Every Kentucky School District Should Do That

The number of coal miners killed on the job in Kentucky fell to four in 2012, down from eight the previous year, when the state led the nation in fatalities. [H-L]

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) lit into House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Republicans Wednesday for not holding a vote on a Hurricane Sandy relief bill. [HuffPo]

This is kind of a big deal. The Tennessee Valley Authority has paid a Kentucky school district a little more than $37,000 for producing electricity. [C-J/AKN]

Ten states kicked off the new year with a minimum wage rise of between 10 and 35 cents, modestly boosting the incomes of nearly 1 million low-paid workers. [Reuters]

For at least the third time in as many years a national fiscal crisis was averted at the last minute by a deal cobbled together by Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville, and Vice President Joe Biden. [Ronnie Ellis]

As the sixth year of the foreclosure crisis comes to an end, the percentage of loans in foreclosure remains a staggering eight times higher than it was in 2005. About 5.3 million homeowners — about 11 percent of all borrowers — are behind on their payments. [ProPublica]

Students and staff at one Harlan County elementary returned to school Wednesday morning with heavy hearts. [WKYT]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pivoted Wednesday from the “fiscal cliff” to the fight over raising the debt ceiling. [The Hill]

A man who was accused in November of duct-taping a woman to a pole for nine hours was indicted last week by a Madison grand jury. [Richmond Register]

Remember way back before Christmas, which is now aeons ago, when Hillary faked her concussion to get out of testifying about the greatest loss of American life since ever, aka BENGHAAAAAZIIIII? [Wonkette]

Local and state education officials have begun discussions about merging the Monticello Independent school district and its 850 students into the Wayne County school system. [H-L]

Despite a bruising fiscal cliff battle that managed to set the stage for an even more heated showdown that will likely take place in a matter of months, President Barack Obama is planning to move full steam ahead with the rest of his domestic policy agenda. [HuffPo]

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