The Board Will Never Hold Hargens Accountable

Something has been on our minds for a while, so it’s time for a flashback, courtesy WDRB’s Toni Konz:

2) An item that had been on the agenda that would have asked the board to revert the district’s staffing standards for middle school assistant principals and counselors to fiscal year 2010-11 standards was pulled Thursday afternoon.

In the 2011-12 school year, JCPS added funding for 25.5 assistant principal and 1.6 counselor positions at middle schools. In the recommendation that initially appeared on the agenda, officials said eliminating those positions could save the district approximately $2.6 million.

However, Hargens said that was put onto the agenda in error.

“We are looking at every dollar we spend in JCPS,” she said. “We have to tie everything back into how it impacts our students. Somehow during our discussion, the assistant principal item made it onto the agena. It was a mistake.”

Hargens said she is not recommending the elimination of 25 middle school assistant principals.

JCPS sources tell us that Hargens came up with that after getting caught attempting to sneak through the termination of 25 assistant principals.

But the local school board, comprised of a couple of Hargens’ friends, refuse to hold her accountable.

Several principals tell us they’re outraged and can’t reveal what they know for fear of retaliation and losing their jobs.

It’s tough not to believe where they’re coming from. Because Hargens is the same person who froze salaries a couple years ago, only telling everyone about it on a Friday evening after the close of business.

How Will Greg Turn All The Murders Into Fun?

Mike Heitz, who served as director of the Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation department for more than 12 years, is retiring to spend more time drinking and driving in a vehicle that is not owned by taxpayers. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky State Police say they had no other choice but to shoot a suspect after he pulled a gun when they were trying to serve a warrant. [WDRB]

Julia Bauscher, director of school and community nutrition services for Jefferson County Public Schools, would love to see her JCPS students eating more locally grown and raised food. [More C-J/AKN]

Another day, another murder in Greg Fischer’s Possibility City! Louisville Metro Police are on the scene of a shooting in the Portland Neighborhood. [WHAS11]

The United States urged a meeting of the Group of 20 leading economies not to resort to currency devaluations to boost exports, while a draft communique gave a gloomy assessment on Tuesday of the outlook for global growth. [Reuters]

A jury found a Louisville police officer not guilty of official misconduct and harassment charges. [WLKY]

The current outbreak of measles, the largest since the disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. more than a decade ago, was made possible in large part by a single black mark in the medical research literature — a discredited 1998 study from Dr. Andrew Wakefield that purported to link the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism. [HuffPo]

The shooting death of a young man near Shively over the weekend has been ruled as a justifiable homicide, Louisville Metro police say. [WAVE3]

Public-sector workers are under fire again — and not just from Republicans. [Politico]

Fewer people live in Louisville’s urban core than nearly a decade ago, yet in the same time span more housing units have become available— a juxtaposition symbolic of the current state of downtown. [WFPL]

This could be a huge deal in Louisville. Members of Congress are taking a serious look at abolishing Tricare, the insurance option provided to members of the military and their families. [The Hill]

The Small Business Administration is teaming with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to help LGBT-owned businesses win more government contracts. [Business First]

Unless a petition to the Clark County Circuit Court is successful, John Perkins’ name will not be on the ballots this year. [News & Tribune]

Fischer Continues Fight To Raise Your Taxes

Kentucky is trying to do more to protect victims of dating violence. [WDRB]

With mayoral and city council primaries less than three months away, Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore will deliver his annual State of the City address Tuesday at a Jeffersonville Rotary Club luncheon. [C-J/AKN]

While George Junior went to Frankfort to beg for the right to raise your taxes, Rome continued to burn. [WHAS11]

A proposal to shore up the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System with the state’s largest-ever bond issue won approval Tuesday by the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. [H-L]

Greg Fischer will officially illuminate the Big Four Bridge in a celebration planned for Wednesday evening. [WLKY]

The U.S. government is creating a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats, pooling and analyzing information on a spectrum of risks, a senior Obama administration official said on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Surely no one actually drinks this Angel’s Envy stuff. [WAVE3]

The Supreme Court is reviewing lethal injection for the first time in seven years. [ProPublica]

Here’s your NO DUH moment of the year. Records shed little light on vetting of new University of Louisville executive from scandal-plagued school. [WFPL]

House Democrats plan to hear their own version of a bill to combat the rise in heroin usage in Kentucky but the bill’s primary sponsor says he’s highly confident any differences can be worked out with the Republican Senate which has already passed its own measure. [Ronnie Ellis]

This might be a case of ending up with more than you bargained for. Last year, Anheuser-Busch LLC, a Louisville-based distributor owned by multinational beverage giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, purchased Budweiser of Owensboro, a previously unaffiliated distributorship. [Business First]

Though Groundhog Day was Monday, some New Albany officials feel like they’ve been through this scenario before. [News & Tribune]

Possibility City Had A Murderous Weekend, Kids

A solution to a sidewalk problem in Fairdale will only take two weeks to finish and many who live in the area say the project is a big deal. [WDRB]

The Louisville Jefferson County Democratic Party on Sunday selected attorney Pat Mulvihill to be its nominee for an election in November to serve out the final year of the late Metro Councilman Jim King’s term. [C-J/AKN]

It’s kind of sad that anyone thought they could stop the local Democrats from playing corrupt politics. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky Court of Appeals says a company that once managed 125,000 Medicaid recipients must pay the state damages for leaving the contract early. [H-L]

When will JCPS get its act together? Police arrested a JCPS principal on speeding and DUI charges early Saturday morning. [WLKY]

Insurers aren’t required to encrypt consumers’ data under a 1990s federal law that remains the foundation for health care privacy in the Internet age — an omission that seems striking in light of the major cyberattack against Anthem. [HuffPo]

In two days, four people were killed within Louisville city limits during one of the most violent weekends the city has seen in years. But ask Greg Fischer and everything is puppies and rainbows. [WAVE3]

EquiLottery CEO and inventor of the patented lottery game with the same name, Brad Cummings, will be testifying on behalf of SB74 in Frankfort, Kentucky on Tuesday, Feb. 10 (that’s today). The bill, which supports a lottery game like EquiLottery based on the outcome of live horse racing, will be heard in front of the Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee at 10 am in Room 169 of the Capitol Annex and is open to the general public. [Press Release]

When it came time for Anna Brashear to finish high school, college seemed out of reach. Financially, Brashear couldn’t swing it. And she said her family wasn’t in position to help either. [WFPL]

It was a busy legislative week on one end of the capitol during the second week of the 2015 General Assembly, as the Republican Senate passed a series of bills its leaders call their priorities – most of which have little chance of success in the Democratic-controlled House. [Ronnie Ellis]

In 1974, music critic Jon Landau famously wrote, “I have seen rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.” [Business First]

Floyd County Democratic Party Chairman Adam Dickey is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Franklin Township Board created by the resignation of Hazel Riley. [News & Tribune]

Ethics Aren’t A Thing Here In Possibility City

Another day, another pedestrian death in Possibility City. [WDRB]

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Joseph Cambron’s denial lasted more than five hours during an interrogation with police, claiming he had nothing to do with a 12-year-old boy’s murder the day before. It wasn’t until the end of that police interview on Oct. 1, 2014, that Cambron confessed, for the first time, to the crime. [WHAS11]

A highly invasive fish commonly called Asian carp is proliferating in the Ohio River at Louisville. Wildlife officials say they have a spawning area below the McAlpine Locks and Dam. [H-L]

Another day, another senseless murder in Possibility City. A man was shot and killed early Sunday morning in front of a Louisville home. [WLKY]

Voters in three key battlegrounds support tax hikes on the rich. [HuffPo]

Investments in downtown Louisville continue. Friday night, word that the historic Starks Building may be renovated to include a 200 room hotel and 100 rental apartments was posted on a company’s website. [WAVE3]

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The Ports of Indiana handled more than 10.4 million tons of cargo in 2014, and have set a record in annual shipments. [Business First]

Floyd County Clerk Christy Eurton was asked by the New Albany City Council when additional voting machines needed to be purchased for the city’s primary election in May. [News & Tribune]