Help Give That Poor Kid A Dignified Funeral

Will Kentucky’s Senate race be like Nevada in 2010 or Nevada in 2012? [H-L]

The world has known about Ebola for almost 40 years, yet there’s no cure or vaccine on the market. [HuffPo]

Kentucky Retirement Systems has declined to file a claim in the Seven Counties Services bankruptcy case despite arguing that the agency owes $90 million in unfunded pension liabilities. [C-J/AKN]

An obscure federal contract for a company charged with routing millions of phone calls and text messages in the United States has prompted an unusual lobbying battle in which intelligence officials are arguing that the nation’s surveillance secrets could be at risk. [NY Times]

Will you help pay for Ray Allen Etheridge’s funeral? He’s the homeless kid found murdered in Cherokee Park. You can donate at any PNC branch, despite what the story says. [WDRB] Errrr. Nope. Master P is paying for it all. Glad to see someone step up like that!

A federal judge ruled in favor of for-profit colleges and universities on Thursday, overturning a U.S. Department of Education rule that limits how the schools recruit students. [Reuters]

A recent study says Kentucky could earn about $30 million per year if it legalized marijuana. [Business First]

As many as 100 people in Texas are being checked for exposure to Ebola, health officials have said.[BBC]

The thin red line on the topographical map winding through the Daniel Boone National Forest from Rowan County in the north to Pickett County, Tenn. in the south is a recreational jewel and a valuable economic development tool, according to Steve Barbour, executive director of the Sheltowee Trace Association. [Ashland Independent]

Rand Paul is warning that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might be downplaying the threat from the Ebola virus. [Politico]

When Democratic incumbent Kent Clark and Republican challenger Reagan Taylor concluded their comments at the Richmond Chamber of Commerce forum this week, at least one difference was clear. [Richmond Register]

President Barack Obama sidesteps midterm campaigning as his approval ratings slump. [NPR]

In the past five months, Fayette County health officials have quarantined two patients who had traveled to or from Liberia after they showed symptoms similar to those of Ebola. [H-L]

The CIA is locked in an epic battle with the Senate over how much information about its George W. Bush-era torture tactics it should be required to release. Senators are lambasting the CIA’s “culture of misinformation,” but the agency doesn’t seem to have taken the criticisms to heart. [HuffPo]

Meanwhile, McConnell Spreads Climate Misinfo

The two men who want to lead Lexington agree on many things, such as encouraging more downtown development and preserving area farmland. But Mayor Jim Gray, who is finishing his first term, and Anthany Beatty, an administrator at the University of Kentucky and a former Lexington police chief, differ on what needs to be done to improve public safety in Lexington. [H-L]

The Supreme Court has taken no action on appeals asking it to take up the issue of same-sex marriage. [HuffPo]

Power plants top Kentucky’s biggest sources of climate pollution, according to just-released data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. [C-J/AKN]

In 1872, a merchant ship called the Mary Celeste set sail from New York, and four weeks later was found by sailors aboard another vessel to be moving erratically in the Atlantic Ocean 400 miles east of the Azores. [NY Times]

Kentucky has one of the highest rates of homeless children in the county. [WAVE3]

The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office is investigating an accusation of misconduct on the grand jury that is hearing the case against the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. [WaPo]

Eric Ray has been hired by the Education Professional Standards Board. Seems like all the educational agencies are staffing up to take on Joshua Powell. [External PDF Link]

The new acting director of the U.S. Secret Service is coming from Comcast. Yeah, that’ll end well. [The Hill]

Mitch McConnell said airstrikes targeting Islamic State terrorists will be helpful “to a point,” but that America should use its leadership to rally others to push back against the group. [BGDN]

A top health official says budget cuts eroded our ability to respond to ebola. [Mother Jones]

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is challenging early child care providers, education professionals, parents and health advocates to join them in the fight to end childhood obesity. Specifically targeting the early child care population, the DPH Obesity Prevention Program and the Partnership for a Fit Kentucky have created a call to action focused on training, family engagement and ensuring policy is aligned to meet or exceed best practices. Many state organizations and advocates have already agreed to promote these best practices in order to start reversing Kentucky’s alarmingly high rates of individuals who fall into the categories of overweight or obese. [Press Release]

The educational resources that are supposed to help lower- and middle-income families catch up to the rich are instead propping up economic inequality thanks to the spending habits of the wealthy, according to a new analysis from the Associated Press. [Think Progress]

Mitch McConnell is criticizing his Democratic opponent for taking her taxpayer salary while campaigning for the U.S. Senate. But McConnell is getting even more government pay while he serves in the Senate and campaigns for a sixth term. [H-L]

On Wednesday, Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter signed legislation decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana in the city. [HuffPo]

KET's Embarrassing Director Costing Taxpayers $

That’s right, the teatoot libertarian who isn’t on the ballot is wasting taxpayer dollars by suing a public television station for ignoring him. Err… he’s not really wasting them, as he’s been pushed into the position he currently finds himself.

It’s not really his fault. It’s the embarrassing director of KET who is to blame. Shae Hopkins. So when you partisans are getting angry and blaming the guy for causing drama, pause for a moment and let your hamster run on its wheel. Think about it.

Her daddy’s political connections landed her the job and the entire organization has suffered since she showed up. Lawsuits, discrimination, embarrassment after embarrassment.

Feel free to google or search around this site for all the details about KET’s leader. About the lawsuits. The settlements. The fiscal mismanagement. The Beshear/Fischer-style retaliation and shenanigans. It’s all there if you’re interested.

Here’s a sampling:

It’s a real shame because all of KET’s front line folks, journalists, crew members, producers… they’re all pretty much wonderful and do stellar jobs.

But the messes Shae Hopkins continues to cause? Hooo boy. Disaster. And she’s forcing her underlings to take the blame and fight her battles.

Paducah Sure Is Getting The Shaft Like Woah

West Virginia plans to frack beneath the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water to millions. Like everyone in Louisville. [Think Progress]

Paducah residents upset over sky high electric rates thanks to cost overruns at a new power plant say they have no idea when they might get some relief. [H-L]

A senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that Afghanistan will sign a deal Tuesday to allow American soldiers to remain in the country past the end of the year. [HuffPo]

We’re just over five weeks out from Election Day and the Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign was at it again last week, trying to tamp down the narrative that the campaign is sputtering as it hits the home stretch. [C-J/AKN]

Attempts to compare Rand Paul to Barack Obama are as laughable as anything. [New Yorker]

The state Education Department on Friday releases its annual accountability data rating Kentucky schools and districts, but this year’s batch will be somewhat different. [WFPL]

Acknowledging that a previous law did not go far enough, Defense Department proposes new rules to protect service members from high-cost lenders. [ProPublica]

During an annual awards and appreciation luncheon held by the Harlan County Farm Bureau on Saturday, members were treated to grilled steaks and all the fixings. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

A majority of Americans oppose putting U.S. troops on the ground to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a new poll released Monday shows. [Politico]

The placement of advertising signs on Kentucky state highway right of way is against the law. These signs interfere with maintenance operations and can pose safety hazards for motorists. [Hazard Herald]

This is the ad that Mitch McConnell thinks is going to get him re-elected. [WaPo]

Boyd County Sheriff Deputies busted a large marijuana growing operation here Saturday night. [Ashland Independent]

Banks are reaping bigger fees whenever customers overdraw their checking accounts or use ATMs that are not affiliated with their lender, a new survey shows. [NPR]

Does this have anything to do with the W. Keith Hall crew? The Pike County Mountain Water District is receiving a $1 million grant to relocate pumping stations that experience outages due to flooding. [H-L]

The nation’s biggest and baddest for-profit prison company suddenly cares about halfway houses — so much so that they want in on the action. [HuffPo]

Stumbo & Stivers Fighting For More Secrecy

As Superintendent Tom Shelton works on a corrective action plan in response to State Auditor Adam Edelen’s examination of Fayette County Public Schools, Shelton said he will “shore up” district policies on budget transfers. [H-L]

Police officers on duty in Ferguson should not be wearing wristbands showing support for the cop who shot and killed an unarmed teenager last month, the Justice Department on Friday told police in St. Louis County. [HuffPo]

Of course Greg Stumbo and Bob Stivers are fighting to keep a report from the National Conference of State Legislatures secret. [C-J/AKN]

The Secret Service fumbled its response after a gunman hit the White House residence in 2011. [WaPo]

Some Republicans now place their hopes on picking up enough seats not to assume the majority but to come close enough they can seduce a Democrat or two into switching parties and gain majority control that way. [Ronnie Ellis]

The European Commission and Canada have unveiled the details of a new trade liberalisation agreement. [BBC]

Do you support transparency and accountability in government? Here’s your chance to speak up and be heard. [The ‘Ville Voice]

California will spend $3 million to provide legal representation for unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who have arrived in the state, under a bill signed into law on Saturday by Governor Jerry Brown. [Reuters]

Community, education and industry leaders aim to finish what they started two years ago. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Ben Carson, a popular Tea Party activist and Fox News contributor who says he will likely seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, said on Sunday that he is seriously concerned that there will not be 2016 elections in the United States because the country could be in anarchy by that point. [Think Progress]

Kentucky Sec. of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, encouraged women to be more involved in politics Thursday in a speech to Eastern Kentucky University social work students. [Richmond Register]

Fact-checking Feinstein on the assault weapons ban. The senator says “the evidence is clear: the ban worked.” Except there’s no evidence it saved lives – and the researcher behind the key statistic Feinstein cites says it’s an outdated figure that was based on a false assumption. [ProPublica]

Kentucky’s public school system added more than 30,000 students over the past decade, growing by 4.8 percent while the national student population grew by 2.5 percent. Yet Eastern Kentucky’s schools have lost more than 12,000 students since the 1999-2000 school year, a 9 percent drop that state officials attribute directly to the area’s economic struggles amid the declining the coal industry. [H-L]

Basically, it’s deadly to go into a Walmart if you’re non-white. [HuffPo]

Want to read a long fluff piece touting Terry Holliday? It completely ignored a recent crop of scandals Holliday has mismanaged. From Bath County to Menifee County to Breathitt County to Montgomery County. WDRB can claim it was just a feature about his five years on the job. But. Would a five-year review of Greg Fischer’s time on the job ignore his mountain of scandals? What about a review of Will Coursey’s career as a legislator? How about the Fayette County superintendent? Of course not. [WDRB]

We Hear This Is Who Powell Is Trying To Hire

Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell last week pushed the school board into approving a massive pay bump for a speech pathologist.

But who is the woman he’s allegedly trying to hire?

She’s a member and promoter of the Freedom Church.


She’s pals with Sammi Davis Hatfield.

She’s been pulled in to the Powell inner circle by people like Kristi Carter and Alison Cockrell Hubbard.

Her name is Marti Fairchild Escalante and Powell wants to hire her to serve at the preschool. Despite, of course, Powell already pushing the board to shut down the preschool and send kids to schools in their home district.

She currently works at a nursing home. Not with children.

Some of the fun things she’s been saying recently:


Fascinating stuff.

Granny Mitch Trots Out Grimes-Style Hypocrisy

Way to go, Kentucky! Substantiated reports of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky continued to increase last fiscal year, with substance abuse remaining a leading cause of the problem, according to the latest state report on the issue. [H-L]

How many meemaw & poppop voters does the Grimes Camp believe actually read HuffPo in Kentucky? [HuffPo]

Alison Lundergan Grimes refused to say anything positive about U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell during a 20-minute interview on Kentucky Sports Radio, instead using her time to blast the 30-year incumbent on everything from student loans to low-wage workers. Spoiler alert: McConnell’s campaign people have indicated to us that *HE* has also been exploring medicinal marijuana for quite some time. Hypocrisy is a real bitch. [C-J/AKN]

The US government has agreed to pay $554m (£339m) to the Native American Navajo tribe to settle a legal dispute. [Reuters]

Sure, Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes is a walking campaign disaster. But hitting her for common sense domain name issues? WTF? [CN|Toot]

The scene is total chaos: a woman and all her purse’s contents in middair as she trips over a child’s toy, a man hastily trying to gather his spilled laundry, a screaming child weaving through the crowd. [ProPublica]

Kentuckians default on student loans at one of the highest rates in the U.S. [WFPL]

Thank goodness no one lets Greg Fischer hold groundhogs. [NY Times]

Gotta love drug court workers trying to get drugs to allegedly kill their husbands. A Warren County Drug Court case specialist was charged this morning with attempted murder of her husband. [BGDN]

The mind-boggling cost of getting Iraqi forces ready to fight the war they’re not ready for. [Mother Jones]

You’ll love watching Greg Fischer’s administration get raked over hot coals in these video highlights. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Earlier this month, the United States’ largest independent coal company was slapped with a lawsuit by a former employee, claiming she was illegally fired for refusing to give money to political candidates chosen by her boss. [Think Progress]

Appearing on a radio program for University of Kentucky sports fans Thursday, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes said it’s “worthwhile” to discuss legalizing marijuana and requiring background checks for all gun purchases at gun shows. [Sam Youngman]

The U.S. Department of Education is turning its back on at least 1,000 borrowers in favor of shielding their former colleges from potentially crippling sanctions that would have resulted from high rates of default on federal student loans. [HuffPo]