25 Years? Drug Dealers Get Tougher Sentences

A Lexington council member is urging his colleagues to block the annual $75,000 payment the city makes to the Bluegrass Area Development District until the state auditor gives the group a clean bill of health. [H-L]

Transparency in government? Haha, fat chance, dream on. Not going to happen. [Politico]

A financing plan for a new Brent Spence Bridge expected to land in September will include a controversial call for tolls to pay for the project, The Cincinnati Enquirer has learned. Of course they’re going to toll everything. They’ll probably end up tolling existing infrastructure, as they’ll eventually do in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Archaeologists digging in the foothills of Iran’s Zagros Mountains have discovered the remains of a Stone Age farming community. It turns out that people living there were growing plants like barley, peas and lentils as early as 12,000 years ago. No one tell the flat-earthers who think the world is 5,000-years-old. [NPR]

Here’s your duh moment for the morning. Kentucky Democrats say that for Alison Lundergan Grimes to pull off the national upset of the 2014 elections, she’ll have to become a political tightrope walker. [CN|2]

But we thought racism was dead in the U.S. and A.??? So much for anyone having enough sense to breathe. [Wonkette]

As many as 65 Eastern State Hospital employees will get layoff notices this week as the psychiatric hospital moves to its new $129 million Lexington campus, but most will be able to reapply for jobs at the new facility, officials said. [H-L]

Supporters of a U.S. immigration reform bill are launching a push for the legislation this week that includes phone calls to lawmakers from Catholic bishops, visits to Capitol Hill from high-tech lobbyists and an ad blitz sponsored by organized labor. [Reuters]

A retired U.S. Army officer from Brandenburg plans to seek the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Republican Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie. [Ronnie Ellis]

The 113th Congress is on pace to be the least productive in modern history. [HuffPo]

The man charged with murdering a Sullivan University student took a plea deal Monday afternoon and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. [WDRB]

Pakistan’s Bin Laden dossier. The investigation into the death of al-Qaeda’s leader blames top leaders for ‘gross incompetence’. [Al Jazeera]

Go listen to Andrew Compton’s poor mother share her thoughts with the court. Lowly pot dealers have gotten more prison time that that worthless blob. [WAVE3]