Trusting CFHS With Kids Sounds Crazy Now

Kentucky led the nation in ATV crash fatalities from 2007 to 2011 with 122 deaths, or 7 percent of the nation’s total, according to a study released this month by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. [John Cheves]

More than half a century ago, on July 10, 1959, American glaciologist and explorer Paul T. Walker was working in a remote region of the Canadian Arctic, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a quirky stroke of genius, Walker left a handwritten note to any scientists who might come behind him, and he stuck the message in a bottle under a pile of rocks. [HuffPo]

Sanctions against the state’s child welfare agency for deliberately obstructing access to public records over child abuse deaths and injuries bring some real sticker shock for Kentucky taxpayers. [C-J/AKN]

Political polarization has ushered in a new era in state government, where single-party control of the levers of power has produced competing Americas. One is grounded in principles of lean and limited government and on traditional values; the other is built on a belief in the essential role of government and on tenets of cultural liberalism. [WaPo]

Due to a lack of personnel, officials say the Hatfield Volunteer Fire Department has been closed and will remain closed until a restructuring of the department can be made and the cited deficiencies corrected. Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett said the fire department was closed by the Kentucky Fire Commission on Dec. 20 after recent audits conducted by that governing agency on both personnel training and equipment revealed unacceptable operating deficiencies. [Appalachian News-Express]

When U.S. officials warn about “attacks” on electric power facilities these days, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a computer hacker trying to shut the lights off in a city with malware. But a more traditional attack on a power station in California has U.S. officials puzzled and worried about the physical security of the the electrical grid–from attackers who come in with guns blazing. [Foreign Policy]

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce released an economic study Thursday that shows among its findings that the Louisville and Lexington metropolitan areas “have been slow to rebound from the recession” and that payrolls in the state’s two largest cities are expanding at a rate slower than many other parts of the state. [Business First]

Academics get paid by financial firms to testify against Dodd-Frank regulations. What’s wrong with this picture? [The Nation]

A long ass time ago, in roughly 1995, a group of “leaders” from Manchester started at the Brushy Fork Institute. All of their big ideas seem to have been flushed out with the Richie Farmer bathwater. Everything those folks wanted to do – from beautifying a small park to economic development – seems to have been ignored. What the hell went wrong? [H-L]

Journalist Glenn Greenwald did not hold back Friday in criticizing the media during a speech about his work with Edward Snowden. [HuffPo]

Police in Danville incorporated sign language into a recent active shooter training session at the Kentucky School for the Deaf. [WKYT]

This is definitely a look at the gay marriage fight in Kentucky in a decade or so. Clerks everywhere will lose their minds. Especially those in Eastern Kentucky that are entrenched in years and years of political corruption. [Reuters]

The owners of a Magoffin County bridge contracting firm accused of engaging in a bid-rigging, bribery and kickback scheme along with the judge-executive of Morgan County are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in federal court. [Ashland Independent]