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Your Weekly Non-Transportation Lady Video Update

October 31st, 2014 by admin · No Comments

This week the KYTC folks focus on Kentucky’s deer population:




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JCTA Put Its Foot In Its Mouth With That One

October 31st, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Some Jefferson County teachers are upset after their names were included without their knowledge in a political advertisement sent to approximately 50,000 voters by the Jefferson County Teachers Association. [WDRB]

A record 548,815 people are registered to vote in Jefferson County in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 4, newly released figures by the Jefferson County clerk’s office and the county Board of Elections show. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another fun JCPS bus accident. [WHAS11]

After the 2014 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs was hit with backlash from some unhappy owners who felt they’d been given less than VIP treatment so the racetrack has a plan to fix that. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A young man gunned down behind a West Louisville home leaves police searching for a suspect, and an outraged community is demanding justice. [WLKY]

Why it matters that PetSmart discriminates against Pit Bulls. [HuffPo]

The three candidates trying to win the Clark County sheriff race say improving low morale and attacking drug crimes are critical issues facing an agency rocked by scandal this summer. [WAVE3]

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Victims Advocacy, along with University of Kentucky professor TK Logan and fellow members of the Statewide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, released the Domestic Violence Special Report: Kentucky 2010 Homicides. [Press Release]

Kynect cannot survive without the Affordable Care Act, according to its director and a Kentucky public health educator. [WFPL]

Bellarmine University economics and finance professors will draw upon lessons of previous recessions to offer advice for consumers and investors about the current economic recovery during a forum on Thursday, November 6, at 5:30 p.m. [Bellarmine]

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has granted preliminary approval for tax increment financing toward construction of the 150-room boutique hotel, which has been proposed on a vacant lot at Shelby and Market Streets in the NuLu district of Louisville. [Business First]

The Nawbny paper has a pretty solid 2014 general election voter guide. [News & Tribune]

GREG FISCHER PEE ALERT! Greg Fischer is now trying to spin in order to detract from negative press. He put out a release yesterday in an attempt to appear transparent and featured alleged Animal Services numbers that we already know to be… mythical, to say the least. [Metro Government]

→ No CommentsTags: Bellarmine · Churchill Downs · Death · Dogs · Domestic Violence · Downtown · Election · Greg Fischer · Health Care · Indiana · JCPS · Oops · Politics

Yarmuth To Push Council On Minimum Wage

October 30th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Louisville police have started a new search for a company to outfit officers with body cameras, slowing down an effort already behind the department’s self-imposed schedule. [WDRB]

To get a feel for just how bitter the contract dispute is between the Metropolitan Sewer District and one of its two unions, Laborers International Union of North America Local 576, just read a letter a union organizer tells me me LIUNA delivered to the board. [C-J/AKN]

Indiana alcohol sales will be legal for an extra hour on Sunday morning with the end of daylight saving time. [WHAS11]

“We’ve had people come from all over America to help us ditch Mitch,” said Bill Londrigan, president of Kentucky’s AFL-CIO. Asking for a show of hands from those who had traveled from out of state, Londrigan encouraged those whose hands shot up to say where they were from, and shouts of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey rang out from the crowd. [H-L]

Two LMPD officers are on administrative duties after a man police say fired at those officers was killed. [WLKY]

During Obama’s first five years as president, the Justice Department and the U.S. military brought seven criminal prosecutions for national security leaks — more than twice as many as all previous presidents put together. [Yahoo]

The candidates for Floyd County Sheriff are criticizing each other for lacking the experience necessary for the job. [WAVE3]

His Democratic opponent argues Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell supports tax breaks that encourage businesses to ship jobs overseas. But that message won’t get much support at Campbellsville Apparel, a textile company which supplies materials for federal government contracts and which employs a lot of folks who once worked at Fruit of the Loom — a company which moved jobs from Kentucky to Mexico. [Ronnie Ellis]

With her back turned, Jo Ann Smith couldn’t see if the approaching bus was the one she was waiting for. Her bus would come from the west, but standing at the corner of Fifth Street and Broadway, she positioned herself to the east because on Monday the blustery wind was full of leaves. She didn’t want a face full of fall foliage. [WFPL]

On Thursday afternoon, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) will testify before the Louisville Metro Council’s Labor and Economic Development Committee. Yarmuth will discuss the proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour in Louisville. [Press Release]

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has named a new leader for its Louisville branch. [Business First]

The poverty rate in Southern Indiana increased by nearly 60 percent from 2000 to 2010 after decreasing by 12 percent in the 1990s, according to a study by an Indiana University Southeast research team. [News & Tribune]

→ No CommentsTags: Alcohol · Banking · Indiana · John Yarmuth · LMPD · Metro Council · Mitch McConnell · MSD · Politics · Poverty · Senate Race · TARC

MSD Turned Into A Real You-Know-What Show

October 29th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Valley High School was put on level four security Monday afternoon, after two students reported seeing someone with a gun on campus. [WDRB]

Angry union workers at Metropolitan Sewer District threatened a strike when they appeared before the agency’s board Monday to vent their frustration over contract negotiations that have remained unresolved for more than two years. [C-J/AKN]

A man who’s served time for two separate murders will now head to prison for a third. [WHAS11]

The concrete piers of two new bridges are rising out of the Ohio River between Louisville and Southern Indiana, as crews blast limestone and move earth to build the roads and tunnels that will soon connect the twin spans to nearby interstate highways. [H-L]

Wanna watch a bunch of videos of Greg Fischer telling you why he’s the best? Of course you don’t but here you go anyway. [WLKY]

He’s not on the ballot this fall, but Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is launching new ads to help Republicans in key elections across the country. [HuffPo]

A $39.86 million contract drawn up for a company to handle tolling of the new Ohio River Bridges is being terminated. [WAVE3]

DuPont’s third-quarter profit scraped past the average analyst estimate as the company’s cost-cutting efforts helped to boost operating margins in five of its seven businesses. [Reuters]

Jefferson County Public Schools administrators are looking to hire more non-white teachers. [WFPL]

The Kentucky State Parks are offering lodging discounts to current and former members of our nation’s armed services with the “USA Military Discount” program from Nov. 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015. The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists. Proof of military service is required at check-in. [Press Release]

Lee T. Todd Jr., who was president of the University of Kentucky from 2001 to 2011, has been named board chairman and chief strategist for FacilityOne, a Louisville-based software company. [Business First]

Two weeks after he was chosen by caucus as Clark County sheriff, Brian Meyer filled two positions left vacant in the department. [News & Tribune]

→ No CommentsTags: Business · Crime · Greg Fischer · Indiana · JCPS · MSD · Ohio River Bridges · Police · Travel

Rep. John Yarmuth Discusses Fight Against Ebola

October 28th, 2014 by admin · 1 Comment

Rep. John Yarmuth appeared on the teevee this week to discuss the Kentucky service men and women fighting EEeeeeeeebooooolllllaaa:




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Animal Advocacy Perfect Storm Continues…

October 28th, 2014 by jake · 1 Comment

Let’s get this out of the way: no one here is anti-sex toy or anti-sex toy party.

But.

Get a load of this:



FROM NO KILL LOUISVILLE

Nitpick: Bruce Avenue is in 40208, not 40206.

No Kill Louisville is selling sex toys as part of a fundraiser to pay rent for its mostly empty warehouse.

Why not have the person selling sex toys do this privately and donate part of what they make or whatever? Why subject the organization to such scrutiny?

Even the drag queens we know who host full-on sex parties were attempting to furl their botoxed brows in confusion.

For a 501(c)3 organization focused 100% on stopping euthanasia, this seems at the very least borderline unethical and ridiculous. At worst, it’s another look at what’s left of a sadly dying organization.

This city needs competent, upstanding organizations to pick up where Metro Animal Services drops the ball. Not this mess.

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Human Trafficking, Stabbing And Electric Buses

October 28th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

The first person in Louisville convicted of human trafficking was sentenced to 10 years in prison with no probation Monday morning. [WDRB]

In June, 16-year-old Elivar Mazariegos stepped off a bus in the desert town of Altar, Mexico, 1,900 miles north of his rural village in Guatemala, where a death threat had pushed him to join a surge of unaccompanied children fleeing violence and poverty. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another fun stabbing? The victim of the stabbing in the 500 block of East Ormsby has been identified. [WHAS11]

Louisville officials plan to phase out the oldtime-looking trolleys that are a staple of downtown in favor of all-electric buses. [H-L]

The 125th fall meet is officially underway at Churchill Downs. [WLKY]

A few hours before dawn on Wednesday morning, city counselors in Fort Lauderdale, FL passed a bill to make it harder to feed the homeless. [Think Progress]

Two months after a baby girl was shot to death on her front porch in Louisville’s West End, we’re learning more about why. [WAVE3]

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday the U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages in six more states, bringing to 32 the number of states where couples in gay unions qualify for federal benefits. [Reuters]

Kentuckians enrolling in Kynect, the state’s health care exchange, can expect changes in the way they shop for health insurance beginning Nov. 15. [WFPL]

Listen to voters from either end of the political spectrum and you’ll hear a similar complaint: most are tired of the inability of members of Congress to work together to get something done. [Ronnie Ellis]

Teddy Abrams doesn’t see why the Louisville Orchestra shouldn’t sell out every performance. [Business First]

The newest member of the Sellersburg Town Council hopes to bring some of youth to the team. [News & Tribune]

→ No CommentsTags: Churchill Downs · Crime · Gays · Health Care · Homeless · Immigration · Indiana · Music · Politics · Poverty · TARC

Gov. Steve Beshear’s Weekly Video Update

October 27th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Late last week Governor Bigot and his wife, Jane, discuss the Dawkins Line again:




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LMAS Live Release Claim Confusing As Hell

October 27th, 2014 by jake · 4 Comments

Greg Fischer has for months made the claim that Louisville Metro Animal Services has a 74% live release rate. He has also, for months, refused to provide specifics about that claim and despite repeated questioning, can’t seem to provide details about the animal categories that make up the alleged number.

What were we left to do? Dig through data released on Metro’s open data portal and speculate. Specifically “Animal Services Outcomes Data” — because it contains the most information.

We took a look at the ASPCA’s live release rate definition (since ASPCA partners with LMAS) and the live release definition from the Asilomar Accords and threw everything into Excel/Numbers to spit out some percentages.

You may click here to download the Excel/Numbers file. It’s 3+ megs in size, so fair warning.

With those numbers provided by Metro Government, it would appear the live release rate has actually decreased since 2011. Appear. Because no one will answer questions and several data sets provided by Metro don’t all match.

On top of that, the description included in Animal Services Transfer data indicates that the information is for all animals transferred out of LMAS care. When you download the data set, you’ll discover that the numbers include animals that were euthanized, among other things. Also included are euthanasia subtypes like pregnant, too young, too old, breed and such.

Here’s a look:


FROM 2011


CLICK TO ENLARGE — PERCENTAGES

See why there’s a bit of cause for concern about the 74% bit?

Shortly after digging in to this (which included repeated calls to LMAS and emails to Fischer’s folks) it was brought to our attention that the data on the site have changed again. So the numbers in this post likely won’t be spot-on.

Deeper digging reveals that some categories have changed from year to year, which makes it nearly impossible to compare anything with certainty.

Since at least last year, two categories have been added to data called “FOUND WEB” and “LOST WEB” and… wait for it… those two categories are allegedly (according to LMAS folks unofficially, as no one will give us ANY specifics) the animals people report from home or in-person. Essentially, it’s someone sending a message online to say they’re keeping an animal they found until an owner comes forward. The animal never actually steps foot into the shelter but they’re included in shelter intake. Appears to be about 200-300 animals per month. So 200-300 animals per month should probably be subtracted from official shelter numbers.

There’s also a category called “LOST EXP” in the outcomes data. The category usually has 200-300 animals in it but in May 2014 there were 658. 479 dogs and 179 cats. No one in Greg Fischer’s office wanted to explain what the category means but former LMAS employees suggest the category could mean that after a certain amount of time, animals from the “WEB” categories are just removed from the system. Which could greatly inflate claimed live release numbers.

Further concerning are stories like this one from around the country raising questions about live release rate claims in municipal shelters:

Hillsborough commissioners on Wednesday asked the county’s internal auditor to review the rates at which dogs and cats leave the county animal shelter alive.

Commissioner Ken Hagan initiated the review even though he said he believes fewer of the animals coming into the shelter are euthanized.

Last month, The Tampa Tribune reported the number of dogs and cats leaving the shelter alive had risen dramatically in July compared with the same month last year. The live release rate for dogs was 71 percent, compared with 55 percent in July 2013, and 61 percent of cats survived compared with 27 percent a year earlier.

The news, however, drew questions from members of local animal rescue groups.

-SNIP-

One who criticized the new numbers was Bill Gray, founder of Second Chance Boxer Rescue. Gray said Pet Resources Director Scott Trebatoski is boosting the live release rate percentages by cutting down on the number of animals accepted at the shelter.

Pet Resources records show that in July 2013, the shelter took in 2,306 dogs and cats. A year later, the total animal intake was 1,513, a decrease of 34.3 percent.

Gray said animal shelter employees try to dissuade people from bringing in dogs and cats.

When considering only the ASPCA definition, things look much better for LMAS. But not by much.


CLICK TO ENLARGE

Some notes: Limited available 2014 numbers have been included this time. 2010 was the last year for Manslick Road adoption services. Animal House opened in December that year. On average, adoptions were higher at Manslick with just two adoption staffers than they are at Animal House with four-six staffers handling nothing but adoption.

In July 2012, the Lost/Found Web categories are first seen as part of kennel statistics. In September 2012, the ASPCA began assisting LMAS with statistics.

For this set of numbers, we ignored the LOST WEB & FOUND WEB categories, which altered intake numbers by 200-300 per month and improved the overall number.

It would also appear (Warning: External PDF Link) that foster animals are being considered in the live release rate statistics offered:


LMAS REPORT

Rescues or Transfers consistently outperform adoptions despite there being only one transfer coordinator working on a part-time basis.

There is no doubt efforts, however big or small, have been made to improve things at Metro Animal Services. Sadly, there’s also no doubt that there’s been a coordinated effort to retaliate against whistleblowers and to freeze out any inquiry from the outside.

We, as taxpayers, just need answers. Specifics. Straight-forward, transparent data with no embellishment.

When government officials squirm, clam up or otherwise refuse to provide specifics, it’s a safe bet to remain skeptical. Especially when this sort of behavior is the norm.

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President Barack Obama’s Weekly Video Address

October 27th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

This week President Barack Obama focused on the fight against Ebola, which all meemaws and Faux News watchers are freaking out about:




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