Predatory Lending Reform Isn’t Important To Beshear Because He Raked In Cash From It

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A 12-year-old girl who was shot in a parking lot at Hazard Community and Technical College died Wednesday, a day after her father and cousin were killed in the same shooting. [H-L]

Whatever its true size, today’s NRA, widely considered to be disproportionately influential in politics, operates more like a corporation or politburo than a typical nonprofit or lobbying organization. Its 76 board directors and 10 executive officers keep a grip on power through elections in which ordinary grassroots members appear to have little say. [Mother Jones]

A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide in a recent four-year span. [WKYT]

Predatory lending reform, anyone? Anyone? Steve Beshear? The belt-tightening was the easy part. Cancel the cable. Skip the air conditioners. Ration the cellphone, unplug the wireless Internet, cook rice and beans — done, and done. [NY Times]

The Kentucky State Police in Ashland have arrested a Greenup County juvenile after conducting an investigation into reported threats against the Greenup County High School students, staff and facility. [KSP]

Forecasts for a return to dry weather for the balance of January in the already drought-stricken U.S. western Midwest and Plains are renewing worries among agriculture interests following the worst drought in more than 50 years in 2012. [Reuters]

If the Kentucky General Assembly passes an industrial hemp bill in the 2013 legislative session, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said there could be a way around the federal ban on hemp. [CN|2]

Looking for a public toilet using the new Inauguration smartphone app? That might just land you on left-leaning email lists or solicited in coming years to be a Democratic campaign donor. [Politico]

In a mid-term reshuffling of his staff, Mayor Jim Gray appointed Sally Hamilton as the city’s Chief Administrative Officer, replacing Richard Moloney, who was named Commissioner of Environmental Quality and Public Works. [H-L]

Republicans are accusing Barack Obama of using his position as President to lead the country. [New Yorker]

This story about Royce Adams’ former opponent is surfacing again. A Louisville man has filed a lawsuit in federal court, accusing two Louisville Metro Police Department officers with beating him severely Dec. 7, including breaking his nose. [C-J/AKN]