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]

Maybe Don’t Ignore Frankfort Republicans

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Guess we can look forward to months and months of breathless regurgitation from this station’s education reporter on the charter schools front, right? Hopefully WDRB won’t rely on its teabagger staffers to assign stories so the public will get some actual deep-dives on what charters could mean for Jefferson County Public Schools. [WDRB]

Gunmen exchanged about 20 shots at an annual Thanksgiving Day football event, thrusting Louisville past its homicide record and into the national spotlight. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Of course the report was buried in a release the day before Thanksgiving – that’s how Greg Fischer STILL allows his staff to operate. A Metro Councilwoman criticized the timing of a report showing a multiple Louisville agencies failed to communicate with each other leading to the deadly South 28th Street building collapse. [WHAS11]

Like many students, Tyler Allen spent his college days enthusiastically experimenting with alcohol. Only for Allen, it turned into a habit that was more than recreational. [H-L]

Sucks that the guy got killed but can you imagine how much could be accomplished in Kentucky if we weren’t wasting time on constantly renaming roads, bridges and buildings? [WLKY]

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee on Monday asked the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), to look into President-elect Donald Trump’s financial entanglements and make sure he’s not breaking the law. [HuffPo]

Homicide detectives with the Louisville Metro Police Department are investigating the death of a man found shot Monday morning. [WAVE3]

The Republican Party long insisted that the troubles of the inner city were cultural—but rather than apply the same logic to struggling blue-collar communities, Trump blamed their problems on external forces. [The Atlantic]

A state senator is planning to once again propose a bill during the upcoming legislative session that he says will protect religious freedoms. The bill would nullify local “fairness” ordinances across the state that protect Kentuckians from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Imagine how different things could be if Chris Hartman were permitted by the Fairness board over the past seven or eight years, as I have pushed, to spend time with these extremists trying to educate them. Kentucky would be in a much better spot than it is today. [WFPL]

You don’t get a pat on the back for ratcheting down from rabid after exploiting that very radicalism to your advantage. Unrepentant opportunism belies a staggering lack of character and caring that can’t simply be vanquished from memory. [NY Times]

Kroger Co. rates among the retailers doing the least to cut out the use of toxic chemicals, according to a new study completed by a group that aims to protect families from harmful chemicals. [Business First]

In the interest of preventing stagnation in downtown Jeffersonville, the city council approved a new zoning district that in part raises the maximum residential building height to 100 feet. [News & Tribune]

Big, Tall Progress For Jeffersonville

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Two children have been hit by cars in Louisville within minutes of each other. [WDRB]

As a busy working mother with four children — three with autism — Jennifer Adams-Tucker said it’s hard enough managing school schedules, after-school activities, doctor’s appointments, therapy sessions and other events. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A heartbroken woman, already dealing with the death of a relative last week, is desperate for answers after another shooting targets her family. [WHAS11]

Attorney General Andy Beshear wants the Kentucky Supreme Court to settle whether Gov. Matt Bevin had the authority to overhaul the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees, once and for all. [H-L]

Union workers at General Electric will vote on a new contract Tuesday. [WLKY]

If you want to know why the unabashedly racist and Nazi-sympathizing “alt-right” movement is making a mark on the Trump administration and beyond, look no further than Tila Tequila and her white nationalist friend, Richard Spencer. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Jeffersonville City councilmembers voted 5-3 to pass an ordinance that would allow for buildings to be developed to at least 10 stories. [WAVE3]

President-elect Donald Trump has selected two anti-net neutrality advisers to shape the future administration’s telecom policy strategy at the Federal Communications Commission, Recode reported. [ThinkProgress]

Immigration. It’s one of the founding principles of our country. It was a deeply divisive topic in this year’s presidential election, and it promises to be a major issue going forward. [WFPL]

Donald Trump agreed on Friday to pay $25 million to settle fraud lawsuits over his Trump University real estate seminars, in what New York’s attorney general called a “stunning reversal” for the U.S. president-elect. [Reuters]

Churchill Downs Racetrack plans to spend $37 million to build a three-story addition that will add 1,800 seats in luxury suites, dining areas and a third-floor grandstand. [Business First]

Floyd County judges have sued the county in hopes of securing 28 percent increases for the majority of county court reporters. [News & Tribune]

Walmart Mess: Your New TV Nightmare

As the number of kids in foster care in the United States goes up, Indiana is among the states seeing the largest increase in new cases. [WDRB]

The Veterans Administration has stuck with its first choice site on Brownsboro Road for a new VA Medical Center in Louisville in a long-awaited draft environmental impact statement, deeming it the “preferred alternative” over other choices — despite potential “adverse” effects. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Who is to blame for the Walmart fiasco? Greg Fischer’s crew. [WHAS11]

Safe to say Matt Bevin’s pussy is on fire, kids. We fucking said it. Matt Bevin does not mince words in his utter disdain for state Democratic Rep. Russ Meyer of Nicholasville. [H-L]

Jeffersontown police officers are warning residents about a rash of car break-ins. [WLKY]

FBI Director James Comey privately argued against having his bureau sign onto a statement saying the Russian government was meddling in the U.S. election, CNBC first reported on Monday, citing “a former FBI official.” [HuffPo]

A Louisville man would have celebrated his 41st birthday this Halloween, but he was killed six months ago. Troy Pruitt was found dead outside an elementary school in Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood on April 26. [WAVE3]

The greatest miracle of the internet is that it exists—the second greatest is that it persists. Every so often we’re reminded that bad actors wield great skill and have little conscience about the harm they inflict on the world’s digital nervous system. [Slate]

The Federal Communications Commission is defending a controversial city ordinance that sparked a lawsuit after it was approved earlier this year. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s hiring of pollster Tony Fabrizio in May was viewed as a sign that the real estate mogul was finally bringing seasoned operatives into his insurgent operation. [WaPo]

An affiliation that was teased earlier this year is now official. Louisville-based nonprofit Seven Counties Services Inc. has partnered with Nashville, Tenn.-based Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest behavioral health care providers, and will change its name to Centerstone of Kentucky on Tuesday, the company said in a news release. [Business First]

Only two of the five hopefuls aiming for Clark County Commissioners seats will emerge in November to help lead the county — saddled with a $9 million budget shortfall yet poised for explosive commercial and residential growth. [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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The First Story Is Beyond Horrific

Police say a railroad supervisor discovered a gruesome scene Monday in Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood. [WDRB]

Go looking for Donald Trump’s Kentucky, and you might find yourself on Terry Wright’s front porch. [C-J/AKN]

A Justice from the nation’s highest court stopped in the Derby City Monday as she received one of the top honors from the University of Louisville. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky is making a dramatic change in how it gives out financial aid by concentrating more on students who need help paying for college. [H-L]

The Chicago Cubs’ bats for the World Series will soon be headed to Cleveland. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s unpopularity is threatening to take the Republican Senate majority down with him. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Almost a year has passed since now-Miss Kentucky USA Kyle Hornback took the Breaking Cardinal Rules scandal to court, alleging that self-proclaimed ‘Escort Queen’ Katina Powell’s claims of providing strippers and sexual favors to UofL men’s basketball recruits devalued any graduate’s academic degree. [WAVE3]

Matt Bevin lost another round in court Friday when a Franklin Circuit Judge declined to vacate or amend his earlier ruling that Bevin could not abolish the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [Ronnie Ellis]

If you’re wondering why trust in GLI continues to fall, here’s a look at how Kent Oyler is claiming to be unsure of the presidential election. [WFPL]

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a double-digit lead in the inaugural ABC News 2016 tracking poll released Sunday morning. [The Hill]

A retail and restaurant development on the retail-heavy Veterans Parkway in Clarksville took a leap forward earlier this week. [Business First]

Taking a second shot at securing funding for upgrades and rebuilt schools, the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. has an $87 million referendum on the ballot for Nov. 8. [News & Tribune]

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Louisville Loves It A Good Hit & Run

The recent increase in violence has a local organization asking for the community to make a pledge for peace. [WDRB]

One woman was killed early Saturday morning in the second of a series of hit-and-run accidents near the corner of Outer Loop and Grade Lane. [C-J/AKN]

An early morning hit and run at Grade Lane and Outer Loop has left one woman dead and another in the hospital. [WHAS11]

Watching the live stream Thursday as the University of Louisville reacted to the NCAA notice of allegations that alleges U of L committed four level-one rules infractions relating to the school’s “escorts in the basketball dorm” scandal, one thing struck me as funny. [H-L]

Louisville police are investigating a double shooting Saturday in the Park Hill neighborhood. [WLKY]

Karl Rove is throwing in the towel. In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” the Republican strategist said that Donald Trump’s poll numbers are simply too dismal to end in victory on election night. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! After a triple shooting in the Park Hill neighborhood Friday, two men were shot Saturday afternoon nearby in the Algonquin neighborhood. The shootings happened in a part of town that WAVE 3 News has identified as one of the city’s most dangerous. One member of the Louisville Metro Council says he knows where to place the blame. [WAVE3]

Internal emails between officials in the Kentucky Transportation Department last October indicate Democratic state Rep. Russ Meyer knew about a right-of-way dispute on a road project in his district which was subsequently cancelled by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. [Ronnie Ellis]

A judge has denied Gov. Matt Bevin’s request to vacate a ruling against the governor’s overhaul of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [WFPL]

It was a powerful piece of technology created for an important customer. The Medusa system, named after the mythical Greek monster with snakes instead of hair, had one main purpose: to vacuum up vast quantities of internet data at an astonishing speed. [The Intercept]

The Louisville-Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District plans to review years of past contracts to see whether there are ways it could better utilize minority and women-owned business contractors. [Business First]

With just weeks to go before Election Day, gubernatorial candidates Eric Holcomb and John Gregg met separately with CNHI’s Indiana editors to discuss a range of topics of interest to voters. [News & Tribune]

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