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]

Thank Bevin For The UofL Hot Mess

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Families in need get the gift of free clothes, but only for a few hours. [WDRB]

Attorney General Andy Beshear said Wednesday that Gov. Matt Bevin alone caused the University of Louisville to be put on probation by the school’s accrediting agency, and only Bevin can address the problem by backing off his orders revamping the university board of trustees. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! “Over at our campus, we are tired of it. We’re tired of all the rhetoric,” U of L Athletic Director Tom Jurich said about the proposed amended funding ordinance for the Yum! Center up for consideration with the Metro Council. [WHAS11]

State Rep. Tim Couch, R-Hyden, republished fake news stories on his Facebook page this week alleging that President Obama’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, are adopted, and suggesting that the president is gay and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, is a transgender man. [H-L]

Celebrating successes and looking to the future were the main themes at the annual Youth Build Breakfast. [WLKY]

The Pakistani government on Wednesday released a description of a phone call between Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that gave global media and Trump-watchers a lot to chuckle about. [HuffPo]

MSD broke ground on the $60 million Shawnee Park Basin Project on Tuesday. [WAVE3]

When Matt Bevin and his crew of revisionist historians attempt to claim he’s great for education, remember this. Kentucky passed a plan to offer tuition-free community college, but Gov. Matt Bevin has delayed putting the program in place until next year. [CHE]

The air beneath the Big Four Bridge Saturday afternoon was for a moment filled with drum beats and smoke from burning sage. [WFPL]

In a move signaling an assault on President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy, President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas intensive state of Oklahoma, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. [WaPo]

Paint the city red? Like it’s not already red from the blood of countless gun murders? [HEAD-DESK]

A local nonprofit organization that focuses on empowering underprivileged women soon will open its first retail location in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

It was good ole fashioned campfire storytelling that led Tom Netherton to write his first book. [News & Tribune]

Can Geor… Er… Greg Stop The Violence In Compassionate Possibility City?

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University of Louisville’s accrediting agency has placed it on probation, citing Gov. Matt Bevin’s interference with the independence of the university’s board of trustees and the employment of its president. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is proposing spending millions on targeted violence prevention plans for the city. [WDRB]

Greg Fischer wants more money from the city’s $6.2 million year-end surplus to be put toward public safety measures while his administration postpones its search for a new Louisville police headquarters. [C-J/AKN]

The East End Crossing is scheduled to open to traffic on December 18. The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting and ceremonial caravan crossing to celebrate the opening. [WHAS11]

Jeff Hoover choked back tears as his hands gripped the podium at the Russell County Auditorium Complex. [H-L]

Mayor Greg Fischer wants to use the $6.2 million surplus from Louisville Metro Government to battle the spike in gun violence. [WLKY]

This brand of stupid is rampant among Kentucky Republicans – and it’s spreading among uneducated Democrats. In a revealing Thursday morning segment on CNN, Donald Trump supporters claimed that 3 million people voted illegally in the recent presidential election and that President Barack Obama had urged non-citizens to cast ballots. Both claims are false. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! You can thank the Tom Owen crew for this. A family in eastern Jefferson County said they are concerned for their safety after their neighbor started to allow short-term rentals via sites like AirBnB and Vacation Rental By Owner in the neighborhood off Beckley Hills Drive. [WAVE3]

President-elect Donald Trump has committed a sharp breach of protocol—one that underscores just how weird some important protocols are. [The Atlantic]

Matt Bevin has asked the state Supreme Court to not expedite an appeal of a ruling that blocked his overhaul of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [WFPL]

Will Donald Trump really go through with all of it? It’s worth stepping back and looking at the big picture for a moment. [WaPo]

Following a recent court ruling, Mykel Mickens, a former employee at GE Appliances in Louisville, can legally pursue sex-discrimination claims against the company after being fired in June. [Business First]

Judge Andrew Adams has recused himself from the Clark County Council At-large recount, which will delay the start of hand-counting 52,204 ballots. [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]

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]

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]

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]