Wow, Those Bridge Bonds Sure Sound Great

Kentucky bridge bonds rated one step above junk status. Two credit rating agencies have weighed in on $747 million in bonds Kentucky plans to sell next week to finance its share of the Ohio River Bridges Project. [WDRB]

Why a public utility needs a charitable foundation, we’ll never know, but here’s this thing anyway. The new charitable foundation created this year by the Louisville Water Co. has announced its first gift, a $10,000 donation to help typhoon-relief efforts in the Philippines. [C-J/AKN]

At least the arena will be used for something, right? Louisville will play host to another national gymnastics competition in 2014 at the KFC Yum! Center and the International Convention Center. [WHAS11]

Hal Heiner and his wife, Sheila, call their stately home and the 170 acres surrounding it Dovelyn, a reference to its large dove population and the peace he says those birds bring them. It’s just a shame Hal doesn’t have the guts to campaign and go balls-to-the-wall against opponents. He’ll get his ass handed to him by the Democrat if he wins the Republican nomination, which is unlikely. [H-L]

On Thursday a metro council committee reviewed an ordinance that would make it easier for convicted felons to get jobs within city government. [WLKY]

The White House released state-specific data about the economic benefits of extending unemployment insurance. Take a look at the Kentucky data. [Page One]

If you’re into education and you’ve heard the name Diane Ravitch you may either shudder or nod approvingly. [WFPL]

Here’s Ed Hart biting at Holiday World… A group of about 120 southern Indiana business leaders greeted Kentucky Kingdom President Ed Hart with thunderous applause during the speaker session on the campus of Ivy Tech Community College. “It’s good to be here in southern Indiana, which is very important to Kentucky Kingdom, because it represents 22 percent of our market,” said Hart. “We go where the market is.” [WAVE3]

Louisville law firm Borders & Borders PLC and its principals have filed a reply to a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lawsuit that alleges it illegally paid kickbacks in exchange for real estate settlement referrals. In its answer to the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday, the defendants deny any wrongdoing. [Business First]

Christmas came a few weeks early for 30 community organizations Wednesday afternoon. The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County handed out its fall grants totaling $275,000. [News & Tribune]

3 thoughts on “Wow, Those Bridge Bonds Sure Sound Great

  1. I guess Metro government has run out of high level staff and department heads clever enough to never get convicted of a felony.

  2. The ban the box thing is really kind of silly – they will go through all the process to determine if someone is qualified, then they will be knocked out for having a felony … since most employers can’t take the risk of hiring someone who is a convicted felon.

  3. JTT
    John Flood is currently working for Metro government as a supervisor in the Finance Department after he was forced to retire in 2008 because he lied under oath about his 1995 conviction for 9 felonies for theft when he become a sworn officer for Inspections, Permits and Licenses. Metro government also had a contract with Dismas House to provide inmates to work for facilities management. Believe me, a criminal past never hurt some people from getting hired in local government.

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