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]

Let’s All Freak Completely Out Instead Of Working

A woman punched in the face by a teenage boy during a string of assaults and robberies in downtown Louisville tells WDRB she was scared for her life and the lives of her children. [WDRB]

A longtime Southern Indiana businessman told Indiana officials during a Tuesday public hearing for the Ohio River Bridges Project that businesses in western Clark County will be “devastated” by the addition of tolls on Interstate 65. [C-J/AKN]

Mayor Greg Fischer announced he ordered a comprehensive review to expand the security camera network downtown. [WHAS11]

Atlas Machine and Supply Inc., a Louisville-based engineering and manufacturing company, has a custom-built, large-capacity welding machine that officials believe is the largest of its type in North America. [Business First]

A grand jury did not indict a man in connection with a stabbing assault of a 13-year-old and the death of a 14-year-old on a TARC bus. [WLKY]

Something else you’ll likely not hear Alison Grimes talk much about? Mitch McConnell’s absenteeism. Specifically when it comes to farm bills and things like that. [Page One]

Want to help support the next phase of our project? These document dumps barely scratch the surface. We’ve got gigs upon gigs upon gigs of research files to sort through and digitize. Literally months of work for a team of people. Wouldn’t it be useful to have everything we possess pertaining to U.S. Senate candidates prior to November? One person working eight hours per day for six months would barely get it done. [Click Here If You’re So Inclined]

What planet does Greg Fischer live on? The social media monitoring needs to be of his account — since he/his staffers are so out-of-touch with reality. [WAVE3]

House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement Wednesday night on how to provide relief to school districts that have missed days due to winter’s snow. [H-L]

Air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according to a new report from the World Health Organization published Tuesday. [HuffPo]

The Jefferson County Waste Management Board has opened up public comment on a draft ordinance banning plastic bags for yard waste pickup. [WFPL]

The numbers may have changed, but opponents of tolls still see the Ohio River Bridges Project as a negative for Southern Indiana. [New & Tribune]

The owners of a downtown gas station that was hit by the roving mob of teens Saturday night speak to the Metro Council Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. [84WHAS]

Go read Greg Fischer’s open letter to the community. It’s a PDF file, so, you know, only click the link if you can open them. [Click Here]

Are You A Car-Free Louisvillian? Speak Up

A growing number of people living in Louisville are choosing not to own an automobile.

Are you one of those car-free people?

I want to hear your story!

You’ll find my direct email address here (you don’t have to use the form – just use the address listed there).

If you don’t think it’s important to share your story, remember that there are folks here in Possibility City who still fight against sidewalk expansion projects, bike lanes and public transportation.

We’ll Make Your Friday A Little More Black

Feeding Louisville’s homeless, shelters in our area are usually flooded with volunteers on Thanksgiving and around the holidays but what about the rest of the year? Our Hidden Hero this month serves up compassion and friendship, along with warm clothes and hot food, every week of the year. [WDRB]

The 2014 U.S. Senate race for the seat now held by Republican Mitch McConnell may be the most important in the nation, but it might be the second-most important election inside the state. [Ronnie Ellis]

An outreach program based in the West end of Louisville aims at providing free meals to people in need, on a daily basis. [WHAS11]

Here’s the latest thing from Greg Fischer that won’t matter. Louisville officials are planning a January summit to promote Mayor Greg Fischer’s environmental agenda and his Sustain Louisville plan. Spoiler alert: “Sustain Louisville” was a failed enviro-friendly retail store backed by the people who came up with the current… whatever it is. [C-J/AKN]

A southern Indiana mayor is extending the deadline for several houseboat owners to move from the Ohio River marina as work continues on a plan to overhaul the docks. [WLKY]

Some Jefferson County school board members say they’ve received more calls this year than in the past regarding disruptive classroom behavior—and board members are concerned the district’s discipline policy is being interpreted differently by principals. [WFPL]

Rand Paul will put all of you crazy ladies in your place. [Page One]

The Stevensons have a lot to be thankful for. “He’s a blessing, a blessing,” Clinney Stevenson said of his 1-month-old son. This Thanksgiving marked the first the new parents ate at the Wayside Christian Mission. [WAVE3]

Richmond resident and EKU student Jessica Turner approached the commission during the public comments portion of the meeting and asked for advice on how to make a “fairness ordinance” prohibiting discrimination against people based on gender identity or sexual orientation, a reality. When none of the commissioners said anything, Barnes said, “No comment, thank you.” [Richmond Register]

The Frankfort-based Kentucky Association of Manufacturers is presenting a seminar aimed at helping members form and maintain working relationships with state officials. [Business First]

Convicted murderer William Clyde Gibson on Tuesday was given his execution date: Nov. 26, 2014. Between now and then, appeals and two more murder trials involving Gibson are expected to take place, and two more families will relive the pain of losing loved ones. [News & Tribune]

People Now Realizing Tolls Are New Reality

A proposed ordinance seeking to ban the sale of liquor in Louisville between 2 and 4 a.m. is what brought a group to Portland on Wednesday evening. [WDRB]

Louisville officials announced a $27 million deal Tuesday to improve efficiency in city buildings with upgrades such as new equipment such as chillers and boilers. Under the arrangement with Johnson Controls, the city will only have to pay for the improvements as they deliver the promised energy and cost savings. [C-J/AKN]

Two bridges in Louisville will not have tolls as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project. But, they will get one thing for sure; a drastic increase in traffic. [WHAS11]

US house prices rose 12.4% over the 12 months to the end of July, the biggest annual increase since February 2006, according to a closely-watched measure. [BBC]

Here’s Greg Fischer fighting hard to raise your taxes. Instead of reworking his metro budget to cut the fat – i.e., all the friends of his wealthy donors he continually has to “resign” after scandals break out, he wants more of your money. You’ll give him a pass, though, because he’s not a scary Republican. [WLKY]

Jeff Hoover is standing up to the corruption of Bobby Sherman, Greg Stumbo and crew at the LRC. [Page One]

A University of Louisville professor canceled classes over his concerns for student safety. What they don’t tell you in this story is that Key is a right-wing extremist and follower of the Paul cult. [WAVE3]

More than 50 years ago, musician George “Bucky” Sallee, who normally played the tenor saxophone, was goofing around with a trumpet during a country club gig. [H-L]

Jefferson County Public Schools officials say many schools are not spending textbook funds that are allocated to them, which has led the district to reconsider the amount of per-student textbook funding its providing to schools this year. [WFPL]

At its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the Kentucky State Fair Board will consider issuing a request for proposals for the creation of a master plan for the Kentucky Exposition Center. [Business First]

Clark County Prosecutor Steve Stewart says that his office will conduct an investigation to determine what charges, if any, will be filed against Chuck Adams, a major with the Clark County Sheriff’s Department who recently suspended his campaign for sheriff in 2014. [News & Tribune]

Barbara Shanklin Cost The City HOW Much?

We’ll find out next week how much tolls will be on the Ohio River bridges, as officials with the project prepare to lay the groundwork for tolling in the coming weeks. [WDRB]

A judge assassinated while serving on Kentucky’s highest court more than a century ago has been memorialized with a portrait in the Capitol. [H-L]

Another Louisville library is getting a green designation for their efforts at energy saving. [WHAS11]

Are pension liars meddling with the criminal justice system in Louisville? [The ‘Ville Voice]

Another day, another damn school bus accident. Seven students were taken to a hospital after an accident involving a school bus, according to MetroSafe. [WLKY]

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell is involved in another skirmish with the district court, accusing a judge of summarily “cutting loose” two accused drug traffickers a few hours after another judge had set cash bonds for them. [C-J/AKN]

It’s 2013 and we’re still discussing food deserts in Louisville. That’s some real Possibility City stuff. We spend millions on bike trails, parks and on tons of unnecessary mayoral appointees but we can’t make sure our citizens have access to healthy food. [WFPL]

You will explode with rage when you see how much Barbara Shanklin cost the taxpayers with her ethics trial. It’s Possibility City, though, so a bunch of Democrats on Metro Council will attempt to spin this as a positive. [WAVE3]

Floyd County is facing a nearly $1 million combined shortfall in two major tax funds this year, with funding David Camm’s third murder trial being mostly to blame. [News & Tribune]

Louisville developer Steve Poe has received approval to build a second apartment building at RiverPark Place, a 40-acre residential and commercial development on River Road, just east of Eva Bandman Park. [Business First]

Drama At JCPS Is About To Get A Lot Crazier

General Electric is hoping to bring some excitement to the chore of doing laundry with a line of high-efficiency, front-loading washers and dryers. The new line means about 200 new jobs in Louisville. [WLKY]

Why the hell is government constantly creating charities? The Louisville Water Co. has created a charitable affiliate, the Louisville Water Foundation, aimed at improving public health through water-related assistance and education. [C-J/AKN]

Remains have been found near Bloomington, Indiana and the finding leaves the mother of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer with mixed emotions. [WDRB]

Board members don’t have to ask Adam Edelen to audit Jefferson County Public Schools. According to those we know at the Auditor’s office, that’s already going to happen. Has nothing to do with board requests. This is a push to make it look like it was the board’s idea. The district’s massive number of high-paid executives is the original reason for Edelen’s interest. Allegedly. *cough* [WFPL]

Residents in Waddy, Kentucky are on alert after another report of a livestock attack on Ditto Rd. This comes months after several other attacks initially were reported in December. [WHAS11]

If the U.S. government can prove that Richie Farmer misused property and more than $450,000 in funds during his tenure as Kentucky agriculture commissioner, then one of our state’s all-time basketball icons is worthy of no sympathy. [H-L]

It’s a big and sometimes dangerous problem that’s costing you. The Metropolitan Sewer District said more thieves are stealing storm grates for scrap metal. [WAVE3]

Louisville needs to be pulling in major gets like this. River Ridge Commerce Center is hoping to draw a major manufacturer to a minimum of 1,500 acres in the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant off of Ind. 62. [News & Tribune]

Asked for evidence that Jefferson County’s teachers union is holding up progress at more than a dozen low-performing schools, Kentucky’s education chief has bitingly obliged — unloading an eight-page letter that documents more than a dozen instances he says proves the point. [C-J/AKN]

The Harshaw Trane headquarters building in Blankenbaker Station Business Park was recognized Monday for being green-friendly, a milestone marked on Earth Day by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. [Business First]

Boston bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev told investigators in writing Monday that neither he nor his older brother were in touch with any overseas terror groups, according to NBC’s Pete Williams. [HuffPo]