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HORSE SLAUGHTERHOUSES MAY RETURN
Slaughter advocates say it’s a necessary alternative to paying thousands of dollars to care for aging horses — and more humane than letting horses languish abandoned or be mistreated when shipped to Canada and Mexico, where slaughter plants continue to operate. Opponents say that slaughter is inherently inhumane and that the congressional action will result in the reopening of U.S. slaughterhouses.A thorough report at the link.
GOVERNOR'S SECOND INAUGURATION: NO MONEY, NO PROBLEM
When you're broke in Kentucky, you improvise:
Two themes running through the inaugural festivities on Tuesday when Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov.-elect Jerry Abramson are sworn in will be frugality and family-friendliness. "We're balancing economy with the fact that this is an historic day in Kentucky," said the inaugural's executive director, Bob Stewart, working on his eighth inauguration. Four years ago, when Beshear was elected the first time, his inaugural bash cost about $800,000. With cost-cutting measures in place this time, expenses are expected to be less than $400,000, Stewart said.
BESHEAR & WILLIAMS STILL AIN'T SPEAKIN'
BESHEAR & WILLIAMS STILL AIN'T SPEAKIN'
They're still just so gosh-dern mad at each other:
It’s been on Williams’ desk that Beshear’s legislation has gone to die, quite often.Courier-Journal
But following Beshear’s bruising 21-point victory over Williams in November’s election, Beshear may believe that he can bypass Williams and get things done by working with a coalition of Democrats and Republicans who saw the election as proof that voters are tired of divisive politics that have ground government to a halt in both Washington, D.C., and Frankfort.
NEW COVINGTON MUSIC CLUB TO OPEN THIS FRIDAY
Bangarang's will celebrate its grand opening "eve" in the space that just a few weeks ago housed the Mad Hatter. On Saturday, the club will officially open.
For a list of the music acts at Bangarang's this weekend, click the link.Bangarang's @ Facebook
OCCUPY NKY WILL TRY FOR SECOND RALLY NEXT WEEKEND
After a low-attended event Sunday in Covington's Mainstrasse, the Occupy NKY crew discussed important issues and how to move forward on raising awareness of them. The second effort is next Sunday at the World Peace Bell in Newport.
Occupy Northern Kentucky @ Facebook
For photos of yesterday's Occupy Northern Kentucky event, click the link:
The RC News: Occupy NKY: Discussion About the Future
IN CASE YOU MISSED...
WHEN TRAFFIC IS A GOOD THING
An interstate detour sent hundreds, and maybe thousands of cars, down Main Street over the weekend. Click the link for a glimpse at all the positive changes the drivers saw.
The RC News: When Traffic Detours Are a Good Thing
GREEK TO ME CLOSES DOWNTOWN COVINGTON LOCATION
This is not only a blow for the local restaurant's fans, but also for City Hall. Covington's leaders now operate out of a building on a rapidly emptying block on Madison Avenue. Story and photos at the link.
The RC News: Greek To Me Closes in Covington for Second Time
THE SUNDAY EDITION
All the stories you may have missed from the previous week, including a thorough report from the Covington City Commission, at the link.
The RC News: The Sunday Edition
KENTUCKY JAILS HIGH NUMBER OF YOUTHS
Truancy and other nonviolent offenses land Kentucky youths in jail at one of the highest rates in the country:
Those being locked up are youths such as 18-year-old Alan Hack, a student from Grayson County whose struggles with depression prompted him to miss so much school that he was brought up on truancy charges. Just a few days before graduation last June — while in school, taking a final exam — he was picked up by police, handcuffed and taken to a Hardin County juvenile detention center for failing to abide with a judge’s order not to miss more school. “It didn’t make any sense to me,” said Hack, now a freshman at Murray State University. “Here I was taking a final exam so I could finish my classes and graduate.”Courier-Journal via nky.com
RINGING FOR MARY MIDDLETON
One of Mary Middleton's most visible charitable contributions was with the Salvation Army. Volunteers are stepping up to "ring a bell for Mary" since Middleton's tragic accidental death.
KY LOTTO SALES ARE UP
Because everyone wants to be in the 1%! Or, maybe just the top 50%, since scratch-offs are the reason for the increase:
Howard Kline, the lottery's senior vice president of finance, said sales totaled $251.1 million, a $5.4 million increase from the previous year. The major factor was a nearly $4 million increase in the sale of scratch-off tickets, he said. At a board meeting in Louisville on Thursday, lottery directors heard a presentation on the previously announced transition of Powerball from a $1 to a $2 game, starting Jan. 15.Soon, you'll have to win on a scratch-off to be able to afford a Powerball ticket!
MAN IN SUIT SLAMS FIST ON DESK
According to the four other men in suits present, the important man, who was seated behind the desk in question, reportedly meant business and, with the single pound of his fist, effectively sent a clear message of what would and would not be tolerated from that point on.The Onion
11 CHRISTMAS SONGS THAT NEVER MADE IT
They include on the list the above-referenced Kenny Rogers song, which I had actually never heard of.