Pedestrian Deaths, Shootings And JCPS Bus Crashes Are All The Rage In Compassionate City

No one thinks the Omni Hotel will live up to all the Fischer-pushed hype. Not even the people surrounding Fischer. [WDRB]

It’s now painfully clear that A Kentucky Newspaper’s education reporter will regurgitate whatever JCPS tells her without question. We had high hopes for her. Shame on us. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The students over at Bellarmine University are on a rescue mission. [WHAS11]

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced Friday afternoon that he is retiring after 34 years with the agency. [H-L]

Another day, another JCPS bus crash. A Jefferson County Public Schools bus driver was injured Tuesday morning in a crash on Bardstown Road at Little Springs Boulevard, just south of the Gene Snyder Freeway. [WLKY]

The same crap is happening in Kentucky but the KDP is sitting on its hands. In South Dakota, Governor Dennis Daugaard is right this moment mulling over a bill sent to his desk by the legislature that would bar transgender students — kids often facing bullying and discrimination — from using bathrooms or locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. [HuffPo]

Six months ago, Tracy Blue was waxing poetic about “Modern Louisville,” a new magazine geared to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities, the fourth print venture that her husband, University of Louisville trustee Jonathan Blue launched with her listed as publisher. [WAVE3]

Over a lifetime following government and politics as a spectator and for many years as a reporter, I’ve reached some conclusions. Campaigns matter. They tell us things about candidates and usually, though not always, what sort of office-holders they’ll likely be. Visions and philosophies are shared and promises made. Campaigns often reveal how the candidate operates under pressure as well as insights into character. [Ronnie Ellis]

There will be more court-appointed attorneys available to represent poor people in court under Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget. [WFPL]

We started getting some clarity in the Republican and Democratic races Saturday night. Hillary Clinton squeaked out a win in Nevada — but did so in a way that suggests she has, despite Bernie Sanders’s strength, maintained her national advantage. Marco Rubio’s strong showing in South Carolina helped push Jeb Bush out of the race, giving Mr. Rubio a chance to unify the mainstream of the Republican Party and bring about a true three-way race. [NY Times]

A more than $6.2 million expansion could be coming to a senior living facility in southeast Louisville. [Business First]

For more than 14 years, foster parents William Yowell and Lizzette Steed-Yowell have opened their New Albany home to children whose lives have been turned upside down by neglect or abuse. The couple stresses the importance of providing a safe home for children in need, but there’s another ingredient they say is even more impactful: Open hearts. [News & Tribune]

4th St. Opens Up, Tries To Swallow Everyone

People who live near Liberty Tire Recycling are firing back after massive flames broke out at the facility earlier this week. The lawsuit claims Liberty Tire was negligent and should compensate those affected by the fire. [WDRB]

After Metro Council President Jim King asked for assistance in clarifying to what extent a council member must go to determine possible conflicts of interest, the council voted on Thursday to update the ethics ordinance. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s not every day we are taking $7 million in aid and support to schools, but this is the chance of a lifetime for students and teachers looking to soar. [WHAS11]

Cello, a female German Shepherd, is in a Louisville veterinary hospital, fighting to recover from a gunshot wound to her head and other serious injuries while authorities in Eastern Kentucky search for the person who attacked her. [H-L]

LMPD hosted a community event to educate the public on being proactive in the face of rising crime. [WLKY]

There was no sign of brown liquor President Barack Obama’s Friday lunch meeting with bipartisan political leaders, but the bourbon industry is using renewed attention to press its own lobbying interests. At the top of that list is the issue of the tax treatment of the whiskey that’s aging in barrels in warehouses. [Roll Call]

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Sewer District says they have no record of the abandoned 90-inch pipe that collapsed Friday, opening a hole that swallowed one of the rear tires of a trolley. [WAVE3]

“I would enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon,” President Obama said on Wednesday. [TDB]

The Kentucky couples challenging the state’s same-sex marriage ban will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider their case, an attorney for the plaintiffs said on Friday. [WFPL]

A teacher at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School in Louisville, Kentucky, who recently returned from a medical mission trip to Africa has resigned rather than submitting to a paid 21-day leave and producing a doctor’s note that says she is in good health. The school’s request was a reaction to “strong parent concerns” about Susan Sherman exposing students to Ebola — though she was in Kenya, which is separated from the Ebola outbreak by at least five countries. [NY Mag]

It was a grim picture painted by Bellarmine University economics and finance professors at a discussion they hosted last night about the state and future of the national economy. [Business First]

Now is the time to have community conversations about addressing homelessness in Southern Indiana, says Melissa Fry, director of the Applied Research and Education Center at Indiana University Southeast. [News & Tribune]

JCTA Put Its Foot In Its Mouth With That One

Some Jefferson County teachers are upset after their names were included without their knowledge in a political advertisement sent to approximately 50,000 voters by the Jefferson County Teachers Association. [WDRB]

A record 548,815 people are registered to vote in Jefferson County in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 4, newly released figures by the Jefferson County clerk’s office and the county Board of Elections show. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another fun JCPS bus accident. [WHAS11]

After the 2014 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs was hit with backlash from some unhappy owners who felt they’d been given less than VIP treatment so the racetrack has a plan to fix that. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A young man gunned down behind a West Louisville home leaves police searching for a suspect, and an outraged community is demanding justice. [WLKY]

Why it matters that PetSmart discriminates against Pit Bulls. [HuffPo]

The three candidates trying to win the Clark County sheriff race say improving low morale and attacking drug crimes are critical issues facing an agency rocked by scandal this summer. [WAVE3]

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Victims Advocacy, along with University of Kentucky professor TK Logan and fellow members of the Statewide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, released the Domestic Violence Special Report: Kentucky 2010 Homicides. [Press Release]

Kynect cannot survive without the Affordable Care Act, according to its director and a Kentucky public health educator. [WFPL]

Bellarmine University economics and finance professors will draw upon lessons of previous recessions to offer advice for consumers and investors about the current economic recovery during a forum on Thursday, November 6, at 5:30 p.m. [Bellarmine]

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has granted preliminary approval for tax increment financing toward construction of the 150-room boutique hotel, which has been proposed on a vacant lot at Shelby and Market Streets in the NuLu district of Louisville. [Business First]

The Nawbny paper has a pretty solid 2014 general election voter guide. [News & Tribune]

GREG FISCHER PEE ALERT! Greg Fischer is now trying to spin in order to detract from negative press. He put out a release yesterday in an attempt to appear transparent and featured alleged Animal Services numbers that we already know to be… mythical, to say the least. [Metro Government]

Another Day, Another Domestic Violence Death

Really? Selling the ingredients for sizzurp? [WDRB]

A woman shot Thursday by her husband in an apparent murder suicide became the 10th victim killed in a domestic assault incident inside city limits this year. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky Baptists will vote later this year on whether to sever ties with a Louisville member church that says it is open to performing gay marriages. [WHAS11]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Friday that he voted for Richard Nixon, the only president to resign from office, as he continued to criticize his Democratic opponent for refusing to say if she voted for President Barack Obama. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! If Amy Shir couldn’t do it, she probably can’t. In one state House of Representatives race, a Democratic newcomer is challenging a Republican incumbent who has served for 22 years. [WLKY]

Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on Thursday repeatedly dodged inquiries as to whether she voted for President Barack Obama, who remains extremely unpopular in the Bluegrass State. [HuffPo]

Bardstown’s police chief said the murder of Officer Jason Ellis was an “I-told-you-so moment” that led to Nelson County’s inclusion in a national drug-fighting program. [WAVE3]

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao will visit Bellarmine University to discuss her perspectives on business and politics on Wednesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. [Press Release]

All kinds of crazy things are floating around in the Ohio River. [WFPL]

Sen. Rand Paul met with Ferguson, Mo., community leaders Friday. Civil unrest there came to a boil after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. [The Hill]

The University of Louisville now has its roadmap in place for fiscal 2015. The board of trustees approved president James Ramsey’s 2015 strategic goals for the university at its board meeting Thursday afternoon. [Business First]

Work on the east-end crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project will cause lane closures and restrictions on Ind. 62 and Ind. 265 next week. [News & Tribune]

Fischer’s Govt. Can’t Even Maintain Its Buildings

Problems plaguing two Louisville government buildings are so severe that officials are ordering everyone to leave. [WDRB]

The Kentucky Supreme Court has accepted the state bar association’s recommendation to dismiss a disciplinary complaint against Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell. [C-J/AKN]

Underground tunnel blasting for the East End Crossing was canceled for this week. There will be no further blasting for approximately four to six weeks. [WHAS11]

A federal judge has ordered the Kentucky State Penitentiary to allow a group of death row inmates to hold an annual powwow with traditional foods after the prison chaplain tried to stop the ceremony. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! John Jolley Jr., 28, was killed in an officer-involved shooting in the Russell neighborhood just after midnight in the 900 block of Esquire Alley. [WLKY]

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks that the Supreme Court’s conservative attitude on abortion access can be traced to one of her colleagues. [HuffPo]

A day can’t go by without a JCPS school bus accident. The woman involved in an accident with a JCPS bus was under the influence, police say. [WAVE3]

This is kind of a big deal. The nation’s largest employer of rehabilitation therapists and leader in the care and recovery for aging Americans, RehabCare (a division of Kindred Healthcare), is partnering with Bellarmine University to establish a new residency program to train therapists with the specialized skills and training necessary to deliver wellness services to an older and more vulnerable population. [Press Release]

In June, Louisville Metro Police indicated that a long-awaited racial profiling study may be made available by the end of summer. That did not happen. [WFPL]

Following the latest security breach at the White House over the weekend, President Obama told reporters Monday that he is taking extra safety precautions by now sleeping with a Louisville Slugger under his bed. [The Onion]

Powder found in an envelope at Frazier Rehabilitation Center turned out not to be harmful, but the FBI is investigating anyway. [Business First]

A student was arrested after a school resource officer and officials found a gun in their car at Jeffersonville High School on Friday. [News & Tribune]

Do You Smell The JCPS-Teacher Mess Brewing?

Simmons College is expanding its campus with a building on 4th Street in downtown Louisville, but leaders say it is more than an expansion. [WDRB]

A $25 million project at Bellarmine University will add a three-story, curving building in front of the main administration building overlooking Newburg Road — and connect the two buildings at both ends. [C-J/AKN]

Teachers plan to flood the JCPS School Board Meeting on Monday night to rally for larger raises. [WHAS11]

The group seeking to build a proposed Noah’s Ark theme park in Grant County is once again seeking approval of tax incentives. [H-L]

Jefferson County Public Schools students hit the books again in just 16 days. [WLKY]

More from the Department of Things Ken Ham Doesn’t Understand. Some 70 million years ago, three tyrannosaurs stalked together across a mud flat in Canada, possibly searching for prey. [HuffPo]

Another day, another crazy gun crime in Possibility City. [WAVE3]

Want to read the most scandalous Louisville Metro Animal Services story yet? Have at it. The worst in eight years of our LMAS coverage. Everyone from Greg Fischer on down are to blame and should be prosecuted. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Two years ago, Las Vegas real estate investor Jared Weiss purchased the boyhood home of Louisville boxing legend Muhammad Ali for $70,000. Weiss, an avid fan of Ali, bought the home with plans to transform it into a museum. [WFPL]

Kentucky is pushing to digitize court records and eventually make them more accessible to the public. [WLEX18]

Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, parent company of KentuckyOne Health Inc., soon could be getting into the insurance business in Kentucky. [Business First]

The Clarksville Town Council voted 5-1 last week to approve a change order to its contract with HDR Engineering, the firm contracted to design its new wastewater treatment plant. [News & Tribune]

How Many Hotels Does Downtown Really Need?

The cold and snowy winter weather has made it tough on area homebuilders. [WDRB]

Wasn’t this Tina’s campaign headquarters at some point? A long-vacant Frankfort Avenue transmission repair shop and adjoining property owned by developer Todd Blue has been fenced off, blocking parking that had been used by customers of nearby businesses and the general public. [C-J/AKN]

There is a clean bill of health for WHAS11’s Political Editor Joe Arnold after undergoing a colonoscopy that was live tweeted. [WHAS11]

2014 is the first year most Americans will have to either have health insurance or face a tax penalty. But most people who are aware of the penalty think it’s pretty small, at least for this first year. And that could turn into an expensive mistake. [NPR]

The Federal Railroad Administration has released its report on the cause of the 2012 West Point train derailment. [WLKY]

Damon Thayer will present to a legislative committee Thursday a new version of his bill to let U.S. Sen. Rand Paul run for re-election and president on the same Kentucky ballot in 2016. [Bluegrass Politics]

A man shot and killed by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies trying to serve a warrant on Tuesday has been identified, and investigators now say he was not the man they were looking for. [WAVE3]

An attorney representing former New Albany Urban Enterprise Zone Executive Director Mike Ladd said he would like to settle the lawsuit filed against the organization out of court, but stressed a settlement of less than what the plaintiff feels is owed to him will not be accepted. [News & Tribune]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said a string of hotels set to be constructed in downtown Louisville will play a vital role in accommodating the city’s growing tourism industry. [WFPL]

Yes, Blackstone still very much owns the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its legislature. [Page One]

A $10,000 prize will be on the line when the area’s top innovators compete in “the Search for the Next Big Thing” at Bellarmine University on March 21. [Business First]

Democrats Royally Effed The Shanklin Ethics Case

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that students have no legal right to attend any particular school in a decision that delivers a setback for the push for neighborhood schools in the state. [H-L]

A top climate scientist headlines a free public symposium for teachers and the public on climate change this Saturday at Bellarmine University. [C-J/AKN]

Way to go, Metro Council Democrats, for effing this up. Barbara Shanklin’s attorney now wants the ethics commission removed from the case. We smell Jim King all over this. [WDRB]

The Jefferson County Public Schools student assignment plan passed the Kentucky Supreme Court Thursday. Not everybody is happy, to say the least. [WAVE3]

It’s a story that shocked many of you, one about a dog investigators say was abandoned and left to die in a Central Kentucky home. [WKYT]

A new jailhouse phone call has been released made by Josh Gouker, the man charged in connection with his stepson’s death. On the tape, he said he’s talking to his brother about the charges he and his son are facing. [WLKY]

The University of Louisville Medical Center is going to take more time searching for a new business partner. [WFPL]

Fueled by this summer’s unrelenting heat and boundless sunshine, Louisville suffered through its worst ozone season in a decade, likely putting the metro area in violation of the federal smog standard for the first time since 2007. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another kid brings a handgun to a local school. Because that’s how things are in Possibility City. [WHAS11]

In an attempt to beef up Indiana’s defense operations industry, unmanned drones are being tested in the state. [Business First]

The 812 area code is projected to run out of available phone numbers in 2015, and telecommunications officials have proposed adding a new area code in Southern and South Central Indiana. [Courier & Press]

How Many Dog-Killing Idiots ARE There? Damn

And just who are his primary backers? Mayor Greg Fischer on Friday questioned the science underlying the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District’s enforcement action against bourbon-aging warehouses. That position put Fischer at odds with his own experts and more in line with the bourbon industry. [C-J/AKN]

A group of former Kentucky Kingdom workers have banded together to push for the re-opening of the amusement park, and the movement is gaining momentum. [WDRB]

Yesterday, Congressman John Yarmuth joined Bellarmine University President Dr. Joseph J. McGowan at a news conference to announce $600,000 in new federal funding for scholarships that promote studies in chemistry, physics, technology, engineering, and mathematics. [Press Release]

Angel the dog who survived the tornado back in March, has now been adopted. [WHAS11]

Louisville’s Landmarks Commission will hold its first designation hearing next week since the city changed the law regulating its landmarks process last month. [WFPL]

A northern Kentucky man is facing 175 counts of animal cruelty charges. [WAVE3]

The Louisville man charged with fatally shooting two of his neighbors at a homeowners’ association meeting has pleaded not guilty to two murder charges and seven counts of wanton endangerment. [H-L]

Way to go, Southern Indiana, you’ve made Kentucky look good! A shooting outside a Clarksville bar sent one man to University of Louisville Hospital and two others to jail. [WLKY]

Wait, wait, it gets even better. A Charlestown man was arrested Sunday after a dog tethered to the bed of his pickup truck leapt from the vehicle and was strangled to death as it was dragged for several blocks on Jeffersonville roadways. [News & Tribune]

Have you seen the shady things some Democrats are trying to pull out in the state this year? Party aside, it’s not surprising that someone who sucks the mega teat in Frankfort is pulling pandering stunts like this. [Page One]

Transit Authority of River City will receive $4.4 million in federal funding to replace its high-emission trolley cars with zero-emission buses. [Business First]

Not Many Believe Fischer Can Help An NBA Deal

Today, John Yarmuth and Bellarmine University President Dr. Joseph J. McGowan will hold a news conference to announce a new federal investment. [Press Release]

A Louisville man says he was beaten by at least two Metro Police officers earlier this month. Andre’ Mulligan has filed a complaint with the Professional Standards Unit of LMPD. [WDRB]

We think J. Bruce Miller is likely being taken for a ride by Greg Fischer. We just hope that’s not the case. A group of community leaders convened by restaurant franchisee and former professional basketball player Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman met with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Friday to discuss the possibility of a National Basketball Association team coming to Louisville, Fischer’s office said. [C-J/AKN]

Another Kentuckiana doctor is under investigation by the Federal government. Local, state and Drug Enforcement Administration officials made a visit to two offices Thursday on both sides of the Ohio River. [WAVE3]

The government’s monthly jobs report has become Washington’s most anticipated and studied economic indicator, pounced upon by politicians, economists and journalists for snap judgments as the presidential election nears. But in the real world, most everybody else just looks around and figures things out for themselves. [HuffPo]

The newest resident at the Franklin County animal shelter is hamming it up and getting lots of attention. [H-L]

Seventeen-year-old Savannah Dietrich got what she was desperately seeking from juvenile court judge Angela McCormick Bisig Friday, when the judge handed down a tougher sentence than the previously agreed upon plea deal for Dietrich’s teenage attackers. [WHAS11]

The boyhood home of Muhammad Ali was sold for $70,000 to real estate investor Jared Weiss. The radio people spoke to Weiss on Friday. [WFPL]

An arrest has been made in connection with a shooting earlier this week outside a New Albany convenience store. [WLKY]

Where are the rest of Louisville’s business leaders on this front? Eco-tech LLC, a Louisville waste-management company, has donated 1,000 trees to the city. The company plans to purchase and supply 100 trees per year for 10 years. [Business First]

Two conservative groups asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington on Friday to allow tax-exempt organizations that pump millions of dollars into election ads in the weeks leading up to the November 6 vote to keep the names of their donors secret. [Reuters]