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The best part of this – or maybe the most terrifying – is that Republicans in Frankfort have worked hard to fight needle exchanges that prevent this sort of thing. Kentucky saw a dramatic increase in the rate of hepatitis C infections among women ages 15-44 in recent years, according to a new federal report that offers further evidence of growing problems in the state from intravenous drug use. [H-L]

Bernie Sanders again urged his supporters to rally behind presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, telling them it’s much easier to jeer and boo than it is to deal with the reality of Donald Trump as president. [HuffPo]

Eight years ago, Olivia Ann Morris Fuchs stood on the turf at what was then known as Invesco Field at Mile High and watched as other Hillary Clinton delegates gripped the backs of the chairs in front of them – some of them in tears – waiting for Barack Obama to accept the Democratic nomination for president. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments about NATO show he is unprepared to address issues of foreign policy. [The Hill]

While questions loom about the University of Louisville’s future, its new Board of Trustees met Thursday and took no significant action. And then they called of a special meeting on Tuesday. [WFPL]

An Alaska law requiring doctors to notify the parents of girls under the age of 18 seeking an abortion violates the state’s constitution and cannot be enforced, the state’s top court ruled on Friday. [Reuters]

A local Richmond man wants to say “thank you” to a Madison County Sheriff’s deputy who showed him an act of kindness. [Richmond Register]

A federal agency sends thousands of letters a year to health providers closing out complaints about HIPAA violations. Though the government could make those letters public, it doesn’t. ProPublica has started to do so. [ProPublica]

Boyd County Coroner’s Office issued a warning about a deadly batch of heroin circulating in the area on its Facebook page Friday night. The office reported eight overdoses and one death in the last 12 hours. [Ashland Independent]

Kevin Green’s lawyers were pleading with the governor for mercy. It was spring 2008, and Mr. Green, a 31-year-old who had shot and killed a grocery owner, was on Virginia’s death row. His woes, his lawyers said, dated to childhood; he was born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, repeated three years of elementary school and never learned to tie his shoes. [NY Times]

Only linking to this because the headline mentions “hot mess” – a huge win on any account. [Glasgow Daily Times]

After a lengthy debate and a deal between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party’s rules committee voted to created a “unity commission” that would dramatically limit the role of convention “superdelegates,” binding roughly two-thirds of them to the results of state primaries and caucuses. [WaPo]

Developer Dudley Webb has released the final renderings for the downtown CentrePointe project. [H-L]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) labeled Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump a fraudulent plutocrat dividing the country by race, religion and gender to empower the oligarchy, in her speech Monday at the Democratic National Convention. [HuffPo]

Reminder: Matt Bevin Has No Concept Of Ethics… Or Anything, Really

Just when you thought Matt Bevin and his people couldn’t get more ignorant? Matt Bevin has signed an executive order that effectively gives him control over all appointments to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission without any input from the state attorney general and state auditor. Almost as funny as the Personnel Secretary begging folks to help them dig through Beshear data to uncover corruption because they don’t know anything about Kentucky. HAHAHA. You can’t fix the kind of stupid these people possess. [H-L]

Senate Republicans have never made it easy for President Barack Obama to put judges on federal courts. But now, with just months left in his term, they’re not even pretending to try to let judicial nominees through. [HuffPo]

Isn’t it fun watching Kentucky’s half-literate governator claim “God” has sanctioned his extreme Medicaid cuts? That’s what Jesus would do – choke even more out of the working poor, deny access to dental and vision, claim it’s helping them. [C-J/AKN]

The coal industry is slated to lose clout in the next Congress, with term limits set to force out a chairman who has frequently battled with the Obama administration on behalf of mining companies. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Keeping Eastern Kentucky Impoverished) will relinquish the gavel of the House Appropriations Committee in January, after having led the powerful panel for six years, which is the maximum allowed under GOP rules. [The Hill]

A deadly shooting took place in the South Fork community of Breathitt County on Saturday. One person was pronounced deceased at the scene and two others seriously injured. [Hazard Herald]

Reverberations from the U.S. Supreme Court’s major ruling backing abortion rights were felt on Tuesday as the justices rejected bids by Mississippi and Wisconsin to revive restrictions on abortion doctors matching those struck down in Texas on Monday. [Reuters]

The Harlan Fiscal Court discussed a situation concerning the safety of a much-used bridge on U.S. 119 in Cumberland during a special-called meeting on Monday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

The children of Vietnam vets describe how they believe their fathers’ exposure to Agent Orange during the war has impacted their families and their health. [ProPublica]

All members of the Madison Fiscal Court took turns June 14 criticizing the Madison County and Berea school boards for paying the sheriff a 1.5 percent fee for collecting its property taxes instead of the 4.25 percent paid by all other local taxing entities except the ambulance board. [Richmond Register]

Local communities are increasingly passing laws to control crime and nuisances on rental properties. They do so mostly by limiting the number of times police can be called to a residence. But it turns out that crime victims — especially victims of domestic abuse — are often the ones who end up being penalized. [NPR]

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin proclaims the days of “pay to play” ended with his arrival in Frankfort. But some House Democrats say if you’re not willing to play, Bevin isn’t reluctant to make you pay. [Ronnie Ellis]

On Tuesday night, 128 members of Congress weighed in to urge a federal appeals court to protect against sexual orientation-based discrimination under existing civil rights laws. [BuzzFeed]

Massie’s ideas about “sovereignty” are an extreme example of the naïve thinking that fueled the Brexit vote, has propelled Trump’s candidacy and energizes Tea Party activists. It is our inner 4-year-old screaming, “You can’t tell me what to do!” [H-L]

The draft of the 2016 Democratic Party platform endorses abolishing the death penalty, a break with the views of its presumptive presidential nominee. [HuffPo]

The Bevin-Beshear Slapfight Rages On

In an opinion released Tuesday, Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office said Republican Gov. Matt Bevin erred last month by removing Louisville banker Thomas K. Elliott as chairman of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees. [John Cheves]

We’re looking at you, Steve Beshear, Andy Beshear and the rest of the Kentucky Democratic Corruption Machine. Ads for payday lenders will no longer appear in Google search results, thanks to an update to Google’s AdWords policy that the company announced Wednesday morning. [HuffPo]

Louisville’s most vulnerable populations face a big hit this summer after local homeless agencies and service providers announced Monday morning that they will have to make up for an 11 percent cut in federal funding. [C-J/AKN]

“You got your justice right here,” the convicted child-killer Pablo Vasquez said as the lethal injection took effect. He grew dizzy, snorted, dropped his head to the pillow on the gurney and took his last breaths. [The Guardian]

Robin Webb not only loves abusing and torturing horses but loves to pander with Republicans. [Ashland Independent]

Despite claiming he has a net worth of $10 billion, Donald Trump has made clear to his associates that there’s no way he’s footing the bill for a general election campaign that will likely cost more than $1 billion. He has already spent at least $36 million of his own money on the campaign. [The Hill]

Every year at the Kentucky Derby, crazy hat-wearing, mint julep-guzzling horse-gazers break into a passionate rendition of Kentucky’s state song, “My Old Kentucky Home.” As tradition goes, the University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band accompanies the crowd as they croon a ballad that seems to be about people who miss their happy home. “The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home/’Tis summer and the people are gay” begins one version. [WFPL]

The email Donald Trump’s campaign sent inviting fans to a rally next week looked familiar: “Meet me in New Jersey!” it urged. But something was different. “You will need to buy a ticket to get into the rally,” it added. The cost: $200. [Reuters]

Morehead City Council voted 4-3 on Monday against the first reading of an ordinance adopting the annual budget for the Morehead Utility Plant Board for next fiscal year. [The Morehead News]

If you’re masochistic enough to plow through the next three months of vice presidential speculation, you might want to pause and ask a more fundamental question: Why would anybody want that job under Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? If either of them becomes president, we will probably see the most marginalized vice president in a generation. [Politico]

After approximately 90 minutes of discussion, no decisions were made Wednesday afternoon regarding the proposed budget for Barren-Metcalfe County Emergency Medical Services for the coming fiscal year by the board of directors’ budget committee. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Data released Friday by the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, based on reports from more than 60 cities, showed notable increases in murders in about two dozen cities in the first three months of the year compared to last year and a 9 percent increase nationwide. [NY Times]

A federal appeals court has rejected a bid by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to remain free while the court considers an appeal of his conviction related to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades. [H-L]

Ever since Curtis Brown Jr. got his first Star Wars toy as a toddler, he has been fascinated by action figures. So much so that he has built a business customizing action figures for clients worldwide. But what could be a lucrative career has turned into an exercise in futility that traps Brown and his family in poverty. [HuffPo]

Your Long Primary Nightmare’s Almost Over

How to be a terrible education reporter part ten thousand: give transphobic, homophobic bigots the freedom to spew nonsense. Way to go for screwing up something important up again. [H-L]

President Barack Obama says his economic legacy is a lot better than he gets credit for. “I actually compare our economic performance to how, historically, countries that have wrenching financial crises perform,” he told The New York Times recently. “By that measure, we probably managed this better than any large economy on Earth in modern history.” [HuffPo]

The tip arrived in a phone call from a West Virginia bureaucrat to a staffer in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services – radioactive oil-and-gas drilling waste was headed our way. [C-J/AKN]

If it were up to Republicans, the entire earth would be plundered before the end of the decade. Democrats and American Indian tribes are ramping up their pressure on President Obama to bypass Congress and unilaterally designate a new national monument to protect 1.7 million acres near the Grand Canyon. [The Hill]

The elimination process of faculty positions at Morehead State University could begin as early as next week, according to President Wayne Andrews. [Ashland Independent]

A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation that would require American women to register for the military draft, setting the stage for a fight in Congress over the historic shift in policy later this year. [Reuters]

C. Wesley Morgan of Richmond is making his second attempt to win election to the state House of Representative’s 81st District. He is one of two candiates seeking the Republican nomination in Tuesday’s primary. [Richmond Register]

A group of researchers at Harvard Medical School has found that medical industry payments to physicians in Massachusetts are associated with higher rates of prescribing brand-name drugs that treat high cholesterol. [ProPublica]

Almost a year after a major flood ripped through parts of Rowan County last July, Virgil and Bonnie Cornett say they are still waiting for state highway officials to keep their word and finish cleaning their property. [The Morehead News]

Nearly half a century after the saga of “Mountain Jane Doe” began, local authorities in the small mining town of Harlan, Kentucky, say they are one step closer to identifying the murder victim first recovered from a remote trail outside of town in 1969. [Reveal]

Four candidates are seeking to represent the Kentucky House of Representative’s 23rd District, and on Tuesday Barren County voters will choose who will get to advance to the general election in November. [Glasgow Daily Times]

It has emerged that the largest US pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, recently took steps to prevent its drugs being used in lethal injections. [BBC]

In May 1998, seven Democrats battled for Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District seat, including two state senators, two future mayors of Lexington, a former aide to President Bill Clinton and the Madison County attorney. That was then. [John Cheves]

In the modern era of Congress, it’s a rare day when lawmakers vote on legislation actually intended to go to the president’s desk. It’s an even rarer occasion when that legislation is meant to help individuals battling opioid addiction — as is the case with the bills the House passed on Wednesday and the raft of legislation it’s expected to pass in the next few days. [HuffPo]

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Meanwhile, In The Big Sandy Area…

The Big Sandy Community and Technical College in eastern Kentucky will launch the state’s first broadband technology program this fall. [H-L]

In NPI’s telling, white Americans are increasingly under siege in their own country, doomed to be a hated minority as people of color grow ever more numerous and politically powerful. And Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy has given the group’s members more hope than ever that help is on the way. [HuffPo]

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have dug herself a deep hole across Kentucky and Appalachia tonight, even though she may not have intended to do so – and she may have won votes in other states. [C-J/AKN]

Hillary Clinton appeared deeply uncomfortable when confronted on her support for the death penalty by a man wrongfully imprisoned for 39 years. [The Hill]

The heated special election race for the state’s 98th District House seat brought back young, local talent in political campaigning for the Greenup County candidates. [Ashland Independent]

Liberal-leaning Vermont could become the first U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana use through legislation, rather than by voter initiative, in a move that advocates for the drug say could speed its acceptance across the nation. [Reuters]

On Saturday, the newest members of the Barren County Community Emergency Response Team were told a tornado had touched down in at least two places in the county, and they were being dispatched to help with search-and-rescue efforts. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The violence at Trump’s rallies has boiled over in recent days. Trump himself canceled his rally on Friday in Chicago, citing safety concerns. [ThinkProgress]

Can KentuckyOne fix what ails the state? No. But it’s sure gonna spend every last cent it’s got on public relations and getting media coverage. This is just the latest example of the hype. [Business First]

Wall Street has been on a wild ride the last few months with big daily swings increasingly the norm. And one major reason is no one can figure out the 2016 election. [Politico]

Sharon Woods, associate director for workforce at the Barren River Area Development District, says there’s been a misunderstanding. However, Simpson County Judge-Executive Jim Henderson’s emails given to the Daily News on Tuesday show behind-the-scenes discussions about the current workforce process in the region that, if true, could jeopardize her agency’s ability to bid on whatever workforce plan surfaces. [BGDN]

Stray penises have long been a problem for presidential aspirants, but ordinarily candidates try to conceal the evidence rather than boast about the dimensions of their manhood. [BBC]

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission has dedicated 88 acres to an existing preserve in Pulaski County. [H-L]

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump refused to take responsibility on Sunday for clashes at his campaign events and criticized protesters who have dogged his rallies and forced him to cancel one in Chicago last week. [HuffPo]

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With their four-year terms expiring at the end of the year, Fayette County Public Schools board members Melissa Bacon and Daryl Love say they plan to run for re-election. [H-L]

After learning that Donald Trump apparently kept a volume of Adolf Hitler’s speeches at his bedside, Bill Maher made a scary comparison between the GOP front-runner at the German dictator on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday. [HuffPo]

A day before his twins’ sixth birthday celebration, Donald Mattingly Jr., 36, was riddled with bullets. Nine months later, his killer remains free, as do those responsible for nearly half of the homicides in Louisville last year. [C-J/AKN]

Democrats on Capitol Hill are starting to get worried about Donald Trump. Once convinced that a Trump nomination would be a godsend for their party, some are now warning that a general election fight against the billionaire tycoon will be anything but a cakewalk. [The Hill]

The polls were packed on Saturday at the Carter and Rowan County GOP caucus locations. [Ashland Independent]

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the National Guard’s cyber squadrons will play an increasingly important role in assessing the vulnerabilities of U.S. industrial infrastructure and could be asked to join the fight against Islamic State. [Reuters]

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in 2015 from 6.5 percent in 2014, while nonfarm employment gained 27,700 jobs, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2007 when it was also 5.4 percent. [Press Release]

Tim Cook got almost $400 million of restricted stock when he was named Apple chief executive in 2011, succeeding Steve Jobs. Regardless of whether Apple shareholders fared well or badly over the grant’s 10-year term, all Cook needed to do to collect that stock (worth about $700 million at today’s price) was keep his job. It was the kind of deal that pay mavens derisivelycall “pay for pulse.” [ProPublica]

A former spokeswoman for the Glasgow Police Department filed a lawsuit Friday in Barren Circuit Court against the City of Glasgow alleging wrongful termination. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Regulations that limit heavy metal pollution from oil- and coal-fired power plants will continue to be enforced by the EPA — at least for now — thanks to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. [ThinkProgress]

Members of a Lexington-based company have filed a lawsuit in federal court against the four current magistrates of Rowan Fiscal Court and former Judge-Executive Jim Nickell. The plaintiffs are claiming a violation of their constitutional right to exercise free speech. [The Morehead News]

Bernie Sanders sees an opportunity to gain ground on Hillary Clinton by focusing on blue-collar workers in the industrial Midwest, the working class voters who once went by the title of Reagan Democrats. [Politico]

For many years, this editorial board’s position on the death penalty has been keep it but fix it, because some crimes are so heinous that no other punishment will do. We now must concede that the death penalty is not going to be fixed and, in fact, probably cannot be fixed at any defensible cost to taxpayers. [H-L]

Senate Republicans’ obstruction of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination is racist, a coalition of prominent black clergy members and civil rights leaders said Friday. Several leaders called the obstruction of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and most of his caucus a form of bigotry that is similar to the racist rhetoric Donald Trump has used during his Republican Presidential nomination bid. [HuffPo]

McConnell Is Extremely Envious Of Obama

Republican Ben Carson brought his struggling campaign for president to Lexington Monday, and used the event to denounce the recent tone of the GOP nomination battle. [H-L]

When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Grandmother) decided that he would keep Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat vacant so the next president could decide, he might not have anticipated exactly how ugly the campaign was about to turn in his party. [HuffPo]

Oh hell, the local paper’s new education reporter is relying on a study from the Bluegrass Institute. So much for Allison Ross and her potential. [C-J/AKN]

The American media, over the past year, has been trying to work out something of a mystery: Why is the Republican electorate supporting a far-right, orange-toned populist with no real political experience, who espouses extreme and often bizarre views? How has Donald Trump, seemingly out of nowhere, suddenly become so popular? [Vox]

When Danny Blevins was a boy, a 40-horsepower tractor was a machine farmers would make a special trip to see, and then they’d talk about it for days. [Ashland Independent]

Justice Clarence Thomas asked a series of questions from the Supreme Court bench during oral arguments on Monday, the first time in 10 years he has done so. [The Hill]

If there was one thing that was made clear by guest speakers, specifically those serving at the federal level, during the Barren County Republican Party’s Lincoln Dinner Saturday, it was an overall dissatisfaction for President Barack Obama’s alleged disregard for the constitution and Congress. [Glasgow Daily Times]

U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared troubled on Monday by a judge’s failure to step aside in a death penalty case he had previously worked on as a prosecutor involving a convicted murderer who killed a man who had sexually abused him as a minor. [Reuters]

We live in an increasingly polarized society, sometimes with tragic consequences. Dr. Michael Waltman will discuss the need to confront that reality openly and honestly in order to change it at his Chautauqua lecture on Thursday, March 3, at Eastern Kentucky University. [Richmond Register]

With the clock ticking on making his Supreme Court pick, President Barack Obama has tapped senior adviser Brian Deese to lead the behind-the-scenes process. [Politico]

Surprise! Mitch McConnell is so butthurt he’s spewing veiled, racist nonsense in op-eds across the state about presidential appointments. [WCPO]

“Stronger Together” is not the name of the latest social-media fitness app. It’s a grant proposed in President Obama’s new budget, reviving an idea that hasn’t gotten much policy attention in decades: diversity in public schools. If the request is approved, $120 million will go to school districts for programs intended to make their schools more diverse. [NPR]

When Loretta Lynn was growing up in Butcher Hollow in Kentucky in 1930s, her home in the coal mining community was always filled with music, either from her own voice echoing through the trees or the sound of the Carter Family’s songs. [H-L]

Dozens of black college students in Georgia said they were asked to leave a Donald Trump rally on their campus Monday for standing silently on gymnasium bleachers before the business magnate began speaking. [HuffPo]