Have You Been To The Kentucky State Fair Lately?

The City of Hillview was hit Tuesday with an $11.4 million judgment in in Bullitt County Circuit Court over a long-running property dispute with a truck-driving school. [C-J/AKN]

All eyes were on the skies as people watched in awe of two performers on 90-foot sway poles. It was just one of the many attractions at the Kentucky State Fair. [WDRB]

This is a rather scathing editorial about Mitch McConnell’s tendency to hype when it comes to terrorists and scaring meemaws. [H-L]

Police say a man put a pregnant cashier in a headlock and threatened her life. [WAVE3]

Here’s even more on the Barbara Shanklin and the Ethics Commission vote this week. [WFPL]

Louisville Metro Police are looking for a man they said is responsible for a business robbery. [WLKY]

Louisville’s Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Inc. is part of a $14.5 million settlement of a lawsuit involving the use of metal bats. [Business First]

Owsley Brown Frazier gave a rare interview about his life to WHAS11. You should check it out. [WHAS11]

Even in the face of repeated debunkings by journalists, Romney’s presidential campaign has continued to produce new ads falsely claiming that President Barack Obama ended the requirement that people on welfare, formally known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, engage in work. [HuffPo]

Barbara Shanklin doesn’t get her way, after all. The ethics complaint against Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin is moving forward. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky won’t be seeing many of these presidential ads because it’s essentially no man’s land on the campaign front. [Page One]

Really Compassionate With All Those Murders

New information made public by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week suggests that the Louisville area could violate the agency’s new standard for fine particles and soot when it is put in place later this year. [C-J/AKN]

Did you hear? Another person was shot dead in Louisville because it’s such a compassionate city. [FOX41]

Americans heard something on the U.S. Senate floor last Wednesday that they haven’t heard for nearly three years: a coal-state senator and longtime supporter of the coal industry speak eloquent truth to power. [Tom Eblen]

Read this story about some awful human being in New Albany and see how long it takes your blood to boil. [WAVE3]

Most Americans oppose President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform even though they strongly support most of its provisions, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Sunday, with the Supreme Court set to rule within days on whether the law should stand. [Reuters]

344 people got laid off from a credit card processing company in Louisville and next to no one in the press sees that as significant. [WHAS11]

The latest corruption and wasted money shenanigans from Barbara Shanklin will make your skin crawl in rage. And you wonder why Louisville can’t have nice things. [C-J/AKN]

Yet another great story for your Monday morning coffee. Remember that guy who beat his wife to death with a rock last year? He hanged himself. [WLKY]

Officials hope to bring entrepreneurs to downtown Jeffersonville by showing off some of the area’s available properties. [Business First]

So far this year, there have been ten days when air quality is forecasted to be bad in the Louisville area, and as the summer wears on there will be many more. [WFPL]

You know how you tell yourself everything in Southern Indiana smells like poop so you don’t have to go over there? It apparently does and Clarksville has finally decided to do something about it. [News & Tribune]

What this story about Yum! Brands maybe stealing music from The Black Keys for a Pizza Hut commercial doesn’t tell you? They often use a local ad guy who is supposed to handle that sort of thing. Here’s betting he doesn’t get much work from them in the future. [More WHAS11]

Holiday World Advertising Is So Perfectly Timed

Could this Kentucky Kingdom-Holiday World thing have had better timing?

It all coincided with the warm season… and a monster uptick in Holiday World advertising on every television station in the region. Seems like every five seconds there’s a Holiday World spot.

Months of free press for something positive (the opening of Kentucky Kingdom… but without, you know, rides). Then they pull out and play the victim (which they only partially are, thanks to the incompetence and corruption in Frankfort).

Timed so perfectly one would think it was almost purposefully planned this way.

Media Now Silent On Greg’s Corrupt Shenanigans

If the person committing the campaign finance violations/crimes Greg Fischer and his team are responsible for with the bait-and-switch they pulled with funds from people like Bruce Lunsford and Ed Hart had been a Republican? The editorial board would have already firebombed their house. With Greg Fischer, it’s completely ignored and swept under the rug. [Why Louisville Can’t Have Nice Things]

Turns out sleazy commercials being paraded as news content aren’t unique to Louisville television newscasts. Imagine that. [WaPo]

Remember when Kelly Downard had the guts to stand up to Greg Fischer’s crew last week? Remember when it took us threatening a lawsuit (which is drafted and was shared with Fischer’s folks) to get Fischer’s folks to do their damn jobs? [The ‘Ville Voice]

Jeffersonville is expanding wireless internet service. Louisville yawns and goes back to suffering worse than it did under Jerry Abramson. [Business First]

Deteroit is nearing bankruptcy as the city flirts with fiscal disaster. Could it happen in Louisville? [The Economist]

Louisville is apparently so insignificant that it’s not even included on many globes. [Slate]

It’s going to be a nightmare watching Greg Fischer try to get Louisville through this $6 million budget shortfall that he’s caused. [WLKY]

How shocked are you that cracks were misclassified on the Sherman Minton in the years leading up to the shut down? [C-J/AKN]

Will Louisvillians ever stop killing each other? Will stories like this one ever stop flowing? [FOX41]

Naturally, it takes a newspaper in Indiana to run a story about the East End Bridge and that crazy ass tunnel mess. Your local paper can’t be bothered. [News & Tribune]

Jefferson County Public Schools has yet again stepped in it. JCPS purchased an apartment complex next to Iroquois High School and told a bunch of elderly and disabled people that they had to find a new place to live by December 30. [WHAS11]

Remember this during the inauguration tomorrow when you’re wondering why Kentucky can’t have nice things. [Page One]

Only in Louisville would we still be spending tens upon tens of thousands of dollars debating an ineffective and hated student assignment plan. [WFPL]

Former JCPS Supe In Some Indiana Hot Water

Just a reminder – we nixed an advertising contract with an absolutely horrible person (click the link to find out why) and need to fill the gap. Get on board, folks. Reach the tons of eyes that see our sites every day. [Click the Clicky]

Of course Greg Fischer’s merger “task force” was a farce. You really expected otherwise? [WFPL]

Mark our words: this cost-cutting move by Gannett to use Facebook for commenting on all of its newspaper stories will end up costing the company millions more than they think they’re going to save. It’s also a silly, disastrous move on the front of giving up control of its product(s). It’ll be fun to watch this mess. This is another HUGE indication of financial meltdown. [C-J/AKN]

What do you think about Lexington’s mail sorting moving to Louisville? We smell a big ruh ro coming. [H-L]

Basically, it’s time to bend over and grab your ankles. You’re going to be subjected to non-stop news about flipping David Camm – again – if you bother to turn on your television. [FOX41]

If you can’t Dine Out for Life this Wednesday, then go ahead and support your favorite charity. [Dining Out for Life]

HAHAHA! Forgive us for nearly passing out from laughter. Stephen Daeschner may get his rear end handed to him by his new Southern Indiana school district. [WAVE3]

No, Kentucky isn’t tops in the nation for business as the Democrats (and sometimes Republicans) would have you believe. It’s merely 25th on the Forbes list. [Business First]

Sometimes Ron Crimm has good ideas. Sometimes he has bad ones that end up costing the state money. Like state-supplied signage for tattoo parlors. [WHAS11]

Maybe Representative Crimm can redeem himself by trying to stop wage theft from happening in Kentucky. [WFPL]

Don’t forget what’s really going down at Louisville Metro Animal Services. Even the overpaid and inexperienced director is letting the truth slip out. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Waterfront Park won’t have a skating rink but Jeffersonville’s got a temporary one. Who knew this was such a big deal? [WLKY]

Borderline Unethical And Definitely Not Newsworthy

You know your local newspaper does things like cover for its elected friends, trash legitimate critics, ignore reality and kill journalistic integrity.

So this latest stunt of pushing advertising as journalism won’t surprise you:

How Amex found the news coverage it wanted

Gannett newspapers in 15 U.S. markets this month will publish short profiles of up to 150 small retailers, in a holiday shopping series sponsored exclusively by American Express.

But the stories published online so far are vague about the credit card company’s involvement — showing the nation’s biggest newspaper publisher is once more testing the limits of Journalism 101 Ethics.

At papers in Asbury Park, N.J.; Brevard, Fla.; Louisville, Ky., and Phoenix, readers are told only that the stories are “presented” by American Express.

Yet, they aren’t told the retailers are all supposed to be those accepting American Express cards, according to an internal GCI document provided to me by a reader.

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But the document, a guide for photographers working on the series, is much more explicit.

“In a deal with American Express,” it says, “Gannett Co. Inc., is producing a sales campaign around Small Business Saturday called Shopping Main Street. The two-week campaign starts Nov. 23, a couple of days before Black Friday and will feature local small businesses that are American Express merchants in 15 Gannett markets.”

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Among journalism ethics transgressions, this isn’t the end of the world. Still, it violates a long-standing rule designed to protect a media outlet’s credibility: Reporters don’t favor businesses in order to please advertisers.

Click here to read the entire thing.

It’s the same thing that’s been appearing in American Express advertisements in business and trade magazines for months. And now your paper will be passing that advertising off as news.

Yet Another National College Ad About Jack

National College ran another ad (in addition to the one we told you about) against Jack Conway yesterday.

This one is an open letter to Jack that was signed by more than 750 students:

We understand that you have filed suit against National College for alleged violation of consumer protection laws. We know our college will deal with these allegations in due course, but we also know that you have publicly and repeatedly – in press conferences, television interviews, news articles, and especially in your campaign literature and fund‐raising solicitations – criticized Kentucky’s career colleges, and especially our college – National College.

We are proud of our college. It’s not Duke University, or George Washington University Law School; unlike you, very few of us have had the means to attend such prestigious universities and most of us preferred an education that was tailored to our family and work lives. We may never own racehorses or be elected attorney general. But we are the backbone of working Kentucky: bettering our lives, and the lives of our families, through our investment in a National College education.

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Mr. Conway, you have never been to our campuses, talked to our Campus Directors, or to the faculty and staff who work with us in our educational pursuits. Our college campus is constantly visited by community leaders, legislators, employers, government officials, and others who are interested in this asset of their community – why have you never visited a National College campus and met its students, staff, and faculty? Other leaders have!

You don’t know us. You don’t know our college. We call upon you to stop abusing your office and using it to launch deceptive and cynical politically inspired attacks demeaning and denigrating hardworking Kentuckians and the educational choices they have made. Don’t attack our education, our judgment, our qualifications as students, and our college for your own political gain!

While seemingly hokey at first, it’s rather hard-hitting. The letter/ad goes on to ask Jack some questions that, at the very least, will not be fun for his office to deal with.

You’ll probably want to CLICK HERE to read the rest of the story…