Cordish Nightmare Continues With More Discrimination, No Consequences From Metro Government, No Leadership, No Nothing

Five black men have filed a lawsuit against the Cordish Company, which owns and operates 4th Street Live, claiming they were denied entrance to the premises because of their race. This is the millionth incidence of racial profiling at 4th St but the city continues to give hundreds of millions of dollars to Cordish. That shows what people like Jerry Abramson and Greg Fischer really think about Louisvillians. [WDRB]

Jeffersonville police say they’ve been “stretched thin” trying to provide around-the-clock coverage in the 34-square-mile city since thousands of walkers, runners and cyclists have crossed the Big Four ramp into downtown since it opened. [C-J/AKN

Horrible Jeffersonville mayor Mike Moore says he wants to hire more police officers. [WHAS11]

Heroin was once the scourge of the urban poor, but today the typical user is a young, white suburbanite, a study finds. And the path to addiction usually starts with prescription painkillers. [NPR]

The city of Jeffersonville is getting a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to help clean up some old industrial sites. [WLKY]

Most people could be more bored to tears about the latest EPA regulation announcement. Because they’re comfortable paying a few extra bucks a month in order to not die. [CN|2]

A family came together on Saturday to remember a loved one 10 years after her murder. Angela Nelson-Carroll’s body was found off the Gene Snyder Freeway near Dixie Highway in 2004. The 17-year-old died of blunt force trauma to the head. [WAVE3]

Just in case you missed the latest on Democratic sex scandals in Frankfort? You’ll want to check our latest videos out. [Page One Here & Here]

Jefferson County Public Schools’ budget is its largest ever, and some school board members argue that the process for reaching future spending plans must be improved. [WFPL]

Pay for fast-food workers is a hot topic nowadays, particularly in the battle over the minimum wage limit. Here’s John Schnatter defending Papa John’s pay practices. [Business First]

Eating crow is never fun but that’s what Jake is doing. Help him get things squared away? If you get something out of this content, consider doing so in order to ensure that it continues. [Click Here For Details]

A $400,000 federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will allow Jeffersonville to make some of its otherwise unusable properties attractive to developers and businesses. [News & Tribune]

Media: Potential Suicide Is Not A Twitter Joke

If someone’s about to jump to their death, PUT THE DAMN PHONE DOWN. There’s no reason to tweet photos of that! Also no reason to run video footage of it on the noon “news.” Jesus H. It’s like no one has any sense anymore. [Louisville Media Failure]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said 2013 was the year that Louisville’s economy turned around and that city government has good momentum right now. [WDRB]

Developers have started marketing a 43-acre Fern Creek shopping center proposed to be built at Bardstown Road and the Snyder Freeway, while several neighbors are moving forward with a lawsuit that aims to stop the project. [C-J/AKN]

Looks like we all know where we need to start playing bingo in the new year. A Louisville man was charged after police said he was drunk when he inappropriately disrupted a Bingo game. [WHAS11]

Improvements to Mt. Tabor Road won’t include a roundabout at the Klerner Lane intersection. The city [of New Albany] has pulled the roundabout from its proposed construction design, as many residents opposed the idea during a September public hearing including the four property owners whose land would be affected by the traffic circle. [News & Tribune]

You can’t even get near a park these days without a woman shooting herself. [WLKY]

Coal mines produce what’s sometimes called black gold, but researchers at the University of Kentucky hope the mines could hold something even more valuable — a miracle drug. [H-L]

WAVE3 has long been obsessed with pornography and sex, so these stories come as no surprise. No one at the station has apparently ever been on Craigslist. [WAVE3 & More WAVE3]

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has flood-risk maps of questionable accuracy for many U.S. counties and lacks maps altogether for some. [ProPublica]

Kentuckians who have not finished their GED exams will have to take all four parts of the test over when the test is updated in January. [WFPL]

Every time we see this tree story, we can’t help but hope Greg Fischer doesn’t let them all die like he did the last bunch. [WTVQ]

Come on, Business First, how is this even a story you considered publishing? At a time when your paper is dying – and people like us buy it up and attempt to help you – the least you could do is have some sense. [Business First]

We don’t even have to mention how absurd this release from Metro Animal Services is. Pretending they investigate animal abuse. Feigning interest in the community. Miss Margaret is handing over dogs to known dog fighters without so much as an application these days – all in an attempt to up her numbers. Not a soul in Metro Government gives a flip. [Come On]

Sexytime Karen Sypher Will Melt Your Brain

People who knew Louisville’s latest murder victim say he was no stranger to violence or crime. [WDRB]

Police officers and firefighters will get 2 percent annual raises under tentative five-year contracts to be submitted today for Louisville Metro Council approval. [C-J/AKN]

Feeling itchy? Terminix has released its annual list of top bed-bug infested cities and a Kentuckiana city has made the list. [WHAS11]

We reminded you yesterday that Rand Paul’s racism and history of hiring racists to work in his government office goes back quite a while. It’s something the Kentucky Democratic Republican Party has ignored. [Page One]

Louisville Metro Police are looking for the person who gunned down a 31-year-old Louisville man outside his home early Wednesday morning. [WLKY]

Uncertainty remains about which federal benefits married couples of the same sex can claim in Kentucky two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. [H-L]

There must be something crazy in the poison Louisville water these days. A Louisville man has been jailed after he attacked another man with a hammer. [WAVE3]

Restaurant giant Yum! Brands Inc. reported declines in revenue and profit during the second quarter, primarily as a result of continued challenges in its China division. [Business First]

It’s being called a last-ditch effort. The woman convicted of trying to extort Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has filed another motion, asking to be released from prison. [WKYT]

The University of Louisville’s pediatric services department plans to increase the number of children it serves by opening new medical offices at the Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre in Germantown. [WFPL]

Students at Greater Clark County Schools will have their school day extended by 10 minutes this school year, but district officials still have to work out how teachers are affected by the move. [News & Tribune]

Ouch: Area Traffic Deaths Have Spiked Some 46%

Five JCPS high schools are receiving national attention. Newsweek and The Daily Beast released their list of “America’s Best High Schools,” and DuPont Manual, Ballard, Eastern, Brown School, and Louisville Male made the list. [WDRB]

Karen Sexytime Sypher is making some new friends these days. The Kentucky woman convicted of trying to extort millions in cash, cars and a house from University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino has a new federal home. [H-L]

Three of the young men injured in a plane crash at the Seneca Golf Course were released from the hospital Wednesday. [WHAS11]

There is one basic question that keeps being asked about the U.S. auto industry: Is it on the rebound? [NPR]

The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office is looking into a Louisville business linked to a former Jefferson County Constable. David Whitlock is once again in the spotlight. Glad to see the mainstream finally paying attention. [WAVE3]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has joined 17 other mayors asking congress to help reduce obesity by making food stamps ineligible for buying soda and other sugary drinks. It’d be silly to disagree with him but surely there are more pressing matters to attend to instead of hyping this up. [C-J/AKN]

A former Archdiocese of Louisville priest charged with sexually abusing boys in the mid-1970s and ’80s may not face trial next week as scheduled. [WLKY]

The Clarksville Town Council gave its preliminary approval to bond and rate ordinances to make way for the construction of the town’s new wastewater treatment plant at its meeting Monday. [News & Tribune]

Papa John’s International Inc. was the highest-rated pizza chain in this year’s American Customer Satisfaction Index, released this week. [Business First]

How do you know Jack Conway is running for another office? “Attorney General Jack Conwaywill participate in a round table and press conference with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to announce plans for a new, national early childhood education initiative.” [Press Release]

So far, 41 people have died on Jefferson County road in 2013, compared to 28 during the same time period in 2012—a 46-percent spike, according to Kentucky State Police statistics. [WFPL]

Here are stories from area television stations about the Gardiner Lane shooting. [WDRB, WHAS11, WAVE3, WLKY]

Arena Authority Revenue Dropped? Surely Not!

Louisville Metro Police say they found more than just drugs during a narcotics investigation at a Louisville hotel: they found several women acting as prostitutes. [WDRB]

Several Louisville Metro Council members aren’t happy with Mayor Greg Fischer for failing to restore previously cut urban services in his new budget proposal. [WFPL]

This is certainly not a humane way to put any sick pet down. The guy obviously needs a crash course on common sense. But firing him as a councilman? That’s kind of extreme in this instance – and we’re all crazed animal lovers here. [WHAS11]

Here’s your non-shocker of the morning. Arena authority financials show a reliance on city money and event revenue dropped by more than $4 million. [C-J/AKN]

As the school year rounds out for Jefferson County Public Schools, union contract negotiations began Monday between the district and the teacher’s association. This comes of the heels of criticism from Kentucky’s education commissioner about some of JCPS’ low-performing schools. [WLKY]

Kentucky judicial officials are moving to suspend a senior judge over allegations of misbehavior during two hearings, including an appeal from a death row inmate. A hearing is set for Tuesday in Paducah for Senior Judge Martin McDonald before the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission. [H-L]

Today John Yarmuth meets with Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael B. McCall. [Press Release]

The effectiveness of school suspensions is up for debate. California is the most recent battleground, but a pattern of uneven application and negative outcomes is apparent across the country. [NPR]

Dear WHAS11 medialady: dismissing suicide prevention efforts in a sarcastic manner is a surefire way to get us to tell the world who you’re humping for stories. This city has a tragic suicide rate and it is not something to be laughed at. [Media Failure]

A woman convicted of burning down her business for insurance money is ready to clear her name. [WAVE3]

One of 14 people arraigned last week on federal charges of being part of a drug distribution ring was a Jefferson County Public Schools bus driver, the school system said. And you wonder why the school bus system is so screwed up in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Last month, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced plans to expand Medicaid eligibility to individuals who are at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level. [Business First]

Louisville Ignores The Looming Pension Disaster

JCPS Principals at some of the district’s lowest performing schools get to keep their job. The move is in response to a surprising report from the Kentucky Department of Education. [WDRB]

Kate Hopkins didn’t know the man in the casket, never met him or his family. Yet, Hopkins attended the funeral of Francisco Carmona, 48, on a gray, cold day at a county-owned cemetery in south Louisville. [H-L]

Remember when Joe Arnold freaked out because he thought he’d discovered some sexytime paintings or something? Turns out, they made a big impression on him and he went back to try to find those sexytime pictures. He has apparently never heard of magazines or the internet. [WHAS11]

Mayor Greg Fischer has appointed the city’s chief financial officer to the Louisville Arena Authority Board amid growing concerns about the financial stability of the KFC Yum Center in downtown. [WFPL]

Here’s a shocker for you: WLKY discovered a story we wrote about LMEMS and carrying weapons. Haha. All kinds of people emailed us about it like it’s never happened before. [WLKY]

The House unanimously approved a pair of bills aimed at cleaning up “unintended consequences.” One deals with the Medicaid managed care system that has left many hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers complaining about getting paid on time by the managed care firms when they provide health care to Medicaid enrollees. [Ryan Alessi]

After completing the final year of a three-year sponsorship agreement with the National Football League, Papa John’s International Inc. announced Wednesday that it has reached a new long-term agreement with the league. [Business First]

Surely this isn’t the way it was supposed to work? Short or odd-year sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly were supposedly designed to clean up bills passed in regular even-year budget sessions or to address issues which arose since the last session. [Ronnie Ellis]

If dog owners don’t start cleaning up after their pets they could soon be banned from the Big Four Bridge. People who don’t pick up after their dogs ought to be face planted in a pile of dookie. [WAVE3]

The Jeffersonville Board of Public Works adopted a resolution Wednesday that it hopes will resolve issues that have arisen from the city’s sweeps of area homeless camps. [News & Tribune]

Why on earth does Kentucky Retirement Systems continue buying Private Equity? Another KRS mess the mainstreamers ignore. [Page One]

How Excited Are You For The MSD-Water Merger?

The effort to merge MSD and the Water Company is getting bigger and bigger. It’s only a matter of time until you’re spending even more money on the two services. [WHAS11]

The number of construction jobs in the Louisville metropolitan statistical area declined by 3.5 percent from December 2011 to December 2012, according to a new analysis of U.S. Department of Labor statistics by the construction trade group Associated General Contractors of America. [Business First]

A long-term effort to save energy on the University of Louisville’s campus is surpassing its goals. [WDRB]

A new study says the heat that’s released from buildings and transportation in major urban areas can affect the temperature in cities far away. [WFPL]

A Hardin County father originally charged with manslaughter in the death of his 1-month old son has now been indicted for murder. [WLKY]

The state will dramatically cut child care assistance to low income families and will pay no new subsidies to relatives raising abused or neglected children beginning in April, state officials announced Tuesday. [H-L]

Some gross sex theater in Southern Indiana is in trouble for having glory holes in its walls. And for perverts doing things in a theater or something. [WAVE3]

The three New Albany City Council members that lost their health insurance have filed a lawsuit seeking to have the coverage restored. [News & Tribune]

Things that do not go well with running for the United States Senate: divorcing your husband. Especially when you spend half your life tweeting about how great your marriage is. [WLKY]

The opening of the Big Four Bridge cross-river pathway has been delayed until next week, as workers finish installation of benches and other features. [C-J/AKN]

Six weeks after the massacre of 26 people at a Connecticut school ignited new calls to fight gun-related violence, the issue reaches the U.S. Congress on Wednesday amid questions about whether lawmakers will be able to agree on significant legislation. [Reuters]