Much like the president, Governor Steve Beshear focused on broadband infrastructure expansion in his weekly update:
This week President Barack Obama hit upon investing in technology and infrastructure to create jobs:
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration received eight “wide ranging” responses to its request for a vendor interested in wiring homes and businesses with super-fast fiber Internet connections, said Ted Smith, chief of Louisville Metro Economic Growth & Innovation. [WDRB]
How on earth can the paper write zoning stories about Bill Bardenwerper without mentioning his ties to Metro Government and Greg Fischer? [C-J/AKN]
A Louisville man who served time for killing four teens in a 2008 high speed chase involving police is back behind bars. [WHAS11]
First Lady Jane Beshear’s Shop & Share Day raked in more than $839,155 in combined goods and monetary donations for the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association. The highest value ever. [Press Release]
Thousands of people are waking up in the dark after ice, downed trees and downed power lines caused many homes to lose power. [WLKY]
TV’s “Science Guy” Bill Nye says there are infinite discoveries yet to be made about the universe and how we got here. [H-L]
Clark County Prosecutor Steve Stewart has deferred to a special prosecutor to determine if criminal charges will be issued against Clark County Drug Court Treatment Program personnel who are subjects of an Indiana State Police investigation. [WAVE3]
The Sierra Club is touting new poll results that show a majority of respondents favor more regulations on carbon dioxide pollution from power plants. [WFPL]
It seemed like a joyous occasion for the New Albany City Council and Mayor Jeff Gahan’s administration. [News & Tribune]
Following months of opposition from Pewee Valley residents, AT&T has pulled the plug on its plan to build a cell tower near the city’s historic district. [C-J/AKN]
A Louisville church whose alleged oil-drilling activities were featured on the Discovery Channel is being sued by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. [Business First]
Go dig in to the specifics of Steve Beshear’s new tax plan that definitely will not remain intact if any of it becomes reality. [Page One]
HEY! YOU! Don’t forget to nominate someone for yesterday’s Golden Poo Awards category! [Page One]
Yesterday, Governor Steve Beshear and the White House announced that Kentucky was named a finalist for the Race to the Top educational award. Obviously, we will lose again, because why not. [Press Release]
AT&T activated a new 3G cell site in Louisville! Everybody jump up and down in excitement! [Business First]
Interestingly, this GE jet engine has a super Louisville connection. Feel free to play a guessing game. [Wonkette]
I think HullabaLOU was too expensive. But do you? Maybe the high price of entry was to keep the riff-raff out? [Loueyville]
Independent Councilman Deonte Hollowell will file papers to run for his council seat today at 12:30. [Press Release]
You know, we really do get some awesome comments. Especially about the mayoral race. [The ‘Ville Voice]
Millions and millions of people are being called to testify in the Karen Sypher – Rick Pitino sexytime trial. [WFPL]
How does a heat wave affect your use of public space? You hide inside with the air conditioning and eschew public space. That’s how. [Broken Sidewalk]
In Jackie Green’s latest email blast, he says he’s hosting a party at Molly Malone’s on Baxter Avenue. Tomorrow. 7:00 P.M. What he didn’t indicate was that his campaign paid for the email
Last week, the Metro United Way had a big kickoff event for its annual campaign, in which it hopes to match the $28.5 million goal from last year. But MUW is getting more creative, and reaching out for smaller donations (Just Like Politicians!).
Metro United Way funds 160 programs at 90 agencies in 7 counties.
And it’s pretty easy to give five bucks, as you can see. Find out how to text it in here.
Enjoy this stretch of good weather, but check with us for all the news.
Everybody Loves Shelly: Not really, but the School Board gave a really positive review of Sheldon Berman’s performance as JCPS superintendant, no doubt impressed by the 35-page self-assessment he provided yesterday. The teachers’ union criticized the glowing evaluation. [Courier]
Bad Guy in Health Insurance Dispute: Consumers will be the big losers in the dispute between Anthem and Norton, which comes to a head when the contract between the two ends tonight. Norton wants too much money, and Anthem isn’t providing good customer service. Patients will have to pay more or switch doctors. [Courier]
No Black Judges: As the NAACP’s Raoul Cunningham writes, there’s something wrong with a community with 20 percent African-American representation and ZERO African-American judges. [Cunningham]
Supremes Reject DVR Case: The Supreme Court is not going to step in and hear a case that would stop the surge of DVR technology. Network execs are worred ‘cuz it allows viewers to skip commercials. [NYTimes]
Running From the Camera: We love a good TV ambush, especially when the targets take off on a sprint away from the camera. Check out Adam Walser trying to track down some company guilty of ripping people off in an oil scam. [WHAS-TV]
Horsey Competition: Lexington residents are painting fiberglass horses to display around town with something they’re calling Horse Mania. Really, really similar to Gallopalooza. [LexGo]
D-T-V: If you’ve been watching TV news, you probably expected the slew of stories about the 2% of Louisville households not ready for DTV. But WHAS has been having its managers staff a phone line since Friday that won’t stop ringing. Even Mark Pimentel is putting hours in telling people how to set their boxes.
Slots Rally: Big news in Frankfort today is a rally for slots to save the horse, or horsie, as Jake puts it, industry. We’re no more optimistic that the slots legislation will pass today than we were, uh, ever. [Page One]
UK in Host’s Arena?: Nobody at today’s media tour for news reporters asked Jim Host about UK playing there, but the questions were different in the tour for sports reporters afterward. It would have been more fun with the second group. Of course, Kyle Draper probably didn’t ask about construction accidents, either. Anyway, your local news leads tonight with Arena stories.
Gun Shy: A local church is providing an alternative (is one needed?) to the idea of bringing guns to church. Thomas Jefferson Unitarian is promoting this: “Bring your Peaceful Heart…Leave your Gun at Home” in response to New Bethel’s widely publicized “Open Carry Celebration” (first reported here). [Peter Smith]
Ironic Gun Location: Speaking of guns, the death of a 15-year-old Valley Station boy from a gunshot wound to the face got the attention of the C-J edit board, which found it interesting that the accident took place one mile down the road from New Bethel Church. [Courier]
Does Your TV Still Work?: Maybe, just maybe, this will be the last time we mention the DTV transition. Who am I kidding? Expect stories about the people somehow caught by surprise when their TV didn’t work this morning, who blame the goverment or their TV stations, or better yet, who decide to get rid of their TVs. The analog transmitters shut off at 9 this morning.
Belles Cameo: The Southern Belles series was taped last fall, so that was Judicial candidate, not Judge, Katie King in a lengthy cameo on the show last night. Hadley was looking for a mentor/adviser, because she was having man/career troubles, and sought out our fave judge at the St. James Art Fair, proceeding to wear a campaign t-shirt and hand out buttons.
To the Ninth Degree: A new study from the Greater Louisville Project is not good for city officials. Louisville finished 9th among 15 cities in the study measuring the number of college grads in the 25-34 age group. The ‘Ville is at 31.9%, while Raleigh leads the way at 49.4%. The rate is barely improved (0.9%) compared with 2007 numbers. [Courier]
Saying No to Tolls: Gov. Beshear’s economic plan includes setting up a tolling authority to finance bridge construction, but the plan doesn’t sit well with Louisville lawmakers, according to Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark, who says city leaders won’t vote for Beshear’s plan. We don’t think the Gov’s gaming plan is going to get done, either. [Courier]
No Wonder: You guessed this, but the top recipient of tobacco money in Congress? Mitch McConnell. Ed Whitfield, Jim Bunning and Ron Lewis are in the Top 15. [Open Secrets]
Zip Code History: Check out a nostalgic look at the history of local post offices in a V.V. comment from Jeff Noble. The point — post offices come and go. Other point — Mail? you’re still using mail? [Comments]
Get In the Train Line: More lawsuits have been filed against the Louisville Zoo. And the injuries seem to be getting worse as the dollar signs light up. [Fox41]
Mongiardo Announces: Lt. Gov. and U.S. Senate candidate Daniel Mongiardo announced wife Allison is pregnant, expecting at the end of the year. Jack Conway’s wife is pregnant too. Which will be the first to a diaper-change photo opp? [Fox41]
Shooting the Sh.. Guns with Jake Starr: Now here’s a unique angle. LEO’s Phillip Bailey got some shooting lessons from New Bethel church pastor Ken Pagano, God’s representative for gun rights, whose handle in his gun league is Jake Starr. Good story. [LEO]
Guess Who Touched Another Nerve at Sixth and Broadway: As Jake puts it, the C-J’s David Daly has a “bitterness boner” for both LEO and me. Was it that we mentioned Joey Wagner’s split with the paper that ticked him off this time? Or was it making fun of their Southern Belles story? Well, we’re not going away. [Page One]
More Bad C-J News: Tonight the Metro Council is expected to approve its anti-littering ordinance, which will keep the paper from throwing those annoying green bags on your driveway. Gannett’s plan is to pay Jon Fleischaker to fight the ordinance on First Amendment grounds, which it’s not, and which will make citizens angry. And the paper’s coverage — highlighting a minor point in the ordinance about mailboxes — isn’t what you’d call balanced. [Courier]
Getting Up for Film: Don’t forget this weekend’s Flyover Film Festival, starting Friday with Hart-Lunsford Pictures’ “Bart Got a Room.” One of the folks behind it is George Parker, showcased at I Live In Louisville. [ILIL]
Let’s Trot Out A Rumor: We hear that a certain local TV station might be adding a nightly newscast which might air on another station in which it already airs one of its newscasts. That’s just what we’re hearing.
Enough Already: In less than 24 hours, stations will drop from their rotations all those DTV warnings, and the 12 people who haven’t gotten their TVs ready for the digital transition will find something else to do.
Don’t Act Surprised at This: Board members of the Kentucky League of Cities didn’t know about Sylvia Lovely’s latest salary increase, a sweet $31K that only three board members, who were all apparently wimps, approved without question. [Herald-Leader]
Saying You’re Not Under Investigation by the State Doesn’t Mean You’re Not Under Invesigtation by the State: Despite evidence to the contrary, Dr. Gilles Meloche of Metro Animal Services said in an interview that his department was NOT being investigated by the state. And bringing three kittens to your budget hearing won’t insure that Council members will be nice to you. [Fox41]
Cheating Causes a Do-Over: The folks running that Best Cities poll noticed some cheating going on, and reset the numbers. So now Louisville trails Roanoke and Pittsburgh (????) in the poll. So honor your inner geek and vote again. [The City Poll]
Worst Misuse of the term “Breaking News” We’ve Heard in a Long Time: The headline on the e-mail blast from Jack Conway’s camp screamed: “Breaking News: Conway Gets Major Backing From Key Unions That Represent Over 100,000 Members.” IN ALL CAPS. Happy for you, Jack, but let’s not get in the habit of releasing news this way. [Joe Arnold]
Fancy New Toy: The Full Signal media empire has a new camera, and Jake used it at the Lincoln Memorial Dedication last week. So now we have a new way to make snarky comments about local politicians. [Page One]
Costs More, But Not as Good as Before: TARC held a board meeting this morning to discuss how to stabilize its budget, with the idea of raising fares by a quarter and cutting back on service somehow leading the way as a good idea. [Courier]
Cops On Deck: Tomorrow the Metro Council resumes its budget hearings, with the police scheduled for three potentially contentious hours.
Finally Friday: That’s right. It’s the cut0ff for the digital TV transition, so expect plenty of whining from holdouts who have refused to get their TV’s upgraded. Converter boxes on sale at Meijer last weekend were going for $49.99. [WFPL]
Egotistical Gasbag: The not-so-delicate description of Senate President David Williams in Billy Reed’s piece on how unlikely it is that the Special Session will accomplish anything on the slots issue. [BillyReedSays]
Neighborhood Prejudice: For Fox41’s Bill Lamb, a trip to the Ukraine was inspiration for suggesting that we break down our local South End, West End, East End barriers. Not likely. [Fox41]
Turning Around?: The median homes sales price was up by 1.5% in May, and real estate pros are getting all excited about the market turning around. Even the Home Builders Association’s Chuck Kavanaugh is trying to convince us that the market is good in this editorial, or is it an ad, on WAVE? [Hot Button]