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]

Will A Food Hub Change Louisville’s West End?

Weeds growing between the concrete, broken chain linked fences, and crumbled bricks. It’s the site of a former tobacco plant. [WDRB]

The Jefferson County Board of Education is poised to vote Monday on this school year’s $1.3 billion working budget, which includes money for school-based mental health counselors and “transition centers” at middle and high schools. [C-J/AKN]

This will likely make people even more fearful of TARC. [WHAS11]

A federal bankruptcy judge has set a hearing in the long-running case of the now-defunct Decker College. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A Louisville man is literally changing the facades of Louisville, one building at a time, and he’s doing it with one hand. [WLKY]

Lifting a ban on blood donations from gay men would increase the amount of available blood by hundreds of thousands of pints (liters) each year and save more than a million lives a year, a California study showed on Friday. [HuffPo]

The White House’s top drug policy adviser took a trip to the Commonwealth Saturday. [WAVE3]

Mitch McConnell is hardly a lovable guy. The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has a dour public persona and many of his constituents don’t view him as a “real Kentuckian,” according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores what his election campaign already knows – McConnell has an image problem. [Reuters]

Fall officially begins Tuesday, and Jefferson County’s Solid Waste Authority is hoping it’ll be a good season to change the way county residents bag their leaves. [WFPL]

Fifty years after Freedom Summer, two Mississippi sisters press the fight for voting rights. [ProPublica]

A law and medicine professor at the University of Louisville has received a $612,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to further international partnerships on genetic research. [Business First]

Really? This is in poor taste? Because we can think of a million other things that are in poor taste for Clark County. [News & Tribune]

Legislators Outside Louisville Are Enviro-Ignorant

Just before 2 a.m. Saturday, emergency officials received a call about a shooting on Routt Road in Jeffersontown. [WDRB]

The Transit Authority of River City is making what the transit officials call relatively minor service adjustments, with most of the changes to be in place by Monday. [C-J/AKN]

It was a scary first day of school for parents of a local kindergartner. The Salls family says their 5-year-old son Damien was brought to the wrong school on his first day, but they say they only found out when he did not get off the bus that evening. [WHAS11]

In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A Louisville man is literally changing the facades of Louisville, one building at a time, and he’s doing it with one hand. [WLKY]

A portion of an organ donation from a deceased gay Iowa teen has been rejected due to his sexual orientation. [HuffPo]

The husband of a Tennessee pilot killed when a UPS cargo jet crashed in Alabama is suing the company that makes equipment used in the aircraft. [WAVE3]

The frustration of eastern Kentucky lawmakers was obvious Friday as they listened to a report on looming federal regulations designed to limit carbon and “greenhouse gas” emissions. [Ronnie Ellis]

A study commissioned by Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad to examine whether racial profiling is a factor when officers make traffic stops is weeks away from being completed, said a department spokesman. [WFPL]

Mental health issues like depression, anxiety and substance abuse often start in adolescence, then peak in young adulthood. But for young people who don’t have steady jobs or stable paychecks, getting help can be tough. [NPR]

Another month of Louisville home sales figures have been reported by the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors, and the trend that has been apparent throughout 2014 persists. [Business First]

With a little more than four months remaining in 2014, the Floyd County Council is out of money. [News & Tribune]

Johnson Should Spend More Time w/His Family

Despite delays and changes to school meals and bus routes, JCPS says its first day back to class on Wednesday was a success. [WDRB]

Sorry, no, raising taxes like this while Greg Fischer and others spend money on random people and random jobs like it’s going out of style? No. Possibility City should not be jacking taxes up for anything until spending is under control. [C-J/AKN]

A Mississippi man was convicted in Louisville on Wednesday for extorting the UofL Athletics Department. [WHAS11]

Keep those umbrellas close. It’s about to start pouring garbage in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race. [H-L]

Mary Pat Vonderhaar suffered a stroke in 1997. Her left side was paralyzed and she spent the next three years confined to a wheelchair. Now, she is back in that wheelchair and police said it is her husband that put her there. [WLKY]

Woah, Fox and CNN must be taking their suicide coverage cues from WHAS11’s folks. [HuffPo]

Metro Councilman Dan Johnson may sell his house to pay off debts that came to light in recent lawsuits from two Louisville businesses. [WAVE3]

Tensions between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri, have mounted during a fourth night of unrest since a black teenager was shot dead by police. [BBC]

Goodness gracious, it’s time for Dan Johnson and his assistant/aide/whatever to just give up and go home. [WFPL]

Eight state leaders signed their names to a letter to Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett asking him and the association to join them in demanding Elaine Chao, former U.S. Labor Secretary and wife of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, resign from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ board of directors. Because she’s apparently not permitted to have a different opinion than her husband? [Richmond Register]

Louisville Water Co.’s bond sale to pay off a 2006 bond issue will produce more savings than originally anticipated. [Business First]

Waiting for the bus in Clarksville can be an uncomfortable experience for some, but officials with the town and the Transit Authority of River City have set their sights on changing that. [News & Tribune]