No One Is Surprised By Last Night’s Results

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth is easily winning re-election in Kentucky’s 3rd congressional district. [WDRB]

In Louisville, only the nose knows when it comes to enforcing odor regulations. As JBS Swift and the city wrestle over complaints of a slaughterhouse stench, the company is now questioning the city’s reliance on a decades-old subjective odor standard that’s enforced through a sniff test by Air Pollution Control District field inspectors. [C-J/AKN]

Really, this is the dumbest thing ever. It’s a real shame for this city. [WHAS11]

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell held off Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Tuesday’s election to win a sixth term and quite possibly a promotion to majority leader of the United States Senate. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department cleared the scene of the fire at Liberty Tire. [WLKY]

Republicans in Congress may be in no mood to hike the minimum wage, but four conservative-leaning states are poised to do it on their own. [HuffPo]

Two Louisville Metro Police Department officers are being investigated by the department. [WAVE3]

Republicans struck a powerful first blow in Kentucky in U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday in their drive to control the U.S. Senate and dramatically tip the balance of power away from President Barack Obama and his Democrats. [Reuters]

The tire company off Dixie Highway where a fire raged Monday hasn’t been in compliance with Kentucky’s tire storage laws since June 6. And in an unfortunate coincidence, state inspectors arrived at the site this morning for a follow-up inspection just as the fire started. [WFPL]

Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed “supercookies” — markers so powerful that it’s difficult for even savvy users to escape them. [WaPo]

Papa John’s International predicts that 2014 will end better than the Louisville-based pizza chain had originally anticipated. [Business First]

Indiana’s riverboat casinos would be allowed to move to on-land sites and the state’s horse track casinos could have live dealers run table games under recommendations from a legislative committee. [News & Tribune]

Sadly, Education In Kentucky Continues To Suffer

Elderly and low income neighbors in Jeffersonville are caught in the middle of a zoning fight that could force them out of their home. [WDRB]

Your dying local newspaper got at least a few school board endorsements right, it seems. Not endorsing people like Horne was a wise move. [C-J/AKN]

Prosecutors said they plan to ask for the death penalty in the case of a Louisville man charged with killing his neighbor while her three children were sleeping in the home. [WHAS11]

Janice Duncan, a fifth-grade teacher at Lexington’s Southern Elementary, shares the opinion of other educators who are concerned about the lack of specifics in the proposed new Kentucky Core Academic Social Studies Standards. [H-L]

Jeffersonville leaders disagree on a major project that has already hit residents in the pocketbook. [WLKY]

You can thank Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes and Mitch McConnell for the national embarrassment. [HuffPo]

Just what Louisville needs! Another downtown hotel. [WAVE3]

Global climate models have underestimated the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research. [BBC]

Louisville Metro has reached an agreement with the J.B. Swift plant in Butchertown over some administrative violations, but the plant’s issues with alleged odor violations remain unresolved. [WFPL]

Kentucky ranks 11th worst in the country in depth of cuts to school funding since the start of the recession, according to a new report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-partisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C. Kentucky has cut per-student investment in K-12 schools by 11.4 percent between 2008 and 2015 once inflation is taken into account. [KYCEP & CBPP]

The Ohio River Bridges Project is showcased in a Bloomberg report about the nation’s infrastructure. [Business First]

The Jeffersonville Sanitary Sewer Board and members of the city council were updated on the city’s ability to pay for an EPA-mandated project — and were told one of the last things they wanted to hear. [News & Tribune]

Really? 5-Sentence Story On Big JCPS Pay Raise?

He sure seems like a nice guy. A Clarksville firefighter is behind bars after police say he shot a dog. Gary Crowe, Jr. is charged with attempted killing of a domestic animal and intimidation. [WDRB]

Because of course they gave them even more time. The Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment on Monday gave the JBS pork slaughter plant until March 16 to show that it has resolved outstanding air pollution control violations [C-J/AKN]

Tumbleweed, a Louisville based Tex-Mex restaurant, is set to appear in court September 30 after being served with an eviction notice after a breach of lease with Waterweed LLC for $17,000 in rent for August. [WHAS11]

The Fayette County School Board got an earful at its first public meeting since the auditor’s report. Fun fact: This guy has done far less than Montgomery County’s superintendent but Frankfort (Adam Edelen, who has staffers telling us they won’t waste their time in Montgomery County) is taking him more seriously. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A man was killed after an officer involved shooting in the Russell neighborhood just after midnight in the 900 block of Esquire Alley. [WLKY]

Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain. [HuffPo]

Teachers in Jefferson County are set to receive a bonus come pay day. [WAVE3]

More than 120 world leaders – including President Barack Obama – kicked off a one-day United Nations’ summit on climate change in New York City by viewing What’s Possible, a short film on the urgency of global warming. [Bill Moyers]

Absolutely none of this disqualifies Ashley Miller from running for office. None of it. In fact, she should put it all on her campaign website. People would like her more. What DOES disqualify her? Being recruited and supported by Jennifer Moore, someone who has spent years personally attacking and demeaning anyone who doesn’t share her political bent. [WFPL]

The waves of warplanes and Tomahawk cruise missiles targeted the militants’ training compounds, storage facilities and finance center in an aggressive and risky operation that marked a new phase in the conflict. [WaPo]

Call us crazy but none of the tons of other restaurants are suffering as a result of non-existent traffic nightmares on East Market. No one wants to pay an arm and a leg for Mexican street food even if it’s delicious. And to everyone pushing them to start a food truck? That’s what they gave up to open a physical restaurant. [Business First]

On their way to updating a policy on naming facilities in schools, the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. hashed out some more details on a first reading of the new language at Thursday’s board meeting. [News & Tribune]

Minor Drug Offenders Serve More Time Than That

Kentucky and Indiana lack a plan for out-of-state toll collection. [WDRB]

The JBS Swift plant in Butchertown has been cited for humane slaughter violations. Seems like only yesterday the paper was screwing that story up and libeling a former WHAS11 employee. [C-J/AKN]

Oh, wait, here’s another story about JBS Swift. [C-J/AKN]

This has got to be the creepiest story of the weekend. A man who helped his lover bury a body in his old Louisville basement has been let out of prison. [WHAS11]

A pup that was scarred when someone branded an obscene word into its skin will receive plastic surgery from the Lexington Humane Society this week. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! There are still no arrests in the shooting death of a baby. [WLKY]

Like we’ve been saying on Twitter… Privately, McConnell aides said that Benton had been sidelined for months in a reorganization of the campaign after the GOP primary season, and that former McConnell Chief of Staff Josh Holmes has been effectively in charge since. [HuffPo]

September 2 will mark more than the end of a holiday weekend and the symbolic end of summer. It’s the beginning of what could be the biggest squeeze yet in the Ohio River Bridges project. That’s especially true if you’re driving on Interstate 65 and use the Kennedy Bridge to get to or from southern Indiana. [WAVE3]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, announced his resignation late Friday, citing potential distractions over renewed attention to a scandal from the Iowa 2012 caucuses. [Politico]

A national conversation about the militarization of police has sprung up amid the recent unrest and protests over the police shooting of a teen in Missouri. [WFPL]

Summers in the U.S. have been warming since the 1970s due to climate change, though it might not seem like it if you’re riding out this unusually cool August in the northeast and midwest. Hint: This is about Louisville. [Fast Company]

Funny, we thought they had a habit of thinking too big. Reference: that 16th largest nonsense, “Possibility City”, “Compassionate City”, et al. In the opinion of Brian Wallace, Louisvillians have a bad habit of thinking too small. [Business First]

Just like with the long holiday weekend, enjoy the three lanes in each direction on Interstate 65, because come Tuesday morning, they’ll both be gone. [News & Tribune]

The Old Butchertown-Swift Slap Fight Rages On

With opening night just three days away, the finish line is fast approaching at Churchill Downs. [WDRB]

KFC Yum! Center officials say they don’t intend to pay $7.5 million the Kentucky State Fair Board claims it’s lost since the new arena began siphoning business from Freedom Hall when it started hosting University of Louisville basketball and other events. [C-J/AKN]

Federal agents and local police are investigating after search warrants were issued for the Physicians Primary Care offices in Indiana and Kentucky. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky Horse Park Commission has hired as its interim executive director Ted Nicholson, who filed a whistle-blower lawsuit after being fired without explanation in 2012 from his job as general manager of the KFC Yum Center in Louisville. [H-L]

Two school employees in Oldham County resigned after officials said they left a child on a bus alone for hours. [WLKY]

We’ve been hearing from both Democrats and Republicans all over the state that Katie Stine sabotaged the bipartisan heroin legislation she helped create with fellow legislators. [Page One]

The doctor fired after an inmate’s death at Kentucky State Penitentiary will keep his private practice but may hire a lawyer as the state’s investigation continues, his wife said Tuesday. [WAVE3]

In May 2013, it was big news when, for the first time, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million. Now, researchers say that number has been consistently above 400 for the last month. [HuffPo]

There are still a few days left for the public to submit comments on the proposed new Robley Rex VA Medical Center facility. [Business First]

In 1953, Memorial Hospital of Floyd County opened its doors at 1850 State St. in New Albany. At the time, it was state-of-the-art and was larger and more advanced than the facility it replaced, St. Edward’s Hospital. [News & Tribune]

The Butchertown Neighborhood Association and Andy Cornelius, its president, have appealed a Louisville Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment decision allowing an expansion at the JBS/Swift pork plant on Story Avenue in Butchertown. [More C-J/AKN]

Many Ignore What Master P Tries To Highlight

Rapper Master P is highlighting a growing problem in Louisville. The Hip hop mogul is planning a documentary that will partially be filmed and produced in Louisville. It will highlight the effects of chronic incarceration, and also show the impact violence has on youth. [WDRB]

The number of children in the United States living in poverty grew to 23 percent in 2011, according to the latest reports. [HuffPo]

Maybe Butchertown residents will finally start listening when people who know what they’re talking about tell them that Greg Fischer, David Tandy and the people who support them are never going to take their concerns seriously. [WHAS11]

Congressman John Yarmuth on the SCOTUS decision about the Voting Rights Act: “Despite our tremendous advancements since the 1960s, discrimination and suppression remain at polling places and in state laws throughout the country. While the Supreme Court dealt a blow to voter equality today, it also placed the onus on Congress to improve the law and ensure that the equality our legal system prizes also applies in the voting booth. Now, Congress must act to preserve that which is fundamental to our democracy: the right to vote for all citizens.” [Press Release]

Wondering what happens when you text and drive? Somebody ends up dead. [WLKY]

Charter schools across the United States have improved in recent years, but on average, they still offer little advantage over traditional public education, according to a new study released on Tuesday. [Reuters]

A grand jury met Tuesday morning to search for answers in the death of a mother and her two children. On March 13, the bodies of Jaimie Clutter, her son Brandon, 10, and 6-month old daughter Katelyn were found in the creek of Binford Park in New Albany. [WAVE3]

Here’s what Congressman John Yarmuth had to say about President Barack Obama’s climate change plan. [Click the Clicky]

You can’t fix stupid – end of discussion. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office says former Jefferson County Constable David Whitlock’s security business violates a plea agreement that kept him out of prison for shooting a suspected shoplifter at a Louisville Walmart. [C-J/AKN]

The Kentucky Senate race is giving new meaning to the term preemptive war, as outside groups from both parties dial up their attacks even before a major Democratic candidate jumps into the race. [Politico]

A grand jury convened in Floyd County Tuesday, where Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson will attempt to find answers he said New Albany police didn’t provide during its investigation of the deaths of three members of the Clutter family. [News & Tribune]

Steve Beshear on brigade inactivation at Fort Knox: I am deeply disappointed by the news of the Department of Defense’s planned inactivation of the Third Brigade Combat Team, First Infantry Division currently located at Ft. Knox. This decision will likely remove nearly 10,000 military employees and dependents from the area, which will have a profound economic impact not only on Ft. Knox, but the surrounding region as well.” [Press Release]

Really, White House Tours? They’re That Important?

Greg Fischer needs to rethink his strategy because this abandoned properties bill is solid. Just because the city could take over vacant properties doesn’t mean it would have to. [C-J/AKN]

Sounds like Mellwood/Story Ave on the average afternoon. Chinese officials say they have fished out 900 dead pigs from a Shanghai river that is a water source for city residents. [WDRB]

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has signed legislation into law that could make biomass power a more attractive option for electricity suppliers within the state. [Biomass Magazine]

Louisville Metro Police’s 90 Days and 90 Nights campaign to keep the streets safe is marching on. Dozens of people joined in a walk to end violence in neighborhoods across the city. [WHAS11]

A Louisville police officer has been fined $2 after being convicted of official misconduct and harassment for striking a handcuffed suspect multiple times. [H-L]

It took about 10 hours of deliberations, but jurors found a Louisville man guilty of murder. Joseph Banis was convicted of killing a man then burying him in the basement of the Old Louisville home Banis shared with his boyfriend. [WLKY]

How can you not realize local teevee “news” is the same in every market and will never improve? It’s not even worthy of discussion. If it bleeds or has sex, it sells. Local television stations have been swirling into the toilet bowl on the actual news front for easily 20 years and it’s gotten worse in the last five. [WFPL]

Sequester has been in effect for more than a week and while life hasn’t come to a halt, funding for classrooms, airports and military bases may be on the line. [WAVE3]

Everyone should probably just go ahead and grab their ankles. Kentucky state government, in partnership with Indiana, has issued a request for proposals for toll-integration oversight services for the Ohio River Bridges Project that will link Louisville and Southern Indiana. [Business First]

It may be possible to force the reopening of the K&I Bridge between Louisville and New Albany, Ind., to pedestrians and bicyclists through condemnation, the top official with Louisville’s waterfront agency has told Louisville Metro Council members. [C-J/AKN]

Mandates may again be required in Clark County in order for the government to pay its operational costs. The Clark County Council and the Clark County Commissioners were able to reach an agreement after a lengthy discussion on how to bridge a substantial gap in the budget approved by the council and the $7.9 million budget returned by the state. [News & Tribune]

Really, John Yarmuth, are White House tours that important? Save the feigned outrage for something that matters – like cutting the WIC program. [MSNBC]

Nope, Definitely Not Most Compassionate Or Safest

What was that, Greg, about Louisville being the most compassionate city in the country? What was that, again, about Louisville being the safest city in the nation? Quit with the damn buzz words. You looked and sounded like an imbecile while 95% of the city was stressed and saddened over yesterday’s tragic mess of death. For the sake of this city and the people who are hurting, quit with the buzz words. [Wake Up, Greg]

Everybody is apparently pissed over whatever Christopher 2X said on the teevee. [FOX41]

Morgan McGarvey will win this race with the endorsements his daddy got him. Without daddy, Crit and Jack wouldn’t know who Morgan is. [C-J/AKN]

Do you have faith that “Metro leaders” will be able to put a plan into place to stop all the violence in Louisville? [WAVE3]

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: As mandated by the Kentucky Legislature, uninsured motorists across the Commonwealth will begin receiving notices in June that registrations for their personal vehicles will be canceled if they do not obtain required insurance or show proof of existing insurance. [Press Release & More Info]

West End residents are less than happen about the spree of recent shootings, to say the least. But this doesn’t mean the West End is the only place crimes are being committed. [WHAS11]

Louisville is apparently the 18th most miserable city in the United States of America. Are you surprised? [Business Insider]

WLKY’s teevee people – since it’s hype week – say they have: “uncovered serious gaps in metro Louisville’s first-response system where hundreds of people in dire medical emergencies did not get help in time to save them.” Forgive us for being skeptical about anything Neal Richmond has to say and any blame he places on the Fire Department. He’s not in Louisville often enough to know what’s going on. [WLKY]

Read this story from June 2000. You’ll have Butchertown-Swift flashbacks like woah. [Pulitzer]

Almost nobody is going to go vote on Tuesday. All those television advertising dollars? Completely wasted. [H-L]

Why is it Boy Scouts get to camp out all over the place but the city’s homeless aren’t permitted to do so? [C-J/AKN]

The economy is still struggling to gain momentum, though long-term trends remain expansionary, the Conference Board declared, as it reported that its index of leading economic indicators dipped in April for the first decline since September. [Business First]

Will anybody ride their bike in to work today? You know, the handful of people who have jobs? Or are they all afraid of getting shot up? Maybe they’re just afraid of dying on the 2nd Street Bridge or Lower Brownsboro? [WFPL]

4/20 & Folks Almost Just Assploded, From Pot

Since the mainstream won’t talk about it, you probably won’t find out about it. But here’s a good look at the corruption at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and its latest shenanigans involving the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge. [Page One]

Remember last year when we told you Lynn Fischer thought she was taking over the local Democratic Party? And how she didn’t know what she was doing until Lisa Tanner – who has since left the state as a result of the Fischer/Beshear crews being dishonest with her – schooled her? That didn’t work out so well for Lynn. [Curt Morrison]

This girl at WHAS is wetting herself over Mittens Romney’s visit to John Schnatter’s Anchorage manse. Having held fundraisers there, Jake can tell you that it’s a crazy place. [WHAS11]

You know what’s unfortunate? The Kentucky Democratic Republican Party is working overtime to trash Sarah Lynn Cunningham. She’s running as a Democratic in the 19th State Senate District amongst the KDRP’s chosen boy, Morgan. Beshear’s crew have gone so far to call various unions to prohibit them from granting her an interview. And you wonder why the Democrats in Frankfort continue to fall apart. [Democratic Failure]

The family of a recently murdered 15-year-old boy is asking Jack Conway to take over prosecution of the accused killers. One of them was released because he gave up information on another case. They want the Commonwealth’s Attorney removed from the case. [WAVE3]

Seriously, this story is out-of-control insane. It’s almost as if local officials want the city to riot. Jesus H. [WLKY]

Here it comes! Even more talk about the potential merger of the Metropolitan Sewer District, the Louisville Water Company and Metro Public Works. Because that’ll improve Possibility City even more. Because each of those agencies have stellar management and zero problems, right? [C-J/AKN]

Just what New Albany needs! A death investigation after a woman is found dead. Found dead in the home of a registered sex offender, that is. [FOX41]

Ruh ro – here comes even more drama. Yet another outlet is claiming the Calumet sale is just a rumor. [Business First]

On a scale of one to Cornbread Mafia, how crazy is it that Butchertown almost exploded or whatever because some dude was trying to dry is pot stash? It is apparently a weed holiday so this story is fitting. [WFPL]

Another $112K Metro Government Job Announced

Does Louisville really need a “director of performance improvement” to be hired by Greg Fischer? At the tune of $112,000 per year? She’s supposed to “bring the best of private sector accountability, transparency and efficiency to metro government.” This story reads like a straight-up press release. [C-J/AKN]

Here’s Jim Ramsey complaining about budget cuts. He still wants a hospital merger or a management contract for University Hospital. Note that there was no discussion of his massive pay raise. [FOX41]

A showdown over Kentucky’s proposed legislative districts isn’t coming – it’s already here. [H-L]

Local State Representative Reggie Meeks has a lot to say about churning legislative butter in Frankfort. This week, he discusses the redistricting nightmare. [Page One]

Louisville’s Air Pollution Control Board has voted to re-categorize a chemical used in some of the city’s manufacturing processes. Recent studies have suggested the chemical isn’t as carcinogenic as originally thought. [WFPL]

Remember the woman that crazy ass constable shot at Walmart? She was arrested for allegedly shoplifting at Kmart. [WAVE3]

And here’s the expected story about the University of Louisville raising tuition rates while Jim Ramsey and his colleagues rake in millions upon millions of dollars each year. [Business First]

The license plate for the gays in Indiana? It’s causing faux family-types to freak completely out. They just can’t believe the gays aren’t getting stoned to death anymore. [WHAS11]

A Butchertown building that collapsed in September 2010 is going to be rebuilt. [Broken Sidewalk]

Louisville apparently won some sort of award for fighting childhood obesity. We’re pretty sure the folks behind the award have never actually been in Louisville. [WLKY]

J. Bruce Miller has been burning the comments section up lately with discussions of Chinese billionaires and potential NBA teams. [The ‘Ville Voice Here & Here]