Your Bridge Is Open & MSD Wants All Your Money

After the Floyd County Commissioners approved the rebates last week, New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan confirmed Friday the city stands to receive about $250,000 as a result of savings garnered through the federal Affordable Care Act. [News & Tribune]

You can’t even hold your girlfriend captive for four days in Louisville these days without getting arrested. [WAVE3]

Here’s your 6.5% rate increase from MSD to cover up bad investments. Get ready for more once it gets merged with LWC. [C-J/AKN]

Can you believe this awful, awful story is still alive and well? What a horrible bunch of people. Killing a kid like that. [FOX41/WDRB/Whatever]

The Louisville Metro Council’s Government Accountability Committee will meet [today] to discuss recommendations from a troubling audit report that found a lack of oversight in discretionary grant spending. [WFPL]

What’s your local right-wing radio up to these days? Spreading a video of a six-year-old foaming at the mouth at President Barack Obama and calling the President’s decision to take Osama bin Laden not so gutsy. [Here & Here]

The damn bridge is open again. Maybe now people can calm the flip down for a minute. [WLKY]

The Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission, which is charged with drafting new regulations on how farm animals should be treated in the state, heard from farmers and animal activists Monday on proposed rules. [H-L]

Sure, this UofL cop is a buttcramp but what’s with Stephanie Pearce Burke yelling and freaking out? Couldn’t she just hold the woman in contempt and leave it at that? This Katie King-style ego trip needs to end with area judges. Leading by example would be ideal. [WHAS11]

Kentucky State Fair Board president Harold Workman recently testified in a deposition that he fired former KFC Yum! Center general manager Ted Nicholson over Nicholson’s job performance. [Business First]

The Baby Jesus weeps this morning because now it’s difficult to sit nude in your vehicle outside Hooters on Dixie Highway. [More WHAS11]

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Tone Down The Housing Settlement Rhetoric A Bit

Jack Conway is busily touting the millions and millions in housing settlements obtained by Kentucky. Of course, he claims that he obtained them (fact: 49 attorneys general reached the settlement, not just Jack). We’re not focusing on that.

The real issue is the hype that a ton of money is flowing into Louisville.

Here he is at this morning’s presser:

Kentucky is receiving $19.2 million from the settlement.

Here’s the breakdown of the allocation of funds, direct from Conway’s release:

  • $1.5 million to the City of Louisville. $750,000 to the city’s Vacant Abandoned Property Initiative that targets properties in Louisville that have been abandoned by foreclosing on the city liens to return them to productive use and the property tax rolls. The money is eligible for a match by the Bloomberg Foundation. $500,000 to the Targeted Demolition Program that addresses the problem of blight by removing deteriorated structures that have been abandoned. $250,000 to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which provides grants to organizations dedicated to creating or preserving affordable housing for low and moderate-income families.
  • $7.5 million to the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC). $3 million to the NeighborWorks Alliance, which will leverage matching grants for an additional $7.5 million. Funds will be provided to federally-supported housing programs that cover all of Kentucky’s 120 counties to assist with purchase and rehabilitation of existing properties, purchase and rehabilitation of affordable rental properties, and purchase of mortgages to restructure payment in an effort to allow homeowners to retain properties. $3 million to establish a down payment pool and closing cost assistance pool for owners who want to purchase vacant or foreclosed properties. $1.5 million to the Homeownership Protection Center, which will fund 19 Kentucky Housing Corporation approved counseling agencies that provide foreclosure prevention and pre-purchase counseling.
  • $250,000 to each of the four regional Legal Aid centers in Kentucky. Money will be used to assist homeowners who are going through the foreclosure process or seeking to avoid foreclosure.
  • $4 million to update the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting Program. Money will be used to enhance software to ensure compliance with House Bill 1, Kentucky’s newly enacted prescription drug abuse law.
  • $5 million to the Office of the Attorney General to assist consumers and investigate mortgage and securities issues. This includes potential litigation regarding MERS involvement in wrongful foreclosures.
  • $150,000 to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Funds will provide lead abatement through the Division of Public Health.

As you can see, very few dollars are flowing to Louisville despite it being the hardest hit city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

It’s important to know hard dollar figures while the hype floods your news outlets, television stations and talk radio today.

$109,000 For A Fence To Go Around An A/C Unit

Wondering why Kentucky can’t have nice things? The state paid $109,000 for a fence to hide an air conditioning system at the courthouse in Shelbyville. [FOX41/WDRB/Whatever]

Insurance companies are expected to pay consumers millions in rebates next week as a result of the federal Affordable Care Act. They’ve returned $15 million to Kentucky members. [Business First]

For at least three decades, Jefferson County Public Schools had a practice of allowing employees to keep their higher salaries even after being moved to lower-paying jobs — likely costing millions of dollars. [C-J/AKN]

Everything about this sad story involving a couple who were dead five weeks before being discovered is weird. [WAVE3]

A federal appeals court has struck down a reprimand handed down to a Louisville attorney after finding the punishment for criticizing a legislative ethics panel violated his free speech rights. [WFPL]

A few newcomers are already challenging incumbents in school districts after the first week of candidacy filing for November’s elections. In Greater Clark County Schools, board president Christina Gilkey faces Dale Moss — former longtime Southern Indiana columnist for the Courier-Journal — in District 5. Gilkey has also filed for her seat. [News & Tribune]

New details are coming out about the murder of 14-year-old Trey Zwicker. Here’s hoping those responsible for his death end up rotting somewhere. [WHAS11]

Federal officials say they have broken up what could be the largest drug ring in Louisville. [H-L]

Five Kentucky teachers told a newly formed advisory panel that student achievement should be part of teacher evaluations in the future, but factors beyond test scores should be part of that equation. [WLKY]

A right-wing pastor has come to Chick-fil-A’s defense, not only applauding the Atlanta-based fast food company for its anti-gay views but also claiming that same-sex marriage brought about the great flood referenced in the biblical narrative of Noah’s ark. [HuffPo]

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Something Must Be In The Highlands Water Now

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You can’t even go to a karaoke bar in the Highlands these days without cold getting shot. [FOX41/WDRB/Whatever]

While Louisville is trying to rip people off by combining water and sewer, Lexington is in the process of doing the opposite. [WKYT]

Wait, wait, wait. It gets way better for the Highlands. This guy was arrested after huffing Redi Whip in ValuMarket! [WAVE3]

Ford says that 485,000 Ford Escapes and Mavericks may have problems with its throttles. [NPR]

Major pee alert: Barbara Shanklin’s attorney, Aubrey Williams, wants the ethics complaint against her dismissed. [WHAS11]

Jack Brammer says Kentucky’s budget picture is good except for the coal severance tax fund. Of course, both he and Mary Lassiter completely ignore Kentucky Retirement Systems. [H-L]

An attorney at the center of a case that could open the doors to Kentucky’s juvenile courts spoke out Thursday. In light of that sex abuse case, some are starting to question if those laws protecting juveniles are effective or damaging. [WLKY]

The Louisville Metro Council passed an ordinance changing the city’s long-time landmarks process on a 16-7 vote Thursday night. [WFPL]

Bobby Knight choked this guy and then he died. Okay, so he died like fifteen years later. [HuffPo]

JustFab, a subscription-based Internet retailer that moved its distribution operations to Louisville last year, has raised $76 million to fund international expansion. [Business First]

Seems like there’s another fancy arrangement in Frankfort that’s raising eyebrows over the Kentucky Association of Counties and a state legislator. [Page One]