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with Jefferson County Public Schools never notified the school board that the firing of its former spokeswoman was rescinded and changed to a “resignation” as part of a $200,000 settlement.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

MSD Turned Into A Real You-Know-What Show

Valley High School was put on level four security Monday afternoon, after two students reported seeing someone with a gun on campus. [WDRB]

Angry union workers at Metropolitan Sewer District threatened a strike when they appeared before the agency’s board Monday to vent their frustration over contract negotiations that have remained unresolved for more than two years. [C-J/AKN]

A man who’s served time for two separate murders will now head to prison for a third. [WHAS11]

The concrete piers of two new bridges are rising out of the Ohio River between Louisville and Southern Indiana, as crews blast limestone and move earth to build the roads and tunnels that will soon connect the twin spans to nearby interstate highways. [H-L]

Wanna watch a bunch of videos of Greg Fischer telling you why he’s the best? Of course you don’t but here you go anyway. [WLKY]

He’s not on the ballot this fall, but Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is launching new ads to help Republicans in key elections across the country. [HuffPo]

A $39.86 million contract drawn up for a company to handle tolling of the new Ohio River Bridges is being terminated. [WAVE3]

DuPont’s third-quarter profit scraped past the average analyst estimate as the company’s cost-cutting efforts helped to boost operating margins in five of its seven businesses. [Reuters]

Jefferson County Public Schools administrators are looking to hire more non-white teachers. [WFPL]

The Kentucky State Parks are offering lodging discounts to current and former members of our nation’s armed services with the “USA Military Discount” program from Nov. 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015. The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists. Proof of military service is required at check-in. [Press Release]

Lee T. Todd Jr., who was president of the University of Kentucky from 2001 to 2011, has been named board chairman and chief strategist for FacilityOne, a Louisville-based software company. [Business First]

Two weeks after he was chosen by caucus as Clark County sheriff, Brian Meyer filled two positions left vacant in the department. [News & Tribune]

Your Weekly Not Transportation Lady Video Update

Without the Transportation Lady on staff, the folks at KYTC are slower than the day is long. So they were late getting their weekly video out. (We’re being mean because it features Steve Beshear. Also, meanness makes you more likely to click things.)

Steve Beshear can’t tease his hair out or use Aquanet or whatever, which is not fun. Bring the Transportation Lady back!

This one is about the Mountain Parkway Expansion Project: