Morehead Man Still Awaiting Return Of His Dog

He put the couple at ease and told them his company was interested in running a pipeline through their land. They were later offered more than $165,000 to sign easements. [H-L]

Steve King is apparently clueless to the fact that Rand Paul is a delusional little troll who will gnaw his feet off. Also, Rand is right on this NSA stuff, which is rare. [HuffPo]

Rising property values in Kentucky could ease demand for a massive infusion of state funding for education, state Senate President Robert Stivers says. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama rued the rollout of the healthcare website as his biggest mistake of the year during a White House news conference Friday, underlining the extent to which the issue has overshadowed everything else during a dismal 2013 for the 44th president. [The Hill]

Don’t forget that a prominent political family in Morehead is behind a dog snatching and refuses to do the right thing. And before anyone has the audacity of accusing us of spreading rumors, the girl admitted to it. Local enforcement is complicit. [Page One]

An analysis of a Neanderthal’s fossilised hyoid bone – a horseshoe-shaped structure in the neck – suggests the species had the ability to speak. [BBC]

Facing criticism for how house leaders handled the accusations against Arnold, Speaker Greg Stumbo says he wants the public to know the same day he learned about an alleged incident, he went directly to the head of the Legislative Research Commission to make sure state employees were protected. [WHAS11]

The number of Catholic acute-care hospitals has been increasing rapidly, threatening women’s access to reproductive health care, according to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union and The MergerWatch Project. [ACLU]

Kentucky had 66,300 construction jobs in November, 2,100 fewer than it had in October and 600 fewer than it had in November 2012, according to a new analysis of U.S. Department of Labor statistics by the Associated General Contractors of America. [Business First]

The Obama administration moved to prevent a judge from ruling on the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance programs authorized during the Bush administration. [NY Times]

Uninsured Kentuckians must sign up for health insurance by Dec. 23 (that’s today) in order to have coverage on Jan. 1. That is the earliest possible date to obtain coverage under the Affordable Care Act, which requires nearly every American to sign up for health insurance or face a penalty. [H-L]

The viability of Oregon and Washington coal export terminals is threatened by falling Asian prices. [Click the Clicky]

Hey, Robert Benvenuti, instead of whining? Just send the damn letters out yourself. Put your money where your mouth is and stand up to the Democrats by taking action. Talk is cheap and Kentucky suffers when people like you talk but don’t act. [WFPL]

Bungling the easy stuff. Hospitals are still overcharging the poor but Obamacare was supposed to fix that. [TIME]

He has been called “essential,” and the “linchpin” of Jefferson County’s Family Court, having been there since its inception in 1991. But with state funding eliminating the position of family court administrator across Kentucky, Jefferson County’s Jim Birmingham will retire Dec. 31. [C-J/AKN]