Another Disastrous Week For UofL

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Let’s all roll our eyes at this non-story about Jefferson County Public Schools. Way to continually hype up what is typically nonsense. Jefferson County Public Schools has fired a teacher for using sick leave while she went on a cruise in October. [WDRB]

One year after the University of Louisville placed two top administrators on leave with pay after the disclosure they were under investigation by the FBI, the university has paid them more than $1 million — enough to pay in-state tuition for about 90 students. [C-J/AKNs]

On Thursday Bernheim Forest completed the purchase of 162 acres from a longtime Bullitt County farmer and businessman as part of a forest expansion [WHAS11]

A bill to keep the government funded through the end of April does not include a provision that would have made it easier for the horse racing industry to hire foreign guest workers who groom horses and perform other jobs. [H-L]

A new Louisville Metro Police Department unit, aimed at improving community relationships, was formed last month. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama opened up about racism he faced throughout his presidency in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Here’s even more terrible coverage about charter schools. You’ll never see a legitimate deep-dive from local television folks. [WAVE3]

Gen. Michael Hayden, a former head of the NSA and CIA, says he’s worried about Donald Trump’s understanding of cybersecurity. [The Hill]

As Republicans assume a new majority in the upcoming legislative session, the Louisville-area chamber of commerce wants the Kentucky General Assembly to pass legislation long stymied by Democrats. [WFPL]

The Supreme Court was something of an under-the-radar issue in the 2016 campaign, extremely important to some groups (especially white evangelicals), but not discussed all that much on a national level. But now that Donald Trump has been elected, and with the success of the GOP’s only-Republican-presidents-are-allowed-to-fill-vacancies strategy, it will be of tremendous importance to the country’s future. [WaPo]

The Kentucky Court of Appeals ordered Porter Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: PBIB) the Louisville-based parent company of PBI Bank, to pay more than $10 million to Signature Point Condominiums LLC, Signature Point Apartments LLC and Signature Point KTC. [Business First]

As Carrier employees in Indianapolis learned the jobs they thought were lost to Mexico were actually saved, employees at the Manitowoc Beverage Services Inc. plant in Sellersburg speculated that President-elect Donald Trump might keep theirs in the United States, too. [News & Tribune]

It’s Over! It’s Finally Effing Over!

The JCPS teachers union and its political action committee have spent at least $291,005 to help Chris Brady keep his seat on the Jefferson County Board of Education, according to newly available election finance records. [WDRB]

A family court judge whose controversial comments about gay marriage recently caught the public’s attention wants state lawmakers in Kentucky to help put a stop to quickie divorces for couples who have children. [C-J/AKN]

It’s just the kind of non-story you need to get nervous about prior to voting. [WHAS11]

Suntory, parent company of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, released third-quarter financial results Thursday indicating broad-based growth internationally for its alcoholic beverages segment, the company said. [H-L]

A Kroger store is closing and every media outlet in town is losing its mind. [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton has consistently led in a greater portion of presidential polls in the two months heading into Election Day than President Barack Obama did in both 2008 and 2012. [HuffPo]

What could possibly be worse than standing in line on Election Day, waiting to vote? Waiting to vote with small children in tow comes to mind. That’s why the YMCA of Greater Louisville is offering free Election Day child care so parents can cast their ballots in peace. [WAVE3]

In the Texas county known as the buckle on the “execution belt” for sending more people to the death chamber than any other nationwide, both candidates in the campaign for top prosecutor are calling for moderation in capital punishment. [Reuters]

If you think history doesn’t paint a clear picture of who will win this race, you have no business writing about it and have literally done no backgrounding. [WFPL]

Every election season, cries that voter fraud will threaten the legitimacy of American democracy can be heard throughout the country. [ProPublica]

Union head tells GE Appliances workers to prepare in case of strike. Contract negotiations have been ongoing for months now. [Business First]

River Run Family Waterpark was recently recognized at the United Aqua Group’s 2016 Awards of Distinction Competition. [News & Tribune]

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FUN HUMAN LEG FLASHBACK TIME

A human leg found in the Ohio River back in August belongs to a man who is estimated to be about 5 feet 9 inches tall. [WDRB]

A bipartisan task force dedicated to preventing child abuse and exploitation met for the first time Tuesday in Frankfort, where Attorney General Andy Beshear encouraged lawmakers to develop a comprehensive proposal to better protect children throughout Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Family and friends released balloons to send a message. [WHAS11]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has never had much to say about Donald Trump. But lately, he has fallen completely silent. [H-L]

Kentucky’s Office of Inspector General is conducting an investigation at the southwest YMCA childcare center. [WLKY]

“Go back to Univision.” That’s how Donald Trump answered award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos’ question on the specifics of how the GOP presidential hopeful planned to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants from the U.S. [HuffPo]

Would you like to own a pair of Muhammad Ali’s signed boxing gloves? Now is your chance. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is facing a fundraising scandal after a Telegraph investigation exposed how key supporters were prepared to accept illicit donations from foreign backers. [Telegraph]

Leigh Anne Kleitz spent her Saturday talking politics at TK’s Pub. [WFPL]

Donald Trump said he received a $17 million insurance payment for 2005 hurricane damage at his private Florida resort — and pocketed some of it instead of spending it on repairs, according to a new report. [The Hill]

Not being sarcastic: Does this matter? This year’s Bingham Fellows class has been working since January on ways to improve health in Louisville, and they presented the results at a graduation event. [Business First]

After a decade of dead-ends, the path is more open now to converting two miles of former rail lines in Clarksville to a public trail. [News & Tribune]

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Louisville Must Love Shooting Kids

Way to go, Louisville. LMPD responded to the report of an accidental shooting in the 1600 block of Brashear Drive in the Algonquin neighborhood. [WDRB]

Metro Council squeezed methane plant developers further on Thursday evening by establishing rules that limit the controversial green technology to a small area near the city’s landfill. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A grieving Louisville family continues to search for answers in the murder of a young father. It’s been two months since Brandon Hansford, 29, was shot and killed, less than a mile from his home in Pleasure Ridge Park. Saturday night, his loved ones held a vigil for him at Briargate Presbyterian Church, right around the corner from the crime scene. [WHAS11]

The federal government told the Bevin administration Thursday that its Medicaid waiver proposal has “sufficient information to evaluate” and it now wants to hear from Kentuckians what they think about the proposal. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! There was lots of reaction Sunday following an arrest in the shooting death of Joseph Key. [WLKY]

Poles apart. Night and day. Those are the easiest ways to sum up where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on environmental issues. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Sunday a vigil was held for Monica White, a 50-year-old mother of two who was found dead in a trash can in the Shawnee neighborhood one year ago Sunday. [WAVE3]

Attorney General Andy Beshear wants to intervene in a suit by the University of Kentucky against its campus newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel, in a fight over disputed open records related to sexual harassment charges against a former UK professor. [Ronnie Ellis]

Tom Owen’s face twists into a grimace when he remembers the stench that once wafted from the old city dump at the corner of present-day Frankfort Avenue and River Road. [WFPL]

For years, Democratic elected officials in Washington have been wary of going after Wall Street excesses too hard, lest the deep-pocketed financial industry throw all its resources to Republicans. [ProPublica]

The U.S. Small Business Administration and two other organizations are bringing an entrepreneurial education program for ex-inmates to four cities, including Louisville. [News & Tribune]

After a year and a half of planning, weighing options and hearing from experts, West Clark Community Schools decided against pursuing a referendum for district-wide construction projects. [News & Tribune]

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Violence & Poverty In Compassionate City? Surely That’s Not Our Reality

Violence and poverty took center stage at a west Louisville forum on Wednesday. [WDRB]

A war between two rival gangs has left several wounded and dead this summer, including a 14-year-old and 21-year-old whose funerals are Friday. [C-J/AKN]

Thursday, August 18 started as a normal day on the job for Metro Parks and Recreation workers’ Ricky Duncan and Bryan Haynes.
“Clean up the park, pick up paper, deliver picnic tables, clean grills,” said Duncan.
[WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky violated the state’s Open Records Act by refusing to disclose documents the Herald-Leader requested concerning a Hazard cardiology practice that UK once owned, the attorney general’s office has ruled. [John Cheves]

Blaine Hudson may be a big deal for some but don’t forget that he allowed – literally – most of what Robert Felner did to occur. He knew it was happening and enabled the shenanigans. [WLKY]

Donald Trump paid the IRS a $2,500 penalty this year, an official at Trump’s company said, after it was revealed that Trump’s charitable foundation had violated tax laws by giving a political contribution to a campaign group connected to Florida’s attorney general. [WaPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Interim University of Louisville President Dr. Neville Pinto sounded off Wednesday over letters from donors threatening to withhold millions of dollars in donations. [WAVE3]

Three federal prisons in California and others nationwide appear to be falling short in preparing inmates for safe release into society, investigators are warning. [McClatchy]

Work is beginning in earnest to develop a plan to take Louisville into the next two decades. [WFPL]

Donnie Gaddis picked the wrong county to sell 15 oxycodone pills to an undercover officer. If Mr. Gaddis had been caught 20 miles to the east, in Cincinnati, he would have received a maximum of six months in prison, court records show. In San Francisco or Brooklyn, he would probably have received drug treatment or probation, lawyers say. [NY Times]

The 11-day Kentucky State Fair attracted an attendance of 564,937 for its 112th outing, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. That’s down slightly from the recorded 2015 attendance of 601,672. [Business First]

Democratic candidate Shelli Yoder, running for the Ninth Congressional District, released the last five years of her tax returns, and she is calling on her opponent, Trey Hollingsworth, to do the same. [News & Tribune]

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More On The Weekend Shooting Spree

Louisville Metro Police are investigating after three juvenile females were shot. [WDRB]

A group of pastors and ministers said Thursday they are frustrated and angry over how quickly Louisville Metro Police officers shot and killed a man this week. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The 2016 Kentucky State Fair kicks off on August 18 amid multiple instances across our country of county and state fair accidents. As you can imagine, ride safety is on the minds of those on the Kentucky State Fair Board. [WHAS11]

Artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova’s latest work didn’t wind up where it’s located by accident. “We wanted something that would directly address the monuments,” Gohde said standing on Upper Street between the old Lexington Courthouse, which boasts statues of two Civil War figures, and the 21c Museum Hotel where his and Todorova’s work boasts the Frank X Walker quote, “Unlearn Fear + Hate,” which is the name of the piece. [H-L]

A shooting that left two people dead when gunfire erupted at a birthday party Tuesday in west Louisville remains under investigation. [WLKY]

Despite the world’s string high-profile terror attacks this year, the economy remains at the top of American voters’ minds, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds. A 45 percent plurality name the economy as one of the two issues most important to them, ranking it first on a list of 10 topics. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The David Armstrong Extreme Park is known as one of the best skate parks around the state. However, many have been taking it for granted and leaving it worse than they had found it. [WAVE3]

The first nationwide study to ask high school students about their sexuality found that gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers were at far greater risk for depression, bullying and many types of violence than their straight peers. [NY Times]

Lead problems with the water in Flint, Mich., have prompted people across the country to ask whether they or their families have been exposed to the toxic metal in their drinking water, too. [WFPL]

Here’s Matt Bevin wasting your taxpayer dollars in favor of discrimination. Texas and a dozen other states asked a U.S. judge on Friday to block Obama administration guidance to public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms of their choice, saying it usurps the authority of school districts nationwide. [Reuters]

GE Appliances is attempting to scare, intimidate and disorganize unionized workers ahead of contract negotiations scheduled to take place [this] week, according to Dana Crittendon, president of the IUE-CWA Local 83761. [Business First]

It took several years to get approved and more than an hour to debate Tuesday, but 18 Floyd County court employees will soon see a significant pay raise due to being reclassified. [News & Tribune]

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