Compassionate Cities Don’t Constantly Kill Like This, Contrary To The Popular Fischer Hype

Another day, another dumb murder in Possibility City. Investigators with Louisville Metro Police are looking for answers after a man was found dead, according to LMPD Public Information Officer Dwight Mitchell. [WDRB]

Vilified for demanding that judges stop “disingenuous maneuvering” by defense lawyers in drunken-driving cases, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell said he feels vindicated now that the Kentucky Supreme Court has officially banned the moves he complained about. [C-J/AKN]

With anticipation building in wake of the grand jury’s decision whether to indict Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a local group is asking for peace no matter what the jury decides. [WHAS11]

Tim Wise makes you wonder if he has black ancestry. Wise, one of the more thought-provoking white anti-racism activists in America, has traveled to 50 states challenging racism and white privilege. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A man is charged with arson after a fatal house fire in the 1400 block of South Brook Street. [WLKY]

Rand Paul, a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016, is calling for a formal declaration of war against Islamic State militants who control parts of Iraq and Syria, the New York Times reported on Monday. [HuffPo]

Louisville Metro Police are one step closer to a $68,000 audit to determine how many police officers the city needs to hire. Concerns about the number of Metro officers sprang up after the mob violence in March, during which about 200 teenagers terrorized parts of downtown by assaulting people and barging into a convenience store. [WAVE3]

Way to go, Bullitt County, for being bigoted redneck central. You’ve made the national news again for something horrific. A Kentucky fire chief is being criticized for racist comments after he refused to help a family of stranded motorists because they were black, and then suggested that an Asian-American television reporter did not understand English. In a Bullitt County Sheriff’s deputy’s body camera recording obtained by WDRB, Southeast Bullitt County Fire Chief Julius Hatfield can be heard discussing a car accident on I-65 in September. [Raw Story]

Kentucky is among the worst states in the U.S. at providing vulnerable populations with accessibility to critical elements of the justice system, according to the Justice Index study released this month by the National Center for Access to Justice. [WFPL]

When San Antonio mayor Julian Castro became the youngest ever Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this year, he took the helm of an agency struggling to address a growing homelessness crisis, a crumbling stock of public housing and year after year of budget cuts that threaten its flagship programs. [Think Progress]

Kentucky’s month-to-month unemployment rate decline in October led the nation. [Business First]

Clark County Clerk Barbara Bratcher Haas thought Circuit Court No. 1 Judge Dan Moore was going to give her a piece of his mind when he summoned her to his courtroom Friday. Instead, he gave her her own day. [News & Tribune]

Will You Miss Mayor Jerry While He’s Gone?

This made Steve Beshear really happy. The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the nation’s circuit courts that virtually guarantees Supreme Court review. [USA Today]

He’ll be the fourth man in charge of Clark County deputies in less than six months. On Wednesday, Sheriff-elect Jamey Noel talked about his goals and how he hopes to put aside past scandals. [WDRB]

Hate to see a terrific local business close up shop. Political note: this is where Jack Conway kicked off a huge portion of his U.S. Senate campaign. Phyllis Fitzgerald was doing her best to keep Horton’s Hardware store in the Highlands in business this week, buying two plastic jugs of all-natural cleaner at the Douglass Loop site, where she’s been shopping for decades. [C-J/AKN]

Proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage and give voters the option of imposing a sales tax on themselves to pay for projects will be back next year, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Wednesday. [WHAS11]

President Barack Obama is appointing Kentucky Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson as his liaison to state and local governments. [H-L]

Read all about the Mayor McCheese appointment here. Press release, resignation letter and such. [Page One]

Another day, another school bus accident in the metro area. [WLKY]

This is the kind of candidate we should have run for Mayor of Louisville. Einstein the dog joined the Oakland, California, mayoral race, promising to provide a voice — if a bit of a growly one — to the city’s most overlooked residents. [HuffPo]

Three days after a massive fire broke out in Valley Station at a tire recycling facility, WAVE 3 News is finally hearing from the company. [WAVE3]

Here’s what John Yarmuth had to say about Mayor McCheese: “Jerry Abramson and Crit Luallen are dedicated public servants who have moved our Commonwealth forward, and I am thrilled for both of them today. Jerry’s leadership as Mayor and Lieutenant Governor has prepared him to be a strong advocate for local government at the federal level, and I look forward to having another Kentucky Democrat with me in Washington.” [Press Release]

Soon, five of the seven Jefferson County Board of Education members will have served no more than two years. [WFPL]

And here’s what Jack Conway had to say: “This is a great day for Kentucky. After this week’s elections, it is clear the President must focus on building relationships and reaching out to people across this country and there is no better person to help him build his domestic agenda than Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson. Jerry is a friend who has served as Mayor of my hometown for more than two decades. His experience and passion for public service will be an asset to the White House and a benefit to all Kentuckians. I am incredibly proud of my good friend, Crit Luallen. Gov. Beshear made a wise choice is selecting her as the next Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Crit is the gold standard of public service. She has served as Kentucky’s Auditor and in the administrations of six prior Kentucky governors. Crit instantly brings a wealth of policy experience and gravitas that will help Gov. Beshear cement his legacy of fiscal responsibility and a healthier Kentucky.” [Press Release]

A parochial school in Kentucky has apologized to a teacher who resigned due to an Ebola scare after she traveled to an area of Africa unaffected by the virus, according to a letter to parents made public on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Louisville-based home health nursing and personal care company Almost Family Inc. posted higher earnings this morning. [Business First]

Jeffersonville attorney Brad Jacobs was elected to Clark County Circuit Court No. 2 Judge in a resounding win over Democrat opponent Laura Harbison. [News & Tribune]

LG&E Wants Even More Of Your Sweet Cash

The longtime member of the Jefferson County Board of Education who lost her bid for re-election Tuesday says she will continue to advocate for children. [WDRB]

With nearly all votes counted, Jefferson County District Court Judge Donald Armstrong was on track to be ousted by voters Tuesday, despite the throng of prosecutors who challenged incumbent judges. [C-J/AKN]

Hundreds of people are expected to line up outside a Louisville liquor store Sunday all for the chance to buy a rare bottle of bourbon. [WHAS11]

A third high school student from Rowan County has discovered a star. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A public meeting is set to present the new routes for treating roads during snow and ice events in Louisville. [WLKY]

Voters in four red states approved ballot initiatives to raise their state minimum wages on Tuesday, sending another message to Washington that Americans support a higher wage floor. But Greg Fischer is still clueless. [HuffPo]

A dog with gunshot wounds to the head and neck whose tail had been cut off, exposing the bone, is recovering after she was flown to Louisville for emergency treatment, according to The Arrow Fund. [WAVE3]

If you missed all the fun concession and victory speeches on election night, go dig in right away. [Page One]

All six Louisville Metro Council seats being challenged in Tuesday’s election remain in similar party hands, according to the results. [WFPL]

It wasn’t as close as everyone thought after all. Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell rolled to an easy and early victory over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. [Ronnie Ellis]

Bend over and grab your ankles! LG&E and KU Energy LLC plans to seek rate increases from the Kentucky Public Service Commission. [Business First]

Come January, there’ll be a new sheriff in town. And for what’s believed to be the first time in Clark County history, it will be a Republican. [News & Tribune]

Katie & Jim King Once Again Buying A Judgeship

What? A wealthy group funded in part by David Jones, Jr’s family is trying to choke JCPS and force neighborhood and charter schools? Surely not. Surely this Hal Heiner-tied group isn’t trying to further segregate our school system on both racial and economic fronts. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Public Schools continues to struggle hiring teachers who are demographically similar to its student population, despite the district’s efforts to recruit more minority teachers from a wider variety of schools, Chief Operations Officer Mike Raisor said Monday. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! When you drive the streets of Clark County, you can’t go far without seeing signs for the Sheriff’s race. [WHAS11]

Campaigns and independent groups just spent millions of dollars to convince Kentucky voters that everyone running for Congress this fall is a villain hoping to inflict grievous harm on hard-working families. [John Cheves]

The American Foundation hosted the “Out of the Darkness Community Walk” Saturday to spread suicide prevention awareness. [WLKY]

America has been through a roller coaster ride of job creation and job loss over the last 15 years. But sometimes it can be difficult to really grasp just how wild that ride has been. [HuffPo]

If you’ve been downtown lately you’ve probably noticed it isn’t very quiet. The music of development is in the air. Currently, seven hotel projects, ranging from family affordable to luxury, are in the works. [WAVE3]

In Kentucky Mitch McConnell leads Alison Lundergan Grimes 50/42, with Libertarian David Patterson getting 3%. [PPP Polls]

Katie King and Daddy’s Money are once again a topic of conversation because they don’t know when to quit. In the final weeks of her judicial race, Jefferson County District Judge Katie King has once again loaned her campaign an influx of cash. [WFPL]

In Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leads Democrat Alison Grimes by nine points among likely voters, 50 percent to 41 percent. [NBC News]

Twenty-one tenants in Westport Village are suing the shopping center’s owner, Camelot Acquisition LLC. [Business First]

After the official slate of candidates for Clark County came out, Mike Kane, Clarksville Community Schools board member, though he was running unopposed. But a surprise challenger came in after a mistake at the license branch was noticed. [News & Tribune]

Nothing To See, Move Along, Name A Baby Hippo

Two years after the death of Bryan Lewis, his family says it will not give up on the search for his killer. [WDRB]

A deputy sheriff who was suspended for 15 days for reporting that Jefferson District Court Judge Gina Kay Calvert had talked about her campaign on the record in open court has sued Sheriff John Aubrey, saying he violated the state whistleblower act. The good old boy system is alive and well in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Former WHAS 11 reporter Chuck Olmstead was on the air for 30 years, but his life was cut short after a brain aneurysm. [WHAS11]

A beer giant’s application for a distribution license in a western Kentucky city has stirred complaints that the venture would upset the state’s long-held system for distribution of alcohol. [H-L]

A thing about a hippo at the zoo is apparently the biggest news in town. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama seems to have changed his tune on gay marriage, telling The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin he believes same-sex couples in all 50 states should be allowed to marry under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. [HuffPo]

The application period to register students in Jefferson County middle and high schools for the 2015-2016 school year is now open. [WAVE3]

When the Bush administration revealed in 2005 that it was secretly interpreting a treaty ban on “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” as not applying to C.I.A. and military prisons overseas, Barack Obama, then a newly elected Democratic senator from Illinois, joined in a bipartisan protest. [NY Times]

The shock of the recession still lingers in public schools across Kentucky. [WFPL]

Jeff Leen, the Washington Post’s assistant managing editor for investigations, begins his renewed attack on the late Gary Webb’s Contra-cocaine reporting with a falsehood. [Click the Clicky]

Of course the airport is suing a neighborhood. Of course it is. Because that’s how things work in Louisville. [Business First]

Clark County Republican Party Chairman Jamey Noel said Tuesday in an email to the News and Tribune that political events were held in 2013 at a building owned by the ambulance company he runs, and promised to have the party pay for the times it was used. [News & Tribune]

With economic recession further receding, Louisville Water Co. has resumed a performance-based bonus system for top employees – one that rewards its executives, managers and supervisors if they meet team goals. [More C-J/AKN]

If Louisville’s PubTrans Is Good, What’s Bad?

For decades, it’s been an oasis of agricultural land at the intersection of Interstate 64 and the Watterson Expressway. But the family trusts that control Oxmoor Farm appear to be reviving long-delayed plans to develop what is perhaps the most desirable acreage in Louisville. [WDRB]

Didn’t we ridicule this back before it kicked off? Over pounding music, the local reality TV show “Deadbeat” promises that “those who don’t pay up will be locked up.” [C-J/AKN]

If you don’t hate the gays, the close cases at the Southern Baptist Compound don’t want to play Barbies with you. [WHAS11]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes declined Wednesday to say whether she will pull a television ad that three left-leaning, pro-immigration reform groups condemned Tuesday as “offensive” and “hurtful.” [Sam Youngman]

This riverboat thing is apparently a big deal. So say all the teevee people. [WLKY]

People are changing Earth so much, warming and polluting it, that many scientists are turning to a new way to describe the time we live in. They’re calling it the Anthropocene — the age of humans. [HuffPo]

Grimes implies that she’s barred from saying who she voted for, and the Constitution includes no prohibition on that. [WAVE3]

Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets. [Reuters]

Louisville workers using public transit have “better than average” accessibility to their jobs compared to other large metropolitan areas, according to a researcher involved in a recent study. [WFPL]

Louisville’s disaster of a mayor spends his days lying on the radio. The man will be called on something, his claims will be debunked and then he’ll show up on the radio the next day spewing what he knows is false. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has ordered Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs to hold mediated discussions in their dispute over September racing dates for next year. [Business First]

Basically, everybody in Southern Indiana thinks they’re gonna get the Ebola. Two patients in the United States with confirmed cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever were both hundreds of miles away from the region, but health officials in Clark and Floyd counties said they’re still taking measures to prepare locally. [News & Tribune]

Care What Family Court Candidates Think?

Then show up to this forum!

The Center for Women & Families, ElderServe and The Mary Byron Foundation are sponsoring a forum for Jefferson County Family Court candidates. Six of the ten Family Court seats in the county are up this year and that’s sure to shake things up.

Candace Mosley of the National District Attorneys Association, a nationally known domestic violence/judicial system expert, is set to moderate the event. All 12 candidates running plan to be there.

Here are the details:

  • Wednesday — October 15
  • 6:30 P.M.
  • Bellarmine — Horrigan Hall