Frankfort Must Be About To Melt Completely Down

Senate President Robert Stivers informed his colleagues Monday that he will reimburse the state for the nearly $1,000 bill for boxed barbecue dinners provided to state senators and their staffs on the evening of March 7. Someone needs to tell Damon Thayer (R-Attention Starved) that the only “gotcha” going on is the “gotcha” he’s trying to use to pull over everybody’s eyes as he pretends to reform pensions while ignoring the corruption at KRS. [H-L]

Battling suicide in a ‘gun state’ means treading carefully. Wyoming has the highest per capita suicide rate in the nation. Guns are also a big part of everyday life: The state has one of the highest rates of gun ownership. [NPR]

House Democrats have rejected a new proposal from Gov. Steve Beshear to eliminate an income tax credit and reduce the gas tax as part of a broader package to break a monthlong stalemate between the House and Senate on pension reform. [C-J/AKN]

An openly gay cousin of Chief Justice John Roberts who wants to marry her partner will be in the room during this week’s Supreme Court hearings on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, and she predicted her relative will “go in a good direction” on the case. [Politico]

House Democrats’ marathon caucus meeting yielded a proposal on a public pension deal that a slim majority of Democrats could support and also led to a narrow vote in favor of overriding the governor’s veto of House Bill 279, the “Religious Freedom” bill. [Ryan Alessi]

A majority of Americans oppose launching armed drone attacks against suspected terrorists who are U.S. citizens. [The Hill]

As the final minutes of the 2013 General Assembly ticked away, Gov. Steve Beshear and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, worked feverishly to come up with a compromise on a pension fix that House Democrats could support. [Ronnie Ellis]

Amniotic fluid may hold the key to healing a fatal gut disease which affects premature babies, doctors say. Severe inflammation, called necrotizing enterocolitis, can destroy the gut’s tissues and lead to major organ failure. [BBC]

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to raise from $7 to $10 the winter camping fee for Koomer Ridge Campground in Wolfe County. [WLEX18]

On a frosty December night last year, about two dozen guests slipped into the Alta Club, a century-old private retreat a block away from the temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that dominates Salt Lake City. [Reuters]

A forcible sex offense was reported Sunday on the Eastern Kentucky University campus, according to the EKU police. Meanwhile, people like Kim King oppose measures to help protect victims after situations like this. [Richmond Register]

Have you been watching all these Faux Family Nuts go crazy over the gays this week? They spend most of their free time thinking about gay sex. So much so that even the gays roll their eyes. [Wonkette]

Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator says it’s (health care reform) going to be the biggest issue of the 2014 campaign. [WDRB]

Remember John Pubic Hair Ziegler? He’s spending his hours “defending” Joe Paterno these days. [Sports Illustrated & Today Show]