Rand Paul Taking Whimsical Jalopy To Henderson

Franklin Circuit Judge Philip Shepherd denied a request by Gov. Steve Beshear to dismiss a Tea Party lawsuit challenging the legality of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. [H-L]

After years of vilifying prominent religious and conservative leaders, gay activists on Wednesday turned their ire to an unlikely target: Democrats. [Politico]

The Louisville Metro Council on Monday approved a resolution urging Norfolk Southern Railroad to allow cyclists and pedestrians on the K&I Bridge, which connects the city’s Portland neighborhood with New Albany, Ind. [C-J/AKN]

The Boy Scouts of America have reportedly voted 61-38 to allow gay Scouts. According to multiple media sources, the scouting organization has chosen to eliminate sexual orientation as youth membership criterion. Under the new ruling, gay Scout leaders are still prohibited from serving. [HuffPo]

The Olive Hill Council met in regular session Tuesday night to accept the resignations of former Council members Tony Williams and Angie Johnson Fultz. [Ashland Independent]

Abrupt climate change in Africa helped trigger technological and cultural advances in early modern humans, according to new research. Archaeologists had long noted that the complexity displayed by human groups moved in fits and starts. [BBC]

Drivers will be hitting the roads in full force this weekend for Memorial Day which also means that the potential for accidents will increase. [WKYT]

Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday. [NBC]

Looks like Rand Paul is going bagging in Henderson on July 1. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a prospective candidate for president in 2016, will speak at a luncheon here this summer, the Henderson Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday. [Henderson Gleaner]

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blamed former President George W. Bush for the IRS’ targeting of tea party groups in the lead-up to the 2012 election. [HuffPo]

Wondering who in Frankfort causes the entire country to laugh at the Commonwealth of Kentucky? Start with Mike Wilson and his mind-blowing… click the clicky, you’ll see. [Page One]

Danger everywhere! Perhaps it would be better for concerned parents to just keep their children home every day, where they will be guaranteed a solid, no-liberal-claptrap education about how the earth is 5,000 years old, gravity is just a theory, Jesus chose America to be extra special, and the zombied arm of Harvey Milk cannot fondle them from the grave to make them gay. [Wonkette]

A Bourbon County chemistry teacher can remain in the classroom even though he violated state law by not disclosing previous misconduct investigations against him at the University of Kentucky, a state board has ruled. [H-L]

Edwin Oliva, a 29-year-old petty thief and drug addict, says he was a wreck as he sat in a chair in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office in winter 1995. A year earlier, he’d told police a lie that helped implicate a possibly innocent man in a murder. [ProPublica]