Anchorage Mess Is About Rich Folks’ Money

When railroad giant CSX Corp. moves freight between Louisville and Indianapolis, it’s forced to lower speeds, keep trains shorter and carry lighter loads. [WDRB]

Here’s another fun made-up thing for Greg Fischer’s staff to push around all week. [C-J/AKN]

The key to the new downtown hotels is a major expansion of the downtown convention center. It’s a surge in hotel construction never before seen in Louisville, about 1,400 rooms confirmed, not including several hundred more in the planning stages. [WHAS11]

What on earth is going on in Anchorage?! Smells like a bunch of wealthy folks trying to kick some underprivileged kids to the curb. [Click the Clicky]

Peyton Hoge would be popping a vein right about now. [JLC]

Two people have been sentenced for abusing the corpse of a former paramedic. [WLKY]

Oscar winner Hilary Swank is unleashing some serious star power to help rescue dogs get adopted by families who want to make a difference on Thanksgiving — or those who just want to watch terriers instead of touchdowns on TV.[HuffPo]

It’s time for an exciting new Flack Attack! Because we all know a few bad apples = all cyclists are the absolute devil. [WAVE3]

After having the case for more than five months, the special prosecutor assigned to handle a dispute over whether Louisville Metro Councilman David James has two incompatible jobs has asked to withdraw and said she does not believe the situation can be resolved outside of court. [More C-J/AKN]

When the temperature drops as it has this week, local shelters are crowded with homeless men and women. [WFPL]

State government finalized its 20-year statewide transportation plan. [Click the Clicky]

Just when you thought things couldn’t get crazier at the University of Louisville? Jim Ramsey announces the hiring of the vice chancellor and general counsel from the University of North Carolina. The same school that’s recently been found by NCAA investigators to have committed something like two decades of academic fraud involving its athletics program. This individual would have been on the front lines, to say the least. [Business First]

Strohm was one of the key players behind a public records battle with the media as reporters attempted to look into a scandal involving student athletes and allegations of academic misconduct. [ABC11]

Census data shows the population makeup of Jeffersonville changing drastically over the next 20 years, and city officials want to make sure the city itself changes along with it. [News & Tribune]

Bicycle & Bikeway Commission Meeting Soon

Do you care about bicycles and bikeways?

The Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission is holding its annual meeting November 13 – 15 at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup (that’s near Ashland).

Here’s the agenda:

Thursday, Nov. 13

3-5 p.m. — Workshop: Developing Goals and Strategies for improving bicycling in Kentucky

Friday, Nov. 14

8-9 a.m. – Registration and Networking

9-9:30 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks; Bill Gorton, KBBC Chair; Troy Hearn, Kentucky Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator; Other state & local dignitaries

9:30-10:15 a.m. – 1,000 Miles of Bike Routes – Eastern Kentucky Bikeways; Kent Morrison, President, Ashland Cycling Enthusiasts; Don Sammons, Chief of Police, Raceland, KY; Kelly Ward, FIVCO Area Development District;

10:30-10:45 a.m. – Ashland Cycling Enthusiasts- How can a cycling club change the community? Diana Ross, Ashland Cycling Enthusiasts

10:45-11:15 a.m. – Greenbo Lake State Park Mountain Bike Trails; Speaker TBD

11:15 a.m. – noon – Bicycle Winchester: Design & Mapping, The Alley Tour, Century Ride, & More; Stephen Berry, Clark County GIS Consortium; Rachel Alexander, Director, Winchester First

Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch

1-1:30 p.m. – Building Consensus: A Discussion of the Jessamine County Case; KBBC Commissioners

1:30-1:45 p.m. – The Missing “E” – Improving Safety Through Enforcement & LEO Education; Don Sammons, Chief of Police, Raceland, KY

1:45-2:15 p.m. – Kentucky Trails Master Plan & Updates on State Bicycle Initiatives; Elaine Wilson, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Adventure Tourism

2:30-3 p.m. – Northern Kentucky Regional Trails Plan; James Fausz, Principal Planner, Planning & Development Services of Kenton County

3-3:30 p.m. – Bicycling Resources from the Transportation Cabinet; Carol Brent, KYTC Planning; Troy Hearn, Kentucky Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator

3:30-5 p.m. – The Commonwealth Tour – Bicycle Programs Around Kentucky; Roundtable Presentations from Attendees

6-8 p.m. – Social gathering sponsored by Ashland Cycling Enthusiasts

Saturday, Nov.15

8 a.m. – noon – KBBC Business Meeting; Review and Recommendations of 2014 Paula Nye Grants; Adjourn

1-5 p.m. – Bicycle Tour

Let’s Roll Our Collective Eyes At Lynn Winter

The closing of a popular restaurant more than a year-and-a-half ago continues to have an impact on some small nearby businesses. [WDRB]

Joseph Oberhansley walked into a Utah prison 14 years ago, a bullet lodged in his brain, and chose two words to tattoo across his back: “murderous deeds.” [C-J/AKN]

This… just… what were these people thinking?! [WHAS11]

A University of Kentucky program’s goal is more bikes, fewer cars. [H-L]

You can’t go anywhere these days without getting stabbed. [WLKY]

Children hear hate speech and internalize it. [HuffPo]

A Kentucky native and University of Louisville graduate is getting nods for her efforts in reducing childhood mortality rates in addition to her work on an Ebola vaccine using tobacco grown in the Bluegrass State. [WAVE3]

Hillary Clinton doesn’t think much of her old employer. “Congress increasingly…is living in an evidence free zone,” she said Thursday, “where what the reality is in the lives of Americans is so far from the minds of too many.” [Mother Jones]

More women than ever are behind on their child support payments, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell said on Thursday. [WFPL]

Remember the landmark Big Tobacco settlement in 1998 that awarded state and local governments billions of dollars a year to reimburse them for the health-care costs of smoking? [ProPublica]

Jeffersonville officials are considering legal action against residents who have failed to connect to the city’s sewer system. [Business First]

Though pedestrian use of the span doesn’t seem likely anytime soon, the K&I Bridge should at least be opened for emergency and medical personnel during times of traffic congestion, the New Albany City Council voted in favor of Thursday. [News & Tribune]

The Tolling Situation: Still Puppies & Rainbows

What? The new tolling operator has never actually operated a tolling system? Surely not! That’s surely not the case for Possibility City, is it? [WDRB]

The board of Louisville Water Company set parameters for CEO Jim Brammell Tuesday about his recent DUI and speeding arrest and established requirements for him to meet in coming weeks. Really? No mention of his past careless traffic-related incidents? No mention of the ongoing dramas inside LWC involving Brammell? Wow. Fischer’s office has received complaints but he’s once again sweeping something under the rug. [C-J/AKN]

Hundreds of people showed up to help a Trinity High School student battle leukemia. [WHAS11]

Of course she was arrested. You expected something different in Jessamine County? Just days after being convicted of careless driving, a Central Kentucky bicyclist was arrested. [WKYT]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO RUINS THIS STORY! Police continue to investigate the motive behind a shooting that took the life of 16-month-old Ne’Riah Miller last month. [WLKY]

Despite five years of economic recovery, poverty is still stubbornly high in America. More than 45 million people, or 14.5 percent of all Americans, lived below the poverty line last year, the Census Bureau reported. [HuffPo]

A resident long attentive to Jeffersonville politics is suing the city’s redevelopment commission over what he claims is a violation of state law in selling a 10-acre property at 10th and Spring streets. [WAVE3]

If you want to know why Mitch McConnell has begun to pull away from Alison Grimes in all of the recent polling, look no further than Grimes’ TV ad from earlier this week. Oh snap. It gets worse: McConnell’s campaign has decided what this campaign is about. And Grimes’ team has let him do it. McConnell’s team deserves a lot of credit, but it doesn’t even appear Grimes has even tried to make McConnell OWN Washington’s dysfunction. [NBC News]

Louisville Metro Housing Authority is one of 11 recipients nationally of a grant to pursue green building certification for an entire neighborhood. [WFPL]

Remember Robert Felner’s man, John Deasy? Look at the ridiculous mess he’s still up to in Los Angeles. [LA Times]

The public will see a brand develop, a public outreach effort start and an advertising campaign, all to inform them about tolls, according to a presentation at the Ohio River Bridges Project Joint Board meeting Monday. [Business First]

David White said he would push to unify city-county government, expand the downtown business district to the riverfront and develop public-private partnerships if elected as mayor of New Albany. [News & Tribune]

Is Everything In Clark County, Ind. Crazy Corrupt?

Does this stink of unnecessary fearmongering? On Wednesday morning, police say a student at Hite Elementary was approached by a stranger in the neighborhood behind her school. [WDRB]

It’s fine and dandy to profess your extreme level of transparency. That is — if you’re actually transparent and not cherry picking what gets released. Like with Metro Animal Services. Greg Fischer, like Jerry Abramson, is all talk and the entire community has finally realized it. [C-J/AKN]

One of the worst work place shootings ever took place in Louisville 25 years ago. On the morning of September 14, 1989, 47-year-old Joseph Wesbecker walked in to the Standard Gravure Plant on 6th and Broadway Streets. [WHAS11]

Leave it to some shyster judge in Jessamine County to fine a cyclist for riding responsibly and within the law. And you wonder why outsiders think Kentucky is still in the dark ages. [H-L]

It was perfect weather Saturday for one of the larger fall festivals in the Louisville area. [WLKY]

While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say. [HuffPo]

Supporters of Alison Lundergan Grimes gathered in the west end of Louisville as the Democratic candidate for Senate opened a new campaign office with less than two months to go before the election. [WAVE3]

Why do Democrats keep trying to ban guns that look scary, not the guns that kill the most people? On the twentieth anniversary of the assault weapons ban, a look at why politicians and the public support a policy that showed no evidence of saving lives. [ProPublica]

The process of selecting a contractor to install the tolling system for the Ohio River Bridges Project takes another step Monday. The joint board for the bridges project will identify a potential toll systems provider, said Chuck Wolfe, a spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. [WFPL]

How superbugs hitch a ride from hog farms into your community. [Mother Jones]

University of Louisville President James Ramsey called the strategic goals he outlined Thursday to the board of trustees could be viewed as “crazy.” [Business First]

An inmate of the Clark County jail was removed from the facility last week to move furniture from a rental property that belongs to Clark County Circuit Court No. 2 Judge Jerry Jacobi. [News & Tribune]

Another Puppies & Rainbows Possibility City Day!

If you missed it, Greg Fischer’s Louisville Metro Animal Services scandal just got a lot worse. [Last Night]

Cavers discover miles of passageways leading to a whole new river system under southern Indiana and they say it could lead to much more. [WDRB]

Electrolux is buying the Louisville-based appliance business from General Electric for $3.3 billion, the companies announced early Monday. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another bike accident. Police are investigating a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian in downtown Louisville Sunday. [WHAS11]

The future of the Thoroughbred industry stares out from just beyond the fence lines. [H-L]

It’s news like this that makes meemaw and poppop freak out while watching the teevee. [WLKY]

Despite a Great Recession-fueled expansion in food stamp rolls, the percentage of Americans mistakenly receiving too much or too little under the program is at an all-time low. [HuffPo]

Frustration over the shooting death of a baby girl spills onto Chestnut Street. Red and white t-shirts were handed out bearing Ne’ Riah’s name. The baby’s mother, Cierra Miller made her first public appearance since the tragedy. She joined the march in a wheelchair, still recovering from her gunshot wounds. [WAVE3]

“Active shooter” drills have become the norm in many school districts and downtown office buildings; in many schools, such drills are now mandated by the state. But it turns out that bringing SWAT teams into buildings to simulate an active shooter situation doesn’t always make people feel safer. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, such simulations have seriously traumatized and occasionally injured people, sparking a wave of lawsuits. [Mother Jones]

Metro Council Democrats introduced a minimum wage bill yesterday. Co-sponsored by Cheri Bryant Hamilton, David James, Barbara Shanklin and Attica Scott, the proposed ordinance would raise hourly wages to $10.10. [WFPL & Press Releases]

Here’s a photo from the press conference:


FROM THE PRESSER

Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes. [WaPo]

Louisville-based nursing home operator Signature Healthcare LLC plans to step up its political activities. [Business First]

When former Clark County Recorder Dick Jones penned his resignation letter in August, he asked that his first deputy, Jane White, serve out the last four months of his term. On Thursday, the Clark County Democratic Party respected Jones’ wishes, voting unanimously via voice vote at a party caucus in the courtroom of Circuit Court No. 3 to put White in charge. [News & Tribune]

More “Compassionate City” Bullshit Floats To Top

Right now there is only an old run down tobacco barn on the site in rural eastern Shelby County. [WDRB]

Want a load of bullshit to start your morning? Here’s some compassionate city nonsense, written by a PR lady, pushed by her law firm bosses. It’s absurd and offensive, sadly. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Metro Public Works will present a report to the Metro Council Thursday evening about the new bike lanes. [WHAS11]

“Does the $11K the campaign paid for the bus include fuel costs?” the Herald-Leader asked Norton in an email Tuesday night. “The driver and bus rental are included in the fee we pay; fuel is additional,” Norton responded. But Politico wrote Thursday morning that Norton’s answer to the Herald-Leader “directly contradicts what they told Politico in an Aug. 8 email and what Federal Election Commission reports show.” [Sam Youngman]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Kentucky State Fair is also world stage for the World Championship Horse Show, one of the biggest horse shows on earth. [WLKY]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to weigh in on the issue of man-made climate change in a recent interview, giving it a wide berth ahead of his re-election battle in November. [HuffPo]

A mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service is facing charges that he stole drugs from packages being mailed from a hospital to the homes of patients. [WAVE3]

Former governor Martha Layne Collins addressed the Women’s Network of Madison County on Tuesday night in a packed community room at Central Bank in Richmond. [Richmond Register]

State law makes it possible for students to have an excused absence as early as the second day of the school year to attend the Kentucky State Fair. [WFPL]

Most attention Thursday at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast at the state fair was on ham and the U.S. Senate race. But two of the three announced candidates for governor in 2015 — Republicans Hal Heiner and James Comer — were on hand busy shaking hands. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Louisville Metro Council Budget Committee voted unanimously, 10-0,Thursday to extend an agreement with Cordish Cos. through Dec. 31 to develop the downtown property located on the block bounded by Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Liberty, Second and Third streets. [Business First]

Above the doorway from the office to the garage at Grider’s Automotive in Jeffersonville hangs a map of the United States. It’s yellowed around the edges, and duct tape keeps the lower corners affixed to the wall. [News & Tribune]