Your Morning Dept Of Awful Extremes

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Louisville is launching a new plan of attack against the city’s deadly heroin epidemic. [WDRB]

A “big, big change” is proposed for the busy St. Matthews-Eline library branch at City Hall and also for the rest of the building – the former Greathouse Elementary School – under a planned $4.5 million renovation and expansion project that could get started early next year. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! This accounted for SEVEN (7) of the top stories for this station yesterday. Literally – seven. One lane of Shelby and East Broadway is expected to be shut down for a week due to a crash causing a partial building collapse. [WHAS11]

The number of homemade methamphetamine labs found in Kentucky has dropped sharply in the past few years as drug abusers switched to imported meth, reducing the danger and cleanup costs associated with the small labs. [H-L]

The Louisville attorneys representing three people in a lawsuit stemming from a Donald Trump campaign rally want to depose the president-elect before he’s sworn into office. Dan Canon is one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs suing Trump and others. He said Trump incited violence at his rally in Louisville back in March. [WLKY]

Donald Trump promised during his campaign to bring back mining jobs to struggling workers in coal country. Now the president-elect has tapped for commerce secretary a Manhattan billionaire who owned a West Virginia coal mine where 12 workers died in 2006. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The review of Louisville Metro’s fiscal year budget brings some possible good news to the Louisville Metro Police Department. [WAVE3]

Mitch McConnell (R-Granny), whose wife Elaine Chao is Trump’s pick for transportation secretary, was asked if he plans to recuse himself from her Senate confirmation process. McConnell’s answer? In a word: no. [WaPo]

Work still has yet to begin on cleaning up a contaminated industrial site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood. [WFPL]

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition-team adviser on financial policies and appointments, Paul Atkins, has been depicted as an ideological advocate of small government. But the ways that the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans are likely to approach financial deregulation could serve Atkins’ wallet as well as his political agenda. [ProPublica]

It’s like Coopers’ Craft bourbon, but it’s in pie form. [Business First]

Lauren Powell said she and her husband have had plans of starting a livestock farm with pigs and other animals on their 14-acre property near Russiaville. But a pet pig? That was never on their radar. [News & Tribune]

Bevin Thinks He Can Solve Gun Mess?

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We’re not supposed to roll our eyes at this, right? Surely not. Surely this is a good thing. Louisville police are working to stop bullying and crimes against the LGBTQ community. [WDRB]

Greg Fischer said those seeking to address gun violence in Louisville and other cities, such as Gov. Matt Bevin, must consider multiple policy levers in order to halt the rise of shootings and homicides. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro police say a woman is dead after being hit by a minivan on Dixie Highway. [WHAS11]

Oh, look, now Matt Bevin thinks he can help with gun violence. Matt Bevin said Tuesday that escalating gun violence in Louisville and Lexington has his attention. [H-L]

Shattered glass covered sections of South Shelby Street Wednesday morning after a shootout a few hours earlier. [WLKY]

Congress had six months to debate granting President-elect Donald Trump’s FBI new legal powers to hack millions of computers, and Republican leaders objected to doing so on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Thirty active or retired teachers in Jefferson County are suing Gov. Matt Bevin, Senate President Robert Stivers, and soon-to-be-former House Speaker Greg Stumbo, arguing that Bevin’s “fix,” which the General Assembly passed earlier this year, still won’t be enough to meet pension obligations. [WAVE3]

Members of the hardline anti-Islam lobby are eagerly anticipating the possibility of the Trump administration designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, which is increasingly likely if conspiracy theorists like Frank Gaffney play a prominent role in Trump’s transition team. Gaffney believes the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the US government at every level and has even questioned whether Barack Obama was “America’s first Muslim president” implementing the Brotherhood’s plans. [BuzzFeed]

Some Democratic lawmakers in Kentucky want the legislature to allow Lexington and Louisville to pass gun control ordinances to help curb gun violence in the cities. State law currently bans cities from passing any type of law regulating guns or gun accessories. [WFPL]

She has also worked on a highly controversial reform package in Kentucky, where the state’s governor wants to require people with incomes below the federal poverty level to pay premiums. The proposal would also require beneficiaries who aren’t primary caregivers to work or get job training. Both the premiums and work requirements have been opposed by the Obama administration. [STAT]

Churchill Downs Inc. and Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. have completed the second part of a multimillion-dollar deal for CDI to buy a 25 percent stake in Saratoga Casino Holdings LLC that was first announced two years ago. [Business First]

A judge has ruled in favor of the Sellersburg Town Council’s decision to eliminate a position from the clerk-treasurer’s office. [News & Tribune]

Your Morning Dept Of Local TV Hype

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A proposal is being discussed that would open up positions within JCPS to felons not convicted of violent or sexual crimes. [WDRB]

When a car rolled through the Smoketown area Aug. 24 peppering a street full of teens and young men with bullets, it wasn’t a surprise. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Okay. We get that these folks have been killed. But the local teevee obsession with it is out-of-control. Why is this worthy of a news story while there are literally hungry JCPS kids everywhere? What about examining what’s going on in Frankfort? Or maybe even focusing on the local school system? [WHAS11]

For the past few months, Kentucky’s university presidents and policy makers have tried to create a way to tie some of their state funding to outcomes like higher graduation rates and more degrees in science and technology. [H-L]

When it comes to people living in poverty, a new report shows Louisville ranking among the worst. You already knew this because it hasn’t changed in your lifetime. [WLKY]

With less than two months before he has to vacate the White House, handing over the keys to a successor who has vowed to open more federal lands and waters to drilling and mining, President Barack Obama is making a last-ditch effort to save swathes of public land. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Surprise! Local teevee folks are breathlessly covering fires in Tennessee. Never mind covering their own state. [WAVE3]

Views about race mattered more in electing Trump than in electing Obama. Support for Trump was more tightly linked to racial resentment than support for John McCain and Mitt Romney in 2008 and 2012, respectively — even after controlling for party and ideology. Sorry, Adam Edelen, your bullshit talking point about economics is dead in the water. [WaPo]

Really want to stop the rise of white supremacy, Democrats? Start by drowning out alleged progressive, white Democrats like Adam Edelen when they spew out nonsense. [WFPL]

Kentucky has the 13th highest rate of incarceration in the world, imprisoning people nearly 1.35 times the rate of Turkmenistan — the highest rated country outside of the United States — and the Commonwealth’s rate is above the national average, according to a report released this year by the non-profit group Prison Policy Initiative. [Richmond Register]

The Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative — powered by a $100 million statewide bond issue approved earlier this year by the Kentucky General Assembly to deal with the state’s worker shortage — has its first round of finalists in place. [Business First]

An upcoming project for the Howard Steamboat Museum in Jeffersonville is expected to bring in more revenue for the museum and offer a culturally historic venue for the community. [News & Tribune]

Your Tea Governor Is Ruining Everything

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Kentucky State Police have kicked off the fourth annual “Cram the Cruiser” food drive in Hickory, Ky. [WDRB]

In a stinging rebuke that may undermine Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad’s ability to lead, the local FOP has told Mayor Greg Fischer that confidence in the chief is “at an all-time low.” [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! 2,041 – That’s the number of people killed in DUI car crashes in Kentucky from 2003 to 2012. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s dentists and optometrists asked Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration not to remove dental and vision coverage from basic Medicaid benefits. Visits to the dentist and eye doctor are often the first step in identifying more serious health conditions, including diabetes, they say. [H-L]

A man was shot and killed in the Park Hill neighborhood Friday within hours of winning the lottery. Leroy LeSean Williams, known to family as Sean, died at the scene. [WLKY]

Exactly a week after winning the presidential election, Donald Trump took time out to meet with Indian business partners and his three eldest children at Trump Tower in Manhattan. [HuffPo]

Three open concept Greater Clark County schools will be enclosed. [WAVE3]

The attacks may have seemed like just a fleeting, perverse twist on RINO (“Republican in name only”), but in fact they were something far more ominous—the stirrings of a loosely knit extremist movement soon more widely known as the “alt-right.” [Mother Jones]

The number of emergency room visits in Kentucky hasn’t gone up much since Medicaid expanded or people started getting coverage on the individual market. That’s according to a new report from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. [WFPL]

By the time Richard B. Spencer, the leading ideologue of the alt-right movement and the final speaker of the night, rose to address a gathering of his followers on Saturday, the crowd was restless. [NY Times]

Jason Rittenberry has been on the job as Kentucky State Fair Board CEO for only eight days, but he has a clear vision of ways to improve the status of the organization, which manages the Kentucky Exposition Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

Four decades of discussion, three and a half years of construction and more than a billion dollars. [News & Tribune]

Dear Greg: Don’t Let Those Trees Die

Don’t you love when she makes “anonymous” donations like this? Hopefully Greg Fischer won’t kill these. An anonymous donor has contributed $1 million to facilitate tree planting throughout Louisville, and now the community is launching an effort to match the donation, according to a news release from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s office. [WDRB]

Often, when conducting a routine eye exam, Louisville optometrist Dr. Aaron McNulty discovers that a patient has diabetes but doesn’t know it. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEOS! The mother of the teen killed in a shooting in the Hallmark shooting is asking for the violence to end. [WHAS11]

Lexington Realtors announced Friday a $16,500 program that will help pay deposits and the first month’s rent for people struggling with homelessness. [H-L]

Louisville Metro Police are searching for a person accused of killing a man outside his mother’s home. [WLKY]

Americans are overwhelmingly surprised by Donald Trump’s victory, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds, with a narrow majority saying they’re unhappy with the results of the election. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEOS! Teens and gun violence not only a problem in Louisville but, also in Lexington. A juvenile has been charged with murder in a shooting that left a teenager dead Friday. [WAVE3]

For several years, transgender U.S. Army Captain Julia Harrison shunned military social events, anxious at the thought of having to wear the pants and coat of male service members despite identifying as a woman. [Reuters]

Louisville Metro Police officials continue to offer up few details about their use of online social media surveillance software. [WFPL]

Donald J. Trump met in the last week in his office at Trump Tower with three Indian business partners who are building a Trump-branded luxury apartment complex south of Mumbai, raising new questions about how he will separate his business dealings from the work of the government once he is in the White House. [NY Times]

Turning Point Brands Inc. is spending $27 million to bring a competitor into its fold. [Business First]

Erika Armstrong grew up knowing in her heart that she wanted to help others. [News & Tribune]

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Louisville: On The Backs Of Working Poor

One of Louisville’s most dangerous roadways is gearing up for a major overhaul. [WDRB]

Joel Christopher, a Gannett news executive from Wisconsin, has been named executive editor of the Courier-Journal. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A Brandenburg City Council vote assures that the Confederate monument will be on the move by Saturday. [WHAS11]

Anyone thinking of illegally using Kentucky to dump radioactive fracking waste from other states will no doubt reconsider in light of fines announced this week by the Bevin administration. [H-L]

Louisville Police are investigating a shooting in a busy parking lot, outside Charity Bingo Hall in the Please Ridge Park area. One man was shot and another man was narrowly missed by a stray bullet. [WLKY]

I’m not going to sugarcoat this at all. We are in for a full-blown assault on LGBTQ rights the likes of which many, particularly younger LGBTQ people, have not seen. Progress will most certainly be halted completely, likely rolled back. And it’s already underway. [HuffPo]

Way to go, Metro Council! Let’s squeeze those who can least afford to be squeezed. [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]

The Louisville Metro Police Department’s growing use of social media monitoring software — shielded from the public until recently — has some city legislators calling for transparency. [WFPL]

Children and teenagers of Mexican descent make up one of the fastest-growing populations in the nation’s public schools. [NPR]

A health services company is adding 105 jobs in Jeffersonville in the next two months. [Business First]

By 2 p.m. Tuesday, Clark County Voter Registration volunteers began opening the 9,606 absentee and early voting ballots to be fed through a counting machine. [News & Tribune]

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The Hargens Mess: Still Happening

Principals at 20 schools in Jefferson County have signed up to be part of a strategic budgeting pilot program for the 2017-18 year — but the process by which the district became involved with the Boston-based consulting company was questioned by one school board member at a Tuesday night meeting. [WDRB]

In more than three decades of practicing medicine, Dr. Barbara Casper said she has never witnessed a better time than the present for the patients she treats at the University of Louisville medical school clinic. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It is the ultimate meet and greet. The Americana Community Center, with open arms, embracing the diverse families who live nearby. [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]

As the homicide count continues to rise, police are working to cut down on violent crime. One community activist said unemployment and crime go hand in hand, and he’s trying to do something about that. [WLKY]

An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! For more than two years, the Louisville Metro Police Department has actively monitored millions of social media posts throughout Metro Louisville. [WAVE3]

President-elect Donald Trump won over millions of Americans with promises of change and even some controversial proposals. Now, Trump will be under pressure over the next four years to follow through on many of the promises he’s made since his June 2015 entry into the race — especially in the first 100 days of his administration. [The Hill]

Mitch McConnell said he’s not concerned about the protests across the country that were sparked by the election of Donald Trump as the next president. [WFPL]

While Wells Fargo was creating millions of fraudulent bank accounts to collect falsified fees and boost its sales, another financial firm was creating a checking account with zero mandatory fees (including ATM fees) and a rarely seen 1.00% interest rate. [ThinkProgress]

How Trump’s ignorant trade talk could impact Kentucky’s exporters. [Business First]

Republicans in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have promised swift work to undo laws and orders written during the Obama administration, starting with the Affordable Care Act. [News & Tribune]

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