Nothing New In UofL Foundation Audit

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A juvenile has been shot several times in the Park Hill neighborhood. [WDRB]

The University of Louisville Foundation exceeded its authority in paying former University President James Ramsey more than what was approved in 2014 by the university’s board of trustees, according to a long-awaited state audit released Wednesday. [C-J/AKN]

Supporting animals (or people) in need is a good thing. But here’s a look at how Louisville media consistently shits the bed when it comes to covering nightmare government agencies like Louisville Metro Animal Services. It’s nothing but hype. And you wonder why people don’t trust media. [WHAS11]

A couple of years ago, I read a story in a British newspaper about Yiwu, China, where 600 factories churn out 60 percent of the world’s Christmas decorations, most of them synthetic, cheap and cheesy. [Tom Eblen]

A southern Indiana woman tried to smuggle drugs to a Metro Corrections inmate, police said. [WLKY]

The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday, a sign of growing confidence in the economy that is likely to pinch consumers and businesses ― and provide a modest boost to lenders and savers. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Looking back at the year within the Jefferson County Public School System, it has been one with achievements for students and staff along with some district challenges. [WAVE3]

U.S. intelligence officials now believe with “a high level of confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News. [NBC News]

If the University of Louisville lost its accreditation, it would likely shut down — or at least cease to exist as you know it. [WFPL]

What? The librul WALL STREE JOURNAL says fracking can taint drinking water?! Surely not! [WSJ]

The largest gathering of sports events organizers in the country has booked a second visit to the Derby City. [Business First]

After several months of planning, the Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana has secured an initial site for temporary shelter during harsh weather, but is still in grave need of volunteers. [News & Tribune]

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After 4 Years, UofL Health Drama Ends!

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KentuckyOne Health will relinquish control of University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Cancer Center, ending what was supposed to be a decades-long arrangement with the University of Louisville after only four years. [WDRB]

The Bevin administration is taking steps to make it harder for the public – and the state’s own regulatory agencies – to ensure utilities properly manage the mountains of toxic ash and scrubber sludge that their coal-fired power plants produce in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Tolling will begin for three Ohio River bridges on Dec. 30. Bridge officials recommend Kentuckiana drivers register for transponders by the end of the week. [WHAS11]

It’s fun watching Matt Bevin backtrack on transgender restroom legislation. [H-L]

Complaints against Louisville Metro police officers are down this year, and the department credits body cameras for helping make that happen. [WLKY]

Donald Trump is calling “fake news” on CNN’s report that he is staying on as the executive producer of “The New Celebrity Apprentice” — even though the creator of the series confirmed the information and Trump’s own spokeswoman suggested he would stay. [HuffPo]

Louisville Metro police are investigating after one person was shot in the Parkland neighborhood. [WAVE3]

So of course Frankfort will continue to cut funding. An outside panel has concluded that Kentucky’s social service system is “grossly underfunded” as the state’s child protection system struggles with the large number of children whose parents are abusing drugs. [AP/State Journal]

A Louisville Metro Council committee is giving Mayor Greg Fischer the authority to negotiate a new agreement with the body that manages the KFC Yum Center. [WFPL]

Religious minorities in the United States are far more likely to have attended college or a vocational school than members of the Christian majority, according to a review of census and survey data from 151 countries released on Tuesday that found wide gaps in education among followers of the world’s major religions. [NY Times]

Distillers are working feverishly to balance the high demand for tours with an intimate visitor experience. [Business First]

President-elect Donald Trump’s repeated threats to kill the Affordable Care Act have unnerved healthcare advocates such as Susan Jo Thomas. [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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Another Compassionate, Deadly Weekend In Possibility City

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Nicole Cowherd’s husband, Charles Cowherd, was killed nearly six months ago. With the number of homicides growing in the city every week she worries her husband’s case is being put on the back burner. [WDRB]

Health benefits for retired union coal miners will not expire Dec. 31 under a compromise nearing a final vote in Congress, but coal country lawmakers say the deal is unacceptable because it is temporary and does nothing to address a related shortfall in the miners’ pension fund. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Metro Police is investigating a homicide over in the 1900 block of Ivy Ridge Lane. That is not far from Manslick Road near the Gene Snyder. [WHAS11]

Hey, Paul Prather: get fucked. You’ve spent years whitewashing discrimination, homophobia and excusing this hateful bullshit under the guise of Jesus. Really, get fucked, you old, white shitsack. [H-L]

Three people were shot Sunday morning at a University of Louisville student housing apartment complex. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who has ties to Russia, to be his secretary of state, several media outlets reported Saturday. [HuffPo]

One person was killed in a shooting Saturday night in the Fairdale area, according to LMPD public information officer, Dwight Mitchell. [WAVE3]

Go watch Congressman John Yarmuth, the incoming ranking member of the House Budget Committee, discuss future budgets under Cheeto Jesus. [C-SPAN]

Maybe if people like Keith Runyon hadn’t spent years allowing Democrats to eat their own, ignoring scandal in his own liberal back yard, we wouldn’t be in this position with a manchild as governor. [WFPL]

The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter. [WaPo]

Shares of Louisville-based Humana Inc. are down about 2 percent on Wall Street this afternoon after the company announced that it was adjusting earnings per share guidance because of a recent court decision. [Business First]

As Floyd County’s Veterans Service Officer, Glen Hammack is on a mission to let fellow veterans know there’s help for them when they re-enter the civilian world. [News & Tribune]

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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]