the candidates were incapable. The other two, one a former state supreme court justice and the other, an evangelical extremist who is overcompensating like woah, have never been outside their respective bubbles. Ever. [Eye Roll]

After winning reelection and control of the U.S. Senate, Republican Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., appointed Hazen Marshall, a lobbyist for Koch Industries, as his new policy chief. [The Intercept]

A historic case against the iconic Wagner’s Pharmacy near Churchill Downs is likely to end, since the Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that morbid obesity is not a state-protected disability. [Business First]

The White House on Monday called the fall of Ramadi to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) a “setback,” but vowed the U.S. is determined to help retake the Iraqi city. [The Hill]

An online fundraising campaign was successful for the Louisville businessman who is set to buy Guntown Mountain, the Western-themed roadside attraction in Cave City. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Obese young adults may be more likely to have a stroke than people who aren’t overweight, a U.S. study suggests. [Reuters]

His first four and a half months in office have included two record-breaking winter storms, two instances of flooding, collapsed bridges and the arrest of a Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program employee on forgery and theft charges. “All that’s missing is for a plague of locusts to hit Madison County, and we would have faced all possible challenges,” Madison Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor said Friday in his first State of the County address. [Richmond Register]

Millions of Americans use GlaxoSmithKline’s purple inhaler. But whether Advair poses a higher risk of asthma-related death remains uncertain 15 years after regulators approved the drug. [ProPublica]

The University of Kentucky has begun a sweeping overhaul of its body bequeathal program after finding numerous problems with its administration and oversight, including a three to five year delay in burying the remains of people who’d given their bodies for scientific research. The overhaul includes eliminating the position of program director Gary Ginn, who is also the Fayette County Coroner. [H-L]

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated a same-sex wedding over the weekend, and according to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, the Notorious R.B.G. gave a big shout-out to the U.S. Constitution. [HuffPo]

Mitch Loves Wiretapping, Rand Hates It

A coal mine closing in southeastern Kentucky has put 64 miners out of work. [H-L]

The urban poor in the United States are experiencing accelerated aging at the cellular level, and chronic stress linked both to income level and racial-ethnic identity is driving this physiological deterioration. [HuffPo]

Read this one paragraph and you’ll instantly see how crazy the bourbon heist mess is, corrupt law enforcement folks ignored for the moment. In Farmer’s case summary, Curtsinger told authorities searching his home March 11 that five Wild Turkey barrels in his backyard were being stored for now-co-defendant Mark S. Searcy because Searcy “was afraid his girlfriend’s husband was going to tell on him for having the barrels of stolen bourbon at his home in Lawrenceburg. Toby stated that he had agreed to keep them at his home … and that it was a mistake.” [C-J/AKN]

Congress is under new pressure to take action on the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance program, as a deadline looms near and questions swirl about the legality of its data collection practices. [The Hill]

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association penalized both Pike County Central and Lawrence County after a violent incident occurred during Tuesday’s baseball game in Pikeville. [Ashland Independent]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday defended his support for a measure in the USA Patriot Act that has anchored a National Security Agency program to collect Americans’ phone data. [Reuters]

The Madison Airport, jointly owned by Madison County, Richmond and Berea, will be re-named the Central Kentucky Regional Airport. [Richmond Register]

Leading global food companies are failing to account for impending water scarcity in their business plans, a new report finds. [Think Progress]

City of Glasgow department heads presented their draft budgets for fiscal year 2016 to the city council’s finance committee Friday morning during a more than two hour meeting. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Chris Christie racked up a $82,594 bill at the concessions operator at MetLife Stadium during the 2010 and 2011 football seasons, the New Jersey Watchdog reported on Monday as part of a broader look at how the New Jersey governor spent $360,000 of his state allowance over five years. [Politico]

Morehead is filling in its city pool, which is not a welcome sight for poor people who just want to stay cool. [The Morehead News]

Employers in the US created 223,000 new jobs in April, a much larger increase than the month before. [BBC]

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto will recommend bringing hourly workers to a starting rate of $10 an hour, a move that would affect at least 600 workers, he announced this week. [H-L]

What? Republicans still have no health care alternative? Surely not! [HuffPo]

Stealing KY Bourbon Is Like Kidnapping

Court documents filed Thursday say that Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger, the alleged ringleader in the thefts of bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort and Wild Turkey in Anderson County, was suspected of stealing years before detectives discovered bourbon barrels in March at his Franklin County home. [H-L]

An openly gay Eagle Scout said he’s been axed by the Boy Scouts — and he believes it’s because of his sexual orientation. [HuffPo]

Pee alert… At a breakfast meeting in Northern Kentucky last week, state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer told local Republican officials and business leaders who have endorsed his candidacy for governor that he will win the general election in November. [C-J/AKN]

Forests can play a vital role in supplementing global food and nutrition security but this role is currently being overlooked, a report suggests. The study says that tree-based farming provides resilience against extreme weather events, which can wipe out traditional food crops. [BBC]

More than a decade after the first plans were put to paper, the Chavies Wastewater Treatment Plant is officially open. [Hazard Herald]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a public meeting this summer to address drug company concern that restrictions on what they can say about off-label use of drugs violate their First Amendment right to free speech. [Reuters]

Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College has announced its plan to join a national movement to address smoking and tobacco use at community college campuses throughout the United States. Through a grant from Legacy, the national public health organization responsible for the national truth® smoking prevention campaign, SKCTC will encourage students, faculty and school administration to adopt a 100 percent smoke-free or tobacco-free policy. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

In a little-noticed brief filed last summer, lawyers for the House of Representatives claimed that an SEC investigation of congressional insider trading should be blocked on principle, because lawmakers and their staff are constitutionally protected from such inquiries given the nature of their work. [The Intercept]

A spring-cleaning day is scheduled at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in southeastern Kentucky. [WYMT]

The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, bringing the jobless rate to a seven-year low after slow growth in the first three months of 2015. [The Hill]

The personal, messy accusations in the Republican primary for Kentucky governor have likely opened the door for Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, a fact that some in the GOP fear. [WAVE3]

Here are the best stories we’ve come across over the past few months about the ever-increasing role of money in politics. [ProPublica]

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees is expected to discuss a proposed new policy Friday afternoon that would return alcohol to campus in limited ways. [H-L]

Rand Paul said the attack in Garland, Texas, was “an example of how we do need to secure our border,” but neither of the attackers crossed the southern border to gain access to the U.S. Both were Americans who were believed to have been radicalized in their hometown of Phoenix. [HuffPo]

When Will Marty Announce Against Hills?

State officials approved at or near maximum tuition increases at four state universities Friday amid a heated GOP primary for governor where the candidates have lamented the escalating cost of college. [H-L]

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) went after Hillary Clinton Thursday, accusing her of changing policy positions based on polls rather than her convictions. It’s the first time the prospective Democratic presidential candidate has attacked Clinton since she announced her presidential bid Sunday. [HuffPo]

The wounded warrior transition unit at Fort Knox is one of 10 across the U.S. that will be shut down by August 2016, the Pentagon said Friday. [C-J/AKN]

The campaign arm for House Democrats posted its best month of the year in March, boosted by a record number of online donations, according to figures first obtained by The Hill. [The Hill]

Individually, Madison County law enforcement agencies were making some strides against illicit drugs, according to Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle. Working together, the three agencies have had increased success in the first three months of 2015, he told the fiscal court Tuesday. [Richmond Register]

The UK murder made international news. Meanwhile, Louisville murders happen every five seconds. [Reuters]

Randy Stapleton has been looking for a way to represent those living in his area. He may have found that way in a class action lawsuit filed against Big Run Landfill and other parties. [Ashland Independent]

Really, we’re fighting over a g.d. campaign logo?! [Politico]

The Barren County Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the RBS Design Group contract for the Red Cross Elementary addition project, as well as the schematic design, Thursday during a special-called board meeting at Barren County High School. [Glasgow Daily Times]

More from Felner land… The Los Angeles Unified School District is demanding that Apple Inc. refund millions of dollars for Pearson software that had been loaded onto iPads for the district’s 650,000 students. [NPR]

Heavy rainfall and flooding have caused Cave Run Lake to reach a record high. As of Friday, the lake was over 30 feet above summer pool and still rising. [The Morehead News]

African American and other civil rights leaders infuriated over the stalled confirmation vote on Loretta E. Lynch, the first black woman to be nominated for attorney general, are casting the delay as an issue with racial overtones. [WaPo]

A spontaneous floral memorial bloomed Saturday on a corner of East Maxwell and Transylvania Park in Lexington in honor of Jonathan Krueger, a University of Kentucky student who was gunned down early Friday in an apparent robbery. [H-L]

Support for the death penalty in the U.S. has reached 56 percent, the lowest point in four decades, according to a Pew study released on Thursday. [HuffPo]

Louisville’s Racial Divide Bubbles To Top

The University of Kentucky will pay a Washington D.C. lobbying firm with connections to U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, more than $500,000 over the next three years to represent UK on the federal stage. [H-L]

A pair of lawmakers behind a historic congressional amendment protecting medical marijuana operations from federal crackdown issued a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday demanding the Department of Justice stop prosecuting cases against medical marijuana patients and providers in states where the substance has been legalized. [HuffPo]

“I am offended. … I am deeply offended that they would be victimized by an individual and express some kind of fear of all black men,” he said. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul tells pastors and religious leaders at a private prayer breakfast that ultimately Washington, D.C., politicians won’t solve America’s problems and instead a spiritual revival is what is needed. [PEE ALERT]

The amounts Glasgow city employees receive in their next pay raises is expected to correlate with performance evaluations, which will be done with a new format. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Drunk Son On A Plane) is reportedly trying to downplay his connections to fringe conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones. [MMFA]

The White House highlighted a bunch of Kentucky trade and such. [Click the Clicky]

The lights went out on an interview with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Butt Cramp) on Friday after a tense encounter with a reporter from the Guardian. It’s just the latest flare-up between Paul and the press in the days following Tuesday’s announcement that he’ll run for president. [The Hill]

Watching Greg Fischer’s inept team dig themselves deeper and deeper is frightening. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Investors will cast a wary eye on the latest gauges of the United States’ economic health this week, while troubled Europe shows early signs of turning the corner. [Reuters]

As Louisville’s murder rate continues to climb, local groups continue efforts to stem the violence in the community. [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton’s campaign-in-waiting held its final pre-game briefing Saturday at its Brooklyn Heights headquarters, just ahead of her expected official entry into the race on Sunday. [Politico]

A contentious and controversial yearlong school redistricting process in Fayette County is now finished, officials said. The proposed final maps for elementary, middle and high school attendance zones will be presented to the public Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in Norsworthy Auditorium at the district office, 701 East Main Street. [H-L]

Jack Conway’s name was on the letter. Top state prosecutors from Oregon to Massachusetts, who contend they have evidence that thousands of Americans were fraudulently urged to take out federal student loans to attend dodgy for-profit schools, urged the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday to forgive the borrowers’ debts. [HuffPo]

It’s All About Floridian Ed Whitfield, Of Course

For the first time in the history of this tobacco state, the House voted on — and passed — a bill to ban indoor smoking statewide in workplaces and other public spaces, such as bars and restaurants. And then the Senate assigned House Bill 145 to its Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection, where it saw no further action. [H-L]

There is significant evidence that cop cams cut down on most civilian complaints. But a close examination of violent encounters with the police caught on tape suggests that even with seemingly incontrovertible video evidence, questions will often linger. The kind of sea change that police reform activists desire will still likely escape them. [HuffPo]

Told ya the big money was running away from Jamie Comer. A new political action committee with ties to the billionaire Koch brothers has formed in Kentucky with plans to get involved in Kentucky’s Republican gubernatorial primary on behalf of Hal Heiner. [C-J/AKN]

The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it has opened an investigation into Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) regarding allegations that he improperly used his office to help his wife lobby Congress on behalf of the Humane Society. [The Hill]

Want your mind to be blown by state government? Check out this KEDFA Board Book from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. Rather than save a file as a PDF, they printed it out and scanned it. Remember, it’s 2015, not 1992. [External PDF Link]

Remember when Kentucky enacted this legislation in 2013 and no one batted an eyelash? Thousands of people marched in Indiana’s largest city on Saturday to protest a state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people. [Reuters]

Ten awesome Kentucky State Parks for you to visit! [University Press]

Gonna boycott Kentucky, too? Activists are encouraging a boycott of Indiana after the US state enacted a “religious freedom” law which they say discriminates against gay people. [BBC]

Now Paul Chitwood and his merry band of closet case circle jerkers are health experts. Especially when it comes to marijuana, something they’ve obviously all been smoking by the pound. [Mythical Nonsense]

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, who has taken over defense of his state’s ban after Attorney General Jack Conway declined to do so, is the sole state defending at the Supreme Court against both marriage and marriage recognition challenges. [BuzzFeed]

Greg Stumbo, Kentucky’s Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, is a former attorney general, the chief prosecutor in Kentucky. [Ronnie Ellis]

Apparently, some kind of big sports thing is happening and everybody is freaking out. [NPR]

Kentucky lawmakers are being criticized by leaders of public employee groups for a last-minute decision to transfer tens of millions of dollar from the public employee health insurance fund to government’s “rainy day” fund. [H-L]

A report released last week holds troubling findings about lasting inequality across the African-American community. [HuffPo]

Let’s Pray For All The Doomed Couches

A Transylvania University official prevented a Herald-Leader reporter from attending a student-organized meeting Tuesday that was promoted on Facebook as a “public and open discussion” of race relations on campus. The meeting was spurred by a BuzzFeed article last week by Transy alumnus Tracy Clayton, who detailed the racial hostility she felt there as a student in the early 2000s. [H-L]

A comprehensive bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday aims to deal a significant blow to the federal government’s long-running war on medical marijuana. [HuffPo]

Lexington officials have declared an “emergency area” where off-campus housing sits near the top-seeded University of Kentucky as NCAA Tournament celebration time nears and the possibility of couch fires approaches. [C-J/AKN]

They called them “ratlines.” In the final days of the Third Reich, when its demise was imminent, adherents realized that if they didn’t escape they would go down with it. So they devised a system of escape — ratlines — that funneled thousands of war criminals through Spain to points west and south. [WaPo]

Citizens in Hazard and Perry County now have two new, technology-driven ways to report crime and be alerted of crime and news in the area thanks two new services being offered by the Hazard Police Department (HPD) this month. [Hazard Herald]

Ginn Academy, the first and only public high school in Ohio just for boys, was conceived to help at-risk students make it through school — experimenting with small classes, a tough discipline code and life coaches around the clock. [NY Times]

During a special called meeting of the Evarts City Council on Monday, members voted to adopt the county’s ordinance relating to the confinement and control of dogs in the city. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has praised the US for the commitment shown to Afghanistan over 14 years during his first official visit to Washington. [BBC]

His announcement isn’t official yet, but U.S. Senator Rand Paul is already talking the competition for the White House in 2016. [WDRB]

Do you need to pee a little? Check out this lunacy Josh Powell is pushing around in an attempt to make himself look clean. [PEE ALERT]

Kentucky’s best teachers will be announced later this year, and nominations for the awards are being taken now. [WLEX18]

The United States ranks near the bottom among major economies in terms of policies to allow hiring highly skilled immigrant workers, according to a study by a business lobbying group that supports relaxing immigration controls. [Retuers]

A museum and a university in southwestern Ohio are working together to create artifacts for a new display at a northern Kentucky historic site. [H-L]

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress Tuesday would end government spying on ordinary Americans by repealing the Patriot Act as advocates rush to reauthorize the law’s most controversial provisions before a June deadline. [HuffPo]