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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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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Here Comes The UPS Strike Fun…

Seeking to improve its financial standing, the Louisville Arena Authority may ask Kentucky lawmakers to extend tax-funded support for the KFC Yum! Center for at least an additional decade. [WDRB]

UPS aircraft mechanics and maintenance workers announced Monday that their union had voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike – a move designed to apply pressure during ongoing contract bargaining. [C-J/AKN]

A century of weather records show there’s no escape in Louisville from the fingerprints of climate change, as local temperatures climb and seasons are altered, research at the University of Louisville has found. [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]

Louisville Metro police said a bicyclist hit and injured last week has died. [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton not only won the popular vote in Tuesday’s election. It is now clear that she won it by a margin larger than two candidates who went on to win the presidency. [HuffPo]

The Louisville Metro Police Department is responding to a shooting in the 800 block of Midway Avenue in the California neighborhood. [WAVE3]

Transportation advocates are excited by the prospect of an infrastructure package passing under President-elect Donald Trump next year, but there are a number of other transportation issues that could see action during the lame duck session of Congress. [The Hill]

Nathan Warner met his pug-shepherd mix, Umbra, shortly after returning from Afghanistan, where he was stationed in 2006 and 2007 with the U.S. Army National Guard. [WFPL]

The protests in major U.S. cities against Republican Donald Trump’s surprise presidential election victory have been impromptu affairs, quickly organized by young Americans with a diverse array of backgrounds and agendas. [Reuters]

Aetna Inc.’s CEO thinks the way to solve the problems with Obamacare is to keep the most popular parts of it. [Business First]

Season two of the A&E TV show “60 Days In,” set inside the Clark County jail, ended with an “aftermath” reunion special Thursday night. [News & Tribune]

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Your Morning Dept Of Dry Heaving

Another day, another gun murder in Possibility Compassionate City. [WDRB]

A Jefferson Circuit Court judge Friday denied motions to release five inmates from jail on the grounds that district judges refused to consider their financial status in setting bonds or consider granting them bail credit for each day they spent behind bars. [C-J/AKN]

Uh, both Dan Johnson and GLI are hot messes so none of this really matters. But hoo boy when is the crazy going to end? Nothing Dan Johnson says is anything but offensive. [WHAS11]

The $14.9 billion Kentucky Retirement Systems plans to end its controversial investments in hedge funds. [John Cheves]

Surely this isn’t the first time the teevee people have heard about a skeever in the Highlands? There are at least three of those creepers who flash their junk on a regular basis. [WLKY]

Following the news of yet another “warmest month ever,” NASA has basically called it: This year will be the hottest since record-keeping began in 1880. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Tuesday’s deadly shooting in Old Louisville is a setback for the historic neighborhood building a new reputation. [WAVE3]

As Election Day approaches and the polls continue to look dire for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, he is pinning the blame on everything except himself. [ThinkProgress]

As a shortage of primary care physicians looms across the nation and Kentucky, state lawmakers are considering whether to expand the role of physician assistants by allowing them to prescribe controlled substances. [WFPL]

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has disparaged “flat-chested” women, mocked a Miss Universe for her weight gain and bragged about groping women because he’s famous. [ProPublica]

If a new study by Zippia is correct, only one community in the Louisville area has figured out the secret of success. [Business First]

With more people in the audience than a typical school board meeting, most of the candidates running for seats in the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. got a chance to answer questions at a forum Thursday. [News & Tribune]

Everybody’s Excited For Big Toll Drama

Drivers will have roughly two months to challenge tolls believed to be charged incorrectly on Ohio River bridges, under rules approved Friday by a state transportation panel. [WDRB]

She had no prior record, but Alexandra Arnold, 21, of Carrollton is serving 10 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro Police are investigating a fatal shooting just west of downtown. This marks Louisville’s 92nd homicide for 2016. [WHAS11]

The race for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat features two self-proclaimed foreign policy realists who have vastly different opinions about how the U.S. should engage in the world. [H-L]

Louisville metro police are investigating a shooting in the California neighborhood. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s troubled campaign has seen an incredible exodus in support over the past week. After footage released last week showed him bragging about groping women, more than a dozen members of Congress withdrew their endorsements. Others, who’d previously stayed neutral in the race, called for the Republican presidential nominee to drop out. [HuffPo]

Kentucky colleges will soon get money previously cut from the state’s budget by Governor Matt Bevin. [WAVE3]

Jim Gray spent Saturday criss-crossing a swath of Kentucky between Louisville and Ashland looking for votes in his uphill battle to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. [Ronnie Ellis]

Charles Seay leans against the chain link fence outside his Smoketown home, shaking his head at the rutted street beyond the curb. [WFPL]

The U.S. economy is on track to grow at a 1.9 percent annualized pace in the third quarter following the September data on domestic retail data, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDP Now forecast model showed on Friday. [Reuters]

The University of Louisville’s endowment is set to gain nearly $29 million thanks to a reworking of debt under the umbrella of the school’s foundation. [Business First]

Initial funding has been secured and the Clark County needle exchange is expected to be up and running in about a month. [News & Tribune]

Another Monday Exploring Weekend Shootings In Compassionate City

Louisville now has 27 new Metro Corrections officers. [WDRB]

More than three dozen times in the past decade, educators who’ve been disciplined or fired from Jefferson County Public Schools have turned to a state tribunal to try to get their discipline overturned. [C-J/AKN]

A group of community leaders today said women and people of color have more power than ever to impact the upcoming elections. [WHAS11]

Bill Ball has handled multiple whiskey-making tasks in his 47 years at Jim Beam, but on Saturday he took on an unexpected role — joining colleagues on a picket line outside a Beam distillery in Kentucky. [H-L]

Louisville metro police are investigating a shooting in the California neighborhood. [WLKY]

Patriot Majority USA, a progressive advocacy group, is accusing the Republican vice presidential nominee of suppressing voter registration in a new advertising campaign launched on Saturday. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A second Louisville Metro Police Department officer involved in a youth training program has been accused of inappropriate behavior. [WAVE3]

In the end, Gov. Matt Bevin decided not to ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider its 5-2 ruling that Bevin exceeded his executive power when he unilaterally reduced funding to state universities and community colleges. [Ronnie Ellis]

If you think this isn’t a Larry Clark-Damon Thayer good old boy political situation, you’re part of the problem. What this story doesn’t mention is that Thayer is advised by RPK’s spokesperson, who advocates for the repeal of label taxes and all that. Fun how that’s all overlooked. Thayer wanted it in the bill. [WFPL]

First lady Michelle Obama’s speech this week slamming Donald Trump’s comments about women was “the most effective political speech since Ronald Reagan,” according to right-wing commentator Glenn Beck. [The Hill]

The executive editor of The Courier-Journal, Neil Budde, has resigned after three years in the role. [Business First]

It’s common consensus in the region that some of the best views of the Louisville skyline are from Clarksville. [News & Tribune]

Things Aren’t So Green In Compassionate City

A town hall meeting in Louisville on Tuesday night discussed how violent crime and citizens’ relationship with police is being felt in the city and around the country. [WDRB]

Under Mayor Greg Fischer’s leadership, Louisville has undertaken several studies aimed at better understanding the city’s environmental challenges. A new national ranking suggests it may be time to move beyond research and into action. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Two JCPS elementaries are at the bottom of the scale, when it comes to making the grade on statewide test scores. [WHAS11]

Lexington ranked among the least green cities in a new study that criticized its lack of green space compared to the other 99 largest cities in the country. [H-L]

The Kentucky State Fair Board says it has hired its next president and CEO. [WLKY]

Mitch McConnell says the country must not turn its back on the nation’s coal miners — but that’s exactly what those miners say the Republican Senate Majority Leader is doing. [H-L]

A Metro Corrections officer who posted a controversial meme on Facebook will not lose his job as a result of the incident. [WAVE3]

“Do you speak English?” When Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng walked into his summer school classroom for the first time as a brand-new teacher, a student greeted him with this question. Nothing in his training had prepared him to address race and identity. But he was game, answering the student lightly, “Yes, I do, but this is a math class, so you don’t have to worry about it.” [NPR]

Tim Harrison didn’t expect to be released from prison last week. When he got the news, he argued with the guards. He told them they had the wrong guy. He said his sentence wasn’t yet up. [WFPL]

After Donald Trump reaffirmed his long-held belief this week that the men known as the Central Park Five were guilty in an infamous, decades-old rape case, two members of the since-exonerated group blasted Trump in interviews with Mother Jones, calling him a “stunt artist” and saying “he’s gotten worse” since his involvement in their 1990 conviction. [Mother Jones]

Southern Indiana Plastics Inc., which makes plastic parts for the automotive and lawn and garden industries, has acquired Louisville-based Progress Plastics Inc. [Business First]

Grants, programming for students and other services were approved at Greater Clark County Schools’ board of trustees meeting on Tuesday. [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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Violence & Poverty In Compassionate City? Surely That’s Not Our Reality

Violence and poverty took center stage at a west Louisville forum on Wednesday. [WDRB]

A war between two rival gangs has left several wounded and dead this summer, including a 14-year-old and 21-year-old whose funerals are Friday. [C-J/AKN]

Thursday, August 18 started as a normal day on the job for Metro Parks and Recreation workers’ Ricky Duncan and Bryan Haynes.
“Clean up the park, pick up paper, deliver picnic tables, clean grills,” said Duncan.
[WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky violated the state’s Open Records Act by refusing to disclose documents the Herald-Leader requested concerning a Hazard cardiology practice that UK once owned, the attorney general’s office has ruled. [John Cheves]

Blaine Hudson may be a big deal for some but don’t forget that he allowed – literally – most of what Robert Felner did to occur. He knew it was happening and enabled the shenanigans. [WLKY]

Donald Trump paid the IRS a $2,500 penalty this year, an official at Trump’s company said, after it was revealed that Trump’s charitable foundation had violated tax laws by giving a political contribution to a campaign group connected to Florida’s attorney general. [WaPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Interim University of Louisville President Dr. Neville Pinto sounded off Wednesday over letters from donors threatening to withhold millions of dollars in donations. [WAVE3]

Three federal prisons in California and others nationwide appear to be falling short in preparing inmates for safe release into society, investigators are warning. [McClatchy]

Work is beginning in earnest to develop a plan to take Louisville into the next two decades. [WFPL]

Donnie Gaddis picked the wrong county to sell 15 oxycodone pills to an undercover officer. If Mr. Gaddis had been caught 20 miles to the east, in Cincinnati, he would have received a maximum of six months in prison, court records show. In San Francisco or Brooklyn, he would probably have received drug treatment or probation, lawyers say. [NY Times]

The 11-day Kentucky State Fair attracted an attendance of 564,937 for its 112th outing, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. That’s down slightly from the recorded 2015 attendance of 601,672. [Business First]

Democratic candidate Shelli Yoder, running for the Ninth Congressional District, released the last five years of her tax returns, and she is calling on her opponent, Trey Hollingsworth, to do the same. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS Continues To Get Crazy Under Donna Hargens’ “Leadership”

JCPS is getting really fancy these days. An Iroquois High student was arrested after allegedly bringing a loaded handgun to the school on Wednesday. [WDRB]

John Owen has a vision of a streetcar line returning to Market Street to connect West Louisville to downtown and East Louisville, capitalizing on the fact that much of the rail line infrastructure is still intact beneath the pavement. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! By 2020, graduation ceremonies may look different for greater Clark county schools. [WHAS11]

University of Kentucky officials will eventually unveil a controversial mural in Memorial Hall that was shrouded last year and will surround it with other works of art and more context, President Eli Capilouto announced Thursday. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Louisville has seen as many homicides so far this year as there were in all of 2015. [WLKY]

The James Graham Brown Foundation, which has provided more than $72 million in grants to the University of Louisville and related entities over the past 55 years, has threatened to cut off funding unless the U of L Foundation hires a nationally recognized forensic accounting firm to review its finances. [C-J/AKN]

What should be the criteria for removing a student from the Jefferson County Public Schools’ magnet program? [WAVE3]

The U.S. added 151,000 new jobs in August and the unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent, according to the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. [NPR]

Joann Robinson stands under the trestle on Vine Street and Broadway, looking with admiration at the mural she painted back when the neighborhood was called German Paristown. [WFPL]

In 1988, a small-time drug dealer became the first man charged under a new, harsh drug law signed by then-President Ronald Reagan. Almost 30 years later, President Barack Obama granted a sentence commutation to Richard Van Winrow, a literal posterboy for the history of America’s drug war. [BBC]

When Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. is finished with a $25 million expansion of its Bernheim Distillery in West Louisville next summer, it will have one of the biggest distilleries in the state, according to Denny Potter, master distiller and plant manager. [Business First]

The Republican challenger of Indiana schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz wants authorities to investigate a contract benefiting a company that hired a Ritz aide. [News & Tribune]

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