Hal Heiner Is Absolutely A Politician

University of Kentucky police reported 12 sexual assaults on campus in the 2013-14 school year. The University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University each reported one. [H-L]

Scientists are balking at major cuts to NASA’s budget that the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology approved last week, cuts that critics say will imperil climate change research in the U.S. [HuffPo]

Hal Heiner may be a Frankfort outsider but he is certainly a politician and certainly has had a large network in place for the past six years. [C-J/AKN]

Insurance firms, already among Washington’s biggest donors, are securing powerful allies in Congress as the Federal Reserve draws up nationwide capital rules for the $1 trillion industry after years of delay. [Reuters]

We love a good conclussion, don’t you? Conclussion, conclussion, conclussion. APD’s quick work led to mugging conclussion. [Ashland Independent]

After Edward Snowden, the government said its controversial surveillance programs had stopped a terrorist – David Coleman Headley. In “American Terrorist,” ProPublica and PBS “Frontline” show why the claim is largely untrue. [ProPublica]

City of Berea revenues continue to grow, and the city budget has $5 million set aside in a “rainy day” fund. [Richmond Register]

A North Carolina county prosecutor won’t certify visa applications for Latino domestic violence victims if their assailants are also Latino. [Think Progress]

The employment of an emergency medical technician who was involved in an alleged road rage incident last month has been terminated, according to his boss. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Underwater explorers in Madagascar say they have found what is thought to be the treasure of notorious Scottish pirate William Kidd. Soldiers on Sainte Marie island have been guarding the 50kg silver bar after divers brought it to shore. [BBC]

The University of Louisville will not renew it’s contract with clothing maker JanSport. [WFPL]

Researchers, grant-makers and policymakers have long relied on enrollment numbers for the federally subsidized Free and Reduced-Price Lunch program. They use those numbers as a handy proxy for measuring how many students are struggling economically. The paperwork that families submit to show their income becomes the basis of billions in federal funds. [NPR]

The Fayette County Public Schools board voted Saturday to partner with McNamara Search Associates of Lexington to vet 30 superintendent candidates. [H-L]

These absurd lawsuits show why the anti-gay movement is failing. [HuffPo]

The Downfall Of Jamie Comer Continues

Jamie Comer is lying again. He absolutely knew the effects of the bill. Quite a few people spelled it out for him. P.S. Yes, Rogers, McConnell & crew are now supporting Heiner. [H-L]

In the years since “Mission Accomplished,” some 149,053 civilians have been killed, compared to about 7,412 prior to the speech, according to the website Iraq Body Count. Since the speech, 4,637 military members in the Iraq War coalition led by the U.S. have lost their lives, versus 172 prior, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count. As of September 2014, total U.S. expenditures on the war in Iraq totaled $815.8 billion, about 93 percent of which was spent after 2003. That cost is more than 16 times the Bush administration’s original projection. [HuffPo]

Truth is generally a casualty in political battles and there’s not an issue that’s suffered more wounds in this year’s Kentucky governor’s race than the Common Core academic standards that Kentucky adopted in 2010. [C-J/AKN]

Will the Supreme Court look behind the curtain of lethal injection? [The Intercept]

Adam Edelen needs to recuse himself immediately. Here’s why: he’s been asked to join the UofL Foundation board and once asked me for my opinion about it. I told him to run quickly away. But that means he’s got a conflict of interest. [WDRB]

When a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s security detail left his Glock and magazine stuffed in the toilet seat cover holder of a Capitol Visitor Center bathroom stall, a CVC worker found the gun, according to a source familiar with the Jan. 29 incident and two other disturbing instances when Capitol Police left loaded firearms in problematic places. A 7- or 8-year-old child visiting the Capitol with his parents found the next loaded Glock lost by a dignitary protection officer, according to the source. A member of the security detail for John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, allegedly left the firearm in the bathroom of the Speaker’s Suite on March 24. [Roll Call]

It was a record-breaking 141st running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at Churchill Downs Racetrack which culminated as 123,763 fans, the highest attendance of all time, watched a memorable win by Lovely Maria. The prior attendance record was 116,046, set in 2010, during the 136th running of the Kentucky Oaks. [Press Release]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell faces a tough choice this week on how to move forward with a controversial bill that would allow Congress to review and vote on a nuclear deal with Iran. [The Hill]

Most eyes were fixed on the Kentucky Derby this weekend, but the Republican gubernatorial primary began last week to look as if it might be headed for its own photo finish. [Ronnie Ellis]

Her campaign barely three weeks old, Hillary Clinton already has been attacked by Republicans on everything from donations to her family’s charitable foundation, to her tenure as secretary of state and her ties to Wall Street. But her rivals, and the political action committees that support them, are treading more carefully on one incendiary subject: her age. [Reuters]

While previous media reports led to the return – or at least the documentation – of several military surplus items missing from the Glasgow Police Department, more than 100 such items remain unaccounted for, and fingers seem to be pointing at a former member of the GPD. [Glasgow Daily Times]

What the Kentucky Derby owes to China. If it weren’t for KFC’s giant Asian consumer base, the annual classic would be a much poorer event. [Politico]

The Fayette County Public Schools board voted Sunday to terminate its contract with superintendent search firm PROACT Search Inc. The board went into closed session shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday to discuss possible litigation against the search firm. [H-L]

The Tata group, one of India’s largest conglomerates, promised to be a good neighbor when it took on the job of building the nation’s first “ultra mega” coal-fired power plant. [HuffPo]

Papaw Gets Gobs Of Derby Tickets

The developer of CentrePointe in downtown Lexington fired back at city officials in a 15-page letter Wednesday, saying the city was wrong to demand that the development site be restored because no work had been done there recently. [H-L]

Feds pay for drug fraud: 92 percent of foster care, poor kids prescribed antipsychotics get them for unaccepted uses. [HuffPo]

Demand for seats at the Kentucky Derby always exceeds supply, but the governor of Kentucky needn’t worry. Churchill Downs sets aside 360 tickets to the Derby — and Friday’s Kentucky Oaks — every year for sale to the governor’s entourage. [C-J/AKN]

For a moment last year, it looked as if the Obama administration was moving toward a history-making end to the federal death penalty. [NY Times]

This doesn’t sound shady at all. Financial assistance from the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission that was intended to help bring country music icon Loretta Lynn to the Plaza Theatre has been rejected by the promoter who requested the money. Sneed had initially requested $12,000 in hopes of using the money to advertise the concert, even though he has not yet discussed the possibility of booking a Lynn concert in Glasgow with the artist’s management. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A bill that would prevent insurance companies from using routine doctor requests to reopen the cases of injured workers and deny previously approved care passed a key California senate committee Wednesday. [ProPublica]

The Tennessee Valley Authority is giving the Glasgow Electric Plant Board $7.43 million as an award in the Smart Energy Technology project. [Glasgow Daily Times]

World stock markets and the dollar remained in sharp sell-off mode on Thursday, having been jolted sharply lower by weak U.S. growth data and cautious comments from the Federal Reserve. [Reuters]

If you live in eastern Kentucky, chances are you are more likely to get lung cancer. That is why doctors want to figure out how to stop the disease in its tracks. [WKYT]

Looks like Jerry Abramson’s been meddling in Vermont and it didn’t go so swell. [Rutland Herald & VPR]

The Carter County Emergency Medical Services, EMS Director Jerry Horn, Dr. Carolyn A. Moore, and former EMS paramedic Amanda Sturgill-Jones have been named in a civil lawsuit in Carter Circuit Court. Horn, Moore, and Jones are named as individuals and in their official capacities in the complaint. [Ashland Independent]

Dozens of horses have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs – including speed – at the racecourse which will host the Kentucky Derby this weekend. [Daily Mail]

Two trustees at the University of Louisville are calling for change at an independent foundation that manages the school’s $1.1 billion endowment. [H-L]

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to the lowest level in 15 years last week, evidence that employers are laying off few workers despite a sharp slowdown in economic growth. [HuffPo]

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Lawn Darts of Fate! Contest runs through the end of the week. [Page One & The ‘Ville Voice]

Worst-Kept Gubernatorial Race Secret

U.S. Senior District Judge John G. Heyburn II, a Republican who carved an independent and progressive path in three decades on the federal bench, upholding school desegregation and striking down laws that forbade gay marriage, died Wednesday, according to U.S. District Court clerk Vanessa Armstrong. [C-J/AKN]

Told ya it was Hal Heiner’s folks responsible for all of that nonsense against Jamie Comer. Comer has known about it since early 2014. He tasked attorney/lobbyist Riggs Lewis to figure things out. I know because I helped them get to the bottom of it. Riggs just manipulated this for political gain, holding the information until close to the primary. Allegedly, according to Lewis, there’s evidence to suggest members of the Heiner campaign are sources of the information. [H-L]

The case for garden-based learning in schools seems simple, even obvious, at first: What harm could there be in encouraging young children to connect with nature and learn more about the ecology around them, including where the food they eat comes from? [HuffPo]

Following news reports about huge deferred compensation packages awarded by the University of Louisville Foundation to President James Ramsey and his top aides, two members of the university’s board of trustees have called for the foundation to be folded into the university. [C-J/AKN]

The number of Americans on disability has declined for six months in a row in a sharp turnaround after years of increases, more evidence of the labor market recovery the Federal Reserve wants to see before nudging interest rates higher. [Reuters]

Frankfort veteran officer Mike Wells was specifically named in search warrants filed on Tuesday in connection with the Pappy Van Winkle case. Things are about to get exciting in Frankfort, we hear, so get the popcorn ready. [WLEX18]

The Supreme Court has ruled that the UK government must draw up plans to reduce air pollution by the end of this year. [BBC]

An environmental group has identified what it calls the 50 communities in Central Appalachia that are most at risk from mountaintop removal and 17 are in Kentucky, including the most at risk, Kryton, located in Perry County. [Ronnie Ellis]

House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday unveiled a budget deal that aims to torpedo ObamaCare while balancing the federal books within 10 years. [The Hill]

Glasgow Police Department Interim Chief James Duff has called a press conference for 9 a.m. Friday in the conference room at the police department in reference to an investigation by Kentucky State Police into missing equipment from the department, according to a press release by the police department. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Arguments about the death penalty at the Supreme Court Wednesday unleashed a series of unusually caustic comments from the justices, who appeared to be bitterly divided over whether a lethal injection procedure states have turned to as a result of a drug shortage runs an unacceptable risk of inmates suffering as they’re executed. [Politico]

Dorie Hubbard and her husband Tom stopped Monday next to the clear, gurgling Silver Creek-Brushey Fork divide east of Berea, where they briefly listened as birds sang. [Richmond Register]

The drug midazolam may or may not be effective in preventing death row inmates from experiencing the excruciating pain caused by the other drugs Oklahoma wants to use to execute three inmates. This pain, which Justice Elena Kagan likens to the sensation of being burnt alive, would violate the Constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment under any plausible interpretation of the Eighth Amendment. [ThinkProgress]

Lexington officials demanded Tuesday in a letter to the Webb Companies that the developers fill in the CentrePointe site because there has been little or no recent work on the long-delayed downtown project. [H-L]

Shockingly few students are proficient in U.S. history. Is anyone really shocked? [HuffPo]

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Lawn Darts of Fate! Contest runs through the end of the week. [Page One & The ‘Ville Voice]

LIBETY OR TRANNY!!1! Rand’s Runnin’

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is preparing for a 2016 presidential campaign and talking a lot about change in America. But he’s not expressing much hope about the state of the nation. [H-L]

Scott Walker has transformed Wisconsin politics, winning three elections in four years and signing laws that weaken unions, crippling a key ally of the Democratic Party. But the likely Republican presidential contender has had less success changing Wisconsin’s economy and budget. The state lags in job growth and its budget faces a shortfall. [HuffPo]

Nearly 200 people are being recruited for a University of Louisville study that will help shed light on the impact of asthma on the 60-and-older crowd. The university has announced a $2.3 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to conduct a five-year study, examining asthma triggers in older adults. [C-J/AKN]

The timing of interest rate hikes are uncertain and the U.S. Federal Reserve must watch that the surprising recent weakness in the U.S. economy does not foreshadow a more substantial slowdown, an influential Fed official said on Monday. [Reuters]

Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation (SKED) is giving small business owners and entrepreneurs a new way to network and connect beginning this month. [The Morehead News]

The Supreme Court has itself to blame for the surreptitious recordings of court proceedings that have surfaced in the past year, some lawmakers say. [The Hill]

Steve Riley believes teenagers keep you young and healthy, and after working for more than 30 years as an educator, thinks that he “still has the spark.” [Glasgow Daily Times]

Lowering a city’s homeless population by forcing the homeless out. Sounds like a story out of Greg Fischer’s playbook. [NPR]

The University of Louisville is expected to increase both in-state and out-of-state undergraduate tuition by 3 percent for the next academic year. [WFPL]

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday announced his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, vowing to campaign as an enemy of “the Washington machine that gobbles up our freedoms and invades every nook and cranny of our lives.” [MSNBC]

As Kentucky and other states struggle with tough budget decisions about essential public services, profitable Fortune 500 companies including Kentucky-based Yum Brands and Humana pay little to nothing in state corporate income taxes around the country, according to a new study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and Citizens for Tax Justice. [Mmm Hmmm]

Britain’s economic performance since the financial crisis struck has been startlingly bad. A tentative recovery began in 2009, but it stalled in 2010. Although growth resumed in 2013, real income per capita is only now reachingits level on the eve of the crisis — which means that Britain has had a much worse track record since 2007 than it had during the Great Depression. [NY Times]

Since he took office, Gov. Bruce Rauner has said repeatedly he wants to let Illinois voters decide whether to set up their own local right-to-work zones, areas where union membership and dues would be voluntary. [H-L]

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) took a shot at the foreign policy of his Republican colleague Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday, saying that the Kentucky senator was the only potential presidential candidate that could not get a better nuclear deal with Iran than the one that President Barack Obama negotiated. [HuffPo]

HILARIOUS: The Comer Campaign Whitewash

Told ya Jamie Comer is in one of the biggest CYA moves in the history of gubernatorial primary politics in Kentucky. HUGE MEGA PEE ALERT! Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer’s claim that Kentucky had lost 50,000 jobs had disappeared from his campaign website. [H-L]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… A set of half-a-million-year-old stone tools — including what’s being called a prehistoric “swiss army knife” — have scientists going gaga. [HuffPo]

Ripping the University of Louisville for allowing an “astounding theft” to go on for an “astounding period of time,” a federal judge Tuesday sentenced the former director of its Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine to 63 months in prison for stealing $2.8 million. [C-J/AKN]

Brent crude reversed early losses to trade back towards $57 a barrel on Tuesday, as a weaker dollar overshadowed signs of slowing growth in China and Saudi Arabian oil production close to an all-time high. [Reuters]

When a friend asked Nate and Brittainy Laughlin of Poosey Ridge for use of their barn while filming a movie, they said sure, without much thought. When they learned the film needed a pig, Nate and Brittainy said they could help in that department, too. [Richmond Register]

Thirty-one stats have water supplies dipping below normal. Droughts have formally been declared in 22 of them. How we use water has never been more important, especially in the American Southwest, where drought conditions are the most severe in a generation — and could last another 1,000 years. [ProPublica]

Three new buildings soon will start to take form on the main campus of Morehead State University and at its Derrickson Agricultural Complex. [The Morehead News]

Utah will resume the use of firing squads to carry out the death penalty when lethal injections drugs are not available. [BBC]

The Harlan County Fiscal Court discussed the costs to the county of past audits of former Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird’s office during a meeting on Thursday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Is the digital revolution in the classroom giving the education technology industry carte blanche to exploit student data? [NY Times]

Louisville’s shrinking tree canopy has finally been quantified. Jefferson County is losing trees at a rate of about 54,000 a year, according to a comprehensive assessment of the county’s trees scheduled to be released later this morning. [;WFPL]

Staff at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington spent more than 9,000 hours during five months last year preparing and reviewing requests from its scientists and engineers to attend conferences and present research. The tab for taxpayers was $824,000. [WaPo]

State lawmakers adjourned at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, ending the 2015 General Assembly with a torrent of legislation headed to Gov. Steve Beshear’s desk. [H-L]

The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [HuffPo]