If Louisville’s PubTrans Is Good, What’s Bad?

For decades, it’s been an oasis of agricultural land at the intersection of Interstate 64 and the Watterson Expressway. But the family trusts that control Oxmoor Farm appear to be reviving long-delayed plans to develop what is perhaps the most desirable acreage in Louisville. [WDRB]

Didn’t we ridicule this back before it kicked off? Over pounding music, the local reality TV show “Deadbeat” promises that “those who don’t pay up will be locked up.” [C-J/AKN]

If you don’t hate the gays, the close cases at the Southern Baptist Compound don’t want to play Barbies with you. [WHAS11]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes declined Wednesday to say whether she will pull a television ad that three left-leaning, pro-immigration reform groups condemned Tuesday as “offensive” and “hurtful.” [Sam Youngman]

This riverboat thing is apparently a big deal. So say all the teevee people. [WLKY]

People are changing Earth so much, warming and polluting it, that many scientists are turning to a new way to describe the time we live in. They’re calling it the Anthropocene — the age of humans. [HuffPo]

Grimes implies that she’s barred from saying who she voted for, and the Constitution includes no prohibition on that. [WAVE3]

Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets. [Reuters]

Louisville workers using public transit have “better than average” accessibility to their jobs compared to other large metropolitan areas, according to a researcher involved in a recent study. [WFPL]

Louisville’s disaster of a mayor spends his days lying on the radio. The man will be called on something, his claims will be debunked and then he’ll show up on the radio the next day spewing what he knows is false. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has ordered Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs to hold mediated discussions in their dispute over September racing dates for next year. [Business First]

Basically, everybody in Southern Indiana thinks they’re gonna get the Ebola. Two patients in the United States with confirmed cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever were both hundreds of miles away from the region, but health officials in Clark and Floyd counties said they’re still taking measures to prepare locally. [News & Tribune]

Sure, We Want Our Drinking Water At More Risk

Long before you could “kick the sky” at Kentucky Kingdom or get soaked at Holiday World’s Splashin’ Safari, there was a first of its kind amusement park opening in Kentuckiana. It was called Rose Island– even though it was actually a peninsula. [WDRB]

Let’s watch another Courier-Journal reporter roll over for whatever Chris Poynter has to throw his way. [C-J/AKN]

I can’t put it into words, something like that I can’t explain it’s a lot of hurt and grief,” said Ronald Etheridge last night at a vigil held for his deceased son, Raymond Etheridge. “He was a wonderful kid.” [WHAS11]

What the heck is with people stealing from those who can least afford it? The former executive director of a Huntington-based regional food bank has been sentenced to prison for stealing more than $32,000 from the pantry for the poor. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! More than 3,000 people turned out for the Down Syndome of Louisville Run-Walk at Waterfront Park. [WLKY]

For the third time in recent years, the Supreme Court will consider taking away a powerful legal tactic the Obama administration and others have used to combat housing discrimination. [HuffPo]

A mother is stricken with grief over the death of her 12-year-old son who was murdered in Cherokee Park. [WAVE3]

The Obama administration is preparing to issue a rule setting a single standard for proving violations of the Fair Housing Act — just as the Supreme Court signals it may take up a challenge to the measure. [ProPublica]

What could the West Virginia plan to frack under the Ohio River mean for Kentucky? A whole lot of awful is what it means. Even more poisonous drinking water and absolutely certain contamination. Have you ever been to WV or paid attention to that state for the past decade? Everything it touches is a disaster. [WFPL]

Boston’s storied horse track, and a way of life, enter the final stretch. Since high school, Lorita Lindemann has lived to the rhythm of horse racing – rising before dawn to tend her thoroughbred charges, cheering as they thunder down the track and working into the night to prepare them to compete again. [Reuters]

Jefferson County Board of Education members I interviewed on Friday said they were encouraged by the district’s performance on the 2013-14 Kentucky Department of Education report card, which measures individual educational standings for schools and districts across the state. [Business First]

Terri Collins dropped off her kids and their friends at Bicknell Park before everything started. There was a lot she had left to do: Her husband needed something to eat before he headed to his third-shift job, she had to pick up candles and rush back. [News & Tribune]

Another Puppies & Rainbows Possibility City Day!

If you missed it, Greg Fischer’s Louisville Metro Animal Services scandal just got a lot worse. [Last Night]

Cavers discover miles of passageways leading to a whole new river system under southern Indiana and they say it could lead to much more. [WDRB]

Electrolux is buying the Louisville-based appliance business from General Electric for $3.3 billion, the companies announced early Monday. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another bike accident. Police are investigating a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian in downtown Louisville Sunday. [WHAS11]

The future of the Thoroughbred industry stares out from just beyond the fence lines. [H-L]

It’s news like this that makes meemaw and poppop freak out while watching the teevee. [WLKY]

Despite a Great Recession-fueled expansion in food stamp rolls, the percentage of Americans mistakenly receiving too much or too little under the program is at an all-time low. [HuffPo]

Frustration over the shooting death of a baby girl spills onto Chestnut Street. Red and white t-shirts were handed out bearing Ne’ Riah’s name. The baby’s mother, Cierra Miller made her first public appearance since the tragedy. She joined the march in a wheelchair, still recovering from her gunshot wounds. [WAVE3]

“Active shooter” drills have become the norm in many school districts and downtown office buildings; in many schools, such drills are now mandated by the state. But it turns out that bringing SWAT teams into buildings to simulate an active shooter situation doesn’t always make people feel safer. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, such simulations have seriously traumatized and occasionally injured people, sparking a wave of lawsuits. [Mother Jones]

Metro Council Democrats introduced a minimum wage bill yesterday. Co-sponsored by Cheri Bryant Hamilton, David James, Barbara Shanklin and Attica Scott, the proposed ordinance would raise hourly wages to $10.10. [WFPL & Press Releases]

Here’s a photo from the press conference:


Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes. [WaPo]

Louisville-based nursing home operator Signature Healthcare LLC plans to step up its political activities. [Business First]

When former Clark County Recorder Dick Jones penned his resignation letter in August, he asked that his first deputy, Jane White, serve out the last four months of his term. On Thursday, the Clark County Democratic Party respected Jones’ wishes, voting unanimously via voice vote at a party caucus in the courtroom of Circuit Court No. 3 to put White in charge. [News & Tribune]

When Will The Killing Stop In Possibility City?

Louisville is being recognized for its efforts to get more businesses connected to the Internet. [WDRB]

A Metropolitan Sewer District investment program that had been sharply criticized by the state auditor in late 2011 has been found by the U.S. Treasury Department to have violated federal regulations. [C-J/AKN]

The coroner said marijuana, heroin, amphetamine and Xanax was found in Cogswell’s system. She said Cogswell died from an accidental overdose. [WHAS11]

Keeneland’s new dirt track is open and ready for training. [H-L]

Police continue to look for the people responsible for a shooting that killed a 1-year-old girl and sent her mother to the hospital. [WLKY]

In a local radio interview Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gave a frank response when asked why he thinks his re-election race against Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is so competitive. [HuffPo]

Leftover Ironman sports drinks, supplements and snacks are supposed to go to charity. Instead cases of non-perishables ended up tossed in the trash. However, the discarded leftovers finally ended up in the right hands. [WAVE3]

A fault on Time Warner Cable’s network left its 11.4 million broadband internet subscribers without a connection. [BBC]

Impropriety and shenanigans at Louisville Water Company? Surely not! Surely this isn’t even more borderline corrupt behavior from Greg Fischer’s team. (Yes, it’s Fischer’s team of people, let’s not pretend otherwise) [Kristina Goetz]

The FCC has announced that TWC must pay a $1.1 million penalty for failing to report a number of network outages to the Commission. [Consumerist]

An event in September will bring entrepreneurs and Norton Healthcare Inc. senior leaders together to discuss innovation. [Business First]

Scaled back but more expensive marina plans for Jeffersonville are in the works, with hope for future growth as one of the unwritten specifications. [News & Tribune]

More “Compassionate City” Bullshit Floats To Top

Right now there is only an old run down tobacco barn on the site in rural eastern Shelby County. [WDRB]

Want a load of bullshit to start your morning? Here’s some compassionate city nonsense, written by a PR lady, pushed by her law firm bosses. It’s absurd and offensive, sadly. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Metro Public Works will present a report to the Metro Council Thursday evening about the new bike lanes. [WHAS11]

“Does the $11K the campaign paid for the bus include fuel costs?” the Herald-Leader asked Norton in an email Tuesday night. “The driver and bus rental are included in the fee we pay; fuel is additional,” Norton responded. But Politico wrote Thursday morning that Norton’s answer to the Herald-Leader “directly contradicts what they told Politico in an Aug. 8 email and what Federal Election Commission reports show.” [Sam Youngman]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Kentucky State Fair is also world stage for the World Championship Horse Show, one of the biggest horse shows on earth. [WLKY]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to weigh in on the issue of man-made climate change in a recent interview, giving it a wide berth ahead of his re-election battle in November. [HuffPo]

A mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service is facing charges that he stole drugs from packages being mailed from a hospital to the homes of patients. [WAVE3]

Former governor Martha Layne Collins addressed the Women’s Network of Madison County on Tuesday night in a packed community room at Central Bank in Richmond. [Richmond Register]

State law makes it possible for students to have an excused absence as early as the second day of the school year to attend the Kentucky State Fair. [WFPL]

Most attention Thursday at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast at the state fair was on ham and the U.S. Senate race. But two of the three announced candidates for governor in 2015 — Republicans Hal Heiner and James Comer — were on hand busy shaking hands. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Louisville Metro Council Budget Committee voted unanimously, 10-0,Thursday to extend an agreement with Cordish Cos. through Dec. 31 to develop the downtown property located on the block bounded by Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Liberty, Second and Third streets. [Business First]

Above the doorway from the office to the garage at Grider’s Automotive in Jeffersonville hangs a map of the United States. It’s yellowed around the edges, and duct tape keeps the lower corners affixed to the wall. [News & Tribune]

What, You Thought That Lawsuit Would Succeed?

An appeals court has upheld a federal judge’s ruling that dismissed a lawsuit over the Ohio River Bridges Project. [WDRB]

An 18-year veteran corrections officer was indicted this week on allegations that he clocked in at the city jail, but worked an off-duty detail instead. [C-J/AKN]

Really, enough with the charter schools nonsense. [WHAS11]

In the past, Beaumont Middle School teacher Laura Roche Youngworth said she has mainly been evaluated by a supervisor observing her classroom. [H-L]

WARNING: RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police continue to investigate a drive-by shooting in southern Indiana that sent three people to the hospital. [WLKY]

For much of the summer, President Barack Obama had watched with alarm as a brutal, al-Qaida-linked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn’t until Thursday, when Obama learned that genocide could be imminent, that the president decided the U.S. military had to act. [HuffPo]

Parents looking for information about school bus pick-up and drop-off times can now call a hotline to get their questions answered. [WAVE3]

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell got personal on Friday while calling a report inaccurate concerning his wife’s role as a board member in an organization that funds anti-coal efforts. [Ashland Independent]

The Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday unanimously chose two concepts—the Catalpa School and the Louisville Reach Academy—as the winners of the School of Innovation competition. [WFPL]

Robert Beck was designated chairman of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission by Steve Beshear. [External PDF Link]

Papa John’s International Inc. might be a household name in the United States, but it isn’t one in China — yet. [Business First]

Many officials are reserving comment on the excise funds owed to various Floyd County taxing units until an exact figure is announced. [News & Tribune]

Hardcore Porno Gay Causing KY Kingdom Drama

JCPS spends $780,000 for Summer Boost program helping 500 students. Some JCPS students are back in class, improving their reading skills as part of a special endeavor called the Summer Boost program, in which teachers are reading with students, both in groups and one-on-one. [WDRB]

University of Louisville President James Ramsey is for the first time publicly acknowledging that the school’s 16-month-old alliance with the financially-struggling hospital giant KentuckyOne Health “has had its challenges.” [C-J/AKN]

The popular Big Four Pedestrian Bridge will soon get $2 million in dancing lighting. [WHAS11]

Being the first major yearling sale of the Thoroughbred auction season often brings a unique set of challenges to the Fasig-Tipton July auction, particularly due to the timing. [H-L]

A Jan. 12 trial date is now set for a former Louisville police detective accused of shooting an unarmed man. [WLKY]

“As a father of twins and a diplomat, I usually avoid the word favourite,” says Matthew Barzun. “But you’re about to hear my favourite band.” The 43-year-old United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom is standing on a makeshift stage in the entrance hall of Winfield House, the neo-Georgian mansion set in 12.5 acres in London’s Regent’s Park, which since 1955 has been the official residence of whoever holds that title. [The Independent]

If you’re looking for beer or liquor on Sunday, you can find it in restaurants in Shepherdsville, Mount Washington and Hillview, but nowhere else in Bullitt County. [WAVE3]

If you missed it on Page One yesterday, you’ll probably want to read all about the latest scandal in the instant racing case. [Page One]

A gay Louisville man claims a Metro Police officer discriminated against him because of his sexual orientation and used a homophobic slur during a visit last week to Kentucky Kingdom. Spoiler alert: Jessie Colter is a hardcore gay porn actor out for attention. But Ed Hart clearly needs to work through these growing pains by finding competent PR folks. [WFPL]

Wondering just how disgusting the guy is when he’s not promoting unsafe sex in his “work”? Feel free to check out this NSFW excerpt from his Twitter feed. [Click the Ruh Ro Clicky]

John Yarmuth wrote an op-od about government playing a vital role in reducing poverty. [Real Clear Politics]

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Construction Financial Management Association’s Kentuckiana Chapter, members were treated to a boat tour of Louisville’s Ohio River Bridges Project. [Business First]

After a day of digging holes about a couple feet deep, members of the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society finally struck gold — or glass, that is. [News & Tribune]