Louisville’s Apparently Just A Giant Heat Island

Gallopalooza is back and this time it’s with a bourbon twist. [WDRB]

More people are dying in LMPD shootings and racist wingnuts are freaking out. [C-J/AKN]

Anthony Merida said when he arrived at Porcia Mills’ South Louisville apartment complex Friday to check on her and their son it was obvious very quickly something wasn’t right. [WHAS11]

A contract has been awarded to make more improvements to bring the Purchase Parkway in western Kentucky up to interstate highway standards and eventual designation as Interstate 69. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police are searching for answers after 24-year-old Porcia Mills’ boyfriend was arrested and charged in her death. [WLKY]

A prosecutor released hundreds of pages of additional documents Saturday from the investigation into the police shooting of Michael Brown, including an interview transcript of a friend who initially asserted that he had seen Brown get shot in the back. [HuffPo]

Nationwide Americans are marching, protesting the recent lack of indictments in the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. [WAVE3]

Both Rand Paul and Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes scored major Pinocchios this year. [WaPo]

Politico on Tuesday took a deep look at urban heat islands, an issue that has gotten increasing focus particularly in Louisville—because studies show that the city’s heat struggles are particularly worrisome. [WFPL & Politico]

For the past 18 months, Americans from Albany to Oregon have voiced growing alarm over the rising number of oil-laden freight trains coursing through their cities, a trend they fear is endangering public safety. [Reuters]

Children on Medicaid in Kentucky are prescribed psychotropic drugs — for conditions such attention deficit disorder, anxiety or depression — at a rate that more than doubles the national average. [Business First]

As the Jeffersonville Police Department moves into its new home on 10th Street, city officials are discussing what to do with the soon empty offices in City Hall. [News & Tribune]

Maybe The CWF Could’ve Informed Everybody

The Center for Women and Families is falling well short of its goal to collect $30,000 in gift cards for the holiday season, according to a news release. [WDRB]

Is this the beginning of Zipcar taking over Louisville? Cross your fingers. [C-J/AKN]

Ready to be terrified? Hundreds of elves flooded the Galt House Tuesday morning–trying to break a world record. [WHAS11]

One of the arguments often made against government involvement in health care is that it impedes the action of the marketplace which, if left unfettered, could solve all our problems. [H-L]

Another day, another fun shooting in Possibility City. [WLKY]

The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF declared 2014 a devastating year for children on Monday with as many as 15 million caught in conflicts in Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and the Palestinian territories. [HuffPo]

Charlestown Mayor Bob Hall’s controversial proposal to tear down hundreds of homes in favor of a large development failed to win city council approval Monday. [WAVE3]

The GOP is refocusing its attention on the courts as it searches for any way to weaken President Obama’s signature healthcare law while he continues to wield a veto pen. [The Hill]

Indiana state Sen. Michael Crider wants federal investigators to provide the public with an update on its investigation of a troubled exotic animal refuge in Charlestown, Ind. [WFPL]

Last week we got an actually good employment report — arguably the first truly good report in a long time. The U.S. economy added well over 300,000 jobs; wages, which have been stagnant for far too long, picked up a bit. [NY Times]

Rain and cooler weather over the summer has led to a bountiful, healthy crop of Christmas trees in Indiana, and that has the state’s tree farmers celebrating. [Business First]

For the second time in just more than two years, the city has taken legal action against a New Albany dump truck business. [News & Tribune]

Yet Another Stinky Mess For MSD This Week

Another day, another senseless murder in Possibility City. [WDRB]

The Metropolitan Sewer District board has boosted salaries of several top executives by up to 11.6 percent and paid out annual performance payments, including a $32,760 bonus to Executive Director Greg Heitzman. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville International Airport putting a stop to ride-sharing companies from picking up passengers. [WHAS11]

Poor Andy Beshear. More than a year away from being sworn in to an office he hasn’t even won, and already his integrity in that office is open to question because of his unprecedented fund-raising. Not to mention the shadow cast on the administration of his father, Gov. Steve Beshear, as state contractors, lobbyists and appointees have lined up at 87 fund-raising events to give almost $1.5 million to the son’s campaign for attorney general. [H-L]

New court records show how investigators may have gotten a break in an unsolved murder. [WLKY]

The white police officer who killed Michael Brown has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, his attorney said Saturday, nearly four months after the fatal confrontation with the black 18-year-old that fueled protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation. [HuffPo]

An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 coats were handed out during a different kind of Black Friday transaction in Kentuckiana: the Free Coat Exchange. [WAVE3]

The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States on Friday to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used sparingly. [Reuters]

The number of Kentuckians who are “underbanked”—that is, people who don’t participate in the banking system—has increased. Nearly a third of Kentuckians (33.2 percent) are considered “underbanked,” according to a recently released report from Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. [WFPL]

Urban agriculture is playing an increasingly important role in global food security, a study has suggested. [BBC]

Bardstown Road Aglow has grown tremendously since its first year. When founder Rosemary Bailey started it 29 years ago, only six businesses participated, recalled Kelli Milligan, owner Renaissance by Design. The antique store was one of the six. [Business First]

Area parents looking to have a night out on the town will want to circle Monday on their calendars, because that’s the deadline to register children for Clarksville Parks & Recreation’s inaugural Parents’ Night Out. [News & Tribune]

JCPS Kinda Sucks At Managing Its PR Messes

Way to go, Bullitt County, for being bigoted redneck central. You’ve made the national news again for something horrific. A Kentucky fire chief is being criticized for racist comments after he refused to help a family of stranded motorists because they were black, and then suggested that an Asian-American television reporter did not understand English. In a Bullitt County Sheriff’s deputy’s body camera recording obtained by WDRB, Southeast Bullitt County Fire Chief Julius Hatfield can be heard discussing a car accident on I-65 in September. [Raw Story]

Officials with Jefferson County Public Schools never notified the school board that the firing of its former spokeswoman was rescinded and changed to a “resignation” as part of a $200,000 settlement. [WDRB]

With state Rep. Larry Clark, of Louisville, announcing two weeks ago that he wouldn’t seek another term as speaker pro tem, Louisville Democrats began scrambling to make sure that the delegation from Kentucky’s largest city has someone in House leadership. [C-J/AKN]

The fog of history is thick on a property in Shively. The property was once the most famed bourbon distillery in the world, Stitzel Weller. [WHAS11]

Jefferson County Public Schools has formed a districtwide committee in an effort to better accommodate students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The school district’s lead psychologist Joseph Bargione said the work group was formed after several school counselors said they needed additional resources to support those students. [H-L]

Blanket Louisville continued to spread warmth across the city Saturday morning for its 11th year. [WLKY]

A bill introduced in Congress would allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana for their patients. [HuffPo]

The labor market in Louisville and surrounding counties is better now than it’s been since the 2009 Great Recession, according to a first-ever report from Kentuckiana Works in conjunction with Louisville Metro Government. [WAVE3]

Just a shame he hasn’t acted on hundreds of referred cases from the auditor and has played a role in several cases of retaliation. Everyone in the room Thursday at the Kentucky Association of Counties conference knew Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway is running for governor. But Conway — so far the only major Democrat to form a slate — offered no pretense about his plans in remarks to county officials. He was there as attorney general, Conway said, adding, “I want to change things around and talk about the future.” [Ronnie Ellis]

City officials want fewer downtown Louisville workers commuting by car, especially those that do so alone. [WFPL]

Levi Cummings didn’t die of old age. He didn’t die in an accident, and he wasn’t murdered. Cummings died because he was homeless. [Think Progress]

Keith McLoughlin, CEO of Sweden-based Electrolux AB, expects that the acquisition of Louisville-based GE Appliances will help his company cut costs and create innovative products. [Business First]

In the wake of a Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting investigation that found a history of problems at an Indiana exotic animal refuge, current and former members of the organization have come forward to talk about their experiences at the facility. [News & Tribune]

Anchorage Mess Is About Rich Folks’ Money

When railroad giant CSX Corp. moves freight between Louisville and Indianapolis, it’s forced to lower speeds, keep trains shorter and carry lighter loads. [WDRB]

Here’s another fun made-up thing for Greg Fischer’s staff to push around all week. [C-J/AKN]

The key to the new downtown hotels is a major expansion of the downtown convention center. It’s a surge in hotel construction never before seen in Louisville, about 1,400 rooms confirmed, not including several hundred more in the planning stages. [WHAS11]

What on earth is going on in Anchorage?! Smells like a bunch of wealthy folks trying to kick some underprivileged kids to the curb. [Click the Clicky]

Peyton Hoge would be popping a vein right about now. [JLC]

Two people have been sentenced for abusing the corpse of a former paramedic. [WLKY]

Oscar winner Hilary Swank is unleashing some serious star power to help rescue dogs get adopted by families who want to make a difference on Thanksgiving — or those who just want to watch terriers instead of touchdowns on TV.[HuffPo]

It’s time for an exciting new Flack Attack! Because we all know a few bad apples = all cyclists are the absolute devil. [WAVE3]

After having the case for more than five months, the special prosecutor assigned to handle a dispute over whether Louisville Metro Councilman David James has two incompatible jobs has asked to withdraw and said she does not believe the situation can be resolved outside of court. [More C-J/AKN]

When the temperature drops as it has this week, local shelters are crowded with homeless men and women. [WFPL]

State government finalized its 20-year statewide transportation plan. [Click the Clicky]

Just when you thought things couldn’t get crazier at the University of Louisville? Jim Ramsey announces the hiring of the vice chancellor and general counsel from the University of North Carolina. The same school that’s recently been found by NCAA investigators to have committed something like two decades of academic fraud involving its athletics program. This individual would have been on the front lines, to say the least. [Business First]

Strohm was one of the key players behind a public records battle with the media as reporters attempted to look into a scandal involving student athletes and allegations of academic misconduct. [ABC11]

Census data shows the population makeup of Jeffersonville changing drastically over the next 20 years, and city officials want to make sure the city itself changes along with it. [News & Tribune]

Louisville Needs A New Frankfort Leader Now

A state audit released in May found that JCPS is spending too much on high-dollar administrators, and not enough on students. Six months later, the district gets a new progress report with a grade school leaders did not see coming. [WDRB]

Walmart has filed a development plan with the city for its much-anticipated western Louisville store just southwest of Broadway and 18th Street. [C-J/AKN]

In a state that leads the nation in lung cancer cases, Kentucky is turning its attention to small but growing group: lung cancer survivors. [WHAS11]

In a surprise announcement Wednesday, House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark said he will not seek re-election to the chamber’s No. 2 post he has held since 1993. [H-L]

A Louisville man who admitted to killing a woman while driving drunk wants to get out of prison early but prosecutors say he needs to spend more time behind bars. [WLKY]

In some American cities, up to 40 percent of households don’t have an Internet connection, according to a new analysis based on census data. [HuffPo]

Abramson said he would advise local politicians across the country that their work shouldn’t be about big developments. “If you can’t pick up the garbage, if you can’t get recycling picked up, if you can’t fill the potholes, then no community’s going to give you the opportunity and support when, as an example, I decided to expand the airport, relocate 4,000 people and 180 businesses and 11 churches,” Abramson said. “That was a monumental decision.” [WAVE3]

More than two dozen advisers to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul converged inside a boutique Washington hotel Wednesday to begin to form the skeleton of a 2016 presidential campaign. [U.S. News]

The group behind a project to build a botanical garden on Louisville’s waterfront will unveil its master plan. [WFPL]

Some spectacular jumps in generic drug prices have been exposed in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. [CBS News]

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are banned from picking up customers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. [Business First]

The city of Jeffersonville revoked the zoning permit from MAC Construction and Excavating Inc. last week that allowed it to operate an asphalt plant at the Hanson-Atkins Quarry. [News & Tribune]