THE SHITSHOW IS ALMOST OVER!

To be blunt, a Clinton probably won’t carry Kentucky for a third time because of bigots like Bill Lamb. We’ll all be better off once his generation finally dies off in another decade or so. And no, that’s not insensitive, it’s a fact of life. The vile racism and willful ignorance those folks spew upon the Commonwealth ought to upset you every single time you take a breath. [WDRB]

Rand Paul and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray went to friendly territory on Saturday as they looked for final votes heading into Tuesday’s election. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! One man is still alive after a hit and run on 2nd and Broadway early Friday morning. Miranda Nelson says she was walking across the street with the man as he got hit by an SUV. [WHAS11]

Shitbirds of a feather flock together. In early October, Gov. Matt Bevin stood in the Capitol Rotunda, a few short steps from his office, and recorded a video because he had caught wind of a Democratic news conference that would call his record on education funding into question. [H-L]

Dozens walked through West Louisville Saturday spreading a message of peace as the city sees an increase in violence. [WLKY]

Shortly after the first presidential debate, former Obama adviser David Axelrod said on CNN that the commander in chief “can send armies marching and markets tumbling.” [HuffPo]

Two people are recovering after being stabbed at a Louisville Bar early Sunday morning. [WAVE3]

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said Sunday that Donald Trump’s final ad, which includes multiple Jewish Americans, is “something of a German Shepherd whistle.” [The Hill]

More unchecked bullshit from LMPD, so you know this can’t end well. But that’s what you’ve come to expect from Greg Fischer’s crew. The Louisville Metro Police Department has spent nearly $140,000 in recent years on social media monitoring software that can track and compile data on a vast number of internet users. The department’s ability to surveil social media users comes with little oversight and no guiding policy, according to documents obtained through the Kentucky Open Records Act. [WFPL]

As the youngest members of the millennial generation became old enough to vote in this year’s U.S. presidential election, states and social media platforms poured efforts into online registration, hoping to attract these tech savvy voters who now rival Baby Boomers as the country’s largest demographic. [Reuters]

You can thank human tire fire and homophobic trainwreck Matt Bevin for this. Kentucky took a tumble in the latest rankings of the states’ business climates by Site Selection magazine. [Business First]

In the last presidential election, 5,187 people voted early in Floyd County. [News & Tribune]

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Yum Brands Wants To Suck Even More?

Way to go, Yum folks, way to go. The largest food bank in the area is taking a major hit in donations. Dare to Care may have to chop 1 million meals out of its budget next year. The food bank’s biggest donor, Yum! Brands, says it’s cutting its annual donation of $1 million in half next year. [WDRB]

Matt Bevin is just as disgusting as Donald Trump. As if you needed any sort of reminder. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A lawsuit claims a security guard broke a Jefferson County Public Schools student’s collarbone when he physically restrained him. [WHAS11]

As Kentucky has turned red over the past decades, it has become harder for a Democrat to win offices in the state. This interactive provides a breakdown of what it would take for Jim Gray to beat incumbent Rand Paul in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race. [H-L]

Louisville Metro Police are searching for two masked suspects after an early morning shooting in Southwest Louisville. [WLKY]

Last month, several American white nationalists traveled to an anti-immigration conference in Wismar, Germany, and told attendants that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign represents a win for the movement—even if he loses the election. [HuffPo]

A routine police patrol turned into a major drug bust in Okolona. Officers conducting the patrol obtained a search warrant after they said they detected a “strong smell of unburnt marijuana emanating from A Team Roofing” in the 4800 block of Pinewood Road on Tuesday afternoon. [WAVE3]

For years, police and prosecutors have used special presentations to sell judges on the ​​​​​reliability of drug tests that help convict thousands. [ProPublica]

Norton Commons is shaping up to be everything Jeff Nally envisioned. He moved to the planned, mixed-use neighborhood more than a decade ago with his husband, Robert Johnson. At the time, the now sprawling community was just a few streets and scattered homes on a farm at the northeastern edge of Jefferson County. [WFPL]

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Wednesday blasted Mylan NV’s announced $465 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over the drugmaker’s classification of its lifesaving allergy treatment EpiPen as a generic, saying the amount was “woefully deficient.” [Reuters]

Here’s a terrific opportunity to throw up in your mouth on Thursday morning. [Business First]

Voters will decide between two longtime public servants for Floyd County Circuit Court judge next week. [News & Tribune]

Your Monday Morning Dept Of Shootings

Police say two people were transported to University Hospital with serious injuries after a crash involving a motorcycle and a car at Zorn Avenue and River Road. [WDRB]

A group of angry Louisville Metro Council members lashed out Sunday at Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration and opponents whose lawsuit delayed the mega-retailer Wal-Mart development on West Broadway following the company’s decision to drop its construction plans. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Metro Police have confirmed the shooting of three people in the Portland neighborhood Sunday. [WHAS11]

Like an older brother ignoring the punches of his younger sibling, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul mostly ignored his Democratic opponent, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, as the two spoke on the lawn of the Daviess County Courthouse Thursday afternoon. [H-L]

Louisville Metro police are at the scene of a shooting in the Shawnee neighborhood. [WLKY]

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump frequently complains about the possibility of “voter fraud” swaying the 2016 presidential election in favor of Democrats, and on Sunday he told supporters in Colorado they should take secondary steps ― ones that could result in fraudulent vote tallies ― in order to guard against this. [HuffPo]

The newest member of the Louisville Metro Police Department officially has a name – Churchill. The member of the LMPD’s Mounted Patrol was donated by the Churchill Downs Foundation. [WAVE3]

In the past 24 hours, two high-profile figures from opposite sides of the political spectrum have accused FBI Director James B. Comey of potentially and illegally influencing the presidential election. [WaPo]

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is keeping his message focused on the economy heading into the final week of his campaign for U.S. Senate. [WFPL]

Hillary Clinton has established a slim edge over Donald J. Trump in early-voter turnout in several vital swing states, pressing her longstanding advantages in state-level organization and potentially mitigating the fallout from her campaign’s latest scrap with the F.B.I. [NY Times]

Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. saw revenues gains and more than doubled its net income during the third quarter, but the casino, racing and gaming company said it must be more cautious in how it spends money to acquire users for Big Fish Games after profitability flagged. [Business First]

Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence stopped by Jeffersonville’s Nachand Fieldhouse on Sunday to support his lieutenant governor’s bid to replace him as Indiana governor — and to rally support for presidential candidate Donald Trump. [News & Tribune]

Everybody’s Excited For Big Toll Drama

Drivers will have roughly two months to challenge tolls believed to be charged incorrectly on Ohio River bridges, under rules approved Friday by a state transportation panel. [WDRB]

She had no prior record, but Alexandra Arnold, 21, of Carrollton is serving 10 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro Police are investigating a fatal shooting just west of downtown. This marks Louisville’s 92nd homicide for 2016. [WHAS11]

The race for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat features two self-proclaimed foreign policy realists who have vastly different opinions about how the U.S. should engage in the world. [H-L]

Louisville metro police are investigating a shooting in the California neighborhood. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s troubled campaign has seen an incredible exodus in support over the past week. After footage released last week showed him bragging about groping women, more than a dozen members of Congress withdrew their endorsements. Others, who’d previously stayed neutral in the race, called for the Republican presidential nominee to drop out. [HuffPo]

Kentucky colleges will soon get money previously cut from the state’s budget by Governor Matt Bevin. [WAVE3]

Jim Gray spent Saturday criss-crossing a swath of Kentucky between Louisville and Ashland looking for votes in his uphill battle to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. [Ronnie Ellis]

Charles Seay leans against the chain link fence outside his Smoketown home, shaking his head at the rutted street beyond the curb. [WFPL]

The U.S. economy is on track to grow at a 1.9 percent annualized pace in the third quarter following the September data on domestic retail data, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDP Now forecast model showed on Friday. [Reuters]

The University of Louisville’s endowment is set to gain nearly $29 million thanks to a reworking of debt under the umbrella of the school’s foundation. [Business First]

Initial funding has been secured and the Clark County needle exchange is expected to be up and running in about a month. [News & Tribune]

Local Media Turns Into 1980s D.A.R.E.

We love that the West End is seeing a rebirth of sorts. There’s a new push to boost home sales in Louisville’s poorest neighborhoods. [WDRB]

The dumb is thick in Oldham County. A lawsuit that questions the validity of Oldham County’s recent wet-dry referendum could delay officials’ plans to expand alcohol sales countywide. [C-J/AKN]

The clerk-treasurer of Selllersburg, Indiana has filed a complaint saying she has faced retaliation after raising questions about the town spending. [WHAS11]

Will Jim Gray beat Rand Paul? Probably not with his current team that consists almost entirely of Conway people. Stranger things have happened, though. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Another day, another shooting in Compassionate City. [WLKY]

Any high school in the U.S. that wants to carry an emergency opioid overdose reversal kit will now be able to get one free of charge, thanks to a new initiative announced Monday by the Clinton Foundation and the drug’s manufacturer. [HuffPo]

Quick, everybody freak out about drugs! A new trend is leading down a dangerous path. People think they are buying prescription pills to get high, but they are given something even more addictive. [WAVE3]

With the new year comes the continued challenge for area nonprofits to serve as many families and residents in need as possible. To energize those efforts, employees of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are lending a hand. Coupled with financial support from the LG&E and KU Foundation, the utilities’ voluntary employee-giving campaign, Power of One, raised more than $1.7 million in contributions. [Richmond Register]

A cedar log carved into a double helix with a chainsaw. A collection of wood veneer scraps twisted and wrapped to look like a tree trunk. A round sculpture built out of woven straw that is implanted with mushroom spores. [WFPL]

Of all things for Adam Edelen to attack, he chose to hit Rand Paul on foreign policy. That may be the only thing most Democrats can stomach from Paul. He’s also wrong about sexual orientation. Anti-gay discrimination is alive and well in Kentucky. Hell, the Kentucky Democratic Party runs so quickly away from the gays that it’s alarming. We can all agree that Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) is a delusional troll. But Adam Edelen needs to check his straight, white, male privilege once in a while before spouting off in another sweaty rant. [Roll Call]

The $5.4 billion price tag for GE Appliances was “a pleasant surprise,” General Electric Co. CEO Jeff Immelt said. [Business First]

For better or worse, an ordinance to require approval from the New Albany City Council for additional appropriations on projects was rejected at Thursday’s meeting. [News & Tribune]

Frankfort Will Ruin Your Wednesday

Median household income was flat or declined in all but four of Kentucky’s 120 counties in the years following the Great Recession, according to new Census Bureau data. [WDRB]

Kentucky State Reformatory was overcrowded and hazardous for inmates and staff before inmates’ federal lawsuit. [C-J/AKN]

Angela Newby Bouggess and her husband Jerry say Jan. 4 is never an easy one. Angela Newby Bouggess and her husband Jerry say Jan. 4 is never an easy one. [WHAS11]

John Yarmuth is right – Kentucky Democrats probably won’t have a viable senate candidate to run against Rand Paul. Half his staff is under federal indictment and KDP is handing him a re-election victory. [H-L]

A program that allows Lexington parking ticket recipients to cover their fines with canned goods for the hungry has collected 5 tons of food during the holidays. [WLKY]

The Obama administration on Monday defended its deportation tactics and confirmed it has begun raids on families, despite Democratic candidates and immigrant advocates saying officials could be sending mothers and children to their deaths. [HuffPo]

Twenty-eight bottles of the most sought-after bourbon will be available to the public, after it is released from the court. [WAVE3]

Or will they? Franklin County’s sheriff says the bourbon will be destroyed. [H-L]

Mega road fund cuts were initiated by Matt Bevin and almost no one noticed. But we did. [Page One]

A pair of community groups are hosting a forum next week that aims to discuss the state of race relations in Louisville. [WFPL]

U.S. manufacturing contracted further in December as lower oil prices undercut spending in the energy sector while construction spending fell in November for the first time in nearly 1-1/2 years, suggesting the economy ended 2015 with less momentum. [Reuters]

Springhurst Health and Rehab is undergoing a $5.2 million expansion project that should be done by mid-2016. [Business First]

Patti Hall saw a need in her Sellersburg community that wasn’t being fulfilled, so about two years ago, she decided to fill it. [News & Tribune]

LG&E Wants Even More Of Your Sweet Cash

The longtime member of the Jefferson County Board of Education who lost her bid for re-election Tuesday says she will continue to advocate for children. [WDRB]

With nearly all votes counted, Jefferson County District Court Judge Donald Armstrong was on track to be ousted by voters Tuesday, despite the throng of prosecutors who challenged incumbent judges. [C-J/AKN]

Hundreds of people are expected to line up outside a Louisville liquor store Sunday all for the chance to buy a rare bottle of bourbon. [WHAS11]

A third high school student from Rowan County has discovered a star. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A public meeting is set to present the new routes for treating roads during snow and ice events in Louisville. [WLKY]

Voters in four red states approved ballot initiatives to raise their state minimum wages on Tuesday, sending another message to Washington that Americans support a higher wage floor. But Greg Fischer is still clueless. [HuffPo]

A dog with gunshot wounds to the head and neck whose tail had been cut off, exposing the bone, is recovering after she was flown to Louisville for emergency treatment, according to The Arrow Fund. [WAVE3]

If you missed all the fun concession and victory speeches on election night, go dig in right away. [Page One]

All six Louisville Metro Council seats being challenged in Tuesday’s election remain in similar party hands, according to the results. [WFPL]

It wasn’t as close as everyone thought after all. Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell rolled to an easy and early victory over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. [Ronnie Ellis]

Bend over and grab your ankles! LG&E and KU Energy LLC plans to seek rate increases from the Kentucky Public Service Commission. [Business First]

Come January, there’ll be a new sheriff in town. And for what’s believed to be the first time in Clark County history, it will be a Republican. [News & Tribune]