TV Wakes Up To Animal Abuse, Ignores LMAS

Clarksville, Ind. says it’s the oldest town in the Old Northwest Territory. Now leaders are exploring whether it should become a city. [WDRB]

If the event is losing $70,000 per year, why on earth is it entirely free? Why not charge a buck per person? The Waterfront Independence Festival, a two-day free public fireworks and music gala on July 3-4 that usually draws more than 100,000 people to the downtown riverfront, is in jeopardy of being dropped after this year, if it loses money again. [C-J/AKN]

The desperate 911 call made from the boyfriend of a slain teenager in Clarksville, Indiana has now been released. The young man called dispatchers as he tried to save his girlfriend. [WHAS11]

Gov. Steve Beshear held out hope Tuesday that lawmakers can still find a compromise solution to the state’s badly underfunded employee pension funds in the waning days of the 30-day General Assembly. [Ronnie Ellis]

Louisville Metro Police held a training session for block watch leaders across the city Tuesday night. It’s a small step, authorities said, ends up making a big difference when it comes to crime. [WLKY]

A woman accused of neglecting horses and other animals in Woodford County is scheduled to be arraigned this month on 28 counts of second-degree cruelty. [H-L]

It took decades to make a decision, but the landscape in Louisville and southern Indiana is changing now to make way for the East End Bridge. [WAVE3]

While Jefferson County Public Schools’ ACT test scores have traditionally been lower than state and national averages, it ranks among the middle of its metropolitan peers. [WFPL]

The nation should see gross domestic product growth of 4 percent in 2014 and in 2015, but the federal budget cuts imposed by the sequester will help limit GDP growth to about 2 percent this year, said Steven G. Cochrane, managing director for Moody’s Analytics. [Business First]

One of its catalysts has been the anticipated completion of the Big Four pedestrian and bicycle bridge. Once it is finished it will tie into the Ohio River Greenway, have paths out to Charlestown State Park and be an amenity that is promoted to attract more businesses to the region. [News & Tribune]

Pee Alert – Marilyn Parker is refusing her gubmint pension as a temporary councilcritter. Newly elected Louisville Metro Councilwoman Marilyn Parker, R-18th District, will not take pension benefits available to elected officials, saving the city an estimated $2,000 a year. [C-J/AKN]

4 thoughts on “TV Wakes Up To Animal Abuse, Ignores LMAS

  1. RE: The Waterfront Independence Festival.

    I agree w/ charging admission if the Festival is in trouble, but if that doesn’t cut it, why not just reduce it to one night? 2 nights always seemed excessive to me anyway.

  2. Couple of problems with charging – not insurmountable, but problems. If you charge, you have to find someway to fence it off, and staff it to make sure people in fact, do pay, which then costs money. (Might be able to get volunteers, but can’t count on it.) Also, charging someone to attend takes the whole event out of recreational immunity, so if someone twists an ankle, for example, they could sue. (Again, not insurmountable, since Metro Govt is the “county” government and gets some immunity for that reason, but they’d still have to defend it.)

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