The Hargens Mess: Still Happening

Principals at 20 schools in Jefferson County have signed up to be part of a strategic budgeting pilot program for the 2017-18 year — but the process by which the district became involved with the Boston-based consulting company was questioned by one school board member at a Tuesday night meeting. [WDRB]

In more than three decades of practicing medicine, Dr. Barbara Casper said she has never witnessed a better time than the present for the patients she treats at the University of Louisville medical school clinic. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It is the ultimate meet and greet. The Americana Community Center, with open arms, embracing the diverse families who live nearby. [WHAS11]

Of all the lies politicians have told struggling Eastern Kentuckians over the years, few are more cruel than the “war on coal” myth. [Tom Eblen]

As the homicide count continues to rise, police are working to cut down on violent crime. One community activist said unemployment and crime go hand in hand, and he’s trying to do something about that. [WLKY]

An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! For more than two years, the Louisville Metro Police Department has actively monitored millions of social media posts throughout Metro Louisville. [WAVE3]

President-elect Donald Trump won over millions of Americans with promises of change and even some controversial proposals. Now, Trump will be under pressure over the next four years to follow through on many of the promises he’s made since his June 2015 entry into the race — especially in the first 100 days of his administration. [The Hill]

Mitch McConnell said he’s not concerned about the protests across the country that were sparked by the election of Donald Trump as the next president. [WFPL]

While Wells Fargo was creating millions of fraudulent bank accounts to collect falsified fees and boost its sales, another financial firm was creating a checking account with zero mandatory fees (including ATM fees) and a rarely seen 1.00% interest rate. [ThinkProgress]

How Trump’s ignorant trade talk could impact Kentucky’s exporters. [Business First]

Republicans in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have promised swift work to undo laws and orders written during the Obama administration, starting with the Affordable Care Act. [News & Tribune]

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Walmart Mess: Your New TV Nightmare

As the number of kids in foster care in the United States goes up, Indiana is among the states seeing the largest increase in new cases. [WDRB]

The Veterans Administration has stuck with its first choice site on Brownsboro Road for a new VA Medical Center in Louisville in a long-awaited draft environmental impact statement, deeming it the “preferred alternative” over other choices — despite potential “adverse” effects. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Who is to blame for the Walmart fiasco? Greg Fischer’s crew. [WHAS11]

Safe to say Matt Bevin’s pussy is on fire, kids. We fucking said it. Matt Bevin does not mince words in his utter disdain for state Democratic Rep. Russ Meyer of Nicholasville. [H-L]

Jeffersontown police officers are warning residents about a rash of car break-ins. [WLKY]

FBI Director James Comey privately argued against having his bureau sign onto a statement saying the Russian government was meddling in the U.S. election, CNBC first reported on Monday, citing “a former FBI official.” [HuffPo]

A Louisville man would have celebrated his 41st birthday this Halloween, but he was killed six months ago. Troy Pruitt was found dead outside an elementary school in Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood on April 26. [WAVE3]

The greatest miracle of the internet is that it exists—the second greatest is that it persists. Every so often we’re reminded that bad actors wield great skill and have little conscience about the harm they inflict on the world’s digital nervous system. [Slate]

The Federal Communications Commission is defending a controversial city ordinance that sparked a lawsuit after it was approved earlier this year. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s hiring of pollster Tony Fabrizio in May was viewed as a sign that the real estate mogul was finally bringing seasoned operatives into his insurgent operation. [WaPo]

An affiliation that was teased earlier this year is now official. Louisville-based nonprofit Seven Counties Services Inc. has partnered with Nashville, Tenn.-based Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest behavioral health care providers, and will change its name to Centerstone of Kentucky on Tuesday, the company said in a news release. [Business First]

Only two of the five hopefuls aiming for Clark County Commissioners seats will emerge in November to help lead the county — saddled with a $9 million budget shortfall yet poised for explosive commercial and residential growth. [News & Tribune]

Louisville Loves It A Good Hit & Run

The recent increase in violence has a local organization asking for the community to make a pledge for peace. [WDRB]

One woman was killed early Saturday morning in the second of a series of hit-and-run accidents near the corner of Outer Loop and Grade Lane. [C-J/AKN]

An early morning hit and run at Grade Lane and Outer Loop has left one woman dead and another in the hospital. [WHAS11]

Watching the live stream Thursday as the University of Louisville reacted to the NCAA notice of allegations that alleges U of L committed four level-one rules infractions relating to the school’s “escorts in the basketball dorm” scandal, one thing struck me as funny. [H-L]

Louisville police are investigating a double shooting Saturday in the Park Hill neighborhood. [WLKY]

Karl Rove is throwing in the towel. In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” the Republican strategist said that Donald Trump’s poll numbers are simply too dismal to end in victory on election night. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! After a triple shooting in the Park Hill neighborhood Friday, two men were shot Saturday afternoon nearby in the Algonquin neighborhood. The shootings happened in a part of town that WAVE 3 News has identified as one of the city’s most dangerous. One member of the Louisville Metro Council says he knows where to place the blame. [WAVE3]

Internal emails between officials in the Kentucky Transportation Department last October indicate Democratic state Rep. Russ Meyer knew about a right-of-way dispute on a road project in his district which was subsequently cancelled by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. [Ronnie Ellis]

A judge has denied Gov. Matt Bevin’s request to vacate a ruling against the governor’s overhaul of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [WFPL]

It was a powerful piece of technology created for an important customer. The Medusa system, named after the mythical Greek monster with snakes instead of hair, had one main purpose: to vacuum up vast quantities of internet data at an astonishing speed. [The Intercept]

The Louisville-Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District plans to review years of past contracts to see whether there are ways it could better utilize minority and women-owned business contractors. [Business First]

With just weeks to go before Election Day, gubernatorial candidates Eric Holcomb and John Gregg met separately with CNHI’s Indiana editors to discuss a range of topics of interest to voters. [News & Tribune]

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Your Morning Dept Of Dry Heaving

Another day, another gun murder in Possibility Compassionate City. [WDRB]

A Jefferson Circuit Court judge Friday denied motions to release five inmates from jail on the grounds that district judges refused to consider their financial status in setting bonds or consider granting them bail credit for each day they spent behind bars. [C-J/AKN]

Uh, both Dan Johnson and GLI are hot messes so none of this really matters. But hoo boy when is the crazy going to end? Nothing Dan Johnson says is anything but offensive. [WHAS11]

The $14.9 billion Kentucky Retirement Systems plans to end its controversial investments in hedge funds. [John Cheves]

Surely this isn’t the first time the teevee people have heard about a skeever in the Highlands? There are at least three of those creepers who flash their junk on a regular basis. [WLKY]

Following the news of yet another “warmest month ever,” NASA has basically called it: This year will be the hottest since record-keeping began in 1880. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Tuesday’s deadly shooting in Old Louisville is a setback for the historic neighborhood building a new reputation. [WAVE3]

As Election Day approaches and the polls continue to look dire for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, he is pinning the blame on everything except himself. [ThinkProgress]

As a shortage of primary care physicians looms across the nation and Kentucky, state lawmakers are considering whether to expand the role of physician assistants by allowing them to prescribe controlled substances. [WFPL]

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has disparaged “flat-chested” women, mocked a Miss Universe for her weight gain and bragged about groping women because he’s famous. [ProPublica]

If a new study by Zippia is correct, only one community in the Louisville area has figured out the secret of success. [Business First]

With more people in the audience than a typical school board meeting, most of the candidates running for seats in the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. got a chance to answer questions at a forum Thursday. [News & Tribune]

Everybody’s Excited For Big Toll Drama

Drivers will have roughly two months to challenge tolls believed to be charged incorrectly on Ohio River bridges, under rules approved Friday by a state transportation panel. [WDRB]

She had no prior record, but Alexandra Arnold, 21, of Carrollton is serving 10 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro Police are investigating a fatal shooting just west of downtown. This marks Louisville’s 92nd homicide for 2016. [WHAS11]

The race for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat features two self-proclaimed foreign policy realists who have vastly different opinions about how the U.S. should engage in the world. [H-L]

Louisville metro police are investigating a shooting in the California neighborhood. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s troubled campaign has seen an incredible exodus in support over the past week. After footage released last week showed him bragging about groping women, more than a dozen members of Congress withdrew their endorsements. Others, who’d previously stayed neutral in the race, called for the Republican presidential nominee to drop out. [HuffPo]

Kentucky colleges will soon get money previously cut from the state’s budget by Governor Matt Bevin. [WAVE3]

Jim Gray spent Saturday criss-crossing a swath of Kentucky between Louisville and Ashland looking for votes in his uphill battle to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. [Ronnie Ellis]

Charles Seay leans against the chain link fence outside his Smoketown home, shaking his head at the rutted street beyond the curb. [WFPL]

The U.S. economy is on track to grow at a 1.9 percent annualized pace in the third quarter following the September data on domestic retail data, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDP Now forecast model showed on Friday. [Reuters]

The University of Louisville’s endowment is set to gain nearly $29 million thanks to a reworking of debt under the umbrella of the school’s foundation. [Business First]

Initial funding has been secured and the Clark County needle exchange is expected to be up and running in about a month. [News & Tribune]

Things Aren’t So Green In Compassionate City

A town hall meeting in Louisville on Tuesday night discussed how violent crime and citizens’ relationship with police is being felt in the city and around the country. [WDRB]

Under Mayor Greg Fischer’s leadership, Louisville has undertaken several studies aimed at better understanding the city’s environmental challenges. A new national ranking suggests it may be time to move beyond research and into action. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Two JCPS elementaries are at the bottom of the scale, when it comes to making the grade on statewide test scores. [WHAS11]

Lexington ranked among the least green cities in a new study that criticized its lack of green space compared to the other 99 largest cities in the country. [H-L]

The Kentucky State Fair Board says it has hired its next president and CEO. [WLKY]

Mitch McConnell says the country must not turn its back on the nation’s coal miners — but that’s exactly what those miners say the Republican Senate Majority Leader is doing. [H-L]

A Metro Corrections officer who posted a controversial meme on Facebook will not lose his job as a result of the incident. [WAVE3]

“Do you speak English?” When Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng walked into his summer school classroom for the first time as a brand-new teacher, a student greeted him with this question. Nothing in his training had prepared him to address race and identity. But he was game, answering the student lightly, “Yes, I do, but this is a math class, so you don’t have to worry about it.” [NPR]

Tim Harrison didn’t expect to be released from prison last week. When he got the news, he argued with the guards. He told them they had the wrong guy. He said his sentence wasn’t yet up. [WFPL]

After Donald Trump reaffirmed his long-held belief this week that the men known as the Central Park Five were guilty in an infamous, decades-old rape case, two members of the since-exonerated group blasted Trump in interviews with Mother Jones, calling him a “stunt artist” and saying “he’s gotten worse” since his involvement in their 1990 conviction. [Mother Jones]

Southern Indiana Plastics Inc., which makes plastic parts for the automotive and lawn and garden industries, has acquired Louisville-based Progress Plastics Inc. [Business First]

Grants, programming for students and other services were approved at Greater Clark County Schools’ board of trustees meeting on Tuesday. [News & Tribune]

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Crime In The Highlands? Surely Not!

Tolls are coming to the Ohio River Bridges and drivers are getting ready. [WDRB]

Talk is cheap for Matt Bevin. During his campaign for governor and since his election, Matt Bevin has said he supports restoring civil rights to nonviolent felons who have completed their sentences. [C-J/AKN]

Crime spike in the Highlands? It’s been going on since at least 2014 but no one wants to talk about it because it might frighten the wealthy white people. [WHAS11]

On Friday, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether panhandlers have a legally protected right to ask motorists and pedestrians for money and if Lexington’s city-wide ban violates panhandlers’ First Amendment right to free speech. [H-L]

JCPS students got an inside look at how vehicles are made at the Louisville Ford Assembly Plant on Wednesday. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women present him with a tough challenge roughly one month before Election Day, and it’s also landed House Republicans in trouble. [HuffPo]

Louisville-based Yum! Brands is cutting jobs as part of a major corporate overhaul. [WAVE3]

In 1990, a group of four black teens and one Latino teen were convicted of the brutal assault and rape of a jogger. The April 1989 attack came amid rising crime rates in New York City and a wave of violence in Central Park itself. [ThinkProgress]

As the University of Louisville-Clemson football game was played last weekend, dozens of attendees ate, drank and filled the Green Building in NuLu for the culmination of Diversity Pitch Fest. [WFPL]

The number of Americans who support the death penalty has fallen below half for the first time, according to a US study. [BBC]

A new report shows that the number of small businesses in Kentucky that offer employee health insurance dropped sharply from 2012 to 2015. Only 26.6 percent of small businesses in the state offered health insurance last year, down from 36.4 percent in 2012, according to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. [Business First]

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission has formally asked the state’s high court to give Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson more than a “mere slap on the wrist” over findings that Henderson acted unethically. [News & Tribune]

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