Nope, Reeechie Is Not Gonna Play Tonight, Coach

Kentucky lawmakers took $700,000 in excess funds from the agency that oversees charitable gaming in 2008 and to help pay off a $265 million shortfall in the budget. Should the state have been allowed to juggle the finances like that? The state Supreme Court on Wednesday asked that. [H-L]

Senators say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them. [NY Times/Gabrielle Giffords]

A Kentucky basketball icon turned politician could be the subject of a federal grand jury meeting on Friday. Frankfort defense attorney Guthrie True said he has been informed that the grand jury will look at former Agriculture Commmissioner Richie Farmer. [WFPL]

It ended in a flash. Months of work aimed at revamping the nation’s gun laws prompted by one of the worst shooting tragedies in U.S. history met an inglorious conclusion on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Maybe most Kentuckians think immigration reform is important in California or Arizona but won’t have that much impact on the Bluegrass State. [Ronnie Ellis]

The FBI arrested a Mississippi man on Wednesday in connection with letters sent to President Barack Obama and two other officials that are believed to have contained the deadly poison ricin, the U.S. Justice Department said. [Reuters]

After the Senate rejected a plan to toughen the nation’s gun laws, an angry President Barack Obama on Wednesday blistered an assertion by Sen. Rand Paul that the families of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., shootings were being used as “props.” [C-J/AKN]

A former teacher at a Texas charter school is defending against charges that she fondled a seven year old girl by claiming that, as a diehard racist… Hoo boy, this story is crazy. [Wonkette]

Dozens of parents, teachers and students in one southern Kentucky school district are making their feelings known regarding certain budget cuts. [WYMT]

Double Dose: in second case of flawed drug research, FDA response was slow and secretive. [ProPublica]

A lower-level foreman from Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine has reached an agreement with West Virginia regulators and will voluntarily give up his foreman’s license for three years, according to state records made public Tuesday. [Charleston Gazette]

Last week they loved him – interesting how that works. The National Republican Congressional Committee announced Wednesday that it was no longer financially backing former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) as he runs for Congress in a special election. [HuffPo]

An attorney for former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said Wednesday that a federal grand jury in Lexington has subpoenaed former employees of the department to appear before it on Friday. [H-L]