Welcome To The New Hell That Is Tolls

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A public hearing on toll-enforcement rules for Louisville’s RiverLink system is scheduled for Thursday, December 22 in Frankfort. [WDRB]

If you thought this one guy was going to save the University of Louisville from a decade of scandal, you haven’t been paying attention. [C-J/AKN]

RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! They represent Louisville greats. “I would be passing downtown and I would see all these people on all these banners,” Flora Shanklin, Alberta Jones’ sister said. [WHAS11]

About 3,500 former Daymar College students in Kentucky will begin receiving restitution checks totaling $1.2 million, Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office announced Wednesday. [H-L]

Compassionate City. Shively police are investigating a deadly crash involving a man in a wheelchair. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Rep. Ryan Zinke to become the next interior secretary. [HuffPo]

Louisville Metro Police are helping local refugees get the one of life’s most basic needs. [WAVE3]

At an average of five weather-related closures each year, students in Louisville are typically left with a week of canceled courses annually. [The Atlantic]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has publicly weighed in on the proposed location of the new Veterans Affairs hospital. [WFPL]

The Embassy of Kuwait allegedly cancelled a contract with a Washington, D.C. hotel days after the presidential election, citing political pressure to hold its National Day celebration at the Trump International Hotel instead. A source tells ThinkProgress that the Kuwaiti embassy, which has regularly held the event at the Four Seasons in Georgetown, abruptly canceled its reservation after members of the Trump Organization pressured the ambassador to hold the event at the hotel owned by the president-elect. [ThinkProgress]

Kroger Co. is offering a voluntary retirement option for many of its nonstore employees in an effort to cut costs. [Business First]

Federal prosecutors Wednesday obtained indictments against two former Vigo County School Corp. employees accused of bilking the district of more than $80,000 in an alleged kickback scheme. [News & Tribune]

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Affordable Housing Is Not A Thing Here

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Domestic violence victims are about to get more support. [WDRB]

Affordable housing is not an actual thing in Louisville and progressives need to stop acting like it is. [C-J/AKN]

How is your local media failing you this week? By giving neo-nazi white supremacists airtime to share their “white nationalist” beliefs. [WHAS11]

How to know Kentucky Democrats are still dead and will remain dead: They selected Julian Carroll as a leader. Sorry for the lack of a pee alert. [H-L]

A man was shot and killed Saturday evening on Olive Street, Louisville Metro Police said. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump and some of Silicon Valley’s most powerful executives met at his Manhattan tower on Wednesday, a summit convened to smooth over frictions after both sides made no secret of their disdain for each other during the election campaign. [HuffPo]

This is the first full day of operation for the newly opened the Lewis and Clark Bridge. For weeks, commuters have been saying the bridge will significantly cut commute times. [WAVE3]

This doesn’t make the Republican Party of Kentucky mouthbreathers/coal shills happy. Solar power is becoming the world’s cheapest form of new electricity generation. [Fortune]

Are UofL fans outnumbered in Louisville? Hopefully, if we’re lucky. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mick Mulvaney to become his budget chief could represent a major shift for the incoming administration on tackling entitlement spending. [The Hill]

One of Louisville’s largest East End hotels has been bought for $45.3 million. [Business First]

The much talked about and anticipated money transfer has finally been completed. [News & Tribune]

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After 4 Years, UofL Health Drama Ends!

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KentuckyOne Health will relinquish control of University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Cancer Center, ending what was supposed to be a decades-long arrangement with the University of Louisville after only four years. [WDRB]

The Bevin administration is taking steps to make it harder for the public – and the state’s own regulatory agencies – to ensure utilities properly manage the mountains of toxic ash and scrubber sludge that their coal-fired power plants produce in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Tolling will begin for three Ohio River bridges on Dec. 30. Bridge officials recommend Kentuckiana drivers register for transponders by the end of the week. [WHAS11]

It’s fun watching Matt Bevin backtrack on transgender restroom legislation. [H-L]

Complaints against Louisville Metro police officers are down this year, and the department credits body cameras for helping make that happen. [WLKY]

Donald Trump is calling “fake news” on CNN’s report that he is staying on as the executive producer of “The New Celebrity Apprentice” — even though the creator of the series confirmed the information and Trump’s own spokeswoman suggested he would stay. [HuffPo]

Louisville Metro police are investigating after one person was shot in the Parkland neighborhood. [WAVE3]

So of course Frankfort will continue to cut funding. An outside panel has concluded that Kentucky’s social service system is “grossly underfunded” as the state’s child protection system struggles with the large number of children whose parents are abusing drugs. [AP/State Journal]

A Louisville Metro Council committee is giving Mayor Greg Fischer the authority to negotiate a new agreement with the body that manages the KFC Yum Center. [WFPL]

Religious minorities in the United States are far more likely to have attended college or a vocational school than members of the Christian majority, according to a review of census and survey data from 151 countries released on Tuesday that found wide gaps in education among followers of the world’s major religions. [NY Times]

Distillers are working feverishly to balance the high demand for tours with an intimate visitor experience. [Business First]

President-elect Donald Trump’s repeated threats to kill the Affordable Care Act have unnerved healthcare advocates such as Susan Jo Thomas. [News & Tribune]

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Really? Move The VA To The West End?

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The East End Bridge is not just for cars and trucks. It’s made with bicycles in mind, too. There is a multi-use path on one side of the long-anticipated bridge. [WDRB]

If Aetna and Humana eventually are permitted to consummate a $37 billion sale deal, their lawyers must convince a federal judge that the companies’ plans to shed health insurance business in several states will keep competition alive. [C-J/AKN]

Here’s some actual press release stenography. Louisville is receiving a $29.5 million implementation grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Initiative program. [WHAS11]

What will Donald Trump’s presidency mean for Thoroughbred racing? After all, Kentucky’s horse industry could never get out of the starting gate without the immigrants he demagogued as “criminals” and “rapists” during the campaign. [Tom Eblen]

Police are investigating a shooting on the 400 block of South 10th Street. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump distinguished himself on the campaign trail as the rare Republican candidate promising not to cut Social Security and Medicare. [HuffPo]

Plans to build a new veterans hospital in West Louisville continues to get support from around the community. [WAVE3]

American intelligence agencies have concluded with “high confidence” that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump, according to senior administration officials. [NY Times]

A Louisville Metro Council committee will spend Tuesday afternoon discussing how to spend the city’s projected budget surplus. [WFPL]

The dangerous myth that Hillary Clinton ignored the working class. To many white Trump voters, the problem wasn’t her economic stance, but the larger vision—a multi-ethnic social democracy—that it was a part of. [The Atlantic]

A 16-acre business park spread across five buildings on River Road has sold to a partnership between Louisville-based The Hocker Group LLC and Hollenbach-Oakley LLC. [Business First]

Health officials in Indiana say the bull that tested positive for Anthrax last week is not a threat to public safety, nor has it entered the food supply. [News & Tribune]

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Can Geor… Er… Greg Stop The Violence In Compassionate Possibility City?

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University of Louisville’s accrediting agency has placed it on probation, citing Gov. Matt Bevin’s interference with the independence of the university’s board of trustees and the employment of its president. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is proposing spending millions on targeted violence prevention plans for the city. [WDRB]

Greg Fischer wants more money from the city’s $6.2 million year-end surplus to be put toward public safety measures while his administration postpones its search for a new Louisville police headquarters. [C-J/AKN]

The East End Crossing is scheduled to open to traffic on December 18. The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting and ceremonial caravan crossing to celebrate the opening. [WHAS11]

Jeff Hoover choked back tears as his hands gripped the podium at the Russell County Auditorium Complex. [H-L]

Mayor Greg Fischer wants to use the $6.2 million surplus from Louisville Metro Government to battle the spike in gun violence. [WLKY]

This brand of stupid is rampant among Kentucky Republicans – and it’s spreading among uneducated Democrats. In a revealing Thursday morning segment on CNN, Donald Trump supporters claimed that 3 million people voted illegally in the recent presidential election and that President Barack Obama had urged non-citizens to cast ballots. Both claims are false. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! You can thank the Tom Owen crew for this. A family in eastern Jefferson County said they are concerned for their safety after their neighbor started to allow short-term rentals via sites like AirBnB and Vacation Rental By Owner in the neighborhood off Beckley Hills Drive. [WAVE3]

President-elect Donald Trump has committed a sharp breach of protocol—one that underscores just how weird some important protocols are. [The Atlantic]

Matt Bevin has asked the state Supreme Court to not expedite an appeal of a ruling that blocked his overhaul of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [WFPL]

Will Donald Trump really go through with all of it? It’s worth stepping back and looking at the big picture for a moment. [WaPo]

Following a recent court ruling, Mykel Mickens, a former employee at GE Appliances in Louisville, can legally pursue sex-discrimination claims against the company after being fired in June. [Business First]

Judge Andrew Adams has recused himself from the Clark County Council At-large recount, which will delay the start of hand-counting 52,204 ballots. [News & Tribune]

Bold Idea? At JCPS? *FIGHTING LAUGHTER*

It was a bold idea: Temporarily re-assign a popular principal from a high-performing high school and place him at its largest feeder middle school, one that has struggled for years with behavior problems, low academics and weak morale among staff. [WDRB]

Lawyers are supposed to settle disputes by using their words. But on Thursday, a dispute in Probate Court spilled into the hallway, where it got physical. [C-J/AKN]

Metro Police are working the scene of an apparent shooting in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood. [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin couldn’t find a Kentucky vendor? This should end really well and will likely cost way more than suggested. $583,000 seems unbelievably low. Big Brother may be watching the next time you visit Kentucky’s Capitol. [H-L]

Louisville Metro police is investigating a deadly shooting in the parking lot at Muhammad Ali and Jackson. [WLKY]

Planned Parenthood is reporting a spike in donations and demand for long-acting contraceptives since Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president while abortion foes hope to gain momentum in their quest to cut public funding to the women’s health organization. [HuffPo]

A man who was shot in the Hallmark neighborhood Thursday night has died. The case is now being investigated as a homicide, according to Louisville Metro Police Department. [WAVE3]

A work crew began to dismantle a Confederate monument in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, the mayor said, in the latest move to take down or relocate symbols of the slaveholding Southern Confederacy from the American Civil War. [Reuters]

Surprise! The WFPL folks have noticed Eastern Kentucky again. At least that Brendan jackass isn’t trying to tag poor people like cattle this time. (How is he still employed there after the mass exodus of employees?) For Freida Lockaby, an unemployed 56-year-old woman who lives with her dog in an aging mobile home in Manchester, Ky., one of America’s poorest places, the Affordable Care Act was life altering. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general is being met with alarm at the Justice Department’s civil rights division and could trigger an exodus there, former officials said Friday. [Politico]

The orange construction barrels that have been more than a hindrance to downtown commuters between Louisvile and Jeffersonville are starting to peel away as the major work on the nearly $1.3 billion Downtown Crossing has wrapped up on budget and slightly ahead of time. [Business First]

Clark County Councilman Joe Hubbard, who lost re-election by less than two dozen votes, said he’s still considering filing for a recount. [News & Tribune]

Compassionate City Or Murder City, Let’s Pick One And Stick With It

LMPD is investigating after a deadly shooting in the 700 block of Camp Street. [WDRB]

A fatal shooting reported Saturday in the Shelby Park neighborhood marked the 100th homicide investigated by Louisville Metro Police this year. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A new campaign is showing support for girls in Kentuckiana led by one of the oldest organizations promoting sisterhood and unity. [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin often touts that his administration worked with state lawmakers to stop the longtime Frankfort practice of diverting Kentucky Lottery proceeds away from need-based scholarships to bolster the General Fund. [H-L]

Louisville looooooves a pedestrian accident or death almost as much as it loves a murder. Metrosafe has confirmed a pedestrian was struck on the 15300 block of Dixie Highway. [WLKY]

Chanting “Not my president” and “love trumps hate,” thousands of demonstrators took the streets in cities across the United States on Saturday to protest against President-elect Donald Trump, who they say threatens their civil and human rights. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! For the first time in four decades, the city of Louisville has reached 100 homicides. [WAVE3]

Lawyers for President-elect Donald Trump are asking for a delay in the Trump University trial until after his inauguration, according to multiple reports. [The Hill]

Standing outside his Highlands polling place on Election Day, Mayor Greg Fischer said he thought a new Republican majority in Frankfort could be open to the local option sales tax, a pet proposal of his administration for years. [WFPL]

An Ohio judge declared a mistrial on Saturday, finding jurors hopelessly deadlocked in the case of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist during a traffic stop last year. [Reuters]

Ohio River Bridges Project officials said Friday that the final ramp closure on the bridge will end by 5 a.m. Monday, when the ramp from Interstate 65 South to I-64 West reopens to traffic, taking the bridge to its full six southbound lanes. [Business First]

Optum, an information and technology-abled health services business, is adding 105 customer service representative and pharmacy technician jobs in Jeffersonville, according to a news release from the company. [News & Tribune]

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