Welcome To The New Hell That Is Tolls

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A public hearing on toll-enforcement rules for Louisville’s RiverLink system is scheduled for Thursday, December 22 in Frankfort. [WDRB]

If you thought this one guy was going to save the University of Louisville from a decade of scandal, you haven’t been paying attention. [C-J/AKN]

RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! They represent Louisville greats. “I would be passing downtown and I would see all these people on all these banners,” Flora Shanklin, Alberta Jones’ sister said. [WHAS11]

About 3,500 former Daymar College students in Kentucky will begin receiving restitution checks totaling $1.2 million, Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office announced Wednesday. [H-L]

Compassionate City. Shively police are investigating a deadly crash involving a man in a wheelchair. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Rep. Ryan Zinke to become the next interior secretary. [HuffPo]

Louisville Metro Police are helping local refugees get the one of life’s most basic needs. [WAVE3]

At an average of five weather-related closures each year, students in Louisville are typically left with a week of canceled courses annually. [The Atlantic]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has publicly weighed in on the proposed location of the new Veterans Affairs hospital. [WFPL]

The Embassy of Kuwait allegedly cancelled a contract with a Washington, D.C. hotel days after the presidential election, citing political pressure to hold its National Day celebration at the Trump International Hotel instead. A source tells ThinkProgress that the Kuwaiti embassy, which has regularly held the event at the Four Seasons in Georgetown, abruptly canceled its reservation after members of the Trump Organization pressured the ambassador to hold the event at the hotel owned by the president-elect. [ThinkProgress]

Kroger Co. is offering a voluntary retirement option for many of its nonstore employees in an effort to cut costs. [Business First]

Federal prosecutors Wednesday obtained indictments against two former Vigo County School Corp. employees accused of bilking the district of more than $80,000 in an alleged kickback scheme. [News & Tribune]

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Affordable Housing Is Not A Thing Here

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Domestic violence victims are about to get more support. [WDRB]

Affordable housing is not an actual thing in Louisville and progressives need to stop acting like it is. [C-J/AKN]

How is your local media failing you this week? By giving neo-nazi white supremacists airtime to share their “white nationalist” beliefs. [WHAS11]

How to know Kentucky Democrats are still dead and will remain dead: They selected Julian Carroll as a leader. Sorry for the lack of a pee alert. [H-L]

A man was shot and killed Saturday evening on Olive Street, Louisville Metro Police said. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump and some of Silicon Valley’s most powerful executives met at his Manhattan tower on Wednesday, a summit convened to smooth over frictions after both sides made no secret of their disdain for each other during the election campaign. [HuffPo]

This is the first full day of operation for the newly opened the Lewis and Clark Bridge. For weeks, commuters have been saying the bridge will significantly cut commute times. [WAVE3]

This doesn’t make the Republican Party of Kentucky mouthbreathers/coal shills happy. Solar power is becoming the world’s cheapest form of new electricity generation. [Fortune]

Are UofL fans outnumbered in Louisville? Hopefully, if we’re lucky. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mick Mulvaney to become his budget chief could represent a major shift for the incoming administration on tackling entitlement spending. [The Hill]

One of Louisville’s largest East End hotels has been bought for $45.3 million. [Business First]

The much talked about and anticipated money transfer has finally been completed. [News & Tribune]

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2016: The Year Of Compassionate City Murder & David Jones Being Shown The JCPS Door

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LMPD’s Homicide Unit is investigating after a fatal shooting in the Parkland neighborhood. [WDRB]

The Louisville Water Co. has taken some heat on social media for the time it took – about three hours – to shut down a broken water main that flooded Frankfort Avenue and damaged a few homes over the weekend. [C-J/AKN]

You know what’s misleading and probably dangerous? When local television people hype up the Kentucky Humane Society as if it’s Louisville Metro Animal Services – an agency that actually deserves more attention and public support. But whatever, right? This is Possibility City! Compassionate City! Puppies and rainbows. [WHAS11]

Crews from Casey Creek Construction continued work this week on renovations to a former city-owned building on Industry Road in Lexington that will soon become a 24-hour homeless shelter. [H-L]

Police have arrested a man in a deadly shooting from Saturday night. Maurice West, 46, was arrested in connection with a homicide in the 1200 block of Beech Street. [WLKY]

A majority of American voters favor delaying the Electoral College vote scheduled for Monday until electors can be fully briefed on Russian interference in the election. [HuffPo]

A group of local activists are promoting African American businesses this holiday season. [WAVE3]

The FBI kept a close watch on the activities of Muhammad Ali in 1966, with a particular focus on his links to the Nation of Islam, a black movement that the agency viewed as subversive, according to archival documents posted on the FBI website. [Reuters]

This should shake you to your bones. The latest report from the Metropolitan Housing Coalition shows the city’s aging population is clustered and, generally, cut off from public transportation and affordable housing. [WFPL]

It’s just politics, right, Republican Party of Kentucky? You made your Cheeto Jesus and his homophobic administration. Now you get to answer for every atrocity they force on the LGBTQ community in the coming years. [Boston Globe]

Sazerac Company Inc. — the company responsible for reviving the Buffalo Trace distillery in the early ’90s — is planning a new boozy attraction. [Business First]

As part of its updated campus master plan, Indiana State University proposes a pedestrian tunnel under Third Street (U.S. 41) to help students, faculty and staff safely cross the busy highway. [News & Tribune]

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Another Compassionate, Deadly Weekend In Possibility City

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Nicole Cowherd’s husband, Charles Cowherd, was killed nearly six months ago. With the number of homicides growing in the city every week she worries her husband’s case is being put on the back burner. [WDRB]

Health benefits for retired union coal miners will not expire Dec. 31 under a compromise nearing a final vote in Congress, but coal country lawmakers say the deal is unacceptable because it is temporary and does nothing to address a related shortfall in the miners’ pension fund. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Metro Police is investigating a homicide over in the 1900 block of Ivy Ridge Lane. That is not far from Manslick Road near the Gene Snyder. [WHAS11]

Hey, Paul Prather: get fucked. You’ve spent years whitewashing discrimination, homophobia and excusing this hateful bullshit under the guise of Jesus. Really, get fucked, you old, white shitsack. [H-L]

Three people were shot Sunday morning at a University of Louisville student housing apartment complex. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who has ties to Russia, to be his secretary of state, several media outlets reported Saturday. [HuffPo]

One person was killed in a shooting Saturday night in the Fairdale area, according to LMPD public information officer, Dwight Mitchell. [WAVE3]

Go watch Congressman John Yarmuth, the incoming ranking member of the House Budget Committee, discuss future budgets under Cheeto Jesus. [C-SPAN]

Maybe if people like Keith Runyon hadn’t spent years allowing Democrats to eat their own, ignoring scandal in his own liberal back yard, we wouldn’t be in this position with a manchild as governor. [WFPL]

The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter. [WaPo]

Shares of Louisville-based Humana Inc. are down about 2 percent on Wall Street this afternoon after the company announced that it was adjusting earnings per share guidance because of a recent court decision. [Business First]

As Floyd County’s Veterans Service Officer, Glen Hammack is on a mission to let fellow veterans know there’s help for them when they re-enter the civilian world. [News & Tribune]

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How Will The Fischer Crew Ruin It?

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How will Greg Fischer’s people ruin it this time? As the shock waves continue to reverberate from Wal-Mart’s decision not to build a store in west Louisville, there are efforts on several fronts to lure the company back, and prevent similar situations in the future. [WDRB]

Struggling to provide for themselves and their growing family, George and Katrina Ellis found themselves on the brink of homelessness several years ago when they lost their rental home and couldn’t find another they could afford. [C-J/AKN]

Metro Police are trying to determine what led to a man’s death after he was shot and taken to the hospital Saturday night. [WHAS11]

The only thing more frustrating than being a Democrat these days is being a journalist. The Gallup Poll shows that public trust in the news media is at an historic low, although we still have higher ratings than Congress. [Tom Eblen]

Louisville Metro Council members have introduced an ordinance to protect the environment. [WLKY]

The House of Representatives’ Science Committee sent out a Twitter message Thursday afternoon that appears to mock “climate alarmists,” an odd and disconcerting move considering the group is tasked with overseeing the government’s role in scientific research. [HuffPo]

Six people have been killed since Thursday in Louisville. On Monday morning, Louisville Metro Police addressed the city’s latest cases. [WAVE3]

In the back reaches of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp, U.S. military veterans, armed with saws, hammers and other tools, are quietly building barracks, an infirmary and a mess hall. [Reuters]

At a Kentucky Farm Bureau event on Saturday, Sen. Mitch McConnell thanked rural voters for helping Republicans take control of the state House of Representatives and White House during elections last month. [WFPL]

Donald Trump has called climate change a “hoax” and said he plans to unburden American industries from Obama-era requirements to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and the other greenhouse gases causing the planet to warm. [ProPublica]

The University of Louisville’s chief financial and administration officer, Harlan Sands, will leave the university, effective Jan. 6. [Business First]

While Floyd Memorial Hospital was sold to Baptist Health Louisville several months ago, the saga surrounding the proceeds from that sale has been far from settled. That could soon change. [News & Tribune]

Death, Guns & Hype: The Louisville Way

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Under the administration of former President James Ramsey, the University of Louisville Foundation borrowed millions more than its board of directors authorized from the school’s $715 million endowment to fund real estate purchases, employee salaries and other expenses. [WDRB]

Right to work authorization, tax reform and protections for small businesses are among the leading priorities for legislation sought from the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly, Greater Louisville Inc. has announced. [C-J/AKN]

Metro Police received reports of a shooting shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday in the 700 block of South Shelby Street near Broadway. [WHAS11]

Runnymede Farm, whose owners say it is Kentucky’s oldest continuously operated Thoroughbred breeding operation, is preparing for its 150th anniversary. But before he talks about history, Brutus J. Clay III wants to show off pictures of recently successful mares. [Tom Eblen]

Can you imagine what could be accomplished if local teevee news hypers put this much effort into Metro Animal Services? Instead of regurgitating press releases from the Kentucky Humane Society, all kinds of animal lives would be saved. But we all know that’s never going to happen here in Compassionate City. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday appeared as if he never ended his campaign, attacking “the extremely dishonest media,” boasting about his “landslide” victory, and dashing speculation he might pivot and start acting like a president. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police are investigating after multiple people were shot at a restaurant in Shively. [WAVE3]

Yahima Leblanc Núñez and her husband, Pavel Reyes, were Cuban government workers when, in 2009, they plotted an escape. Five years later, after an arduous trek across Central America, including 15 days in a Mexican jail, they arrived here with two backpacks of clothes and a single tidbit of information — “Kentucky Fried Chicken” — about the state they now call home. [NY Times]

Louisville Metro Government plans to formally intervene in a request before the Public Service Commission from Louisville Gas and Electric to raise utility rates. [WFPL]

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein said early Sunday that she will file a lawsuit in federal court on Monday seeking a statewide recount in Pennsylvania. [The Hill]

Kroger Co. is caught up in the middle of a stretch of food price deflation that’s cutting into its profits and almost snapped its industry-leading streak of consecutive quarters generating same-store sales growth. [Business First]

Rental property registration will begin in New Albany on Monday, Dec. 5. All landlords within the city will have until Jan. 31, 2017, to register their properties. [News & Tribune]

Bevin Thinks He Can Solve Gun Mess?

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We’re not supposed to roll our eyes at this, right? Surely not. Surely this is a good thing. Louisville police are working to stop bullying and crimes against the LGBTQ community. [WDRB]

Greg Fischer said those seeking to address gun violence in Louisville and other cities, such as Gov. Matt Bevin, must consider multiple policy levers in order to halt the rise of shootings and homicides. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro police say a woman is dead after being hit by a minivan on Dixie Highway. [WHAS11]

Oh, look, now Matt Bevin thinks he can help with gun violence. Matt Bevin said Tuesday that escalating gun violence in Louisville and Lexington has his attention. [H-L]

Shattered glass covered sections of South Shelby Street Wednesday morning after a shootout a few hours earlier. [WLKY]

Congress had six months to debate granting President-elect Donald Trump’s FBI new legal powers to hack millions of computers, and Republican leaders objected to doing so on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Thirty active or retired teachers in Jefferson County are suing Gov. Matt Bevin, Senate President Robert Stivers, and soon-to-be-former House Speaker Greg Stumbo, arguing that Bevin’s “fix,” which the General Assembly passed earlier this year, still won’t be enough to meet pension obligations. [WAVE3]

Members of the hardline anti-Islam lobby are eagerly anticipating the possibility of the Trump administration designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, which is increasingly likely if conspiracy theorists like Frank Gaffney play a prominent role in Trump’s transition team. Gaffney believes the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the US government at every level and has even questioned whether Barack Obama was “America’s first Muslim president” implementing the Brotherhood’s plans. [BuzzFeed]

Some Democratic lawmakers in Kentucky want the legislature to allow Lexington and Louisville to pass gun control ordinances to help curb gun violence in the cities. State law currently bans cities from passing any type of law regulating guns or gun accessories. [WFPL]

She has also worked on a highly controversial reform package in Kentucky, where the state’s governor wants to require people with incomes below the federal poverty level to pay premiums. The proposal would also require beneficiaries who aren’t primary caregivers to work or get job training. Both the premiums and work requirements have been opposed by the Obama administration. [STAT]

Churchill Downs Inc. and Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. have completed the second part of a multimillion-dollar deal for CDI to buy a 25 percent stake in Saratoga Casino Holdings LLC that was first announced two years ago. [Business First]

A judge has ruled in favor of the Sellersburg Town Council’s decision to eliminate a position from the clerk-treasurer’s office. [News & Tribune]