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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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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THE SHITSHOW IS ALMOST OVER!

To be blunt, a Clinton probably won’t carry Kentucky for a third time because of bigots like Bill Lamb. We’ll all be better off once his generation finally dies off in another decade or so. And no, that’s not insensitive, it’s a fact of life. The vile racism and willful ignorance those folks spew upon the Commonwealth ought to upset you every single time you take a breath. [WDRB]

Rand Paul and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray went to friendly territory on Saturday as they looked for final votes heading into Tuesday’s election. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! One man is still alive after a hit and run on 2nd and Broadway early Friday morning. Miranda Nelson says she was walking across the street with the man as he got hit by an SUV. [WHAS11]

Shitbirds of a feather flock together. In early October, Gov. Matt Bevin stood in the Capitol Rotunda, a few short steps from his office, and recorded a video because he had caught wind of a Democratic news conference that would call his record on education funding into question. [H-L]

Dozens walked through West Louisville Saturday spreading a message of peace as the city sees an increase in violence. [WLKY]

Shortly after the first presidential debate, former Obama adviser David Axelrod said on CNN that the commander in chief “can send armies marching and markets tumbling.” [HuffPo]

Two people are recovering after being stabbed at a Louisville Bar early Sunday morning. [WAVE3]

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said Sunday that Donald Trump’s final ad, which includes multiple Jewish Americans, is “something of a German Shepherd whistle.” [The Hill]

More unchecked bullshit from LMPD, so you know this can’t end well. But that’s what you’ve come to expect from Greg Fischer’s crew. The Louisville Metro Police Department has spent nearly $140,000 in recent years on social media monitoring software that can track and compile data on a vast number of internet users. The department’s ability to surveil social media users comes with little oversight and no guiding policy, according to documents obtained through the Kentucky Open Records Act. [WFPL]

As the youngest members of the millennial generation became old enough to vote in this year’s U.S. presidential election, states and social media platforms poured efforts into online registration, hoping to attract these tech savvy voters who now rival Baby Boomers as the country’s largest demographic. [Reuters]

You can thank human tire fire and homophobic trainwreck Matt Bevin for this. Kentucky took a tumble in the latest rankings of the states’ business climates by Site Selection magazine. [Business First]

In the last presidential election, 5,187 people voted early in Floyd County. [News & Tribune]

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Your Monday Morning Dept Of Shootings

Police say two people were transported to University Hospital with serious injuries after a crash involving a motorcycle and a car at Zorn Avenue and River Road. [WDRB]

A group of angry Louisville Metro Council members lashed out Sunday at Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration and opponents whose lawsuit delayed the mega-retailer Wal-Mart development on West Broadway following the company’s decision to drop its construction plans. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Metro Police have confirmed the shooting of three people in the Portland neighborhood Sunday. [WHAS11]

Like an older brother ignoring the punches of his younger sibling, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul mostly ignored his Democratic opponent, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, as the two spoke on the lawn of the Daviess County Courthouse Thursday afternoon. [H-L]

Louisville Metro police are at the scene of a shooting in the Shawnee neighborhood. [WLKY]

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump frequently complains about the possibility of “voter fraud” swaying the 2016 presidential election in favor of Democrats, and on Sunday he told supporters in Colorado they should take secondary steps ― ones that could result in fraudulent vote tallies ― in order to guard against this. [HuffPo]

The newest member of the Louisville Metro Police Department officially has a name – Churchill. The member of the LMPD’s Mounted Patrol was donated by the Churchill Downs Foundation. [WAVE3]

In the past 24 hours, two high-profile figures from opposite sides of the political spectrum have accused FBI Director James B. Comey of potentially and illegally influencing the presidential election. [WaPo]

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is keeping his message focused on the economy heading into the final week of his campaign for U.S. Senate. [WFPL]

Hillary Clinton has established a slim edge over Donald J. Trump in early-voter turnout in several vital swing states, pressing her longstanding advantages in state-level organization and potentially mitigating the fallout from her campaign’s latest scrap with the F.B.I. [NY Times]

Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. saw revenues gains and more than doubled its net income during the third quarter, but the casino, racing and gaming company said it must be more cautious in how it spends money to acquire users for Big Fish Games after profitability flagged. [Business First]

Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence stopped by Jeffersonville’s Nachand Fieldhouse on Sunday to support his lieutenant governor’s bid to replace him as Indiana governor — and to rally support for presidential candidate Donald Trump. [News & Tribune]

Muhammad Ali Blvd Gentrification In 3, 2…

From violence and crime to a thriving business district, there is a plan in the works to transform a 15-block stretch of Muhammad Ali Boulevard. [WDRB]

t’s time again in Jefferson County for the annual school scramble, where thousands of parents pore over the offerings and test scores and reputations of different schools, trying to foretell which choice will be the right one for their child. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Christmas is two months away, but UPS is already preparing for the holiday season. The company is expecting record holiday delivery of more than 700,000,000 packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. [WHAS11]

Jesse Benton, a former campaign manager for Republican U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, is active in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate contest this fall even though he was convicted in May on felony political corruption charges and was accused by a British newspaper this week of trying to funnel illicit donations from a foreign source into the presidential race. [John Cheves]

Louisville police equine officers are a valuable tool in protecting the community. Now the department is allowing the public to get involved with one of its newest recruits. [WLKY]

Republicans these days are disgusting. Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk made an ill-advised jab about the birthplace and ancestry of his Democratic opponent, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, during a debate on Thursday. [HuffPo]

A lawsuit filed against the Louisville Metro Government, Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad and an officer who shot and killed a man in 2014 has been dismissed. [WAVE3]

At three large rental buildings emblazoned with gold letters spelling out T-R-U-M-P P-L-A-C-E on the Upper West Side, the lobby rain mats embossed with the same name are being replaced, tenants say. The new versions, they have been told, will proclaim the buildings’ addresses, 140, 160 or 180 Riverside Boulevard. [NY Times]

The Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Louisville’s minimum wage ordinance is reigniting local legislators’ desire for more local control. [WFPL]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s employees are having a “tremendous problem” with health plans they don’t actually have. Trump himself doesn’t make much use of a health plan that he also doesn’t have. And all of this is a “disaster” for the American people. Confused? Don’t worry. So is Mr. Trump. [ThinkProgress]

A new master plan created for the Kentucky Exposition Center outlines $200 million in improvements to enhance the facility. [Business First]

Susan Blake and Stephanie King Miles aren’t content to just let a problem go when they see one. So when they found out that the Anderson community was overrun with abandoned animals, they knew they had to do something to help. [News & Tribune]

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Why Do Bikes Infuriate Old People?

Proposed plans are in the works for new bike lanes along a narrow stretch in Louisville. The plan shows that lanes would go along Barret Avenue and continue onto Castlewood Avenue past Tyler Park. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairman Russell Lloyd on Tuesday retracted – and apologized for – an allegation he made in a news release Monday about Republican state Rep. Denny Butler. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! WHAS11 News has learned the police officer under investigation for a fatal August shooting is now subject of a new investigation. [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin’s administration has banned flip-flops and exposed midriffs in a new dress code for Kentucky’s more than 31,000 executive branch employees. [H-L]

A father shot and left for dead. Now, nearly a week after the death of Kenny Belt, 46, his family is looking for answers. [WLKY]

Republicans who back Donald Trump and are now expressing shock and consternation at his trashing of the democratic process shouldn’t be surprised. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Five people have been shot since Friday in the Park Hill community and one councilman says there needs to be more officers on the streets patrolling Louisville’s most troubled neighborhoods. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump rode to the top of the Republican ticket promising a “big, beautiful, powerful” border wall with Mexico to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants. Along that border, however, Americans are more likely to call the wall a “waste of money”, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. [Reuters]

A committee launched to investigate allegations that Gov. Matt Bevin illegally canceled a road project to punish a lawmaker for not switching political parties met for the first time Friday. [WFPL]

Few things are more awesome than listening to kids playing on the playground. There’s magic in that mix of laughter and exhausted breaths — giggle, pant, giggle. [ProPublica]

Slice, a 1980s-themed sandwich shop, has closed after just a few months in business. [Business First]

When Emily Carroll, a reservist master at arms in the United States Navy, learned she was being deployed to Djibouti, Africa, for a year, she sat in her bosses’ office at Denzinger Family Dentistry in New Albany and cried. [News & Tribune]

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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]