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Ammonium nitrate is all over U.S., given uneven oversight; it exploded in Beirut — and in West Texas

Ammonium nitrate, blamed for the Beirut explosion, is all over the U.S., and unevenly regulated, due to agriculture’s influence. The explosion in Beirut last week that killed more than 130 people was fueled by 2,750 metric tons of an unsafely stored fertilizer. That fertilizer, ammonium nitrate, is common in the U.S., and it’s unevenly regulated. That could put more people at risk, Joe...

Report says Kentucky should tighten limits on gatherings, close bars where positive tests are up

A report prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended that Gov. Andy Beshear should close bars in all counties with rising percentages of positive tests for the coronavirus, limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people, decrease indoor restaurant capacity to 25 percent and “increase outdoor dining opportunities.” The recommendations were in a previously unpublicized...

Amye Bensenhaver: Is there an ideal public records law? Kentucky is among the majority with its D+

Is there an ideal public records law among the 50 states? MuckRock, a self-described “collaborative news site that brings together journalists, researchers, activists, and regular citizens to request, analyze, and share government documents, making politics more transparent and democracies more informed,” recently asked this question. The article begins by noting that in a “State Integrity Report”...

Center for Public Integrity: Koch Brothers pour more than $23.4 million into higher education, including UK

By Dave Levinthal Center for Public Integrity The Koch brothers are supersizing their already hefty investments into college students’ hearts and minds. A pair of private foundations led by the billionaire industrialists poured more than $23.4 million into U.S. colleges and universities during 2014, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of tax documents recently filed with the Internal...