FOP Leadership Needs To Change Now

While dozens of protestors called for his resignation Monday afternoon, Fraternal Order of Police President Dave Mutchler denied that his open letter last week was “dividing the community” and claimed he has heard nothing but support from the officers he represents. [WDRB]

Mayor Greg Fischer has appointed a businessman and a Fairdale High School teacher to the board of the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District. [C-J/AKN]

Shortly after the news spread that 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof had shot and killed nine men and women during a prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the River City Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 614 President Dave Mutchler released a controversial letter to local activists and community members. [WHAS11]

Two sustainability projects in Louisville have won awards from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Protesters gathered outside the Louisville Metro Police Department Monday as a response to what they called an attack. [WLKY]

Russell Moore still thinks the religious right will win the battle against same-sex marriage. Oh, not at the Supreme Court later this month — like nearly everyone else, Moore is almost positive the right will lose there. But the long game… that, he says, could be a different story. [HuffPo]

A local church is honoring and praying for lives lost in Charleston. Bates Memorial Baptist Church says although they’re miles away, they feel pain their brothers and sisters are suffering. [WAVE3]

“The Confederate Battle Flag means different things to different people, but the fact that it continues to be a painful reminder of racial oppression to many suggests to me at least that it’s time to move beyond it, and that the time for a state to fly it has long since passed. There should be no confusion in anyone’s mind that as a people we’re united in our determination to put that part of our history behind us.” [Mitch McConnell]

Kentucky gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Jack Conway lobbed barbs in their first joint public appearance on Friday. [WFPL]

Many of the quotes attributed to the Founding Fathers in two of Rand Paul’s books are either fake, misquoted, or taken entirely out of context. [BuzzFeed]

Michigan-based Village Green announced this week that it has closed on the purchase of the 800 Apartments buildings, a 29-story apartment tower at 800 S. Fourth St. it bought from Chicago-based owner Leon Petcov. Why aren’t more people excited about this? [Business First]

From emergency contacts to pants size, Paul Stensrud knows the men and women he helps through Jesus Cares at Exit 0, a homeless outreach organization that operates throughout Clark and Floyd counties. [News & Tribune]

Making Big Moves Against Mountaintop Removal

Woah, PNC bank is tanking Mountaintop Removal seriously.

Beginning on page two of the bank’s 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report (Warning: External PDF Link — or if it’s inaccessible, we’ve archived a copy), MTR gets a mention:


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MTR POLICY

Driven by environmental and health concerns, as well as our risk appetite, we introduced a mountaintop removal (MTR) financing policy in late 2010 and subsequently enhanced that policy in 2014. As a result, our MTR financing exposure has declined significantly and will continue to do so moving forward. Overall, PNC’s exposure to firms participating in MTR represents less than one-quarter of 1 percent of PNC’s total financing commitments. Under the policy, PNC will not extend credit to individual MTR mining projects or to coal producers with 25 percent or more of their production coming from MTR mining.

This is kind of a big deal. Especially in Kentucky. A state where legislative leaders still lie about the benefits of destroying mountains while personally profiting from their destruction.

Wondering how to help Kentucky’s environment? Follow PNC’s lead if you’re a big bank or business trying to be less awful. Read their report. Have some guts and stand up.

UPDATE: Seems like PNC is likely to get some 2015 Earth Day Awards nominations.

Frankfort Democrats May Just Be The Worst

By a unanimous vote, Councilman David Tandy (D-4) was elected President of the Louisville Metro Council for the remainder of 2015 during the Council’s regular meeting on Thursday night. Maybe he’ll visit Cordish again and sign a non-disclosure agreement, refusing to reveal what he discovers to the public. Or maybe he’ll use his council staff as a babysitter again. So many opportunities. [Press Release]

Students, staff and alumni at Fern Creek Traditional High School are seeking to rename the school Fern Creek High School. [WDRB]

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway on Tuesday delivered a blow to Metropolitan Sewer District management, providing an opinion that there’s no legal reason why the agency’s board could not agree to a contract provision requested by one of its unions. [C-J/AKN]

The Kentucky Attorney General’s office has joined in the criminal investigation into the troubled Southeast Bullitt Fire Department. [WHAS11]

Food prices across Kentucky continue to rise, increasing 1. 7 percent in the last quarter of 2014. According the Kentucky Farm Bureau Marketbasket Survey, the cost of 40 basic grocery items averaged $129.14 in the last quarter. It’s the seventh consecutive quarter of rising prices and represents an all-time high. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A doctor who practiced in Louisville and southern Indiana was charged Wednesday by a federal grand jury with prescribing pain medications that resulted in the deaths of five patients, health care fraud and unlawful distribution or dispensing of controlled substances. [WLKY]

A bill that would redefine a full-time work week under the Affordable Care Act as 40 hours instead of 30 actually amounts to a break for corporations, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) argued in a hearing Thursday. [HuffPo]

The era of prohibiting alcohol sales on Sundays in Indiana might be over soon. [WAVE3]

Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow, the new state House majority whip, informed his predecessor’s staff Wednesday that they would be replaced – including Yolanda Costner, one of the women suing the legislature over allegations of sexual harassment by former Rep. John Arnold. [Ronnie Ellis]

A majority of Kentuckians think that the state’s domestic violence laws should include unmarried couples who haven’t live together and those who don’t share a child, according to a poll released Thursday. [WFPL]

Prompted by an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, Sen. Charles Grassley asks a Missouri nonprofit hospital to explain why it seizes the wages of thousands of its patients. [ProPublica]

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Tuesday that Louisville’s Office of Sustainability has launched a “green” infrastructure incentive program for businesses. [Business First]

Mayor Jeff Gahan has requested Time Warner Cable pursue strategies for Gigabit connections on a trial basis for some areas of New Albany. The city has been exploring a permanent Gigabit connection to provide high-speed Internet options for customers in New Albany. In a press release issued Friday, the city announced the trial areas will include downtown, the Purdue Research Park and Indiana University Southeast. [News & Tribune]

Some Warm & Sunshine-y Stories For You This A.M.

Here’s a lesson in how local media continues to scare the bejeebers out of people. [WDRB]

This cannibal murder mess in Jeffersonville gets more horrific and screwed up by the minute. [C-J/AKN]

Just a reminder: the Water Company CEO got to keep his job after a nightmare of a DUI. Compare that to an LG&E spokesman getting a DUI for doing much less (at night, not during the day) and he got the boot within hours. [WHAS11]

Don’t worry, Louisville, because Lexington also loves it some crazy shootings. [H-L]

Is it just us or does it seem like area workers fall into equipment on a regular basis? [WLKY]

Despite a brief, small rise in America’s trust in the media in 2013, the US has returned to hating the press more than ever, a new Gallup poll found. [HuffPo]

Another day, another local school bus accident. [WAVE3]

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for August 2014 dropped to 7.1 percent from a revised 7.4 percent in July 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. [Press Release]

Louisville Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer sparred with Democratic challenger Larry Hujo at a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Wednesday evening. [WFPL]

This situation probably isn’t making Papa John’s very happy. [Consumerist]

The University of Louisville has been in a pit of horrible news lately. What to do? Get Steve Beshear to help hype up some things to distract people. [Business First]

The sun that shines from the Starlight sky provides enough energy to keep David Ross Stevens’ home warm even on a bitter cold winter night. [News & Tribune]

Haul Ass To The Fair When You Get Off Work!

We’ve been hearing about what a disaster Helene Kramer already is in her new JCPS job and, well, it’s pretty clear. If she can’t come up with a better response than that when it comes to RAISING PROPERTY TAXES LIKE CRAZY? Put a fork in her. She’s done. P.S. When we say disaster? We hear Donna Hargens will end up choking her before it’s all said and done. [WDRB]

Threats of a violent crime outbreak on Friday evening — based on the movie “The Purge” — are being taken seriously by police. [C-J/AKN]

This “purge” crap might be the dumbest thing in weeks. [WHAS11]

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is calling for demilitarization of America’s local police forces in the wake of the heavily armed response to the protests in Ferguson, Mo. [H-L]

Larry Sivori, president of Sivori Catering, came up with a new idea to add flavor to the Kentucky State Fair. It’s called the hot brown on a stick. [WLKY]

A U.S. district court judge ruled that the NCAA was violating federal anti-trust law by prohibiting payments to athletes whose names, images and likenesses are used in video games and TV broadcasts. [NPR]

WAVE 3 News has been granted exclusive rights to produce and broadcast the University of Louisville Coaches programs for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. [WAVE3]

Ford is planning to build a solar canopy covering 360 parking spaces at their world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan near Detroit. [Think Progress]

A pair of Kentucky lawmakers on opposite sides of the aisle Thursday spoke out against a suburban St. Louis police department’s use of force amid civic unrest. [WFPL]

PolitiFact is giving Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a “mostly false” rating for his claim that he voted for a stronger version of the Violence Against Women Act than the version backed by President Barack Obama. [HuffPo]

Lexington’s fleet of garbage trucks now includes 11 vehicles that run on compressed natural gas. [Business First]

The Clark Memorial Bridge will reopen early Friday morning, almost a week ahead of schedule, concluding a five-plus week closure. [News & Tribune]

Murder Becomes A Hot Topic In Possibility City

Fiber internet that people can afford? We’ll believe it when we see it. [WDRB]

Here’s some important environmental trivia for your next cocktail party: Louisville has 1.2 million potential tree planting sites. [C-J/AKN]

This is apparently news. At least it’s not mugshot central like WAVE. [WHAS11]

Just around the curve of Glenn’s Creek from Old Taylor is another mothballed distillery that is slowly coming back to life. [H-L]

BEWARE THE AUTO-PLAY VIDEO! There have been 25 homicides committed this year, and a third of them happened in broad daylight. It’s called “no snitching,” and many people say it’s in full force and effect in Louisville. [WLKY]

You’ll probably want to watch homophobic Governor Steve Beshear talk about health care. [C-SPAN]

A lawsuit concerning the pay and tipping of employees has been filed against a Louisville restaurant. The class action lawsuit against Eddie Merlot’s was filed by nine current and former employees and alleges they were not paid properly or for overtime or tips. Maybe the restaurant’s ownership can play the crazy card and just fire everybody, allowing her restaurant to sit empty, like at least one former restaurant owner in Louisville. [WAVE3]

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Downtown Louisville residents live in one of the fastest growing urban heat islands in the U.S., according to preliminary results of an ongoing study. [WFPL]

After mass shootings, like the ones these past weeks in Las Vegas, Seattle and Santa Barbara, the national conversation often focuses on mental illness. So what do we actually know about the connections between mental illness, mass shootings and gun violence overall? [ProPublica]

What would it mean in Louisville if Humana sold its pharmacy division? Hundreds of people would likely lose their jobs is what it would mean. [Business First]

The situation isn’t ideal, but city officials said they have tried to mitigate the inconveniences to business owners and residents during the East Main Street improvement project. [News & Tribune]

Fun Metro Council Hype Gets More Hype-y

The new 2 percent “fee” most Metro residents will pay on natural gas. The annual hike in property tax rates for Jefferson County Public Schools. Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed local-option sales tax. Some Metro Council Republicans worry a series of little tax increases is quietly adding up — and keeping Louisville’s economy from growing. [WDRB]

While Jefferson County Public School students are out of school this summer, dozens of district parents will be in court for allegedly holding their elementary school-aged children out of classes during the school year. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville church groups are working hard to renovate shotgun houses around the city. [WHAS11]

How many years have we been saying all of this? Glad to see it finally hit the mainstream. The struggling Kentucky Retirement Systems last year paid $55 million to outside firms to manage its investments. More than half of those fees — at least $31 million — went to the managers of hedge funds, private equity, real estate and other “alternative investments” that hold just one-fourth of the system’s $15 billion in assets and produced its lowest returns. [John Cheves]

Local leaders and others gathered at the historic City Hall pledging to act aggressively in the community to teach young people that violence is not the answer. [WLKY]

Kentuckians know first-hand that telecom giants talk out of both sides of their mouths when it comes ot providing service to the rural and the poor. [HuffPo]

After 15 years, the University of Louisville signage has come off the old silos along southbound Interstate 65. [WAVE3]

Eating crow is never fun but that’s what Jake is doing. Help him get things squared away? If you get something out of this content, consider doing so in order to ensure that it continues. [Click Here For Details]

Though Dan Johnson’s aid is a full-on idiot on par with the worst of the worst, this seems like a witch hunt because he’s an idiot. Just look who his boss is. Dan’s hardly the sharpest knife in the drawer. And if this isn’t a witch hunt, where’s the coverage of Attica Scott’s disaster of an aide? What about the people Jim King has surrounded himself with for years? Again, idiot, boss is an idiot, but they’re not remotely the worst in the Democratic Caucus. [WFPL]

The slow economic recovery is taking a toll on the nation’s public schools, reversing a multi-decade trend of increased funding and pushing student-teacher ratios to their highest levels since 2000. [FiveThirtyEight]

Louisville is becoming a much more environmentally friendly city, according to an update from Mayor Greg Fischer’s office. [Business First]

A controversial proposal that would see a road built through a park that Floyd County and New Albany Little League hope to develop is set to be heard by a city board Tuesday. [News & Tribune]