Can Geor… Er… Greg Stop The Violence In Compassionate Possibility City?

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University of Louisville’s accrediting agency has placed it on probation, citing Gov. Matt Bevin’s interference with the independence of the university’s board of trustees and the employment of its president. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is proposing spending millions on targeted violence prevention plans for the city. [WDRB]

Greg Fischer wants more money from the city’s $6.2 million year-end surplus to be put toward public safety measures while his administration postpones its search for a new Louisville police headquarters. [C-J/AKN]

The East End Crossing is scheduled to open to traffic on December 18. The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting and ceremonial caravan crossing to celebrate the opening. [WHAS11]

Jeff Hoover choked back tears as his hands gripped the podium at the Russell County Auditorium Complex. [H-L]

Mayor Greg Fischer wants to use the $6.2 million surplus from Louisville Metro Government to battle the spike in gun violence. [WLKY]

This brand of stupid is rampant among Kentucky Republicans – and it’s spreading among uneducated Democrats. In a revealing Thursday morning segment on CNN, Donald Trump supporters claimed that 3 million people voted illegally in the recent presidential election and that President Barack Obama had urged non-citizens to cast ballots. Both claims are false. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! You can thank the Tom Owen crew for this. A family in eastern Jefferson County said they are concerned for their safety after their neighbor started to allow short-term rentals via sites like AirBnB and Vacation Rental By Owner in the neighborhood off Beckley Hills Drive. [WAVE3]

President-elect Donald Trump has committed a sharp breach of protocol—one that underscores just how weird some important protocols are. [The Atlantic]

Matt Bevin has asked the state Supreme Court to not expedite an appeal of a ruling that blocked his overhaul of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [WFPL]

Will Donald Trump really go through with all of it? It’s worth stepping back and looking at the big picture for a moment. [WaPo]

Following a recent court ruling, Mykel Mickens, a former employee at GE Appliances in Louisville, can legally pursue sex-discrimination claims against the company after being fired in June. [Business First]

Judge Andrew Adams has recused himself from the Clark County Council At-large recount, which will delay the start of hand-counting 52,204 ballots. [News & Tribune]

Death, Guns & Hype: The Louisville Way

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Under the administration of former President James Ramsey, the University of Louisville Foundation borrowed millions more than its board of directors authorized from the school’s $715 million endowment to fund real estate purchases, employee salaries and other expenses. [WDRB]

Right to work authorization, tax reform and protections for small businesses are among the leading priorities for legislation sought from the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly, Greater Louisville Inc. has announced. [C-J/AKN]

Metro Police received reports of a shooting shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday in the 700 block of South Shelby Street near Broadway. [WHAS11]

Runnymede Farm, whose owners say it is Kentucky’s oldest continuously operated Thoroughbred breeding operation, is preparing for its 150th anniversary. But before he talks about history, Brutus J. Clay III wants to show off pictures of recently successful mares. [Tom Eblen]

Can you imagine what could be accomplished if local teevee news hypers put this much effort into Metro Animal Services? Instead of regurgitating press releases from the Kentucky Humane Society, all kinds of animal lives would be saved. But we all know that’s never going to happen here in Compassionate City. [WLKY]

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday appeared as if he never ended his campaign, attacking “the extremely dishonest media,” boasting about his “landslide” victory, and dashing speculation he might pivot and start acting like a president. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police are investigating after multiple people were shot at a restaurant in Shively. [WAVE3]

Yahima Leblanc Núñez and her husband, Pavel Reyes, were Cuban government workers when, in 2009, they plotted an escape. Five years later, after an arduous trek across Central America, including 15 days in a Mexican jail, they arrived here with two backpacks of clothes and a single tidbit of information — “Kentucky Fried Chicken” — about the state they now call home. [NY Times]

Louisville Metro Government plans to formally intervene in a request before the Public Service Commission from Louisville Gas and Electric to raise utility rates. [WFPL]

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein said early Sunday that she will file a lawsuit in federal court on Monday seeking a statewide recount in Pennsylvania. [The Hill]

Kroger Co. is caught up in the middle of a stretch of food price deflation that’s cutting into its profits and almost snapped its industry-leading streak of consecutive quarters generating same-store sales growth. [Business First]

Rental property registration will begin in New Albany on Monday, Dec. 5. All landlords within the city will have until Jan. 31, 2017, to register their properties. [News & Tribune]

Bevin Thinks He Can Solve Gun Mess?

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We’re not supposed to roll our eyes at this, right? Surely not. Surely this is a good thing. Louisville police are working to stop bullying and crimes against the LGBTQ community. [WDRB]

Greg Fischer said those seeking to address gun violence in Louisville and other cities, such as Gov. Matt Bevin, must consider multiple policy levers in order to halt the rise of shootings and homicides. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro police say a woman is dead after being hit by a minivan on Dixie Highway. [WHAS11]

Oh, look, now Matt Bevin thinks he can help with gun violence. Matt Bevin said Tuesday that escalating gun violence in Louisville and Lexington has his attention. [H-L]

Shattered glass covered sections of South Shelby Street Wednesday morning after a shootout a few hours earlier. [WLKY]

Congress had six months to debate granting President-elect Donald Trump’s FBI new legal powers to hack millions of computers, and Republican leaders objected to doing so on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Thirty active or retired teachers in Jefferson County are suing Gov. Matt Bevin, Senate President Robert Stivers, and soon-to-be-former House Speaker Greg Stumbo, arguing that Bevin’s “fix,” which the General Assembly passed earlier this year, still won’t be enough to meet pension obligations. [WAVE3]

Members of the hardline anti-Islam lobby are eagerly anticipating the possibility of the Trump administration designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, which is increasingly likely if conspiracy theorists like Frank Gaffney play a prominent role in Trump’s transition team. Gaffney believes the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the US government at every level and has even questioned whether Barack Obama was “America’s first Muslim president” implementing the Brotherhood’s plans. [BuzzFeed]

Some Democratic lawmakers in Kentucky want the legislature to allow Lexington and Louisville to pass gun control ordinances to help curb gun violence in the cities. State law currently bans cities from passing any type of law regulating guns or gun accessories. [WFPL]

She has also worked on a highly controversial reform package in Kentucky, where the state’s governor wants to require people with incomes below the federal poverty level to pay premiums. The proposal would also require beneficiaries who aren’t primary caregivers to work or get job training. Both the premiums and work requirements have been opposed by the Obama administration. [STAT]

Churchill Downs Inc. and Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. have completed the second part of a multimillion-dollar deal for CDI to buy a 25 percent stake in Saratoga Casino Holdings LLC that was first announced two years ago. [Business First]

A judge has ruled in favor of the Sellersburg Town Council’s decision to eliminate a position from the clerk-treasurer’s office. [News & Tribune]

Your Morning Dept Of Local TV Hype

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A proposal is being discussed that would open up positions within JCPS to felons not convicted of violent or sexual crimes. [WDRB]

When a car rolled through the Smoketown area Aug. 24 peppering a street full of teens and young men with bullets, it wasn’t a surprise. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Okay. We get that these folks have been killed. But the local teevee obsession with it is out-of-control. Why is this worthy of a news story while there are literally hungry JCPS kids everywhere? What about examining what’s going on in Frankfort? Or maybe even focusing on the local school system? [WHAS11]

For the past few months, Kentucky’s university presidents and policy makers have tried to create a way to tie some of their state funding to outcomes like higher graduation rates and more degrees in science and technology. [H-L]

When it comes to people living in poverty, a new report shows Louisville ranking among the worst. You already knew this because it hasn’t changed in your lifetime. [WLKY]

With less than two months before he has to vacate the White House, handing over the keys to a successor who has vowed to open more federal lands and waters to drilling and mining, President Barack Obama is making a last-ditch effort to save swathes of public land. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Surprise! Local teevee folks are breathlessly covering fires in Tennessee. Never mind covering their own state. [WAVE3]

Views about race mattered more in electing Trump than in electing Obama. Support for Trump was more tightly linked to racial resentment than support for John McCain and Mitt Romney in 2008 and 2012, respectively — even after controlling for party and ideology. Sorry, Adam Edelen, your bullshit talking point about economics is dead in the water. [WaPo]

Really want to stop the rise of white supremacy, Democrats? Start by drowning out alleged progressive, white Democrats like Adam Edelen when they spew out nonsense. [WFPL]

Kentucky has the 13th highest rate of incarceration in the world, imprisoning people nearly 1.35 times the rate of Turkmenistan — the highest rated country outside of the United States — and the Commonwealth’s rate is above the national average, according to a report released this year by the non-profit group Prison Policy Initiative. [Richmond Register]

The Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative — powered by a $100 million statewide bond issue approved earlier this year by the Kentucky General Assembly to deal with the state’s worker shortage — has its first round of finalists in place. [Business First]

An upcoming project for the Howard Steamboat Museum in Jeffersonville is expected to bring in more revenue for the museum and offer a culturally historic venue for the community. [News & Tribune]

Maybe Don’t Ignore Frankfort Republicans

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Guess we can look forward to months and months of breathless regurgitation from this station’s education reporter on the charter schools front, right? Hopefully WDRB won’t rely on its teabagger staffers to assign stories so the public will get some actual deep-dives on what charters could mean for Jefferson County Public Schools. [WDRB]

Gunmen exchanged about 20 shots at an annual Thanksgiving Day football event, thrusting Louisville past its homicide record and into the national spotlight. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Of course the report was buried in a release the day before Thanksgiving – that’s how Greg Fischer STILL allows his staff to operate. A Metro Councilwoman criticized the timing of a report showing a multiple Louisville agencies failed to communicate with each other leading to the deadly South 28th Street building collapse. [WHAS11]

Like many students, Tyler Allen spent his college days enthusiastically experimenting with alcohol. Only for Allen, it turned into a habit that was more than recreational. [H-L]

Sucks that the guy got killed but can you imagine how much could be accomplished in Kentucky if we weren’t wasting time on constantly renaming roads, bridges and buildings? [WLKY]

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee on Monday asked the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), to look into President-elect Donald Trump’s financial entanglements and make sure he’s not breaking the law. [HuffPo]

Homicide detectives with the Louisville Metro Police Department are investigating the death of a man found shot Monday morning. [WAVE3]

The Republican Party long insisted that the troubles of the inner city were cultural—but rather than apply the same logic to struggling blue-collar communities, Trump blamed their problems on external forces. [The Atlantic]

A state senator is planning to once again propose a bill during the upcoming legislative session that he says will protect religious freedoms. The bill would nullify local “fairness” ordinances across the state that protect Kentuckians from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Imagine how different things could be if Chris Hartman were permitted by the Fairness board over the past seven or eight years, as I have pushed, to spend time with these extremists trying to educate them. Kentucky would be in a much better spot than it is today. [WFPL]

You don’t get a pat on the back for ratcheting down from rabid after exploiting that very radicalism to your advantage. Unrepentant opportunism belies a staggering lack of character and caring that can’t simply be vanquished from memory. [NY Times]

Kroger Co. rates among the retailers doing the least to cut out the use of toxic chemicals, according to a new study completed by a group that aims to protect families from harmful chemicals. [Business First]

In the interest of preventing stagnation in downtown Jeffersonville, the city council approved a new zoning district that in part raises the maximum residential building height to 100 feet. [News & Tribune]

Your Tea Governor Is Ruining Everything

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Kentucky State Police have kicked off the fourth annual “Cram the Cruiser” food drive in Hickory, Ky. [WDRB]

In a stinging rebuke that may undermine Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad’s ability to lead, the local FOP has told Mayor Greg Fischer that confidence in the chief is “at an all-time low.” [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! 2,041 – That’s the number of people killed in DUI car crashes in Kentucky from 2003 to 2012. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s dentists and optometrists asked Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration not to remove dental and vision coverage from basic Medicaid benefits. Visits to the dentist and eye doctor are often the first step in identifying more serious health conditions, including diabetes, they say. [H-L]

A man was shot and killed in the Park Hill neighborhood Friday within hours of winning the lottery. Leroy LeSean Williams, known to family as Sean, died at the scene. [WLKY]

Exactly a week after winning the presidential election, Donald Trump took time out to meet with Indian business partners and his three eldest children at Trump Tower in Manhattan. [HuffPo]

Three open concept Greater Clark County schools will be enclosed. [WAVE3]

The attacks may have seemed like just a fleeting, perverse twist on RINO (“Republican in name only”), but in fact they were something far more ominous—the stirrings of a loosely knit extremist movement soon more widely known as the “alt-right.” [Mother Jones]

The number of emergency room visits in Kentucky hasn’t gone up much since Medicaid expanded or people started getting coverage on the individual market. That’s according to a new report from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. [WFPL]

By the time Richard B. Spencer, the leading ideologue of the alt-right movement and the final speaker of the night, rose to address a gathering of his followers on Saturday, the crowd was restless. [NY Times]

Jason Rittenberry has been on the job as Kentucky State Fair Board CEO for only eight days, but he has a clear vision of ways to improve the status of the organization, which manages the Kentucky Exposition Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

Four decades of discussion, three and a half years of construction and more than a billion dollars. [News & Tribune]

Big, Tall Progress For Jeffersonville

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Two children have been hit by cars in Louisville within minutes of each other. [WDRB]

As a busy working mother with four children — three with autism — Jennifer Adams-Tucker said it’s hard enough managing school schedules, after-school activities, doctor’s appointments, therapy sessions and other events. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A heartbroken woman, already dealing with the death of a relative last week, is desperate for answers after another shooting targets her family. [WHAS11]

Attorney General Andy Beshear wants the Kentucky Supreme Court to settle whether Gov. Matt Bevin had the authority to overhaul the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees, once and for all. [H-L]

Union workers at General Electric will vote on a new contract Tuesday. [WLKY]

If you want to know why the unabashedly racist and Nazi-sympathizing “alt-right” movement is making a mark on the Trump administration and beyond, look no further than Tila Tequila and her white nationalist friend, Richard Spencer. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Jeffersonville City councilmembers voted 5-3 to pass an ordinance that would allow for buildings to be developed to at least 10 stories. [WAVE3]

President-elect Donald Trump has selected two anti-net neutrality advisers to shape the future administration’s telecom policy strategy at the Federal Communications Commission, Recode reported. [ThinkProgress]

Immigration. It’s one of the founding principles of our country. It was a deeply divisive topic in this year’s presidential election, and it promises to be a major issue going forward. [WFPL]

Donald Trump agreed on Friday to pay $25 million to settle fraud lawsuits over his Trump University real estate seminars, in what New York’s attorney general called a “stunning reversal” for the U.S. president-elect. [Reuters]

Churchill Downs Racetrack plans to spend $37 million to build a three-story addition that will add 1,800 seats in luxury suites, dining areas and a third-floor grandstand. [Business First]

Floyd County judges have sued the county in hopes of securing 28 percent increases for the majority of county court reporters. [News & Tribune]