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You can’t even drive on Louisville streets these days without your vehicle getting sucked into a giant hole. [WDRB]

Ford Motor Co. says it will hire more than 11,000 people in the U.S. and Asia next year to support an aggressive rollout of new vehicles. [C-J/AKN]

As school safety in this country is re-examined, tonight we take a look at how Kentucky funds safety programs for schools. [WHAS11]

The future of everything according to Ford. Sheryl Connelly is something like a walking TED talk (and indeed, she recently gave one). As Ford’s in-house futurist, it’s her job to keep her eye on the big picture–to examine trends, to think flexibly, and to imagine possibilities as much as decades away. [Fast Company]

More than 600,000 Kentuckians are getting by with the help of food banks and the holiday season can be even harder. [WLKY]

For all of you who don’t have a Jennifer Lawrence Google alert set up already, we give you a roundup of her most lovable moments of the past year. [HuffPo]

The body of a person who had been reported missing by family members was discovered in a wooded area Friday afternoon. [WAVE3]

The welfare queen, she has risen. Spawned by Ronald Reagan to turn blue-collar whites against the Democratic Party, then buried by Bill Clinton with a law “ending welfare as we know it,” she’s been excavated under the first African-American president as Republicans inveigh against the costs of health insurance and food stamps for the poor. [National Journal]

A new poll found that on the eve of the first anniversary of last year’s elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., support for stricter gun-control laws has dropped to its lowest level since the tragedy. [TPM]

The Kentucky Governor’s Mansion will reach an historic milestone next month, turning 100 years old on Jan. 20. The anniversary will be marked with a yearlong celebration of events honoring the Mansion’s architectural, social and political history. [Press Release]

Adam Edelen’s recent audit of Kentucky Retirement Systems contains a couple hidden gems. [Page One]

Critics of medical marijuana concede that one area of the economy has been boosted by legal weed: Denver’s commercial real estate. [Jim Higdon in Fortune]

Investors [last] week snapped up nearly $728 million in revenue bonds and notes that will help finance the Downtown Crossing of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. Kentucky then completed the financing plan by closing on a low-cost loan from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). [Press Release]