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Yarmuth: Republican Budget The Enemy Of Growth

March 13th, 2013 by jake · Comments Off

Here’s Congressman John Yarmuth’s opening statement at the Budget Committee’s markup of the 2014 Fiscal Year Republican Budget:

It’s the enemy of growth, according to Yarmuth.

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WAVE Only Station Not To Hype Bridges Meeting

March 13th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

More concerns are being brought to light now that the East End Bridge project is moving out of the planning phase and into the construction phase. [WDRB]

As advocates on both sides vie for his attention, Gov. Steve Beshear told reporters today he’d get input from state agencies and others before deciding on whether to sign House Bill 279. The measure, which passed by veto-proof margins in both chambers of the General Assembly, grants individuals greater rights to defy state mandates for religious reasons. [C-J/AKN]

A possible crack found on the Kennedy Bridge during inspections Tuesday means drivers will be dealing with a lane closure again Wednesday while crews get a closer look. [WHAS11]

The outgoing chair of the Louisville Young Republicans says he lost his seat to a Tea Party activist due to publicly supporting Senator Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign. [WFPL]

Frustration boiled over at a bridge meeting on the Ohio River Bridges Project Tuesday night. Hundreds of people showed up looking for answers on the East End Bridge. [WLKY]

Don’t forget that Damon Thayer is one of the mouth-breathers living in a glass house who decided to publicly support this piece of bigotry. [Page One]

Child advocates celebrated Tuesday as Kentucky lawmakers endorsed two of their highest priorities: an independent panel to review child abuse deaths and stronger protection of children sold for sex. [H-L]

The roller coaster weather — freezing and then warm — is having an effect on more than just personal cases of spring fever. It’s making the ride to work and school bumpier. So get ready to make way for pothole repair. [WAVE3]

In Kentucky, a Bible Belt state where voters have passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the movement to promote gay rights has two factions. Welcome to Reuters, which doesn’t realize those two Louisvillians have no idea what’s going on in the rest of the state. [Reuters]

Thanks to high income taxes, Louisville has landed on a top 10 list of cities with the highest taxes. [Business First]

Don Lopp, director of Floyd County Operations, and his assistant, former county auditor Teresa Plaiss, were given the task to review the county’s budget problems and come up with recommendations on how to help solve the crisis. [News & Tribune]

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Jim King Finally Calls For CERS-KRS Divorce

March 12th, 2013 by jake · 3 Comments

Louisville Metro Council President Jim King woke up and finally decided to call for a divorce of CERS from Kentucky Retirement Systems:

As president of the Metro Council, I have watched our city budget suffer due to exponentially increasing local pension costs that are dictated to us by our state legislators. But, unlike the state, our city annually budgets and pays every dollar billed to us by the Frankfort-based County Employee Retirement System (CERS). This has resulted in a city/county plan that is on a much stronger fiscal footing than the state’s plan and has led the CERS to become a source of strength for the KERS. I believe this unfairly shifts administrative and other costs to our cities and counties from the state plan and puts at risk the benefits to which our city/county employees are entitled. Any solution for solving the pension crisis should include separating or otherwise protecting the participants of CERS from the dangerously underfunded KERS.

Will anyone else have the guts to speak out about it?

→ 3 CommentsTags: Jim King · Metro Council · Metro Government · State Government

Steve Beshear’s Sometimes Weekly Video Address

March 12th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

Late last Friday, Governor Steve Beshear released a video discussing Kentucky’s alleged “Top 10″ ranging for new and expanded industry activity in 2012:

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Pepper Spray All The Rage With Kids These Days

March 12th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

The government is looking for hundreds of victims of racial discrimination by a mortgage lender. As U. S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett explained Monday, “Now victims who were unfortunately susceptible can come forward and claim anywhere from $3,000 to $20,000 in terms of a class action settlement.” [WDRB]

Feature articles about locally owned businesses are often feel-good pieces — a creative cupcake maker, a charming vintage-radio repairman — that exist in a world far from the stories that are making front-page news and dividing the nation. But this one, about Lexingtonian Keith Pitts’ small but growing business, is a little different. [H-L]

The possibility of an Ashley Judd-Mitch McConnell race for U.S. Senate isn’t really the talk of the town. It’s just the talk of people who have nothing else to focus on. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s 2-year-old ban on texting while driving is nearly impossible to enforce, police and prosecutors say, leading to calls for a stronger law punishing distracted driving. [C-J/AKN]

A man was found shot to death inside his Clark County home, and police are looking for the person who pulled the trigger. Homicide investigators spent much of the day at the home at 2305 Plum Woods Drive, in a neighborhood just off Indiana 60 and Charlestown Road. [WLKY]

Here’s a look at how raising the retirement age screws the working poor. But you already knew that. [WaPo]

This should make everyone really excited. A student used pepper spray during a fight inside a Jefferson County elementary school on Monday. [WAVE3]

We can’t decide if this story is good or bad for Morgan McGarvey. There are easily a half dozen negatives to be created from this single article. It’s like schadenfreude meets a ruh ro moment. [WFPL]

What happens when all the pension system bailout talks come to the Commonwealth of Kentucky? That means corrupt placement agents get away with robbing the taxpayer of billions. [Page One]

Admissions and wagering were down in February at Horseshoe Southern Indiana, the closest Indiana Ohio River casino to Louisville. [Business First]

The Clark County Council approved painful cuts to its 2013 general fund budget to get into compliance with the state’s budget order at its meeting Monday. [News & Tribune]

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President Obama’s Weekly Video Address

March 11th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

This week President Barack Obama discussed ending sequester to keep the economy growing:

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Really, White House Tours? They’re That Important?

March 11th, 2013 by admin · 1 Comment

Greg Fischer needs to rethink his strategy because this abandoned properties bill is solid. Just because the city could take over vacant properties doesn’t mean it would have to. [C-J/AKN]

Sounds like Mellwood/Story Ave on the average afternoon. Chinese officials say they have fished out 900 dead pigs from a Shanghai river that is a water source for city residents. [WDRB]

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has signed legislation into law that could make biomass power a more attractive option for electricity suppliers within the state. [Biomass Magazine]

Louisville Metro Police’s 90 Days and 90 Nights campaign to keep the streets safe is marching on. Dozens of people joined in a walk to end violence in neighborhoods across the city. [WHAS11]

A Louisville police officer has been fined $2 after being convicted of official misconduct and harassment for striking a handcuffed suspect multiple times. [H-L]

It took about 10 hours of deliberations, but jurors found a Louisville man guilty of murder. Joseph Banis was convicted of killing a man then burying him in the basement of the Old Louisville home Banis shared with his boyfriend. [WLKY]

How can you not realize local teevee “news” is the same in every market and will never improve? It’s not even worthy of discussion. If it bleeds or has sex, it sells. Local television stations have been swirling into the toilet bowl on the actual news front for easily 20 years and it’s gotten worse in the last five. [WFPL]

Sequester has been in effect for more than a week and while life hasn’t come to a halt, funding for classrooms, airports and military bases may be on the line. [WAVE3]

Everyone should probably just go ahead and grab their ankles. Kentucky state government, in partnership with Indiana, has issued a request for proposals for toll-integration oversight services for the Ohio River Bridges Project that will link Louisville and Southern Indiana. [Business First]

It may be possible to force the reopening of the K&I Bridge between Louisville and New Albany, Ind., to pedestrians and bicyclists through condemnation, the top official with Louisville’s waterfront agency has told Louisville Metro Council members. [C-J/AKN]

Mandates may again be required in Clark County in order for the government to pay its operational costs. The Clark County Council and the Clark County Commissioners were able to reach an agreement after a lengthy discussion on how to bridge a substantial gap in the budget approved by the council and the $7.9 million budget returned by the state. [News & Tribune]

Really, John Yarmuth, are White House tours that important? Save the feigned outrage for something that matters – like cutting the WIC program. [MSNBC]

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Your Weekly Transportation Lady Video Update

March 8th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

This week the Transportation Lady talks about the “2013 Official Kentucky Highway Map,” which sounds like a waste of taxpayer dollars:

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Louisville Should Force A CERS-KERS Separation

March 8th, 2013 by admin · 4 Comments

Alexcia Simmons has been named the Kentucky Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. [WDRB]

The public has been invited to open-house events for the east-end crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project. [News & Tribune]

A Louisville man has been arrested for allegedly robbing someone trying to sell him an iPad on Craigslist. [WHAS11]

CoventryCares of Kentucky, the Medicaid health plan affiliate of Coventry Health Care Inc., said Wednesday that it has renewed its contract with KentuckyOne Health Network. [H-L]

The trial for a Louisville Metro police officer accused of pushing and slapping a handcuffed robbery suspect is under way. David Graham is charged with harassment and official misconduct, both misdemeanors. [WLKY]

The University of Louisville’s board of trustees Thursday approved a buyout offer for faculty and staff that the university estimates will save at least $2.5 million a year. [C-J/AKN]

An advisory opinion from Attorney General Jack Conway didn’t do anything to clear up disagreements between Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo about legislating a “regulatory framework” to grow hemp in Kentucky. [Ronnie Ellis]

Jeffersonville Financial Director and City Controller Monica Harmon has announced that she is leaving her post effective immediately. [WAVE3]

After a lengthy partisan battle that lasted hours into the night, a bill that would allow Kentuckians to ignore laws that they say violate their religious beliefs cleared the state Senate. [WFPL]

Wait, there’s wine in Bullitt County? For Bullitt County’s four wineries, business is a family affair. Husbands and wives work together, and grown children assist as well. [Business First]

CERS on its own would be way more efficient than Kentucky Retirement Systems. That would be terrific news for Metro Government. [Page One]

→ 4 CommentsTags: Alcohol · Awards · Bad Behavior · Crime · Indiana · LMPD · Ohio River Bridges · State Government · University of Louisville · Youth

Frankfort Doesn’t Take Children Or Elderly Seriously

March 7th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

I remember staring at the wall blankly. Couldn’t move. I wanted to throw up so bad,” says Josh Lewis. For several days, 21-year-old Josh Lewis says he’s been in shock. [WDRB]

Two-thirds of Jefferson County Public schoolchildren enter kindergarten unprepared to learn the reading and math skills they are expected to master, according to a school readiness survey given districtwide for the first time last fall. [C-J/AKN]

For the Yum! CEO to give $5 million to Kosair is a nice charitable move. It’s also a great way to buy some positive press in a time of unbelievable negative worldwide press for the company. [WHAS11]

In an unprecedented intervention in a state licensing case, the trade group for the U.S. casino industry has asked New Jersey regulators to bar a well-known online gambling company based in the British Isles from returning to the U.S. market. [Reuters]

Julie Raque Adams has basically proved she has no ability to make solid legislative decisions by supporting this nasty bill. If she does have political sense, it’s going to take her a long time to regain public trust. Senate Bill 9 has sparked a lot of debate in Frankfort this session. The bill would require Kentucky families, who say their loved were abused or neglected in nursing homes, to go before a medical review panel before they file suit. [WAVE3]

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a nationwide campaign to assess police militarization in the United States. [HuffPo]

A drug-resistant and deadly bacteria is spreading in hospitals and nursing homes across the country. One report said the infection, known as CRE, can kill up to half of the people who catch it. [WLKY]

Miami Valley Gaming, a joint venture of Churchill Downs Inc. and Delaware North Gaming & Entertainment, has committed $3 million to revitalize an Ohio fairgrounds facility. [Business First]

An agreement reached between the Clark County Commissioners and the city of Jeffersonville Friday was officially OK’d by the city Wednesday morning. [News & Tribune]

All 69 yards outside people’s homes sampled last year near the former Black Leaf pesticide plant site show contamination, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky’s Senate Health and Welfare Committee is trying to add more oversight to a child fatality review panel in a bill approved Wednesday, but child advocates say the amendment doesn’t go far enough. [WFPL]

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