December 13th, 2013 by admin · No Comments
If you missed it in all the news coverage of Washington’s budget “deal”? Here’s what John Yarmuth had to say:
“This bipartisan budget compromise is far from perfect, but it will resolve another immediate threat of shutdown and lessen the impact of radical cuts to education, medical research, and other key federal investments that strengthen Louisville families and bolster our economy. Congress needs to move beyond legislation by self-imposed crisis, and this is a start.”
The two-year agreement passed the House 332-94 and Yarmuth voted in favor.
Tags: Congress · Economy · John Yarmuth
December 13th, 2013 by admin · No Comments
This week the Transportation Lady discusses a fancy (it’s not that fancy) new TARC (Transit Authority of River City) route that will cross the river from Louisville to Southern Indiana via I-65 beginning in January:
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet assisted with the service.
Tags: Indiana · State Government · TARC · Travel · Video
December 13th, 2013 by admin · No Comments
Only Greg Fischer’s corrupt zoning folks (Bill Bardenwerper) think this is a good idea. Nulu leaders say a Family Dollar discount store isn’t a good fit for the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood centered along E. Market Street. [WDRB]
Kentucky’s horse racing regulators voted Wednesday to change medication rules, bringing the state closer to becoming the 11th racing jurisdiction to adopt a proposed uniform rule that supporters hope will be followed nationwide. [C-J/AKN]
A trial date has been set for a former Oldham County police officer accused of sending inappropriate messages to an underage girl. [WHAS11]
Pope Francis said in the first peace message of his pontificate that huge salaries and bonuses are symptoms of an economy based on greed and inequality and called again for nations to narrow the wealth gap. [HuffPo]
Time is running out for dozens of animals seized from a Harrison County couple convicted of animal abuse. [WLKY]
Marie Zhang, chief food innovation officer for Long John Silver’s, shared the company’s message recently at the Chief Innovation Summit in New York City. [Business First]
Police are asking for the communities help to identify two men who witnesses said left the home of an assault victim who later died. [WAVE3]
Michter’s Distillery, which is building two multimillion-dollar distilleries in Louisville, announced Thursday that it has joined the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the industry’s 133-year-old trade and lobbying organization. [H-L]
What do outsiders think of Louisville? Click this clicky to find out. [USA Today]
An accused child molester across the river in Jeffersonville has committed suicide. [News & Tribune]
The data is preliminary, but overall crime has declined slightly (about .5 percent) in Louisville Metro Police’s jurisdiction this year through November, compared to the same time period last year, Chief Steve Conrad said. [WFPL]
Louisville has received a $25,000 grant to increase access to healthy foods and support 13 community gardens over the next year. [C-J/AKN]
If only Frankfort had the guts to do something like this. The Ohio House has passed a bipartisan bill increasing penalties for animal abuse. In most cases, the Goddard Bill, named for Dick Goddard, makes abusing a dog or cat a low level felony, punishable by up to a year in jail. [WKSU]
Tags: Bad Behavior · Bourbon · Business · Crime · Dogs · Economy · Horse Industry · Indiana · LMPD · Police · State Government · Zoning
December 12th, 2013 by admin · No Comments
Look, here is Congressman John Yarmuth saying things you will like:
Congratulations to the DeSales Colts for being champions.
Tags: Congress · John Yarmuth · Sports · Video · Youth
December 12th, 2013 by jake · No Comments
(And some of its elected officials – but we’re focused on media today.)
The State Auditor of Public Accounts released a report on Kentucky Retirement Systems this week. While lacking and elementary as far as audits go, it was still a decent beginning. A nice start at examining the reason (KRS) the state’s finances are in shambles.
The previous auditor refused to do it and whitewashed most things. The current auditor? He’s trying to muster the courage to do important work. Emphasis on trying.
You can read all about it on Page One by clicking here. 19 serious findings of fiscal mismanagement and general corruption. It’s a report that barely scratches the surface but it’s a report nonetheless. Your local tax dollars keep KRS afloat, so it’s something you should take to heart.
Where’s your local media? Spoiler alert: absent.
- Nothing from the Courier-Journal
- Nothing from Business First
- Nothing from WHAS11
- Nothing from WLKY
- Nothing from WDRB
- Nothing from WAVE3
Why? Why no coverage of one of the most important audits in five or six years? Likely because most in the local media don’t understand it. Instead of attempting to digest everything in the report (mind you, it’s tiny compared to previous airport board audits and the doozy that took down the Kentucky League of Cities) and instead of doing their homework, everyone has chosen to ignore it.
Nothing to see here, move along, puppies and rainbows.
We realize that it’s mostly up to managers and news directors. They prefer to focus on blood and hype. But come on. This is a serious disservice to the entire area. Truly unbelievable.
If WHAS can cover an indictment of a county clerk 200+ miles away in Southeastern Kentucky (how many times did the previous news editor claim West Liberty was barely covered because it wasn’t in the viewing area?), there’s just no excuse.
Watch, though, when the audit of Jefferson County Public Schools is released, it’ll be all you hear about for days and days. The paper will have an early copy with three or four stories pre-prepped, Joe Arnold will be live at the central office enraged with a visible forehead vein, Connie Leonard will be mad but won’t understand why she’s upset, the kids at WLKY will foam at the mouth and will be outraged at the salaries some people receive. The report probably won’t be too deep, likely won’t uncover much that isn’t already known (we have to base this on the way the auditor has handled other school districts) and will still be treated like it’s the beginning of the end by local media.
This is why Louisville can’t have nice things.
Tags: Bad Behavior · Courier-Journal · Criticism · Media · Newspaper · Possibility City · State Government · WAVE · WDRB · WHAS · WLKY
December 12th, 2013 by admin · 2 Comments
Even with the bitterly cold temperatures, some people are still sleeping on the streets. [WDRB]
Gov. Steve Beshear says regulations to implement Kentucky’s new health benefit exchange will move forward despite Republican efforts to block the rules in committee last month. [C-J/AKN]
Why the hell is this news? What in the living crap is wrong with the new News Director? [WHAS11]
Adam Edelen released his audit of Kentucky Retirement Systems. Just like his audit of Montgomery County Schools, it’s severely lacking. And that’s with the 19 findings of significant deficiencies in internal controls over financial reporting. [Page One]
According to the crime stats from police, Louisville is becoming a safer place to live. [WLKY]
Miami-Dade County put up 57,000 liens for sale last year alone — more than any other county in the country, followed by Lee County, Fla., and Jefferson County, Ky., which each offered more than 40,000 liens. [WaPo]
Local law enforcement agencies are teaming up with a major grocer to make sure area children in need don’t go without this holiday season. [WAVE3]
A Kentucky man who was using a public restroom decided to set his loaded pistol on a toilet paper dispenser when the weapon slipped off and shot him in the leg. [HuffPo]
Dozens of people have placed bids on historical items being auctioned by the state. [H-L]
Racial disparities in marijuana arrests have more to do with the neighborhoods where Louisville Metro Police focuses its attention than with race, Chief Steve Conrad says. [WFPL]
Is economic development as simple as getting a direct flight? It certainly could help. [Business First]
Ten years from now the issue will still exist, but on Wednesday, a step was taken to draft a plan to help the homeless. [News & Tribune]
Tags: Crime · Economy · Health Care · Homeless · Indiana · LMPD · Oops · State Government · Travel · WHAS
December 11th, 2013 by admin · 2 Comments
Gannett Co, the parent company of the nationally distributed newspaper, announced on Wednesday that it planned to include pages of USA Today in 35 of its local community papers after a fall test proved successful.
The move, which will happen through the first quarter of next year, will increase USA Today’s circulation, a metric advertisers watch closely. It will also free up resources so the community newspapers can concentrate on local reporting.
“We can now deliver more of the local content that is so important to our readers, while also providing quality national and international news from USA Today,” Robert Dickey, U.S. Community Publishing president, said in a statement.
Tags: Courier-Journal · Gannett
December 11th, 2013 by admin · No Comments
Way to go, Louisville, killing another pedestrian. A worker for a local cement company died on the job Tuesday night. Police say the Cemex employee was trying to stop traffic for a back hoe when he was hit. So maybe not a pedestrian like everyone else – but we still have a high number of people getting killed like this. [WDRB]
St. Matthews has moved to annex the small Springwood subdivision — despite a state law that Louisville officials say bans small-city annexations until 2015. [C-J/AKN]
Louisville Metro Police have a new homicide investigation on their hands. What was a death investigation is now a murder case. [WHAS11]
Kentucky’s bourbon industry is in the middle of its biggest expansion since Prohibition, building $300 million in new distilleries, warehouses and tourist centers, and filling a million barrels annually. But the future of bourbon isn’t big. It’s small. [H-L]
For years sentences for DUI have been getting harsher. Most of deadly DUI crashes end in a manslaughter conviction, but the recent murder conviction of a Louisville man has some wondering: Will we see more murder convictions for drinking and causing deadly crashes? [WLKY]
Immigration reform advocates have tried being polite. They’ve staged acts of civil disobedience and warned Republicans the party will pay at the ballot box if they drag their feet on an overhaul. [Politico]
It’s been a tough season for charities which often rely on the spirit of giving this time of year to help others. A lot of non-profits are reporting donations are down. [WAVE3]
People in Eastern Kentucky are used to the ups and downs of a coal-based economy. Prices plummet. Production slows down. Coal miners get laid off. Several months later, prices rise. The phone rings. Miners pick up their helmets and go back to work. [WFPL]
New Albany has added new restaurants, shops, salons and other businesses, thanks in no small part to Develop New Albany, a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the city. [C-J/AKN]
Father knows best? Former Rep. Ron Paul says his son, Sen. Rand Paul, will “probably” launch a campaign for the White House in 2016. [Politico]
Louisville International Airport has been named the seventh busiest cargo airport in the world in a recently released report by Montreal-based Airports Council International, a worldwide, nonprofit association. [Business First]
New Albany lost an iconic restaurant to fire late Monday night. But it certainly looks like the community is stepping up to help. [News & Tribune]
Tags: Alcohol · Bad Behavior · Bourbon · Business · Charity · Death · Indiana · LMPD · Politics
December 10th, 2013 by admin · No Comments
UPS is helping to spread holiday cheer this Christmas — and what better way than with one of its signature shipping containers? [WDRB]
She wakes to the sound of breathing. The smaller children lie tangled beside her, their chests rising and falling under winter coats and wool blankets. [NY Times]
When is water not a good mix for bourbon? According to Kentucky distillers the answer is when the water is rainwater and it gets in the way of making bourbon barrels. [WHAS11]
The “craft” distinction can be valuable, and big distilleries want to capitalize on that, too. [H-L]
This story will send you into a rage. A Louisville grandmother attacked in her own apartment died more than two weeks later. [WLKY]
Governors of eight Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states will announce on Monday a push to force Midwestern and Appalachian states to cut air pollution they say is causing their citizens respiratory diseases and public health problems. [WaPo]
Amy Lyons and her co-workers have decked the halls and offices of the Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator with plenty of Christmas spirit. But it wears thin, when the Fiscal Court building’s lack of heat forces them to dress like something out of Dickens. [WAVE3]
For anxious national Democrats who have pined for a white knight in the health care reform debate, Steve Beshear is starting to look like the one they’ve been waiting for – implausible as that development may be. [Politico]
A JCPS school board member is voicing concern about a proposal that would move more grade levels into Frost Middle School, because of the school’s proximity to a coal-fired power plant. [WFPL]
Not all politicians are boozed-up crack heads, Parade magazine contributor Fred Minnick said in a recent post. Some even have found a way to responsibly turn alcoholic beverages into tourism dollars. [Business First]
Another month, another real estate disaster at Kentucky Retirement Systems courtesy their placement agent, ORG. [Page One]
A recent decision by the city of Jeffersonville is driving a fundraising effort to help a local homeless shelter pay an overdue utility bill. [News & Tribune]
Tags: Bad Behavior · Bourbon · Charity · Health Care · Homeless · Indiana · JCPS · Poverty · Scandal · State Government · Steve Beshear · UPS
December 9th, 2013 by admin · No Comments
Last week Governor Steve Beshear spoke about kynect/ACA enrollment:
Tags: Health Care · Steve Beshear · Video