Anchorage Mess Is About Rich Folks’ Money

When railroad giant CSX Corp. moves freight between Louisville and Indianapolis, it’s forced to lower speeds, keep trains shorter and carry lighter loads. [WDRB]

Here’s another fun made-up thing for Greg Fischer’s staff to push around all week. [C-J/AKN]

The key to the new downtown hotels is a major expansion of the downtown convention center. It’s a surge in hotel construction never before seen in Louisville, about 1,400 rooms confirmed, not including several hundred more in the planning stages. [WHAS11]

What on earth is going on in Anchorage?! Smells like a bunch of wealthy folks trying to kick some underprivileged kids to the curb. [Click the Clicky]

Peyton Hoge would be popping a vein right about now. [JLC]

Two people have been sentenced for abusing the corpse of a former paramedic. [WLKY]

Oscar winner Hilary Swank is unleashing some serious star power to help rescue dogs get adopted by families who want to make a difference on Thanksgiving — or those who just want to watch terriers instead of touchdowns on TV.[HuffPo]

It’s time for an exciting new Flack Attack! Because we all know a few bad apples = all cyclists are the absolute devil. [WAVE3]

After having the case for more than five months, the special prosecutor assigned to handle a dispute over whether Louisville Metro Councilman David James has two incompatible jobs has asked to withdraw and said she does not believe the situation can be resolved outside of court. [More C-J/AKN]

When the temperature drops as it has this week, local shelters are crowded with homeless men and women. [WFPL]

State government finalized its 20-year statewide transportation plan. [Click the Clicky]

Just when you thought things couldn’t get crazier at the University of Louisville? Jim Ramsey announces the hiring of the vice chancellor and general counsel from the University of North Carolina. The same school that’s recently been found by NCAA investigators to have committed something like two decades of academic fraud involving its athletics program. This individual would have been on the front lines, to say the least. [Business First]

Strohm was one of the key players behind a public records battle with the media as reporters attempted to look into a scandal involving student athletes and allegations of academic misconduct. [ABC11]

Census data shows the population makeup of Jeffersonville changing drastically over the next 20 years, and city officials want to make sure the city itself changes along with it. [News & Tribune]

PGA Coming Here in 2014

The big piece of news in the story we had earlier today will have a much bigger impact on Louisville than whatever happens between the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Greater Louisville Sports Commission. Or between Diane McGraw and Jim Wood.

No one will confirm it, but the PGA Championship is likely coming to Valhalla Golf Club in 2014. The event was held in Louisville in 1996 and 2000. The major championship was expected to make regular stops here, and if it does come in 2014, it would be a 14-year-hiatus.

The PGA’s official site has the tournament booked at various locations through 2016, but there’s no site penciled in for 2014. As we learned from Diane McGraw’s angry letter this morning, the PGA is planning a major announcement later this month in Louisville, to be attended by PGA officials. It doesn’t take much deductive reasoning to figure out that it will announce Valhalla as the 2014 site.

Valhalla, of course, is owned by the PGA, which took full control after the successful 2000 tournament, won by Tiger Woods.  It played host to a rousingly successful 2008 Ryder Cup, proving to PGA officials that Louisville has what it takes to host a major golf event.

And it’s about time. In fact, a six-year gap between major events is longer than most would have expected.