Brent Yonts Lies About Blame For The KRS Mess

When a legislator lies and obfuscates in an attempt to deflect responsibility, we automatically assume they’re more corrupt than Steve Henry or Julian Carroll.

So get a load of what Brent Yonts had to say recently:

Lawmakers and many of you want to know who, exactly, is to blame for the pension mess. Well, according to consultant Dr. Josh McGee with the Arnold Foundation, blame cannot be assigned. When the economy does not perform as well as assumed, costs rise. And costs rise when revenues are falling, he said, which make it difficult for legislators to choose between fully funding pensions–as we should–and other essential budget priorities.

Unfortunately for Yonts, who is on a plausible deniability tour with the “task force,” he’s sorely mistaken. People in attendance of those meetings say McGee didn’t make those specific claims. And even if he did, he’s completely wrong/lying through his teeth.

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Will Compton’s Killer Finally Face Real Justice?

The defense attorney for David Whitlock, the Jefferson County constable charged with shooting a suspected shoplifter outside a southwestern Jefferson County Walmart, wants a judge to allow him to raise the victim’s probation status when the trial begins next month. [C-J/AKN]

Money is the root of the issue that brought animal supporters to the Clark County courthouse on Thursday. With animals in hand, they wanted to make sure Clark County Commissioners understood what they say the JB Ogle animal shelter is owed. [WDRB]

OH SNAP: “(Mayor Fischer) is a guy full of signals,” Jurich told the newspaper. “He needs to work a little bit more with transparency. He likes to throw that word (transparency) around, but you need to practice what you preach.” [WFPL]

A plea deal could be in the works for the man accused of killing a Sullivan University student. [WAVE3]

Kentucky is one of the most aggressive states in the nation for rooting out pharmaceutical fraud, according to a report released Thursday by a non-profit watchdog group. [H-L]

We know allergies are bad in Kentuckiana but apparently Louisville is the worst in the country for fall allergies in 2012. [WHAS11]

Wouldn’t it be funny if the teabagger beat the Democrat in that Indiana race? The faces on the Democrat’s staffers would be priceless. [C-J/AKN]

The allegations of fraud, money laundering and stealing are still shocking to those who know Stan Curtis for his charity work. [WLKY]

The worst drought in more than half a century baked more than two thirds of the continental United States this summer and its harsh effects continue to plague the parched cities and towns of the Great Plains. [HuffPo]

Companies looking to expand in Kentucky were granted tax incentives Thursday by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority at its monthly meeting. [Business First]

Have you been keeping up with the 99 problems at Kentucky Educational Television that the Beshear Administration swept under the rug? [Page One]

Louisville Once Again Laughed Off National Stage

Another day, another story pointing out how out-of-touch and stupid half of Louisville “leaders” are.

Here’s a taste from the New York Times:

More and more Americans, educated 20-somethings and empty nesters among them, want to live downtown. Plenty of downtowns are coming back; many are thriving. Even so, we remain a nation in thrall to suburbs, highways, cars. On a recent visit here I was struck by this paradox.

A half-century or so ago Louisville, like so many American cities, bet the farm on cars and suburbia. It sacrificed a swath of its downtown to three interstate highways. There was the usual reasoning: highways would bring business, without which downtown, already struggling, would shrivel and expire.


Since then cities everywhere have been tearing down postwar highways that ripped through downtowns. They’ve replaced them with parks and streets and neighborhoods.


So what is Louisville doing now?

Pursuing a plan that would, in part, enlarge the downtown highways and construct a second bridge next to the Kennedy. It would even eat up some of a park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, of Prospect Park and Central Park fame. Louisville is a car city with auto plants and a big investment in the auto industry. But still, I was stunned to hear this. The proposal, so clearly out of step, has been met with grass-roots opposition and is now in the courts, tied up over issues about financing, tolls and the environment.


As for the notion that expanding the interstate tangle and adding the sister bridge next to the Kennedy might bring more people and jobs into the city, I can only say that 40 years after the interstates supposedly started pumping life into Louisville’s downtown, the streets here looked pretty empty, especially at night.

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Public transit? In Louisville? Haha. Right. Every day, the bus system kills off another route. Every day, an elected like Anne Northup or Jerry Abramson decry plans for better transit. Every day, some wealthy handful of people attempt to stifle progress in order to maintain their own power and wealth.

Possibility City!

Woah, That JCPS Principal Is Beyond Awkward

This is what happens when kids get bullied and it needs to fucking stop. Yes, we said fucking. IT NEEDS TO STOP. This should break your heart. [This, This, This]

Metro police are investigating two, separate homicides that took places within about three hours Wednesday evening. [WDRB]

Louisville Gas and Electric Co. has withdrawn its application for a new coal-burning-waste dump at its Cane Run generating station in western Louisville, ending a nearly three-year battle with environmentalists and power plant neighbors. [C-J/AKN]

A JCPS principal is on paid administrative leave after accusations surfaced that she sent bizarre e-mails to teachers. Some of the apparent messages included images of a scantily clad doll placed in locations throughout Dixie Elementary. [WAVE3]

When Austin Knight was a freshman at Lexington Catholic High School he stumbled upon a documentary about human trafficking. The PBS “Frontline” story detailed how the buying and purchasing of people for labor or sex was one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world, second only to drug trafficking. [H-L]

A Jeffersonville couple’s quick thinking landed a crook behind bars. Julius and Linda Peffley returned home Friday afternoon after spending the entire morning at the doctor’s office to find 34-year-old Troy Brunelle inside their home on the 1300 block of Charlestown Pike. [WHAS11]

The potential sale of AEG, the Los Angeles sports and entertainment company recently brought in to operate the KFC Yum! Center, isn’t expected to have an impact on the Louisville management deal. [C-J/AKN]

With six weeks until election day, there is a push to register and drive African-American voters to the polls. [WLKY]

Yum! Brands Inc. recently opened its 4,000th KFC restaurant in China in the city of Dalian. [Business First]

Gov. Steve Beshear has named the 17 members of the state’s new Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel, which is comprised of a wide range of professionals. [WFPL]

More On Those Community Paramedics Programs

Seems many really are rolling their eyes at Greg Fischer’s $5 million proposal to further burden overworked paramedics in Louisville.

So. That Community Paramedic program we mentioned? Here’s more information, since Greg apparently can’t have his staff fire up the googler for him:

The programs could use experienced paramedics that can’t work in an ambulance for physical/medical reasons. It would allow Metro to maintain its experienced folks while helping divert non-emergencies and from clogging area emergency rooms.

But this is Possibility City. So. Yeah. It’s where ideas that work come to die.

You Could Probably Spend $5 Million Much Better

We won’t roll our eyes but we’re almost ready to do so over Greg Fischer’s latest:

Transforming Louisville Metro EMS into an agency that focuses as much on keeping people out of the hospital as transporting them to the emergency room is the big idea behind a city proposal that hopes to win a $5 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Sure, there’s a place for someone to coordinate care, as there are already programs in place that use paramedics to check on and treat patients. But. Um. $5 million for social workers?

We’re guessing Greg Fischer has never heard of Community Paramedicine?

Let’s all bite our tongues.