Anyone Remember The Iraq Quagmire?

A federal grand jury has indicted two men who are accused of distributing elephant tranquilizer that resulted a string of overdoses in Rowan County. [H-L]

When Sarbast Salih and his men enter a house formerly held by ISIS, they don’t go through the front door. Instead, they shimmy in through a window. [HuffPo]

When Pierce Mumaw’s students ask who he’ll vote for in the upcoming presidential election, he’s unapologetically honest about his conservatism. [C-J/AKN]

Haha, they think he’s from Ohio. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Ohio) on Saturday dismissed Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the November election will be rigged. [The Hill]

If you think this isn’t a Larry Clark-Damon Thayer good old boy political situation, you’re part of the problem. What this story doesn’t mention is that Thayer is advised by RPK’s spokesperson, who advocates for the repeal of label taxes and all that. Fun how that’s all overlooked. Thayer wanted it in the bill. [WFPL]

The U.S. economy is on track to grow at a 1.9 percent annualized pace in the third quarter following the September data on domestic retail data, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDP Now forecast model showed on Friday. [Reuters]

The removal of sludge from the city of Ashland’s water reservoir, a process that hasn’t taken place in eight years, is set to begin. [Ashland Independent]

It took Nick Alati half a day to cast a ballot in Arizona’s August primary — and his vote didn’t even count. [ProPublica]

Local historical figures will come to life Nov. 4-5 in South Central Kentucky Cultural Center’s Harvest of History, a living history event that doubles as a fundraiser for the cultural center. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump appeared to question the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency on Saturday, referring to him at a rally as the “quote ‘president.’’’ [Politico]

Sharon Sandifer-Bethea of Morehead is happy but anxious about the latest step in efforts to have her criminal record expunged. [The Morehead News]

Their public conference had been interrupted by a demonstration march and a bomb threat, so the white nationalists decided to meet secretly instead. They slipped past police officers and protesters into a hotel in downtown Memphis. The country had elected its first black president just a few days earlier, and now in November 2008, dozens of the world’s most prominent racists wanted to strategize for the years ahead. [WaPo]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is in a pickle. The senior Kentucky Republican began the year with a tough Senate electoral map. A wildly unpredictable Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has possibly made that map even harder. [H-L]

Following the news of yet another “warmest month ever,” NASA has basically called it: This year will be the hottest since record-keeping began in 1880. [HuffPo]

There’s A State Supreme Court Race

Justice Mary Noble of Lexington is retiring from the Kentucky Supreme Court just as it’s wading into several high-profile battles over the limits of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive power in areas such as university budget cuts and replacing state boards. [John Cheves]

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump appeared to question the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency once again on Saturday, referring to the president in air quotes. [HuffPo]

She had no prior record, but Alexandra Arnold, 21, of Carrollton is serving 10 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense. [C-J/AKN]

A progressive advocacy group is launching an advertising campaign accusing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who also is the Republican vice-presidential nominee, of allowing voter suppression after state police raided the offices of a voter registration program aimed at signing up African Americans. [WaPo]

Eastern Kentucky University released a statement Friday verifying that numbers contained in an Oct. 3 Faculty Senate resolution denouncing changes to employees’ health insurance plans were correct. [Richmond Register]

When an 8-year old boy showed up at his school’s clinic in rural Haiti with a low-grade fever and abdominal pain, he was told he had typhoid and given medicine to treat it. [NPR]

Regina Sutton was a struggling single mother with three growing boys, a grueling job as a high school cook and no prospects for anything better in the future. [Ashland Independent]

President Barack Obama ripped Donald Trump here Friday as a man who’s embraced an attack on the “global elite” only after failing to be accepted as a member of the global elite himself, attacking the Republican nominee for running an anti-American campaign with paper-thin support that’s all about conspiracy theories. [Politico]

This Kelley Paul thing will make your eyes roll back in your head. [The Morehead News]

The second week of October will likely be remembered as the moment when the 2016 presidential campaign went careening off the rails and spinning into the void. [BBC]

Look who crawled out of his D.C. dungeon to visit Kentucky. As he walked through student work areas at the Barren County Area Technology Center, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie inhaled deeply. [Glasgow Daily Times]

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a proponent of strong financial regulation, turned up the heat on the country’s top securities regulator on Friday, urging President Barack Obama to fire Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White. [Reuters]

The Woodford County Economic Development Authority took steps Friday toward bringing a natural gas line to the Midway industrial park so the county won’t lose a company expected to provide more than 200 jobs. [H-L]

After a week of repeated allegations that Donald Trump sexually assaulted women at various stages of his life, top Republican donors and even some rank-and-file lawmakers are urging the party to fully cordon itself off from its presidential nominee. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin Finally Caved On Education

The $14.9 billion Kentucky Retirement Systems plans to end its controversial investments in hedge funds. [John Cheves]

Projection is fun. Donald Trump suggested that he and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton should undergo a drug test before their third and final debate on Oct. 19. [HuffPo]

A Jefferson Circuit Court judge Friday denied motions to release five inmates from jail on the grounds that district judges refused to consider their financial status in setting bonds or consider granting them bail credit for each day they spent behind bars. [C-J/AKN]

It is time someone got to the bottom of everything that people say about Hillary Clinton. Who is she? More importantly, WHAT is she? [WaPo]

In the end, Gov. Matt Bevin decided not to ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider its 5-2 ruling that Bevin exceeded his executive power when he unilaterally reduced funding to state universities and community colleges. [Ronnie Ellis]

First lady Michelle Obama’s speech this week slamming Donald Trump’s comments about women was “the most effective political speech since Ronald Reagan,” according to right-wing commentator Glenn Beck. [The Hill]

Car horns rang out along U.S. 23 in South Shore on Saturday as residents slowed down and waved to show their support for United Steelworkers Local 133. [Ashland Independent]

Americans traveling to Cuba will be allowed to bring home more of the communist-ruled island’s coveted cigars and rum under new measures announced by the U.S. government on Friday to further ease trade, travel and financial restrictions that have been in place for decades. [Reuters]

Election Day is right around the corner in November, but your chance to hear your local candidates running for local office is next week. [The Morehead News]

The nation’s opioid epidemic shows no signs of abating—and in fact may be headed in a far more dangerous direction. [ProPublica]

Incumbent Glasgow City Council candidate Ben Bucher has decided not to run for a second term after all. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump on Friday intimated a woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her was not attractive enough to have drawn his interest—just as a new accuser was coming forward. [Politico]

A billionaire coal operator who wants to be governor of West Virginia is paying off delinquent property taxes in Eastern Kentucky but has a big debt to whittle down. [H-L]

Patriot Majority USA, a progressive advocacy group, is accusing the Republican vice presidential nominee of suppressing voter registration in a new advertising campaign launched on Saturday. [HuffPo]

Keeping Up With The Koch-UK Fun?

Let’s all pretend this isn’t a push by Hal Heiner to allow the use of tax dollars for extremist bullshit church-tied schools that turn a profit for investors. Matt Bevin’s push for charter schools in Kentucky gained ground Wednesday when his appointees were among those who pressed the Kentucky Board of Education to call a work session in November to help members develop a position. [H-L]

In a hostage-like video apology released in the early minutes of Saturday, Donald Trump dismissed a 2005 tape of him bragging about sexually assaulting women as a “more than decade-old video.” [HuffPo]

You already know Donald Trump is full of it. In making a claim that he can put coal miners back to work across Appalachia, Donald J. Trump asserted that the United States has “1,000 years of coal.” The notion of truly “clean coal,” with technology to capture and permanently store carbon dioxide, remains elusive at best. [C-J/AKN]

I don’t need to tell you about the latest revelation of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s views and behavior toward women. [WaPo]

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear told Glasgow residents who say they are struggling with the Infotricity rate option Glasgow Electric Plant Board implemented Jan. 1 that he would continue fighting with them to bring about change. [Glasgow Daily Times]

It wasn’t much of a surprise Thursday when Donald Trump’s campaign issued a blistering statement condemning the Paris climate agreement. [Mother Jones]

The severity of Kentucky’s addiction problems was underscored Friday by multiple efforts to combat what Boyd County Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods calls a street war. [Ronnie Ellis]

The number of Americans who support the death penalty has fallen below half for the first time, according to a US study. [BBC]

Lexington-based Kentucky League of Cities offered to partner with the city of Ashland to assist in the search for a new city manager. [Ashland Independent]

Donald Trump was captured in a 2005 video making extremely vulgar comments, including bragging about groping women. [ThinkProgress]

The U.S. Department of Education awarded one grant under the FY 2016 competition that will support a three-year project known as the Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics. [The Morehead News]

You may not realize it, but every website you visit is created, literally, the moment you arrive. [ProPublica]

The University of Kentucky’s University Senate voted Monday to approve the academic content but not the administrative structure of a proposed institute on free enterprise funded by $10 million from the Charles Koch Foundation and pizza magnate John Schnatter. [H-L]

Well? What’s left to do in this presidential campaign except shout about women’s hoohas? [HuffPo]

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Is Your Head Spinning Yet? Probably

A federal jury on Tuesday convicted Paintsville Mayor Robert Porter on charges of misappropriating city funds and bribery, according to U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey. [H-L]

Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, has a peculiar way of dealing with criticism. [HuffPo]

The judge handling the case of the former University of Kentucky board chairman charged with rape has recused himself. [C-J/AKN]

Hillary Clinton unloaded on Donald Trump’s criticism of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado on Friday, including his late-night tweet urging people to check out her “sex tape.” [The Hill]

Barren County voters said “YES” to legalizing the sale of packaged alcoholic beverages on Tuesday in a countywide local option election. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Obama administration on Thursday finalized rules requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to employees and expanding the type of data employers must provide on their pay practices. [Reuters]

Chronic overcrowding at the Madison County Detention Center continues, and no solution is in sight, Jailer Doug Thomas told the fiscal court Tuesday. [Richmond Register]

Whaaaat? This seems like something Matt Bevin would try. Federal law mandates that school districts provide special education services to students with disabilities–physical, emotional or developmental. [ProPublica]

The sweat equity accrued by a spirited crew of local volunteers determined to “build Ashland” has transformed city eyesores into sources of pride. [Ashland Independent]

Donald Trump’s campaign manager appeared to unwittingly confirm an explosive Newsweek story on Thursday, telling ABC’s The View that a Trump company did indeed spend money in Cuba in 1998, in violation of a longstanding U.S. embargo that Trump has vociferously defended. [ThinkProgress]

A Morehead State University student and downtown resident is concerned about public parking spots near his home. [The Morehead News]

Everyone but Donald Trump and his most ardent supporters recognize that Donald Trump lost Monday night’s debate. And because of the candidate’s stubborn disbelief in his ability to do anything but win, Trump lost the post-debate period too. [Politico]

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s victory at the state Supreme Court last week might have been good news for Kentucky’s colleges and universities, but it could eventually hurt the state’s credit rating, according to one major ratings agency. [H-L]

Roy Moore, the Alabama Supreme Court’s chief justice, has been suspended for the remainder of his term as punishment for instructing state judges to flout federal orders legalizing same-sex marriage, a state court ruled Friday. [HuffPo]

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Everyone’s Still Gagging Over Trump

Donald J. Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years, records obtained by The New York Times show. [NY Times]

Standard good old boy behavior in Kentucky. Former University of Kentucky board chairman Billy Joe Miles of Owensboro pleaded not guilty Monday to rape, sodomy and bribing a witness at a hearing in which the prosecutor said the alleged victim has received death threats and other harassment since the charges were filed. [H-L]

Donald Trump ramped up his feud with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado on Friday, calling her “disgusting” and accusing her of having a sex tape. [HuffPo]

Kathleen Smith, former University of Louisville President James Ramsey’s chief of staff, is out at the university’s fundraising arm, the U of L Foundation. [C-J/AKN]

We live in an era of increasing automation. But as machines make more decisions for us, it is increasingly important to understand the algorithms that produce their judgments. [ProPublica]

Glasgow Mayor Dick Doty readily accepted responsibility for erroneously signing an agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Glasgow Electric Plant Board. [Glasgow Daily Times]

At Monday night’s debate, Donald Trump was called out for stiffing the people who work for him. Trump has been accused of failing to pay hundreds of contractors. And so far, he hasn’t seemed very sorry. When asked about failing to pay someone by Hillary Clinton this week, Trump replied, “Maybe he didn’t do a good job and I was unsatisfied with his work.” [WaPo]

James W. Ebert, a lieutenant and assistant night shift commander for the Frankfort Police Department, will be sworn in as Richmond police chief Oct. 17. [Richmond Register]

Donald J. Trump has a cruel streak. He willfully causes pain and distress to others. And he repeats this public behavior so frequently that it’s fair to call it a character trait. Any single example would be off-putting but forgivable. Being shown many examples across many years should make any decent person recoil in disgust. [The Atlantic]

Interim Lewis County Schools Superintendent Donald W. Pace died unexpectedly on Monday. [Ashland Independent]

Suspicion is mounting about Donald Trump’s ties to Russian officials and business interests, as well as possible links between his campaign and the Russian hacking of U.S. political organizations. [TDB]

Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia are among the states challenging the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, or CPP, in oral arguments Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. [WFPL]

The U.S. Supreme Court opens its new term on Monday in uncharted territory, with an vacancy on the bench on a presidential Election Day now certain for the first time since Abraham Lincoln won re-election in 1864 at the height of the Civil War. [Reuters]

Spoiler alert! Montgomery County Schools are not and never were top ten. But you already knew that. [H-L]

On Wednesday, Congress was so determined to pass a law to sue Saudi Arabia that it overrode President Barack Obama’s veto. But possible backlash against America had top Republican leaders looking for someone else to blame Thursday. [HuffPo]

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Not A Great School-Related Statistic…

Longtime Democratic activist and political consultant Larry O’Bryan, of Louisville, was charged Wednesday with federal crimes alleging that he played a role in the political bribery and kickback scheme arranged by Tim Longmeyer while Longmeyer was secretary of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet. [C-J/AKN]

About 6 p.m. Tuesday, Attorney General Andy Beshear received what he called an unsolicited text message from Gov. Matt Bevin. It said: “I would strongly suggest that you get your house in order. Your office is becoming an increasing embarrassment to the Commonwealth.” [H-L]

The number of students charged with assaults in the third degree at Kentucky schools rose significantly in one year by 51.3 percent, according to an annual school safety report released Thursday. [More H-L]

I’ve been traveling to presidential debates since 1988, and the one I just saw here at Hofstra University was historic. Republican nominee Donald Trump turned in the worst ― and I mean worst ― debate performance in modern times. It was so bad that in a normal year, it would disqualify him from getting anywhere near the White House. [HuffPo]

They piled into the minivan, all seven of them, and drove slowly on a darkened Louisville interstate toward the exit marked for the airport. Hustling up escalators with five boys in the half-empty, late-night terminal, Ahmad Al Tybawi and his wife, Ahlam Al Swedan, found themselves back where they had arrived almost a year before — when they were gaunt and exhausted from fleeing Syria’s bloody civil war. [C-J/AKN]

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 37 states now offer voters some way to cast ballots early and avoid lining up at the polls on Election Day. [ProPublica]

Louisville has been chosen for a federal pilot program aimed at attacking the city’s heroin and prescription opioid problem. [WFPL]

Turns out that when it comes to fighting climate change, most Americans are willing to pay a little more to get the job done. [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for August fell to 4.9 percent, down from a revised 5 percent in July, the state Office of Employment and Training announced Monday. [Richmond Register]

Kentucky sure is good at proving stereotypes correct. This clown panic is just the latest incident. [BBC]

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruling against Gov. Matt Bevin’s higher education funding reductions was welcome news at Ashland Community and Technical College. [Ashland Independent]

Mrs. Clinton seems to have bested Mr. Trump in the debate largely thanks to her mastery of three subjects that have defined her general election campaign: race, gender and national security. [NY Times]

The Rowan County Board of Education has approved a partnership with Morehead State for the use of some of the district’s kitchen facilities. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump on Tuesday insisted that Hillary Clinton did not get under his skin during their first debate and suggested he may “hit her harder” in their next encounter by raising the subject of former President Bill Clinton’s infidelities. [WaPo]

A judge has upheld a state ethics code violation against a woman linked with former state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. [H-L]

Donald Trump accused NBC News’ Lester Holt of favoring Hillary Clinton in Monday night’s presidential debate. [HuffPo]

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