The Jail May Be Worse Than Animal Services

Several people are criticizing the election of Louisville Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop Kurtz was elected Tuesday morning during a national meeting in Baltimore. [WDRB]

Kentucky’s colleges and universities will ask the General Assembly to increase their budgets by almost 8 percent over the next two years, in part to offset having lost nearly a third of state funding since 2008. [H-L]

It’s the story that had Kentuckiana buzzing; numerous and some incredible violations by a Louisville bus operator uncovered by WHAS11 News. [WHAS11]

Twelve-year-old Gabriel Tilly knows what it is to be hungry. After his mom lost her job last September, money for groceries came only after the $740 monthly rent was paid, and sometimes, there was not much left. [C-J/AKN]

The spokesperson for the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections was fired for reportedly leaking information about an ongoing investigation. And Chris Poynter is lying about folks meeting with Greg Fischer to reveal problems at the jail. Lying with your taxpayer dollars. [WLKY]

Oh, look, Attica Scott has time to complain about an overgrown ditch (it’s a flipping ditch!) but can’t be bothered to do her job when it comes to casting a vote to remove Barbara Shanklin. So much for us thinking she had sense enough to be on Metro Council. [WAVE3]

Kentucky Kingdom’s Hurricane Bay will have eight new attractions when it reopens in the spring. [Business First]

The Jefferson County Board of Education will consider a new policy later this month to allow some ex-offenders with drug convictions a second chance to volunteer in schools. [WFPL]

Clark County Republican Party Chairman Jamey Noel declared his intention to run for sheriff in 2014 at a party gathering Saturday. [News & Tribune]

October wasn’t exactly kind to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. General Fund receipts fell 0.4% to $722.5 million and Road Fund receipts dropped a whopping 6.4% to $127.2 million. [Page One]

Robert Booker admits that he didn’t really need the money he got from drug dealing. He grew up in a two-parent, middle-class family in Detroit in the 1970s, and his job as a lifeguard for the city’s parks department paid “good money.” [HuffPo]

Is Indiana Trying To Burn Itself Down Now?

Families say they’re terrified after a series of mysterious fires in one New Albany neighborhood. [WDRB]

Bevin has taken some fierce jabs from McConnell in recent days as the state’s senior senator accused him of being a liar and possible criminal. [H-L]

A memorial honoring veterans of the Vietnam War was erected on The Belvedere in Louisville 30 years ago. [WHAS11]

The first step was cleared Wednesday for a tax abatement that could bring about 120 jobs with average salaries of $100,000 to Jeffersonville. [News & Tribune]

A teen feared dead by her own father has been reunited with her family after being missing for five months. [WLKY]

A new study indicates that communities near mountaintop removal mining sites have a higher incidence of depression than communities without such sites. [Hazard Herald & The Study]

Another day, another fun shooting in Possibility City. A man was shot in the chest in southwest Louisville, according to MetroSafe. [WAVE3]

The partnership working to reopen Kentucky Kingdom amusement park next year received state approval Thursday for up to $150,000 in tax incentives to expand its headquarters and hire 19 workers. [C-J/AKN]

Beam Inc., parent of Maker’s Mark Distillery Inc. and Jim Beam Distillery, reported third-quarter net income of $84.8 million, down 12 percent from the same period a year ago. [Business First]

Kentucky’s governor Steve Beshear (D) recently told WKU Public Radio (October 31, 2013) why he is supporting the state’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards. [NCSE]

Fewer Americans now support the death penalty than at any point in 40 years, according to a new Gallup poll. But the level of support still remains at 60 percent, with just over half of Americans — 52 percent — believing that the death penalty is applied fairly. [Think Progress]

CART Should Go Ahead And Give Up Now

Local UPS employees overwhelmingly voted “no” to a proposed regional contract. [WDRB]

The State Budget Director just released September numbers, so let’s dig in: General Fund rose 4% to $920.1 million and the Road Fund rose 23.8% to $137.2 million. [Page One]

Oh, the things we’re hearing from Ed Hart’s world these days – maybe we’ll find time to start talking about them. Kentucky Kingdom gave rides on the classic wooden roller coaster Thunder Run to members of the media on Thursday as they prepare for their re-opening in 2014. [WHAS11]

A former director of human resources at Jefferson Community and Technical College is suing the college and its president, claiming he was wrongly fired in 2012 for criticizing employment decisions and expressing his conservative and religious beliefs. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville Metro Health Department has been taking dozens of calls about one of the government programs being threatened by the shutdown. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children issues food vouchers to pregnant women, mothers and their children. [WLKY]

While most of the Kentucky U.S. congressional delegation has canceled fundraising activities during the federal government shutdown, it’s full speed ahead for others. U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie and Thomas Massie have held fundraisers this week while the shutdown persists, and they have more scheduled for the rest of October. [Bluegrass Politics]

You’ve stopped hearing much about Matt Bevin’s U.S. Senate campaign because it’s as sad as you expected it would be. [Page One & More Page One]

An additional New Albany officer is on the street after the chief tried to fire him because of unfounded mental health issues. [WAVE3]

Jefferson County Public Schools continues to trend upwards in the number of students participating in Advanced Placement courses and taking the accompanying exams. [WFPL]

From the Department of Things That Won’t Matter… When the Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation’s suit was dismissed in July, the last legal hurdle to the Ohio River Bridges Project was eliminated — or so it seemed. [Business First]

Members of the New Albany Police Department Merit Commission heard the evidence, did their interviews, and overwhelmingly voted 4-1 last week to overturn the termination of Officer Philip Houchin. [News & Tribune]

Kept Up With That Silly Fight In New Albany?

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens says the district will now have to spend money from its reserve fund to pay for some student programs this year. [WDRB]

Construction on the massive, multi-billion-dollar Ohio River Olmsted Dam will come to a halt in January if Congress fails to increase a spending limit for the project — costing jobs and money, Army Corps of Engineers officials warned Tuesday. [C-J/AKN]

Around 6:45 p.m., police and EMS descended upon a trailer in the Autumn Lake trailer park. They were responding to a call of a shooting. [WHAS11]

Construction crews were busy Wednesday demolishing part of the historic Churchill Downs grandstand to make way for a new raised terrace and added seating near the Kentucky Derby starting gate. [H-L]

The investigation into the deadly UPS plane crash continues Thursday and is expected to take a while to complete. [WLKY]]

Rand Paul sure loves stepping into the middle of racial messes. From saying people should be able to discriminate at lunch counters, to hiring racist after racist, to saying racial discrimination doesn’t exist in elections. [HuffPo]

As of Thursday morning, evidence of the old Six Flags era will be no more at Kentucky Kingdom. [WAVE3]

The Airbus A300 F4-622R cargo jet involved in Wednesday morning’s deadly UPS crash had several mechanical and structural issues reported to the Federal Aviation Administration since it was put into service nine years ago. [C-J/AKN]

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved Century Aluminum Co.’s plan to buy electricity on the open market to power its aluminum smelter in Hawesville, Ky. [Business First]

Jefferson County Public Schools heads back into session on Tuesday. It will be Superintendent Donna Hargens’ third academic year—and the third year for the school district’s strategic plan, Vision 2015. [WFPL]

Already embroiled with the Floyd County Health Department over a permit issue, a local business owner has filed a tort claim notice over a photo that appeared on the department’s website. The photo showed a department vehicle parked in front of the New Albanian Brewing Company’s Bank Street Brewhouse, along with a posting about E. coli. [News & Tribune]

Yet Another Corrupt Metro Agency Got Caught

A court is trying to settle a dispute that’s divided the family who owns Holiday World. Again, Kentucky dodged a bullet when that family didn’t get to take over Kentucky Kingdom like Jerry Abramson wanted. [WDRB]

Mayor Greg Fischer said Wednesday he would order a top-to-bottom review of the operations of the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District, following a sharply critical audit of a key part of the agency’s air monitoring program. [C-J/AKN]

It’s a move sparked by all the recent cases of animal cruelty in Kentuckiana. The ASPCA is joining forces with law enforcement to prevent blood sports like cock fighting and dog fighting. [WHAS11]

Opponents of a controversial proposed natural gas liquids pipeline that would run through Kentucky presented 5,252 signatures to Gov. Steve Beshear’s office Wednesday, urging him to add the issue to the agenda of an upcoming special legislative session. [H-L]

It’s okay if you first thought, “Oh, that’s probably Barbara Shanklin burning a whole bunch of evidence. But don’t worry, it wasn’t. [WLKY]

Details of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program that feeds tips to federal agents and then instructs them to alter the investigative trail were published in a manual used by agents of the Internal Revenue Service for two years. [Reuters]

Rand Paul thinks they’re actually drones. They’ve been swarming Kentuckiana, causing fear in some people and curiosity in others. [WAVE3]

UPS expects designers, entrepreneurs, start-ups and architects seeking models to be among its customers for 3D printing services. [The Economist]

Indiana officials say they have found evidence of “manipulation” in the state’s school grading formula as part of a review stemming from a grade-changing scandal. [WFPL]

Residents of Kentucky use hospitals more than most Americans, according to statistics reported by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. [Business First]

Of course Kentucky Retirement Systems came up short on the performance front. [Page One]

Here’s even more about the crazy Holiday World family fighting in court. The Kochs are basically going to fight to the death. [News & Tribune]