Last week Governor Steve Beshear spoke about kynect/ACA enrollment:
December 9th, 2013 by admin · No Comments
December 9th, 2013 by admin · No Comments
This week President Barack Obama called on the do-nothing Congress to extend unemployment benefits this holiday season:
December 9th, 2013 by admin · 5 Comments
It is being called a life-saving groundbreaking. On Friday, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3), Metro Councilman David Tandy and the Family Health Centers (FHC) Board of Governors broke ground on the East Broadway Community Health Center, the largest expansion project in the 37-year history of the nonprofit agency. [WDRB]
Six-year-old Sheylin Christian sat on the hotel room bed in her Snoopy pajamas playing a computer game as her mom recounted the desperate night they searched for a place to sleep under an overpass. [C-J/AKN]
Of course Jerry Abramson had to insert himself into the Nelson Mandela news. [WHAS11]
This is why more people need to be stepping up to the plate at Metro Animal Services and taking that disaster seriously. Scholars explore Christian perspectives on animal rights. [NY Times]
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has declared states of emergency in Floyd, Orange and Crawford counties, urging drivers to stay off the roads. [WLKY]
Bourbon is more of a commodity than many realize. Say you want to start your own bourbon label. How would you do it? [H-L]
A week after trash collectors found the body of 26-year-old Andrea Arnold shot to death in an alley, rapper Master P is teaming with Arnold’s family. Probably because locals are afraid to offer rewards in murder cases that don’t occur St. Matthews. [WAVE3]
It’s pretty nice to see a bunch of positive press outside the metro area when it comes to stuff like this. [Al Jazeera America]
The Jeffersontown City Council [last] week defeated a proposed incentive program that would have allowed some companies expanding there to receive a refund of up to 50 percent of the city occupational tax for five years if they met certain criteria. [Business First]
A key state legislator doesn’t expect the [Indiana] General Assembly to make many changes to Indiana’s casino laws during its upcoming session. [News & Tribune]
What separates a healthy and unhealthy diet? Just $1.50 per day. If you want to eat a more healthful diet, you’re going to have to shell out more cash, right? (After all, Whole Foods didn’t get the nickname “Whole Paycheck” for nothing.) [WFPL]
December 6th, 2013 by admin · 7 Comments
Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh isn’t running for re-election.
That’s a big ouch for Council because she’s been one of the best – one of the few people to stand up for real (not feigned right-wing hype) fiscal responsibility, equality and common sense.
This is a huge loss for the metro area.
UPDATE – Here’s her statement:
“I am announcing today that I will not seek re-election as the Metro Council Representative for the Ninth District. Until then, I will continue to serve you, the Ninth District, and all of Louisville until my term expires in December of 2014.
It has been my privilege to serve the best interests of the citizens of this district and Metro Louisville.
We have a great city and I am most proud of the opportunity I’ve had to increase the transparency and accountability of metro government, sustainability of our resources as well as the emphasis we’ve placed on valuing and including all of our citizens.
My best wishes to all of you as I focus on exploring what the next chapter of my life will bring and where I can continue to make a meaningful contribution to our community and our world.”
Let the speculation about her replacement begin!
December 6th, 2013 by admin · 4 Comments
The world just cold comes to an end when snow or ice are in the forecast in the Louisville metro area. We’re all familiar with it and know better than to attempt a Kroger run when flurries get mentioned.
What we can never be okay with, though, are contradictory reports from teevee news folks that lead to utter confusion of meemaws everywhere:
This came less than minute later:
No, it’s not a big deal. Unless you’re a meemaw in Henryville on the hunt for a pallet of bread and 25 gallons of milk because SNOWPOCALYPSE.
Plus it’s fun to make the teevee news folks angry over tiny things like this.
December 6th, 2013 by admin · No Comments
This week the Transportation Lady focuses on the KYTC’s maintenance professionals who have graduated from special training programs called Roads Scholar and Road Master:
December 6th, 2013 by admin · 3 Comments
Kentucky bridge bonds rated one step above junk status. Two credit rating agencies have weighed in on $747 million in bonds Kentucky plans to sell next week to finance its share of the Ohio River Bridges Project. [WDRB]
Why a public utility needs a charitable foundation, we’ll never know, but here’s this thing anyway. The new charitable foundation created this year by the Louisville Water Co. has announced its first gift, a $10,000 donation to help typhoon-relief efforts in the Philippines. [C-J/AKN]
At least the arena will be used for something, right? Louisville will play host to another national gymnastics competition in 2014 at the KFC Yum! Center and the International Convention Center. [WHAS11]
Hal Heiner and his wife, Sheila, call their stately home and the 170 acres surrounding it Dovelyn, a reference to its large dove population and the peace he says those birds bring them. It’s just a shame Hal doesn’t have the guts to campaign and go balls-to-the-wall against opponents. He’ll get his ass handed to him by the Democrat if he wins the Republican nomination, which is unlikely. [H-L]
On Thursday a metro council committee reviewed an ordinance that would make it easier for convicted felons to get jobs within city government. [WLKY]
The White House released state-specific data about the economic benefits of extending unemployment insurance. Take a look at the Kentucky data. [Page One]
If you’re into education and you’ve heard the name Diane Ravitch you may either shudder or nod approvingly. [WFPL]
Here’s Ed Hart biting at Holiday World… A group of about 120 southern Indiana business leaders greeted Kentucky Kingdom President Ed Hart with thunderous applause during the speaker session on the campus of Ivy Tech Community College. “It’s good to be here in southern Indiana, which is very important to Kentucky Kingdom, because it represents 22 percent of our market,” said Hart. “We go where the market is.” [WAVE3]
Louisville law firm Borders & Borders PLC and its principals have filed a reply to a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lawsuit that alleges it illegally paid kickbacks in exchange for real estate settlement referrals. In its answer to the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday, the defendants deny any wrongdoing. [Business First]
Christmas came a few weeks early for 30 community organizations Wednesday afternoon. The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County handed out its fall grants totaling $275,000. [News & Tribune]
December 5th, 2013 by admin · 5 Comments
We hear through the rumor mill at A Kentucky Newspaper that changes are coming next month. The Butterfly Project is about to land, according to our sources.
There will allegedly be just FOUR sections in the paper, with one of those sections being USA Today material.
No wonder everyone is jumping ship.
It’s a real shame.
December 5th, 2013 by admin · No Comments
He spent nearly 15 years in prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit. Now, two years after earning his freedom, Kerry Porter says there are still unanswered questions. [WDRB]
Sadly, what do we know is a waste of time in Louisville? Task forces and committees. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has set up a 36-member task force with a mission to come up with ways to promote the city as a top “culinary and beverage city.” Minus anyone in coffee or brewing, of course, because coffee and beer apparently aren’t important. [C-J/AKN]
If Margaret Brosko really wanted to increase adoption at Metro Animal Services, she’d bother working with organizations like ours to do promotions. But she won’t because there’s far too much butthurt in Metro Government. [WHAS11]
U.S. consumers buyers are taking out bigger car loans with longer pay-back periods as lenders offer lower interest rates and accept borrowers with weaker credit ratings, a report released on Wednesday showed. [Reuters]
On Wednesday afternoon, a ribbon cutting ceremony will signal the beginning of the first phase of the West Market Street Corridor Project. [WLKY]
The annual giving campaign of Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co. has generated more than $1.6 million for area charities. [Business First]
Rather than spending the day in school, a group of Notre Dame Academy students instead received a real-life lesson in the gift of giving. [WAVE3]
A scientist whose observations of drowned polar bears raised alarms about climate change has received $100,000 to settle a whistle-blower complaint against an agency of the Department of the Interior. [NPR]
President Barack Obama turned his focus Wednesday to the pocketbook issues that Americans consistently rank as a top concern, arguing that the dream of upward economic mobility is breaking down and the growing income gap is a “defining challenge of our time.” [HuffPo]
It’s not cold fusion. But it’s cold, it’s energy, and officials say it’s the future. [News & Tribune]
The Securities and Exchange Commission [yesterday] charged the holding company of Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank and its former chief financial officer with improper accounting of commercial real estate loans in the midst of the financial crisis. [SEC Release]
Seems like only yesterday Grasshopper Distribution was receiving $182,980 from state and local government along with other funds from the USDA. [Flashback]
December 4th, 2013 by admin · 2 Comments
A couple weeks ago, we shared a story about Roads and Operations – a division of Public Works and Assets in Metro Government – hiring a woman. Amy Rose was the first female hire in management in nearly a decade. Congratulations to her.
So we decided to dig through data on Metro Government’s website a bit.
Using salary data for Public Works and Assets (Roads and Operations, Facilities, Engineering, et al), we discovered the following:
- Out of 430 employees listed in PWA, just 3.7% are women in management or professional positions. Yes, less than FOUR PERCENT.
- You already know about Roads and Operations. So looking at Facilities Management, we discovered that of the 139 employees in that division, there are only two (2!) women in management. That means women make up just 1.4% of management.
Greg Fischer has the title of “mayor” because he won an election against a guy who was afraid to campaign. But he’s got a long way to go before earning the right to be called a leader when it comes to women.
After all the task forces, committees, commissions and lawsuits, you’d think Metro Government would finally get proactive and do something like hire women.