Council Holding Fischer Accountable

A bipartisan group of Louisville Metro Council members wants more information about how Mayor Greg Fischer nominates people to scores of city boards and commissions. But not David Yates — he cowardly removed his name as a sponsor. [WDRB]

How do people even have kids knowing this crap can happen? Too terrifying to think about. [C-J/AKN]

For the first time the public is seeing a second incident where a school resource officer appears to punch a middle school student. [WHAS11]

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is calling for a 140-mile extension of the Mountain Parkway from Prestonsburg to Beckley, W.Va., at a cost of $8 billion to $10 billion. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police are investigating a shooting in the Shawnee neighborhood that left one man hospitalized. [WLKY]

College graduates, brace yourselves for some disappointing news. Wages for university grads are 2.5 percent lower than what they were 15 years ago, according to the latest edition of the Economic Policy Institute’s annual report on the labor market prospects of new workers. [HuffPo]

A New Albany councilman referred to a colleague as a “lying piece of (expletive)” during a debate over public prayer on Monday. Councilman Dan Coffey made the comment into an open microphone, yet denied using the curse word during a brief, tense interview after the meeting. [WAVE3]

On Wednesday, when President Barack Obama spoke at the US Coast Guard Academy’s commencement ceremony, he called climate change “an immediate risk to our national security.” In recent months, the Obama administration has repeatedly highlighted the international threats posed by global warming and has emphasized the need for the country’s national security agencies to study and confront the issue. [Mother Jones]

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced more than $54 million in grant funds to clean up contaminated brownfields sites around the country, and one of the projects getting funding is in Louisville. [WFPL]

The lawyer for the man who alleges that Ahmed Zayat has not paid a $2 million gambling debt filed a $10 million libel suit on Monday against Zayat, the owner of American Pharoah. [NY Times]

Cecilia Henderson, the 71-year-old widow of Angel’s Envy bourbon creator Lincoln Henderson, is suing her son, saying that Wesley Henderson has “effectively stolen” her share of proceeds from a recent sale to Bacardi Ltd. [Business First]

A community that successfully addresses homelessness is a united one, according to Michael Stoops, the director of community organizing at the National Coalition for the Homeless. [News & Tribune]

JCPS Is In The National Spotlight Again

It has been 10 years since the exterior of Louisville’s U.S. Marine Hospital in the Portland neighborhood was restored, but the inside remains unfinished. [WDRB]

Violent crime in Louisville was up about 10 percent in 2014, breaking a downward trend the city had seen since 2012, police data shows. [C-J/AKN]

Everybody is freaking out… President Barack Obama will be coming to Louisville April 2. [WHAS11]

“I’m going to move on my casino bill and ask for hearings on it during the interim. It’s part of my personal agenda,” Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said after the 2015 session ended. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Fifteen people have been charged as the result of a major securities fraud investigation conducted by the Indiana Securities Commission and announced Monday by Floyd County prosecutor Keith Henderson. [WLKY]

A new Virginia law may put PETA’s high-kill animal shelter out of the euthanasia business. [HuffPo]

Police are investigating a homicide after a man was found shot to death in a car. [WAVE3]

Ever since a court forced them to integrate in the 1970s, the city of Louisville and surrounding Jefferson County have tried to maintain diverse schools. [The Atlantic]

The Louisville Metropolitan Service Area’s population has increased by 2.8 percent since 2010, according to U.S. Census data released Thursday. “Most of the growth is happening on the periphery,” he said. “If you were in, what we call, the city, you’re not seeing any change at all.” [WFPL]

Democrats are apparently seething over this one. A Louisville woman has been appointed to serve on the newly created National Women’s History Museum Commission. Bridget Bush, a lawyer, was appointed by Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell. [WLEX18]

$2.1 billion. That’s how much revenue Louisville-based Humana Inc. garnered from provider services — that is, services provided by doctors or other health care professionals —in 2014, according to its latest financial statement. [Business First]

“Get your bearings, Marine.” It’s the only phrase that can steady Cpl. Jerry Rochefort when he is on the verge of a psychogenic seizure, borne from the military service that causes his episodes. [News & Tribune]

Bonus: Another day, another JCPS school bus accident. [More WLKY]

Watch Greg Pretend He Didn’t Want To Run

Another day, another pedestrian death. Doesn’t matter who is at fault – the victim or the driver – this city is riddled with pedestrian deaths. [WDRB]

Shots rang out early Tuesday morning in the Beecher Terrace housing project, leaving in their wake the city’s 21st homicide victim of 2015. [C-J/AKN]

Greg Fischer claims he has no intention to try running for U.S. Senate again in 2016. But he absolutely wanted to. He still doesn’t comprehend that he’ll never win statewide office. Ever. And if anyone had enough money, he wouldn’t currently be mayor. [WHAS11]

When I first heard that Alan Stein had agreed to chair the Fayette County Public Schools’ redistricting committee, I thought: Has he lost his mind? [Tom Eblen]

For this year’s 60th Celebration of the Kentucky Derby Festival, KDF has teamed up with the Kentucky Lottery to name someone the 2015 Festival Fanatic. [WLKY]

Darren Wilson, the former police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, will not face federal civil rights charges in connection with Brown’s death, Justice Department officials said Wednesday. [HuffPo]

A fight among teenagers Monday led to gunfire in the Shawnee neighborhood. [WAVE3]

Here’s Greg Stumbo using Legislative Research Commission staffers to write a column about how he believes he’s a pension genius who saved the pension system. Sadly, everyone old enough to legally think on their own knows all hell is breaking loose on that front. [Floyd County Times]

A voluntary biennial survey for Kentucky teachers that’s meant to measure their opinions of schools, resources, education leadership and community support is now available to take online. [WFPL]

Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers. [ProPublica]

Is it just us or is this yet another hyped up Fischer stunt that won’t go anywhere? [Business First]

Residents of the 200 and 300 blocks of Pearl Street in downtown Jeffersonville soon will have a designated place to park. [News & Tribune]

Southern Indiana & Sewer In The Same Sentence

Seventy-eight years ago this month, Louisville suffered from what’s considered to be the largest natural disaster in the city’s history. The flood of 1937 devastated the city. [WDRB]

Emissions of the cancer-causing chemical 1,3-butadiene doubled in Louisville in 2013 over the year before, but they still were substantially less than before the city enacted a new pollution control plan a decade ago. [C-J/AKN]

There was not an empty seat at the Capitol, Senator Wendell Ford is the 21st person to lie in state. [WHAS11]

Interest groups spent a record-breaking $18.4 million to lobby the Kentucky General Assembly in 2014, the state’s Legislative Ethics Commission said Friday. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro Police are investigating after a man was murdered in the Portland neighborhood. [WLKY]

The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell 13.3 cents in the past two weeks, falling to its lowest level since late April 2009, but the end of a months-long slide may be near, according to the Lundberg survey released Sunday. [HuffPo]

University of Louisville students completed a project on Sunday that will last a life time, spending the morning putting up birdhouses. [WAVE3]

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters. [Reuters]

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana officials say a new mentoring program launched this school year has been a success and will be expanded next year. [WFPL]

Greg Stumbo keeps pushing for the release of that LRC report. So what’s not in the report that he’s so excited about? Remember, the LRC released a report about the Kent Downey Sexytime Condom Tree Scandal that helped House leadership escape the mess. You can probably expect the same sort of whitewash here. [WKYT]

A Ford Motor Co. executive said Friday that a “critical” goal for the company in this year’s contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers union is to “maintain a competitive environment.” [Business First]

The town of Clarksville stands to save about $500,000 by refunding sewer bonds it issued in 2005. [News & Tribune]

Fischer’s Cool With Giving Cordish Millions Again

Of course Greg Fischer is cool with giving away millions of tax dollars for nothing. Ultimately, Cordish never built anything. But the company is still set to receive $5.25 million from Louisville Metro government simply for walking away from the project. [WDRB]

In his first local media interview, Yum! Brands CEO Greg Creed said the planet’s largest restaurant company will remain headquartered in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another shooting, another victim identified. [WHAS11]

Following complaints that University of Louisville trustees were denied information about problems at the school, some of them are calling for changing the focus of board meetings from “ritual and ceremony” to the “business of the university.” [H-L]

Wait, wait! Here’s another murder. This time in the Portland neighborhood. [WLKY]

Some 9 million Americans could attend community college tuition-free under a proposal President Barack Obama announced Friday. [HuffPo]

A suspect in a Louisville homicide case committed suicide after a standoff with Clarksville Police Saturday. [WAVE3]

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo Friday filed legislation authorizing the commonwealth to bond $3.3 billion in order to shore up the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement Fund. Which means way more debt to make up for existing debt. [Ronnie Ellis]

Louisville Metro employees received about $24 million in overtime payments during calendar year 2014, according to data provided by the city. [WFPL]

John David Dyche is kind of right for a change. This one’s all about Steve Beshear kicking a rusty can down the road while patting himself on the back. [BGDN]

The president of Central Bank of Jefferson County is leaving after almost 10 years to relocate to North Carolina. [Business First]

A major step toward asking taxpayers to voluntarily pay more on property taxes — in exchange for major updates to three schools — is scheduled for Monday night. [News & Tribune]

Will You Miss Mayor Jerry While He’s Gone?

This made Steve Beshear really happy. The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the nation’s circuit courts that virtually guarantees Supreme Court review. [USA Today]

He’ll be the fourth man in charge of Clark County deputies in less than six months. On Wednesday, Sheriff-elect Jamey Noel talked about his goals and how he hopes to put aside past scandals. [WDRB]

Hate to see a terrific local business close up shop. Political note: this is where Jack Conway kicked off a huge portion of his U.S. Senate campaign. Phyllis Fitzgerald was doing her best to keep Horton’s Hardware store in the Highlands in business this week, buying two plastic jugs of all-natural cleaner at the Douglass Loop site, where she’s been shopping for decades. [C-J/AKN]

Proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage and give voters the option of imposing a sales tax on themselves to pay for projects will be back next year, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Wednesday. [WHAS11]

President Barack Obama is appointing Kentucky Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson as his liaison to state and local governments. [H-L]

Read all about the Mayor McCheese appointment here. Press release, resignation letter and such. [Page One]

Another day, another school bus accident in the metro area. [WLKY]

This is the kind of candidate we should have run for Mayor of Louisville. Einstein the dog joined the Oakland, California, mayoral race, promising to provide a voice — if a bit of a growly one — to the city’s most overlooked residents. [HuffPo]

Three days after a massive fire broke out in Valley Station at a tire recycling facility, WAVE 3 News is finally hearing from the company. [WAVE3]

Here’s what John Yarmuth had to say about Mayor McCheese: “Jerry Abramson and Crit Luallen are dedicated public servants who have moved our Commonwealth forward, and I am thrilled for both of them today. Jerry’s leadership as Mayor and Lieutenant Governor has prepared him to be a strong advocate for local government at the federal level, and I look forward to having another Kentucky Democrat with me in Washington.” [Press Release]

Soon, five of the seven Jefferson County Board of Education members will have served no more than two years. [WFPL]

And here’s what Jack Conway had to say: “This is a great day for Kentucky. After this week’s elections, it is clear the President must focus on building relationships and reaching out to people across this country and there is no better person to help him build his domestic agenda than Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson. Jerry is a friend who has served as Mayor of my hometown for more than two decades. His experience and passion for public service will be an asset to the White House and a benefit to all Kentuckians. I am incredibly proud of my good friend, Crit Luallen. Gov. Beshear made a wise choice is selecting her as the next Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Crit is the gold standard of public service. She has served as Kentucky’s Auditor and in the administrations of six prior Kentucky governors. Crit instantly brings a wealth of policy experience and gravitas that will help Gov. Beshear cement his legacy of fiscal responsibility and a healthier Kentucky.” [Press Release]

A parochial school in Kentucky has apologized to a teacher who resigned due to an Ebola scare after she traveled to an area of Africa unaffected by the virus, according to a letter to parents made public on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Louisville-based home health nursing and personal care company Almost Family Inc. posted higher earnings this morning. [Business First]

Jeffersonville attorney Brad Jacobs was elected to Clark County Circuit Court No. 2 Judge in a resounding win over Democrat opponent Laura Harbison. [News & Tribune]

We Love “Deb” Lots And You Should, Too

Could tobacco help prevent the transmission of HIV? Researchers from the University of Louisville are leading an international effort to find out. [WDRB]

House Democrats’ top priority in January could be allowing local governments to temporarily raise taxes to help pay for construction projects, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said last week. [C-J/AKN]

Congressman John Yarmuth wants to put pressure on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. [WHAS11]

With a spate of botched executions across the country this year looming over their discussion, Kentucky lawmakers are revisiting some fundamental questions about the death penalty, including whether the state should keep it on the books. [H-L]

It’s borderline shameful that the teevee folks don’t see fit to identify the ridiculous judge in this scandalous immigration/modern day slavery story. [WLKY]

Want to read the most scandalous Louisville Metro Animal Services story yet? Have at it. The worst in eight years of our LMAS coverage. Everyone from Greg Fischer on down are to blame and should be prosecuted. [The ‘Ville Voice]

An arrest made by the U.S. Marshals Task Force Monday afternoon may not be related to a recent string of fast food robberies despite earlier indications. [WAVE3]

Here’s a peek at someone involved in the next LMAS scandal. [Ruh Ro]

Jennifer “Deb” Carpenter is pretty dang cool and Louisville should be proud of her. Also, DEXTER! [WFPL]

No one on the Supreme Court objected publicly when the justices voted to let Arizona proceed with the execution of Joseph Wood, who unsuccessfully sought information about the drugs that would be used to kill him. [HuffPo]

Just as Yum! Brands Inc. was seeing a rebound in China sales, the most recent meat supply scandal is having a “significant, negative impact” on the company’s performance in the Asian nation. [Business First]

The Indiana Department of Transportation gave the Clark County Commissioners a pleasant surprise last week. [News & Tribune]