Will Fiber Internets Become An Affordable Thing?

Remember, this is Louisville, so anything that can go wrong will definitely go wrong. Gigabit-speed Internet may soon be coming to Louisville. The Louisville Metro Council is expected to approve contracts with three different companies for fiber Internet installation at its meeting next Tuesday. [WDRB]

The tax on Jefferson County hotel rooms would rise 1 percentage point under a measure pending before Louisville Metro Council, with proceeds earmarked to pay for a proposed $176 million makeover and expansion of Kentucky International Convention Center. [C-J/AKN]

A plaque of thanks was presented to John Hassman at his Middletown store, A Taste of Kentucky. [WHAS11]

Remember when the take-home police cruiser deal was a battle in Louisville? It’s taking over Lexington now. [H-L]

Warning — ridiculously inappropriate auto-play video. State investigators have busted an insurance fraud ring after a three-year investigation. A Jefferson County grand jury indicted 19 people. [WLKY]

Like her co-workers at LFPL, Justice is a member of AFSCME Local 3425—and she says the Fischer administration’s current contract with the union makes it almost impossible for her and her family to survive. [In These Times]

Green space near Interstate 65 has the potential to generate green but a battle between Jeffersonville city leaders has the mayor rethinking plans for a new hotel and restaurants at Exit 1. [WAVE3]

Here’s hoping you’re getting your votes in for the 2014 Golden Poo Awards. [Page One]

The Louisville Forum’s “Growing Up Transgender” discussion on Wednesday focused on the complex controversies and conversations that surround gender identity. [WFPL]

Several red states, including Louisiana, have been diverting some offenders away from prison and into drug treatment and other incarceration alternatives. But not everyone is embracing the effort. [NPR]

Adam Burckle, owner of Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen, scoffs at the idea of calorie counting the items on his menu. The pies, cakes and ice cream flavors are offered to savor on occasion and within reason. [Business First]

The Clarksville Town Council unanimously voted to reject changes to its sign ordinance that had been given a positive recommendation by the town’s plan commission. [News & Tribune]

You Already Know You Can’t Trust Greg Fischer

It’s almost been two weeks since this scene on River Road shocked witnesses, the EMS Community, and the victim’s families. [WDRB]

Focusing on the strategies and programs in place to improve academic achievement and ensuring schools have the resources they need are at the top of Donna Hargens’ to-do list as she begins the final year of her four-year contract as superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools. [C-J/AKN]

We were the first to bring you these rumors and we heard them directly from GE management. Fortunately for readers here, you already know you can’t trust anything Greg Fischer says. Speculation of a sale of General Electric’s Appliance Park has made it all the way to Louisville’s mayor, Greg Fischer. [WHAS11]

A human leg has been recovered from the Ohio River in western Kentucky prompting officials to search for other remains in the waterway. [H-L]

It’s strange when something other than an automobile or gun kills someone in Louisville. [WLKY]

The Republican National Committee is celebrating former President George W. Bush’s birthday this weekend by selling wistful “I Miss W.” t-shirts to its supporters. [HuffPo]

With lights flashing, police say a tow truck operator would have been easy to spot near the Gene Snyder Freeway Thursday night, but his death leaves a woman charged with drunk driving and murder. [WAVE3]

This is Day Six of the Golden Poo Awards. Jump in and make nominations for days one through five now. [Page One]

The plans to tear down Louisville’s largest remaining public housing complex will take at least a decade to be finalized, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. [WFPL]

Seven people were shot and wounded, one critically, early Saturday in an Indianapolis night club district after an argument broke out between two people, police said. [Reuters]

The Clark Memorial Bridge — or Second Street Bridge as it is widely called — is set to close at midnight Tuesday. [Business First]

A Greater Clark County Schools board of trustees member was indicted on felony theft charges in Franklin, Tenn., in May. [News & Tribune]

Greg Probably Still Clueless Re: Minimum Wage

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore has announced his candidacy for re-election. Which is a real shame for Jeffersonville. [WDRB]

Two Louisville bicycling organizations are inviting the public to participate in a five-mile bike ride on Friday to celebrate new dedicated bike lanes that connect Old Louisville with the Highlands. [C-J/AKN]

A civil suit was filed against the Advance Ready Cement Mix company after a fatal wreck at the foot of the Clark Memorial Bridge. [WHAS11]

Louisville leaders say the city’s Independence Day celebration likely will be eliminated due to state budget cuts. [H-L]

People traveling along a southern Indiana roadway were doing a double-take as they passed a historic church Wednesday. [WLKY]

On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, officially banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also ended racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in general public facilities. Fifty years removed from that milestone, it’s apparently easy to think that we’re over racism. [HuffPo]

Metro Council Democrats are poised to approve a $10.10 an hour minimum wage across Louisville, as long as Kentucky’s attorney general gives his blessing. [WAVE3]

Congressman John Yarmuth on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act: “Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a triumph in the long march for equality and a signal to the world of our commitment to honoring the freedom and liberty of every American. “The Civil Rights Act moved us forward, but it did not perfect us. Racism and discrimination remain stubbornly with us, and we must continue working to improve our laws to combat injustice while never forgetting the extraordinary sacrifices that brought us to this point.” [Press Release]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer does not support a tax or licensing fee on cyclists in the city. [WFPL]

Are you participating in the 2014 Golden Poo Awards? If not, here’s your chance! [Page One]

Louisville-based convenience store company Thorntons Inc. has a new president. Tony Harris, the company’s chief operating officer, will become president of Thorntons in October, according to a news release. [Business First]

Selling vacant and abandoned homes at tax sales will soon be easier, thanks to a new Indiana state law. The law changes some aspects of county tax sales, and gives executive branches — mayors, commissioners and the like — the power to conduct sales specifically for vacant and abandoned homes. [News & Tribune]

2014 Is The Year Of Golden New Beginnings

After a loooong hiatus (remember when one of our judges died? it sucked after that), the Golden Poo Awards are BACK!

The first year’s winners were great. So great that Keith Hall smashed his glorious pile and mailed it back to us. Second year’s were fun, as well. The third year? Well, we started but didn’t finish. That’s not going to happen this time.

Page One has been a thing since 2007 (we re-launched The ‘Ville Voice then, too!) and we’ve published some 19,000 stories.

Be sure to read the rest and drop in your nomination over at Page One!

Fischer To Poor People: Fuck You Poor People

Just when you thought Bill Lamb couldn’t get more disconnected from reality… Taxing cyclists because he’s not man enough to control himself or his emotional reactions. What’ll get his manties in a twist next? This city should be paying cyclists because it gets cars off our already crumbling streets. The environmental benefit is just an added bonus. [WDRB]

A Jefferson County grand jury Tuesday declined to indict the defendants dubbed the “Misidentified Four” who claimed they were the victims of shoddy identification procedures when arrested on the night of the mob violence in Louisville. What, bad police work in Louisville? Surely not! A rush to pin the blame on someone no matter what? Not in Possibility City! [C-J/AKN]

Wondering what your police chief had to say about the four people his officers wrongly accused? [WHAS11]

All the sudden Adam Edelen can make demands in this case but can’t in Montgomery County? Proof Edelen truly loves to talk out of both sides of his mouth and feed excuses through his spokesperson. Thank goodness he’s not trying to take his selective outrage to the governor’s mansion because he’s afraid of the man who lost to Rand Paul. [H-L]

A witness in a murder case says she feared for her life when the suspect confronted her. Raymon Murrell is charged with murder in the April 11 beating death of 63-year-old Philip “Wayne” Schulz. [WLKY]

The governor of the state that hosts the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown says he doesn’t want to see any changes to the system, despite protests from the latest near-winner. [HuffPo]

The opening of the Big Four Bridge has been a boom for businesses on both sides of the Ohio River. [WAVE3]

Eating crow is never fun but that’s what Jake is doing. Help him get things squared away? If you get something out of this content, consider doing so in order to ensure that it continues. [Click Here For Details]

Greg Fischer’s office and the Louisville Metro Housing Authority plan to apply for a $500,000 federal grant to demolish the largest remaining public housing complex in the city. Because fuck poor people. Fuck them. Foul language? Yes. Because it’s always about fucking poor people to make wealthy folks feel safe when they drive in from the interstate. [WFPL]

A local (in E-town) medical practice agreed Tuesday to pay nearly $3.8 million in U.S. District Court to settle claims owners engaged in improper conduct by extending chemotherapy treatment times to maximize reimbursements and inappropriately billing office visits for infusion therapies. [News-Enterprise]

Former President Clinton will come to Louisville on Wednesday, Aug. 6, to accept the PGA’s Distinguished Service Award. [Business First]

The Jeffersonville Parks Authority didn’t initially have Colston Park on its meeting agenda Monday, but it ordered two appraisals of the property anyway. [News & Tribune]

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]

Major Greg Fischer Pee Alert Is Beyond Funny

Shively police say they are searching for a suspect in a shooting outside an apartment complex that left one person dead and another injured. [WDRB]

Three attorneys have been nominated to fill the Jefferson District Court seat vacated when Judge Angela McCormick Bisig was elected to circuit judge last November. [C-J/AKN]

The case against USA Harvest founder, Stan Curtis, will be back in the courts Friday. [WHAS11]

This is the biggest pee alert we’ve ever given – please consider yourself warned. The Kentucky League of Cities named Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer the 2013 elected city official of the year, citing his leadership, innovation and success in building a stronger economy. [Business First]

Sadly, this may be one of the biggest wastes of money we’ve seen in Louisville all year. [WLKY]

Low-income Kentucky families who get federal help with their home heating bills, food for young children or child care could be the first to suffer from the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, officials said Wednesday. [H-L]

Former President Jimmy Carter and singer Christina Aguilera received awards Thursday in Louisville in the name of Muhammad Ali, who sat in the front row to watch. [WAVE3]

An appeals court says the widow of a southern Indiana theme park president isn’t required to sell shares in the facility to her late husband’s brother. [WFPL]

Really, what the heck is going on in Clark County these days? This woman bit her son before getting arrested. [News & Tribune]

It currently has no guaranteed long-term income stream, but the Louisville Metro Affordable Housing Trust Fund is soliciting proposals from developers to tap what resources it does have — primarily a revolving fund for rehabilitating vacant and abandoned property for reuse by low-income people. [C-J/AKN]

A group of Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), railed against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at a private luncheon on Wednesday, according to The New York Times, which cited two unnamed people who were present. [HuffPo]

Louisville Should Force A CERS-KERS Separation

Alexcia Simmons has been named the Kentucky Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. [WDRB]

The public has been invited to open-house events for the east-end crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project. [News & Tribune]

A Louisville man has been arrested for allegedly robbing someone trying to sell him an iPad on Craigslist. [WHAS11]

CoventryCares of Kentucky, the Medicaid health plan affiliate of Coventry Health Care Inc., said Wednesday that it has renewed its contract with KentuckyOne Health Network. [H-L]

The trial for a Louisville Metro police officer accused of pushing and slapping a handcuffed robbery suspect is under way. David Graham is charged with harassment and official misconduct, both misdemeanors. [WLKY]

The University of Louisville’s board of trustees Thursday approved a buyout offer for faculty and staff that the university estimates will save at least $2.5 million a year. [C-J/AKN]

An advisory opinion from Attorney General Jack Conway didn’t do anything to clear up disagreements between Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo about legislating a “regulatory framework” to grow hemp in Kentucky. [Ronnie Ellis]

Jeffersonville Financial Director and City Controller Monica Harmon has announced that she is leaving her post effective immediately. [WAVE3]

After a lengthy partisan battle that lasted hours into the night, a bill that would allow Kentuckians to ignore laws that they say violate their religious beliefs cleared the state Senate. [WFPL]

Wait, there’s wine in Bullitt County? For Bullitt County’s four wineries, business is a family affair. Husbands and wives work together, and grown children assist as well. [Business First]

CERS on its own would be way more efficient than Kentucky Retirement Systems. That would be terrific news for Metro Government. [Page One]

Where Are The No Tolls People On The Latest?

Oldham County’s school superintendent is pushing for increased security upgrades that could cost the district between $1.5 and $1.75 million. [WDRB]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has turned back a challenge from a bidder who claimed it submitted the least expensive and best deal for the downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. In a written decision last week, Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock denied the protest from a joint venture of three construction firms that was a finalist for the work. [C-J/AKN]

Lookit, the teevee people realized drug cartels are operating in Louisville. They are notoriously dangerous and known as ruthless killers. [WHAS11]

Greg Fischer says polling validates his push for local option sales taxes. But if polling were to believed, he would be a U.S. Senator and Mitch McConnell wouldn’t be facing re-election. Jim King would also be mayor and Anne Northup would be a U.S. Congresscritter. [WFPL]

Dear meemaws in J-town: don’t trust people just because they seem nice because they’ll steal your jewelry. [WLKY]

What a supreme waste of time and money. The Kentucky Senate overwhelmingly approved a proposal Monday that would let the state ignore any new federal gun laws. [H-L]

Scenes of school bus wrecks have become all too familiar in Kentuckiana newscasts recently. It would seem that the number of bus crashes have been on a constant rise the last few years. [WAVE3]

This makes her extra awesome. After her epic fall on the stairs and her out-of-breath acceptance speech, the Best Actress winner went backstage to pose for photos and answer some burning questions. Right before she posed with last year’s Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin, who handed her the Oscar, Jen was caught on camera making a sour face and giving someone the middle finger. [HuffPo]

The number of small businesses in Kentucky declined slightly from 67,300 in 2009 to 67,284 in 2010, according to a new report from the U.S. Small Business Administration. [Business First]

Whether gun policy should be changed has become a hot topic in Washington, D.C., as well as legislatures and local governments across the nation, and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth said Sunday that he believes Congress may agree to background checks for every gun purchase but not more than that. [C-J/AKN]

More than a year after creating an adult-business zoning classification, the Clarksville Town Council has used the designation for the first time. [News & Tribune]

Remember the guy who oversaw the late paper on Derby? And all the others? He got a fancy promotion. [News & Tech]

Indiana Wins All Terrible Awards For The Week

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Quick, everybody freak out over rising gas prices! The world is gonna end! OH NOES!!1! [WDRB]

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad announced Wednesday that his department was revising its pursuit policy to reduce the risk from collisions in car chases that have killed eight people and injured at least 77 since 2007. [C-J/AKN]

Clarksville Police now have the Ford Mustang they believe a killer drove away from a murder scene Tuesday. [WHAS11]

New U.S. single-family home sales fell slightly in October and the prior month’s pace of sales was revised sharply lower, casting a faint shadow over one of the brighter spots in the U.S. economy. [Reuters]

There were tense moments in the courtroom Tuesday, as the second day of testimony wrapped up in the trial of a murder suspect. Marcus Crook is accused of firing several shots at Joseph McNealy three years ago. [WLKY]

A Finnish author and education reformer has won the University of Louisville’s 2013 Grawmeyer Award for education. [WFPL]

Life doesn’t appear to be all puppies and rainbows at the University of Kentucky in Lexington these days. [Page One]

Officials with LG&E and KU Energy LLC and Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government will announce details Thursday of a $940 million construction project at the utility’s Mill Creek Generating Station. [Business First]

The Clark County Board of Aviation Commissioners voted to authorize the county attorney to pursue a legal malpractice suit against the now-former air board attorney at a special meeting at the Clark County Government Building on Wednesday. [News & Tribune]

Former McMahan Fire Chief Paul Barth, convicted of stealing nearly $200,000 from the WHAS Crusade for Children, will have a telephone hearing before a federal judge at 1 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the condition of his bond. [C-J/AKN]

Lengthy criminal past maybe not the full story of that Clarksville shooting victim? The man shot and killed in his own home Tuesday had a lengthy criminal history, connections with the Louisville Outlaws motorcycle club and served time in federal prison. [WAVE3]