Wealthy Local Folks Should Help Hungry Kids

Wealth and perceived power got Greg Fischer’s son out of a serious drug charge. But you expected nothing less. [WDRB]

The Metropolitan Sewer District will go ahead with an investigation against one of its board members and its former chairman, even though the ethics complaint filed against them was withdrawn by the board member who filed it. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky’s gasoline tax, which fell by 4.3 cents a gallon Jan. 1, is now expected to drop by another 5.1 cents on April 1 unless legislators change state law. [WHAS11]

Lexington and other cities will not have to enact their own ordinances for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber now that the state has enacted its own regulations, city attorneys told the Urban County Council on Tuesday. [H-L]

A program that provides snacks and nutritious meals to children during months schools aren’t in session is looking for sponsors. [WLKY]

The American health care system may finally be catching up to the rest of the 21st-century economy, in which convenience is not only expected, but demanded — and massive retailers are driving the change. [HuffPo]

Police surround another Louisville school. Tuesday they came with armored trucks and weapons to a locked down Stuart Middle School, after someone called in a report of a shooting at the school. After sweeping the school twice, police determined it was a hoax. [WAVE3]

A bid to reduce racial and economic segregation in Portland public schools was postponed on Tuesday when a group of protesters stormed a school board meeting and demanded more time to learn about the planned policy changes. The proposed change would limit transfers between schools, which white and affluent families have disproportionately used to remove their children from low-performing schools. [Reuters]

This year’s tax season will be full of questions for people who signed up for Kynect, Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, and those who are uninsured. For the first time, people will have to indicate on their tax form if they had health insurance on their tax return. [WFPL]

Mickie “Red” Roquemore was a charming, “great guy” who was well liked and didn’t cause problems at a homeless shelter where he often stayed in the past. Last year, he even secured housing with the help of an agency. But the Pontiac, Detroit resident was found dead on New Year’s Day on a porch where he had recently been sleeping apparently due to temperatures dipping down to 15 degrees overnight. [Think Progress]

In November, Greater Louisville Inc., the metro chamber of commerce, released its legislative wish list for the 2015 short session of the Kentucky General Assembly. [Business First]

Traffic, noise and safety concerns raised by Johnson County communities and other cities along a 106-mile rail line were dismissed in a federal review, but those local leaders are making a second attempt to be heard. [News & Tribune]

JCPS Probably Literally Flushing $ Down The Drain

JCPS has paid out nearly $10 million in legal claims since 2009 that were not covered by its insurance company because the individual claims didn’t meet the district’s $500,000 per claim deductible, according to records obtained by WDRB News under the state’s open records law. The district’s annual liability insurance premium has also increased nearly 50 percent over the last five years – from $526,502 to $777,752. Note: $215,250 (amount of the increase) isn’t nearly 50% of $526,502, it’s just over 40%.

Jim Host and some of the most wealthy folks in the state (like Greg Fischer) want to raise your taxes. Why? Because it doesn’t impact them – it only impacts the poorest people — those who are forced to make decisions based upon sales tax. When you’re wealthy, it almost doesn’t matter. If this were a tax that would impact wealthy business? These folks would be running in the opposite directly. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The community just off Bardstown Road near the old Bashford Manor Mall is now at the center of concerns. The new mayor of West Buechel had police guarding the doors to a city building on January 2, and now he is asking for a state audit amid questions about missing items and city grants. [WHAS11]

A mother needs to get her son out the door. Thick white socks cover his contorted feet, a coat drapes his twisted shoulders, a water bottle with a straw nestles in the concave of his chest, and black straps on his wheelchair secure his wrists. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Chris Fisher, 55, was shot and killed on New Year’s Day inside her home, in east Louisville. [WLKY]

As Republicans assume control of the entire U.S. Congress in the new year, they are expected to push a controversial change to use more macroeconomic projections in determining the impact of tax and budget legislation on the federal deficit. [HuffPo]

The New Albany officer accused of making false allegations about misconduct at the New Albany Police Department will appeal the Merit Commission’s decision to fire her. [WAVE3]

Did you miss all of the shenanigans over the weekend involving Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s top dogs? Drunk, lewd behavior, wiener visible from outside a probably city-owned vehicle, all kinds of craziness. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The number of Jefferson County Public Schools parents and guardians joining Parent Teacher Associations is at its lowest in more than a decade, according to JCPS data. [WFPL]

As Republicans prepare to take full control of Congress on Tuesday, the party’s leaders are counting on judges, not their newly elected majority on Capitol Hill, to roll back President Obama’s aggressive second-term agenda and block his executive actions on health care, climate change and immigration. [NY Times]

Terry Gill said he was at a crossroads in his career. For most of 2014, Gill was a managing director and entrepreneur-in-residence at Access Ventures, a philanthropic venture-capital organization where he began its private-equity group. [Business First]

Officers with the Clarksville Police Department will receive a bump in their base salaries over the next two years. [News & Tribune]

GLI: Working Hard To Keep Everybody Down

Jefferson County Public Schools has hired a new team to help its most vulnerable students. [WDRB]

Of course GLI opposes a living wage for workers in Louisville. Remember, these are people put in charge by Greg Fischer. Arguing that increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 locally would hurt local businesses and possibly result in job loss, Louisville’s chamber of commerce announced its opposition to a proposed increase on Tuesday. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another pedestrian gets hit in Possibility City. MetroSafe tells us that a pedestrian has been hit by a vehicle near the intersection of S. Hancock Street and E. Kentucky Street in Louisville. [WHAS11]

The American Heart Association has awarded $1.26 million in grants to the University of Kentucky for cardiovascular research. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Time is running out for crews to finish construction on the Big Four Station in Jeffersonville(sic). [WLKY]

Large churches in the South tend to pay their senior pastors the highest salaries, a new survey finds. That’s right, poorer states have the highest-paid megachurch pastors. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville is spending $300,000 on new police officers and patrols after a series of crimes left students and parents on edge. [WAVE3]

Whenever someone mentions a General Electrics appliance the first thing that comes to mind is 30 Rock‘s Jack Donaghy and the pocket microwave, “The Funcooker.” Of course neither of those things really have anything to do with Electrolux’s deal to buy the GE appliance business, but it’s never the wrong time to reminisce about Liz Lemon and the gang. [Consumerist]

Two Jefferson County Public Schools are getting some help in the fight against childhood obesity. [WFPL]

More carbon dioxide was emitted into our atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 than in any other year since 1984, putting humans on the fast track toward irreversible global warming. [Think Progress]

Jim Mims was one of the people who has allegedly gone after women working in Metro Government, giving them hard times, silencing and discriminating against them. The most recent is a woman who had an injury and, with physician requests, asked Mims to allow her to work from home until recovered – something Metro does not infrequently. Her labor rep even recommended it. Mims wouldn’t have it, started pushing her out, claiming her work needed to be done in-house. When she was gone, he outsourced her (union) job to a grunt who is not in-house. What’s he get as a reward? A sweet promotion. Just like Margaret Brosko of LMAS. [Business First]

Jeffersonville asks for plaintiff to put up $24 million bond in suit over ‘gateway’ property. Jeffersonville’s city attorney submitted two pleadings in response to a resident filing suit against the city Monday. [News & Tribune]