Name Changes & Buzzwords Are The Only Thing Greg Fischer Pushes. Other Than Official Coverups, Of Course.

Louisville’s emergency alert system has a new name. It will now be called LENS, which stands for Louisville Emergency Notification System. [WDRB]

A resident who lives near General Electric Appliance Park has filed a lawsuit claiming the company was negligent in storing flammable material in its warehouse. [C-J/AKN]

Community activists in west Louisville are reacting to two new murder cases that happened during the weekend. [WHAS11]

Democrats took little time Tuesday to blast U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential ambitions. [H-L]

Thunder Over Louisville officials on Tuesday announced the lineup for this year’s air show. [WLKY]

The lawmakers behind a recent congressional amendment protecting medical marijuana operations in states where the drug is legal strongly rebuked the Department of Justice for trying to continue to crack down on some medical marijuana businesses. [HuffPo]

This happened in your city yesterday. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul announced on his website Tuesday morning that he is running for president. [WAVE3]

State Rep. Sannie Overly, a Democrat, is fighting to keep what she knows about harassment and retaliation in Frankfort a secret. [Page One]

A new partnership between the Louisville Metro Housing Authority and the Coalition for the Homeless aims to help more homeless residents find permanent housing. [WFPL]

Will you be going to Governor Bigot Beshear’s Kentucky Derby celebration in Frankfart? [Click the Clicky]

Louisville-based Humana Inc. says it expects a funding increase of about 0.8 percent for its Medicare Advantage patients in 2016. The company had been expecting a decrease of 1.25 percent. [Business First]

The relationship between Mayor Jeff Gahan’s administration and the police union appears to be strained. A police officer is under investigation for a Facebook post and questions have arisen regarding apparent attempts to cease pay for embattled officer Laura Schook. [News & Tribune]

Do You Want Greg Fischer To Raise Your Taxes?

Plans will move ahead to close the New Albany Pillsbury plant, despite efforts by the mayor and city council to keep the company — and its 400 jobs — from leaving the city, a union representative says. [WDRB]

Carolyn Miller Cooper, executive director of the city’s Human Relations Commission, struggled to sleep Monday night. [C-J/AKN]

On a chilly night in downtown Louisville rainbow colors warmed the night sky as the lights of the Big 4 Bridge officially turned on. [WHAS11]

Requesting help to avoid a “costly and time-consuming legal challenge,” U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is asking members of the Republican Party of Kentucky’s central committee to create a presidential caucus in 2016. [H-L]

A Louisville man is behind bars in connection with a string of home burglaries. [WLKY]

Of course Rand Paul is appearing in a crazy ass anti-gay documentary. The only thing that’s surprising is that it’s not a pro-Jim Crow documentary. [HuffPo]

Police say an inmate escaped from Metro Corrections after taking the place of another inmate at the office for the home incarceration program. [WAVE3]

Louis Brandeis was wrong. The lawyer and Supreme Court justice famously declared that sunlight is the best disinfectant, and we have unquestioningly embraced that advice ever since. [ProPublica]

As an anti-smoking rally descended on the Capitol rotunda on Wednesday, a bill that would ban smoking in public places across Kentucky is still waiting to be heard on the state House floor. [WFPL]

If you missed it yesterday, a Circuit Court judge entered the most remarkable eff you Order of Recusal we’ve ever seen. And it was in the Joshua Powell case in Montgomery County! [Page One]

A new ranking of public universities was a mixed bag for the University of Louisville, which scored high in admissions and has shown growth in diversity, costs and advancement but is still struggling with prestige nationally. [Business First]

Television and radio stations were approved for each of Greater Clark County Schools’ high schools at Tuesday night’s board meeting, with funding to get figured out next month. [News & Tribune]

Do you really want to trust GREG FISCHER to raise your taxes? Of course you don’t. [Ronnie Ellis]

Fischer Continues Fight To Raise Your Taxes

Kentucky is trying to do more to protect victims of dating violence. [WDRB]

With mayoral and city council primaries less than three months away, Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore will deliver his annual State of the City address Tuesday at a Jeffersonville Rotary Club luncheon. [C-J/AKN]

While George Junior went to Frankfort to beg for the right to raise your taxes, Rome continued to burn. [WHAS11]

A proposal to shore up the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System with the state’s largest-ever bond issue won approval Tuesday by the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. [H-L]

Greg Fischer will officially illuminate the Big Four Bridge in a celebration planned for Wednesday evening. [WLKY]

The U.S. government is creating a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats, pooling and analyzing information on a spectrum of risks, a senior Obama administration official said on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Surely no one actually drinks this Angel’s Envy stuff. [WAVE3]

The Supreme Court is reviewing lethal injection for the first time in seven years. [ProPublica]

Here’s your NO DUH moment of the year. Records shed little light on vetting of new University of Louisville executive from scandal-plagued school. [WFPL]

House Democrats plan to hear their own version of a bill to combat the rise in heroin usage in Kentucky but the bill’s primary sponsor says he’s highly confident any differences can be worked out with the Republican Senate which has already passed its own measure. [Ronnie Ellis]

This might be a case of ending up with more than you bargained for. Last year, Anheuser-Busch LLC, a Louisville-based distributor owned by multinational beverage giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, purchased Budweiser of Owensboro, a previously unaffiliated distributorship. [Business First]

Though Groundhog Day was Monday, some New Albany officials feel like they’ve been through this scenario before. [News & Tribune]

Ethics Aren’t A Thing Here In Possibility City

Another day, another pedestrian death in Possibility City. [WDRB]

Because of course they dropped the ethics charges. The Metropolitan Sewer District ethics charges that were shedding light on the inner workings of the agency were dropped Friday by the agency’s Audit Committee, clearing former chairman James Craig and current board member Lonnie Calvert. [C-J/AKN]

Joseph Cambron’s denial lasted more than five hours during an interrogation with police, claiming he had nothing to do with a 12-year-old boy’s murder the day before. It wasn’t until the end of that police interview on Oct. 1, 2014, that Cambron confessed, for the first time, to the crime. [WHAS11]

A highly invasive fish commonly called Asian carp is proliferating in the Ohio River at Louisville. Wildlife officials say they have a spawning area below the McAlpine Locks and Dam. [H-L]

Another day, another senseless murder in Possibility City. A man was shot and killed early Sunday morning in front of a Louisville home. [WLKY]

Voters in three key battlegrounds support tax hikes on the rich. [HuffPo]

Investments in downtown Louisville continue. Friday night, word that the historic Starks Building may be renovated to include a 200 room hotel and 100 rental apartments was posted on a company’s website. [WAVE3]

Wanna see an entitled school board member act like a WATB because WFPL didn’t bow at his feet? Here’s David Jones doing just that. Sure, Ryan could have put in more than five minutes of effort on the story but this sanctimonious bullshit from Jones takes the cake. It’s worse than that silly front page spread featuring he and his wife wherein they pretend to be champions of education with a reach-around from Greg Fischer. [Guilty Dog Barks First]

Steve Haag, a spokesman for the Louisville Metro Council Republican Caucus, said Republican council members question the language within the investigation’s findings. “They used the term ‘willingly’ and ’intentionally’ — but what they don’t use is the work knowingly,” he said. “Yes, maybe nobody wanted to hurt this dog, but did they know the dog was hurt?” [WFPL]

The homeless face many challenges, but one is basic: it’s difficult to get clean. Even if they go to a shelter, those shelters don’t usually have laundry services and may not even have a shower. [Think Progress]

The Ports of Indiana handled more than 10.4 million tons of cargo in 2014, and have set a record in annual shipments. [Business First]

Floyd County Clerk Christy Eurton was asked by the New Albany City Council when additional voting machines needed to be purchased for the city’s primary election in May. [News & Tribune]

PEE ALERT: PIU Says No Wrongdoing At LMAS

What, there’s someone out there who thought Greg Fischer’s Public Integrity Unit would find wrongdoing at Louisville Metro Animal Services?

Here’s a joint statement from Cindi Fowler and Kelly Downard:

We welcome the opportunity to review the findings of the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office as well as the Public Integrity Unit. The Metro Animal Services Ad Hoc Committee began its work last September in hopes of resolving a number of questions that arose out of reports following the death of an animal under the control of Metro Animal Services. The Metro Council worked hard last year to compile our report and we look forward to reading the work of two other bodies to get answers to some of the questions that we weren’t allowed to investigate.

Because this body has not had the opportunity to read this document prior to its release to the press by the Mayor’s Office, we will not be able to make any comments regarding its content. As co-chairs for the Animal Services Committee we look forward to beginning to close out our work on this matter by calling those persons who were kept from speaking to the committee last fall and following up on any items uncovered within the PIU report.

We already know that Metro Council found wrongdoing. So much wrongdoing that it chastised the mayor and his henchwoman, Sadiqa Reynolds. It went so far as to create a whistleblower protection ordinance in honor of our investigative reporting.

So the PIU finding nothing?

HAHAHA!

Pass the popcorn and put on your goggles.

FLASHBACK:

There you go. Read all about what the Metro Council discovered and reported.

Then read all about the entire council voting in unison to stick it to Greg Fischer and his team.

Remember it all as you hear about Fischer’s own people saying they found no wrongdoing. And know in your heart, your mind, your gut that he’s flat-out lying.

It’s some serious bullshit.

Let’s Hope For A Scandal-Free Friday, Folks

New body cameras have arrived in Jeffersonville and officials hope they will protect both police and the public. [WDRB]

Now’s your chance to tell JCPS exactly what you think. We’re linking to this old story because that front-page hype about David Jones and his wife was insane. [C-J/AKN]

While Kentucky legislators debate ways to fight the deadly spread of heroin abuse, a new poll indicates that problems with the drug continue to grow worse, particularly in the state’s metropolitan areas. [WHAS11]

The Legislative Research Commission must turn over all sexual harassment complaints involving lawmakers and staffers filed within the past five years, plus an investigative report about allegations against former state Rep. John Arnold, a judge ruled Wednesday. [H-L]

A 14-year-old special needs boy has a brand-new three-wheel bike, after his was stolen in Okolona. [WLKY]

Rand Paul on Wednesday continued to walk back his comments that parents should be allowed to choose whether to vaccinate their children, saying he holds the same position as President Barack Obama on the matter. [HuffPo]

A Franklin County judge on Wednesday agreed to add House Majority Whip Johnny Bell as a defendant in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a legislative staffer. [WAVE3]

President Barack Obama’s pledge to reform the way U.S. spy agencies access vast amounts of metadata on Americans’ telephone calls is facing increasing obstacles, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. [Reuters]

Wiltshire Pantry Bakery and Cafe on Barret Avenue will likely lose a few regulars this fall. About 300 city employees currently working at the Urban Government Center on Barret Avenue will relocate to the Edison Center on Seventh Street in Old Louisville. [WFPL]

The low-level radioactive waste disposal site Maxey Flats near Hillsboro is prepared to enter its final capping construction, which will be performed by Montgomery County’s Walker Co. [Ashland Independent]

Shares of Louisville-based Humana Inc. are up about 1.23 percent this afternoon, to $150 per share. That’s after the company reported higher fourth quarter revenues and profits compared to a year ago. [Business First]

It was a Louisville judge who finally made Jerry Westmoreland sober for good. Westmoreland had spent days in jail suffering from delirium tremens — better known as the DTs — when the judge sent him out of Louisville instead of back into Central State Mental Hospital. [News & Tribune]

The Willihnganz Mess At UofL Just Got Scandalous

Oooh, the scandal is thick at the University of Louisville. And not just because of the Wolfson article we highlighted earlier on Page One.

Get a load of the letter to the editor Sam Connally sent to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, Faculty Senate, et al.

Here’s the email he sent:

Feb 4, 2014

Uof L Board of Trustees —

Attached you will find an “Open Letter” sent to the editor of the Courier-Journal this afternoon, regarding Shirley Willihnganz’ resignation as EVP and University Provost, in which I clarify pending complaints regarding allegations of misconduct on the Provost’s part related to the funding of the UofL health plan and the integrity of race discrimination complaints.

My opinions, of course, are personal in nature and reflect my best personal and professional belief as to the facts that govern my recent termination from UofL on at at-will basis, without cause, as Vice President for Human Resources and University EEO Officer. All documents referenced in the attached letter to the editor have been released to the public by the University and are in the public domain. Thank you.

With all best wishes,

Sam Connally

And the letter:


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The best part of it all?

I do not expect your readers to take my word for these representations at face value, but in any “he said/she said” environment, the astute reader will ignore what both sides are saying and “just follow the money.” The money chase will lead to the truth as it always does. This is why God created courts and judges and juries – so that the truth will ultimately be discovered and known by those who care.

Get the popcorn ready!