What’s Going On With The Glasgow PD?

A $62 million construction contract with D.W. Wilburn Inc. for a new Lexington high school has been approved by the Fayette County school board. [H-L]

The U.N.’s Paris climate conference, designed to reach a plan for curbing global warming, may instead become the graveyard for its defining goal: to stop temperatures rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. [HuffPo]

Imagine waking up after a serious accident to discover you’ve become an unwitting subject in a medical study without ever agreeing to participate. [C-J/AKN]

Among African American adults with low education and income levels, the increase in risk of heart disease or stroke associated with living in poverty is largest for women and people under age 50, according to a large new study. [Reuters]

Ashland Alliance President Tim Gibbs told the city commission its town is “just maintaining,” instead of either growing or shrinking economically. Gibbs said his joint-chamber of commerce for Greenup and Boyd counties, however, is trying to grow Ashland again — the most recent step in this direction being to achieve Work Ready certification. [Ashland Independent]

Several U.S. Senators and military lawyers say they are concerned by Col. Norm Allen’s attempts to thwart an investigation into why the U.S. Military built an unneeded luxury headquarters in Afghanistan. [ProPublica]

Glasgow’s city attorney responded Wednesday to a lawsuit filed by former Glasgow police chief Guy Turcotte against the city and interim chief James Duff by saying the lawsuit will provide an opportunity for the public to look closer at Turcotte’s record with the Glasgow Police Department. [Glasgow Daily Times]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the Afar region of Ethiopia, scientists report. [BBC]

FEMA has released the most recent numbers for persons receiving federal assistance since the severe storms in April. A total of 1,800 persons registered for aid in Kentucky and 116 were Rowan Countians. [The Morehead News]

After seven years on the outs, choice is back. For the first time since 2008, significantly more Americans identify as pro-choice (50 percent) than pro-life (44 percent), according to a Gallup poll released Friday. [Mother Jones]

Join BGT deTours on June 3 at 6:00* pm in Frankfort, KY for tours of the Old Governor’s Mansion and the Old State Capitol. [Click the Clicky]

In a signed letter submitted to the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, 136 House Democrats called on the Obama administration to end the practice of detaining Central American mothers and children in family detention facilities. [ThinkProgress]

This is what happens when good old boy rednecks ignore court orders, trample on mental health, act above the law. [H-L]

The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the U.S. carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. [HuffPo]

Montgomery Money Co Spending $$$

Just how expensive has Joshua Powell been for Montgomery County Schools?

Here’s a small taste:


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That’s just the beginning. But it’s still probably less expensive than it would have been to allow him to ride out the contract. With all the lawsuits and shenanigans springing forth.

Ouch.

Those Chromebooks are already costing the district far more than it bargained:


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$749.94 for six damaged devices.

The district is still throwing thousands of dollars per year at the misleading local newspaper:


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Which probably ought to stop, as it most certainly doesn’t serve the community. Heck, we’d give them the ad space for free and way more Montgomery Countians would see it than would in the paper. Free. For anything they want to advertise. We’ll create a special page.

Surely the district could meet legal requirements by placing ads in other publications in the region if necessary.

Be sure to check back shortly after 2:00 P.M. today for something you’re all waiting for. Longtime followers of the Montgomery County saga will especially appreciate it.

Some Friday MoCo Food For Thought

A couple fun bits from the Kentucky Revised Statutes:

KRS 156.138 — Duty of Attorney General

The Attorney General, upon the written recommendation of either the Governor, the Auditor of Public Accounts, the chief state school officer, or the Kentucky Board of Education, shall institute the necessary actions to recover school funds, from any source, which he believes have been erroneously or improperly allowed or paid to any person.

And:

KRS 156.142 — Jurisdiction

In all actions brought under the provisions of KRS 156.132 to 156.138, jurisdiction shall be vested in the Circuit Court of the county in which the school district is located.

Frankfort’s buzzing over Montgomery County.

Cough.

Jamie Comer Beats That Dead Horse

This was Jamie Comer’s laughable press release yesterday: Commissioner Comer is currently in Florida spending time with his family. He will issue a statement tomorrow afternoon about the next steps he will take in this race. [Press Release]

A statewide recanvass of vote totals in the Republican race for governor showed no substantial changes, Secretary of State Alison Lundergran Grimes said Thursday afternoon. But Jamie Comer still might push for a recount. [H-L]

The U.S. Department of Education has formally cleared Navient Corp., the student loan giant formerly part of Sallie Mae, of wrongdoing after an investigation into whether the company cheated troops on their federal student loans. The findings contradict earlier conclusions reached by the Justice Department, which sued the company in May 2014 after determining that Navient systematically overcharged troops and denied them key rights under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Federal prosecutors said the company’s actions were “intentional, willful, and taken in disregard for the rights of servicemembers.” [HuffPo]

Citing serious and persistent problems with Kentucky’s food stamp program, federal authorities have warned state officials they must fix the problems quickly or risk losing federal funds the state uses to run the program that helps the poor buy food. [C-J/AKN]

Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the chances are “pretty slim” that Republicans will grow their majority in the U.S. Senate in 2016, saying his goal is to preserve the majority for what he hopes will be a Republican president. [AP]

Nope, the recanvass didn’t change anything. Check out the results in each county. [Click the Clicky]

The Justice Department will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay an appellate court ruling that President Barack Obama’s move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation should remain on hold, a spokesman said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Bullitt County magistrates have fired a controversial animal control officer and shelter director. [WDRB]

How federal dollars are financing the water crisis in the West. [ProPublica]

Hundreds of people in Eastern Kentucky in danger of losing their disability payments may soon be part of a lawsuit against the federal government. [WYMT]

The US state of Nebraska has abolished the death penalty after a veto-override was passed through its legislature. [BBC]

There is a man holding a knife to the throat of a woman. A person gets out of their car, has a hammer in their hand and advances, yelling. [The Morehead News]

Many of us have old prescription drugs sitting around in medicine cabinets — so what’s the best way to get rid of them? Some folks simply toss old pills in the garbage, or down the toilet. [NPR]

Jean-Marie is dumb enough to think no one will see right through her desire to open an Western Kentucky office. Using taxpayer dollars to eliminate a commute for her? Right, sure, let’s do that. Kentucky has unlimited funds. [H-L]

The House of Representatives will quickly get down to unfinished business once it returns from the holiday recess: defending trading partners that engage in slavery. [HuffPo]

Montgomery Co Chromebook Update

Montgomery County Schools can’t afford textbooks but it’s still moving forward with that ridiculous Chromebook plan.

Turns out? The situation is so messy that district leadership can’t even get its budget in order.

We’ve cut video down from the latest board meeting — primarily because someone uttered “um” more than 200 times in ten minutes — to give you a taste of the mess:



When will the school board, led by Alice Anderson, get it through its head that every expenditure made in the district needs to be reviewed by the board every single month? After the past four years, it should be beyond clear that extreme efforts need to be made to get things back on track. There’s zero reason not to spend a couple extra hours per month reviewing a detailed line item budget.

There’s so little trust in the district that it’s actually unfair to the incoming superintendent not to review everything.

But we’re talking about the Montgomery County, so it’s tough to have reasonable expectations.

Will the board toughen up? Will it stop publicly pushing to dismiss lawsuits while being privately supportive? Will it force Joshua Powell to return taxpayer-owned equipment and resources? Will the group have the guts to stand up to its small town newspaper?

The current board may be 99% less corrupt than the previous board but the levels of paranoia and timidity are through the roof.

The Morgan County Fun Continues

What do you do after the Herald-Leader runs a scathing story about you suing an impoverished Eastern Kentucky county?

Particularly after it’s revealed that you’re pressing for millions of dollars based on an alleged verbal agreement with a convict sitting in federal prison?

You call that county up first thing in a panicked attempt to reach a settlement agreement.

At least that’s what folks in Morgan County tell us happened with Jerry Lundergan on Tuesday.