When Will The Crazy Shooting Deaths End?

The hits just keep coming for JCPS. Jefferson County Public Schools paid its former public information officer Lauren Roberts $200,000 last fall to settle a dispute over how she left the district. [WDRB]

The Metropolitan Sewer District board has scheduled a special meeting on Monday to consider an employee union’s “last, best and final offer” in a bitter labor dispute that’s drawn out for more than two years, leading to a threatened strike. [C-J/AKN]

Bourbon is coming back to Hardin County for the first time in more than one hundred years. [WHAS11]

A new energy efficiency plan for Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric will mean an increase in customers’ bills, an end to free compact fluorescent bulbs mailed to residential customers and a pilot test for “smart” meters. [H-L]

Seriously, when is local television media going to stop giving this guy the attention he wants? [WLKY]

A federal advisory committee on Thursday recommended for the first time that the U.S. soften its ban on blood donations from gay men. [HuffPo]

Another day, another shooting in Possibility City. A cab driver found shot to death inside his car was identified Monday morning shortly after police announced that three juveniles had been charged with murder in the cabbie’s death. [WAVE3]

A day after he won reelection and Republicans retook the Senate, Sen. Mitch McConnell left no doubt that the edge-of-disaster showdowns with President Obama that have marked the past four years would be a relic of the past. [WaPo]

The 2014 election season has come and gone, but the thousands of campaign signs may stick around for months. [WFPL]

Two days after AT&T claimed it has to “pause” a 100-city fiber build because of uncertainty over network neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission today asked the company to finally detail its vague plans for fiber construction. [Ars Technica]

GearBrake, an early-stage company that has developed a motorcycle brake light to improve safety, has won $5,000 in a state entrepreneur pitch competition. [Business First]

First impressions matter, according to key players involved in developing standards for the entrance into River Ridge Commerce Center from the future east-end Ohio River bridge. [News & Tribune]

Here’s the petition asking the Supreme Court to hear the Kentucky marriage equality case. [Dan Canon]

JCPS Has Another Boiling Disaster On Its Hands

Remember when we expressed concern about Helene Kramer, the JCPS new hire who immediately started causing drama?

Well… check this out:

The executive director of communications for Jefferson County Public Schools is under investigation for a personnel matter, the district confirmed to WDRB News on Friday.

JCPS would not release any additional information regarding Helene Kramer, who was named the district’s chief spokeswoman in August. “[The] records are preliminary and are not a part of any final agency action,” said Rosemary Miller, legal counsel for JCPS, in an email. She added they will not be available until “such time when the requested report (and related requested records) becomes a part of final action.”

However, multiple sources have told WDRB News that the investigation centers around Kramer questioning whether or not another district employee is gay.

Kramer, who is one of six members on JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens’ executive cabinet, told WDRB News Friday by email, “The process is not complete, and we need to respect the process.”

So that’s fun.


Oh, wait! There’s more from Toni Konz:

Helene Kramer, who is under investigation for allegedly making inappropriate comments in her new job as communications director for Jefferson County Public Schools, was previously on thin ice in her role as a spokeswoman for Louisville Metro Police more than a decade ago.


The personnel file shows Kramer survived the probationary period but was laid off in December 2004 by LMPD Police Chief Robert White. The department said it was eliminating her position. However, LMPD later hired someone else to perform similar duties.


“Finally, errors in judgment have been noted,” Smith wrote. “To reduce discretion in critical areas, (Kramer) has been requested to develop a manual for her office that will provide guidelines on the release of information to the public and news media. Her immediate supervisor and myself will approve these guidelines.”

Multiple sources tell WDRB News that the JCPS investigation centers around inappropriate comments Kramer allegedly made in regards to whether another employee is gay.

Which just reinforces a belief that Kramer got the job not on her own merit but by having well-connected friends pull strings for her.

And there’s this:

Hargens has not been available for comment about Kramer’s status.

But she’s allegedly being all Chatty Cathy with a school board member and his PR pal about the ordeal. Which means they’ll push out a distraction in 3, 2…

Way to go, JCPS.

Anchorage Mess Is About Rich Folks’ Money

When railroad giant CSX Corp. moves freight between Louisville and Indianapolis, it’s forced to lower speeds, keep trains shorter and carry lighter loads. [WDRB]

Here’s another fun made-up thing for Greg Fischer’s staff to push around all week. [C-J/AKN]

The key to the new downtown hotels is a major expansion of the downtown convention center. It’s a surge in hotel construction never before seen in Louisville, about 1,400 rooms confirmed, not including several hundred more in the planning stages. [WHAS11]

What on earth is going on in Anchorage?! Smells like a bunch of wealthy folks trying to kick some underprivileged kids to the curb. [Click the Clicky]

Peyton Hoge would be popping a vein right about now. [JLC]

Two people have been sentenced for abusing the corpse of a former paramedic. [WLKY]

Oscar winner Hilary Swank is unleashing some serious star power to help rescue dogs get adopted by families who want to make a difference on Thanksgiving — or those who just want to watch terriers instead of touchdowns on TV.[HuffPo]

It’s time for an exciting new Flack Attack! Because we all know a few bad apples = all cyclists are the absolute devil. [WAVE3]

After having the case for more than five months, the special prosecutor assigned to handle a dispute over whether Louisville Metro Councilman David James has two incompatible jobs has asked to withdraw and said she does not believe the situation can be resolved outside of court. [More C-J/AKN]

When the temperature drops as it has this week, local shelters are crowded with homeless men and women. [WFPL]

State government finalized its 20-year statewide transportation plan. [Click the Clicky]

Just when you thought things couldn’t get crazier at the University of Louisville? Jim Ramsey announces the hiring of the vice chancellor and general counsel from the University of North Carolina. The same school that’s recently been found by NCAA investigators to have committed something like two decades of academic fraud involving its athletics program. This individual would have been on the front lines, to say the least. [Business First]

Strohm was one of the key players behind a public records battle with the media as reporters attempted to look into a scandal involving student athletes and allegations of academic misconduct. [ABC11]

Census data shows the population makeup of Jeffersonville changing drastically over the next 20 years, and city officials want to make sure the city itself changes along with it. [News & Tribune]

Louisville Needs A New Frankfort Leader Now

A state audit released in May found that JCPS is spending too much on high-dollar administrators, and not enough on students. Six months later, the district gets a new progress report with a grade school leaders did not see coming. [WDRB]

Walmart has filed a development plan with the city for its much-anticipated western Louisville store just southwest of Broadway and 18th Street. [C-J/AKN]

In a state that leads the nation in lung cancer cases, Kentucky is turning its attention to small but growing group: lung cancer survivors. [WHAS11]

In a surprise announcement Wednesday, House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark said he will not seek re-election to the chamber’s No. 2 post he has held since 1993. [H-L]

A Louisville man who admitted to killing a woman while driving drunk wants to get out of prison early but prosecutors say he needs to spend more time behind bars. [WLKY]

In some American cities, up to 40 percent of households don’t have an Internet connection, according to a new analysis based on census data. [HuffPo]

Abramson said he would advise local politicians across the country that their work shouldn’t be about big developments. “If you can’t pick up the garbage, if you can’t get recycling picked up, if you can’t fill the potholes, then no community’s going to give you the opportunity and support when, as an example, I decided to expand the airport, relocate 4,000 people and 180 businesses and 11 churches,” Abramson said. “That was a monumental decision.” [WAVE3]

More than two dozen advisers to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul converged inside a boutique Washington hotel Wednesday to begin to form the skeleton of a 2016 presidential campaign. [U.S. News]

The group behind a project to build a botanical garden on Louisville’s waterfront will unveil its master plan. [WFPL]

Some spectacular jumps in generic drug prices have been exposed in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. [CBS News]

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are banned from picking up customers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. [Business First]

The city of Jeffersonville revoked the zoning permit from MAC Construction and Excavating Inc. last week that allowed it to operate an asphalt plant at the Hanson-Atkins Quarry. [News & Tribune]