Eastern Kentucky Fun Gets Juicier & Juicier

A telephone wiretap supplied evidence for the federal case against the owners of a Magoffin County construction firm accused in a bid-rigging and kickback scheme with the judge-executive of Morgan County, a defense attorney said Monday. [H-L]

Starting in 2007, Dr. Daniel Budnitz, a scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Medication Safety Program, began tracking an obscure but unsettling statistic about children’s health. Each year, more and more kids were being rushed to emergency rooms after swallowing potentially toxic doses of medication. [ProPublica]

Here’s how A Kentucky Newspaper covered the Tim Conley scandal in Morgan County. Rather, how the Associated Press covered the mess. [C-J/AKN]

For gun control advocates hoping to see federal gun laws tighten after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., 2013 was a disheartening year. A narrow provision to expand background checks failed in the Senate. [NPR]

There has been a stead(sic) stream of spectators out on Blackburn Church Road in Crittenden County, Kentucky since Monday. Everyone wants to see the rock slide in person. [WPSD]

The judge on the NSA case cited a 9/11 report but it doesn’t actually support his ruling. [ProPublica]

It was nearly a decade ago when I walked into the office of the now defunct Kentucky River News and handed a very sparse résumé to its publisher, Paul Taulbee, and asked for a job as a reporter. He looked it over, looked me over, and said he couldn’t pay me much. I said I didn’t care. He said a business at Glomawr had been broken into, so go find out something about it. [Hazard Herald]

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative group of state lawmakers and corporations that, among other things, drafts model legislation, saw an exodus of members and a sharp decline in fundraising after it was tied to controversial “stand your ground laws” like the one made infamous following the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. [Politico]

A former Pulaski County Detention Center employee received more than $135,000 as part of a settlement in her sexual harassment lawsuit against Pulaski County Jailer Mike Harris. [Commonwealth Journal]

The White House is coming under pressure from some of its closest allies on healthcare reform to name a chief executive to run its federal health insurance marketplace and allay the concerns of insurers after the rocky rollout of Obamacare. [Reuters]

Friends and family of a central Kentucky man last seen Dec. 20 have turned to social media in their quest to find the missing University of Kentucky chef. [WKYT]

DreamWorks Animation chief and Democratic super donor Jeffrey Katzenberg and his political strategist Andy Spahn are spending at least part of the holiday season working their bottomless Rolodexes to pull together another fundraiser aimed at defeating the Senate Republicans’ minority leader, Mitch McConnell. [Hollywood Reporter]

By newspaper tradition, each year at this time, business news highlights were recounted in rhyme. Well, maybe I’m dull. Maybe I’m lazy. But to read a whole column in verse makes me crazy. [Tom Eblen]

Deficient computer security at the Federal Election Commission has already led to high-level breaches and puts the agency “at high risk” of continued hacking, according to a federal Inspector General report released this month. [Roll Call]