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]