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Louisville Ignores The Looming Pension Disaster

February 28th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

JCPS Principals at some of the district’s lowest performing schools get to keep their job. The move is in response to a surprising report from the Kentucky Department of Education. [WDRB]

Kate Hopkins didn’t know the man in the casket, never met him or his family. Yet, Hopkins attended the funeral of Francisco Carmona, 48, on a gray, cold day at a county-owned cemetery in south Louisville. [H-L]

Remember when Joe Arnold freaked out because he thought he’d discovered some sexytime paintings or something? Turns out, they made a big impression on him and he went back to try to find those sexytime pictures. He has apparently never heard of magazines or the internet. [WHAS11]

Mayor Greg Fischer has appointed the city’s chief financial officer to the Louisville Arena Authority Board amid growing concerns about the financial stability of the KFC Yum Center in downtown. [WFPL]

Here’s a shocker for you: WLKY discovered a story we wrote about LMEMS and carrying weapons. Haha. All kinds of people emailed us about it like it’s never happened before. [WLKY]

The House unanimously approved a pair of bills aimed at cleaning up “unintended consequences.” One deals with the Medicaid managed care system that has left many hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers complaining about getting paid on time by the managed care firms when they provide health care to Medicaid enrollees. [Ryan Alessi]

After completing the final year of a three-year sponsorship agreement with the National Football League, Papa John’s International Inc. announced Wednesday that it has reached a new long-term agreement with the league. [Business First]

Surely this isn’t the way it was supposed to work? Short or odd-year sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly were supposedly designed to clean up bills passed in regular even-year budget sessions or to address issues which arose since the last session. [Ronnie Ellis]

If dog owners don’t start cleaning up after their pets they could soon be banned from the Big Four Bridge. People who don’t pick up after their dogs ought to be face planted in a pile of dookie. [WAVE3]

The Jeffersonville Board of Public Works adopted a resolution Wednesday that it hopes will resolve issues that have arisen from the city’s sweeps of area homeless camps. [News & Tribune]

Why on earth does Kentucky Retirement Systems continue buying Private Equity? Another KRS mess the mainstreamers ignore. [Page One]

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Maybe Andrew Compton Will Finally See Justice

February 27th, 2013 by admin · 1 Comment

Kentucky’s public university presidents say they’d like to see the state’s U.S. senators help overhaul the country’s immigration system. [WDRB]

The University of Louisville is considering offering buyouts to longtime faculty and staff in an effort to save $2.5 million as the state’s financial support dwindles. [C-J/AKN]

There’s all kinds of important stuff to cover on the sequester front but how does local media focus in? They talk about potential cuts to Thunder Over Louisville. [WHAS11]

Don’t worry, pension reform is not going to happen in Kentucky – ever. Democrats on a House committee made major changes Tuesday to a proposed overhaul of Kentucky’s ailing pension system, raising the hackles of Republicans. [Bluegrass Politics]

Here’s why television “news” folks should not cover something as complex as the EpiPen issue in Frankfort. The story is so chopped up it’s barely informative. [WAVE3]

An office created before the invention of the automobile and telephone might soon be abolished in some communities if Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, gets his way. Koenig is sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment which, if approved by voters, would allow local county governments to abolish the office of constable. [Ronnie Ellis]

Will Andrew Compton ever see justice? Gregory O’Bryan is due back in court today for killing him. Here’s betting that if Compton was a pretty white girl? His body would have been recovered and O’Bryan would already be on death row or serving a life sentence. [WLKY]

In March, Louisville will be home to the British government’s first-ever ‘pop-up consulate,’ a temporary office that will promote Britain as a place to visit and to do business. [Business First]

A motion for summary judgment has been filed in the case of the New Albany Plan Commission versus the Floyd County Plan Commission, as the sides are awaiting a judge to rule on which entity will have control of what is known as the two-mile fringe area. [News & Tribune]

The New Albany police have reversed course on firing Officer Phillip Houchin, reinstating him instead. No reasons were given publicly for the push to terminate Houchin, except to indicate that there were issues about his fitness for duty. [C-J/AKN]

→ 1 CommentTags: Death · Education · Hype · Immigration · Indiana · State Government · Thunder · University of Louisville

School Boards Assoc. Lying About EpiPen Costs

February 26th, 2013 by jake · 26 Comments

The Kentucky School Boards Association and at least one large union representing teachers are fighting tooth and nail against putting EpiPens in schools. Even in the face of no health care, disappearing nurses and increasing allergies. They’re being unbelievably dishonest with their spin in claiming that putting life-saving EpiPens in every school would cost millions upon millions of dollars. Some individuals even going so far as to claim individual EpiPens cost $400-$500.

Let’s break this down so it’s easier for those folks to understand. Maths is hard, mmkay.

The bill only requires a school to have two EpiPens on-hand. So, ignoring that many Kentucky schools would qualify for freebies – which we have already written about, that’s not a bank-breaker. The industry discounted rate is $112 for a two-pack.

According to the Kentucky Department of Education, there are 1,233 schools in the Commonwealth. If each school purchased a single package at $112, that comes to $138,096. That’s all the law requires. Not millions upon millions.

There are 155 public schools in Jefferson County. If you use the same math, Jefferson County Public Schools would only need to pony up $17,360 to be in compliance with the proposed legislation. In fact, JCPS could purchase two packages of EpiPens and still only be out $34,720.

This means the School Boards Association and union officials are saying $17K (just six percent of the superintendent’s salary) isn’t worth potentially saving lives in Louisville. That $138K isn’t worth saving lives in rural Kentucky. (Again, ignoring the reality that many schools would receive free EpiPens in their first year.)

Or look at the school district Greg Stumbo pretends to live in – Floyd County. There are 16 public schools there, so Floyd County would have to spend just $1,792.

But noooo, it’s gonna cost millions for each school district. There’s no way anyone could afford these senseless devices no one can figure out how to use. Too complicated, don’t make schools have to worry about simple first aid. Who cares about poor kids living in Podunk who can’t get to a hospital and have to wait 30 minutes on an ambulance?

And you wonder why Kentucky can’t have nice things. Or why Kentucky schools are a perpetual disaster.

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Where Are The No Tolls People On The Latest?

February 26th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

Oldham County’s school superintendent is pushing for increased security upgrades that could cost the district between $1.5 and $1.75 million. [WDRB]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has turned back a challenge from a bidder who claimed it submitted the least expensive and best deal for the downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. In a written decision last week, Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock denied the protest from a joint venture of three construction firms that was a finalist for the work. [C-J/AKN]

Lookit, the teevee people realized drug cartels are operating in Louisville. They are notoriously dangerous and known as ruthless killers. [WHAS11]

Greg Fischer says polling validates his push for local option sales taxes. But if polling were to believed, he would be a U.S. Senator and Mitch McConnell wouldn’t be facing re-election. Jim King would also be mayor and Anne Northup would be a U.S. Congresscritter. [WFPL]

Dear meemaws in J-town: don’t trust people just because they seem nice because they’ll steal your jewelry. [WLKY]

What a supreme waste of time and money. The Kentucky Senate overwhelmingly approved a proposal Monday that would let the state ignore any new federal gun laws. [H-L]

Scenes of school bus wrecks have become all too familiar in Kentuckiana newscasts recently. It would seem that the number of bus crashes have been on a constant rise the last few years. [WAVE3]

This makes her extra awesome. After her epic fall on the stairs and her out-of-breath acceptance speech, the Best Actress winner went backstage to pose for photos and answer some burning questions. Right before she posed with last year’s Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin, who handed her the Oscar, Jen was caught on camera making a sour face and giving someone the middle finger. [HuffPo]

The number of small businesses in Kentucky declined slightly from 67,300 in 2009 to 67,284 in 2010, according to a new report from the U.S. Small Business Administration. [Business First]

Whether gun policy should be changed has become a hot topic in Washington, D.C., as well as legislatures and local governments across the nation, and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth said Sunday that he believes Congress may agree to background checks for every gun purchase but not more than that. [C-J/AKN]

More than a year after creating an adult-business zoning classification, the Clarksville Town Council has used the designation for the first time. [News & Tribune]

Remember the guy who oversaw the late paper on Derby? And all the others? He got a fancy promotion. [News & Tech]

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Jane Beshear’s Special Commentary On Literacy

February 25th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

Last week, First Lady Jane Beshear released a special commentary focused on Literacy Celebration Week:

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President Obama’s Weekly Video Address

February 25th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

This week President Barack Obama discussed sequester:

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Woah, Louisville Got Some Good Green Press!

February 25th, 2013 by admin · 4 Comments

Louisville’s congressman expects just one part of the president’s gun control plans to pass Congress this year. He sees it as a start in efforts that re-awakened the nation and Louisville’s interest in gun violence issues. [WDRB]

When storms, disease or old age down trees and limbs in city parks, the wood waste will now be sold and turned into energy that helps power Louisville companies and organizations—instead of going to the landfill. [Biomass Magazine]

The Office of Surface Mining has awarded Kentucky a $40 million grant to eliminate environmental hazards caused by past coal mining. [WHAS11]

Here’s an OMG fact for you: The Kentucky legislature didn’t go on record against slavery until 1976 — 111 years after the 13th Amendment prohibiting involuntary servitude became the law of the land. [H-L]

Organizers held a pro-gun rally Saturday at the Knob Creek Gun Range in Westpoint. The “Day of Resistance,” event was one of several demonstrations held across the country. Those who attended said they hope to protect the second amendment in light of President Barack Obama’s push for tougher laws. [WKYT]

Steve Beshear has appointed Emily Bingham, a historian and the daughter of late Courier-Journal publisher Barry Bingham Jr. to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. She replaces the late liquor magnate Owsley Brown Frazier, who died in August. [C-J/AKN]

Some changes are on the horizon at University of Louisville Hospital, but most won’t immediately be noticeable when the hospital’s joint operating agreement with KentuckyOne Health Inc. takes effect next Friday. [Business First]

Way to go, Southern Indiana. The body of a middle-aged, white male, was found in a field on Holman’s Lane in Jeffersonville Sunday morning. [WAVE3]

Just a reminder that the Kentucky School Boards Association is manufacturing talking points to fight against potentially saving kids’ lives. [Page One]

This is what Southern Indiana has been fighting about for years. Some movement finally took place on a bond being sought by the Jeffersonville-Clarksville Flood Control District. [News & Tribune]

Way to go, Kentucky, with your fun anti-gay discrimination. After being mocked and teased by co-workers and superiors at work, some of whom constantly referred to him as “twinkle toes”, the center forced him to resign in spite of his spotless record. He sued for wrongful termination and, though the judge agreed that he had been treated unfairly, there is no Kentucky state law regarding anti-gay discrimination at the workplace. [BuzzFeed]

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A Lesson In Combating Negative Press With GE

February 22nd, 2013 by jake · 2 Comments

What do you do when you’re experiencing a non-stop flow of stories about layoffs and business cuts in Louisville? After you just convinced the public to believe you were moving 500 jobs back to Louisville and wouldn’t ever do anything like cut jobs?

You get your friends at a local business publication called Business First to spin things for you with a bunch of stories in a row like this:

That’s what you do.

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Your Weekly Transportation Lady Video Update

February 22nd, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

This week the Transportation Lady highlights two KYTC employees who were in the right place at the right time to help someone in need:

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Louisville On A Mission To Eradicate Pedestrians?

February 22nd, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

Metrosafe dispatchers tell WDRB News that a child was found with a BB gun on a JCPS school bus Thursday afternoon. That should make you feel extra-safe. [WDRB]

There’s a push in Frankfort to go even further in preventing grocery stores from selling wine and liquor. But when you look at the money that’s been given to the politicians sponsoring the bill? You get a feeling for just how silly it is. And it’s mostly the Louisville folks pocketing the campaign cash. [Page One]

A drunk guy in Louisville allegedly broke into a fire house and masturbated on uniforms. We couldn’t make this up if we tried. [WHAS11]

Make this happen, Frankfort! A bill that would place those who have been convicted of adult abuse on a state-wide registry now heads to the full House for a vote. [Bluegrass Politics]

Louisville Metro Police are investigating a death in the downtown area. At about 7 p.m. Thursday, detectives were called to the Dosker Manor Apartment Complex. [WLKY]

What the hell is Attica Scott thinking trying to officially honor Judy Green? The woman may be dead but she still wreaked havoc and that is not something you use taxpayer time to reward. A Louisville Metro Council resolution recognizing the late Metro Councilwoman Judy Green, a Democrat who was removed from her 1st District seat in 2011 for violating ethics rules, has been withdrawn by its sponsor. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another pedestrian hit in Possibility City. A man is being treated for life-threatening injuries after he was hit by a car in the Smoketown neighborhood Thursday night. [WAVE3]

Inside RunSwitch LLC’s office off Brownsboro Road, it’s rather barren. Walls are blank; shelves are empty. [Business First]

It’d be good for Kenny Coleslaw to look at how bonding will be next year after new reporting requirements. But he won’t because that’d take too much effort. Six Kentucky’s public universities can immediately start construction on more than $300 million in construction or renovation projects, including a $110-million renovation of Lexington’s Commonwealth Stadium. [KPR]

Mayor Jeff Gahan’s vision of an aquatic center and multiuse sports complex are a major step closer to becoming reality, as the New Albany City Council approved Thursday a lease agreement that will allow a bond of up to $19.6 million to be issued. [News & Tribune]

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