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Transparency: Fischer Put His Foot In His Mouth

July 23rd, 2014 by jake · No Comments

Here’s what Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer had to say recently:

“And it might sound trite, but the government is the people and it is the citizens, so there are no secrets.” – Mayor Greg Fischer July 14, 2014.

Just a week later, we broke this scandal that flies in the face of everything Greg Fischer has ever said or done.

Oh, anyone expecting a feel-good response from Greg Fischer: just give up now. He’s had his chance(s) to clean things up and has done nothing but further the waste, fraud, abuse of public trust, corruption and abuse of animals that absolutely could have and should have been stopped. If you expect him to say or do anything that could make you feel better? That’s like expecting an abuser to change and stop beating you. It’s a similar mentality.

Quit it with the hope and change and compassion bullshit and hold the man and his people accountable.

Rather than do anything, Fischer’s folks have taken to calling our advertisers this morning in an attempt to malign characters and harm our business. Rather than take positive action, that’s what they do. Just like the Democrats in 2011, they’d rather go after the messenger who uncovers the scandal instead of doing their jobs. That’s their true character.

It’s a sad week in Possibility City.

UPDATE: Want a nice roundup of some of our significant LMAS stories? You’ll find a decent list of them by clicking here.

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What’s Bobbie Coleslaw Up To These Days, Kids?

July 23rd, 2014 by admin · No Comments

This guy is apparently running against Bobbie Coleslaw and he sent out an interesting email blast yesterday:

Jefferson County Clerk’s New Hire, Borderline Unethical

Vitalis Lanshima, Democratic Candidate for Jefferson County Clerk, unequivocally opposes Republican Bobbie Holsclaw’s appointment of her Campaign Manager, in the current election, as the new Co-Director of the Election Center effective August 18, 2014.

According to Vitalis, “the integrity of a contested election is at stake and employing someone who currently manages her campaign to this critical position is borderline unethical”.

The Jefferson County Clerk’s office has a history of marginalizing the Democratic Party in contested elections. For instance, in 2010, Holsclaw refused to train Democratic Party poll challengers for partisan reasons, even after the Secretary of State directed her to do so. The Democratic Party sued the Jefferson County Clerk’s office and won. Holsclaw then appealed the verdict and lost again.

It is ultimately bad judgment and abuse of the County Clerk’s position to appoint someone who works within her campaign, and has a close relationship within the Kentucky Republican party. This appointment should be put on hold until after the election.

Sounds a lot like Coleslaw is back to her old ways of scratching the backs of those who scratch hers while using your tax dollars.

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Fischer-LMAS Scandal Still Churning Stomachs

July 23rd, 2014 by admin · 3 Comments

An elderly woman’s wish has been granted, and WDRB’s Rachel Collier was there as she was surprised with a gift that will change how she lives. [WDRB]

The Louisville Metro Housing Authority is reevaluating a plan that would implement a $75 monthly rent for randomly selected Section 8 participants after housing advocates called the proposed study unfair. [C-J/AKN]

The Indiana Gaming Commission is investigating a bomb threat that came into the Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth, Ind. July 10. A WHAS11 I-Team investigation uncovered much more about the so-called threat and a man who was publicly lead away in handcuffs that same night. [WHAS11]

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ latest campaign ad unfairly and inaccurately blames U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for lost coal jobs, according to the Kentucky Coal Association. [H-L]

WARNING: Ridiculous auto-play video that no one at the station seems to recognize is awful. Three arson investigations are underway in Old Louisville after a series of early-morning fires were set intentionally, according to investigators. [WLKY]

Agreeing to implement Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion could effectively improve the health of babies who haven’t even been born yet. [Think Progress]

Louisville has seen cases of unaccompanied children before concerning countries like Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, but with a large Central American population in the area some agencies are planning ahead. [WAVE3]

Want to read the most scandalous Louisville Metro Animal Services story yet? Have at it. The worst in eight years of our LMAS coverage. Everyone from Greg Fischer on down are to blame and should be prosecuted. [The 'Ville Voice]

The University of Louisville has responded to a request by the state attorney general to justify its refusal to turn over documents to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, in the latest step in an ongoing battle over public records. [WFPL]

Forty-eight food destinations in eastern Kentucky are included in a new mapguide developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to promote culinary tourism throughout the region. [Press Release]

Vendors at The Forecastle Festival were beyond pleased with their sales this weekend. [Business First]

Indiana produced 10,000 private-sector jobs last month, however the state’s unemployment rate crept up, and the Louisville Metro Statistical Area has seen sluggish labor gains over the year compared to other cities. [News & Tribune]

→ 3 CommentsTags: Bad Behavior · Business · Dogs · Economy · Festival · Greg Fischer · Health Care · Housing · Indiana · Metro Government · Old Louisville · Politics · Scandal · Transparency · Travel · University of Louisville · Youth

The LMAS Official-Turned-Fischer-Staffer Scandal Gets Real: Proof Margaret Brosko & Other Metro Officials Are Corrupt & Lack Any Compassion

July 22nd, 2014 by jake · 35 Comments

Want a nice roundup of some of our significant LMAS stories? You’ll find a decent list of them by clicking here.

Original story below.

In February 2013, Louisville Metro Animal Services received a young and beautiful Pitbull named Sadie. She was friendly, likable and loving but had what amounted to a dangling leg from an injury that needed to be amputated. Her owner attempted to claim her in March and received a violation notice of her injuries. When a vet notice is issued, owners are required to provide vet care within 48 hours or they wind up in court. The owner didn’t bother getting her care and didn’t bother showing up for court. Nothing happened. No bench warrant was issued. There was no follow-up from LMAS.

In late August, the owner finally surrendered Sadie to LMAS and she was set to be euthanized.

A big deal, sure, but not something LMAS couldn’t handle and not something that is rare. But Sadie’s story doesn’t end like you think it should.


SADIE, UPON INTAKE

LMAS sent her to Jefferson Animal Hospital and was immediately advised to amputate the leg or put her to sleep. She was placed in foster care with an LMAS employee named Heather Adkins, who confirms everything we’re revealing in a lengthy written statement. Adkins committed to keeping Sadie for six months while Margaret Brosko (then second in command at LMAS), Kim Ward (Foster Coordinator) and Alisa Oerther (Community Engagement Supervisor) worked to secure funding for Sadie to get the medical help she needed. Brosko told Adkins that she would be going public with a PR story about Sadie in order to raise everything necessary and shine a positive light on the agency. And on October 14, 2013, Ward told Adkins that Brosko was, “going to push the story and it will probably be pretty big.”

It wasn’t. Because Brosko never did anything on the Sadie front.

Weeks and weeks of unanswered emails, telephone calls, desperation. Nothing. It was apparent Margaret Brosko had more important things to do than her job. So Adkins raised most of the money needed for the amputation herself. Unfortunately, she was told that it would have to be handled by LMAS and her hands were tied. By that time, Sadie was beginning to self-mutilate her leg and was forced to live in a cone. Brosko was aware of the urgency because Adkins emailed her with frequent updates, begging for assistance. The only time she ever responded was with quips like, “We’re working on it.” and when asked when the surgery would be performed, “SOON.”

Delay after delay, stalling, excuses about missing or never ordered surgical supplies (bogus — the procedure was being done by the Adkins’ own veterinarian, not LMAS), it went on and on. Heather Adkins was desperate. Margaret Brosko was eventually forced to reveal to Heather that all the money that had been raised specifically for Sadie was used on another dog. In fact, private citizens made donations specifically for Sadie and Brosko spent the funds elsewhere.

Here’s proof:


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In total, there were 18 emails from Adkins to LMAS employees regarding Sadie’s urgent medical needs. During that period she took Sadie to her own vet on her own dime for checkups and wound care. At one point, Kim Ward appears to have also attempted to get Brosko to help Sadie and told Adkins via email that the situation was “becoming an issue of neglect on our part, as far as I’m concerned.” She really hit the nail on the head with that one. Neglect, abuse, misappropriation of funds. Standard Operating Procedure there.

Nothing ever happened. LMAS did nothing. Greg Fischer’s staffers like Sadiqa Reynolds sat on their hands and/or whitewashed a brewing scandal.

Sadie continued to break through her cones, chewing on her paw and leg until late March — a full year after LMAS was told the leg needed to be removed — when Heather reached out to the Arrow Fund in a desperate plea for help. AF reacted and after having the dog transferred to their ownership, rushed her to Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital for treatment. It was too late. Sadie had chewed up and swallowed so much of her leg and the accompanying bandages that she had an obstructed bowel. She was constantly vomiting and had developed pneumonia. She was euthanized to end her suffering.

A senseless death that was a direct result of Margaret Brosko’s clear incompetence and indifference toward the animals in her care.

The story doesn’t end there, sadly.

After a month, open records requests were filed to obtain copies of emails to/from the parties involved, for medical notes and kennel records. But LMAS and Metro Government had no intention of releasing anything related to the case. The first attempt yielded just three emails — two of which were duplicates and nothing more than a request to Jefferson Animal Hospital for their records. The second attempt turned up unrelated messages and nothing from Margaret Brosko. Unfortunately for LMAS, Metro Government and Brosko? Heather Adkins kept all of her emails and other records. So it was easy to determine LMAS/Brosko were willfully breaking the law by withholding public documents. They were called on it and denied their existence.

Want some proof that records existed? Here’s one giant PDF file and here’s another.





PROOF

That’s just a taste of what exists.

After Sadie died, Brosko and her boss, Donald Robinson, were all the sudden interested in Sadie because they had egg on their faces. They called Adkins and her Union Steward into their office and demanded to know who had called the Arrow Fund for help. For everything she went through and everything she did, Adkins was formally written up for calling in outside help. Brosko was blind to the fact (or willfully trying to cover things up) that her own neglect caused what amounts to torture/neglect and death of a dog in her care.

A month later, Robinson again called Adkins into his office to reprimand her over the open records requests LMAS was beginning to receive. He allegedly told her that she wasn’t his “star employee” and would fire her for bringing negative attention and bad press to LMAS. But he wouldn’t get that opportunity. Heather Adkins left LMAS a few weeks later, still heartbroken over Sadie and disgusted by the treatment she received and the health care Sadie didn’t receive.

Complaints are currently being filed with the Office of the Attorney General. One regarding Brosko’s withholding of emails that we have proof exist and another regarding the matter of neglect, which resulted in Sadie’s death.

At the time, Arrow Fund was public about what went down:


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It wasn’t a secret. Not something that can be covered up.

To make things sting a bit more for Brosko, LMAS, Greg Fischer and crew, here’s the statement provided to us by Adkins:

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Heather Adkins, and I am a previous employee of Louisville Metro Animal Services. I left my position in May for many reasons, the biggest of which is a current issue Ms. Karen Dickson is attempting to bring to light. For fear of retaliation, I didn’t want to step forward. I’m no longer fearful.

Around September 2013, I took home my first and only foster dog, a beautiful gray pit bull named Sadie. She was about two years old, the sweetest, happiest dog you’ve ever met, with a horribly destroyed front leg. It dangled uselessly, likely from a previous traumatic accident that was never seen by a vet.

Sadie was impounded in March of 2013, and when the owner came to claim her, not only did the owner contest a spay (obviously because s/he was a breeder from the west end), s/he received a violation notice on Sadie’s injury (images attached). When a vet notice is issued to an owner, they have to take the dog to the vet within 48 hours, and if they don’t, they get taken to court.

That’s exactly what happened with Sadie. Her owner didn’t bother taking her to the vet, so s/he was given a court date. Which s/he didn’t show up for.

This is the first instance in which Metro Animal Services dropped the ball. Nothing happened. A bench warrant was not issued. The owner was not tracked down to give proof Sadie had been seen. And the case was eventually dismissed by a judge.

Several months later in July, Sadie ended up back at the shelter. After a month, the owner told the shelter in no uncertain terms s/he would not be returning to get Sadie.

Sadie was immediately placed on the euthanasia list.

Rather than see perfectly happy and sweet Sadie put down for only the crime of A—being a pit bull, and B—having a bum leg, I took her home as a foster. This was around the first of September.

The next day, I emailed the foster coordinator at that time, Kim Ward, and asked about my options. I told her my husband and I were willing to raise funds for Sadie’s surgery. As with all MAS fosters, the animals ARE MAS property, and as such, foster parents have little control over what they can or can not do, so I knew I needed permission to go forward.

Kim was right on board with this idea, and she let me know she’d run it by her boss, Margaret Brosko, and get back with me.

In the meantime, I told Tabitha Gray, the vet staff supervisor about Sadie’s situation. I told her Sadie would be a wonderful adoption candidate because she loved other dogs, loved cats, loved people, and was an all-around sunny dog. Tabitha informed me her vet staff wouldn’t do anything for Sadie because they wouldn’t see a financial return on her.

Within a couple days, Kim emailed me back to say hold off on collection any money, because Margaret wanted to use Sadie as a PR tool. They’d received a donation from a citizen that was specified to be used to save a pit bull, and Sadie would be perfect for this. I agreed, because I didn’t care how Sadie got the surgery, as long as she did.

A month passed with no word. I wasn’t concerned at this time because Sadie was happy and healthy, and the leg didn’t seem to bother her at all. I emailed Kim to ask what the status of her surgery was, and Kim let me know they were waiting on the surgery pack.

Another month passed. I emailed often and received vague answers: We’re waiting for the surgery equipment. Oh, the equipment is delayed. The equipment is here, but we haven’t heard from the vet who does our amputations. Still no word. Sorry for the delay. These emails were to/from several different people including Kim Ward, Margaret Broso, and Alisa Oerther. There is even one email I remember vividly from Margaret in response to a fairly long request from me to get the surgery going: One word. Soon.

By this time, it was November, and Sadie began to chew on the paw. I guessed as it got colder outside, the leg began to ache, the way an athlete’s old injury might. It wasn’t serious at first; I’d just catch her nibbling at it, never hurting herself. But one morning I awoke to find she chewed through her paw, including several toenails, so I rushed her to my personal veterinarian, Doctor Stephanie Pollett in Bullitt County. Dr. Pollett cleaned her, bandaged her, and gave me the first of many cones for Sadie’s neck.

At work that day, I emailed Margaret. This was around November 11th, I believe. I told her that Sadie had self-mutilated the night before, and I woke up to find her bloody paw. I said she was fine now, but the situation had hit crisis mode and we needed to get the surgery done NOW.

My husband and I were stunned by what happened next. I was informed that because they never heard from the amputation vet, that they’d had to use that pit bull donation on another dog. It had to be used “right away.” So there was no money for Sadie. They couldn’t do anything for us.

Sadie broke through two e-collars and got to her leg twice, each time consisting of me waking up to her bleeding and rushing her to my personal vet and spending out of pocket to get her cleaned and bandaged, plus purchasing another e-collar.

For most of the fall, I was very communicative with Dr. Pollett about how the shelter had promised Sadie help and hadn’t done anything for her yet. Dr. Pollett offered very early on to do the surgery for low cost—it would include a hospital stay at her own practice, all equipment, all meds, everything. So I had emailed Margaret and told her the price Dr. Pollett stated, and that I was willing to raise this money myself and take care of everything if she would just give me permission to do so.

She said she would need to get permission from the SPOT board.

At a meeting just after Sadie’s death in March, Margaret stated face-to-face she had told me Dr. Pollett was more money than they had raised. This was NEVER communicated to me. How would that have been an issue, when I specifically stated I would raise the money myself if they would give me permission?

On or around December 21st, three weeks after Sadie began self-mutilating and I notified Kim and Margaret, Margaret finally sent me an email giving me permission to raise the money ourselves and let Dr. Pollett do the surgery.

Over the course of January and February, Sadie did well as we raised money for her surgery. She stopped going after her paw, and was able to be out of the e-collar for long periods of time without paying it any mind.

At work, I personally received and cashed at least three payments on behalf of Sadie. One from my best friend, Ann Hunter, in the amount of $50. One from a family friend, Judy Sampson, in the amount of $10. And a third from a Facebook friend, Christine Posey. I’ve contacted all three to request proof of their payment. When they were entered in the shelter’s Chameleon software system, they were referenced as “Sadie’s surgery” and donated as a DONATION SPOT. This is only three I know of; there were definitely others.

We hit our surgery goal on a Friday. That next Monday, I woke up to find Sadie had completely chewed through her bandages and reached her paw again. We visited the vet and cleaned up, talked about setting up Sadie’s surgery—I just needed to let Margaret know we were ready to do so, if SPOT was ready to write the check. Then I took her back home.

As a side note here, I recently found out that a SPOT board member stated no information was ever brought to them regarding Sadie. They had never heard of her, nor had they given permission to do the donations through them to pay for the surgery. She stated they likely would not have been a part of this situation in the first place. So whether Margaret lied to me, or this SPOT member was misinformed, I’m not sure.

Within two days, Sadie went downhill. She began to cough and be lethargic. On Wednesday, she vomited several times. On Thursday, I took her to see Dr. Pollett, who did X-rays and found Sadie had actually consumed some of the bandages this time. She then suggested I contact the Arrow Fund and ask for help.

Which I did. I sent Sadie’s story to the Arrow Fund via email that same night, and then spoke by phone with Rebecca Eaves. She wanted to help, and by early the next morning, Sadie was transferred into the care of the Arrow Fund. Her condition at this point was too severe—she’d developed pneumonia from the constant vomiting, on top of the bowel obstruction, on top of the leg that needed medical attention. They opted to euthanize her.

A meeting was set between Donald, Margaret, me, and our union steward, Sherry Goodman, in which they had me tell the story of what happened in the days leading up to Sadie being transferred to Arrow Fund. After, I was written up.

I told them if Sadie had received the help she was promised in the beginning, then I would have felt comfortable coming to them for help when Sadie ingested the bandages. But they’d proven, over the course of six months, that help would not be coming from MAS. They neglected Sadie, and in return neglected me as the foster parent. That’s when I turned to Arrow Fund.

A month later, Donald Robinson, assistant director, pulled me into his office where he informed me if I wasn’t his “star employee,” he would fire me for bringing this bad press on them. He showed me the open records request from Karen Dickson, who I only knew by name at that point, and told me “Now we have to deal with this.”

I am willing to swear under oath that there are a dozen or more emails in existence that took place between myself, Kim Ward, Margaret Brosko, and Alisa Oerther. I am seeking to provide proof of three separate donations for Sadie that were not claimed in the open records request, and I am also attempting to find all the documentation I had on hand regarding these emails about Sadie, showing the numerous times I reached out to the staff and received no help in return. You can find my story to be corroborated by several LMAS employees who were by my side during the entire ordeal, though I’m sure they fear retaliation and/or termination, so at this point it’s doubtful they would step forward.

This is not all that I have to say on the subject of Animal Services. It is a corrupt place, led by people who care not for the animals, but for good press. They will lie, cheat, and steal to remain in the Mayor’s good graces, and they will grab every success story to the forefront, while dutifully covering up the bad, much as they are trying to do now with Sadie.

Heather Adkins

After all that, Fischer and crew promoted Brosko to work in his office and have taken great pains to cover the scandal up. They also tried to hire another abysmal director, until we revealed her mess publicly. His staff — government officials paid for with your tax dollars — are now attempting to retaliate because they know we’re blowing the lid off the LMAS nightmare once again.

In all these eight long years of covering corruption at Metro Animal Services and within Metro Government, this takes the cake. It beats everything we’ve seen and our investigations have directly resulted in the firing of several directors, don’t forget. It’s worse than all of that. It’s worse than Gilles Meloche injecting air into the hearts of animals instead of humanely euthanizing them. It’s worse than throwing freshly killed animals into the city dump instead of incinerating them. It’s worse than sexual harassment scandals and legal settlements. It’s worse than Wayne Zelinsky and the escort service shenanigans. It’s worse than Jackie Gulbe stuffing an elderly, overheated dog into a suitcase to take it to the shelter (yes, that’s why she was let go – we’ve already proved it). It’s worse than Margaret Brosko damaging someone’s vehicle with an LMAS truck, which was verified by LMPD and Metro Government, only to be covered up and whitewashed.

This is the worst thing we’ve seen from LMAS because we finally have evidence that everyone from Greg Fischer on down are mismanaging the troubled agency while violating the law in an attempt to withhold information from the public. All in an attempt to whitewash reality and make themselves look like they’re doing a stellar job. Everyone involved ought to be prosecuted, fined, fired and held responsible. It’s just tough to have faith in anyone with an ability in government to do the right thing.

Will Jack Conway, who is now running for governor, step up and do the right thing? Or will this end as just another scalp in our LMAS trophy case?

Something tells us Conway won’t want Jamie Comer, his eventual Republican opponent, hanging this around his neck.

Here’s hoping.

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The Water Company Costs You Even More $$$

July 22nd, 2014 by admin · No Comments

The water in New Albany is back to normal, following a small ink spill that turned a creek blue. [WDRB]

U.S. Census Bureau data show cycling to work is more popular with those in lower-income households than with the wealthy. A larger percentage of Hispanics and multiracial Americans bike to work than do whites and African Americans, data show. [C-J/AKN]

Greg Fischer said his plan to keep children engaged this summer and out of trouble seems to be working. [WHAS11]

The United States is not wealthy enough to throw open its doors to everyone, Dan M. Rose explained Saturday as he marched past a “Deport Illegals” banner on the Alumni Road overpass on New Circle Road in Lexington. [H-L]

A former commonwealth’s attorney is expressing concern about having to testify at the trial of an accused killer. [WLKY]

The U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom was seen at a London celebrity hotspot, complete with armed bodyguards. [Daily Mail]

With less than a month to the start of a new school year, a last minute push to register students by the Jefferson County Public Schools is ramping up throughout the city. [WAVE3]

Authorities say a man has died after being thrown from a boat into the Ohio River near New Albany Sunday. [WLEX18]

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has cited Louisville Water Co. for violating trench-safety laws for the third time in four years, this time issuing a $84,000 fine for what the state agency called a “willful” disregard of the law. [WFPL]

Kentucky has lax restrictions on domestic abusers’ gun ownership—and the nation’s highest rate of fatal gun violence between partners. [Mother Jones]

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari has something big in store for fans, but officials with the Santa Claus, Ind. theme park aren’t quite ready to say what. [Business First]

The large metal recycling bins supplied by the county for residents of its unincorporated areas are on borrowed time. [News & Tribune]

→ No CommentsTags: Bad Behavior · Bikes · Celebrity · Death · Greg Fischer · Guns · Immigration · Indiana · JCPS · Water · Youth

Gov. Steve Beshear’s Weekly Video Update

July 21st, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Late last week Governor Steve Bigot garbled a bunch of words together to make a video about entrepreneurs, which sadly means next to nothing for Kentucky:




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President Obama’s Weekly Video Address

July 21st, 2014 by admin · No Comments

This week President Barack Obama focused on equipping workers with the skills employers need now and in the future:




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Business First OBSESSED With Term “Hispanic”

July 21st, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Four groups will present their ideas for the newest JCPS school [WDRB]

Louisville Metro Council members intend to add their voice to a growing chorus calling for a state referendum on the automatic restoration of voting rights for most nonviolent felons who have served their time. [C-J/AKN]

Community members came together July 19 using sports to help young victims of violent crimes. [WHAS11]

Granny Mitch McConnell’s latest ad focuses on Barack Obama, Alison Grimes and coal. Because there’s clearly nothing else on earth. [H-L]

Teabaggers are lazy as hell so this is where they go to “protest”. [WLKY]

Here’s Rand Paul showing how out-of-touch with reality he is. No wonder his kids act out so publicly and behave as if they’re entitled. [HuffPo]

A crushed bus with a political message is on display in Louisville. [WAVE3]

New data released by the Department of Labor suggests that raising the minimum wage in some states might have spurred job growth, contrary to what critics said would happen. [NPR]

A federal judge has rejected most of the complaints filed against Louisville Gas and Electric and parent company PPL over persistent air pollution and coal ash issues at the company’s Cane Run Power Plant. [WFPL]

Rand Paul is apparently right where he wants to be. [WaPo]

Yet another story in the Business First freakout and overuse of the term “Hispanic” the past several weeks. [Business First]

Maybe some day Greater Clark County Schools will get its act together and stop use failed leaders cast aside from other parts of the country. [News & Tribune]

→ No CommentsTags: Crime · Economy · Education · Hype · Immigration · Indiana · JCPS · Legal · LG&E · Metro Council · Mitch McConnell · Politics · Race

Your Weekly Transportation Lady Video Update

July 18th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

This week the Transportation Lady discusses the KYTC helping build Bridges to Opportunities (for no-bid contracts?):




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Take Your Cancer Sticks Elsewhere, Park Goers

July 18th, 2014 by admin · 2 Comments

Louisville Metro Police are giving out free moped and scooter locks as part of an effort to reduce thefts in the Metro area. [WDRB]

Before facing allegations of standardized test violations at Male High School, former Principal David Mike led struggling Western High to a celebrated turnaround. [C-J/AKN]

Is J-town the worst part of Louisville? A family took a piece of land they considered run down, and started a garden. They filled it with different prairie grasses and wild flowers and wanted them to grow naturally. Now, Jeffersontown residents said those plants are causing problems for the neighbors and the size of the plants violate city code. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s unemployment rate for June 2014 dropped to 7.4 percent from a revised 7.7 percent in May 2014, according to the state Office of Employment and Training. [H-L]

Louisville metro parks and the Department of Public Health unveiled a new milestone in the effort to get our community healthier. The Parks Department is politely asking people to keep their cigarettes away from places where children might play. [WLKY]

Certain life factors make a big difference for students as they start their first year of school. A new analysis from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group behind Sesame Street, looked at how four risk factors impacted the abilities of kindergarten students right as they entered school. [HuffPo]

Fire chiefs say that Greg Fischer low-balled them for medical service. Which surprises absolutely no one. [WAVE3]

Statistics show that since the initial rollout of President Barack Obama’s controversial health-care law, the Patient Protection-Affordable Care Act, Kentuckians have taken advantage of the opportunity to get covered. [Ashland Independent]

Louisville Metro Housing Authority officials are considering taking part in a study that, in theory, would eliminate some financial burdens that come with living in public housing. [WFPL]

Are you a generous person or someone who loves animals? Help Jackson the Dachshund out ASAP, as he needs surgery! Jessica has been a tireless advocate for years and has definitely given more than she’s received. Let’s all pitch in. [Go Fund Me!]

University of Louisville officials are considering how to expand and focus the school’s research efforts. [Business First]

What are the most dangerous intersections and roads in New Albany, and how can they be improved? [News & Tribune]

→ 2 CommentsTags: Economy · Education · Greg Fischer · Health Care · Housing · Indiana · JCPS · Jeffersontown · LMPD · Parks · Smoking Ban · University of Louisville · Youth

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