Welcome To The New Hell That Is Tolls

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A public hearing on toll-enforcement rules for Louisville’s RiverLink system is scheduled for Thursday, December 22 in Frankfort. [WDRB]

If you thought this one guy was going to save the University of Louisville from a decade of scandal, you haven’t been paying attention. [C-J/AKN]

RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! They represent Louisville greats. “I would be passing downtown and I would see all these people on all these banners,” Flora Shanklin, Alberta Jones’ sister said. [WHAS11]

About 3,500 former Daymar College students in Kentucky will begin receiving restitution checks totaling $1.2 million, Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office announced Wednesday. [H-L]

Compassionate City. Shively police are investigating a deadly crash involving a man in a wheelchair. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Rep. Ryan Zinke to become the next interior secretary. [HuffPo]

Louisville Metro Police are helping local refugees get the one of life’s most basic needs. [WAVE3]

At an average of five weather-related closures each year, students in Louisville are typically left with a week of canceled courses annually. [The Atlantic]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has publicly weighed in on the proposed location of the new Veterans Affairs hospital. [WFPL]

The Embassy of Kuwait allegedly cancelled a contract with a Washington, D.C. hotel days after the presidential election, citing political pressure to hold its National Day celebration at the Trump International Hotel instead. A source tells ThinkProgress that the Kuwaiti embassy, which has regularly held the event at the Four Seasons in Georgetown, abruptly canceled its reservation after members of the Trump Organization pressured the ambassador to hold the event at the hotel owned by the president-elect. [ThinkProgress]

Kroger Co. is offering a voluntary retirement option for many of its nonstore employees in an effort to cut costs. [Business First]

Federal prosecutors Wednesday obtained indictments against two former Vigo County School Corp. employees accused of bilking the district of more than $80,000 in an alleged kickback scheme. [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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Death, Guns & Hype: The Louisville Way

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Under the administration of former President James Ramsey, the University of Louisville Foundation borrowed millions more than its board of directors authorized from the school’s $715 million endowment to fund real estate purchases, employee salaries and other expenses. [WDRB]

Right to work authorization, tax reform and protections for small businesses are among the leading priorities for legislation sought from the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly, Greater Louisville Inc. has announced. [C-J/AKN]

Metro Police received reports of a shooting shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday in the 700 block of South Shelby Street near Broadway. [WHAS11]

Runnymede Farm, whose owners say it is Kentucky’s oldest continuously operated Thoroughbred breeding operation, is preparing for its 150th anniversary. But before he talks about history, Brutus J. Clay III wants to show off pictures of recently successful mares. [Tom Eblen]

Can you imagine what could be accomplished if local teevee news hypers put this much effort into Metro Animal Services? Instead of regurgitating press releases from the Kentucky Humane Society, all kinds of animal lives would be saved. But we all know that’s never going to happen here in Compassionate City. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday appeared as if he never ended his campaign, attacking “the extremely dishonest media,” boasting about his “landslide” victory, and dashing speculation he might pivot and start acting like a president. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police are investigating after multiple people were shot at a restaurant in Shively. [WAVE3]

Yahima Leblanc Núñez and her husband, Pavel Reyes, were Cuban government workers when, in 2009, they plotted an escape. Five years later, after an arduous trek across Central America, including 15 days in a Mexican jail, they arrived here with two backpacks of clothes and a single tidbit of information — “Kentucky Fried Chicken” — about the state they now call home. [NY Times]

Louisville Metro Government plans to formally intervene in a request before the Public Service Commission from Louisville Gas and Electric to raise utility rates. [WFPL]

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein said early Sunday that she will file a lawsuit in federal court on Monday seeking a statewide recount in Pennsylvania. [The Hill]

Kroger Co. is caught up in the middle of a stretch of food price deflation that’s cutting into its profits and almost snapped its industry-leading streak of consecutive quarters generating same-store sales growth. [Business First]

Rental property registration will begin in New Albany on Monday, Dec. 5. All landlords within the city will have until Jan. 31, 2017, to register their properties. [News & Tribune]

Big, Tall Progress For Jeffersonville

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Two children have been hit by cars in Louisville within minutes of each other. [WDRB]

As a busy working mother with four children — three with autism — Jennifer Adams-Tucker said it’s hard enough managing school schedules, after-school activities, doctor’s appointments, therapy sessions and other events. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A heartbroken woman, already dealing with the death of a relative last week, is desperate for answers after another shooting targets her family. [WHAS11]

Attorney General Andy Beshear wants the Kentucky Supreme Court to settle whether Gov. Matt Bevin had the authority to overhaul the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees, once and for all. [H-L]

Union workers at General Electric will vote on a new contract Tuesday. [WLKY]

If you want to know why the unabashedly racist and Nazi-sympathizing “alt-right” movement is making a mark on the Trump administration and beyond, look no further than Tila Tequila and her white nationalist friend, Richard Spencer. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Jeffersonville City councilmembers voted 5-3 to pass an ordinance that would allow for buildings to be developed to at least 10 stories. [WAVE3]

President-elect Donald Trump has selected two anti-net neutrality advisers to shape the future administration’s telecom policy strategy at the Federal Communications Commission, Recode reported. [ThinkProgress]

Immigration. It’s one of the founding principles of our country. It was a deeply divisive topic in this year’s presidential election, and it promises to be a major issue going forward. [WFPL]

Donald Trump agreed on Friday to pay $25 million to settle fraud lawsuits over his Trump University real estate seminars, in what New York’s attorney general called a “stunning reversal” for the U.S. president-elect. [Reuters]

Churchill Downs Racetrack plans to spend $37 million to build a three-story addition that will add 1,800 seats in luxury suites, dining areas and a third-floor grandstand. [Business First]

Floyd County judges have sued the county in hopes of securing 28 percent increases for the majority of county court reporters. [News & Tribune]

Louisville: On The Backs Of Working Poor

One of Louisville’s most dangerous roadways is gearing up for a major overhaul. [WDRB]

Joel Christopher, a Gannett news executive from Wisconsin, has been named executive editor of the Courier-Journal. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A Brandenburg City Council vote assures that the Confederate monument will be on the move by Saturday. [WHAS11]

Anyone thinking of illegally using Kentucky to dump radioactive fracking waste from other states will no doubt reconsider in light of fines announced this week by the Bevin administration. [H-L]

Louisville Police are investigating a shooting in a busy parking lot, outside Charity Bingo Hall in the Please Ridge Park area. One man was shot and another man was narrowly missed by a stray bullet. [WLKY]

I’m not going to sugarcoat this at all. We are in for a full-blown assault on LGBTQ rights the likes of which many, particularly younger LGBTQ people, have not seen. Progress will most certainly be halted completely, likely rolled back. And it’s already underway. [HuffPo]

Way to go, Metro Council! Let’s squeeze those who can least afford to be squeezed. [WAVE3]

If President-elect Trump follows through on his campaign promises, millions of individuals — immigrants, religious minorities, people of color — face a very grim four years. One of the worst hit groups will be Americans with significant health costs. The Trump transition team published a brief summary of the incoming president’s health plan on its website, and the news is not good for the elderly, the poor, and millions of Americans with preexisting conditions. [ThinkProgress]

The Louisville Metro Police Department’s growing use of social media monitoring software — shielded from the public until recently — has some city legislators calling for transparency. [WFPL]

Children and teenagers of Mexican descent make up one of the fastest-growing populations in the nation’s public schools. [NPR]

A health services company is adding 105 jobs in Jeffersonville in the next two months. [Business First]

By 2 p.m. Tuesday, Clark County Voter Registration volunteers began opening the 9,606 absentee and early voting ballots to be fed through a counting machine. [News & Tribune]

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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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ACLU Thinks Fischer’s LMPD Will Listen

After numerous delays, the Veterans Administration took an important step Tuesday toward building a new hospital in Louisville. [WDRB]

Granny Mitch is finally admitting that all the coal hype is just that. Mitch McConnell hedged on Friday about when and if Republicans would be able to bring coal mining jobs to Kentucky, saying that is a “private sector activity.” [C-J/AKN]

Since the election, there have been reports of hate speech and hate crimes across the nation and here in Kentucky. [WHAS11]

What was startling about a visit to Bradley Picklesimer’s house outside of Paintsville was the contrast of driving down a fairly remote country road on a sunny fall morning, pulling up in the driveway and, suddenly, having Picklesimer come out to greet you in glamorous drag befitting a big city night club. [H-L]

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky will meet with LMPD this week regarding the department’s efforts to monitor social media. [WLKY]

Former Attorney General Eric Holder called for an end to the electoral college voting system on Friday. [HuffPo]

A Louisville man received a hate-fueled letter in the mail from an anonymous sender. [WAVE3]

If President-elect Trump follows through on his campaign promises, millions of individuals — immigrants, religious minorities, people of color — face a very grim four years. One of the worst hit groups will be Americans with significant health costs. The Trump transition team published a brief summary of the incoming president’s health plan on its website, and the news is not good for the elderly, the poor, and millions of Americans with preexisting conditions. [ThinkProgress]

Over the past year, President-elect Donald Trump has had a lot to say about energy. [WFPL]

Children and teenagers of Mexican descent make up one of the fastest-growing populations in the nation’s public schools. [NPR]

Fidelity Investments has raised its stake in Papa John’s International Inc. [Business First]

At least some of the intranasal Naloxone Hydrochloride kits used to reverse an opioid overdose that have been distributed in Clark County have been identified as part of a nationwide recall due to potential atomizer malfunction. [News & Tribune]

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