Quick, Freak Out Over Unruly Kids!

Mall St. Matthews on Shelbyville Road was shut down Saturday night after police say they had to respond to several disturbances involving teens. [WDRB]

Calls from customers who said they were shoved or knocked down during a Saturday night disturbance at the Mall St. Matthews started filtering into the St. Matthews Police Department early Sunday morning, while officers continued to investigate what exactly caused up to 2,000 people – mostly juveniles – to start fights that forced the mall to close early. [C-J/AKN]

Basically, teenagers are the worst. Also, RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! On Sunday police and security presence was heightened at Mall St. Matthews after it was shut down early Saturday night. Police responded to multiple disturbances involving thousands of young people. [WHAS11]

America’s newest family of Syrian refugees flew in late at night, and Sarhan Aldobai, 36, looked down from the plane at the distant lights of his new home. His wife was nursing their baby in the next seat. His five other children had fallen asleep. Sarhan took out the small world map he had carried since leaving Syria in 2012 and tried to trace the plane’s path. [H-L]

This can’t be hyped up enough and you should definitely go. A museum at a southern Indiana state park is about to reopen after undergoing a $6 million facelift over the past year. [WLKY]

Leaders of the church-based Sanctuary Movement vowed on Friday to offer their places of worship as refuge for immigrants facing deportation under an Obama administration crackdown on Central American families who entered the United States illegally. [HuffPo]

Forty minutes of scanner traffic explains why more than four dozen law officers from three neighboring departments descended on Mall St. Matthews Saturday night amid unfounded rumors of looting and gunfire. [WAVE3]

Canadian gaming company Amaya Inc has been ordered by a Kentucky court to pay $870 million in penalties to cover alleged losses by the state’s residents who played real-money poker on PokerStars’ website between 2006 and 2011. [Reuters]

The drug epidemic and absent-minded motorists are driving up the number of motor vehicle thefts in Louisville, police say. [WFPL]

The Republican Party is divided over whether to attack the science of climate change when opposing liberal policies. [The Hill]

Kentucky’s award-winning advertising campaign for Kynect, the state health insurance exchange, has ended. [Business First]

The Floyd County Council is planning on balancing the 2015 general fund budget Tuesday. The amount the council members will have to find or take from other accounts to make that happen is still under debate. [News & Tribune]

Your support is crucial if you want to see us continue. While other media outlets ignore scandals like those in Montgomery County, we’re shining the bright lights of transparency on issues that directly impact you across the Commonwealth. Love us or hate us, we’re putting in the time and effort to spend years reporting on issues from the pension crisis to government-sanctioned animal cruelty to educational corruption and we get real results. [Help Us!]

Death & Destruction In The “Compassionate City”

A Rowan County man has been arrested in connection with a body that was found inside a wooden box in Louisville. [WKYT]

Giving up on the West End is the last thing the West End needs right now. A well-known West Louisville pastor — who has spent the last 10 plus years trying to help reduce the crime and violence — is leaving the neighborhood. [WDRB]

The former principal of Louisville Male High School, fired last year amid investigations finding standardized testing improprieties, has filed a lawsuit against Jefferson County Public Schools claiming he was wrongfully fired and defamed. [C-J/AKN]

“Fifty feet from my front door, I saw a corpse.” And that shocking scene prompted dozens of people to pack into a small room in the Salvation Army on Beecher Street. [WHAS11]

In their last debate before voters go to the polls next Tuesday, Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway continued to trade jabs, but in the end, one candidate did manage to compliment the other. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Jeffersonville has seen a lot of growth over the past few years, and the two candidates for mayor said they’re the best choice for continued growth. [WLKY]

The White House on Monday slammed FBI Director James Comey’s notion that pervasive cellphone footage featuring police actions has led to an uptick in violent crime. [HuffPo]

Monday evening the Jefferson County Public School board voted to hire two search firms. You can thank Donna Hargens for this unnecessary spending. [WAVE3]

A new report reveals multiple errors and hundreds of cases missing from federal data on fatal police shootings. [Mother Jones]

Residents of Louisville Metro Council District 10 — which includes parts of the Highlands, Germantown, Camp Taylor and Buechel — will elect a new council member next week. [WFPL]

Matt Bevin, the Republican running for governor who’s been called a “pathological liar” in ads by his opponent, Democrat Jack Conway, told Conway to “stop lying to people” during a contentious debate Sunday evening at Eastern Kentucky University. [Ronnie Ellis]

Louisville’s Power Creative advertising agency is preparing to spin off a new business, which will be led by Power Creative CEO David Power, and it could be open for business as early as Dec. 1. [Business First]

Eight local manufacturers, service companies and trucking companies have filed suit against the city of New Albany, New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan, the Floyd County Commissioners, Indiana Department of Transportation and other government agencies alleging that a recent redesign of East Main Street has negatively affected their right to safely access the street. [News & Tribune]

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Just more of that well-known Greg Fischer transparency! Greg Fischer’s office called a meeting but banned cameras as it planned to update local media on the Omni Hotel project. [WAVE3]

Officials with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man who authorities say passed contraband to a Metro Corrections inmate. [WDRB]

One by one, women board a breast-cancer screening van in southwestern Jefferson County to receive mammograms. [C-J/AKN]

We’d share more information with you but the new comms person at JCPS is apparently a disaster who refuses to communicate with anyone who doesn’t drink the Kool-aid. The JCPS annual Clothing Assistance Program Blitz kicked off Monday morning. [WHAS11]

Even after years of talk about a “war on coal,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell startled some of his constituents in March when he urged open rebellion against a White House proposal for cutting pollution from coal-fired power plants. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Just a reminder that, sure, there’s fun crap happening but your leadership is effectively ignoring the shooting problem in this city. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama fired back at former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Monday after the 2016 Republican presidential candidate invoked the specter of the Holocaust in comments regarding the Iran nuclear deal. [HuffPo]

History was made Sunday when the the city’s first statue honoring a woman was unveiled at Cathedral of the Assumption. [WAVE3]

In L.A. and cities across the United States, it is effectively illegal to be dirt poor in a country where more than 45 million people live in poverty. [The Intercept]

Harrison County, Indiana, officials are being sued in federal court by a former employee of the county clerk’s office who claims she was fired after refusing to process a same-sex marriage license. [WFPL]

New York state recently announced an increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers, to $15 an hour. It’s the fruit of a three-year labor campaign. But there’s another group of workers out there that hasn’t had a real wage increase in decades. [NPR]

The advertising and marketing agency Power Creative has developed a new executive leadership team. CEO David Power said he’s promoted three employees to serve as chief operating, innovation and marketing officers. He created the three positions to better define roles. [Business First]

This time last year, onlookers from the Big Four Bridge were met with the sight of dilapidated docks and an eroding, uneven shoreline at Jeffersonville’s Ohio River bank. [News & Tribune]

Spring 2015 Bisig Political Report

Introduction
The Bisig Political Report is produced by the Bisig Impact Group, 640 S. Fourth Street, Louisville, KY. This report is intended to help regional media in their coverage of Election Day 2015. A fall report will come out in October 2015. The Bisig Impact Group is a leader in political consulting in the state of Kentucky since 1991.

Note:

  • Questions/Comments regarding the report should be directed to Matt Willinger, Director of Public Relations, at the Bisig Impact Group: mwillinger@bisig.com or (502) 583-0333
  • Disclosure: Larry Bisig is a registered Republican. Bisig has donated to the Comer campain.

STATE RACE

KENTUCKY STATE GOVERNOR

With a few days out, what will it take for the candidates to win?

Let’s begin with the perceived frontrunner, Hal Heiner.

Hal Heiner

Heiner, 62, is a former two-term Louisville Metro councilman and candidate for Louisville-Jefferson County mayor in the 2010 General Election. Earlier in that year he defeated Chris Thieneman, a well-known real estate developer, and Jonathan Robertson, who ran third. Heiner received 33,198 of the 49,175 votes cast or 67.5%. Like Bevin’s vote tally last year, this will bode well for Heiner in the May primary.

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SPONSORED BY BISIG IMPACT GROUP

Spring 2015 Bisig Political Report

Introduction
The Bisig Political Report is produced by the Bisig Impact Group, 640 S. Fourth Street, Louisville, KY. This report is intended to help regional media in their coverage of Election Day 2015. A fall report will come out in October 2015. The Bisig Impact Group is a leader in political consulting in the state of Kentucky since 1991.

Note:

  • Questions/Comments regarding the report should be directed to Matt Willinger, Director of Public Relations, at the Bisig Impact Group: mwillinger@bisig.com or (502) 583-0333
  • Disclosure: Larry Bisig is a registered Republican. Bisig has donated to the Comer campain.

STATE RACE

KENTUCKY STATE GOVERNOR

With a few days out, what will it take for the candidates to win?

Let’s begin with the perceived frontrunner, Hal Heiner.

Hal Heiner

Heiner, 62, is a former two-term Louisville Metro councilman and candidate for Louisville-Jefferson County mayor in the 2010 General Election. Earlier in that year he defeated Chris Thieneman, a well-known real estate developer, and Jonathan Robertson, who ran third. Heiner received 33,198 of the 49,175 votes cast or 67.5%. Like Bevin’s vote tally last year, this will bode well for Heiner in the May primary.

Wanna read the rest? CLICK HERE.

SPONSORED BY BISIG IMPACT GROUP

YAY! It’s Katie King Coronation Day, Louisville!

We’re obviously joking.

The former owner of a mastiff is facing animal cruelty charges after the dog’s four-pound tumor went untreated for months. [WDRB]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency next week will begin a second round of air sampling at eight homes near the long-closed Lees Lane hazardous waste landfill, after discovering 13 homes with elevated levels of toxic vapors in crawl spaces. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It is one school board race where the candidates have name and face recognition. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s U.S. Senate election could be a close race, but the battle for the airwaves has already been won. [H-L]

The Simpsons came to life in Louisville yesterday. A shelter-in-place has been ordered for a one square mile area around fire that broke out near Dixie Highway. [WLKY]

You’ll like this story, dog people. [HuffPo]

As they gathered for a reflection ceremony Sunday, friends and family of Ryan Kinnion said they are still looking for answers in his death more than a month after he was found by the side of River Road. [WAVE3]

Democratic Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign appears to have shelled out $17,000 to shuttle Hillary Clinton into Kentucky to attend a rally last month. [Politico]

More than six months after Kentucky lawmakers passed legislation allowing limited trials for cannabidiol epilepsy treatments, doctors have not been able to begin them. [WFPL]

Sen. Rand Paul seems to be dealing with an internal battle over how to approach quarantines in the U.S. for people who may have been exposed to Ebola. [TPM]

A project to redevelop three buildings along the fabled section of West Main Street known as Whiskey Row should begin in mid-2015 and will take about 18 months to complete. [Business First]

Four seats have competition for the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp.’s board of trustees this election with nine candidates in the race, four of whom are incumbents. [News & Tribune]

Where’s The Reward $ For West End Murders?

The family of a Louisville man gathered today in his memory, three years after his murder. [WDRB]

Joe Gerth is right that Mary Woolridge is a leftover turkey. Refusing to vote to remove a corrupt hack because of their race is about as low as low can go. [C-J/AKN]

The Jefferson County Coroner has identified a woman who was found in an alley Saturday morning with multiple gunshot wounds. When will Louisville businesses step up and offer a reward for information about her killer? [WHAS11]

Kentucky recorded 19 fewer drug-overdose deaths in 2012 than the year before. [H-L]

A Bullitt County woman charged in the death of a newborn baby found in a Louisville department store trash can told police she had wanted to keep the little girl. [WLKY]

If you missed seeing it, we’ve got a really fancy advertising special running through the end of the month for small businesses. [CLICK HERE]

The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the murder of a Kroger employee increased to $25,000 on Friday. [WAVE3]

These days, only one-third of Americans say most people can be trusted. Half felt that way in 1972, when the General Social Survey first asked the question. [HuffPo]

He served several of the people who came through the door personally, not just because he was the pastor, but because he identified with some of them on a deep level. [News & Tribune]

Construction of the new I-65 bridge has forced the University of Louisville to reconsider its master plan for the downtown Nucleus Innovation Park. Officials are now determining where buildings should be constructed with respect to the bridge’s placement. [WFPL]

A partnership managed by Louisville home builder Elite Homes Inc. has closed on the purchase of the former site of Kitty’s Plants and Produce LLC at 8708 Brownsboro Road. [Business First]

In a generation, Kentucky will be a very different state because the federal health-reform law and expansion of Medicaid has made health insurance available to all residents of the state, Gov. Steve Beshear told Los Angeles Times political reporter Mark Z. Barabak for a story the paper published on Thanksgiving Day. And he acknowledged that his Medicaid decision was easier because he can’t seek re-election. [Al Cross]

The support for giving local cities and counties the option to impose a sales tax is long and lofty — Gov. Steve Beshear, Louisville and Lexington mayors Greg Fisher and Jim Gray and various state legislators, not to mention Kentucky’s Chamber of Commerce, League of Cities and the Association of Counties. [C-J/AKN]