Obama Visit Will Snarl Traffic Like Woah

Several Louisville Metro Council members have thrown support behind new legislation aimed at regulating large parties in abandoned buildings. [WDRB]

A national traffic-congestion study ranked Louisville as the 36th worst city in the United States, which will probably come as no surprise to Louisville commuters. It’s also the 128th worst on the international list. [C-J/AKN]

A lawsuit over bullying at Ramsey Middle School is expected to be filed against Jefferson County Public Schools Wednesday. [WHAS11]

President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentences of nearly two dozen drug convicts, including eight serving life in prison, in an act the White House said continues Obama’s push to make the justice system fairer by reducing harsh sentences that were handed down under outdated guidelines. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Way to go, JCPS, way to go. [WLKY]

Taxes are a pain. Health insurance is a pain. This year, Americans will suffer both when they file their income taxes. Ouch. [HuffPo]

The 141st Kentucky Derby isn’t until May 2, but the solid gold winner’s trophy arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday. [WAVE3]

No one in Louisville is surprised that Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday is tucking tail and running away. [Page One]

Proposed luxury apartments in Butchertown may get some help from the city. Louisville Metro Council’s Labor and Economic Development Committee signed off on a plan last week that would give a tax break for a new building between Main and Clay streets housing 263 luxury apartments. [WFPL]

The Supreme Court delivered a victory to state health departments on Tuesday, ruling that private Medicaid doctors cannot sue states to raise their reimbursement rates. [The Hill]

The Kentucky International Convention Center at 221 S. Fourth St. will be closing from August 2016 to summer 2018 to accommodate work on its $180 million expansion and renovation. [Business First]

Dr. Jerome Adams, Indiana’s state health commissioner, has a message for individuals potentially affected by the HIV outbreak in Scott County: You aren’t alone, and we can help you. [News & Tribune]

That Smell Is Greg Fischer’s Lack Of Transparency

About a year ago, a consultant hired by the Louisville Downtown Partnership concluded that downtown Louisville could support a medium-size grocery in the central business district, a small food market in the Nulu area, or even both. But one of the chains the consultant said could work downtown – Paul’s Fruit Market — isn’t convinced. [WDRB]

What began as an outreach effort two years ago to a portion of a potentially underserved population is now the first LGBT Citizens Police Academy offered by the Louisville Metro Police Department. [C-J/AKN]

Jefferson County Public Schools has named a new principal for Ballard High School. [WHAS11]

There’s a bad smell in parts of Metro Louisville, but nobody knows where it’s coming from. Media report that city crews have been trying for nearly a week to pin down the odor that smells like mildew, but so far they’ve had no luck. [H-L]

The Clark County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a Louisville man who was hit by a car in Clarksville. [WLKY]

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won the straw poll vote at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. [HuffPo]

A mystery surrounds Louisville of really stinky proportions. [WAVE3]

A bill strengthening regulation of deep-well drillings was unanimously passed by a state Senate committee Thursday. [Richmond Register]

Metro Louisville’s three emergency services departments have been consolidated into a single agency, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday. [WFPL]

You know what’s scary? People in Delaware are trying to emulate Jerry Abramson. [Delaware Online]

Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen said the company will not see major financial implications from its acquisition of Big Fish games, a producer and distributor of mobile and online games, until the end of the first quarter of 2015. [Business First]

Clark County is one step closer to adding a court to handle the county’s heavy caseload, as members of the Indiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 1110 last week. [News & Tribune]

Compassionate Cities Don’t Have So Many Murders

Internal reviews conducted by the Kentucky Department of Education at three of Jefferson County’s lowest performing schools show progress is being made towards improving achievement, but that some changes must still be made. [Toni Konz]

Does anyone really buy into this Fischer transparency schtick anymore? n the wake of criticisms that public officials were deleting electronic messages, Mayor Greg Fischer Monday said that every person serving on a board or commission will be issued an email address to conduct all official government business. [C-J/AKN]

Two of Louisville’s largest employers are urging Kentucky lawmakers to reject Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s push for the state to allow a local option sales tax. [WHAS11]

A move to raise the minimum wage in Kentucky’s largest city has resulted in a lawsuit. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Another day, another couple of senseless murders in Possibility City. [WLKY]

To Washington insiders he is Dr Evil: the hidden orchestrator of industry campaigns against the Humane Society, Mothers against Drunk Driving, and other seemingly uncontroversial groups. Now Richard Berman, a one-time lobbyist turned industry strategist, has zeroed in on another target: Barack Obama’s new power plant rules. [HuffPo]

What began as a call for help along Interstate 71 ended with police discovering a car crash with a man shot dead inside Wednesday. The shooting forced southbound I-71 closed near the Gene Snyder Freeway for hours impacting travel for hundreds of people. [WAVE3]

Brown-Forman is among 16 organizations across the United States recognized for climate action. [EPA]

The recent revelation that breathalyzer tests are video recorded at the Louisville jail may lead to an influx of filings to re-opened drunk driving cases in the near future. [WFPL]

Wanna dig through Churchill Downs’ quarterly and full year earnings results? [External PDF Link]

The Kentucky Derby Festival unveiled its 2015 Pegasus Pins at an event at Hard Rock Café and it doesn’t suck. [Business First]

Slick, icy roads didn’t stop New Albany residents from packing the Carnegie Center for Art & History to discuss a hot-button issue Saturday. [News & Tribune]

Enjoy The Holiday Break Cause 2015 Will Suck

Spoiler Alert: A gymnasium isn’t going to solve the problem. In the last 10 years, Wayne Blakey Sr. has seen a lot of violence near his home on River Park Drive in West Louisville. [WDRB]

Launched in September in four high-crime areas, Zones of Hope is a city initiative trying to tackle issues of education, unemployment and violence by focusing on young black males. [C-J/AKN]

It was a joyous welcome for Santa and his elves at the Wayside Christian Mission on Christmas Eve. With the help of the Louisville community, Santa brought presents for all the Mission’s residents, spending their holiday at the shelter. [WHAS11]

The University of Louisville has been awarded a $155,000 grant to map disease genes in horses. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! For one family, Christmas Eve isn’t just a holiday, but the anniversary of a devastating loss. [WLKY]

This is not the kind of bourbon that will get you excited. Researchers have identified the cause of a Kansas farmer’s mysterious death this summer as Bourbon virus. [HuffPo]

The rally at Jefferson Square in downtown Louisville was organized by the local group Man Up, and came just hours after another person was shot dead by police near St. Louis. Maybe in the future, they could hold a rally without one of the city’s most notorious bigots screaming into the microphone? [WAVE3]

The 2014 midterm elections saw a wave of Republican candidates elected and re-elected to federal office, many of whom are now rearing to make the environment their first casualty of the 114th Congress. As it turns out, the fossil fuel industry may have had something to do with that. [Think Progress]

Steve Beshear is heading into his final regularly scheduled legislative session next month, but he said he doesn’t believe that will hamper his ability to help get legislation passed in the 2015 General Assembly. [WFPL]

Here’s a fun read about Ambassador Matthew Barzun’s musical tastes. Just read between the lines. [BuzzFeed]

Churchill Downs Racetrack has named its latest track announcer. For some reason, a ton of folks wrote in asking for this link. Here you go. [Business First]

Amid public outcry over a new fee being assessed, the Clark County Commissioners declined to vote on an ordinance that would have facilitated the collection of the fee. [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]

Human Trafficking, Stabbing And Electric Buses

The first person in Louisville convicted of human trafficking was sentenced to 10 years in prison with no probation Monday morning. [WDRB]

In June, 16-year-old Elivar Mazariegos stepped off a bus in the desert town of Altar, Mexico, 1,900 miles north of his rural village in Guatemala, where a death threat had pushed him to join a surge of unaccompanied children fleeing violence and poverty. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another fun stabbing? The victim of the stabbing in the 500 block of East Ormsby has been identified. [WHAS11]

Louisville officials plan to phase out the oldtime-looking trolleys that are a staple of downtown in favor of all-electric buses. [H-L]

The 125th fall meet is officially underway at Churchill Downs. [WLKY]

A few hours before dawn on Wednesday morning, city counselors in Fort Lauderdale, FL passed a bill to make it harder to feed the homeless. [Think Progress]

Two months after a baby girl was shot to death on her front porch in Louisville’s West End, we’re learning more about why. [WAVE3]

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday the U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages in six more states, bringing to 32 the number of states where couples in gay unions qualify for federal benefits. [Reuters]

Kentuckians enrolling in Kynect, the state’s health care exchange, can expect changes in the way they shop for health insurance beginning Nov. 15. [WFPL]

Listen to voters from either end of the political spectrum and you’ll hear a similar complaint: most are tired of the inability of members of Congress to work together to get something done. [Ronnie Ellis]

Teddy Abrams doesn’t see why the Louisville Orchestra shouldn’t sell out every performance. [Business First]

The newest member of the Sellersburg Town Council hopes to bring some of youth to the team. [News & Tribune]

If Louisville’s PubTrans Is Good, What’s Bad?

For decades, it’s been an oasis of agricultural land at the intersection of Interstate 64 and the Watterson Expressway. But the family trusts that control Oxmoor Farm appear to be reviving long-delayed plans to develop what is perhaps the most desirable acreage in Louisville. [WDRB]

Didn’t we ridicule this back before it kicked off? Over pounding music, the local reality TV show “Deadbeat” promises that “those who don’t pay up will be locked up.” [C-J/AKN]

If you don’t hate the gays, the close cases at the Southern Baptist Compound don’t want to play Barbies with you. [WHAS11]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes declined Wednesday to say whether she will pull a television ad that three left-leaning, pro-immigration reform groups condemned Tuesday as “offensive” and “hurtful.” [Sam Youngman]

This riverboat thing is apparently a big deal. So say all the teevee people. [WLKY]

People are changing Earth so much, warming and polluting it, that many scientists are turning to a new way to describe the time we live in. They’re calling it the Anthropocene — the age of humans. [HuffPo]

Grimes implies that she’s barred from saying who she voted for, and the Constitution includes no prohibition on that. [WAVE3]

Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets. [Reuters]

Louisville workers using public transit have “better than average” accessibility to their jobs compared to other large metropolitan areas, according to a researcher involved in a recent study. [WFPL]

Louisville’s disaster of a mayor spends his days lying on the radio. The man will be called on something, his claims will be debunked and then he’ll show up on the radio the next day spewing what he knows is false. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has ordered Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs to hold mediated discussions in their dispute over September racing dates for next year. [Business First]

Basically, everybody in Southern Indiana thinks they’re gonna get the Ebola. Two patients in the United States with confirmed cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever were both hundreds of miles away from the region, but health officials in Clark and Floyd counties said they’re still taking measures to prepare locally. [News & Tribune]