After 4 Years, UofL Health Drama Ends!

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KentuckyOne Health will relinquish control of University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Cancer Center, ending what was supposed to be a decades-long arrangement with the University of Louisville after only four years. [WDRB]

The Bevin administration is taking steps to make it harder for the public – and the state’s own regulatory agencies – to ensure utilities properly manage the mountains of toxic ash and scrubber sludge that their coal-fired power plants produce in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Tolling will begin for three Ohio River bridges on Dec. 30. Bridge officials recommend Kentuckiana drivers register for transponders by the end of the week. [WHAS11]

It’s fun watching Matt Bevin backtrack on transgender restroom legislation. [H-L]

Complaints against Louisville Metro police officers are down this year, and the department credits body cameras for helping make that happen. [WLKY]

Donald Trump is calling “fake news” on CNN’s report that he is staying on as the executive producer of “The New Celebrity Apprentice” — even though the creator of the series confirmed the information and Trump’s own spokeswoman suggested he would stay. [HuffPo]

Louisville Metro police are investigating after one person was shot in the Parkland neighborhood. [WAVE3]

So of course Frankfort will continue to cut funding. An outside panel has concluded that Kentucky’s social service system is “grossly underfunded” as the state’s child protection system struggles with the large number of children whose parents are abusing drugs. [AP/State Journal]

A Louisville Metro Council committee is giving Mayor Greg Fischer the authority to negotiate a new agreement with the body that manages the KFC Yum Center. [WFPL]

Religious minorities in the United States are far more likely to have attended college or a vocational school than members of the Christian majority, according to a review of census and survey data from 151 countries released on Tuesday that found wide gaps in education among followers of the world’s major religions. [NY Times]

Distillers are working feverishly to balance the high demand for tours with an intimate visitor experience. [Business First]

President-elect Donald Trump’s repeated threats to kill the Affordable Care Act have unnerved healthcare advocates such as Susan Jo Thomas. [News & Tribune]

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Really? Move The VA To The West End?

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The East End Bridge is not just for cars and trucks. It’s made with bicycles in mind, too. There is a multi-use path on one side of the long-anticipated bridge. [WDRB]

If Aetna and Humana eventually are permitted to consummate a $37 billion sale deal, their lawyers must convince a federal judge that the companies’ plans to shed health insurance business in several states will keep competition alive. [C-J/AKN]

Here’s some actual press release stenography. Louisville is receiving a $29.5 million implementation grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Initiative program. [WHAS11]

What will Donald Trump’s presidency mean for Thoroughbred racing? After all, Kentucky’s horse industry could never get out of the starting gate without the immigrants he demagogued as “criminals” and “rapists” during the campaign. [Tom Eblen]

Police are investigating a shooting on the 400 block of South 10th Street. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump distinguished himself on the campaign trail as the rare Republican candidate promising not to cut Social Security and Medicare. [HuffPo]

Plans to build a new veterans hospital in West Louisville continues to get support from around the community. [WAVE3]

American intelligence agencies have concluded with “high confidence” that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump, according to senior administration officials. [NY Times]

A Louisville Metro Council committee will spend Tuesday afternoon discussing how to spend the city’s projected budget surplus. [WFPL]

The dangerous myth that Hillary Clinton ignored the working class. To many white Trump voters, the problem wasn’t her economic stance, but the larger vision—a multi-ethnic social democracy—that it was a part of. [The Atlantic]

A 16-acre business park spread across five buildings on River Road has sold to a partnership between Louisville-based The Hocker Group LLC and Hollenbach-Oakley LLC. [Business First]

Health officials in Indiana say the bull that tested positive for Anthrax last week is not a threat to public safety, nor has it entered the food supply. [News & Tribune]

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Another Disastrous Week For UofL

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Let’s all roll our eyes at this non-story about Jefferson County Public Schools. Way to continually hype up what is typically nonsense. Jefferson County Public Schools has fired a teacher for using sick leave while she went on a cruise in October. [WDRB]

One year after the University of Louisville placed two top administrators on leave with pay after the disclosure they were under investigation by the FBI, the university has paid them more than $1 million — enough to pay in-state tuition for about 90 students. [C-J/AKNs]

On Thursday Bernheim Forest completed the purchase of 162 acres from a longtime Bullitt County farmer and businessman as part of a forest expansion [WHAS11]

A bill to keep the government funded through the end of April does not include a provision that would have made it easier for the horse racing industry to hire foreign guest workers who groom horses and perform other jobs. [H-L]

A new Louisville Metro Police Department unit, aimed at improving community relationships, was formed last month. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama opened up about racism he faced throughout his presidency in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Here’s even more terrible coverage about charter schools. You’ll never see a legitimate deep-dive from local television folks. [WAVE3]

Gen. Michael Hayden, a former head of the NSA and CIA, says he’s worried about Donald Trump’s understanding of cybersecurity. [The Hill]

As Republicans assume a new majority in the upcoming legislative session, the Louisville-area chamber of commerce wants the Kentucky General Assembly to pass legislation long stymied by Democrats. [WFPL]

The Supreme Court was something of an under-the-radar issue in the 2016 campaign, extremely important to some groups (especially white evangelicals), but not discussed all that much on a national level. But now that Donald Trump has been elected, and with the success of the GOP’s only-Republican-presidents-are-allowed-to-fill-vacancies strategy, it will be of tremendous importance to the country’s future. [WaPo]

The Kentucky Court of Appeals ordered Porter Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: PBIB) the Louisville-based parent company of PBI Bank, to pay more than $10 million to Signature Point Condominiums LLC, Signature Point Apartments LLC and Signature Point KTC. [Business First]

As Carrier employees in Indianapolis learned the jobs they thought were lost to Mexico were actually saved, employees at the Manitowoc Beverage Services Inc. plant in Sellersburg speculated that President-elect Donald Trump might keep theirs in the United States, too. [News & Tribune]

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]

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]

Maybe Don’t Ignore Frankfort Republicans

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Guess we can look forward to months and months of breathless regurgitation from this station’s education reporter on the charter schools front, right? Hopefully WDRB won’t rely on its teabagger staffers to assign stories so the public will get some actual deep-dives on what charters could mean for Jefferson County Public Schools. [WDRB]

Gunmen exchanged about 20 shots at an annual Thanksgiving Day football event, thrusting Louisville past its homicide record and into the national spotlight. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Of course the report was buried in a release the day before Thanksgiving – that’s how Greg Fischer STILL allows his staff to operate. A Metro Councilwoman criticized the timing of a report showing a multiple Louisville agencies failed to communicate with each other leading to the deadly South 28th Street building collapse. [WHAS11]

Like many students, Tyler Allen spent his college days enthusiastically experimenting with alcohol. Only for Allen, it turned into a habit that was more than recreational. [H-L]

Sucks that the guy got killed but can you imagine how much could be accomplished in Kentucky if we weren’t wasting time on constantly renaming roads, bridges and buildings? [WLKY]

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee on Monday asked the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), to look into President-elect Donald Trump’s financial entanglements and make sure he’s not breaking the law. [HuffPo]

Homicide detectives with the Louisville Metro Police Department are investigating the death of a man found shot Monday morning. [WAVE3]

The Republican Party long insisted that the troubles of the inner city were cultural—but rather than apply the same logic to struggling blue-collar communities, Trump blamed their problems on external forces. [The Atlantic]

A state senator is planning to once again propose a bill during the upcoming legislative session that he says will protect religious freedoms. The bill would nullify local “fairness” ordinances across the state that protect Kentuckians from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Imagine how different things could be if Chris Hartman were permitted by the Fairness board over the past seven or eight years, as I have pushed, to spend time with these extremists trying to educate them. Kentucky would be in a much better spot than it is today. [WFPL]

You don’t get a pat on the back for ratcheting down from rabid after exploiting that very radicalism to your advantage. Unrepentant opportunism belies a staggering lack of character and caring that can’t simply be vanquished from memory. [NY Times]

Kroger Co. rates among the retailers doing the least to cut out the use of toxic chemicals, according to a new study completed by a group that aims to protect families from harmful chemicals. [Business First]

In the interest of preventing stagnation in downtown Jeffersonville, the city council approved a new zoning district that in part raises the maximum residential building height to 100 feet. [News & Tribune]

Your Tea Governor Is Ruining Everything

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Kentucky State Police have kicked off the fourth annual “Cram the Cruiser” food drive in Hickory, Ky. [WDRB]

In a stinging rebuke that may undermine Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad’s ability to lead, the local FOP has told Mayor Greg Fischer that confidence in the chief is “at an all-time low.” [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! 2,041 – That’s the number of people killed in DUI car crashes in Kentucky from 2003 to 2012. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s dentists and optometrists asked Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration not to remove dental and vision coverage from basic Medicaid benefits. Visits to the dentist and eye doctor are often the first step in identifying more serious health conditions, including diabetes, they say. [H-L]

A man was shot and killed in the Park Hill neighborhood Friday within hours of winning the lottery. Leroy LeSean Williams, known to family as Sean, died at the scene. [WLKY]

Exactly a week after winning the presidential election, Donald Trump took time out to meet with Indian business partners and his three eldest children at Trump Tower in Manhattan. [HuffPo]

Three open concept Greater Clark County schools will be enclosed. [WAVE3]

The attacks may have seemed like just a fleeting, perverse twist on RINO (“Republican in name only”), but in fact they were something far more ominous—the stirrings of a loosely knit extremist movement soon more widely known as the “alt-right.” [Mother Jones]

The number of emergency room visits in Kentucky hasn’t gone up much since Medicaid expanded or people started getting coverage on the individual market. That’s according to a new report from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. [WFPL]

By the time Richard B. Spencer, the leading ideologue of the alt-right movement and the final speaker of the night, rose to address a gathering of his followers on Saturday, the crowd was restless. [NY Times]

Jason Rittenberry has been on the job as Kentucky State Fair Board CEO for only eight days, but he has a clear vision of ways to improve the status of the organization, which manages the Kentucky Exposition Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

Four decades of discussion, three and a half years of construction and more than a billion dollars. [News & Tribune]