You’re Glad That Damn Ethics Mess Is Over

The trial for a Louisville teen accused of murdering his step-brother began Wednesday morning. Prosecutors argue they believe Joshua Young helped his father kill 14-year-old Trey Zwicker. [WDRB]

After a six-day trial and 3 ½ hours of deliberations, the Metro Council Court found Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin guilty of misconduct but lacked enough votes to remove her early today. [C-J]

You can check out the vote tally and a few statements in our post from late last night. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Churchill Downs will add nearly 2,400 grandstand seats that include a rooftop VIP lounge area as part of a $14.5 million project unveiled Tuesday, the latest leg in a series of expansions to maximize revenue from the Kentucky Derby. [WHAS11]

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. [The Guardian]

A new surgery performed in Louisville is helping patients with brain aneurysms that were previously thought to be untreatable. [WLKY]

A Kentucky judge is seeking input from the state attorney general’s office before deciding whether a law exempting spouses from testifying against each other applies to two women in a civil union from Vermont. [H-L]

An arrest has been made in the early morning stabbing of a teen in south Louisville. [WAVE3]

In Kentucky’s 2010 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, the national party stayed out until after Jack Conway defeated Daniel Mongiardo. This time around, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee already is gearing up to help Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. — even though she is in a primary with three other Democrats. [C-J/AKN]

If you missed it, Matt Bevin has been endorsed by an organization that’s published some of the most racist garbage we’ve ever seen. [Page One]

Cameron Funkhouser heads a spy agency that most Americans never knew existed. His operation is based in a nondescript beige building in the leafy suburbs outside Washington. [LA Times]

The transition from Insight to Time Warner happened more than a month ago, but some Southern Indiana residents are still complaining of spotty service and difficulties making phone calls. [News & Tribune]

Imagine If That Chemical Leak Was In Prospect

Yesterday just was not a good day for Louisville. A serious school bus accident and a plane crash will certainly make you thankful for being safe. [WDRB & More WDRB]

Watching video of that bus accident yesterday will really freak you out. Shot from a trucker’s dash cam. [Click the Clicky]

Saying it is “very pleased” with the technical migration of former Insight Communications customers, Time Warner Cable offered several explanations Tuesday for complaints that some people’s Internet and phone service had been lost in the transition. Meanwhile, thousands of people are still without service and Time Warner rolls its eyes. Meet your new cable company, same as your own cable company. You can thank your Metro Council for allowing this mess to continue without competition. [WHAS11]

They may have come to contest adoption of new science learning standards for Kentucky public school children, but they didn’t really get the chance. That will come later. [Ronnie Ellis]

A dangerous chemical is still leaking from a tank inside the DuPont plant in Rubbertown. It’s considered a controlled leak at this point, but the situation is not over. [WLKY]

Metro Council members on Tuesday deferred action on the controversial rezoning casefor the proposed 17-story Willow Grande condominium tower in Cherokee Triangle. [C-J/AKN]

For some of you who watch TV on cable, you may have not noticed any difference as Time Warner officially switched over from Insight this week. However, a number of former Insight customers say they’re frustrated. [WAVE3]

Technology is on the minds of Kentucky education officials who say they’ve identified nearly 40 school districts—including Jefferson County Public Schools—that are priorities for receiving upgrades to their high speed internet soon. Kentucky Department of Education officials say state’s public education system has been a nationwide leader in cloud-based computing, but KDE is struggling to keep teachers satisfied and adequate broadband Internet service in schools. [WFPL]

While his presentation will only last one hour, Dr. Saeed Jortani hopes his lesson will last a lifetime. Jortani, toxicologist and associate professor of pathology and lab medicine at the University of Louisville, will discuss the trend of synthetic drugs, drugs in schools and how these drugs can hurt the body. [News & Tribune]

Yum! Brands Inc.’s same-store sales in its China division declined in May by an estimated 19 percent. [Business First]

Wondering why prominent families like the Wilsons and the Browns are backing an Independent instead of a Democrat in a special election? This could have something to do with it. Along with the tired good old boy system of anointment, of course. [Page One]

The Shanklin Ethics Mess Is Never Going To End

A 14-year metro police officer resigns before the police chief could fire him in a misconduct case that stretched more than a year. Chief Steve Conrad told WDRB News that 4th division Ofc. David Graham quit Wednesday afternoon. [WDRB]

Comcast and Time Warner Cable may be two of the largest cable and Internet providers in the country, but they’re also the two worst, according to the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index. [Consumerist]

A Louisville woman is talking for the first time about the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of a Metro Police Officer. [WHAS11]

Hells yes you’re praying for her to run for office. Because the hilarity of it all would be amazing. [Page One]

The lead investigator in the case took the stand on day six of the Jeffrey Mundt murder trial. Mundt and his then-boyfriend were accused of killing James Carroll in December 2009 after they all engaged in a night of sex and drugs together. [WLKY]

Maine’s Gambling Control Board has ruled that the Oxford Casino won’t be asked to apply for a new operator’s license if a sale to the company that owns the home of the Kentucky Derby is approved. [H-L]

When Kentucky state government accused social worker Shannon Bower of claiming overtime she did not work, she then got paid not to work for more than four months, collecting more than $10,000. [WAVE3]

The chairman of an ethics watchdog group is questioning if Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, should serve as a juror on fellow council member Barbara Shanklin’s removal trial. [WFPL]

Ford Motor Co. plans to ramp up production to meet growing demand. The Dearborn, Mich.-based auto giant plans to idle its plants for one week this summer, as opposed to the usual two weeks, so it can produce an additional 40,000 units, according to a news release from the company. [Business First]

Indiana is spending about $2 million in federal money to move five houses in a Jeffersonville historic district out of the way of the Ohio River Bridges Project’s downtown span — but some residents question whether the structures are worth saving. [C-J/AKN]

There are countless personal and societal factors that can contribute to stress, and financial stressors are some of the most discussed. Two of the most-stressed states are West Virginia and Kentucky, where around 19 percent of people live in poverty. [HuffPo]

The Jeffersonville Police Department is hopeful that it will add an officer to its ranks after the city council authorized Police Chief Chris Grimm to pursue a federal grant. [News & Tribune]

Don’t Hold Your Breath On Kentucky Kingdom Yet

Kentucky Kingdom could reopen within a year or two, according to the head of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, James Wood. It’s a signal that Ed Hart’s group and the state are near an agreement. [WDRB]

Are we still pretending there’s not a real life racial divide in Louisville? Louisville’s largest law firms have dramatically increased their ranks of women attorneys and partners over the past three decades — but they still employ few black or other minority attorneys. [C-J/AKN]

Again, this is the kind of crap that happens when teevee media overhype an issue. Police have arrested a woman for false reporting in an incident involving a white van in the parking lot of a Bardstown restaurant. [WHAS11]

Indiana legislators have introduced bills to help the state’s riverboat casinos hold onto business in the face of growing competition from casinos in neighboring states. [News & Tribune]

Like we told you yesterday, this is one of the dumbest things we’ve seen in a hot minute. A gay minister and his partner were arrested following a peaceful protest inside the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office.[WLKY]

For nearly a century, Kosair Charities has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to care for Kentucky children with diseases and disabilities. Now the Louisville-based non-profit group is combating another childhood scourge – abuse and neglect. [H-L]

Guess which cable company this is about. Much of the coverage surrounding the phenomenon of cord-cutting has focused on the cost savings of ditching cable. [Consumerist]

The City of Jeffersonville is trying to combat the rising problem of homelessness in the area. Tuesday morning, a public forum was held to come up with ideas and solutions on what to do about the increasing problem. [WAVE3]

Traditional heath insurers Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Humana Inc. have new competition for customers as a result of a new health insurance plan introduced in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. [Business First]

The closing of Lynn’s Paradise Cafe has provided one benefit to neighboring businesses on Barret Avenue: additional parking. “But that’s it,” said Rick Prario, a clerk at the nearby Speier Ace Hardware. [C-J/AKN]

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Been Reading About The Racial Issues At UK?

Despite efforts by a judge and his lawyer to keep him quiet, the man accused of gunning down two people inside a Louisville church fought to speak in court Thursday morning. [WDRB]

The relocation of Christmas in the City activities to Fourth Street produced enough positives to justify keeping it there at least another year, city officials said Thursday. [C-J/AKN]

When will they do the same for Democrats? Protesters gathered in Louisville on Thursday to discuss a new report that details Senator Mitch McConnell’s campaign finance contributions. [WHAS11]

Dr. Latchin Hatemi is an intriguing character. He finished at The University of Kentucky School of Medicine, and was a top student during his time there. But during his years of study, Dr. Hatemi noticed a couple of disturbing trends. You UK folks will want to pay attention to this. The issue is not going away any time soon. [Click the Clicky]

The Metropolitan Sewer District said the water from those two breaks mixed with raw sewage. They estimate more than 74,000 gallons of the mixture spilled into Beargrass Creek and cleanup is not possible. [WAVE3]

Time Warner Cable pulled the plug on Current TV just hours after news of the cable channel’s sale to Al Jazeera became official. [HuffPo]

Oh, wait… Time Warner Cable left the door open Thursday to the possibility of carrying Al Jazeera’s new U.S.-based network, which is set to replace Current TV following Wednesday’s acquisition. [HuffPo]

Wondering what bad parents look like? Get a load of these meth heads who had their kid in the room. [WLKY]

A 92-year-old man thought to be having a war flashback briefly held a nursing assistant at knifepoint Thursday morning at a Harrodsburg hospital before police disarmed him. [H-L]

Twelve paws and all, three canines began serving as the front line of defense against bed bugs for New Albany Public Housing Thursday. [News & Tribune]

More and more Kentucky businesses are moving across the river to Indiana. Harrison County leaders expect to learn this month whether an unidentified Kentucky company will accept a $5 million offer to locate a new business near Interstate 64 at Lanesville. [C-J/AKN]

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Murder Spike? What Murder Rate? Possibility City!

Greg Fischer has even more ammo to fire Mike Heitz. More and more problems for the city. And he continues to ignore the disaster that is Metro Parks leadership. (No, we’re not ignoring LMAS and other agencies). [WAVE3]

Homicides in Jefferson County soared 28 percent in 2012, claiming 69 victims through Sunday — the first increase since 2007 and a grim reflection of a violent span that saw a high-profile triple shooting in May and three deaths around the Christmas holiday. [C-J/AKN]

It was Thursday, May 17, when three people were killed and three more injured in a pair of shootings in the west Louisville neighborhood of Parkland. In one of them, a woman allegedly shot and killed another while police and dozens of others were on the scene of a previous shooting that involved their family members. [WHAS11]

How’s the local law enforcement community discussing the murder rate spike in Louisville? [LMPD]

An employee of Red Carpet Liquors in Jeffersonville was shot during an attempted robbery Saturday night. [News & Tribune]

[Lexington] ministers will hold a memorial service in downtown Lexington on Saturday for the 28 children and adults shot in Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. The memorial in Triangle Park will take place at the same time as the Lexington Gun and Knife Show across the street in the Lexington Convention Center, said Rev. Woody Berry, pastor of Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church. [H-L]

Red Carpet Liquors is normally closed on Sundays. But it’s unclear when the Jeffersonville store will reopen after a robbery Saturday night ended with the clerk being shot three times. [WDRB]

Though Time Warner Cable Inc. had warned of dropping TV channels with low viewership, the company has agreed to extend some carriage past the Dec. 31 deadline for renewal. [Business First]

The average temperature at Louisville International Airport in 2012 was 61 degrees, making it the hottest year in Louisville’s history, the National Weather Service said Monday. [C-J/AKN]

Some Jefferson County residents are eligible to get help with their heating bills. Appointments are being made for the crisis phase of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. [WLKY]

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth says reauthorizing the expired No Child Left Behind Act should be a priority of the incoming Congress. [WFPL]

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Jeffersonville Mayor Officially A Political Disaster

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Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore defended the actions of the city’s police department after public concerns were raised about why department waited until a week after a second student had been sexually assaulted to notify parents of the recent attacks. [WDRB]

Mandy Connell takes her War on Christmas talking points directly from Pat Robertson. This time? The miserable atheists are trying to steal Christmas! [HuffPo]

Former McMahan Fire Chief Paul Barth will spend 41-months in a federal prison, for stealing nearly $200,000 meant for the WHAS Crusade for Children. [WHAS11]

Louisville Metro officials have scheduled a series of public meetings on cable-television service to help develop a “comprehensive needs assessment” as part of reaching a franchise agreement with Time Warner Cable. [C-J/AKN]

Way to go, Southern Indiana. A southern Indiana assistant principal resigned after being accused of shoplifting and stealing from a student. [WLKY]

A proposed settlement may mean lower rate increases by Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric. The utilities announced Monday that a unanimous settlement had been reached by the other companies and organizations involved in the rate case, such as the state attorney general’s office, which represents consumers. [H-L]

The Clark County Plan Commission gave its seal of approval for a zoning change on a parcel in Borden that, pending the appeal of the county commissioners, could lead to the opening of an arts center there. [News & Tribune]

The Greater Louisville Association of Realtors said that 1,141 homes were sold in the region in October, compared to 883 a year earlier. That’s an increase of 29 percent. [Business First]

It was upsetting news to some students and parents at Moore Traditional Middle School after finding out that weapons were found in two separate incidents at the school on Monday. [WAVE3]

More than 70 community gardens have sprouted up across Metro Louisville, producing food for families, restaurants, farmers’ markets and stores in areas that otherwise would have little access to fresh fruits and vegetables. But while community activists, neighborhood leaders and government officials are actively encouraging such efforts, there’s one problem — they’re not addressed under city land-use rules. [C-J/AKN]