Of Course Macfarlane Is Trying To Walk It All Back

The Oldham County Jail was built in 1989. Over 25-years-later, the technology is outdated and county officials say it’s time for an upgrade. [WDRB]

What kind of delusional crack is Cathy Zion smoking? This member of the Metro Animal Services SPOT Board wrote a letter to the editor chastising the entire city for having a conversation about what’s gone wrong with that shit hole of an agency. Jesus H, the stupid is thick. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another death in Possibility City. Louisville Metro Police are conducting a death investigation in the Russell neighborhood, according to MetroSafe. [WHAS11]

A majority of Kentucky voters continue to view the economy as the top issue facing the United States, but a growing number say foreign policy is the nation’s top concern, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll. [H-L]

Doesn’t she sound nice? A Louisville woman admitted to beating a homeless man to death with a baseball bat. [WLKY]

21 numbers that explain why the time to address climate change is right now. Or maybe yesterday. [HuffPo]

Too little, too late, Macfarlane. It’s too late to walk your racist commentary back. [WAVE3]

Exposure in pregnancy to a chemical commonly found in plastics and cans — known as bisphenol A, or BPA — may increase a child’s risk of breathing problems, researchers say. [CBS News]

Officials have announced what’s next in Jefferson County Public Schools’ partnership with Ford’s Next Generation Learning program, and it includes more investment to improve students’ real world experience. [WFPL]

More than six months after a bill that would improve coordination and oversight of the for-profit college industry was introduced in the Senate and House, a number of state attorneys general have signed on in support. [Consumerist & Press Releases]

Work is under way at the former Goss Avenue Antique Mall after a series of historic approvals delayed the original start date for the project. [Business First]

A proposed senior living facility that raised opposition from its neighbors a year ago is coming back before the Jeffersonville Planning and Zoning Department. [News & Tribune]

Council Is About To Take Greg Fischer To Task

And people still wonder why we cover the intricacies of smaller school districts. It’s because that’s where we’ve shown for years the focus should be. [WDRB]

Can we please start taking youth homelessness more seriously in Louisville and in Kentucky? [C-J/AKN]

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Louisville Metro Police released new details after a woman was found locked inside the trunk of her daughter’s car. [WHAS11]

A Woodford County High School student is at odds with administrators who put her into an alternative school and stripped her of her position as senior class president after she purchased from a classmate a pill that treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Lexington. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Louisville Metro Police said a 12-year-old boy found dead in Cherokee Park on Tuesday afternoon was killed. [WLKY]

After years of listening to Wayne LaPierre croon away about how “only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” we finally have some real data to test whether this rationale for arming civilians (and selling more guns) is really true. [HuffPo]

Kentucky has one of the highest rates of homeless children in the county. [WAVE3]

Turns out Louisville’s Metro Council DOES have subpoena power and can force Greg Fischer to turn over documents and hand over staffers to testify. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Student Timothy Tungate was on the third floor of Fern Creek High School on Tuesday afternoon when he heard gunshots ring out. [WFPL]

The Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger vote was delayed after New York regulators found deficiencies. NY’s consumer protection agency pointed to the companies’ substandard customer service. [Ars Technica]

The world wouldn’t have bourbon without Kentucky. [Business First]

New Albany will maintain zoning control over the two-mile fringe area between the city and Floyd County, the Indiana Supreme Court decided. [News & Tribune]

Think Positively! Thunder & Derby Are Upon Us

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has addressed a letter to citizens in an effort to ease recent apprehensions over violence downtown. [WDRB]

An abrupt slashing of state funding for Louisville’s waterfront agency will almost certainly lead to elimination of the city’s traditional Fourth of July celebration and a drastic reduction in the planned six-day gala to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Belle of Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Waterfront Park is treading water this week after Kentucky lawmakers decided to slash its funding completely. The cuts mean a loss of 18 percent of the park’s annual budget. [WHAS11]

A PBS documentary scheduled for broadcast in late April dissects the pattern of incarceration in America by turning the lens on prison culture in Kentucky. Produced by “Frontline,” the documentary features several members of the Louisville community, including Jayjuan Taylor, the 14-year-old that has been a voice in the recent concerns of teenage violence. [WFPL]

Officials in a financially-strapped southern Indiana county are weighing whether to sell off some county-owned properties and boost local income taxes to deal with a deepening budget crisis. [WLKY]

Josh Nadzam grew up as the only child of a single mother in a small Pennsylvania town. He hoped to escape poverty, if only he could run fast enough. [Tom Eblen]

It’s here again! Thunder Over Louisville is one week away and the city is busy getting ready for the official kick-off of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival. [WAVE3]

Three misprinted or misplaced signs around the city have caused some Jeffersonville residents to do double-takes while on the street or sidewalk. [News & Tribune]

Maybe there’s a bit of a problem with some downtown Louisville employees? Particularly when it comes to assault folks on camera. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A group of preservationists and homeowners in the Tucker Station neighborhood of East Louisville, represented by real estate attorney Stephen T. Porter, are fighting the planned development of two warehouse and distribution facilities in the Blankenbaker Station Business Park. [Business First]

The JeffCo Pension War With Frankfort Heats Up

A Jefferson County city says they simply can’t afford to continue paying pensions to retired city workers, and they’re asking that the money already paid out to those individuals be returned. [WDRB]

The Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment has approved a controversial request by the JBS USA pork packing plant in Butchertown to expand its animal bleeding and stunning building and enclose its outdoor unloading area. [C-J/AKN]

14-year-old Me’Quale Offutt died Tuesday afternoon after two days in the hospital. [WHAS11]

Who do you believe? Alison Grimes or Steve Beshear? It’s a question a Karl Rove front group is asking lately. [Page One]

To avoid keeping students and teachers in school until mid-June, the Greater Clark County Schools Board of School Trustees voted Tuesday to extend the school day by 45 minutes from April 7 to May 9. [WLKY]

Why doesn’t the Mayor’s senior staff participate in LouieStat? [The ‘Ville Voice]

To House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Alison Lundergan Grimes’ position in the U.S. Senate race is reminiscent of a scene in “Secretariat,” when Big Red is on his way to a record 31-length victory in the Belmont Stakes and trainer Lucien Laurin yells to jockey Ronnie Turcotte. [Sam Youngman]

A 9-month-old boy was removed from a home in Louisville’s Chickasaw neighborhood where two people were found dead Tuesday afternoon. [WAVE3]

After a string of business closures on Fourth Street Live in downtown Louisville last year, the company that owns the block of restaurant and retail space has some positive news. Any predictions on how long this will last? [Business First]

The Kentucky Foundation for Women announced today that executive director Judi Jennings will retire at the end of this fiscal year. [WFPL]

A makeover of one of the largest continuos public housing sites in Indiana has hit a snag, but officials said they will persist in finding other funding sources to make the project a reality. [News & Tribune]

How Many More New Taxes Do You Want To Pay?

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]

Fischer Could Stop Family Dollar In One Call

Only Greg Fischer’s corrupt zoning folks (Bill Bardenwerper) think this is a good idea. Nulu leaders say a Family Dollar discount store isn’t a good fit for the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood centered along E. Market Street. [WDRB]

Kentucky’s horse racing regulators voted Wednesday to change medication rules, bringing the state closer to becoming the 11th racing jurisdiction to adopt a proposed uniform rule that supporters hope will be followed nationwide. [C-J/AKN]

A trial date has been set for a former Oldham County police officer accused of sending inappropriate messages to an underage girl. [WHAS11]

Pope Francis said in the first peace message of his pontificate that huge salaries and bonuses are symptoms of an economy based on greed and inequality and called again for nations to narrow the wealth gap. [HuffPo]

Time is running out for dozens of animals seized from a Harrison County couple convicted of animal abuse. [WLKY]

Marie Zhang, chief food innovation officer for Long John Silver’s, shared the company’s message recently at the Chief Innovation Summit in New York City. [Business First]

Police are asking for the communities help to identify two men who witnesses said left the home of an assault victim who later died. [WAVE3]

Michter’s Distillery, which is building two multimillion-dollar distilleries in Louisville, announced Thursday that it has joined the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the industry’s 133-year-old trade and lobbying organization. [H-L]

What do outsiders think of Louisville? Click this clicky to find out. [USA Today]

An accused child molester across the river in Jeffersonville has committed suicide. [News & Tribune]

The data is preliminary, but overall crime has declined slightly (about .5 percent) in Louisville Metro Police’s jurisdiction this year through November, compared to the same time period last year, Chief Steve Conrad said. [WFPL]

Louisville has received a $25,000 grant to increase access to healthy foods and support 13 community gardens over the next year. [C-J/AKN]

If only Frankfort had the guts to do something like this. The Ohio House has passed a bipartisan bill increasing penalties for animal abuse. In most cases, the Goddard Bill, named for Dick Goddard, makes abusing a dog or cat a low level felony, punishable by up to a year in jail. [WKSU]

Printing House For The Blind’s A Local Treasure

Here’s a reason not to hate Greg Fischer. Mayor Greg Fischer is looking for a vendor to build a gigabit Internet network in Louisville using city-owned rights of way if necessary. [WDRB]

You should definitely go to this thing! The American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Ave., will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, that is free and open to the public. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another shooting in Possibility City. Police are investigating after a man was shot while walking down the street. [WHAS11]

Seriously, Lexington is trying to become the new Louisville. Now pedestrians are being killed left and right. [H-L]

You can’t go anywhere these days without just cold getting stabbed. [WLKY]

A Littleton, Colo.-based real estate investment firm that has snapped up several local apartment complexes in recent years has a contract to buy Louisville’s Starks Building. [Business First]

Cool temperatures won’t keep Churchill Downs from heating up this weekend. [WAVE3]

U.S. railroads on Thursday called on regulators to improve safety standards for tank cars carrying flammable liquids following a boom in transporting oil by rail and a spate of accidents and spills. [Reuters]

A federal judge in Louisville has ruled that the founder of the food charity USA Harvest is competent to face charges that he used money from the organization for personal expenses. [WFPL]

The 10-day Keeneland November breeding stock sale, which ended Thursday, started with high expectations and proceeded to exceed them. [More H-L]

Looking the other way is always possible in Possibility City. Especially if someone is wealthy, well-connected and making the right campaign contributions. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Boat owners docked along Jeffersonville’s riverfront won’t be allowed to stay along the city’s shoreline beyond Nov. 30. [News & Tribune]