Your Morning Dept Of Awful Extremes

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Louisville is launching a new plan of attack against the city’s deadly heroin epidemic. [WDRB]

A “big, big change” is proposed for the busy St. Matthews-Eline library branch at City Hall and also for the rest of the building – the former Greathouse Elementary School – under a planned $4.5 million renovation and expansion project that could get started early next year. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! This accounted for SEVEN (7) of the top stories for this station yesterday. Literally – seven. One lane of Shelby and East Broadway is expected to be shut down for a week due to a crash causing a partial building collapse. [WHAS11]

The number of homemade methamphetamine labs found in Kentucky has dropped sharply in the past few years as drug abusers switched to imported meth, reducing the danger and cleanup costs associated with the small labs. [H-L]

The Louisville attorneys representing three people in a lawsuit stemming from a Donald Trump campaign rally want to depose the president-elect before he’s sworn into office. Dan Canon is one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs suing Trump and others. He said Trump incited violence at his rally in Louisville back in March. [WLKY]

Donald Trump promised during his campaign to bring back mining jobs to struggling workers in coal country. Now the president-elect has tapped for commerce secretary a Manhattan billionaire who owned a West Virginia coal mine where 12 workers died in 2006. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The review of Louisville Metro’s fiscal year budget brings some possible good news to the Louisville Metro Police Department. [WAVE3]

Mitch McConnell (R-Granny), whose wife Elaine Chao is Trump’s pick for transportation secretary, was asked if he plans to recuse himself from her Senate confirmation process. McConnell’s answer? In a word: no. [WaPo]

Work still has yet to begin on cleaning up a contaminated industrial site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood. [WFPL]

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition-team adviser on financial policies and appointments, Paul Atkins, has been depicted as an ideological advocate of small government. But the ways that the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans are likely to approach financial deregulation could serve Atkins’ wallet as well as his political agenda. [ProPublica]

It’s like Coopers’ Craft bourbon, but it’s in pie form. [Business First]

Lauren Powell said she and her husband have had plans of starting a livestock farm with pigs and other animals on their 14-acre property near Russiaville. But a pet pig? That was never on their radar. [News & Tribune]

Your Morning Dept Of Local TV Hype

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A proposal is being discussed that would open up positions within JCPS to felons not convicted of violent or sexual crimes. [WDRB]

When a car rolled through the Smoketown area Aug. 24 peppering a street full of teens and young men with bullets, it wasn’t a surprise. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Okay. We get that these folks have been killed. But the local teevee obsession with it is out-of-control. Why is this worthy of a news story while there are literally hungry JCPS kids everywhere? What about examining what’s going on in Frankfort? Or maybe even focusing on the local school system? [WHAS11]

For the past few months, Kentucky’s university presidents and policy makers have tried to create a way to tie some of their state funding to outcomes like higher graduation rates and more degrees in science and technology. [H-L]

When it comes to people living in poverty, a new report shows Louisville ranking among the worst. You already knew this because it hasn’t changed in your lifetime. [WLKY]

With less than two months before he has to vacate the White House, handing over the keys to a successor who has vowed to open more federal lands and waters to drilling and mining, President Barack Obama is making a last-ditch effort to save swathes of public land. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Surprise! Local teevee folks are breathlessly covering fires in Tennessee. Never mind covering their own state. [WAVE3]

Views about race mattered more in electing Trump than in electing Obama. Support for Trump was more tightly linked to racial resentment than support for John McCain and Mitt Romney in 2008 and 2012, respectively — even after controlling for party and ideology. Sorry, Adam Edelen, your bullshit talking point about economics is dead in the water. [WaPo]

Really want to stop the rise of white supremacy, Democrats? Start by drowning out alleged progressive, white Democrats like Adam Edelen when they spew out nonsense. [WFPL]

Kentucky has the 13th highest rate of incarceration in the world, imprisoning people nearly 1.35 times the rate of Turkmenistan — the highest rated country outside of the United States — and the Commonwealth’s rate is above the national average, according to a report released this year by the non-profit group Prison Policy Initiative. [Richmond Register]

The Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative — powered by a $100 million statewide bond issue approved earlier this year by the Kentucky General Assembly to deal with the state’s worker shortage — has its first round of finalists in place. [Business First]

An upcoming project for the Howard Steamboat Museum in Jeffersonville is expected to bring in more revenue for the museum and offer a culturally historic venue for the community. [News & Tribune]

The Hargens Mess: Still Happening

Principals at 20 schools in Jefferson County have signed up to be part of a strategic budgeting pilot program for the 2017-18 year — but the process by which the district became involved with the Boston-based consulting company was questioned by one school board member at a Tuesday night meeting. [WDRB]

In more than three decades of practicing medicine, Dr. Barbara Casper said she has never witnessed a better time than the present for the patients she treats at the University of Louisville medical school clinic. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It is the ultimate meet and greet. The Americana Community Center, with open arms, embracing the diverse families who live nearby. [WHAS11]

Of all the lies politicians have told struggling Eastern Kentuckians over the years, few are more cruel than the “war on coal” myth. [Tom Eblen]

As the homicide count continues to rise, police are working to cut down on violent crime. One community activist said unemployment and crime go hand in hand, and he’s trying to do something about that. [WLKY]

An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! For more than two years, the Louisville Metro Police Department has actively monitored millions of social media posts throughout Metro Louisville. [WAVE3]

President-elect Donald Trump won over millions of Americans with promises of change and even some controversial proposals. Now, Trump will be under pressure over the next four years to follow through on many of the promises he’s made since his June 2015 entry into the race — especially in the first 100 days of his administration. [The Hill]

Mitch McConnell said he’s not concerned about the protests across the country that were sparked by the election of Donald Trump as the next president. [WFPL]

While Wells Fargo was creating millions of fraudulent bank accounts to collect falsified fees and boost its sales, another financial firm was creating a checking account with zero mandatory fees (including ATM fees) and a rarely seen 1.00% interest rate. [ThinkProgress]

How Trump’s ignorant trade talk could impact Kentucky’s exporters. [Business First]

Republicans in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have promised swift work to undo laws and orders written during the Obama administration, starting with the Affordable Care Act. [News & Tribune]

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It’s Over! It’s Finally Effing Over!

The JCPS teachers union and its political action committee have spent at least $291,005 to help Chris Brady keep his seat on the Jefferson County Board of Education, according to newly available election finance records. [WDRB]

A family court judge whose controversial comments about gay marriage recently caught the public’s attention wants state lawmakers in Kentucky to help put a stop to quickie divorces for couples who have children. [C-J/AKN]

It’s just the kind of non-story you need to get nervous about prior to voting. [WHAS11]

Suntory, parent company of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, released third-quarter financial results Thursday indicating broad-based growth internationally for its alcoholic beverages segment, the company said. [H-L]

A Kroger store is closing and every media outlet in town is losing its mind. [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton has consistently led in a greater portion of presidential polls in the two months heading into Election Day than President Barack Obama did in both 2008 and 2012. [HuffPo]

What could possibly be worse than standing in line on Election Day, waiting to vote? Waiting to vote with small children in tow comes to mind. That’s why the YMCA of Greater Louisville is offering free Election Day child care so parents can cast their ballots in peace. [WAVE3]

In the Texas county known as the buckle on the “execution belt” for sending more people to the death chamber than any other nationwide, both candidates in the campaign for top prosecutor are calling for moderation in capital punishment. [Reuters]

If you think history doesn’t paint a clear picture of who will win this race, you have no business writing about it and have literally done no backgrounding. [WFPL]

Every election season, cries that voter fraud will threaten the legitimacy of American democracy can be heard throughout the country. [ProPublica]

Union head tells GE Appliances workers to prepare in case of strike. Contract negotiations have been ongoing for months now. [Business First]

River Run Family Waterpark was recently recognized at the United Aqua Group’s 2016 Awards of Distinction Competition. [News & Tribune]

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LMAS: Any Move Is Good News, Maybe? Took Long Enough

Another day, another pedestrian hit. Part of East Broadway remains closed, after a pedestrian was involved in a hit and run. [WDRB]

Anybody attempting to whitewash the atrocities I spent a decade uncovering at Louisville Metro Animal Services deserves to be choked. Period. Full stop. It’s as if we didn’t spend the last decade turning that joint upside down at least once per month. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Muhammad Ali’s final resting place is now complete and open to the public. A family spokesperson unveiled the finished gravesite at Cave Hill Cemetery Thursday morning. [WHAS11]

An aide to Gov. Matt Bevin asked a judge Thursday to force the husband of a top official in the administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear to comply with a subpoena seeking information about a nearly $3 million no-bid contract awarded to a technology company on Beshear’s last day in office. [H-L]

Marcellus Spaulding, Jr. became the metro’s 95th homicide victim of 2016 early Tuesday morning, minutes after leaving his grandmother’s home. [WLKY]

To get to the white ethnostate, I drove through cornfields, listening to a man on the radio hype an upcoming “machine-gun shoot” at a nearby firing range. [HuffPo]

Surprise! Greg Fischer needed some positive/neutral news. So this is the story Chris ginned up for him. [WAVE3]

As far as anyone can tell, Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House — and the leader of what’s left of the Republican establishment — isn’t racist or authoritarian. He is, however, doing all he can to make a racist authoritarian the most powerful man in the world. Why? Because then he could privatize Medicare and slash taxes on the wealthy. [NY Times]

Wondering why everyone has fled WFPL over the past couple years? Cough, cough. [WFPL]

Secretaries of state, who oversee ballot measures on topics from gun control to the minimum wage, are increasingly courted by interest groups and industries with billions of dollars at stake. [ProPublica]

Louisville-based Volunteers of America Mid-States Inc. is taking significant steps to fight alcohol and drug addiction by establishing a treatment facility in Louisville. [Business First]

A Jeffersonville woman and a fair housing advocacy group have filed a lawsuit against a local property management company for alleged discrimination. [News & Tribune]

Fairdale Bigfoot Has Been Usurped

Louisville still loves a pedestrian death. A tow truck driver was killed Monday night in the 16600 block of Dixie Highway near Dixie Beach Road. [WDRB]

Louisville’s largest cable and internet provider is taking the city to federal court months after asking Mayor Greg Fischer to ease regulations that allegedly give other companies an unfair advantage. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! OH GOD! SOMEBODY ALERT FAIRDALE BIGFOOT! He’s bigger from when we last saw him and boy are we ever seeing him now! Two separate trail cameras, hidden far apart inside Bernheim Forest, snapped close up pictures of the Bernheim Bear on Sep. 29. One photo shows a scar on his nose. [WHAS11]

On Thursday, the eve of the 164th running of the Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland, the oldest Thoroughbred stakes race in the United States will be celebrated where it all began: Lexington’s East End and the Kentucky Association race track. [H-L]

Louisville Metro police are investigating three shootings that took place in less than an hour. [WLKY]

As he loves to do whenever he talks about himself, Donald Trump on Monday told a Colorado audience that all his business success stemmed from “a small loan” from his father ― a virtual Horatio Alger story. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Who could have predicted???? After just six months in business, Doc’s Cantina on the Ohio River front is closing. [WAVE3]

A former Miss Universe is hitting back at Donald Trump, calling his accusation that she once made a sex tape “slander and cheap lies.” [The Hill]

When crews begin digging into Eastern Parkway later this fall to repair a major water pipe, the work will likely cause headaches and hang-ups. [WFPL]

Donald Trump was slut-shaming before the sun came up on Friday. He fired off a string of tweets smearing former Miss Universe Alicia Machado at 5:30 in the morning, calling her “disgusting” and referencing a “sex tape.” [ThinkProgress]

A Louisville residential developer has broken ground on a new 566-home subdivision that is expected to cost more than $250 million. [Business First]

Police are investigating threats of violence made on social media toward two Greater Clark County Schools. [News & Tribune]

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Funtimes In The Racist RPK Clown Car

The Republican Party of Kentucky has tons of other racists in their midst. Tons of them appointed by Matt Bevin to various and sundry positions. You’ve read all about them on Page One. This is their attempt to appear non-racist by throwing some nobody with no shot of winning to the wolves as a sacrifice. [WDRB]

Louisville Orchestra artistic director Teddy Abrams thought he might have a hard time swaying the public – let alone the orchestra’s professional musicians – to take a chance on a concert with DJ GlitterTitz, a local electronic music act. [C-J/AKN]

School may be out for JCPS students Friday, but class was in session for some teachers. [WHAS11]

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s victory at the state Supreme Court last week might have been good news for Kentucky’s colleges and universities, but it could eventually hurt the state’s credit rating, according to one major ratings agency. [H-L]

The judge handling the case of the former University of Kentucky board chairman charged with rape has recused himself. [WLKY]

Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, has a peculiar way of dealing with criticism. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Christian Care Communities announced a gift of $235,000 from prominent Louisville businessman Charlie Johnson in honor of his late wife, Bettie L. Johnson on Wednesday, September 28. [WAVE3]

The Obama administration on Thursday finalized rules requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to employees and expanding the type of data employers must provide on their pay practices. [Reuters]

Yusuf Bibb says he knows every heroin addict in Louisville. Many of them he would see as they cycled in and out of the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections’ detox program. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s campaign manager appeared to unwittingly confirm an explosive Newsweek story on Thursday, telling ABC’s The View that a Trump company did indeed spend money in Cuba in 1998, in violation of a longstanding U.S. embargo that Trump has vociferously defended. [ThinkProgress]

Louisville developer Kevin Cogan likely faces an uphill battle to build a 34-story high-rise at the triangle of Grinstead Drive, Lexington Road and Etley Avenue near Cherokee Park. [Business First]

The General Mills facility, once home to about 400 employees and high-paying jobs, has sat empty since August, but the city and One Southern Indiana have hope for the vacant property. [News & Tribune]

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