When Will The Adults Be In Charge Of JCPS?

Help Kenn Parks. He deserves it. His son deserves it. [Give Back]

A JCPS official says EMS examined six students at Byck Elementary School on Cedar Street for frostbite after reports that they were suffering from exposure to the cold due to a lengthy wait at a bus stop. [WDRB]

Yep, a Senate foe who opposed expanded alcohol sales was arrested for DUI. [C-J/AKN]

A Louisville man is behind bars Thursday after police said he stole an ambulance and later crashed it in the Germantown-Schnitzelburg area. [WHAS11]

In his first speech on the Senate floor as majority leader, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell expressed optimism for the future of the country and the congress despite a “moment of great anxiety as a nation.” [H-L]

An editor at an Elizabethtown newspaper issued a retraction and apology after he said Hardin County Sheriff John Ward was misquoted in Thursday’s paper. [WLKY]

Once again many in the media have fallen for GOP strategists’ attempts to make a candidate seem moderate — “soften” and “softening” seem to be the words of choice for CNN and others — while he’s not changed his hardcore right-wing position at all. [HuffPo]

Rand Paul pledged his support to new Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s efforts, even as other lawmakers said politicians like Paul could complicate McConnell’s work. [WAVE3]

Micah Clark of the American Family Association explained to The Indianapolis Star that the bill would allow small businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples and also that it would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples. [Think Progress]

As the University of Louisville grapples with the terms of a controversial $6 million gift proposal from Papa John’s International CEO John Schnatter and billionaire Charles Koch, university-watchers might want to take a look at what Koch got for his money from his most recent taker, Arizona State University. [WFPL]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Waze (http://www.waze.com), the real-time, “crowd-sourced” navigation app powered by the world’s largest communities of drivers, have entered into a partnership through the new Waze Connected Citizens program, the company’s largest municipal effort to date. [Press Release]

State law doesn’t say city and county governments cannot set their own minimum wage limits, but it doesn’t say they can, either. [Business First]

The New Albany City Council approved a third consecutive balanced budget in 2014. But several meetings included no voting items or only a nonbinding resolution for consideration, and Councilman John Gonder said he felt like there was more that could have been done by the city’s legislative body last year. [News & Tribune]

Hopefully Not Another Downtown Disappointment

Everyone hopes it comes to fruition but we’re already hearing from doubtful powerbrokers. An Omni hotel set for downtown will climb higher into the city skyline than initially planned, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Tuesday in outlining terms of a deal finalized last month. [WDRB]

That’s right — Greg Fischer loves keeping the worst of the worst on staff. When asked if Steve Rowland would continue to be a key member of his administration following his Friday arrest, Mayor Greg Fischer said “I certainly hope so.” [C-J/AKN]

One of the Louisville Zoo’s beloved polar bears is celebrating a birthday. [WHAS11]

Muhammad Ali is home after being hospitalized with a severe urinary tract infection. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The bitter cold has local homeless shelters gearing up for an influx of visitors. Crews are out this week trying to help who they can as even colder weather moves into the area. [WLKY]

Democrats and Social Security advocates are accusing House Republicans of launching a sneak attack on disability insurance on the very first day of the new Congress. [HuffPo]

After a video captured a raid inside of Louisville business the owner met with the Alcohol Beverage Control Board for a hearing about what they claim happened that night. [WAVE3]

Winter is not typically the busy season for Kuttawa (kuh-TAH-wah), a little vacation town on the north bank of Lake Barkley in far western Kentucky. But after the tragic plane crash on January 2 that left four dead and one miraculous survivor, Kuttawa exploded into high season, with as many reporters in town as vacationers renting pontoon boats on Fourth of July weekend. [Jim Higdon/The Daily Beast]

If you notice your memory isn’t what it used to be, you may be one of thousands of Kentuckians in the early stages of cognitive decline that could lead to Alzheimer’s. [WFPL]

Six Americans die from alcohol poisoning daily on average, and mortality rates are highest among middle-aged men, federal health authorities reported on Tuesday. [NY Times]

West Buechel Mayor Rick Richards announced at a special council meeting Tuesday that State Auditor Adam Edelen will examine the city’s books. [Business First]

Floyd County will end 2014 with a balance of $40,000, but it took some financial wheeling and dealing to get all accounts into the black. [News & Tribune]

No Poverty? Thousands Can’t Pay Their LG&E Bill

Louisville Metro Council elected leadership Monday night and there’s a few familiar faces in the leadership positions. [WDRB]

The local paper finally did a story about the minimum wage increase and this is what they came up with. [C-J/AKN]

Should everyone be skeptical about the new hotel plans? [More C-J/AKN]

Mayor Rick Richards pleaded guilty to drug trafficking but says that he is still innocent. [WHAS11]

Kentucky taxpayers will fork over about $3.56 million to pay for the 2015 General Assembly, which begins at noon Tuesday. Most of the money will go for legislative compensation. [H-L]

An investigation is underway into a garage fire near the Bullitt-Jefferson County line. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell are warily looking for areas of agreement as they begin a new chapter in a relationship that is likely to remain frosty but businesslike. [HuffPo]

Monday’s cold temperatures left some parents wondering if it was too cold for students, especially bus riders, to go to school. [WAVE3]

The cost of US war-making in the 13 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks reached a whopping $1.6 trillion in 2014, according to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). [Mother Jones]

Thousands of Jefferson County residents in jeopardy of having their heat cut off during the winter months will soon be allowed to apply for the Low-Income Heating Assistance Program. [WFPL]

Representative Phil Moffett, R-Louisville (32nd District) announced Monday his intention to file a bill for the 2015 session of Kentucky’s General Assembly that if passed would direct all counties that currently do not have an operating jail to consolidate their local jailer’s office with the county sheriff’s office. The proposal is the first bill filed by the newly elected House Republican. [Press Release]

Cunningham’s Restaurant on South Fourth Street closed Sunday night, but its owner is now saying that it’s not gone for good. [Business First]

A donation drive in December yielded much-needed supplies and even some cash for the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter. [News & Tribune]

Fischer Begins 2nd Term Of Transparency & Compassion, Looks For New Scandals

Greg Fischer was sworn in for his second term as mayor. Just imagine what life would be like if he had a credible opponent. [WDRB]

After suspending his chief financial officer over the weekend following his arrest, Mayor Greg Fischer appointed Daniel Frockt as the interim chief. [C-J/AKN]

Finally, some news you can use. Drumroll please. The Girl Scouts are adding three new cookie varieties to their delicious ranks this year. [WHAS11]

What is now a row of dilapidated houses on York Street could soon become the anchor of Lexington’s first “live-work” community. The project, spearheaded by the North Limestone Community Development Corporation, would allow artists and craftsmen to live, work and sell goods out of their homes. [H-L]

Some businesses in southern Indiana have seen a dip in business lately and they’re blaming all the road construction taking place near the river. A new ad campaign is in the works aimed at giving those businesses a boost. [WLKY]

A member of the grand jury that ultimately decided not to indict former Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown is suing the prosecuting attorney in St. Louis County, accusing Robert McCulloch of mischaracterizing the grand jury process. [HuffPo]

Woah, this place was still alive? Cordish kills everything it gets near. A longtime downtown Louisville restaurant located on Fourth Street is closing its doors – at least for now. [WAVE3]

Kentuckians will soon be breathing a little easier. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, with help from Waste Services of the Bluegrass, is converting methane from a local landfill into renewable electricity to power Toyota’s Georgetown assembly plant. [Biomass Magazine]

The chief financial officer for Louisville Metro Government is on unpaid leave following his arrest Friday night on public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges. [WFPL]

The U.S.-led coalition launched 20 more air strikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq on Sunday and Monday, targeting fighters for the militant group and hitting its crude oil operations, according to the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operations. [Reuters]

Kindred Healthcare Inc. has completed its $195 million acquisition of Centerre Healthcare Corp., a Franklin, Tenn.-based company that operates inpatient rehabilitation hospitals. The deal was first announced in November. [Business First]

One thought dominated Paul Angela’s mind in the months leading up to his prison release: where he was going to live as a free man. [News & Tribune]

JCPS Probably Literally Flushing $ Down The Drain

JCPS has paid out nearly $10 million in legal claims since 2009 that were not covered by its insurance company because the individual claims didn’t meet the district’s $500,000 per claim deductible, according to records obtained by WDRB News under the state’s open records law. The district’s annual liability insurance premium has also increased nearly 50 percent over the last five years – from $526,502 to $777,752. Note: $215,250 (amount of the increase) isn’t nearly 50% of $526,502, it’s just over 40%.

Jim Host and some of the most wealthy folks in the state (like Greg Fischer) want to raise your taxes. Why? Because it doesn’t impact them – it only impacts the poorest people — those who are forced to make decisions based upon sales tax. When you’re wealthy, it almost doesn’t matter. If this were a tax that would impact wealthy business? These folks would be running in the opposite directly. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The community just off Bardstown Road near the old Bashford Manor Mall is now at the center of concerns. The new mayor of West Buechel had police guarding the doors to a city building on January 2, and now he is asking for a state audit amid questions about missing items and city grants. [WHAS11]

A mother needs to get her son out the door. Thick white socks cover his contorted feet, a coat drapes his twisted shoulders, a water bottle with a straw nestles in the concave of his chest, and black straps on his wheelchair secure his wrists. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Chris Fisher, 55, was shot and killed on New Year’s Day inside her home, in east Louisville. [WLKY]

As Republicans assume control of the entire U.S. Congress in the new year, they are expected to push a controversial change to use more macroeconomic projections in determining the impact of tax and budget legislation on the federal deficit. [HuffPo]

The New Albany officer accused of making false allegations about misconduct at the New Albany Police Department will appeal the Merit Commission’s decision to fire her. [WAVE3]

Did you miss all of the shenanigans over the weekend involving Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s top dogs? Drunk, lewd behavior, wiener visible from outside a probably city-owned vehicle, all kinds of craziness. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The number of Jefferson County Public Schools parents and guardians joining Parent Teacher Associations is at its lowest in more than a decade, according to JCPS data. [WFPL]

As Republicans prepare to take full control of Congress on Tuesday, the party’s leaders are counting on judges, not their newly elected majority on Capitol Hill, to roll back President Obama’s aggressive second-term agenda and block his executive actions on health care, climate change and immigration. [NY Times]

Terry Gill said he was at a crossroads in his career. For most of 2014, Gill was a managing director and entrepreneur-in-residence at Access Ventures, a philanthropic venture-capital organization where he began its private-equity group. [Business First]

Officers with the Clarksville Police Department will receive a bump in their base salaries over the next two years. [News & Tribune]