KRS Needs Something Much Tougher

On Tuesday, the Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing in Washington on the growing scandal at Wells Fargo, one of the nation’s top lenders, which illegally charged customers $1.5 million in fees after it secretly opened two million sham accounts in their names. Among those socking Wells Fargo with a total of $185 million in fines is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal regulatory watchdog. [John Cheves]

Hundreds of the world’s leading scientists, including famed physicist Stephen Hawking, warn in an open letter Tuesday that a Donald Trump win in November would prove disastrous to global efforts against climate change. [HuffPo]

Domonique Greene wasn’t keen on public speaking but ambled down a church aisle on a recent Mother’s Day weekend to stand before more than 400 congregants. He paused to catch his breath amid sobs before announcing: “I need y’all’s prayers. I’m addicted to heroin. I fear I’m going to die if I don’t get help.” [C-J/AKN]

Police in Florida and other states are building up private DNA databases, in part by collecting voluntary samples from people not charged with — or even suspected of — any particular crime. [ProPublica]

What the KRS needs is not a piddly audit but a full-scale forensic accounting investigation. A Philadelphia-based consulting company has won a contract to review Kentucky’s struggling public pension systems. [Richmond Register]

If you’re a voter who cares about stopping climate change, you really need to read Donald Trump’s newest economic policy plan. [ThinkProgress]

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday awarded a $3,389,437 grant to the Ashland-Boyd County Airport Board in Worthington. The Airport Improvement Program, or AIP, funds will be used to construct a new taxiway at the Ashland Regional Airport. [Ashland Independent]

Former President George H.W. Bush is bucking his party’s presidential nominee and plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, according to a member of another famous political family, the Kennedys. [Politico]

A 4-2 passage of a municipal order sparked controversy during last Monday’s City Council meeting. The disagreement was about an order recommended by Mayor Jim Tom Trent to appoint Edna Schack to the Morehead-Rowan County-Lakeview Heights Joint Planning Commission. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump’s campaign is grappling with new allegations that the GOP nominee used his charitable foundation to pay personal expenses. [The Hil]

The two candidates vying to represent Barren County and one precinct in Warren County in the Kentucky House of Representatives were being measured Saturday by local farm families, as each answered the same set of five questions that had been provided to them a few weeks in advance. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Mylan NV faced new scrutiny over price hikes for its anti-allergy EpiPen on Tuesday, with U.S. lawmakers calling for a probe of oversight of the company’s rebates to government healthcare plans, while West Virginia said it was investigating whether Mylan defrauded its Medicaid department. [Reuters]

The League of Women Voters of Lexington has canceled more than half of the candidate forums it planned for early October because one person in each race — usually the incumbent — would not participate. [John Cheves]

Want to keep the government open? Want to fund the Zika response? The trucking industry and Republican allies in Congress say the price for that could be weakening rest rules for truck drivers, sources said. [HuffPo]

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Bevin Still Trying To Choke Medicaid

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is unlikely to approve changes to Kentucky’s Medicaid program that would interfere with its “extremely successful” progress at helping more people get health insurance, a top official said Wednesday. [John Cheves]

Police shot and killed a teenager in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday night following a reported armed robbery. [HuffPo]

Frustrated state social workers have turned to Facebook to vent about what they say is an ongoing crisis in the overwhelmed, underfunded Child Protective Services agency charged with investigating child abuse and neglect and protecting children. [C-J/AKN]

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called the events surrounding and following the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, “a stupid witch hunt,” saying that fault partially lies with the US ambassador who was killed in the attack, according to personal emails. [BuzzFeed]

A walking cemetery tour, the Harvest of History, which serves as a fundraiser for the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center was canceled for this year, initially, but on Tuesday an announcement was made during the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission that the event will take place, but it will be held later in the year. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Guess which borderline racist, definitely homophobic PR guy pushed this story on Reid Wilson. In November 2014, days after Republicans recaptured control of the U.S. Senate in the midterm elections, Mitch McConnell called Kentucky state Rep. Jonathan Shell to complain. McConnell had just scored a huge reelection win, and when the 114th Congress gaveled into session, he would fulfill his lifelong goal of becoming majority leader. [The Hill]

The regional heroin epidemic seemingly has hit Rowan County with eight suspected heroin overdoses reported last Thursday in a 24-hour period. [The Morehead News]

Tanya Walker had lung cancer and was coughing up blood, but she says her emergency room doctor kept asking about her genitals. [Reuters]

The Ashland Board of Education on Tuesday announced it will seek a line of credit up to $750,000 and retain a financial consultant, a few days after Director of Finance Timothy Walters announced his retirement. [Ashland Independent]

Three years ago, the Republican-led House was close to reaching a compromise on immigration. This is the inside story of what went wrong. [ProPublica]

[Yet Another] study shows that Kentucky has the worst-funded pension system in the nation, compounded by the fact that of all the states, the commonwealth is doing the worst at paying off its pension debt. [WFPL]

Former president Bill Clinton did not shy away from addressing Donald Trump’s appeals to white supremacists on Wednesday, asserting at a campaign stop that “Make America Great Again” is a racist dog whistle. [ThinkProgress]

The city of Lexington failed to deposit more than $400,000 it had agreed in 2013 to give to the police and fire pension fund, city officials confirmed Wednesday. The city made a payment of more than $500,000 to the fund late last week to cover earnings on the missed payment. [H-L]

These racists just won’t quit. Add Islamophobia to Republican lawmaker Steve King’s growing resume of ignorance. [HuffPo]

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You’re Probably A Trump Deplorable…

The University of Kentucky wants to stop using state procurement rules in hiring investment managers for its $1.2 billion endowment, a move that officials say will allow it to be more nimble and make more money. [H-L]

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday that his office has launched an ongoing “inquiry” into whether the nonprofit Donald J. Trump Foundation is “complying with the laws governing charities in New York.” [HuffPo]

Since she was installed as president of Spalding University in 2010, Tori Murden McClure has not accepted a raise or a bonus. She turned down a car allowance and she turned down a housing allowance. Her only perk as president is a campus parking space. [C-J/AKN]

Disability rights groups said on Thursday they have asked child protective services to intervene in the case of a severely disabled Wisconsin teenager who suffers chronic pain from her disease and wants to die. [Reuters]

With unemployment rates for Barren County still hovering around the 5 percent mark, local industries are having a harder time filling their need for skilled workers. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A Dubai real estate mogul had a prison sentence disappear. Manufacturing executives in El Salvador dodged having to clean up a case of dangerous lead contamination. Two global financiers embezzled $300 million from an Indonesian bank but got off light. [ProPublica]

The regional heroin epidemic seemingly has hit Rowan County with six suspected heroin overdoses reported Thursday in a 12-hour period. [The Morehead News]

Coal and electricity companies paid to meet with Republican state attorneys general just weeks before those top law enforcement officials joined in suing the federal government over the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, new documents show. [ThinkProgress]

Dogs will soon scamper in Ashland’s Central Park inside a fence that once wrapped around a seldom-used ice skating rink. [Ashland Independent]

Donald Trump has maintained he was always against the US invasion of Iraq, but he is on record as saying otherwise. [BBC]

As Eastern Kentucky University students shuffle from class to class this semester, they are surrounded by a cacophony of bulldozers, hammers and intermittent beeps as the campus undergoes an ambitious revitalization not seen since the Robert R. Martin era. [Richmond Register]

If you’ve ever wanted a look at just how badly Kentucky’s educational system is failing us, read this story about Kentuckians supporting Donald Trump. You’ll walk away understanding just how easily duped people are – especially in rural Appalachia. You’ll also get another look at just what a dishonest twat Bill Bissett, of the Kentucky Coal Association, is. You know, the man who opposes helping miners get their pensions back because he couldn’t give two shits about anyone but the wealthy (and sometimes imprisoned) coal barons who pay his salary. Oh! You’ll also get yet another glimpse at just how racist and afraid people are as you read yet another exploitative story about Eastern (with a capital E) Kentucky. [NY Times]

A second man has been convicted in connection with a scheme to steal $1.32 million from a contractor who believed he was leveling land for a recycling factory in Manchester. [H-L]

The Affordable Care Act has helped millions of Americans get health insurance. But it’s helping Americans in some parts of the country more than others. [HuffPo]

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Louisville Has Become Shooting Central

Last month, it appeared that Hillary Clinton’s joint fundraising committee had given nearly $800,000 to cash-poor Kentucky Democrats. Turns out it wasn’t theirs to keep. [H-L]

Donald Trump cannot possibly serve as president if he keeps embracing Russian leader Vladimir Putin, two top former spymasters argued in a scathing editorial. [HuffPo]

FBI agents out of the Louisville Division are going to increase their role in battling gangs and the drug trade here and across Kentucky after a surge of activity. [C-J/AKN]

As Chuck DeBonis was wrapping up his stint as a civilian paramedic at a military base in Kuwait earlier this year, he found a home he wanted to buy in the Virginia town of Bristow for his return. [Reuters]

The Coal Fields Regional Industrial Park is sprawled across 400 acres of land in Perry County and has more than 200,000 square feet of warehousing space. But 20 years after its construction, just three companies call it home. [Richmond Register]

A tenth of the planet’s wilderness was eradicated in the last two decades and conservation efforts are failing to keep pace with the rate of wilderness loss, according to a new study. [ThinkProgress]

The murder tally in Louisville is spiking this year. As of Wednesday, Louisville Metro Police report 81 homicides since the beginning of the year. That’s the highest year-to-date total since at least 2006, police records show. [WPFL]

President Barack Obama has nominated the first Muslim-American to serve as a federal judge, saying the D.C. based-lawyer would serve “with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice” if confirmed. [Politico]

A great football player, for sure. But the late Howard Murphy was every bit a great person, too. [Ashland Independent]

Two Americans have been arrested and charged for allegedly helping to hack high-ranking US government officials. [BBC]

Whose money is it? That’s one question Park City commissioners tried to answer Tuesday when talking about the more than $4,000 in a bank account that is earmarked for the upkeep of the veterans memorial. [Glasgow Daily Times]

At last, Bill Clinton could not help himself. He paced the stage during a speech on Tuesday in North Carolina, holding his microphone close. He raised his left index finger. And at once, the meandering address turned sharply, and without prompting, to his charitable foundation, a magnet for criticism in recent weeks. [NY Times]

This is just gross. Hunt Brothers Pizza will be the official pizza of Rupp Arena and its concession stands beginning this fall, Lexington Center announced Wednesday. [H-L]

It’s no secret that Donald Trump hasn’t exactly been a choirboy during his presidential campaign. [HuffPo]

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Rand Paul Is Still Just A Tiny Texan Troll

Rand Paul is the reason so many miners are suffering, their pensions are disappearing and they have no hope. Twats like the Miniature Texan and his drunken, DUI-prone spokesperson are why Kentucky can’t have nice things. Because you can’t fix that kind of stupid. [H-L]

UK has been pooping its pants for years. Not nearly as badly as UofL but pretty damn close. The University of Kentucky’s ongoing lawsuit against its student newspaper prompted a dramatic split among the 21-member UK Board of Trustees Friday, with one trustee saying he was told President Eli Capilouto would resign if he brought the issue to a vote. [More H-L]

Thick, massive cakes of smelly green toxic algae bubbled up along beaches and rivers in South Florida’s coastal communities this summer. It was so serious, authorities declared a state of emergency. [HuffPo]

The University of Kentucky’s lawsuit against its student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, over an open records dispute is on the UK Board of Trustees’ radar as the group continues to meet in Bowling Green on Friday. [C-J/AKN]

Under the leadership of University of Louisville Foundation President James Ramsey, the value of the university’s foundation – adjusted for inflation – dropped 19 percent, or $131 million, from 2006 through April this year. [More C-J/AKN]

Republican incumbents are leading their Democratic Senate challengers in four crucial swing states, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday. [The Hill]

You should check out the crazy lady Matt Bevin campaigned for in Morehead. Matt Bevin came to Morehead Thursday to campaign for Wendy Fletcher, Republican candidate for state representative in the 99th District. [The Morehead News]

The notes are handwritten on a legal pad and provide a verbatim account of the shock, pain and grim determination aboard Air Force One on Sept. 11, 2001. [Reuters]

You can bet both parties are doing a lot of polling in the contest for control of the state House of Representatives. [Ronnie Ellis]

As soon as Stewart Anderson stepped foot inside the Lorton Reformatory, a Virginia prison, he knew he’d have to work for negligible pay in order to endure his 20-year sentence. [ThinkProgress]

Things are looking up for some Kentucky workers. That’s according to a new report from the left-leaning Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s broadside against the top military brass is drawing warnings of a crisis in civilian-military relations should he become commander in chief and begin bypassing generals and admirals now serving under President Barack Obama. [Politico]

The Madison County Cooperative Extension Board has the lowest property tax rate of any local entity, but it will go up slightly for 2016. [Richmond Register]

Once upon a time, in New York City in the 1950s, a little boy didn’t like his second-grade music teacher, Charles Walker. So, the boy later boasted, he slugged Mr. Walker, giving him a black eye. [NY Times]

University of Louisville trustees are threatening to sue the school’s foundation for what they see as a lack of accountability in the university’s fundraising arm. [H-L]

A major ruling expected Friday from a federal judge could derail construction of a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota. [HuffPo]

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And Miles To Go Before We Sleep…

This… wow. All the makings of a scandal. Billy Joe Miles, a prominent farm businessman in Owensboro and a former chairman of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, was charged Tuesday with rape, sodomy and bribing a witness. He is 76. He has four children. Daughter Suzanne Miles is a Republican state representative for the 7th House District, which includes Daviess, Henderson and Union counties. [H-L]

Donald Trump is living large on his donors’ dime. His campaign is spending lavishly on Trump businesses instead of cheaper alternatives. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin, who came into office last year saying that he didn’t owe anyone anything because he largely paid for his own election, is still raising money for his old campaign, which at last count owed him more than $4 million. [More C-J/AKN]

Physicians whose state boards have sanctioned them for harming patients, unnecessarily prescribing addictive drugs, bilking federal insurance programs and even sexual misconduct nonetheless continue to receive payments for consulting, giving talks about products, and more. [ProPublica]

Congressman Thomas Massie, R-Ky., seeks an end to the lame-duck session, but predicted Congress will likely pass a continuing resolution when it returns to Washington that could lead to another omnibus spending bill in December. [Ashland Independent]

Americans of a certain age who follow politics and policy closely still have vivid memories of the 2000 election — bad memories, and not just because the man who lost the popular vote somehow ended up in office. For the campaign leading up to that end game was nightmarish too. [NY Times]

Metcalfe County magistrates approved on second reading Tuesday during a special-called meeting the county’s alcohol ordinance. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Refugees can be an economic boost, not burden, to the communities that host them, a new study by the United Nations concludes. [Click the Clicky]

On International Overdose Awareness Day, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $53 million in funding to 44 states, four tribes and Washington, D.C., to improve access to treatment for opioid use disorders, reduce opioid related deaths and strengthen drug misuse prevention efforts. [Richmond Register]

What does it mean to be a Republican? For generations, the answer had been clear: A belief in individual liberty. Free markets. Strong national defense. But what does it mean to be a Republican today? With Donald Trump as the party’s new standard-bearer, it’s impossible to say. [Dallas Morning News]

Morehead State University officially welcomed four new Board of Regents members – Adam Abbott of Buckhorn, Craig Preece of Lovely, Patrick Price of Flemingsburg and Terri S. Walters of Pikeville – Friday, Aug. 26, at its special meeting. [The Morehead News]

Retired coal miners and their congressional allies are shifting into overdrive in their push for Congress to pass legislation shoring up their retirement benefits. [The Hill]

Eric C. Conn’s attorney has filed a notice of compliance last week with court orders imposed Aug. 19 asking that the court be updated on the status of Conn’s malpractice insurance. However, court documents show that a judge’s order allowing Conn’s assets to be unfrozen was based on the incorrect information that Conn did have valid malpractice insurance. [Floyd Chronicle]

Years after the issue was debunked, Donald Trump still refuses to back away from the birther conspiracy he helped fuel. [HuffPo]

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Bevin Didn’t Learn From His Cockfighting Rally Incident, Once Again Caught By The Balls By Democrats

The timing of a family court judge’s announcement of his resignation — and the subsequent filing by his wife to succeed him — has raised questions in Clark and Madison counties about whether the retirement was orchestrated to prevent competition from other potential candidates. [H-L]

House Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-Toots) wants to exert congressional authority over state attorneys general who are trying to investigate ExxonMobil’s climate record. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville violated the state’s open records law when it didn’t hand over documents related to its decision to impose a postseason ban on the men’s basketball team, Attorney General Andy Beshear has decided. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama says he plans to keep pushing for action on climate change after his presidency ends in January. [The Hill]

Congressman John Yarmuth is accusing Gov. Matt Bevin of plotting to end Medicaid expansion in Kentucky. [WDRB]

S&P Global Ratings warned on Thursday that the Chicago public school system’s B-plus credit rating could fall deeper into the junk level due to its “extremely weak” cash position. [Reuters]

When Florida State athletes arrived on campus in 1998, they received $144,750 in free Nike footwear and apparel. This year, a vault of $2.8 million in Nike gear awaited players arriving in Tallahassee. That’s in addition to the $1.4 million in cash Nike will pay this year for the right to outfit the university’s athletes. [Business First]

Insys, which has come under fire before for using doctors with troubled histories to promote or consult on its products, faces new claims from Illinois’ attorney general. [ProPublica]

In a very brief special called meeting of the Berea Board of Education in late August, board members voted to keep the school tax rates the same for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. [Richmond Register]

A powerful drug that’s normally used to tranquilize elephants is being blamed for a record spike in drug overdoses in the Midwest. Officials in Ohio have declared a public health emergency and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says communities everywhere should be on alert for carfentanil. [NPR]

The Ashland Rotary Club received a glimpse of what the Kyova Interstate Planning Commission does at Monday’s meeting. The commission, located in Huntington, is an association of the Tri-State region that operates as a forum for evaluating and taking on transportation issues. Counties include Boyd and Greenup in Kentucky, Lawrence County in Ohio and Cabell, Wayne and a portion of Putnam in West Virginia. [Ashland Independent]

When Congress gets back from recess, one of the first items on Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D-DC) agenda will be salary histories. [ThinkProgress]

UK is the worst these days. After weeks of national publicity, the University of Kentucky proceeded this week with a lawsuit against its independent student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. [H-L]

Saying he’s “tired of all the lies,” Rep. Fitz Steele, D-Hazard, said he was present at a meeting Gov. Matt Bevin denies ever took place, a meeting where Democrat Rep. Kevin Sinnette of Ashland says the governor tried to pressure him into switching parties. [Ronnie Ellis]

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