Fischer-LMAS Scandal Still Churning Stomachs

An elderly woman’s wish has been granted, and WDRB’s Rachel Collier was there as she was surprised with a gift that will change how she lives. [WDRB]

The Louisville Metro Housing Authority is reevaluating a plan that would implement a $75 monthly rent for randomly selected Section 8 participants after housing advocates called the proposed study unfair. [C-J/AKN]

The Indiana Gaming Commission is investigating a bomb threat that came into the Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth, Ind. July 10. A WHAS11 I-Team investigation uncovered much more about the so-called threat and a man who was publicly lead away in handcuffs that same night. [WHAS11]

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ latest campaign ad unfairly and inaccurately blames U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for lost coal jobs, according to the Kentucky Coal Association. [H-L]

WARNING: Ridiculous auto-play video that no one at the station seems to recognize is awful. Three arson investigations are underway in Old Louisville after a series of early-morning fires were set intentionally, according to investigators. [WLKY]

Agreeing to implement Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion could effectively improve the health of babies who haven’t even been born yet. [Think Progress]

Louisville has seen cases of unaccompanied children before concerning countries like Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, but with a large Central American population in the area some agencies are planning ahead. [WAVE3]

Want to read the most scandalous Louisville Metro Animal Services story yet? Have at it. The worst in eight years of our LMAS coverage. Everyone from Greg Fischer on down are to blame and should be prosecuted. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The University of Louisville has responded to a request by the state attorney general to justify its refusal to turn over documents to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, in the latest step in an ongoing battle over public records. [WFPL]

Forty-eight food destinations in eastern Kentucky are included in a new mapguide developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to promote culinary tourism throughout the region. [Press Release]

Vendors at The Forecastle Festival were beyond pleased with their sales this weekend. [Business First]

Indiana produced 10,000 private-sector jobs last month, however the state’s unemployment rate crept up, and the Louisville Metro Statistical Area has seen sluggish labor gains over the year compared to other cities. [News & Tribune]

Let’s All Feel The Compassion In Possibility City

A hearing officer has recommended overturning the hiring of a state merit worker at Little Sandy Correctional Complex after House Democratic Floor Leader Rocky Adkins endorsed the man, the son of a local politician, over the applicant deemed best qualified. [H-L]

Just a reminder that compassionate things like this are happening all over Possibility City. [FOX41]

Everybody is steal freaking out because some other CBS station is now airing in place of WLKY. [C-J/AKN]

Some bridge construction debris fell into the Ohio River and people are freaking out about it. [WHAS11]

Just like we told you yesterday. Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller, R-19, says he agrees with the Jefferson County Attorney that the Government Accountability and Ethics Committee should hold off on investigating purported ethics violations by Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2. [WFPL]

Here’s more about Louisville’s compassion and possibilities. This man was indicted after an alleged robbery went down with gunfire. [WAVE3]

You mean crappy public transportation can keep the poors from having jobs? Surely not. Surely the public transportation system – especially in Kentucky – is wonderful. [HuffPo]

Thank goodness WLKY (noticed that no other station mentions when a competitor is forced off the local cable extortion company?) isn’t running on your fancy cable. Otherwise you would be subjected to this “exclusive” David Camm interview. Because that jackass is clearly the most important news on earth. [Here & Here]

Also, that WLKY-Insight-TimeWarner cat fight is highly entertaining. You should read the latest details of their affair or whatever. [Business First]

You should probably read this paper from Boston College. It’s all about how Kentucky Retirement Systems is the worst pension system in the entire country. [Page One]

Metro Animal Services Was Nowhere To Be Found

Why, of COURSE Metro Animal Services is refusing to return calls in an emergency situation. Of course they are. Not even returning calls when a media outlet tries to get in touch. Anybody with enough common sense, though, would have used their googler to locate another animal welfare agency to help them out. So one has to wonder whether WAVE’s people have common sense. [WAVE3]

Remember Sexytime Herman Cain and that lady he sexytimed for like 13 years? Yeah? That sexytime all started in Louisville and sexytime lady has written about it on the internet! Go read it posthaste. [Salon]

Way to go, Old Louisville, for your latest murder near First and Ormsby. Metro Police are searching for a gunman in a fatal shooting in Old Louisville. [FOX41]

Jefferson County Public Schools has decided it won’t charge parents and others wanting to volunteer in schools a $10 fee for a background check, instead setting aside $150,000 in its 2012-13 budget to cover the cost. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. employers hired at a dismal pace in June, raising pressure on the Federal Reserve to do more to boost the economy and dealing another setback to President Barack Obama’s reelection bid. [Reuters]

Here’s more from one side of the Avalon guy and the Derby Museum snafu. Now that a lawsuit has been filed. [WHAS11]

Reading this story about Housing with quotes from Sadiqa Reynolds really illustrates everything. [C-J/AKN]

Exit ramps aren’t open again today and local drivers are beginning to freak out. This is Possibility City. [WLKY]

Last year, the western Kentucky town of Madisonville was runner-up in a nationwide contest aimed at being named the “Best Town on Earth.” This year, it wants to be No. 1. [H-L]

An investigation by NPR and several partners has found that black lung disease is far from being eradicated among coal miners. On the contrary: the reports outline a disease where diagnoses have doubled in the last decade in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. [WFPL]

A 20 year educational lesson? Evidence from America and Britain shows that independence for schools works. [The Economist]

New Albany Says Louisville To Blame For Its Crime

A paramedic in Louisville is being ignored by Greg Fischer and most of his administration after an amputation. Meanwhile, the Parks director was allowed to keep his job after driving drunk in a city-owned vehicle, Metro Animal Services is killing more than ever before, the head of the Metro Sewer District was excoriated in an audit but allowed to keep a $200,000 bonus. You can see where their priorities are. [The ‘Ville Voice]

We love watching Greg Fischer make public appearances with campaign finance crooks who, well, fleece veterans. [C-J/AKN]

Wow, Robert White allegedly ordered a forensic search of his new office’s computers and then demoted a captain in reaction to a letter that contained concerns about him. [Denver Post]

You’ve read and heard all about the Indiana Secretary of State getting indicted for committing all kinds of voter fraud. But you probably haven’t heard much about Ruth Ann Palumbo, a Democratic legislator in Frankfort who is doing the very same thing with absolutely no consequences. [Page One]

The murder trial(s) of Jeffrey Mundt and Joseph Banis are crazy and people in Old Louisville are still freaked out. What a disaster. [FOX41]

Amazon is expected to build a massive distribution center in Jeffersonville. This is amazing news for the Louisville area. Not even on the jobs front – but for people who like getting stuff quickly. [C-J/AKN]

Wow, Louisville, this is a whole new level of nasty. Repeatedly vandalizing a memorial for a murder victim. [WAVE3]

Yep, we can all still roll our eyes at this Louisville Orchestra argument that continues to play out in the press. [Business First]

Nearly $10million in FEMA funds are being spent to buy up homes in flood-prone areas in the West End. [WHAS11]

Attica Scott says she’s ready to defend her first district Metro Council seat, which she won via appointment. [WFPL]

New Albany po-leece say crime is down in that Southern Indiana city because the Sherman Minton is closed. Roll your eyes really hard at that one. [WLKY]

Metro Government MIGHT Get Something Right!

A dog getting mauled to death while in the “care” of Metro Animal Services is just the latest in a years-long string of horse shiz. [FOX41]

Okay, this issue apparently died down. But how do you feel about two-way traffic coming to portions of Brook and First Streets? [Broken Sidewalk]

The Belle of Louisville has canceled Easter! At least, the Easter Brunch has been canceled thanks to high water. [Press Release]

Parker Raque, a local at Penn State, has earned All-America honors as a gymnast. [GpPSUsports.com]

Douglass Boulevard Christian Church is standing with marriage equality. This is another significant move to push this city and this state forward. [WHAS11]

Decades after the gay rights movement swept secular schools, more gays and lesbians are coming out at Christian colleges but are running up against conservative administrators, trustees and alumni. [NY Times]

A trial has finally been set in the Andrew Compton murder case and the community once again has its stomach in its throat. [WAVE3]

The editorial board is right again and the University of Louisville needs to stop treating public dollars like they’re private. [C-J/AKN]

Metro Council is seeking stronger ethics rules for quasi-governmental agencies. [WFPL]

Hope you got a load of some of the quarterly campaign finance reports for Kentucky candidates on the federal level. [Page One]

Maybe something IS being done about abandoned properties and such??? [Metro Gubmint]

Here are the latest details from Bobbie Coleslaw’s gubernatorial campaign, which is apparently never getting off the ground. [H-L]

Welcome To Nothing But All Judy, All Day, Forever

Metro Council has asked for clarity on removal of members. Ole Dirty Judy should be getting ready for ouster. [WAVE3]

Like in this California town, there are a few public officials Louisville should get to recall. Same goes for a few others out in the state. [NY Times]

Jonathan Miller officially quit his job with state government yesterday to be a lawyer again. [Page One]

The Herald-Leader’s day tripper says Old Louisville is great as a new place to visit. [H-L]

Here’s the deal – you should be taking advantage of these special rates at Kentucky State Parks cottages over the next two months. [More Page One]

Greg Fischer says everything is on the table when it comes to the budget battle. But we all know that’s not true. [WFPL]

Tension is mounting as Ole Dirty Judy heads toward her ethics hearing. The days of wasting our taxpayer dollars could be coming to an end and the councilcritters know it. [FOX41]

Teddy Gordon has yet another lawsuit against Jefferson County Public Schools. Apparently a girl who transferred schools after being bullied isn’t allowed to play sports. [WHAS11]

Woah, the KHRC’s executive director has a hot mess on her hands over Life At Ten. Be sure to check out the fun facts, too. [Paulick Report & More]

Go to this music thingy at Adath Jeshurun on Sunday. It’s good stuff. [Consuming Louisville]

Okay, really, what’s wrong with calling the State Senate a bunch of fat guys? It’s TRUE. True story. Same for the State House. If people can’t handle the truth, well, they need to haul ass outta Frankfort posthaste. [C-J/AKN]

Smell Of Status Quo Totally Permeates Louisville

In case you were wondering, Kentucky’s unfunded pension liabilities are becoming an even bigger nightmare for the Commonwealth. [Page One]

We heard a nasty rumor that a certain A Kentucky Newspaper may be considering dropping a Monday or Tuesday edition. I don’t believe it actually happening, but it’s interesting that that’s the rumor floating about said newspaper’s employee pool. [Oh, To A Failing Industry]

According to a new report from the Sierra Club, Indiana and Kentucky power plants emit the 5th and 6th most toxic mercury pollution in the entire country. [Environment America]

It’s silly for Fayette and Jefferson Counties to still have County Judges-Executive. Absolutely silly. A waste of time, money and space. [H-L]

Greg Fischer gave his State of the City address yesterday. If you missed it, feel free to listen to it or read about it. [WFPL]

He says the status quo is unacceptable, but he was keen on understating the negatives yesterday. There’s a big difference between “almost 25,000” and 34,600 jobs lost. A big difference. [FatLip]

Someone probably needs to inform the County Attorney’s office that there’s more going on at Louisville Metro Animal Services than a few sexual harassment lawsuits against the former director. And to suggest that folks who have problems with LMAS go directly to the mayor’s office? Really? To the guy who has gone so far as to make threats and try to cover various messes up? REALLY? To the guy who issued a notice to administration and government types that any and all meetings, proclamations and events would have to be scheduled with Fischer via a form on his website, never on the phone or in-person? Riiiiight. Smells like status quo to me. [Even More FatLip]

It’s sad that the Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville fired a woman for complaining about its cover-up of a priest’s alleged behavior. It’s almost like Metro Government firing LMAS employees when they complain about anything. If not similar, it’s at least as disgusting. [FOX41]

Metro Councilman David James wants to bring live entertainment back to the Old Louisville neighborhood. Seems like a no-brainer, right? [WAVE3]

90% of JCPS parents say they believe diverse schools benefit their children. 79% believe their children should be able to attend the school closet to their home even if it increases segregation. Meanwhile, some JCPS board members are poo-pooing the results. [WHAS11]