Welcome To The New Hell That Is Tolls

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A public hearing on toll-enforcement rules for Louisville’s RiverLink system is scheduled for Thursday, December 22 in Frankfort. [WDRB]

If you thought this one guy was going to save the University of Louisville from a decade of scandal, you haven’t been paying attention. [C-J/AKN]

RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! They represent Louisville greats. “I would be passing downtown and I would see all these people on all these banners,” Flora Shanklin, Alberta Jones’ sister said. [WHAS11]

About 3,500 former Daymar College students in Kentucky will begin receiving restitution checks totaling $1.2 million, Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office announced Wednesday. [H-L]

Compassionate City. Shively police are investigating a deadly crash involving a man in a wheelchair. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Rep. Ryan Zinke to become the next interior secretary. [HuffPo]

Louisville Metro Police are helping local refugees get the one of life’s most basic needs. [WAVE3]

At an average of five weather-related closures each year, students in Louisville are typically left with a week of canceled courses annually. [The Atlantic]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has publicly weighed in on the proposed location of the new Veterans Affairs hospital. [WFPL]

The Embassy of Kuwait allegedly cancelled a contract with a Washington, D.C. hotel days after the presidential election, citing political pressure to hold its National Day celebration at the Trump International Hotel instead. A source tells ThinkProgress that the Kuwaiti embassy, which has regularly held the event at the Four Seasons in Georgetown, abruptly canceled its reservation after members of the Trump Organization pressured the ambassador to hold the event at the hotel owned by the president-elect. [ThinkProgress]

Kroger Co. is offering a voluntary retirement option for many of its nonstore employees in an effort to cut costs. [Business First]

Federal prosecutors Wednesday obtained indictments against two former Vigo County School Corp. employees accused of bilking the district of more than $80,000 in an alleged kickback scheme. [News & Tribune]

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Can Geor… Er… Greg Stop The Violence In Compassionate Possibility City?

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University of Louisville’s accrediting agency has placed it on probation, citing Gov. Matt Bevin’s interference with the independence of the university’s board of trustees and the employment of its president. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is proposing spending millions on targeted violence prevention plans for the city. [WDRB]

Greg Fischer wants more money from the city’s $6.2 million year-end surplus to be put toward public safety measures while his administration postpones its search for a new Louisville police headquarters. [C-J/AKN]

The East End Crossing is scheduled to open to traffic on December 18. The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting and ceremonial caravan crossing to celebrate the opening. [WHAS11]

Jeff Hoover choked back tears as his hands gripped the podium at the Russell County Auditorium Complex. [H-L]

Mayor Greg Fischer wants to use the $6.2 million surplus from Louisville Metro Government to battle the spike in gun violence. [WLKY]

This brand of stupid is rampant among Kentucky Republicans – and it’s spreading among uneducated Democrats. In a revealing Thursday morning segment on CNN, Donald Trump supporters claimed that 3 million people voted illegally in the recent presidential election and that President Barack Obama had urged non-citizens to cast ballots. Both claims are false. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! You can thank the Tom Owen crew for this. A family in eastern Jefferson County said they are concerned for their safety after their neighbor started to allow short-term rentals via sites like AirBnB and Vacation Rental By Owner in the neighborhood off Beckley Hills Drive. [WAVE3]

President-elect Donald Trump has committed a sharp breach of protocol—one that underscores just how weird some important protocols are. [The Atlantic]

Matt Bevin has asked the state Supreme Court to not expedite an appeal of a ruling that blocked his overhaul of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [WFPL]

Will Donald Trump really go through with all of it? It’s worth stepping back and looking at the big picture for a moment. [WaPo]

Following a recent court ruling, Mykel Mickens, a former employee at GE Appliances in Louisville, can legally pursue sex-discrimination claims against the company after being fired in June. [Business First]

Judge Andrew Adams has recused himself from the Clark County Council At-large recount, which will delay the start of hand-counting 52,204 ballots. [News & Tribune]

Your Morning Dept Of Awful Extremes

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Louisville is launching a new plan of attack against the city’s deadly heroin epidemic. [WDRB]

A “big, big change” is proposed for the busy St. Matthews-Eline library branch at City Hall and also for the rest of the building – the former Greathouse Elementary School – under a planned $4.5 million renovation and expansion project that could get started early next year. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! This accounted for SEVEN (7) of the top stories for this station yesterday. Literally – seven. One lane of Shelby and East Broadway is expected to be shut down for a week due to a crash causing a partial building collapse. [WHAS11]

The number of homemade methamphetamine labs found in Kentucky has dropped sharply in the past few years as drug abusers switched to imported meth, reducing the danger and cleanup costs associated with the small labs. [H-L]

The Louisville attorneys representing three people in a lawsuit stemming from a Donald Trump campaign rally want to depose the president-elect before he’s sworn into office. Dan Canon is one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs suing Trump and others. He said Trump incited violence at his rally in Louisville back in March. [WLKY]

Donald Trump promised during his campaign to bring back mining jobs to struggling workers in coal country. Now the president-elect has tapped for commerce secretary a Manhattan billionaire who owned a West Virginia coal mine where 12 workers died in 2006. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The review of Louisville Metro’s fiscal year budget brings some possible good news to the Louisville Metro Police Department. [WAVE3]

Mitch McConnell (R-Granny), whose wife Elaine Chao is Trump’s pick for transportation secretary, was asked if he plans to recuse himself from her Senate confirmation process. McConnell’s answer? In a word: no. [WaPo]

Work still has yet to begin on cleaning up a contaminated industrial site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood. [WFPL]

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition-team adviser on financial policies and appointments, Paul Atkins, has been depicted as an ideological advocate of small government. But the ways that the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans are likely to approach financial deregulation could serve Atkins’ wallet as well as his political agenda. [ProPublica]

It’s like Coopers’ Craft bourbon, but it’s in pie form. [Business First]

Lauren Powell said she and her husband have had plans of starting a livestock farm with pigs and other animals on their 14-acre property near Russiaville. But a pet pig? That was never on their radar. [News & Tribune]

Louisville: On The Backs Of Working Poor

One of Louisville’s most dangerous roadways is gearing up for a major overhaul. [WDRB]

Joel Christopher, a Gannett news executive from Wisconsin, has been named executive editor of the Courier-Journal. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A Brandenburg City Council vote assures that the Confederate monument will be on the move by Saturday. [WHAS11]

Anyone thinking of illegally using Kentucky to dump radioactive fracking waste from other states will no doubt reconsider in light of fines announced this week by the Bevin administration. [H-L]

Louisville Police are investigating a shooting in a busy parking lot, outside Charity Bingo Hall in the Please Ridge Park area. One man was shot and another man was narrowly missed by a stray bullet. [WLKY]

I’m not going to sugarcoat this at all. We are in for a full-blown assault on LGBTQ rights the likes of which many, particularly younger LGBTQ people, have not seen. Progress will most certainly be halted completely, likely rolled back. And it’s already underway. [HuffPo]

Way to go, Metro Council! Let’s squeeze those who can least afford to be squeezed. [WAVE3]

If President-elect Trump follows through on his campaign promises, millions of individuals — immigrants, religious minorities, people of color — face a very grim four years. One of the worst hit groups will be Americans with significant health costs. The Trump transition team published a brief summary of the incoming president’s health plan on its website, and the news is not good for the elderly, the poor, and millions of Americans with preexisting conditions. [ThinkProgress]

The Louisville Metro Police Department’s growing use of social media monitoring software — shielded from the public until recently — has some city legislators calling for transparency. [WFPL]

Children and teenagers of Mexican descent make up one of the fastest-growing populations in the nation’s public schools. [NPR]

A health services company is adding 105 jobs in Jeffersonville in the next two months. [Business First]

By 2 p.m. Tuesday, Clark County Voter Registration volunteers began opening the 9,606 absentee and early voting ballots to be fed through a counting machine. [News & Tribune]

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The Hargens Mess: Still Happening

Principals at 20 schools in Jefferson County have signed up to be part of a strategic budgeting pilot program for the 2017-18 year — but the process by which the district became involved with the Boston-based consulting company was questioned by one school board member at a Tuesday night meeting. [WDRB]

In more than three decades of practicing medicine, Dr. Barbara Casper said she has never witnessed a better time than the present for the patients she treats at the University of Louisville medical school clinic. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It is the ultimate meet and greet. The Americana Community Center, with open arms, embracing the diverse families who live nearby. [WHAS11]

Of all the lies politicians have told struggling Eastern Kentuckians over the years, few are more cruel than the “war on coal” myth. [Tom Eblen]

As the homicide count continues to rise, police are working to cut down on violent crime. One community activist said unemployment and crime go hand in hand, and he’s trying to do something about that. [WLKY]

An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! For more than two years, the Louisville Metro Police Department has actively monitored millions of social media posts throughout Metro Louisville. [WAVE3]

President-elect Donald Trump won over millions of Americans with promises of change and even some controversial proposals. Now, Trump will be under pressure over the next four years to follow through on many of the promises he’s made since his June 2015 entry into the race — especially in the first 100 days of his administration. [The Hill]

Mitch McConnell said he’s not concerned about the protests across the country that were sparked by the election of Donald Trump as the next president. [WFPL]

While Wells Fargo was creating millions of fraudulent bank accounts to collect falsified fees and boost its sales, another financial firm was creating a checking account with zero mandatory fees (including ATM fees) and a rarely seen 1.00% interest rate. [ThinkProgress]

How Trump’s ignorant trade talk could impact Kentucky’s exporters. [Business First]

Republicans in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have promised swift work to undo laws and orders written during the Obama administration, starting with the Affordable Care Act. [News & Tribune]

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Compassionate City Or Murder City, Let’s Pick One And Stick With It

LMPD is investigating after a deadly shooting in the 700 block of Camp Street. [WDRB]

A fatal shooting reported Saturday in the Shelby Park neighborhood marked the 100th homicide investigated by Louisville Metro Police this year. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A new campaign is showing support for girls in Kentuckiana led by one of the oldest organizations promoting sisterhood and unity. [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin often touts that his administration worked with state lawmakers to stop the longtime Frankfort practice of diverting Kentucky Lottery proceeds away from need-based scholarships to bolster the General Fund. [H-L]

Louisville looooooves a pedestrian accident or death almost as much as it loves a murder. Metrosafe has confirmed a pedestrian was struck on the 15300 block of Dixie Highway. [WLKY]

Chanting “Not my president” and “love trumps hate,” thousands of demonstrators took the streets in cities across the United States on Saturday to protest against President-elect Donald Trump, who they say threatens their civil and human rights. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! For the first time in four decades, the city of Louisville has reached 100 homicides. [WAVE3]

Lawyers for President-elect Donald Trump are asking for a delay in the Trump University trial until after his inauguration, according to multiple reports. [The Hill]

Standing outside his Highlands polling place on Election Day, Mayor Greg Fischer said he thought a new Republican majority in Frankfort could be open to the local option sales tax, a pet proposal of his administration for years. [WFPL]

An Ohio judge declared a mistrial on Saturday, finding jurors hopelessly deadlocked in the case of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist during a traffic stop last year. [Reuters]

Ohio River Bridges Project officials said Friday that the final ramp closure on the bridge will end by 5 a.m. Monday, when the ramp from Interstate 65 South to I-64 West reopens to traffic, taking the bridge to its full six southbound lanes. [Business First]

Optum, an information and technology-abled health services business, is adding 105 customer service representative and pharmacy technician jobs in Jeffersonville, according to a news release from the company. [News & Tribune]

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A Gun Range Is Just What Clarksville Needs To Get Over It’s Reputation Of Being A Hot Mess, Right?

Audrey Cox is getting close to 80 and loves her neighborhood as much as the day she moved in. [WDRB]

Well, if it isn’t a living stereotype. An asshole blonde cheerleader spewing racist horseshit. [C-J/AKN]

A new name, a new sign. Kosair Children’s Hospital is now officially called Norton Children’s Hospital. The names of other Norton healthcare entities serving children also have new names. [WHAS11]

Don’t get too full of yourself, Jeff. Because I’ve spent the past decade surrounding you while the Democrats sat around twiddling their thumbs. Jeff Hoover, a Jamestown attorney who has been in the state House since 1997, will be elected Kentucky’s first Republican speaker of the House of Representatives in 95 years and only the third in Kentucky’s history. [H-L]

A pedestrian hit by an SUV while crossing Broadway last Friday morning has died. [WLKY]

And so, the so-called “unthinkable” has happened. Donald Trump, the racist, sexist, xenophobic candidate of the Republican alt-right, has been elected President of the United States. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! You’ll never see local media freak out over the death like this. Not like they do when a random police officer gets killed 2,500 miles away. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump’s presidency is going to be a disaster for the white working class. Thank goodness half of them are too stupid (you voted for him) to realize it. [Vox]

Laura Ellis deserves to do more work like this because she’s terrific. Louisville needs more people like her. What do you wonder about Louisville, and the people who call it home? Last month, WFPL News launched a new series called Curious Louisville. [WFPL]

The Russian government had contact with advisers to Donald J. Trump during the American presidential campaign, one of the country’s top diplomats said Thursday. [NY Times]

Chicago Cubs fans are relishing that World Series win, and one Louisville brand is feeling the love. [Business First]

The Oct. 20 announcement that FireKing Security Group is planning to open a new distribution center in New Albany was historic for a couple reasons. [News & Tribune]

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Still In A Crazy-Ass Fog, Everybody?

Bye, David! The chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Education lost his bid for re-election on Tuesday night. [WDRB]

In the interest of fairness, Walmart failed there because of wealthy, white, idealistic, deluded liberals. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating a homicide in the 7400 block of Egypt Lane. [WHAS11]

Way to go, racist Republicans, you’ve reached peak whatever this is. A Republican House candidate who was denounced by his own party for offensive online comments beat an incumbent Democrat in a state House race. [H-L]

Police in Oldham County have arrested a man they said fired shots fired from inside a car three times on Tuesday night. [WLKY]

Donald Trump openly bragged about using his celebrity status to sexually assault women. And multiple women accused him of actually doing so. He said he was in favor of banning people from entering the United States based on their religion. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The win marks the first time Holcomb has been elected to office. It was just about five months ago that Gov. Mike Pence appointed the former state GOP chair as lieutenant governor. [WAVE3]

The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. [New Yorker]

Bob Bernhardt is the principal pops conductor for the Louisville Orchestra. And this year, he’s celebrating his 35th consecutive season there. [WFPL]

Republican Donald Trump stunned the world by defeating heavily favored rival Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential election, ending eight years of Democratic rule and sending the United States on a new, uncertain path. [Reuters]

Qingdao Haier Co. is moving the U.S. headquarters of Haier America to Louisville from Wayne, N.J. [Business First]

“It’s almost like you’ve entered this book on the fourth, fifth or sixth chapter.” That’s how Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing describes his reaction to a 27-page criminal information filed against one of his deputies, Frank Shahadey. [News & Tribune]

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To be blunt, a Clinton probably won’t carry Kentucky for a third time because of bigots like Bill Lamb. We’ll all be better off once his generation finally dies off in another decade or so. And no, that’s not insensitive, it’s a fact of life. The vile racism and willful ignorance those folks spew upon the Commonwealth ought to upset you every single time you take a breath. [WDRB]

Rand Paul and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray went to friendly territory on Saturday as they looked for final votes heading into Tuesday’s election. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! One man is still alive after a hit and run on 2nd and Broadway early Friday morning. Miranda Nelson says she was walking across the street with the man as he got hit by an SUV. [WHAS11]

Shitbirds of a feather flock together. In early October, Gov. Matt Bevin stood in the Capitol Rotunda, a few short steps from his office, and recorded a video because he had caught wind of a Democratic news conference that would call his record on education funding into question. [H-L]

Dozens walked through West Louisville Saturday spreading a message of peace as the city sees an increase in violence. [WLKY]

Shortly after the first presidential debate, former Obama adviser David Axelrod said on CNN that the commander in chief “can send armies marching and markets tumbling.” [HuffPo]

Two people are recovering after being stabbed at a Louisville Bar early Sunday morning. [WAVE3]

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said Sunday that Donald Trump’s final ad, which includes multiple Jewish Americans, is “something of a German Shepherd whistle.” [The Hill]

More unchecked bullshit from LMPD, so you know this can’t end well. But that’s what you’ve come to expect from Greg Fischer’s crew. The Louisville Metro Police Department has spent nearly $140,000 in recent years on social media monitoring software that can track and compile data on a vast number of internet users. The department’s ability to surveil social media users comes with little oversight and no guiding policy, according to documents obtained through the Kentucky Open Records Act. [WFPL]

As the youngest members of the millennial generation became old enough to vote in this year’s U.S. presidential election, states and social media platforms poured efforts into online registration, hoping to attract these tech savvy voters who now rival Baby Boomers as the country’s largest demographic. [Reuters]

You can thank human tire fire and homophobic trainwreck Matt Bevin for this. Kentucky took a tumble in the latest rankings of the states’ business climates by Site Selection magazine. [Business First]

In the last presidential election, 5,187 people voted early in Floyd County. [News & Tribune]

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LMAS: Any Move Is Good News, Maybe? Took Long Enough

Another day, another pedestrian hit. Part of East Broadway remains closed, after a pedestrian was involved in a hit and run. [WDRB]

Anybody attempting to whitewash the atrocities I spent a decade uncovering at Louisville Metro Animal Services deserves to be choked. Period. Full stop. It’s as if we didn’t spend the last decade turning that joint upside down at least once per month. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Muhammad Ali’s final resting place is now complete and open to the public. A family spokesperson unveiled the finished gravesite at Cave Hill Cemetery Thursday morning. [WHAS11]

An aide to Gov. Matt Bevin asked a judge Thursday to force the husband of a top official in the administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear to comply with a subpoena seeking information about a nearly $3 million no-bid contract awarded to a technology company on Beshear’s last day in office. [H-L]

Marcellus Spaulding, Jr. became the metro’s 95th homicide victim of 2016 early Tuesday morning, minutes after leaving his grandmother’s home. [WLKY]

To get to the white ethnostate, I drove through cornfields, listening to a man on the radio hype an upcoming “machine-gun shoot” at a nearby firing range. [HuffPo]

Surprise! Greg Fischer needed some positive/neutral news. So this is the story Chris ginned up for him. [WAVE3]

As far as anyone can tell, Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House — and the leader of what’s left of the Republican establishment — isn’t racist or authoritarian. He is, however, doing all he can to make a racist authoritarian the most powerful man in the world. Why? Because then he could privatize Medicare and slash taxes on the wealthy. [NY Times]

Wondering why everyone has fled WFPL over the past couple years? Cough, cough. [WFPL]

Secretaries of state, who oversee ballot measures on topics from gun control to the minimum wage, are increasingly courted by interest groups and industries with billions of dollars at stake. [ProPublica]

Louisville-based Volunteers of America Mid-States Inc. is taking significant steps to fight alcohol and drug addiction by establishing a treatment facility in Louisville. [Business First]

A Jeffersonville woman and a fair housing advocacy group have filed a lawsuit against a local property management company for alleged discrimination. [News & Tribune]