Louisvillians Should Demand Real Pension Reform

They came from across the state, shouting a message and leaving with animals in desperate need of help. It’s the kind of big-time protest that small town Campbellsville has never seen before. [WDRB]

Lexington takes its most vulnerable citizens seriously. Mayor Jim Gray on Tuesday supported the creation of an office to coordinate services to the city’s homeless population, but questions of how the office and other services would be funded remained unanswered. [H-L]

The WHAS Crusade for Children has received their biggest donation after a local woman’s dying wish was to help children in the community. It’s just a shame the geniuses at WHAS11 didn’t bother blurring the account or routing numbers on the check. [WHAS11]

Damon Thayer says the public would condemn a delay on pension reform. He would be right – if he was pushing actual pension reform instead of just blowing smoke. Wow. [CN|2]

A new law aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse in the commonwealth has addicts turning to street drugs, specifically heroin. [WLKY]

Kentucky’s fen-phen scandal, the state’s biggest legal fraud case, has taken another sordid turn. A lawyer who was hired to help collect a $42 million judgment for the victims injured by the diet drug has been indicted for conspiring to distribute synthetic marijuana and bankrolling the operation to the tune of $100,000. [C-J/AKN]

A Louisville man says his deceased brother has been the victim of a crime. The grave of James Allen was just one of several markers at Bethany Cemetery that had vases worth several hundred dollars stolen, but the cemetery says it’s not their job to replace it. [WAVE3]

Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, the new president and CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board, has been appointed by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to serve on the Greater Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau Commission. [Business First]

We’ve heard nothing but mixed messages in the behind-the-scenes chatter about this. Mayor Greg Fischer has appointed Louisville’s new Director of Safe Neighborhoods, a position that was recommended by the city’s violence prevention task force last year. [WFPL]

A new deal has been offered to Clark County to pay the money owed to the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter. [News & Tribune]