Audit Of The KY School Boards Insurance Trust?

We hear through the grapevine that the Department of Insurance is auditing the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust.

No one wants to confirm it on-the-record, however.

If anyone wants to pony up intel, have at it.

Seems like only yesterday when Jack Conway was asked to investigate fraud at KSBIT… and then we heard nothing else about it. It’s kind of a big deal, since Andy Beshear’s firm was knee deep in KSBIT.

Could this get interesting?

Absolutely.

Your Evening Roundup Of Awful Happenings

But there’s plenty of money for the damn Ark Park! The state’s top economic development official said in a letter to city officials this week that the state won’t issue $30 million in state bonds for the controversial CentrePointe development. [H-L]

Police violence broke out again in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday night, as the streets filled with tear gas, rubber bullets, heavily-armed SWAT teams and mine-resistant vehicles on the fourth night of unrest since Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, was shot to death by police on Aug. 9. [HuffPo]

A group that for 62 years has advocated for people with developmental disabilities asked the Kentucky Supreme Court on Wednesday for access to state records of two disabled men who died while in the state’s care in 2009. [C-J/AKN]

Scientists turn to hemp for cheap, fast-charging batteries. Forget lab-made materials like graphene — natural, old-fashioned hemp may be the ticket to our energy future. [Engadget]

From the Department of Corrections yesterday: “There are no videotapes of executions in Kentucky,” said Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson. “The sole footage is from existing stationary cameras on the cellhouse walk outside the chamber. It does not depict the execution. We are extremely disappointed with the misleading statements contained in today’s Associated Press Story regarding executions in Kentucky. Given the sensitive subject matter, we worked closely with the reporter to provide him clear information so the public would know and understand the facts.” [Press Release]

For the past week in Ferguson, reporters have been using the McDonald’s a few blocks from the scene of Michael Brown’s shooting as a staging area. Demonstrations have blown up each night nearby. But inside there’s WiFi and outlets, so it’s common for reporters to gather there. [WaPo]

In Madison County’s second marijuana harvest this week, the Governor’s Marijuana Strike Force cut illegal plants with an estimated street value of $2.13 million. [Richmond Register]

An analysis by an environmental group finds hundreds of cases in which drillers used diesel fuel without obtaining permits and sometimes altered records disclosing they had done so. [ProPublica]

The rest of the summer may be hazy and crazy, but it will no longer be lazy, because children across northeast Kentucky are back in school. [Ashland Independent]

Authorities in Missouri on Thursday stood by their earlier decision to withhold the name of the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, but denied he was the person identified online by a hacker activist. [Reuters]

Those running for office in the November election must wait until Sept. 20 before displaying political campaign signs in Rowan County. [The Morehead News]

Heavily armed police clash with protesters for a fourth night in Ferguson, Missouri, as anger grows over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager. [BBC]

With U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at his side, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took his coal bus tour to Western Kentucky Wednesday, railing against the Obama administration and defending his wife against criticisms that she is anti-coal. [H-L]

When the media treats white suspects and killers better than black victims. [HuffPo]

Gotta Sweeten That Pension Up A Whole Bunch

Gotta get that pension bump! State Sen. Bob Leeper has filed paperwork to run for McCracken County judge-executive. [H-L]

Rand Paul thinks civilization will fall apart if abortion rights aren’t curtailed. The stupid gets thicker by the day with this small man. [HuffPo]

The ethics of experimental Ebola medications are no academic matter for Liberian refugee Moses Adonis Jr., whose parents, brothers and sisters still live in a country so devastated by the deadly disease that bodies have been left in the streets. [C-J/AKN]

After a bruising legal fight, tobacco companies agreed in 1998 to compensate 46 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories for the health-related costs of smoking. [ProPublica]

Congressman Hal Rogers and other state, local, and federal officials convened at the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center on the afternoon of Monday, August 4, for a special ribbon cutting ceremony for the new, 100,000 square foot Joe Craft Tower. [Hazard Herald]

Bankers are nearly unanimous on the subject of Anat R. Admati, the Stanford finance professor and persistent industry gadfly: Her ideas are wildly impractical, bad for the American economy and not to be taken seriously. [NY Times]

The Kentucky Dept of Education scored a $464,887 grant from the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program. [Press Release]

Vanity Fair, in partnership with “60 Minutes,” set off a firestorm this week by publishing a poll that forces readers to play the divisive game of who suffered the most as a result of U.S. acts of oppression: African slaves, Native Americans, victims of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki or the victims of the Vietnam or Iraq wars. [WaPo]

Yet another Beshear lackey has become a lobbyist. Kate Wood has gone to work for Commonwealth Alliances to lobby for AT&T, big pharma, tobacco, for-profit schools, HP, Microsoft and such. [Press Release]

PPP’s newest Kentucky poll finds Mitch McConnell taking a small lead, with 44% to 40% for Alison Lundergan Grimes, and 7% for Libertarian David Patterson. Patterson’s supporters say if they had to choose between the major party candidates they would pick McConnell by a 44/34 spread, and when you reallocate those voters to their second choice it leaves McConnell with a 47/42 advantage. [PPP]

Moonshine from East Tennessee is now available in Kentucky. [Business First]

I confess to feeling some kinship with Snowden. Like him, I was assigned to a National Security Agency unit in Hawaii—in my case, as part of three years of active duty in the Navy during the Vietnam War. [WIRED]

A Republican candidate for Fayette County coroner has filed an ethics complaint against incumbent coroner Gary Ginn alleging that Ginn works part time but receives a full-time salary. [H-L]

Amnesty International says the U.S. military systematically ignored evidence of torture and unlawful killings in Afghanistan as recently as last year. [TDB]

GO TO THE KENTUCKY STATE FAIR, MEEMAWS!

In a Southern Living magazine online listing, three Kentucky attractions — Mammoth Cave, the Cumberland Falls moonbow and the Red River Gorge — are among its Seven Wonders of the South. [H-L]

Less than half of borrowers with the most common type of federal student loan are repaying their debt on time, new data released by the U.S. Department of Education show. [HuffPo]

Get ready for the Kentucky State Fair! Joan Sue Mihalovic, 74, who lives off Brownsboro Road in eastern Jefferson County, intends to whip up a batch of oatmeal cookies and a Spam-based dish to enter in the 2014 Kentucky State Fair culinary competition. [C-J/AKN]

A recent surge in migrant children from Central America across the U.S. border has eased, but the numbers are still high compared to historical standards, and could rise again once the weather cools down, the White House said on Friday. [Reuters]

A man form Colorado is staking his time, money and experience on a farm in Kentucky all to make medicine from hemp. [WHAS11]

It has been more than five years since the Senate began investigating the CIA’s detainee program, a period marked by White House indecisiveness, Republican opposition, and what we now know was CIA snooping. [ProPublica]

Audrey T. Haynes, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), came to the luncheon meeting of the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Thursday with a list of impressive statistics on improvements in health care and how they have affected citizens of Rowan County. [The Morehead News]

In his first public address since taking the helm of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs, Secretary Robert A. McDonald vowed on Saturday to restore trust in the agency by initiating an independent audit of its scheduling practices and holding poorly performing officials accountable. [NY Times]

Smoke-Free Kentucky made a stop in Hazard on Tuesday, July 29, on their way to the annual Fancy Farm Picnic. A special Smoke-Free Kentucky van crisscrossed the Commonwealth from July 28 through Saturday, August 2. [Hazard Herald]

One of the most frequent arguments offered by House Republicans to demonstrate how hard they are working is to point out that there are more than 300 bills passed by the House that are waiting for action in the Senate. [WaPo]

Ashland In Motion Executive Director Danny Craig spoke of downtown Ashland’s future, and possible options to improve the downtown scene with diagonal parking and two-lane traffic along four blocks of Winchester Avenue, during Monday’s meeting with members of the Ashland Rotary Club. [Ashland Independent]

Russian scientists have determined that a massive crater discovered in a remote part of Siberia was probably caused by thawing permafrost. [Think Progress]

Lexington police officers are taking advantage of a change that allows them to use their cruisers for errands and other personal uses, department officials say. [H-L]

The only type of bird that relies solely on its own strength to hover in the air, a hummingbird flapping its wings requires more mass-based mechanical power output than any other form of locomotion. Now, scientists have discovered that the tiny bird’s efficiency comes from the ratio of the wing’s length to its width. [HuffPo]

Another Look At Montgomery Co. Schools Spending

Wondering how Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell is spending your tax dollars?

On billboards like this:


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And ads at movie theaters like this — sorry for the low quality, it’s all our source could capture (crank your volume up):




Pretty self-promotional, isn’t it?

These ads are running in Mt. Sterling and that’s where the billboard is located. They serve no purpose because there is no other school district. Public schools aren’t a business and don’t need advertisement.

Meanwhile, the excuse that there’s no money for important programs gets tossed around left and right.

Fight Amongst Candidates For Coroner In Lexington

Ruh ro, meemaw, there’s a fight brewing among people trying to be the coroner of Fayette County.

Larry Owens, a guy running for coroner, apparently (because who pays attention to THOSE races? come on), filed an ethics complaint against Gary Ginn, the current coroner. The reason? Owens says Ginn doesn’t work full-time in the coroner’s office and that’s problematic.

From a release:

“Gary is paid a full-time, taxpayer funded, $72,000 salary to be our Coroner, but he doesn’t show up to the office until 3 pm every day, and he’s out the door by 5. We’re paying him a full-time salary for half-time work. Taxpayers in Lexington asking to work two hours a day for $72,000 would be laughed out of the interview. But Gary’s been getting away with it for a decade.”

So… fight?

Take a look at the complaint Owens filed:


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Owens, an apparent tea person, likely won’t beat Ginn, a Democrat in the general election this fall. Because he’s not a Democrat. You know the drill in Kentucky.

But he’s hitting a nail on the head if Ginn barely shows up to work collecting that kind of paycheck from the taxpayers.

Ginn, who currently sits on the board for the KCA, hasn’t responded to requests for comment. Which he should probably do right away if none of this is true.