Fischer’s Right: Clear Your Dang Sidewalks!

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s office hopes the Kentucky House will soon take up a pair of bills giving the city more power to deal with vacant and abandoned properties. [WDRB]

Senate Republican leaders on Friday sent the bill to ban smoking in indoor public places to a committee chaired by an opponent of the bill. [C-J/AKN]

As the days of ice and snow slowly pass us by, Mayor Fischer asks locals to tend to their sidewalks and help out around the neighborhood. [WHAS11]

Democrats have become a confused political party with a muddled message and an inability to turn out enough of its loyal voters, a party task force charged with how to revive the embattled party said Saturday. [H-L]

Almost two years later and there are still no arrests and no suspects in the murder of Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis. [WLKY]

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg issued a preliminary injunction Friday blocking the Obama administration from detaining individuals seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the policy illegally aims to deter others from immigrating to the U.S. [HuffPo]

A Louisville man was arrested after he fired a gun into a parking lot. [WAVE3]

Congressman Thomas Massie, R-Ky. 4th District, told a small audience at Ashland Community and Technical College’s Summit campus he is personally concerned with entrepreneurship. [Ashland Independent]

It’s the second week of smoking cessation classes at Family Health Centers in the Portland neighborhood. [WFPL]

The Obama administration says the current system promotes conflicts of interest, leads to high fees and erodes returns on investment. [NPR]

Sayreville, N.J.-based Sabert Corp. is doubling the size of its food-packaging manufacturing center in Shepherdsville with a project that got under way a few months ago. [Business First]

The appeals hearing for embattled New Albany Police Officer Laura Schook will be held March 10 and March 11 in executive sessions. [News & Tribune]

About Having Compassion For The Homeless…

The Jefferson County Board of Education is being asked by its teachers union to hold off extending the contract of Superintendent Donna Hargens to allow time for “stakeholder involvement.” [WDRB]

The animal-rights group PETA is continuing its push for federal regulators to take action against Tim Stark, a Charlestown man who has run the nonprofit organization Wildlife in Need on his property since 1999. [C-J/AKN]

Cracked and dripping ceilings – buckets litter every room. This is how Patrick Christner and Megan Tate have been spending their week post President’s Day snowstorm. [WHAS11]

Last fall, Pike County school board chairman Charles Johnson made a motion for the district to set what’s known as a “compensating” tax rate, which means property taxes would be adjusted to produce the same revenue as the year before. [H-L]

The parents of a toddler who was accidentally killed hope to build a community park in his honor. [WLKY]

The World Food Program is confronting its worst challenge since World War II in trying to tackle five top-level humanitarian crises at the same time, the head of the U.N. agency said Friday. [HuffPo]

A group of firefighters is hoping to spark a movement and inspire warm acts of kindness in the recent cold temperatures. [WAVE3]

When the season’s first cold snap hit in November, Kenneth Winfield arrived at Louisville’s St. John Center for Homeless Men — his hands icy cold after sleeping outdoors. [USA Today]

All eyes are on Kentucky’s state senators to see if they’ll move on the House’s proposed statewide smoking ban. [WFPL]

It was a short week for the Kentucky General Assembly, which canceled three days of meetings because of a severe winter storm. But while the House decided to forgo its scheduled Thursday and Friday meetings, the Senate was in session those two days. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Kentucky Retail Federation, Kentucky Restaurant Association and Louisville-based company Packaging Unlimited have filed a lawsuit that seeks to prevent Louisville from hiking its minimum wage. [Business First]

After weeks of debate and discussion, the Floyd County Election Board got exactly what it wanted. [News & Tribune]

Jones Nonsense Will Likely Cost Taxpayers

This David Jones-JCPS story is big enough to link to it again for the second day in a row. Now you know why Jones had his PR pal push that big C-J spread a couple days before Toni’s story hit. It was a big, failed CYA stunt. [Toni Konz]

Wait for it, though, because David Jones went on the offensive, criticizing the story. Instead of bothering to actually work with Konz as she was reporting. Now he faces inevitable OEA complaints and investigations that will ultimately cost the taxpayers tons of cash. [David Jones]

A display at every county clerk’s office tells car owners they can “preserve the Great Outdoors” by buying a special “Nature” license plate. But, for the time being, that message is — at best — not entirely true. [C-J/AKN]

A rub-n-tug in Nawbny?! Surely not! Officers at the New Albany Police Department have been investigating possible criminal behavior at the Hot Stone Spa on Pearl Street. [WHAS11]

Ervine Allen Jr., the property valuation administrator of Breathitt County, talks about the obstacles he faces trying to assess the value of property in a poor community. [H-L]

There was no other news to report so the teevee people focused on Girl Scout cookies. [WLKY]

Egyptian warplanes struck Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday in swift retribution for the extremists’ beheading of a group of Egyptian Christian hostages on a beach, shown in a grisly online video released hours earlier. [HuffPo]

Kentucky State Fair Board officials are releasing more details about a $180 million renovation of the Kentucky International Convention Center. [WAVE3]

A long-running campaign to fully subject the Federal Reserve to outside review could come down to a handful of moderate Democrats. [The Hill]

Upset that retired Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael McCall is taking a $324,000 consulting fee when the system has been running in the red, its professors and staff members are asking him to decline the money. [WFPL]

For the first time in history, Kentucky lawmakers voted on a statewide smoking ban – and the House of Representatives narrowly passed it, 51-46. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Bourbon Classic, a third-year event, takes place next weekend at the Kentucky Center, and tickets are still available. [Business First]

In weighing when to refinance a series of bonds from 2005, West Clark Community Schools’ board of trustees will consider their proposed referendum project and other variables. [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]

Possibility City Turns A Blind Eye To Homeless

Louisville’s largest homeless camp is now gone and trees are being cleared where about 40 people used to live. [WDRB]

Really, LMPD? You didn’t even bother to check out the dude’s camp site? No wonder there’s so much distrust. [C-J/AKN]

Talk about being at the right place at the right time. [WHAS11]

Lexington is likely to join a growing number of Kentucky communities in banning electronic cigarettes in most indoor workplaces. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Louisville Metro Council District 21 includes the southern Louisville neighborhoods off Southern Parkway, Southside Drive and Preston Highway. [WLKY]

In a recent campaign ad for Republican Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky woman tells of how the U.S. Senate’s minority leader fought to help get her daughter back from war-torn West Africa in a custody battle that spanned two years, two governments and two continents. [HuffPo]

A Louisville man has been charged with murdering his girlfriend and tried to get rid of her body by burning it. [WAVE3]

Can you imagine something happening with Louisville Metro Animal Services here in Possibility City? Of course you can’t. [Click the Clicky]

Area residents interested in learning how to properly plant trees—and training others to do the same—are invited to a citizen forestry workshop this Saturday organized by non-profit Louisville Grows. [WFPL]

Some of these people running for school board in Louisville are absolutely horrible. [GLI]

The University of Kentucky will lead a nearly $15 million research project examining how patients are cared for as they transition between hospitals, their own homes and other settings. [Business First]

The riverfront improvement project is what city officials are calling the formerly named marina, now that docks are just a small part of the project. [News & Tribune]

Take Your Cancer Sticks Elsewhere, Park Goers

Louisville Metro Police are giving out free moped and scooter locks as part of an effort to reduce thefts in the Metro area. [WDRB]

Before facing allegations of standardized test violations at Male High School, former Principal David Mike led struggling Western High to a celebrated turnaround. [C-J/AKN]

Is J-town the worst part of Louisville? A family took a piece of land they considered run down, and started a garden. They filled it with different prairie grasses and wild flowers and wanted them to grow naturally. Now, Jeffersontown residents said those plants are causing problems for the neighbors and the size of the plants violate city code. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s unemployment rate for June 2014 dropped to 7.4 percent from a revised 7.7 percent in May 2014, according to the state Office of Employment and Training. [H-L]

Louisville metro parks and the Department of Public Health unveiled a new milestone in the effort to get our community healthier. The Parks Department is politely asking people to keep their cigarettes away from places where children might play. [WLKY]

Certain life factors make a big difference for students as they start their first year of school. A new analysis from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group behind Sesame Street, looked at how four risk factors impacted the abilities of kindergarten students right as they entered school. [HuffPo]

Fire chiefs say that Greg Fischer low-balled them for medical service. Which surprises absolutely no one. [WAVE3]

Statistics show that since the initial rollout of President Barack Obama’s controversial health-care law, the Patient Protection-Affordable Care Act, Kentuckians have taken advantage of the opportunity to get covered. [Ashland Independent]

Louisville Metro Housing Authority officials are considering taking part in a study that, in theory, would eliminate some financial burdens that come with living in public housing. [WFPL]

Are you a generous person or someone who loves animals? Help Jackson the Dachshund out ASAP, as he needs surgery! Jessica has been a tireless advocate for years and has definitely given more than she’s received. Let’s all pitch in. [Go Fund Me!]

University of Louisville officials are considering how to expand and focus the school’s research efforts. [Business First]

What are the most dangerous intersections and roads in New Albany, and how can they be improved? [News & Tribune]

Crazed Teatoots Vandalize Smoking Ban Signs

Are you a generous person or someone who loves animals? Help Jackson the Dachshund out ASAP, as he needs surgery! Jessica has been a tireless advocate for years and has definitely given more than she’s received. Let’s all pitch in. [Go Fund Me!]

A longtime educator with Jefferson County Public Schools has been named an assistant superintendent for the district who will oversee academics at 23 schools. [WDRB]

Despite two underperforming events in May and the postponement of the Paul McCartney and Miley Cyrus concerts, KFC Yum! Center officials said they expect to end the year with about $1.4 million in operating profit. [C-J/AKN]

A facility used to host meetings in downtown Louisville was reintroduced to the public Monday. [WHAS11]

The Derby City’s food scene has grown to include much more than juleps and hot Browns. [H-L]

The KFC Yum Center already attracts big crowds for University of Louisville basketball games and big-name concerts. Now the arena is offering entertainment with the summer plaza series. [WLKY]

If you missed it yesterday, the Education Professional Standards Board is making an epic move toward more secrecy and educational corruption. [Page One]

You can’t smoke in public buildings and workplaces in Louisville Metro. Now, Metro government is asking that you not smoke in park playgrounds and swimming pools where children are gathered. [WAVE3]

As a young Senate staffer in the early ’70s, I tended to form my opinions on the members based not on how they voted, but by how they treated us. [John Yarmuth]

Louisville is set to award franchise agreements to three private companies looking to bring ultra high-speed Internet service to the city. [WFPL]

Members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Monday ripped the Veterans Affairs Department for covering up mistakes as it rushed to reduce its mammoth disability claims backlog. [The Hill]

When Louisville Metro Government wanted to monitor the air quality in locations across Louisville, it needed a product that hadn’t yet been produced by a commercial manufacturer. [Business First]

An officer who has claimed mistreatment failed to appear before the New Albany Police Merit Commission Thursday after requesting to be heard by the body. [News & Tribune]

Still Teasing Louisville With High-Speed Internets

Drugs, alcohol and tobacco products can be a dangerous combination in the hands of young people — and one west Louisville neighborhood is doing something about it. [WDRB]

The city of New Albany has enlisted nationally known city planner and walkability advocate Jeff Speck to conduct a traffic study of its downtown streets. [C-J/AKN]

March has arrived and everyone in the area hoped the snowy conditions and missed school days were going to be left behind. [WHAS11]

Steve Beshear said Wednesday his son, Andrew Beshear, a candidate for attorney general in 2015, played no role in his decision to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries. Riiiiiiiight. [H-L]

The Jefferson County attorney said drunken drivers are getting their cases dismissed too easily. Now he’s fighting to change what he calls unfair tactics. [WLKY]

If you missed Jack Conway tell his story on Terry Meiners’ show, here’s your chance to listen to the archive. [84WHAS]

Personnel records provided insight into the pasts of two Louisville Metro Police Department officers who were reassigned from the department’s prestigious VIPER unit. [WAVE3]

The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as “vaping,” from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public spaces in the nation’s second-largest city. [Reuters]

The sun has broken through the clouds and weather forecasts are calling for warmer temperatures. But if another winter storm hits Kentucky soon, commuters might have to drive on messier roads. [Business First]

Frustrated cities are taking high-speed internet into their own hands. [NPR]

These kayakers came across an abandoned 110-year-old ghost ship in a tributary just off the Ohio River. [Viral Forest]

Alison Lundergan Grimes is applauding the University of Louisville for raising the salaries of hundreds of employees, which will go up to $11 per hour over the next three years. [WFPL]

Southern Indiana is an extension of Louisville Metro, and the communities depend on each other for commerce and economic development. [News & Tribune]

There’s A Lot Of Fun JCPS Stuff Going On Today

If you missed Governor Steve Beshear’s budget address last night, go give it a read and download all the supporting fact sheets. [Page One]

A state legislative panel is reviewing the lease agreements college basketball programs have at public arenas as part of an evaluation of the University of Louisville’s revenue-sharing deal at the KFC Yum! Center. [WDRB]

Everybody and their mother is filing to run for every office in the dang city. From Larry Hujo to Geoffrey Morris. [C-J/AKN]

Pleasure Ridge Park High School Principal David Johnson has been reassigned to duties within the district pending the outcome of an investigation that alleges Johnson allowed a private business to operate on the school’s property. [WHAS11]

Animal-protection activists removed more than 40 dogs Tuesday from a substandard breeding operation in Pulaski County where many had been living in filth. [H-L]

Mayor Greg Fischer is making a push for early-childhood, education and it starts in the home. [WLKY]

The Society of Environmental Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists are unhappy with the West Virginia chemical spill — not just because 300,000 people were left without drinking water, but because government agencies refused to provide timely information about the leak to the public. [HuffPo]

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is backing two state lawmakers who are pushing for a statewide smoking ban. Monday night the legislation sparked a lively discussion on KET’s Kentucky Tonight. [WAVE3]

Mayor Bob Hall says Charlestown is preparing for major growth in the next 20 years by laying a foundation in 2014 and years to come. [News & Tribune]

The Louisville Independent Business Alliance wants to know what type of local businesses South Louisville residents would like in their community. [Business First]

Pleasure Ridge Park High School Principal David Johnson was placed on non-instructional duties Tuesday while the district investigates allegations that the school’s activity fund accounts were used improperly. [Toni Konz]

Officials with the Kentucky Department of Education confirm that the ACT testing company is investigating Jefferson County Public School’s Male High School. [WFPL]

Can’t A Wealthy Person Help Out In Jeffersonville?

Developer Todd Blue is getting ready to build a surface parking lot on the vacant ground he owns behind the newly stabilized Whiskey Row facades on W. Main Street, according to a plan filed with Louisville Metro government. [WDRB]

This continues to be one of the dumbest waste of taxpayer dollars in Kentucky – fighting to stop the sales of booze in Kroger. Kentucky’s post-Prohibition era ban on wine and liquor at grocery stores is constitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, saying the state has every right to restrict the sales, “just as a parent can reduce a child’s access to liquor.” [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another pedestrian hit by a car in Possibility City. One person was struck by a vehicle near PRP High School early Thursday morning. [WHAS11]

Maybe it’s time for GLI to hang up its hat. Greater Louisville Inc., the metro chamber of commerce, is not ready to celebrate the end of a successful annual campaign — just yet. [Business First]

Here’s your morning moment of deja vu. The possibility of a pro soccer team setting up shop in Louisville has fans teeming with excitement. [WLKY]

As a property owner, would you rent to someone who has a history of missing rent payments, maybe even a couple of evictions, and who moves a lot? Probably not. But what if you looked deeper and discovered the person is a victim of domestic violence who has been forced to move out of harm’s way with little or no resources? [H-L]

A federal appeals court ruling may not mean last call in the battle over who can sell packaged wine and liquor in the Commonwealth. [WAVE3]

This guy apparently found Jennifer Lawrence’s phone in New York and gave it back to her. [Thought Catalog]

A longtime endeavor of the late University of Louisville dean J. Blaine Hudson is set to resume later this month. [WFPL]

Pizza is a big business in America. The two largest pizza companies in the country, Pizza Hut and Domino’s, accounted for $20 billion in sales in 2013, according to Pizza Today magazine (yes, there’s a Pizza Today magazine). [WaPo]

Bullitt Fiscal Court members voted Wednesday to approve a smoking ban on county-owned property. [C-J/AKN]

Haven House in Jeffersonville is facing even more debt over sewer bills. You can thank your crazy mayor for that mess. [News & Tribune]