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The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted Tuesday to approve plans for Churchill Downs to build a $50 million to $60 million gambling parlor at a former training track in Louisville. [H-L]

The coroner’s office in Cincinnati, Ohio, launched an investigation into the death of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old American student who died Monday just days after being released from a North Korean prison. [HuffPo]

Translation: Scott Jennings called his friends at the paper and told them he was offered a job by Donald Trump but turned it down. [C-J/AKN]

Former Attorney General Eric Holder is poised to take a more active role in opposing President Trump, telling Yahoo News in an interview published Tuesday that “now is the time to be more visible” — including weighting a 2020 presidential bid. [The Hill]

Anti-hunger advocates fear the $193 billion reduction President Donald Trump proposes to the federal food stamp program over the next 10 years will hurt millions of needy Americans who rely on it for their daily sustenance. [Richmond Register]

Opponents of President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries again urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to reject his bid to revive it, saying his administration undermined its own arguments by amending the order last week. [Reuters]

Members heaved a sigh of relief when Michelle Veach told the Ashland Rotary taxes will not be going up this year. During their regular Monday meeting, members learned about city finances and the proposed budget that will get a first reading and vote Thursday at the city commission meeting. [Ashland Independent]

The pressure is growing to force President Trump to turn over his tax returns. The other day, for example, 200 Congressmen filed a suit in federal court, arguing that voters and lawmakers have a right to know whether Trump’s businesses are violating the Constitution’s emolument clause, which bars the president from accepting payments from foreign countries. [ProPublica]

In the wake of former Jailer Matt Mutter’s retirement and subsequent return as chief deputy jailer, a magistrate who voiced opposition to the action has proposed a county ordinance that would prevent such an action in the future. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Trump, who came into office courting labor unions and vowing to stand up for American workers, is taking a major step to alter the direction of federal labor policy, positioning the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a series of high-profile Obama-era decisions. [NY Times]

In a move to be more fiscally-conservative, the University of Louisville is suspending a contract designed to make the school’s facilities more energy efficient. The news comes only weeks after U of L touted the progress it’s made reducing the university’s greenhouse gas emissions — progress which was bolstered by the millions of dollars spent upgrading lighting, insulation and mechanical systems on the school’s three campuses. [WFPL]

A bipartisan bill extending financial sanctions on Russia and Iran and making it more difficult for Trump to ease Russian sanctions has encountered a major procedural snag, threatening its quick passage into law and prompting Democrats to accuse House Republicans of protecting Trump. [WaPo]

As students walked across the stage to receive their diplomas throughout Kentucky this spring, they could be confident they were entering a job-seekers’ market. [H-L]

In February, a cadre of Republican elder statesmen unveiled their plan to put a tax on carbon emissions, arguing that “mounting evidence of climate change is growing too strong to ignore.” That plan got the backing of Big Oil on Tuesday, as Exxon Mobil Corp., BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total announced a new campaign to push Congress to consider passing a carbon tax. [HuffPo]

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Matt Bevin Continues To Embarrass KY

Nearly two years after rejecting requests to remove a controversial statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Kentucky’s Capitol Rotunda, a state panel that promised to produce educational materials to help put the statue in historical context is only now beginning its work. [H-L]

Donald Trump, apparently confirming his disregard for the risks of global climate change, reportedly told the mayor of a small Chesapeake Bay island that could soon disappear to erosion and rising seas that there’s no cause for concern. Trump phoned James “Ooker” Eskridge, the mayor of Tangier, Virginia, on Monday, a few days after CNN aired a story about the impacts of climate change on the island in the middle of the bay, The Daily Times in Salisbury, Maryland, reports. Trump “said not to worry about sea-level rise,” Eskridge told the newspaper. “He said, ‘Your island has been there for hundreds of years, and I believe your island will be there for hundreds more.’” [HuffPo]

Dan Johnson is just gross. Metro Councilwoman Jessica Green told council leadership that fellow Democrat Dan Johnson groped her and then laughed about it last week. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended to President Donald Trump reducing the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, according to a copy of the recommendation seen by Reuters on Monday. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin is right that we’re mocking him and that we hate god. We hate HIS god – a hateful, vengeful, racist, homophobic, hates-the-poor god. He’s so out-of-touch that he has no idea law enforcement, religious leaders, Republicans, Democrats and even members of his own staff are criticizing his idiocy. [WFPL]

At a meeting in March, a lead analyst in the VA’s compensation service was critical of the media, scientists and the VA’s own administrative tribunal for taking positions that differ from his. The VA said his comments “did not fully or accurately reflect VA’s position” but also said his quotes were being taken out of context. [ProPublica]

While heroin and other opioids continue to draw headlines and the attention of political figures, methamphetamine has made a comeback in Madison County. [Richmond Register]

In a new legal challenge to Trump, Maryland and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that his failure to shed his private businesses has undermined public trust and violated constitutional bans against self-dealing. [NY Times]

Children in Boyd County are being fed this summer through meal programs at several sites. [Ashland Independent]

Seems like a good time to revisit this. The lawyer gave Donald Trump a note, written in Trump’s own handwriting. He asked Trump to read it aloud. Trump may not have realized it yet, but he had walked into a trap. [WaPo]

State revenues were up in May over last year but probably not enough to head off a likely budget shortfall for the fiscal year which ends June 30. [Ronnie Ellis]

Rand Paul was in the cage waiting for one more turn at the plate when shots rand down on the field, hitting Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and at least four other people. [The Hill]

A Pikeville psychologist was convicted Monday of taking part in a massive disability fraud scheme in Eastern Kentucky. [H-L]

Donald Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday, opening the door for future troop increases requested by the U.S. commander. [HuffPo]

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Poor? Got A Sick Kid? Sick Parent? Mitch McConnell Is Taking Steps To Speed Up Their Death By Gutting Health Care

If you believe Matt Bevin or the Republicans have an actual, workable tax play? You’re delusional. Kentucky’s razor-thin budget does not have room for magical thinking, for ideological experiments. If he goes into this special session with solid plans for business tax cuts without an equally firm, mathematically solid commitment to make up the difference, and more, by cleaning up thousands of breaks and exemptions, Kentucky and its people will suffer. [H-L]

Multiple shots were fired on a group of Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday morning and witnesses say that several people were hit. [HuffPo]

Remember the shitty people Holly Harris works for? The Kochs? Here’s what those hucksters are up to these days. A group affiliated with the Koch brothers’ powerful political network is leading an online campaign against Mayor Greg Fischer’s $5.4 million proposal to expand Louisville’s ultra-fast internet access. [C-J/AKN]

Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported. [Bloomberg]

While Kentucky was one of eight states to see an increase in students participating in summer nutrition programs, it still provided lunches to fewer than 1 in 10 children, according to a newly released report. [Richmond Register]

A resolution condemning white supremacy caused chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention. Because of course some of those people are racist as can be. [The Atlantic]

This ought to end remarkably badly… New county tax dollars chiefly generated by a Marriott-brand hotel can officially be captured by the City of Ashland for 20 years and used to fund more development projects. [Ashland Independent]

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled against President Trump’s so-called travel ban, delivering another blow to the administration as it waits for the Supreme Court to decide whether to intervene. [The Hill]

Morehead State University students can expect a 4.92 percent increase to undergraduate tuition for the upcoming semester. [The Morehead News]

U.S. immigration authorities are arresting Iraqi immigrants ordered deported for serious crimes, the U.S. government said on Monday, after Iraq agreed to accept U.S. deportees as part of a deal to remove it from President Donald Trump’s travel ban. [Reuters]

It’s borderline impossible not to be 100 times better than Scott Jennings and his racist “jokes”. A Glasgow resident, attorney Bobby Richardson, has been chosen to emcee the annual Fancy Farm Picnic — a fundraiser for Saint Jerome Catholic Church that takes place in early August in southwestern Kentucky attracting barbecue lovers and politicians alike. [Glasgow Daily Times]

You can thank Mitch McConnell for disabling the American health care system and potentially killing millions of poor people. So that’s fun. Senate Republicans are aggressively trying to rein in expectations for their Obamacare repeal effort, wary of blowing a deadline or falling short of 50 votes on a promise that has driven the GOP’s political strategy for much of the past decade. [Politico]

Bam Carney is no more powerful than me. Suggesting otherwise is absurd. And that lying asshole was super-involved in Matt Bevin’s executive orders! These people aren’t just stupid, they’re liars. [H-L]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeatedly dodged questions on Tuesday about his conversations with Donald Trump, broadly claiming at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that his talks with Trump were shielded by ill-defined protections. He argued that it would be inappropriate to speak publicly about confidential discussions with his boss, but struggled to explain the legal backing for his stance since Trump has not formally invoked executive privilege. [HuffPo]

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Bevin & Republicans Fear Andy Beshear

Disgraced Pikeville attorney Eric Conn spent most of Friday in Lexington working on testimony against another figure in the $550 million social security fraud case that left him facing 12 years in prison. [H-L]

Authorities believe fugitive lawyer Eric C. Conn is still in the country after escaping court-ordered supervision Friday evening and are offering a $20,000 reward for information that helps catch him. [H-L]

Former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the White House had lied and defamed him and the FBI by saying he had lost the faith of bureau. [HuffPo]

A federal judge has struck down key parts of the ethics code governing the Kentucky General Assembly including its provision that bans lawmakers from accepting “anything of value” from a lobbyist. [C-J/AKN]

The Trump International Hotel received about $270,000 from a lobbying campaign tied to the government of Saudi Arabia last year, according to a filing submitted to the Justice Department last week. The filing from the MSLGroup, a public relations firm, shows that the group spent about $270,000 at the Trump International Hotel while conducting lobbying efforts on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government. [TPM]

The Berea City Council heard first reading of its 2017-19 budget that includes 2-percent raises for employees and an 8-percent rise in employee health insurance costs. [Richmond Register]

Like autumn leaves, sponsored Cadillacs, Ferraris and Maseratis descend on the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York, in September for the Eric Trump Foundation golf invitational. Year after year, the formula is consistent: 18 holes of perfectly trimmed fairways with a dose of Trumpian tackiness, including Hooters waitresses and cigar spreads, followed by a clubhouse dinner, dates encouraged. The crowd leans toward real estate insiders, family friends and C-list celebrities, such as former baseball slugger Darryl Strawberry and reality housewife (and bankruptcy-fraud felon) Teresa Giudice. [Forbes]

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear is again challenging Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s “absolute power” to reorganize state boards, this time asking him to rescind orders last week reorganizing several education boards. [Ronnie Ellis]

Kentucky – specifically Louisville – racists get mad when you point out the crap their kids are saying is racist. [BuzzFeed]

Kentucky is waiting to hear if the federal Department of Homeland Security will allow the state an extension on implementing a federally compliant “REAL ID” driver’s license. [Ronnie Ellis]

This terrifies Republicans and they’ll have panic attacks over it. Even though it was really an idea Richard Nixon once had. [Fast Company]

A new program coming to Eastern Kentucky University’s campus will offer opportunities for single parents to continue their education. [The Morehead News]

Despite June being recognized globally as Pride month, Orange Hate Monkey Trump has committed to headlining the “Road to Majority” conference on Thursday, June 8. This evangelical gathering is hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a conservative organization whose chairperson Ralph Reed has previously spoken out against marriage equality. [OUT]

Remember the Aramark prison meal scandal? Those were the days. Eastern Kentucky University has decided to pay Aramark Corp. $7.6 million a year over the next five years to operate its custodial and grounds services, cutting 180 employees in those departments. [Linda Blackford]

Former FBI Director James Comey said he leaked details of an Oval Office meeting with Donald Trump to prompt an independent investigation of Russia’s possible collusion with the Trump campaign. [HuffPo]

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The Trump-Bevin Brand Of New Republicanism Is Turning Deadly In Kentucky

Just check out the comments left by the dumbest mouth-breathers the Commonwealth has to offer. You’ll note they’re the kind of garbage people who don’t have the guts to show their faces – ever – for fear if getting their asses handed to them. Several windows were shattered at the main office of the Lexington Herald-Leader in downtown Lexington, amid suspected signs of small-caliber bullet damage to the building. [H-L]

Just a reminder of the nasty, ignorant, dangerous environment the New Republicans and Matt Bevin have created in Kentucky. The Lexington Herald-Leader is staying “vigilant” after several of its windows were shattered Sunday morning, Editor Peter Baniak said Monday. [HuffPo]

When a bunch of shitty, Republican bigots launch a 501(c)4 focused on pensions, you know they’re up to no good. [C-J/AKN]

Russian government officials discussed having potentially “derogatory” information about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and some of his top aides in conversations intercepted by US intelligence during the 2016 election, according to two former intelligence officials and a congressional source. [CNN]

Before daylight fell on White Hall State Park, several men strapped on rucksacks and began a 22-mile journey to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Winchester. [Richmond Register]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Responsible for the state of health care in this country) is tempering expectations that the Senate will pass an overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system, promising his colleagues a vote but not success. [The Hill]

As national Democrats eye the 2018 mid-term elections amid the missteps of the Trump administration, several central Kentucky Democrats are considering a race against Sixth District Republican U.S. Congressman Andy Barr. [Ronnie Ellis]

Of course there are a bunch of backward-ass people gung ho for this racist shit. A small Kentucky town gave a formal welcome on Monday to a monument to the Confederate soldiers of the American Civil War, rededicating the controversial structure after the University of Louisville removed it as an unwelcome symbol of slavery. [Reuters]

The U.S. Army is planning to grant an exclusive license to the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. to manufacture and sell a Zika vaccine the Army developed last year. [WFPL]

Mike Dubke, Donald Trump’s communications director, has resigned as Trump considers a larger personnel shakeup to confront the growing scandals weighing down his administration. [Politico]

Eric Sexton, a Metcalfe County native, has been chosen to lead the Barren River Area Development District. BRADD’s executive council unanimously approved the decision to hire Sexton on Wednesday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

New Republicanism has reached yet another low with this latest stunt involving law enforcement. [WaPo]

Matt Bevin answered questions from the media about his new house last week, but his responses weren’t enough to satisfy Attorney General Andy Beshear. “This is pretty simple: a governor can’t buy a mansion from a state contractor for half off and he can’t create a brand new $250,000 job for his best friend,” Beshear said Tuesday. “Those are the types of things that aren’t Democrat or Republican, they’re just right or wrong. So there is and continues to be a lot of smoke here.” [H-L]

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Wednesday that states should have the flexibility to decide whether schools can discriminate against LGBTQ students ― even if those schools get federal money. [HuffPo]

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KRS Mess Is Apparently News To Some

Maybe there wouldn’t be a panhandling problem if all of these so-called “Christians” in Kentucky bothered to do something to help their fellow people in need? Nah, that’s too simple and makes too much sense. [H-L]

Washington officials want Turkey to pay a price for its presidential security detail’s alleged role in beating up anti-government protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Told ya so. Years ago. The Kentucky Retirement Systems board on Thursday lowered some key assumptions that will cause the state’s already massive pension debt to grow by at least another $2 billion. [C-J/AKN]

Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters. [Reuters]

Budget cuts, tuition increases, and capital project plans. Oh, my! During Thursday’s Morehead State University Board of Regents work session, the Board was presented with the proposed six-year capital plan for 2018 through 2024 as well as the proposed operating budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. [The Morehead News]

Reports that fired FBI Director James Comey kept a record of his conversations with President Donald Trump dominate the news, fueling calls for deeper inquiry into any evidence that Trump may have interfered with an FBI investigation into his own campaign. One detail from Comey’s reported memo has been inadequately examined. [ThinkProgress]

In a day when sports news is clouded by “deflategate” or allegations of growth hormones, it can be refreshing to see athletes compete all for the love of the game. [Richmond Register]

President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” [NY Times]

A student who brought a handgun with a loaded magazine to Boyd County High School two weeks ago has been expelled for one year, said Boyd County Schools Superintendent Brock Walter. [Ashland Independent]

As Donald Trump has grown increasingly angry and frustrated with his White House staff, the beleaguered targets of his ire have a quietly roiling gripe of their own — their boss, the president himself. [WaPo]

Five findings were noted by state auditors regarding the Hart County Fiscal Court’s 2016 financial statement. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Only a tiny percentage of detained immigrants have attorneys, leaving even those with solid cases to stay in the United States to fend for themselves. [ProPublica]

The newspaper folks didn’t dig that information up on their own. Not remotely. Which never gets mentioned A researcher, unaffiliated with the paper, gave all the information to them on a silver platter. [H-L]

Will Erdogan’s thugs face no consequences for attacking us on U.S. soil? They acted like mafia henchmen. [HuffPo]

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Republicans Making Opioid Mess Worse

Attorney General Andy Beshear is exploring whether he has the authority to investigate details surrounding the purchase of a Jefferson County house where Gov. Matt Bevin’s family now lives. [H-L]

The Justice Department has appointed Robert S. Mueller III, the former F.B.I. director, to serve as a special counsel to oversee its investigation into Russian meddling in the election, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein announced on Wednesday. [NY Times]

When Alice Lloyd made her way by horse and buggy to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky a century ago, doctors had said the sickly New Englander had little time to live. She was looking for a place with a warmer climate that might ease her health problems. Instead, she found her life’s purpose. [More H-L]

In a sweeping foreign policy address on Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to invest in clean energy, build scientific coalitions, and support other countries’ efforts to adapt to climate change. [HuffPo]

The artwork is obviously offensive to many and it was a dumb move on the part of Steve Wilson and crew. But there have probably worse issues surrounding 21c through the past few years that no one’s gotten up in arms about. From methed out queens riding around on somebody’s Segway to… well… have you ever been? It’s just… Jesus H. [C-J/AKN]

The Trump administration called for tougher charges and longer prison time for criminals in a move to return to strict enforcement of federal sentencing rules, according to a memo the U.S. Department of Justice released on Friday. [Reuters]

In Appalachian states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, the tough-on-crime policy announced Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions runs counter to a recent emphasis on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug offenders. [Richmond Register]

Veterans of White House scandals from Watergate to Plamegate have an important message for Team Trump: It’s time to think about lawyering up. [Politico]

Honeylore Fields is in the process of decorating her new home. The house is a three bedroom, one bath with hardwood floors, and when she talks about it, she can hardly contain her excitement. [Glasgow Daily Times]

An investigation of Indiana’s school voucher program found that private schools are turning away special education students. [NPR]

Ever wondered what kind of slick bullshit people in Eastern Kentucky try to pull when they’ve got more money than the rest of the town? Here’s a good look. [The Morehead News]

The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research. [More NY Times]

Along a back wall in the Kentucky Exposition Center’s spacious south wing, 231 archery targets are lined up end to end. Competitors are lined up, too, aiming for the bull’s-eye and striving for a perfect 300 score. [WFPL]

Across Washington, Trump’s allies have been buzzing about the staff’s competence as well as the president’s state of mind. One GOP figure close to the White House mused privately about whether Trump was “in the grip of some kind of paranoid delusion.” [WaPo]

This is what happens when you let literal idiots appoint justices to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court says a Kentucky nursing home can require the families of two former residents to pursue claims against the home outside of court. [H-L]

Michael T. Flynn told Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign, according to two people familiar with the case. [Even More NY Times]

Donald Trump might hate Alec Baldwin’s impression of him, but it sounds like at least one member of his cabinet thinks it’s great. The “Saturday Night Live” regular has revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that an unnamed cabinet member told him at a New York City restaurant that his impression of the president was spot-on. [HuffPo]

One of the Trump administration’s first decisions about the fight against the Islamic State was made by Michael Flynn weeks before he was fired – and it conformed to the wishes of Turkey, whose interests, unbeknownst to anyone in Washington, he’d been paid more than $500,000 to represent. [McClatchy]

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