Big Beshear Corruption Turns Into An Ethics Charge

A former high-ranking official in Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration faces ethics charges for allegedly pressuring state employees to give money to Beshear’s re-election campaign in 2010. [Bluegrass Politics]

A group is beginning to organize against the countywide vote to allow alcohol sales in Greenup County. The faith-based effort Keep Greenup County Dry hopes to defeat the ballot measure set for a vote on Jan. 22. [Daily Independent]

The U.S. Supreme Court’s nine justices met in private on Friday to consider whether to enter the legal fray over same-sex marriage but made no announcement about any decision they may have reached. [Reuters]

The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure is scaling back prescription drug regulations that have drawn the ire of doctors and patients around the state. [C-J/AKN]

In late October, Syria asked Iraqi authorities to grant air access for a cargo plane transporting refurbished attack helicopters from Russia, according to flight records obtained by ProPublica. [ProPublica]

Folks in one Lexington neighborhood are on edge after one of their neighbors became a victim of the a home invasion Saturday night. [WKYT]

A rowdy group of 70 House freshmen gathered in the Rayburn building on Friday for a monumental moment of their new lives in Washington: the congressional office lottery. [Politico]

Just in case you’re wondering why everything in Richmond is a disastrous hot mess these days. [Richmond Register]

For more than four decades, the Voting Rights Act never lost a court decision as it cut a path for minorities’ increased participation in elections. But the most effective civil rights law in U.S. history faces its most serious challenge as the Supreme Court prepares to re-examine its constitutionality. [NPR]

While two million jobless Americans worry about losing extended unemployment benefits which could end next month, many don’t even collect it although eligible. [Business First]

December 10 is United Nations Human Rights Day and it’s officially recognized in Kentucky. This means lots of mouth-breather conspiracy theorists are about to freak out. [SoS]

Pte Manning, 24, told the hearing he had made it while being held in Kuwait, shortly after his arrest in May 2010. But the former intelligence analyst said he was no longer suicidal after he was taken to a US military prison. [BBC]

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