Fallout Over LMPD Chief Has Begun

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Here’s the latest bullshit from Teddy Gordon. Did you know his public relations girlfriend convinces local television stations into running with nearly everything he does? That’s what happens. But producers at television stations (specifically WDRB) aren’t always the brightest bulbs in news. And no one else wants to reveal how the sausage is made in this city. [WDRB]

The majority of students who are sent to Jefferson County Public Schools’ two behavior alternative schools are black, even though black students make up only 36 percent of the district’s overall population. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad released a statement on Facebook on Dec. 15 that addressed the River City FOP vote of no confidence. [WHAS11]

Most housing rates at the University of Kentucky will rise about 3.5 percent next fall, a Board of Trustees finance committee decided Tuesday. [H-L]

Members of the local police union have issued a no confidence vote in Louisville Metro Police Department and Chief Steve Conrad. [WLKY]

As a parting gift to women, the Obama administration finalized a rule on Wednesday that will prohibit states from defunding Planned Parenthood for political reasons. [HuffPo]

Really, does anyone think the man isn’t taking these cases for the publicity? And because he thinks he can get the legal insurance provider(s) JCPS pays to cough up some cash? We stopped taking him seriously when he started fighting against INTEGRATED SCHOOLS by opposing busing. [WAVE3]

Sadiqa Reynolds is a sad disaster. I’ll never understand why the Urban League put her in charge of anything. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A transgender man fired from GE Appliances in Louisville can sue for race and gender discrimination, according to a federal court ruling late last month. [WFPL]

This hilarious restaurant review caused Donald Trump to lose his mind this week. [Vanity Fair]

Maybe if Louisville stopped trying to rank on lists or be the best at whatever… all the things could happen? [Business First]

A measure to require every new business in Jeffersonville to pay for a certificate proving it is in compliance with the city’s zoning code is one step closer to becoming a reality. [News & Tribune]

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Your Morning Dept Of Local TV Hype

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A proposal is being discussed that would open up positions within JCPS to felons not convicted of violent or sexual crimes. [WDRB]

When a car rolled through the Smoketown area Aug. 24 peppering a street full of teens and young men with bullets, it wasn’t a surprise. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Okay. We get that these folks have been killed. But the local teevee obsession with it is out-of-control. Why is this worthy of a news story while there are literally hungry JCPS kids everywhere? What about examining what’s going on in Frankfort? Or maybe even focusing on the local school system? [WHAS11]

For the past few months, Kentucky’s university presidents and policy makers have tried to create a way to tie some of their state funding to outcomes like higher graduation rates and more degrees in science and technology. [H-L]

When it comes to people living in poverty, a new report shows Louisville ranking among the worst. You already knew this because it hasn’t changed in your lifetime. [WLKY]

With less than two months before he has to vacate the White House, handing over the keys to a successor who has vowed to open more federal lands and waters to drilling and mining, President Barack Obama is making a last-ditch effort to save swathes of public land. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Surprise! Local teevee folks are breathlessly covering fires in Tennessee. Never mind covering their own state. [WAVE3]

Views about race mattered more in electing Trump than in electing Obama. Support for Trump was more tightly linked to racial resentment than support for John McCain and Mitt Romney in 2008 and 2012, respectively — even after controlling for party and ideology. Sorry, Adam Edelen, your bullshit talking point about economics is dead in the water. [WaPo]

Really want to stop the rise of white supremacy, Democrats? Start by drowning out alleged progressive, white Democrats like Adam Edelen when they spew out nonsense. [WFPL]

Kentucky has the 13th highest rate of incarceration in the world, imprisoning people nearly 1.35 times the rate of Turkmenistan — the highest rated country outside of the United States — and the Commonwealth’s rate is above the national average, according to a report released this year by the non-profit group Prison Policy Initiative. [Richmond Register]

The Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative — powered by a $100 million statewide bond issue approved earlier this year by the Kentucky General Assembly to deal with the state’s worker shortage — has its first round of finalists in place. [Business First]

An upcoming project for the Howard Steamboat Museum in Jeffersonville is expected to bring in more revenue for the museum and offer a culturally historic venue for the community. [News & Tribune]

Maybe Don’t Ignore Frankfort Republicans

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Guess we can look forward to months and months of breathless regurgitation from this station’s education reporter on the charter schools front, right? Hopefully WDRB won’t rely on its teabagger staffers to assign stories so the public will get some actual deep-dives on what charters could mean for Jefferson County Public Schools. [WDRB]

Gunmen exchanged about 20 shots at an annual Thanksgiving Day football event, thrusting Louisville past its homicide record and into the national spotlight. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Of course the report was buried in a release the day before Thanksgiving – that’s how Greg Fischer STILL allows his staff to operate. A Metro Councilwoman criticized the timing of a report showing a multiple Louisville agencies failed to communicate with each other leading to the deadly South 28th Street building collapse. [WHAS11]

Like many students, Tyler Allen spent his college days enthusiastically experimenting with alcohol. Only for Allen, it turned into a habit that was more than recreational. [H-L]

Sucks that the guy got killed but can you imagine how much could be accomplished in Kentucky if we weren’t wasting time on constantly renaming roads, bridges and buildings? [WLKY]

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee on Monday asked the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), to look into President-elect Donald Trump’s financial entanglements and make sure he’s not breaking the law. [HuffPo]

Homicide detectives with the Louisville Metro Police Department are investigating the death of a man found shot Monday morning. [WAVE3]

The Republican Party long insisted that the troubles of the inner city were cultural—but rather than apply the same logic to struggling blue-collar communities, Trump blamed their problems on external forces. [The Atlantic]

A state senator is planning to once again propose a bill during the upcoming legislative session that he says will protect religious freedoms. The bill would nullify local “fairness” ordinances across the state that protect Kentuckians from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Imagine how different things could be if Chris Hartman were permitted by the Fairness board over the past seven or eight years, as I have pushed, to spend time with these extremists trying to educate them. Kentucky would be in a much better spot than it is today. [WFPL]

You don’t get a pat on the back for ratcheting down from rabid after exploiting that very radicalism to your advantage. Unrepentant opportunism belies a staggering lack of character and caring that can’t simply be vanquished from memory. [NY Times]

Kroger Co. rates among the retailers doing the least to cut out the use of toxic chemicals, according to a new study completed by a group that aims to protect families from harmful chemicals. [Business First]

In the interest of preventing stagnation in downtown Jeffersonville, the city council approved a new zoning district that in part raises the maximum residential building height to 100 feet. [News & Tribune]

The First Story Is Beyond Horrific

Police say a railroad supervisor discovered a gruesome scene Monday in Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood. [WDRB]

Go looking for Donald Trump’s Kentucky, and you might find yourself on Terry Wright’s front porch. [C-J/AKN]

A Justice from the nation’s highest court stopped in the Derby City Monday as she received one of the top honors from the University of Louisville. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky is making a dramatic change in how it gives out financial aid by concentrating more on students who need help paying for college. [H-L]

The Chicago Cubs’ bats for the World Series will soon be headed to Cleveland. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s unpopularity is threatening to take the Republican Senate majority down with him. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Almost a year has passed since now-Miss Kentucky USA Kyle Hornback took the Breaking Cardinal Rules scandal to court, alleging that self-proclaimed ‘Escort Queen’ Katina Powell’s claims of providing strippers and sexual favors to UofL men’s basketball recruits devalued any graduate’s academic degree. [WAVE3]

Matt Bevin lost another round in court Friday when a Franklin Circuit Judge declined to vacate or amend his earlier ruling that Bevin could not abolish the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [Ronnie Ellis]

If you’re wondering why trust in GLI continues to fall, here’s a look at how Kent Oyler is claiming to be unsure of the presidential election. [WFPL]

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a double-digit lead in the inaugural ABC News 2016 tracking poll released Sunday morning. [The Hill]

A retail and restaurant development on the retail-heavy Veterans Parkway in Clarksville took a leap forward earlier this week. [Business First]

Taking a second shot at securing funding for upgrades and rebuilt schools, the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. has an $87 million referendum on the ballot for Nov. 8. [News & Tribune]

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Compassionate City. Possibility City. 16th Largest City (Ha). 90+ Murders So Far This Year…

What a Compassionate City. Authorities have released the name of the person who died after being found shot inside a vehicle on Blevins Gap Road at East Orell Road. [WDRB]

Performing the sad task of cleaning out her husband’s chambers after his death last year, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II’s widow made an extraordinary discovery. [C-J/AKN]

Jefferson County School Board members are discussing a recent request from local attorneys asking for metal detectors in schools. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky’s University Senate voted Monday to approve the academic content but not the administrative structure of a proposed institute on free enterprise funded by $10 million from the Charles Koch Foundation and pizza magnate John Schnatter. [H-L]

Trauma surgeons at University Hospital are calling shootings in Louisville a public health crisis. [WLKY]

A former aide on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign now says he regrets working for the Republican nominee and cannot vote for him for president. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Hold on to your wigs cause you’re about to be choked with bridge tolls. Drivers in Southern Indiana are pleased that the Kennedy Bridge is now reopen, but they are not looking forward to the tolls to come. [WAVE3]

The nation’s opioid epidemic shows no signs of abating—and in fact may be headed in a far more dangerous direction. [ProPublica]

At 26th and Broadway there’s a small, neighborhood shop called The Liquor Store. Inside, bottles are neatly arranged in steel-barred cabinets decked with glossy posters. Owner Sandra Fant steps away from the drive-through window where, on the other side, a couple has asked for two bottles of Absolut vodka. [WFPL]

Mitch McConnell said Donald Trump should apologize for being repugnant… but he still supports and promotes the monster. [Politico]

How bout a drink to go with that home-cooked meal? Kroger Co. is adding a wine and spirits shop at its location on Outer Loop in Louisville. [Business First]

A voter registration group is asking for a federal investigation of the Indiana officials who are looking into voter fraud allegations in at least eight central Indiana counties including Madison County. [News & Tribune]

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Funtimes In The Racist RPK Clown Car

The Republican Party of Kentucky has tons of other racists in their midst. Tons of them appointed by Matt Bevin to various and sundry positions. You’ve read all about them on Page One. This is their attempt to appear non-racist by throwing some nobody with no shot of winning to the wolves as a sacrifice. [WDRB]

Louisville Orchestra artistic director Teddy Abrams thought he might have a hard time swaying the public – let alone the orchestra’s professional musicians – to take a chance on a concert with DJ GlitterTitz, a local electronic music act. [C-J/AKN]

School may be out for JCPS students Friday, but class was in session for some teachers. [WHAS11]

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s victory at the state Supreme Court last week might have been good news for Kentucky’s colleges and universities, but it could eventually hurt the state’s credit rating, according to one major ratings agency. [H-L]

The judge handling the case of the former University of Kentucky board chairman charged with rape has recused himself. [WLKY]

Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, has a peculiar way of dealing with criticism. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Christian Care Communities announced a gift of $235,000 from prominent Louisville businessman Charlie Johnson in honor of his late wife, Bettie L. Johnson on Wednesday, September 28. [WAVE3]

The Obama administration on Thursday finalized rules requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to employees and expanding the type of data employers must provide on their pay practices. [Reuters]

Yusuf Bibb says he knows every heroin addict in Louisville. Many of them he would see as they cycled in and out of the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections’ detox program. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s campaign manager appeared to unwittingly confirm an explosive Newsweek story on Thursday, telling ABC’s The View that a Trump company did indeed spend money in Cuba in 1998, in violation of a longstanding U.S. embargo that Trump has vociferously defended. [ThinkProgress]

Louisville developer Kevin Cogan likely faces an uphill battle to build a 34-story high-rise at the triangle of Grinstead Drive, Lexington Road and Etley Avenue near Cherokee Park. [Business First]

The General Mills facility, once home to about 400 employees and high-paying jobs, has sat empty since August, but the city and One Southern Indiana have hope for the vacant property. [News & Tribune]

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Another Rough Weekend In Louisville

Donald J. Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years, records obtained by The New York Times show. [NY Times]

Sure was a fun and compassionate weekend in Possumbility City. Louisville Metro Police are investigating after a man was shot in the chest. [WDRB]

Kathleen Smith, former University of Louisville President James Ramsey’s chief of staff, is out at the university’s fundraising arm, the U of L Foundation. [C-J/AKN]

Senior citizens and disabled individuals can start applying for heating assistance in Louisville next week. [WHAS11]

Standard good old boy behavior in Kentucky. Former University of Kentucky board chairman Billy Joe Miles of Owensboro pleaded not guilty Monday to rape, sodomy and bribing a witness at a hearing in which the prosecutor said the alleged victim has received death threats and other harassment since the charges were filed. [H-L]

Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday Louisville Metro police responded to a call of a shooting on the 7300 block of Southside Drive. [WLKY]

Donald Trump ramped up his feud with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado on Friday, calling her “disgusting” and accusing her of having a sex tape. [HuffPo]

A Louisville teenager was killed in a shooting early Saturday morning in Lexington. [WAVE3]

Donald J. Trump has a cruel streak. He willfully causes pain and distress to others. And he repeats this public behavior so frequently that it’s fair to call it a character trait. Any single example would be off-putting but forgivable. Being shown many examples across many years should make any decent person recoil in disgust. [The Atlantic]

Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia are among the states challenging the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, or CPP, in oral arguments Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. [WFPL]

At Monday night’s debate, Donald Trump was called out for stiffing the people who work for him. Trump has been accused of failing to pay hundreds of contractors. And so far, he hasn’t seemed very sorry. When asked about failing to pay someone by Hillary Clinton this week, Trump replied, “Maybe he didn’t do a good job and I was unsatisfied with his work.” [WaPo]

Kathleen Smith, a longtime aide to former University of Louisville president James Ramsey, has been placed on paid administrative leave from her position with the University of Louisville Foundation. [Business First]

As one of the first orders of business, the Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana is working to put in place a network of volunteers and organizations that would work together to offer safe shelter for homeless in extreme weather. [News & Tribune]

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Fight The Urge To Roll Your Eyes At The UofL Foundation…

As LMPD Chief Steve Conrad met with neighbors at a peace walk in the California neighborhood Tuesday night, some of the rank and file met with their union. [WDRB]

Promising a “new era of harmony” between the University of Louisville and its foundation, the foundation’s new chairwoman has announced she’s formed a committee to review its governance and create “a structure of which the entire community can be proud.” [C-J/AKN]

The University of Louisville Foundation will meet for the first time Friday with its newly elected chairwoman. [WHAS11]

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wants more time to complete its environmental review of a proposed conversion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that runs through Kentucky. [H-L]

The Louisville Water Company has scheduled another public meeting on a controversial power generator. [WLKY]

The entire full-time University of Kentucky journalism faculty is calling for UK President Eli Capilouto to drop his suit against the school’s student newspaper and apologize for criticism leveled at the paper and its editor at a Board of Trustees meeting last Friday. [Ronnie Ellis]

Louisville Metro police are investigating whether someone with a weapon followed a Jefferson County Public School bus on its after school route. [WAVE3]

Police in Florida and other states are building up private DNA databases, in part by collecting voluntary samples from people not charged with — or even suspected of — any particular crime. [ProPublica]

A new report says some Kentuckians could be drinking a cancer-causing chemical called chromium-6. [WFPL]

If you’re a voter who cares about stopping climate change, you really need to read Donald Trump’s newest economic policy plan. [ThinkProgress]

Developers of the $60 million South Pointe Commons in Fern Creek are wasting no time after winning a major court battle last month. [Business First]

Legislation up for consideration could cause budget headaches for Greater Clark County Schools — and other districts across the state — as it prepares to finalize 2017 budgets next month. [News & Tribune]

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Remember When Jerry Abramson Claimed There Were No Gangs In Louisville?

This EpiPen program was a great idea back when the devices were actually affordable. Now it’s just a Jennings-Republican-PR Spin cash grab. No mention that only four are available at a time, that they only last a year, that schools are strongly encouraged to spend cash buying additional units. [WDRB]

FBI agents out of the Louisville Division are going to increase their role in battling gangs and the drug trade here and across Kentucky after a surge of activity. [C-J/AKN]

Months before Kentucky lawmakers head back to Frankfort, a state senator filed legislation concerning storing guns safely. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky wants to stop using state procurement rules in hiring investment managers for its $1.2 billion endowment, a move that officials say will allow it to be more nimble and make more money. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A man is recovering after he was found suffering from a gunshot wound on Tuesday in the parking lot of the Home Depot on Dixie Highway. [WLKY]

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called the events surrounding and following the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, “a stupid witch hunt,” saying that fault partially lies with the US ambassador who was killed in the attack, according to personal emails. [BuzzFeed]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Troy Redd was shot and killed in New Albany on Aug. 24. “Nothing’s being said. We’re not getting any answers,” said Jade Webster, Redd’s cousin. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump’s broadside against the top military brass is drawing warnings of a crisis in civilian-military relations should he become commander in chief and begin bypassing generals and admirals now serving under President Barack Obama. [Politico]

Things are looking up for some Kentucky workers. That’s according to a new report from the left-leaning Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. [WFPL]

Coal and electricity companies paid to meet with Republican state attorneys general just weeks before those top law enforcement officials joined in suing the federal government over the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, new documents show. [ThinkProgress]

Kroger Co. rival Meijer is launching grocery home delivery service in one of Kroger’s key markets. [News & Tribune]

Jeffersonville officials are moving forward in funding two major 10th Street projects through a $30 million bond. [News & Tribune]

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Louisville Must Love Shooting Kids

Way to go, Louisville. LMPD responded to the report of an accidental shooting in the 1600 block of Brashear Drive in the Algonquin neighborhood. [WDRB]

Metro Council squeezed methane plant developers further on Thursday evening by establishing rules that limit the controversial green technology to a small area near the city’s landfill. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A grieving Louisville family continues to search for answers in the murder of a young father. It’s been two months since Brandon Hansford, 29, was shot and killed, less than a mile from his home in Pleasure Ridge Park. Saturday night, his loved ones held a vigil for him at Briargate Presbyterian Church, right around the corner from the crime scene. [WHAS11]

The federal government told the Bevin administration Thursday that its Medicaid waiver proposal has “sufficient information to evaluate” and it now wants to hear from Kentuckians what they think about the proposal. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! There was lots of reaction Sunday following an arrest in the shooting death of Joseph Key. [WLKY]

Poles apart. Night and day. Those are the easiest ways to sum up where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on environmental issues. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Sunday a vigil was held for Monica White, a 50-year-old mother of two who was found dead in a trash can in the Shawnee neighborhood one year ago Sunday. [WAVE3]

Attorney General Andy Beshear wants to intervene in a suit by the University of Kentucky against its campus newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel, in a fight over disputed open records related to sexual harassment charges against a former UK professor. [Ronnie Ellis]

Tom Owen’s face twists into a grimace when he remembers the stench that once wafted from the old city dump at the corner of present-day Frankfort Avenue and River Road. [WFPL]

For years, Democratic elected officials in Washington have been wary of going after Wall Street excesses too hard, lest the deep-pocketed financial industry throw all its resources to Republicans. [ProPublica]

The U.S. Small Business Administration and two other organizations are bringing an entrepreneurial education program for ex-inmates to four cities, including Louisville. [News & Tribune]

After a year and a half of planning, weighing options and hearing from experts, West Clark Community Schools decided against pursuing a referendum for district-wide construction projects. [News & Tribune]

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