Suck At Your Job? Get Rewarded At JCPS

The Jefferson County Board of Education is looking to extend Superintendent Donna Hargens’ contract by four years. Louisville’s wealthy electeds always reward those who bumble along. [WDRB]

A jury has awarded nearly $5 million to a courier for a Louisville law firm who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was hit by a TARC bus. [C-J/AKN]

There was no woe on Louisville’s amazing Walnut Street in the 1950’s and early 60’s. [WHAS11]

Ann Parrish remembers trying to wrangle and bundle her two toddlers during last winter’s cold snap so they could get on a bus to find another place to stay. [H-L]

Another day, another pedestrian hit by a vehicle in Possibility City. [WLKY]

James Risen reiterated on Tuesday a warning about the White House that he delivered nearly one year ago. [HuffPo]

From digging out driveways to checking on area seniors Good Samaritans have been out and about performing good deeds despite the cold. [WAVE3]

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, offering fresh evidence that the labor market was gathering steam. [Reuters]

It was about noon on Wednesday and Kenneth Williams hadn’t eaten breakfast. In fact, he hasn’t eaten since Tuesday afternoon–a peanut butter sandwich. [WFPL]

Google is warning that the government’s quiet plan to expand the FBI’s authority to remotely access computer files amounts to a “monumental” constitutional concern. [National Journal]

A Missouri real-estate developer is planning to build one of the largest industrial buildings in Jefferson County on land that it’s buying near Louisville International Airport. [Business First]

More students at Greater Clark County Schools are starting to take advantage of the state’s 21st Century Scholars program, and administrators hope to get more seventh- and eighth-graders to sign up early. [News & Tribune]

Fischer Bread & Circuses Can Only Get Crazier

It’s almost as if the new school board doesn’t know how to use their googler. They’re proposing moving school board meetings around to various school sites. Unfortunately, that idea from David Jones, has been a disaster for other districts — like Montgomery County. While it gives a tiny number of people a chance to come to a meeting and gives board members a chance to see inside schools, it ultimately creates confusion and makes it tough for transportation-challenged individuals to plan to attend meetings. What Jones isn’t telling anyone and the reporter is ignoring: This is yet another failed Terry Holliday idea. [WDRB]

Metro Council members questioned the city paying millions to Cordish Co. as part of the downtown Omni tower that will include a hotel and apartments even though the company is no longer involved in the project. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another murder in Possibility City. But there’s nothing to see here, move along. Just ignore it. Pay attention to Greg Fischer’s bread and circuses and everything will be all right. [WHAS11]

A judge in Kentucky has granted a divorce to a same-sex couple despite the fact the state doesn’t recognize gay marriage. [H-L]

Kentucky State Police renew their plea to the public for information that will lead to Bardstown Officer Jason Ellis’ killer. [WLKY]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up another broad challenge to President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. [HuffPo]

Prospect police are searching for a man who pointed a gun at a woman as she left a daycare Tuesday morning, according to Chief Jeff Sherrard. [WAVE3]

At 8:16 a.m. on the morning of January 9, 2014, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection received the first of what would quickly become an avalanche of complaints. [The Atlantic]

Louisville’s new fleet of electric buses are lighter, quieter and cleaner than the old, carbon monoxide-emitting trolleys residents have grown accustomed to seeing (and perhaps riding) downtown. [WFPL]

The researchers also say they detected crude MCHM in the Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky, meaning the chemical traveled at least 390 miles downriver from the spill. [Think Progress]

One of the Midwest’s largest law firms has named a new leader at its Louisville office. Geoff White has been named member-in-charge of Frost Brown Todd LLC in Louisville, assuming the role from John R. McCall, who held the position for just more than two years. [Business First]

The lawsuit that put a halt to the Gateway Development Project at 10th and Spring streets in Jeffersonville last year has been settled in principle, and a new request for proposals for the project has been issued by the city’s redevelopment commission. [News & Tribune]

The Norm: One Hot JCPS Mess After Another

A student at Ball State University wants to start a conversation about mental illness and suicide through film, but he needs the public’s help. [WDRB]

Appealing his firing in the wake of high-profile testing violations, former Male High School Principal David Mike wrapped up his case on Friday before a state tribunal — arguing that he wasn’t guilty of trying to cheat on ACT tests and did not try to cover it up during investigations. [C-J/AKN]

The Transit Authority of River City plans to unveil an old fixture once housed in its Union Station facility which was almost placed out for junk nearly four decades ago. [WHAS11]

Tree advocates and state transportation officials are at odds over whether plantings in urban areas are more beneficial to the environment or more detrimental to road safety. [H-L]

When will local media stop giving this guy the spotlight? [WLKY]

The Senate passed the $1.1 trillion government funding bill Saturday night that will keep Uncle Sam in business through next September, while handing lucrative Christmas presents to Wall Street and political parties. [HuffPo]

The Clark County Sheriff’s office said it has recovered some of the items stolen in a string of break-ins. [WAVE3]

Rand Paul has filed a bill seeking to repeal President Obama’s executive order that delays deportation of five million immigrants. [The Hill]

Today is the last day for the public to submit ideas and comments on the proposals from Move Louisville, an initiative to increase mobility between downtown and the rest of Jefferson County. [WFPL]

Parents of almost half the young children killed by a gunman at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, two years ago on Sunday have taken initial steps toward filing lawsuits tied to one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. [Reuters]

South End Services Inc. of Louisville removed the final pieces of a set of bleachers at old Cardinal Stadium. The stadium is managed by the Kentucky State Fair Board. [Business First]

In its impound lot, the New Albany Police Department has four militarized Humvee vehicles worth more than $3.7 million combined. [News & Tribune]

JCPS Is Finally Reviewing Monstrous Salaries

TARC celebrated its 40th birthday Monday by announcing it will soon have the largest fleet of all-electric buses in the country. TARC will put a fleet of 10 new Zerobuses on the road by the end of the year. [WDRB]

Max St. John cringes when he hears a gay slur tossed out in the hallways of his school. “It’s disheartening,” he said. “It makes you feel less than human.” [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A community came together Monday evening to rally around one woman and protest a much larger issue. [WHAS11]

When 61-year-old Glen Turley lost his job as a coal company truck driver, he did what many people his age shudder to consider: He went back to school to find a new career. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Buffalo Trace captured international attention last fall when 65 cases of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon disappeared without a trace. Now, 13 months later, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton, who once promised to “bring Pappy home” says “Pappy” is gone. [WLKY]

With Democrats holding the White House and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress, it’s been suggested that the odds are slim of any major legislation becoming law over the next two years. But officials in the Obama administration and on Capitol Hill say there is one issue that may have enough cross-party appeal to break through the logjams. That issue is criminal justice reform. [HuffPo]

From teachers, to administrators and bus drivers, a review will look at the more than 500 positions within Jefferson County Public Schools and how much they get paid. [WAVE3]

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday said Internet service providers should be regulated more like public utilities to make sure they grant equal access to all content providers, touching off intense protests from cable and telecoms companies and Republican lawmakers. [Reuters]

A Jefferson County Public Schools teacher filed a lawsuit Monday against the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System, which has been called one of the worst-funded pension systems for educators in the U.S. [WFPL]

Congressman John Yarmuth is one of only seven of 30 Democrats from the 2006 wave returning to Washington next year. [WaPo]

Louisville Metro Council could vote soon on a measure to raise the minimum wage in Louisville. [Business First]

The parties involved in funding the construction of a heavy haul corridor between the River Ridge Commerce Center and the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville said that the project could cost much more than anticipated. [News & Tribune]

Yarmuth To Push Council On Minimum Wage

Louisville police have started a new search for a company to outfit officers with body cameras, slowing down an effort already behind the department’s self-imposed schedule. [WDRB]

To get a feel for just how bitter the contract dispute is between the Metropolitan Sewer District and one of its two unions, Laborers International Union of North America Local 576, just read a letter a union organizer tells me me LIUNA delivered to the board. [C-J/AKN]

Indiana alcohol sales will be legal for an extra hour on Sunday morning with the end of daylight saving time. [WHAS11]

“We’ve had people come from all over America to help us ditch Mitch,” said Bill Londrigan, president of Kentucky’s AFL-CIO. Asking for a show of hands from those who had traveled from out of state, Londrigan encouraged those whose hands shot up to say where they were from, and shouts of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey rang out from the crowd. [H-L]

Two LMPD officers are on administrative duties after a man police say fired at those officers was killed. [WLKY]

During Obama’s first five years as president, the Justice Department and the U.S. military brought seven criminal prosecutions for national security leaks — more than twice as many as all previous presidents put together. [Yahoo]

The candidates for Floyd County Sheriff are criticizing each other for lacking the experience necessary for the job. [WAVE3]

His Democratic opponent argues Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell supports tax breaks that encourage businesses to ship jobs overseas. But that message won’t get much support at Campbellsville Apparel, a textile company which supplies materials for federal government contracts and which employs a lot of folks who once worked at Fruit of the Loom — a company which moved jobs from Kentucky to Mexico. [Ronnie Ellis]

With her back turned, Jo Ann Smith couldn’t see if the approaching bus was the one she was waiting for. Her bus would come from the west, but standing at the corner of Fifth Street and Broadway, she positioned herself to the east because on Monday the blustery wind was full of leaves. She didn’t want a face full of fall foliage. [WFPL]

On Thursday afternoon, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) will testify before the Louisville Metro Council’s Labor and Economic Development Committee. Yarmuth will discuss the proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour in Louisville. [Press Release]

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has named a new leader for its Louisville branch. [Business First]

The poverty rate in Southern Indiana increased by nearly 60 percent from 2000 to 2010 after decreasing by 12 percent in the 1990s, according to a study by an Indiana University Southeast research team. [News & Tribune]

Human Trafficking, Stabbing And Electric Buses

The first person in Louisville convicted of human trafficking was sentenced to 10 years in prison with no probation Monday morning. [WDRB]

In June, 16-year-old Elivar Mazariegos stepped off a bus in the desert town of Altar, Mexico, 1,900 miles north of his rural village in Guatemala, where a death threat had pushed him to join a surge of unaccompanied children fleeing violence and poverty. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another fun stabbing? The victim of the stabbing in the 500 block of East Ormsby has been identified. [WHAS11]

Louisville officials plan to phase out the oldtime-looking trolleys that are a staple of downtown in favor of all-electric buses. [H-L]

The 125th fall meet is officially underway at Churchill Downs. [WLKY]

A few hours before dawn on Wednesday morning, city counselors in Fort Lauderdale, FL passed a bill to make it harder to feed the homeless. [Think Progress]

Two months after a baby girl was shot to death on her front porch in Louisville’s West End, we’re learning more about why. [WAVE3]

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday the U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages in six more states, bringing to 32 the number of states where couples in gay unions qualify for federal benefits. [Reuters]

Kentuckians enrolling in Kynect, the state’s health care exchange, can expect changes in the way they shop for health insurance beginning Nov. 15. [WFPL]

Listen to voters from either end of the political spectrum and you’ll hear a similar complaint: most are tired of the inability of members of Congress to work together to get something done. [Ronnie Ellis]

Teddy Abrams doesn’t see why the Louisville Orchestra shouldn’t sell out every performance. [Business First]

The newest member of the Sellersburg Town Council hopes to bring some of youth to the team. [News & Tribune]

Central Principal Needs Some Prompt Education

West Virginia plans to frack beneath the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water to millions. Like everyone in Louisville. [Think Progress]

KFC Corp., a unit of Louisville-based Yum Brands, says 77 of its fried chicken restaurants across the country could be “in jeopardy” because of a real estate dispute with a California investment group. [WDRB]

What the heck is with all of these trans-panicked parents? Are they living under rocks? And what’s with Daniel Withers, the Central High School principal spewing some of the most insensitive remarks in recent memory? He ought to be schooled on how not to sound like a complete homophobic/transphobic idiot. [C-J/AKN]

A Louisville woman was arrested and is facing charges after a deadly accident in Pleasure Ridge Park Sunday. [WHAS11]

Paducah residents upset over sky high electric rates thanks to cost overruns at a new power plant say they have no idea when they might get some relief. [H-L]

TARC is helping passengers stay connected. On Monday, the city’s bus transit system is unveiling Wi-Fi on its buses. [WLKY]

The nation’s biggest and baddest for-profit prison company suddenly cares about halfway houses — so much so that they want in on the action. [HuffPo]

The Humane Society of Oldham County is in urgent need of help after confiscating almost 100 cats and kittens from the Lakewood Valley subdivision. [WAVE3]

Do you support transparency and accountability in government? Here’s your chance to speak up and be heard. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A small group of Kentucky school districts—including Jefferson County Public Schools—and two major state agencies have received school culture and mental health grants. [WFPL]

A majority of Americans oppose putting U.S. troops on the ground to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a new poll released Monday shows. [Politico]

What’s the story behind the big incentive package for General Electric Co.’s Appliance Park? Thursday morning, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority board gave preliminary approval for a $40 million tax incentive package based on $277 million in additional investment into Louisville’s Appliance Park. [Business First]

New Albany Police Department spending would increase by about $500,000, or more than 6 percent, for 2015 based on the proposed budget being considered by the city council. [News & Tribune]