Papaw Hates The Gays But Loves Health Care

The city of Owensboro is considering a proposal to make a ban on smoking even stricter. [H-L]

Starting in August, the Obama administration will dramatically revamp and cut back the formula it uses to send transportation funds to the states unless Congress replenishes the Highway Trust Fund. [HuffPo]

Former Louisville Teamsters leader Jerry T. Vincent Jr. was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges that he embezzled union funds, took illegal union loans and conducted false record keeping, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Some leading members of the U.S. Congress are calling on the Obama administration to consider launching an emergency refugee program for Central American children as one way to address a rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis at the southern border with Mexico. [Reuters]

Kentucky’s Republican congressmen praised Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that corporations may opt out of a requirement to provide employees contraceptive coverage through insurance plans. [Ronnie Ellis]

Are aerial drones the answer we need to a wave of state laws seeking to criminalize efforts to expose health hazards and inhumane practices on corporate farms? One animal rights activist thinks so, and he’s won over hundreds of supporters who have donated money to help him prove his point. [Think Progress]

The Federal Highway Administration has approved the Transportation Cabinet’s proposal to replace a 14-mile section of the 80-year-old, sharply curved Ky. 32 in Elliott and Rowan counties with a new roadway mostly north of its current route. [Ashland Independent]

“Drastic action” is needed to contain the spread of deadly Ebola in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). [BBC]

Organizers say this event is a much needed and revolutionary movement, led by teenagers, for the entire city of Lexington. [WKYT]

The legacy of World War I remains on display today in places as varied as France, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Turkey and Ukraine. [NY Times]

The Bowling Green City Commission on Tuesday voted to approve a settlement agreement with the Downtown Redevelopment Authority in a legal dispute over property at Circus Square Park. [BGDN]

As midterm election campaigns continue to unfold, Elizabeth Warren is a model of ubiquity. There’s nowhere she won’t go to boost Democrats — from the liberal coasts to the upper Midwest to the conservative Appalachian precincts of coal country. [Real Clear Politics]

Steve Beshear on Monday filed an executive order authorizing the continued implementation of the federal health care law in Kentucky, again sidestepping state lawmakers who have blasted Beshear for moving forward without their approval. [H-L]

The arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby proudly touts itself as a Christian company that puts people over profits. However, some staunch Christians say there’s a gaping hole in that claim — namely, China. [HuffPo]

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A group of stakeholders has recommended that the Lexington Urban County Council put $2 million from the general fund into an affordable housing fund each year. [H-L]

As American involvement in Iraq inches forward, some key members of Congress from both parties are deftly keeping their distance from the debate over authorizing military intervention. [HuffPo]

Nothing ever changes at the University of Louisville under Jim Ramsey. And it never will. In the wake of a string of cases involving embezzlement and misuse of funds at the University of Louisville in recent years, an independent audit commissioned by the university has recommended 17 policy and procedure changes, including improvements to disbursement practices, oversight and management. [C-J/AKN]

On Friday, three activist groups flew an airship over the National Security Agency’s secretive data center in the Utah desert. The ship, which bore a sign that read “Illegal Spying Below,” was decorated to promote, a new site designed to grade Congress’s record on surveillance legislation. [Newsweek]

Just a reminder that Marty Cockring is losing his bloated mind over gay marriage. It’s a joy to watch. Almost as fun as watching Steve Besehar waste millions of your tax dollars fighting against the gays. [Ronnie Ellis]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi King Abdullah briefly discussed global oil supplies during a meeting on the crisis in Iraq on Friday, a senior State Department official said. [Reuters]

The Carter County Fiscal Court met in Olive Hill Tuesday evening as part of its renewed effort to reach out to Carter County residents. Approximately 20 showed up to West Carter Middle School for the meeting, which lasted about half an hour. [Ashland Independent]

A group of Environmental Protection Agency science advisors are urging the agency to enact stricter limits on ozone, a pollutant that’s the main ingredient in smog and that can exacerbate asthma and other respiratory problems. [Think Progress]

Powerful painkillers have been driving the nation’s rising rate of overdose deaths, and now the government is singling out the states where doctors write the most prescriptions. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

The European Space Agency initiates the process that should lead to the biggest X-ray telescope ever built going into orbit in 2028. [BBC]

Steve Beshear says the state has postponed $185 million worth of construction projects because of a looming shortfall in the federal Highway Trust Fund. Maybe he could stop using the KYTC as his main kickback entity and there’d be enough money for projects. [WKYT]

Some homebuyers are turning to a safer version of the subprime mortgage, a culprit of the 2008 housing crash. [NY Times]

Under pressure from the State Auditor, the Bluegrass Area Development District is going to purchase its building. We’re hearing Adam Edelen’s bizarre interest is a direct result of politics. Kind of like the Beshear-Holliday crew called him off Montgomery County and he complied. [H-L]

The United States will increase security measures at overseas airports that have direct flights to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Steve Beshear Presided Over Yet Another Loss

Can you thank Steve Beshear for this? Kentucky has dramatically fewer farms and much less land devoted to farming, according to the latest snapshot by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Between 2007 and 2012, the Bluegrass State had the greatest percentage decrease in farmland of any state in the country, the Census of Agriculture says. [H-L]

President Barack Obama will seek more than $2 billion to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas and ask for new powers to deal with returning immigrant children apprehended while traveling without their parents, a White House official said Saturday. [HuffPo]

The 2015 gubernatorial race is Jamie Comer’s to lose. That’s why people like Jack Conway are fumbling nervously to get a head start. [C-J/AKN]

The endless conservative quest to locate new and ever-more-exotic reasons to hate Obamacare has discovered virgin territory: The health-care law is crushing the economy by brutally suppressing the growth of the health-care sector. [NY Magazine]

Let’s look at some things other than the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. (A year ago, reporters couldn’t wait to cover that race; we’re already weary of it.) [Ronnie Ellis]

Mitch McConnell may be married to a woman of Asian descent but he still can’t believe a black man is more important and more powerful than him. [The Hill]

A Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that prohibits police from searching a cell phone without getting a warrant won’t change the way Richmond and Berea police conduct investigations. [Richmond Register]

Just how badly does the American Red Cross want to keep secret how it raised and spent over $300 million after Hurricane Sandy? The charity has hired a fancy law firm to fight a public request we filed with New York state, arguing that information about its Sandy activities is a “trade secret.” [ProPublica]

Two men have filed paperwork with the Barren County Clerk’s Office to seek the Cave City mayoral seat — J.R. Poynter and Mike Houchens. Both candidates are Democrats. [Glasgow Daily Times]

How immigration reform died. President Barack Obama paused for what felt like an eternity to the immigration reform activists seated around the Roosevelt Room. [Politico]

During the jury selection process of a civil case involving a Perry County School District employee being tried in Perry County Circuit Court last month, another district employee may have inadvertently caused the declaration of a mistrial. [Hazard Herald]

Rand Paul says Republicans are too eager for war. It’s just a shame that he’s so far off in the deep end that no one will take him seriously. [Mother Jones]

Most regions of Kentucky are adding jobs, but most of those jobs don’t pay very much, according to a recent analysis of the state’s economy by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. [H-L]

Many companies in the United States are less LGBT-friendly than they’d like you to believe. [HuffPo]

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