Late Holiday Week Morning Round-Up Time

It’s the holidays, so we’re obviously going to be light on content. But it’s time for a quick round-up!

Kentucky’s unemployment rate fell slightly in November to 7.7 percent, compared to 8 percent in October, according to data released Thursday by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. The national unemployment rate for November was 6.6 percent. However, the statewide jobless rate was worse than the 7.4 percent seen a year ago in November 2012, the agency said. [H-L]

Is this a look at the gay marriage fight in Kentucky? Maybe in, say, 15 years. [HuffPo]

In a stretch of Allen County between Scottsville and Franklin, horse-drawn buggies are more common than cars. [C-J/AKN]

A Senate committee chairman said he is concerned about the “serious vulnerabilities” detailed in a ProPublica report about scams that target Medicare’s popular prescription drug program. [ProPublica]

Supporters of legalizing casinos in Kentucky are mounting another campaign that promotes expanded gambling as a lucrative revenue source during lean times. [WKYT]

China will expand its presence in Antarctica by building a fourth research base and finding a site for a fifth, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday, as the country steps up its increasingly far-flung scientific efforts. [Reuters]

Unemployment rates rose in 96 Kentucky counties between November 2012 and November 2013, while 16 county rates decreased and eight stayed the same. [Press Release]

A retired coal miner in eastern Kentucky recently sent me an early Christmas card warning. “Whatever you do,” he wrote, “I prefer dirty coal from Santa Claus instead of the annual drivel of ‘Christmas in Appalachia’ pity.” [Al Jazeera]

A Madison grand jury has indicted a man on three felony charges in connection with his alleged failure to follow regulations when teaching concealed-carry deadly weapons courses. [Richmond Register]

Ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden delivers an “alternative” UK Christmas message, calling for an end to mass surveillance. [BBC]

Laurel County Sheriff John Root is investigating more than 30 acts of vandalism committed around the county this week, most of them Christmas night, including bricks and timbers thrown through vehicle windows; rocks, bricks and a shovel thrown through home windows; and smashed mailboxes. [H-L]

Economists caution against reading too much into the latest economic data. During the holidays, offices that collect the information aren’t always open and that can delay some of their work. [NPR]

One Louisville television station brags that it doesn’t do “breaking” news (thank goodness!) but it sure loves to hype the crap out of everything on twitter. [WDRB]

More than a million unemployed Americans are about to get the cruelest of Christmas “gifts.” They’re about to have their unemployment benefits cut off. [NY Times]

1 thought on “Late Holiday Week Morning Round-Up Time

  1. As one of the litigants on the Federal Suit asking Kentucky to recognize my 4 year marriage, we are hopeful that it will happen before 2015. The Fauver Law Firm in Louisville, is heading up a team of 6 lawyers fighting for 4 couples who were married in other states of countries.

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