Floyds Fork Is Probably The Devil

A months-long investigation reveals something in the waters of Floyds Fork Creek could be harmful to your health. [WDRB]

Watching UofL and WFPL in a slap fight over this coverage is terrific. If Stephen George really wanted to stand his ground, he’d stand up to the nervous people on LPM’s board and then start cutting nuts off at UofL. [C-J/AKN]

Way to go, E-Town mouth-breathing racists. [WHAS11]

Just a reminder that it was MATT BEVIN who decided to take no criminal action in the radioactive waste scandal in Estill County. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A group of community activists met in downtown Louisville Monday morning with Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad. [WLKY]

As the saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. So it’s only fitting that within hours of being named Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) pulled one of his running mate’s favorite moves. [HuffPo]

The shooting was reported at 12:34 a.m. in the 2100 block of Upper Hunters Trace after the homeowner head a car crash into their garage. Way to go, Louisville. [WAVE3]

The Houston cases shed light on a disturbing possibility: that wrongful convictions are most often not isolated acts of misconduct by the authorities but systemic breakdowns — among judges and prosecutors, defense lawyers and crime labs. [ProPublica]

The operator of a roadside zoo in Southern Indiana could lose his license and pay up to $1.1 million in fines under a new complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. [WFPL]

Republicans crafting a party platform in Cleveland quietly voted Monday in favor of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, ratifying one of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump’s most controversial proposals. [The Hill]

Louisville Metro Government is teaming up with the Kauffman Foundation to offer the entrepreneurship organization’s FastTrac GrowthVenture program for small businesses. [Business First]

Signing off on the first expenditures for potentially starting a new education model in Greater Clark County Schools went through, but not without pushback from the teachers union. [News & Tribune]

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Another One Bites It: Another LMAS Director Has Been “Resigned”

Louisville Metro Animal Services director Jessica Jo Montgomery has been fired. Err… “resigned.”


MONTGOMERY

What was that, again, about me being wrong? Remember when I was accused of slut-shaming her for pointing out that her only real professional experience was working as a sexy model? After years and years of sexual harassment lawsuits and scandals at that agency? Yeah. A real train wreck.

This one drove her city vehicle after drinking and the mayor’s office had to quietly take that away. And remember the euthanasia issue?

Most recently, she’s alleged to have stolen/taken home without paying for it/whatever you want to call it a dog house meant for auction to raise funds for LMAS.

When I filed an open records request to get details and started asking questions, everyone’s you-know-what froze up. Then whattya know? She’s “resigned” within a matter of days. The excuse story is that Montgomery is moving to Florida but you know that’s not what really went down.

The hot gossip is Doug Hamilton, Chief of Public Services, went to her, said it would be in her best interest to resign or face being fired. She apparently chose to resign. Several people had been complaining to Greg Fischer for quite some time, which comes as a surprise to no one reading this. Some of those complaints came from two (former) LMAS staffers, who left the agency in protest… even though their names are still on the LMAS website. This latest incident must have been the last straw.

Stephanie Moore, formerly assistant director, is not replacing her as director, as some have suggested in the rumor mill.

How many is this now? How many LMAS directors have been ousted because of our coverage? Seven? Eight?

You’d think that your city’s electeds would wake up to reality at some point.

I’ll update if Chris Poynter from the mayor’s office provides a comment.

UPDATE – Seems they’ve finally put out a release:

Jessica Montgomery resigns to pursue endeavor in Florida

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the appointment of law enforcement veteran Ozzy Gibson as the new director of Louisville Metro Animal Services.

He replaces Jessica Montgomery, who had led the agency since 2014. Montgomery resigned this week to pursue another opportunity in Florida.

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“We wish her the best in her next endeavor,” Mayor Fischer said.

Gibson said: “I’m excited to return to Louisville Metro Government in this role. Metro Animal Services plays a big role in the health and wellbeing of our city, and I’m very much looking forward to working with this dedicated staff to make sure we’re giving the best service to both citizens and animals.”

Gibson assumes the leadership of Animal Services on Friday.

Pursuing other opportunities in Florida. Ha. Thank goodness most people have sense enough to realize what really went down.

ANOTHER UPDATE – Poynter dug up the old February memo regarding euthanasia. Handy for the Fischer crew to ignore all of her other issues. Drinking & driving in her city vehicle, alleged theft, all the other complaints. Possibility City loves a good semi-whitewash. Ignore most of the problem, shop a story around for favorable treatment, quickly move on to something else.

UofL Board Will Be Funtimes Today!

It’s been talked about for 20 years, but now the new Iroquois Park North Overlook finally has an end in sight after months of delays. [WDRB]

The new University of Louisville Board of Trustees appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin is set to hold its first meeting Wednesday. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile as well as police officers who were ambushed in Dallas were likely top conversations in congregations across Kentuckiana. [WHAS11]

Almost 45 years after the former Old Taylor distillery stopped producing bourbon, it might be only about a month away from making spirits again. [Janet Patton]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The mother of a Louisville homicide victim continues to look for answers three years after her son was gunned down. [WLKY]

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president. [HuffPo]

Spoiler alert: this doesn’t work. About a dozen pastors gathered at Simmons College Friday to announce their stance against racial injustice. [WAVE3]

Unless they have a book to sell, Supreme Court justices rarely give interviews. Even then, they diligently avoid political topics. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes a different approach. [NY Times]

Tucked behind Beargrass Christian Church in St. Matthews is a small garage lined with tires and filled with bikes. [WFPL]

At the theme park Ark Encounter, which opened last week in Williamstown, Kentucky, thousands of visitors can step inside a recreation of Noah’s Ark—built to spec as detailed in the Bible. Inside, exhibits attempt to explain how two of each animal might have fit on the boat, while visitors can pick up souvenirs at the gift shop or eat at a 700-person restaurant on the ship. [FastCo]

When K.B. Kulasekera was a math professor at Clemson University, the South Carolina college partnered with an international university for academic purposes. He had a goal of doing the same thing when he started at the University of Louisville in 2012. [Business First]

Throughout downtown New Albany, along interstates and elsewhere in Clark and Floyd counties, billboard ads for public school districts have popped up in the last few years. [News & Tribune]

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Local TV Gets Even More Unlocal

They’re hitting neighborhoods looking for criminals and guns, trying to put a dent in all the violence. [WDRB]

Ethics? What ethics? Matt Bevin doesn’t know how to spell “ethics”, let alone what it means. [C-J/AKN]

Surprise! The teevee folks are bringing in yet another outsider to interact directly with locals. That always works out so well. [WHAS11]

Have you seen all the butthurt in Lexington? Officials with the Bluegrass Area Development District said Tuesday they will continue to pay staff through July as they fight the state’s attempt to take away millions of dollars in federal and state funding for aging and workforce programs by Friday. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! There have been 55 homicide investigations so far this year in Louisville, but there have also been hundreds of other shootings officers have responded to in the same amount of time. [WLKY]

Robert Murray, owner of the country’s largest private coal company, wasted no time pointing the finger when he announced plans earlier this week to lay off as many as 4,400 workers, or 80 percent of his workforce. [HuffPo]

It has hundreds of followers on its Facebook page, but now the Southside Quarry is part of two police investigations and faces citations by the city. [WAVE3]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday rejected criticism of his campaign tactics, in a wide-ranging speech defending his team’s use of a Jewish star and his own praise of the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. [Reuters]

The Obama administration is making it easier for people addicted to opioids to get treatment. [WFPL]

Any hopes for a better reception for Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed changes to expanded Medicaid in Kentucky vanished pretty quickly at a second public hearing here Wednesday. [Ronnie Ellis]

Wanna gouge your eyes out? Read about Sullivan University doing something, who even knows. [Business First]

Despite the Washington Post labeling Amy Hess a “kind of female Q,” no James Bond-themed surf rock riff preceded her phone call last Wednesday morning. [News & Tribune]

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Your New Governor Has No Ethics

After months of debate over proposed changes to its student code of conduct, Jefferson County Public Schools officials presented a revised student code of conduct to school board members for review on Tuesday. [WDRB]

A giant poop chute has been planned to go under downtown. This is not a drill. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! As crime continues to see an uptick in the city, officials with Louisville Metro Corrections are scrambling to make space for an already overcrowded facility. [WHAS11]

Just when you thought Matt Bevin and his people couldn’t get more ignorant? Matt Bevin has signed an executive order that effectively gives him control over all appointments to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission without any input from the state attorney general and state auditor. Almost as funny as the Personnel Secretary, through the RPK’s spokesperson, begging folks to help them dig through Beshear data to uncover corruption because they don’t know anything about Kentucky. HAHAHA. You can’t fix the kind of stupid these people possess. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Jefferson County Public Schools released a new Code of Conduct proposal after outrage over a previous version that eliminated some severe penalties.[WLKY]

Donald Trump’s policy agenda would quickly push the national debt to its highest level in history, according to a new report. [HuffPo]

Out with the old, in with the new. To save money on repair and maintenance, Louisville’s public transportation system is rolling out 12 new buses to replace 16 older ones. [WAVE3]

Convicting an elected official on corruption charges just got a lot harder. Government watchdogs say the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday to toss out the conviction and two-year prison sentence of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will create new hurdles for prosecutors. [The Hill]

Gunshots are ringing through Louisville’s streets at a heightened rate this year. [WFPL]

Who plans to show up and pay for the Trump hate circus at the RNC? Maker’s Mark, for one. While the legendary bourbon house tried to use the excuse that they’re also throwing money at the DNC, it doesn’t change the reality that their money – money you give them by buying their products – is being used to fund white supremacy, Islamophobia, racism in general, attacks on Asian people, attacks on the disabled, attacks on gay people, attacks on sense. [WaPo]

They’re almost at the finish line — now it’s just a matter of shoring things up and signing the final papers. Louisville-based Baptist Healthcare System Inc. has signed a binding agreement to buy Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany for $150 million, plus additional investments. [Business First]

It’s been a long time coming, but the Clark County Special Education Co-op is in the process of dissolution. [News & Tribune]

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Three Horrible Superintendents In A Row

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens must “step up to the challenge” of leading Kentucky’s largest school district and regain the trust that has eroded in the past year, according to an annual evaluation unanimously approved by the school board Tuesday. [WDRB]

Thanks, religious extremists, for ruining hospitals everywhere when you buy them up! The state is investigating whether patient care is unsafe at University of Louisville Hospital because of staff cuts made by KentuckyOne Health. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s a battle over trees but for Cynthia Huber the fight has a deeper meaning. “This is not only did they lose their loved ones that they have memorialized but they’re also losing the tree in memory of that person,” she said. [WHAS11]

Welp, readers of the Herald-Leader can now look forward to a much poorer experience. The Lexington Herald-Leader announced on Monday that it will transfer its printing and packaging operations to Louisville starting in August, and that the company will put its downtown Lexington building on the market. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Jefferson County Public School board voted unanimously to approve Superintendent Donna Hargens’ 2015-2016 summative evaluation. [WLKY]

“You might think, ‘Well that is not going to happen to us in America. We’re not going to listen to some ridiculously haired buffoon, peddling lies and nativism in the hopes of riding a protest vote into power.’” Oliver said. “Well let Britain tell you, it can happen, and when it does, there are no fucking do-overs.” [HuffPo]

Photographs went viral on social media; thoroughbreds with sores on their backs, ribs showing. Hooves in need of trimming. The outcry began drawing attention from equine industry standards such as the Daily Racing Form and Blood Horse. [WAVE3]

In his final State of the Union address in January, President Obama made an ambitious pledge to overhaul the management of fossil fuels on America’s public lands in his final year, focusing, in particular, on the antiquated and little-known federal coal program. [ThinkProgress]

A new Google project to estimate solar potential has come to Louisville. [WFPL]

Mitch McConnell tried to blame Democrats for refusing to fund Zika-related activities. Reality? McConnell and his friends pushed all kinds of nastiness into the legislation that they knew would keep Democrats from supporting it. Like trying to harm women and undoing confederate flag bans in federal cemeteries. [TPM]

Aetna Inc. isn’t happy with Missouri’s decision earlier this year to oppose its pending purchase of Humana Inc. [Business First]

The South Central Regional Airport Authority has received assurance of the $750,000 local match needed for the runway extension project at the Clark Regional Airport. [News & Tribune]

All The Kudos To Greg Fischer

Louisville Metro Police are responding to a report of a shooting in the Middletown area. [WDRB]

A Louisville Metro Police officer is in stable condition after he was shot late Saturday night in the Russell neighborhood after a foot chase with a Louisville man, police said. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! This was the most insane story of the week locally, right? [WHAS11]

The publisher and author of escort Katina Powell’s book alleging that former Louisville men’s basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties at the Cardinals’ dormitory have countersued Louisville students, saying they attempted to “extort” a monetary settlement in their action alleging Powell and the book devalued their education. [H-L]

Metro United Way and the Center for Women and Families announced a partnership for 211 to expand its services in Louisville. [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton’s first speech since she won a majority of pledged delegates in the Democratic presidential race included remarks about how abortion relates to other issues. That’s groundbreaking for a presidential candidate. [HuffPo]

Mayor Greg Fischer is calling on Louisville and southern Indiana residents to join him in marching in the Kentuckiana Pride Parade on Friday as a show of compassion and unity. [WAVE3]

Muhammad Ali was extolled on Friday as a boxer of incomparable grace, a magnetic entertainer and a man of conviction who gave a voice to the oppressed, as a two-day celebration of “The Greatest” came to a rousing end in his Kentucky hometown. [Reuters]

A woman who was shot by a Jefferson County constable in a Walmart parking lot has agreed to settle her lawsuit against the county government. The county will pay $75,000 in damages to Pedro and Tammie Ortiz on behalf of Constable David Whitlock, who shot Tammie Ortiz in November 2011. That brings the cost of the shooting for Jefferson County taxpayers to six figures, since the county has already paid more than $37,000 to Whitlock’s attorneys. [WFPL]

Rousing tributes have been paid to boxing legend Muhammad Ali at a memorial service in his home city of Louisville, Kentucky. [BBC]

A Louisville-based package-design company is expanding internationally. [Business First]

In the hopes of taking advantage of expected growth, the City of Charlestown could create a redevelopment authority board that would be able to borrow money and get to work. [News & Tribune]