We Hope Everyone Has A Great Holiday Vacation

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An election date has been set for voters to decide on Sunday alcohol sales in Ashland. The vote will take place in both the Moore and Central precincts, following a successful citizen-driven petition drive over several weeks by two different sets of organizers. [Ashland Independent]

Congressional Democrats held a press conference Thursday to denounce a Social Security cut that has been embraced by President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in budget negotiations. [HuffPo]

Don’t forget to watch Comment on Kentucky tonight at 8:00 P.M. Eastern on KET. Scheduled guests: Ronnie Ellis, Jack Brammer, Joe Arnold. Any time Ronnie is on, it’s a good show. [KET]

In a bizarre “press conference” that permitted no questions, National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre declined to offer the sort of small but sensible concession that many expected in the wake of the Newtown massacre. [Wonkette]

A Lexington police sergeant who was found guilty of misdemeanor criminal charges Wednesday is seeking to retire with a disability pension from the city’s police and firefighter pension fund. [H-L]

Stocks lost more than 1 percent on Friday after a Republican proposal for averting the “fiscal cliff” failed to pass, diminishing hopes that a deal would be reached soon in Washington. [Reuters]

Employees of Richmond Utilities have been working diligently to rid some downtown homes of discolored water, according to Superintendent Scott Althauser. [Richmond Register]

Nearly two decades after lawmakers began requiring background checks for gun buyers, significant gaps in the F.B.I.’s database of criminal and mental health records allow thousands of people to buy firearms every year who should be barred from doing so. [NY Times]

Turns out Cordish Cos. is behind yet another disaster in Louisville. This time harming Maker’s Mark international reputation. [The ‘Ville Voice]

North Korea says it arrested a US citizen for unspecified alleged crimes on 3 November. Pae Jun Ho entered the country as a tourist, state media reported. [BBC]

The nation’s largest gun-rights lobby is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer “waiting in the wings.” The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday on last week’s shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead. [HuffPo]

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