Local State Legislator Turns Republican

It’s a multi-million dollar plan to give Dixie Highway a new look and make the area safer and the city plans to use federal dollars to help make it happen. [WDRB]

Louisville Fraternal Order of Police members re-elected President Dave Mutchler late Tuesday evening, reaffirming the controversial union leader’s defense of police officers this summer by more than a two-thirds vote. [C-J/AKN]

Sam Padilla and his fiancée Megan stopped by their newest JP’s Napa Auto Care location in Fairdale. It is not even open yet to the public yet, but they were making sure Wednesday’s rain wasn’t damaging anything. [WHAS11]

It’s always the rich white guys who fight minimum wage increases. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray declined to say Wednesday if he would sign an ordinance raising the minimum wage in Fayette County to $10.10 an hour over the next three years. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! You can’t even go to Walmart these days without being injured. [WLKY]

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed tougher new limits on Tuesday on smokestack emissions from nearly two dozen states that burden downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can’t control. [HuffPo]

Who could have predicted! A lawsuit filed against Louisville Metro Animal Services points out an issue that could cost the city millions of dollars. [WAVE3]

Kentucky Democrats just didn’t want to listen. Now all good old boy hell is breaking loose. [House Republicans]

A Lexington-based nonprofit is using its share of a $2.6 million grant from JPMorgan Chase as leverage to garner millions more in new investments in Louisville’s Russell neighborhood. [WFPL]

There’s a scientific consensus that by 2050, the United States can expect to see an increase in flooding, heat waves, droughts and wildfires due to climate change. Now, scientists at Climate Central and ICF International have produced the first Preparedness Report Card for the United States, highlighting how states are preparing for the projected disasters. Spoiler alert: Kentucky is ill-prepared. [Vocativ]

You’ll have a bigger water bill in 2016 but at least you won’t have a LWC CEO DUIing all over the place. [Business First]

A Floyd County-based court program that serves veterans going through the criminal justice system is widening its reach thanks to partnerships with neighboring counties. [News & Tribune]

Another Reason To Think Swift Is Gross

If Greg Fischer’s involved in discussing the future of the South End, you know it’s doomed. [WDRB]

The Louisville Arena Authority ended its total ban on firearms and agreed Monday to give promoters and booking agents of events at the KFC Yum! Center the right to decide whether ticketed visitors can carry firearms into the downtown arena. [C-J/AKN]

Just in case you need another reason to distrust Greg Fischer and his people to protect anything. Quite a fascinating trip down memory lane. [WHAS11]

Veterans and active duty military personnel are invited to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs free of charge on Wednesday in honor of Veterans Day. [H-L]

A case of tuberculosis at the JBS Swift processing plant is being investigated by the health department. [WLKY]

Oh, nowwwwww we know why Anne Northup is five Old Fashioneds deep in Marco Rubio’s world. Gay panic beams are on high, henny. [HuffPo]

The UAW says Ford’s investment in U.S. plants of $9 billion will create or keep about 8,500 jobs over the next four years. [WAVE3]

In December 1988, Jörg Winger was a West German Army radio operator eavesdropping on Soviet military channels when he overheard a startling message: The Russians wished him Merry Christmas by name. “That was the moment where we realized that we had moles on the base,” he recalled. [NY Times]

PEE ALERT! Former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup has endorsed Marco Rubio for president and will lead his efforts in Kentucky’s first ever presidential caucus in March. [WFPL]

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear another challenge to the Affordable Care Act, this time to decide whether religiously affiliated organizations such as universities, hospitals and charities can be free from playing any role in providing their employees with contraceptive coverage. [WaPo]

Louisville-based Yum Brands Inc. again is getting negative press for its food-supplier practices. This Washington Post story from today identifies Yum — which owns the KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut brands — as the last major fast food company not to embrace higher-quality food sourcing that takes animal welfare into account. [Business First]

An ordinance to give $75,000 to a local organization aimed at eliminated homelessness advanced at Thursday night’s New Albany City Council meeting. [News & Tribune]

Who’ll Get Rich Off The Dixie Highway $?

A Bullitt County District Court Judge has dismissed all charges against a man who shot down a drone he said was flying over his property. [WDRB]

She’s great but Donna Hargens probably won’t listen to her at all. Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens has taken her first step to refill her decimated cabinet, naming Dena Dossett as the district’s new chief of data management. [C-J/AKN]

A safer, better Dixie Highway is in the works thanks to a nearly $17 million grant awarded to the city. It will be used for the Transforming Dixie Highway project which will ease congestion and make the area safer for both drivers and pedestrians from Broadway to the Gene Snyder Freeway. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky is going to break with tradition when the General Assembly convenes in January — instead of asking for money for new buildings, UK is going to ask for funding to fix up older ones in the campus core. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Louisville Metro police are investigating two weekend shootings that left three men dead. [WLKY]

This is worth remembering as Amazon does all of its temporary hiring here in the metro area. [HuffPo]

Why do we, as a city, keep acting as if these neighborhood meetings over murders are going to solve everything? It’s admirable and all but… seriously. Nothing’s gonna change until our elected leadership changes. The Oakdale Neighborhood Association announced an emergency meeting in response to early Saturday morning’s double homicide. [WAVE3]

The US Ambassador to the UK has told Sky News that his country’s gun violence problem is the number one issue for the British people he has met in his two years in the London embassy. [Sky]

Housing, legal and data experts will be on hand for two events next week aimed at examining the impact a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year will have on fair housing in Louisville. [WFPL]

University students have less privacy for their campus health records than they would have if they sought care off campus. Schools say they are trying to seek the right balance between privacy and safety. [ProPublica]

Sweden-based AB Electrolux says it will likely spend about $64.6 million in integration costs related to the purchase of Louisville-based GE Appliances. [Business First]

Clark County has started steps to secure a grant to assess potential redevelopment spots for environmental contamination issues. [News & Tribune]

Crime, Murder, More FOP Shenanigans

Rapper Master P made a special stop while he was in Louisville this weekend. [WDRB]

Louisville Metro Police officers and area youths held a frank conversation following a recent police shooting at a forum in the California Community Center on Thursday. [C-J/AKN]

A news release that Congressman John Yarmuth “will announce his intentions for the 2016 campaign” on Monday triggered a buzz among Kentucky Democrats this weekend speculating whether he will seek a sixth term in the U.S. House and, if not, who might step up to replace him. [WHAS11]

The Metropolitan Sewer District quietly paid a $228,000 fine earlier this year for illegal sewage discharges as part of its ongoing program to curb overflows into local waterways. [H-L]

Two pedestrians were hit by a car late Friday night in Louisville, police said. [WLKY]

A substantial share of America’s youth remains economically disconnected, even as the economy continues to recover. [HuffPo]

People in the South End have been freaking out over the cancellation of this festival. [WAVE3]

Community members have both a constitutional right and a responsibility to question authority. They have a right to understand the policies employed by police, the parameters for deciding when deadly force is appropriate, and the training received on de-escalation techniques. It is unjust to equate the upholding of these rights as “anti-law enforcement” or “race baiting.” [ACLU]

Under certain scenarios, a large percentage of Americans could subsist on a diet made up of mostly local food, according to a new study. [WFPL]

The Confederate flag was adopted to represent a short-lived rebellion to extend and protect white supremacy and black slavery. [Vox]

Discover Financial Services said it plans to lay off 460 workers as it closes its mortgage origination business to focus on its profitable direct banking products, where the company sees greater growth opportunities. [Business First]

Some residents asked New Albany City Councilman Dan Coffey Thursday to apologize for remarks he made earlier this month that they felt were offensive to gays and transgender individuals. [News & Tribune]

Possibility City Had A Murderous Weekend, Kids

A solution to a sidewalk problem in Fairdale will only take two weeks to finish and many who live in the area say the project is a big deal. [WDRB]

The Louisville Jefferson County Democratic Party on Sunday selected attorney Pat Mulvihill to be its nominee for an election in November to serve out the final year of the late Metro Councilman Jim King’s term. [C-J/AKN]

It’s kind of sad that anyone thought they could stop the local Democrats from playing corrupt politics. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky Court of Appeals says a company that once managed 125,000 Medicaid recipients must pay the state damages for leaving the contract early. [H-L]

When will JCPS get its act together? Police arrested a JCPS principal on speeding and DUI charges early Saturday morning. [WLKY]

Insurers aren’t required to encrypt consumers’ data under a 1990s federal law that remains the foundation for health care privacy in the Internet age — an omission that seems striking in light of the major cyberattack against Anthem. [HuffPo]

In two days, four people were killed within Louisville city limits during one of the most violent weekends the city has seen in years. But ask Greg Fischer and everything is puppies and rainbows. [WAVE3]

EquiLottery CEO and inventor of the patented lottery game with the same name, Brad Cummings, will be testifying on behalf of SB74 in Frankfort, Kentucky on Tuesday, Feb. 10 (that’s today). The bill, which supports a lottery game like EquiLottery based on the outcome of live horse racing, will be heard in front of the Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee at 10 am in Room 169 of the Capitol Annex and is open to the general public. [Press Release]

When it came time for Anna Brashear to finish high school, college seemed out of reach. Financially, Brashear couldn’t swing it. And she said her family wasn’t in position to help either. [WFPL]

It was a busy legislative week on one end of the capitol during the second week of the 2015 General Assembly, as the Republican Senate passed a series of bills its leaders call their priorities – most of which have little chance of success in the Democratic-controlled House. [Ronnie Ellis]

In 1974, music critic Jon Landau famously wrote, “I have seen rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.” [Business First]

Floyd County Democratic Party Chairman Adam Dickey is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Franklin Township Board created by the resignation of Hazel Riley. [News & Tribune]

It’s A Just Okay & Really Bad Week For JCPS

You’ve already read the response from the school district but here’s another story about it. JCPS issued its response Monday night almost a month after a state audit found the district spends more money on administration – and less on instruction – than similarly sized school districts. [WDRB]

No one looks out from the shattered windows or relaxes on the rickety front porches. Neighbors have long forgotten the names of those who called the houses home. [C-J/AKN]

Residents in one South Louisville neighborhood are waiting to see if their homes are contaminated with toxic chemicals. Over the last week, the Environmental Protection Agency has been visiting people near the Lee’s Lane landfill. [WHAS11]

Keeneland Race Course was officially named the host of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup on Tuesday. [H-L]

BEWARE THE RIDICULOUS AUTO-PLAY VIDEO! Another day, another pedestrian death in Possibility City. [WLKY]

Health insurance is apparently a gigantic deal for Kentucky or this list is incorrect. [HuffPo]

JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens has been re-appointed for the 2014-2015 school year. [WAVE3]

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Louisville Male High School’s principal has been reassigned because of an investigation into the school’s administration of the ACT test. [WFPL]

Like many American cities, Baltimore has had a curfew for many years, but had enforced it only sporadically. This summer, the city will put in place one of the strictest curfews in the country, an attempt, supporters say, to get youths off the streets at night both for their safety and to reduce crime. [NY Times]

Minneapolis-based pharmacy network Excelera Corp. will move into a facility on Commerce Crossings Drive on July 1. [Business First]

Officials with America Place Business Park announced a new company will soon be moving into its 86-acre property in the River Ridge Commerce Center. [News & Tribune]

Greg Fischer Won’t Hype The Urban Sprawl Study

Louisville Metro officials have reached a deal with Underhill Associates to convert the historic Colonial Gardens property across from Iroquois Park into a development anchored by locally owned businesses such as restaurants and coffee shops. [WDRB]

It will probably come as no surprise to residents and visitors of Kentuckiana that Louisville has ranked poorly in a new study of metropolitan areas looking at sprawl. [C-J/AKN]

Wondering why Kentucky is being kept in the dark ages? It’s issues like this. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has made a ruling in the case of grocery stores and gas stations being able to sell liquor and wine. [WHAS11]

Louisville has the First Saturday in May for the Kentucky Derby. But Lexington has the second Saturday in April, the day when spring really starts, with Blue Grass Stakes Day at Keeneland Race Course. [H-L]

Do area restaurants get a big boom of business during Thunder? Thunder Over Louisville could result in a day of record sales for Sidebar at Whiskey Row, said general manager Jason Pierce. [Business First]

Yum! Brands is teaming up with Dare to Care and Chenoweth Elementary fourth and fifth graders to fight hunger here in Louisville. [WLKY]

After a several year hiatus, Louisville has returned to the list of the 25 cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings in the nation. [WFPL]

Picture-perfect weather lured a crowd of more than 650,000 to the waterfront for the 25th Thunder Over Louisville show. [WAVE3]

While judges typically serve in response to past criminal activity, Jeffersonville City Court Judge Ken Pierce is taking a proactive stance to prevent crimes, specifically, mob-driven violence during Thunder Over Louisville, he says. [News & Tribune]

Ruh ro moment. Juan E. Monteverde, a partner at Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities firm headquartered in New York City, is investigating the Board of Directors of Churchill Downs Inc. for potential breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with their conduct in seeking shareholders’ approval for the Company’s 2007 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Business Wire]