The KYTC folks finally rigged up another video and this one is all about the copper thieves in their midst:
This week President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wished Americans happy holidays:
Louisville police are investigating a stabbing. We all can agree that’s better than another shooting. Maybe. [WDRB]
Oh, look, your local newspaper finally realized the Jefferson County Public Schools redactions are kinda corrupt. Despite initially telling those involved at JCPS that there just wasn’t much of a story there, of course. [C-J/AKN]
Rapper and actor Percy “Master P” Miller is offering a reward to help bring a killer to justice. [WHAS11]
A sports thing happened with Lexington and people in Louisville are upset. [H-L]
Need another reason to avoid certain areas of the Metro? One man was injured Saturday afternoon in an accidental shooting outside Bass Pro Shops in Clarksville. [WLKY]
The United States and NATO formally ended their war in Afghanistan on Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains as ferocious and deadly as at any time since the 2001 invasion that unseated the Taliban regime following the Sept. 11 attacks. But we all know it’s not really over. [HuffPo]
And just in case you needed yet another reason to avoid malls at all costs. [WAVE3]
The United States Supreme Court decides cases involving the nation’s most pressing legal issues, affecting the daily lives of hundreds of millions of Americans — and yet so much about its functioning is shrouded in mystique and exclusivity. [NY Times]
First-year teachers are employed at high-poverty schools in Jefferson County at double the rate of the rest of Kentucky, according to a new report recently released by the U.S. Department of Education. [WFPL]
Elder care challenges prompt tech executives to create startups and apps. [Reuters]
A pre-filed bill for the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly could give Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government legal cover when it comes to a fight over the city’s recent minimum-wage increase. [Business First]
Woah, what the heck is with 12-year-olds running the courts in Indianner? A new judge will to rule over the Clarksville Town Court. [News & Tribune]
Spoiler Alert: A gymnasium isn’t going to solve the problem. In the last 10 years, Wayne Blakey Sr. has seen a lot of violence near his home on River Park Drive in West Louisville. [WDRB]
Launched in September in four high-crime areas, Zones of Hope is a city initiative trying to tackle issues of education, unemployment and violence by focusing on young black males. [C-J/AKN]
It was a joyous welcome for Santa and his elves at the Wayside Christian Mission on Christmas Eve. With the help of the Louisville community, Santa brought presents for all the Mission’s residents, spending their holiday at the shelter. [WHAS11]
The University of Louisville has been awarded a $155,000 grant to map disease genes in horses. [H-L]
WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! For one family, Christmas Eve isn’t just a holiday, but the anniversary of a devastating loss. [WLKY]
This is not the kind of bourbon that will get you excited. Researchers have identified the cause of a Kansas farmer’s mysterious death this summer as Bourbon virus. [HuffPo]
The rally at Jefferson Square in downtown Louisville was organized by the local group Man Up, and came just hours after another person was shot dead by police near St. Louis. Maybe in the future, they could hold a rally without one of the city’s most notorious bigots screaming into the microphone? [WAVE3]
The 2014 midterm elections saw a wave of Republican candidates elected and re-elected to federal office, many of whom are now rearing to make the environment their first casualty of the 114th Congress. As it turns out, the fossil fuel industry may have had something to do with that. [Think Progress]
Steve Beshear is heading into his final regularly scheduled legislative session next month, but he said he doesn’t believe that will hamper his ability to help get legislation passed in the 2015 General Assembly. [WFPL]
Here’s a fun read about Ambassador Matthew Barzun’s musical tastes. Just read between the lines. [BuzzFeed]
Churchill Downs Racetrack has named its latest track announcer. For some reason, a ton of folks wrote in asking for this link. Here you go. [Business First]
Amid public outcry over a new fee being assessed, the Clark County Commissioners declined to vote on an ordinance that would have facilitated the collection of the fee. [News & Tribune]
Charles Fambrough was 20-years-old when he was shot on Christmas Day in 2012. [WDRB]
Let the never-ending MSD shit show roll on with a fun resignation. It’s almost as fun as Greg Fischer’s spin that life would be grand if we could just merge MSD with LWC. [C-J/AKN]
One of 2 women hit by a concrete truck while crossing Broadway at 12th Street has died. [WHAS11]
When considering the possibility of a Kentucky presidential caucus in 2016, there are at least a million unanswered questions. A good place to start might be by asking what is a caucus? [Sam Youngman]
WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! OH NOES WE’RE ALL GONNA GET THE FLU! [WLKY]
The most popular argument for cutting corporate taxes — that it helps create jobs — doesn’t seem to be true. [HuffPo]
About 25 protesters marched through Oxmoor Center on Monday, disrupting holiday shoppers in what one person described as “a circus.” The reaction of panicked white people is delicious but sad. [WAVE3]
Michael Brown beat the odds by graduating from high school before his death — odds that remain stacked against black students in St. Louis and the rest of the country. [ProPublica]
The federal government is touting its environmental enforcement efforts from 2014 across the country. [WFPL]
This year, three billion gallons of waste were injected into California’s underground aquifers. Eighty millions pounds of toxic grey goop were spilled in a North Carolina waterway. Clouds of thick, black, oily dust coated children’s playground equipment in Chicago’s southeast side. [Think Progress]
Texas Roadhouse Inc. has filed an amended complaint against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, seeking to obtain information about the federal agency’s possible use of testers to build a discrimination case against the Louisville-based steakhouse chain. [Business First]
More homeless “tent cities” are popping up in the city’s west end, and more needs to be done to get families off the streets, New Albany City Councilman Dan Coffey said Thursday. [News & Tribune]
You know that fun Real Time Crime Center?
All you enterprising journos out there should file a bunch of ORRs.
Try getting footage older than 48 hours. Maybe something from last month.
See what happens.
Bonus: We hear the Office of Performance Improvement has been trying to move all kinds of data to the open gubmint website.
But guess what?
Most of the metrics they track are collected and entered manually. Meaning there’s no source to cite for data used, no way to verify, no way to review data sets used.
When Metro staffers begged for a system to track data, they were chastised for the way they asked for it and the language used. Apparently, Fischer’s administration was upset with them mentioning that they weren’t in compliance with state and federal law. Whoopsiedaisy?
Transparency, much like compassion, is not a tenet of the Fischer world.
If it were? And if data were truly open? This would be Accountability City instead of Pedestrian Death City.
Maybe they wouldn’t be coming up short if they didn’t hate the gays so blatantly. [WDRB]
Spoiler alert: The only people asserting privacy interests are Helene Kramer and Donna Hargens. The folks who filed the complaint protested the redactions and even told the paper’s new education reporter as much. Surprising that didn’t make it into the story. [C-J/AKN]
The Metropolitan Sewer District board has agreed to have its audit committee investigate an ethics complaint of an undisclosed nature filed by its board vice chairman against the district’s recently retired board chairman and a fellow current director. Current Vice Chairman Tom Austin filed the complaint earlier this month against James Craig, who resigned last month as MSD board chairman, and fellow board member Lonnie Calvert. When he resigned, Craig said he was going to devote time to his law practice. [More C-J/AKN]
The coroner released the names of three people killed in separate accidents over the weekend. Possibility City. [WHAS11]
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray named Mark Barnard the city’s new police chief on Monday morning. [H-L]
A New Albany woman charged with animal abuse was arraigned Monday morning. [WLKY]
Republicans’ fortunes may depend in part on how the newly GOP-controlled Senate functions and whether incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky can advance legislation or gets hamstrung by the tea party faction in his caucus led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, another potential White House candidate. [HuffPo]
Another day, another daycare van crash. [WAVE3]
Obama’s turnaround in recent weeks – he’s seized the offensive with a series of controversial executive actions and challenges to leaders in his own party on the budget — can be attributed to a fundamental change in his political mindset, according to current and former aides. [Politico]
The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has filed a lawsuit against the University of Louisville over the release of records related to a financial review of the university. [WFPL]
The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the construction of the state’s first major solar-powered electric generating facility. In an order issued Friday, Dec. 19, the PSC authorized Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) and Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E) to build a 10-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar array at the E.W. Brown Generating Station in Mercer County. A megawatt of generating capacity produces enough power to supply about 800 average homes. [Press Release]
Let the hand-wringing over minimum wage increases begin. [Business First]
Floyd County Sheriff-elect Frank Loop found the man he wants to be his second in command. [News & Tribune]