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]


It was a bold idea: Temporarily re-assign a popular principal from a high-performing high school and place him at its largest feeder middle school, one that has struggled for years with behavior problems, low academics and weak morale among staff. [WDRB]

Lawyers are supposed to settle disputes by using their words. But on Thursday, a dispute in Probate Court spilled into the hallway, where it got physical. [C-J/AKN]

Metro Police are working the scene of an apparent shooting in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood. [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin couldn’t find a Kentucky vendor? This should end really well and will likely cost way more than suggested. $583,000 seems unbelievably low. Big Brother may be watching the next time you visit Kentucky’s Capitol. [H-L]

Louisville Metro police is investigating a deadly shooting in the parking lot at Muhammad Ali and Jackson. [WLKY]

Planned Parenthood is reporting a spike in donations and demand for long-acting contraceptives since Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president while abortion foes hope to gain momentum in their quest to cut public funding to the women’s health organization. [HuffPo]

A man who was shot in the Hallmark neighborhood Thursday night has died. The case is now being investigated as a homicide, according to Louisville Metro Police Department. [WAVE3]

A work crew began to dismantle a Confederate monument in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, the mayor said, in the latest move to take down or relocate symbols of the slaveholding Southern Confederacy from the American Civil War. [Reuters]

Surprise! The WFPL folks have noticed Eastern Kentucky again. At least that Brendan jackass isn’t trying to tag poor people like cattle this time. (How is he still employed there after the mass exodus of employees?) For Freida Lockaby, an unemployed 56-year-old woman who lives with her dog in an aging mobile home in Manchester, Ky., one of America’s poorest places, the Affordable Care Act was life altering. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general is being met with alarm at the Justice Department’s civil rights division and could trigger an exodus there, former officials said Friday. [Politico]

The orange construction barrels that have been more than a hindrance to downtown commuters between Louisvile and Jeffersonville are starting to peel away as the major work on the nearly $1.3 billion Downtown Crossing has wrapped up on budget and slightly ahead of time. [Business First]

Clark County Councilman Joe Hubbard, who lost re-election by less than two dozen votes, said he’s still considering filing for a recount. [News & Tribune]

Louisville: On The Backs Of Working Poor

One of Louisville’s most dangerous roadways is gearing up for a major overhaul. [WDRB]

Joel Christopher, a Gannett news executive from Wisconsin, has been named executive editor of the Courier-Journal. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A Brandenburg City Council vote assures that the Confederate monument will be on the move by Saturday. [WHAS11]

Anyone thinking of illegally using Kentucky to dump radioactive fracking waste from other states will no doubt reconsider in light of fines announced this week by the Bevin administration. [H-L]

Louisville Police are investigating a shooting in a busy parking lot, outside Charity Bingo Hall in the Please Ridge Park area. One man was shot and another man was narrowly missed by a stray bullet. [WLKY]

I’m not going to sugarcoat this at all. We are in for a full-blown assault on LGBTQ rights the likes of which many, particularly younger LGBTQ people, have not seen. Progress will most certainly be halted completely, likely rolled back. And it’s already underway. [HuffPo]

Way to go, Metro Council! Let’s squeeze those who can least afford to be squeezed. [WAVE3]

If President-elect Trump follows through on his campaign promises, millions of individuals — immigrants, religious minorities, people of color — face a very grim four years. One of the worst hit groups will be Americans with significant health costs. The Trump transition team published a brief summary of the incoming president’s health plan on its website, and the news is not good for the elderly, the poor, and millions of Americans with preexisting conditions. [ThinkProgress]

The Louisville Metro Police Department’s growing use of social media monitoring software — shielded from the public until recently — has some city legislators calling for transparency. [WFPL]

Children and teenagers of Mexican descent make up one of the fastest-growing populations in the nation’s public schools. [NPR]

A health services company is adding 105 jobs in Jeffersonville in the next two months. [Business First]

By 2 p.m. Tuesday, Clark County Voter Registration volunteers began opening the 9,606 absentee and early voting ballots to be fed through a counting machine. [News & Tribune]

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Compassionate City Or Murder City, Let’s Pick One And Stick With It

LMPD is investigating after a deadly shooting in the 700 block of Camp Street. [WDRB]

A fatal shooting reported Saturday in the Shelby Park neighborhood marked the 100th homicide investigated by Louisville Metro Police this year. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A new campaign is showing support for girls in Kentuckiana led by one of the oldest organizations promoting sisterhood and unity. [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin often touts that his administration worked with state lawmakers to stop the longtime Frankfort practice of diverting Kentucky Lottery proceeds away from need-based scholarships to bolster the General Fund. [H-L]

Louisville looooooves a pedestrian accident or death almost as much as it loves a murder. Metrosafe has confirmed a pedestrian was struck on the 15300 block of Dixie Highway. [WLKY]

Chanting “Not my president” and “love trumps hate,” thousands of demonstrators took the streets in cities across the United States on Saturday to protest against President-elect Donald Trump, who they say threatens their civil and human rights. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! For the first time in four decades, the city of Louisville has reached 100 homicides. [WAVE3]

Lawyers for President-elect Donald Trump are asking for a delay in the Trump University trial until after his inauguration, according to multiple reports. [The Hill]

Standing outside his Highlands polling place on Election Day, Mayor Greg Fischer said he thought a new Republican majority in Frankfort could be open to the local option sales tax, a pet proposal of his administration for years. [WFPL]

An Ohio judge declared a mistrial on Saturday, finding jurors hopelessly deadlocked in the case of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist during a traffic stop last year. [Reuters]

Ohio River Bridges Project officials said Friday that the final ramp closure on the bridge will end by 5 a.m. Monday, when the ramp from Interstate 65 South to I-64 West reopens to traffic, taking the bridge to its full six southbound lanes. [Business First]

Optum, an information and technology-abled health services business, is adding 105 customer service representative and pharmacy technician jobs in Jeffersonville, according to a news release from the company. [News & Tribune]

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A Gun Range Is Just What Clarksville Needs To Get Over It’s Reputation Of Being A Hot Mess, Right?

Audrey Cox is getting close to 80 and loves her neighborhood as much as the day she moved in. [WDRB]

Well, if it isn’t a living stereotype. An asshole blonde cheerleader spewing racist horseshit. [C-J/AKN]

A new name, a new sign. Kosair Children’s Hospital is now officially called Norton Children’s Hospital. The names of other Norton healthcare entities serving children also have new names. [WHAS11]

Don’t get too full of yourself, Jeff. Because I’ve spent the past decade surrounding you while the Democrats sat around twiddling their thumbs. Jeff Hoover, a Jamestown attorney who has been in the state House since 1997, will be elected Kentucky’s first Republican speaker of the House of Representatives in 95 years and only the third in Kentucky’s history. [H-L]

A pedestrian hit by an SUV while crossing Broadway last Friday morning has died. [WLKY]

And so, the so-called “unthinkable” has happened. Donald Trump, the racist, sexist, xenophobic candidate of the Republican alt-right, has been elected President of the United States. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! You’ll never see local media freak out over the death like this. Not like they do when a random police officer gets killed 2,500 miles away. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump’s presidency is going to be a disaster for the white working class. Thank goodness half of them are too stupid (you voted for him) to realize it. [Vox]

Laura Ellis deserves to do more work like this because she’s terrific. Louisville needs more people like her. What do you wonder about Louisville, and the people who call it home? Last month, WFPL News launched a new series called Curious Louisville. [WFPL]

The Russian government had contact with advisers to Donald J. Trump during the American presidential campaign, one of the country’s top diplomats said Thursday. [NY Times]

Chicago Cubs fans are relishing that World Series win, and one Louisville brand is feeling the love. [Business First]

The Oct. 20 announcement that FireKing Security Group is planning to open a new distribution center in New Albany was historic for a couple reasons. [News & Tribune]

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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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LMAS: Any Move Is Good News, Maybe? Took Long Enough

Another day, another pedestrian hit. Part of East Broadway remains closed, after a pedestrian was involved in a hit and run. [WDRB]

Anybody attempting to whitewash the atrocities I spent a decade uncovering at Louisville Metro Animal Services deserves to be choked. Period. Full stop. It’s as if we didn’t spend the last decade turning that joint upside down at least once per month. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Muhammad Ali’s final resting place is now complete and open to the public. A family spokesperson unveiled the finished gravesite at Cave Hill Cemetery Thursday morning. [WHAS11]

An aide to Gov. Matt Bevin asked a judge Thursday to force the husband of a top official in the administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear to comply with a subpoena seeking information about a nearly $3 million no-bid contract awarded to a technology company on Beshear’s last day in office. [H-L]

Marcellus Spaulding, Jr. became the metro’s 95th homicide victim of 2016 early Tuesday morning, minutes after leaving his grandmother’s home. [WLKY]

To get to the white ethnostate, I drove through cornfields, listening to a man on the radio hype an upcoming “machine-gun shoot” at a nearby firing range. [HuffPo]

Surprise! Greg Fischer needed some positive/neutral news. So this is the story Chris ginned up for him. [WAVE3]

As far as anyone can tell, Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House — and the leader of what’s left of the Republican establishment — isn’t racist or authoritarian. He is, however, doing all he can to make a racist authoritarian the most powerful man in the world. Why? Because then he could privatize Medicare and slash taxes on the wealthy. [NY Times]

Wondering why everyone has fled WFPL over the past couple years? Cough, cough. [WFPL]

Secretaries of state, who oversee ballot measures on topics from gun control to the minimum wage, are increasingly courted by interest groups and industries with billions of dollars at stake. [ProPublica]

Louisville-based Volunteers of America Mid-States Inc. is taking significant steps to fight alcohol and drug addiction by establishing a treatment facility in Louisville. [Business First]

A Jeffersonville woman and a fair housing advocacy group have filed a lawsuit against a local property management company for alleged discrimination. [News & Tribune]