Clark County Schools Seem A Hot Mess

Busing kids in Clark County may have just hit a pothole. [WDRB]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Five intersections have been identified as the most dangerous locations for pedestrians to cross, according to a five-year study by city officials. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Now Jim Ramsey wants to meet one-on-one with University of Louisville trustees. [WHAS11]

Another bad week for Damon Thayer… Matt Bevin cannot remove members of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission but must allow them to serve out defined terms, according to an opinion released Monday by Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Off-duty police officers will be walking the streets in Old Louisville. It’s part of an initiative to cut down on crime in the area. [WLKY]

There’s a presidential candidate being compared to Adolf Hitler — and odds are, it’s not the one you’re thinking of. Disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker recently equated the support Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders is getting from America’s youth to support for Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany. [HuffPo]

“I-STEP is just another standardized test that doesn’t do anything but give kids anxiety,” Leslie Rayborn, mother of a Clarksville Elementary School student, said. “It doesn’t measure their true potential.” [WAVE3]

Some Republican state senators spent a long weekend back and forth between family and working on their version of a two-year state budget. [Ronnie Ellis]

Oldham County has the state’s best health outcomes, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. [WFPL]

Republican leaders adamantly opposed to Donald J. Trump’s candidacy are preparing a 100-day campaign to deny him the presidential nomination, starting with an aggressive battle in Wisconsin’s April 5 primary and extending into the summer, with a delegate-by-delegate lobbying effort that would cast Mr. Trump as a calamitous choice for the general election. [NY Times]

Another day, another hurdle for the merger of Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. There are a number of people scrutinizing the deal and its possible impact on competition among health insurers, but antitrust regulators said this week that they’ll pay especially close attention. [Business First]

Floyd County employees hoping to soon vote for union representation will have to wait a little longer, that is if the commissioners give them the opportunity to vote at all. [News & Tribune]

Compassionate City Got More Deadly

One person was killed and another person was injured in two separate shootings Saturday evening. [WDRB]

Surprise! A corrupt labor organization (any labor group defending flipping AT&T is not acting on behalf of its membership, period) is butthurt that there might be real competition in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville Metro Police Department confirmed they are investigating the death of a 5-month-old. [WHAS11]

Janet Patton always brings it when it comes to reporting facts that Damon Thayer hates. The Kentucky Horse Park is “making good progress,” state Tourism, Parks and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson said after hearing Wednesday that the park is on track to meet budget projections for the year. [H-L]

Metro police are investigating another homicide. This one occurred in South Louisville just a few blocks west of Wyandotte Park. [WLKY]

Half of America believes Donald Trump’s campaign exhibits fascist overtones, with only 30 percent disagreeing, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. The sentiment isn’t contained to Democrats, who unsurprisingly are willing to agree with a negative statement about their political rivals. Forty-five percent of independents also say Trump’s campaign has echoes of fascism, as do a full 28 percent of Republicans. [HuffPo]

Two people were shot in the 900 block of Esquire Alley around 6:38 p.m. Saturday evening. [WAVE3]

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for February 2016 stayed at 5.8 percent from a revised 5.8 percent in January 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. [Press Release]

The state House of Representatives approved a bill on Friday that would create a new class of criminal punishment called “acute misdemeanor.” [WFPL]

House Democrats took Republicans and their new governor, Matt Bevin, somewhat by surprise by including a larger up-front contribution to Kentucky’s troubled pension systems than expected in the budget the House passed Wednesday on strict party line votes. [Ronnie Ellis]

Humana Inc.’s top executives could be in for a big payday if they’re still with the company when its pending merger is completed. [Business First]

Sellersburg’s newly elected clerk-treasurer and appointed chief deputy will not have accrued longevity and paid time off reinstated after a five-month break in their employment last year. [News & Tribune]

We’re Officially Pedestrian Death Central

Looks like things aren’t going so well in Bullitt County and special deputies are still a dumb idea. Investigators say a former Bullitt County Special Deputy has ties to a Mexican Cartel. WDRB traveled to the center of drug operations to investigate how authorities caught up with him and the other local men tied to the investigation. [WDRB]

Former mayoral candidate and bike store owner Jackie Green is seeking to undermine Mayor Greg Fischer’s effort to win a $50 million Smart Cities Challenge grant, calling it unrealistic, undemocratic and unambitious. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another pedestrian death in Compassionate Possibility City! [WHAS11]

A legislative committee has bet on a longshot bill to provide tax relief for Kentucky’s horse industry. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A U.S. Postal Service carrier was shot Wednesday morning while on his route in the Chickasaw neighborhood. USPS is offering up to a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter. [WLKY]

The family of Tamir Rice has been told to pay a past-due balance of $500 for life support and ambulance services the 12-year-old received after he was shot and killed by a police officer in 2014. [HuffPo]

Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed two year spending plan provides no money for downtown Louisville’s Waterfront Park. But Waterfront Development Corporation director David Karem is “cautiously optimistic” that House members will include his request for $420,000 per year when they present a revised plan for a vote next month. [WAVE3]

Congressman John Yarmuth doesn’t have an hilarious potential opponent on the Republican side this year. Full of racism, xenophobia and hatred. [Page One]

The Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition will distribute and train people on how to use a medication that reverses the effects of overdoses from heroin and other opioid drugs. [WFPL]

Congressman Hal Rogers and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin made their way to Pine Mountain State Resort Park to host the SOAR Executive Board Meeting on Friday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is looking for a buyer for his mansion in Miami. Asking price: $25.9 million. [Business First]

There’s not much on Michigan Avenue. The two-and-a-half blocks in downtown Jeffersonville are mostly home to concrete and empty buildings. [News & Tribune]

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Been To The Falls? No? JUST GO!

It was not icy roads but a strong odor that people in Southern Indiana were complaining about on Monday morning. Most people say it smelled like propane or natural gas but emergency officials don’t think it’s anything that hazardous. [WDRB]

Standing in front of dozens of Jefferson County Public Schools principals, the district’s chief business officer acknowledged that JCPS has done a “horrible job of communicating” its proposed budget changes that could cut hundreds of thousands of dollars from some schools’ budgets. [C-J/AKN]

An exhibit featuring family photographs of Anne Frank has opened at Louisville Free Public Library and continues through Feb. 27. [WHAS11]

Virginia Kraft Payson’s conviction has won more battles than any list of her achievements can do justice to, whether it documenting outdoor exploits as a journalist for Sports Illustrated or crafting bloodlines as one of Thoroughbred racing’s most noted owner/breeders. [H-L]

Two years ago, WLKY did a story on T.J. Floyd — a young boy who suffers with what’s called an invisible injury. [WLKY]

Solar is the energy employer of the future — or at least that’s how the numbers look today. A new report on the state of the solar industry out Tuesday from the nonprofit Solar Foundation shows that the number of jobs in the United States in the solar industry outpaced those in the oil and gas industries for the first time ever. [HuffPo]

Parents and principals showed up at Monday’s board meeting to express concern for budget allocations that aim to make Jefferson County Public Schools a more equitable school system by shifting funding between schools. [WAVE3]

The EPA’s own advisory board says the agency needs to clarify its findings on fracking. [ThinkProgress]

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee joined the field for the Kentucky Republican presidential caucus before the Thursday deadline, bringing the total of candidates to 11. [WFPL]

Of course Matt Bevin is the butt of national jokes. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has notified U.S. authorities that he plans to dismantle the state’s health insurance exchange created under the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act. [Reuters]

Louisville-based Crossdock Development is at it again in Jeffersonvile’s River Ridge Commerce Center. [Business First]

Holly Kelley and her family were among the first to experience the new interactive exhibits in the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center at its reopening Friday. [News & Tribune]

Local Media Mall Freak Out Continues

UofL can’t go a dang week without SOME sort of scandal. And this guy potentially put peoples’ lives at risk. [WDRB]

Really? The mall needs a parental escort policy? Kids have been going to the mall since it opened but people are only now freaking out about it? Get a damn grip, Louisville. Enough with the panic. [C-J/AKN]

Ready for the Christian Taliban (Hal Heiner and his wife, Frank Simon, Jerry Stephens) to take over education in Kentucky? [WHAS11]

In 1970, a female couple filed a lawsuit in Louisville that may have been a precursor of the 2015 Supreme Court decision to strike down the limitations on gay marriage. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A new Fund for the Arts program called Arts for Kosair Kids is giving local children opportunities they wouldn’t normally have. [WLKY]

The National Catholic Reporter has named two of the men at the heart of the Supreme Court’s landmark same-sex marriage case its “persons of the year.” Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon were two of the several dozen plaintiffs in the case Obergefell v. Hodges. In June, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of these couples and legalized marriage equality nationwide. [HuffPo]

An LMPD officer is recovering from injuries at UofL Hospital following a crash while on duty early Tuesday morning. [WAVE3]

For the poor in the Deep South’s cities, simply applying for a job exposes the barriers of a particularly pervasive and isolating form of poverty. [WaPo]

“We’re afraid that with the implementation of a plan like the Indiana plan, we will see a reduction in the number of those who have Medicaid coverage and an increase in the number of uninsured and an increase in the uncompensated care that we provide,” Wagner said. [WFPL]

The Kentucky attorney general’s office has issued an opinion stating that the state racing commission cannot delegate rule-making authority to private companies like racetracks, putting in jeopardy a plan by Keeneland to write races in which the race-day administration of the regulated medication Lasix would be prohibited. The Kentucky attorney general, Jack Conway, is the son of a racing commissioner, Thomas Conway, who has supported race-day Lasix use. Jack Conway is leaving office in January, to be replaced by Andy Beshear, the son of Steve Beshear, who said in a recent speech that he supports restrictions on medication use. [DRF]

Oh, look, now Business Fart is getting in on the Mall St. Matthews hype! It’s like WDRB’s print counterpart. [Business First]

After months of waiting, Floyd County officials received information they requested regarding finances of the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter. [News & Tribune]

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Yay! Some Positive West End News!

Papaw Beshear responds to questions of cronyism protecting owners of failing sewage companies. The owner of a failing sewer company who polluted public water and then left the mess is trying to do it again, and now new communities are scrambling for a fix. [WDRB]

AT&T said Monday that it plans to offer ultra-fast gigabit Internet speeds to customers in the Louisville area, perhaps as early as in a year or so. Holding your breath? [C-J/AKN]

On Monday, Dec. 7, Judge Olu Stevens returned to the bench for the first time since Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine filed a motion to remove Stevens from all criminal cases. [WHAS11]

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed his wife to an unpaid position on the Kentucky Horse Park Commission in one of his final acts as governor. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The balance of power could shift in Jeffersonville after some challenges to this year’s elections results. [WLKY]

The Sierra Club on Wednesday released a report on the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, concluding that the landmark trade deal would be a significant setback in efforts to combat climate change and protect the environment. [HuffPo]

The J.B. Speed School of Engineering and the West End School are working together. On Monday, the two announced a special partnership for students and cut the ribbon on a new space called a maker space. [WAVE3]

When Republicans like Andy Barr try to tell you they’re for the people? Remember that they’re full of shit. House Republicans are hoping a back door legislative maneuver will successfully block the Federal Communications Commission from enforcing Net Neutrality and regulating or banning data caps. [Stop the Cap!]

Maurice Mousty doesn’t have to look far to see his neighborhood changing. In the 50 years since he settled in to his modest home on West Maple Street in Jeffersonville, many of the familiar families have moved on. [WFPL]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge by gun rights activists to a Chicago suburb’s ordinance banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, handing a victory to gun control advocates amid a fierce debate over the nation’s firearms laws. [Reuters]

Just a few weeks after the River Ridge Development Authority’s board of directors authorized a negotiation that could bring a 1.5 million-square-foot warehouse to Jeffersonville, the board announced Monday it is pursuing another mega deal. [Business First]

The universe got a little bit bigger, not necessarily because of him, but his discoveries helped scientists realize that space is always expanding. At least for a while, he taught at New Albany High School. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS-LMPD Mess Blown Outta Proportion

Time Warner constantly sucks and constantly gets to take more of your money with little to no competition. [WDRB]

PEE ALERT! Louisville has a top-25 basketball team with a high ceiling, but the Cardinals aren’t ranked yet this season because of ongoing investigations into a book making major allegations against the program, coach Rick Pitino said. [C-J/AKN]

Supporters of Jefferson Circuit Judge Olu Stevens met with Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine on Monday afternoon, Nov. 30, urging him to withdraw his request to remove Stevens from criminal court cases. [WHAS11]

Before Gov. Steve Beshear leaves office and Gov.-elect Matt Bevin can reconstitute the racing commission, the regulatory body will take up some key business on Tuesday: a request for a gambling parlor at Turfway Park in Florence and Keeneland’s plan to open a quarter horse track and gambling parlor in Corbin. [H-L]

The Louisville Metro Police Department chief is reminding Jefferson County Public Schools exactly what officers can and cannot do when it comes to safety and security at schools. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama spoke out on Planned Parenthood following what appears to be a politically motivated shooting at one of the health care provider’s clinics in Colorado last week that left three people dead and nine others injured. [HuffPo]

After more than three months of meetings with local officials and community leaders, Clark County’s health officer, Dr. Kevin Burke, is gearing up to formally petition the state to set up the exchange program. [WAVE3]

One of the most prominent stains on the reputation of the much-mythologized Reagan administration was its response, or lack of response, to the AIDS crisis as it began to ravage American cities in the early and mid-1980s. President Reagan famously (though, not famously enough) didn’t himself publicly mention AIDS until 1985, when more than 5,000 people, most of them gay men, had already been killed by the disease. Filmmaker Scott Calonico’s new documentary short, When AIDS Was Funny, exclusively debuting on VF.com, shows how the Reagan administration reacted to the mounting problem in chilling fashion. Not even Reagan’s appointed mouthpiece, notorious press secretary Larry Speakes, had much to say about the crisis beyond derisive laughter. [Vanity Fair]

The future of Louisville’s bicycling infrastructure will be the topic of discussion at a pair of public meetings set for this week. [WFPL]

President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the United States has power to do more to prevent gun homicides like last week’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. [Reuters]

Louisville-based Hillsdale Furniture LLC has based its distribution operations in Bullitt County since 2008, but those services are returning home. [Business First]

Officials are looking at ways to make the Clark County Government Building more secure. [News & Tribune]