The U.S. Justice Department and an anti-abortion protester have settled a lawsuit alleging that he illegally grabbed and pushed a volunteer escort outside a women’s health clinic in Louisville. [WDRB]
A public transportation advocacy group is asking for a trial in a lawsuit over the Ohio River Bridges Project. [C-J/AKN]
Changes have arrived at Louisville’s Metro Corrections in the last several months and more will come in 2013 after the jail saw an unprecedented increase in deaths there. Seven inmates died while in custody in just seven months last year. [WHAS11]
Caren Brooks has reason to be hopeful about her daughter’s unsolved slaying more than two decades after someone slashed and stabbed her to death in a Woodford County field. [H-L]
Media publicity is taking center stage in the trial of a Jeffersonville man accused of stabbing his wife dozens of times in front of their young children. The case made headlines on both sides of the river. [WLKY]
This is not the kind of headline you really want to see for your town but are glad things are improving:Clarksville Police Department focusing on stamping out the town’s robust drug scene. [News & Tribune]
A woman is facing charges after police said she assaulted a gas station clerk. [WAVE3]
An opportunity for Louisville? Virginia Beach gave up its pursuit of NBA’s Kings. [Business First]
Cycling advocate Jackie Green has closed his original Bike Courier Bike Shop business at 107 W. Market St., citing insufficient cycling in the city to support his shops and others. [C-J/AKN]
Kentucky legislative leaders say solutions on how to pay for Kentucky’s underfunded pensions won’t likely be addressed in the 2013 legislative session, which began Tuesday. [WFPL]
Prosecutors have chosen not to pursue criminal charges in a deadly daycare van crash that killed one person and injured several children. [WDRB]
A former pub landlord from West Yorkshire has become the first person in the UK to have a hand transplant. Mark Cahill, who is 51, had been unable to use his right hand after it was affected by gout. [BBC]
An Eastern High school parent is crying foul after the take home tablet issued to her daughter had pornographic material on it instead of school work. [WHAS11]
It’s past time Kentucky confronted its own fiscal cliff represented by more than $33 billion in unfunded liabilities in its pension system, local leaders said Monday. [Ronnie Ellis]
An investigation is underway after a school bus full of children crashed into a car. A woman was critically injured and questions remain about who was at fault. [WLKY]
U.S. health care spending rose at the lowest rates in more than half a century between 2009 and 2011, according to a report issued by federal auditors Monday. [HuffPo]
Fifth Third Bank was at least the second big bank with local operations to suffer a major cyber attack last week. [Business First]
Parents of students in Greater Clark County Schools brought their kids to school Monday to find security cameras and locked doors outside their children’s school. [WAVE3]
The five New Albany City Council members who voted against a redistricting plan on final reading during a Dec. 3 meeting were named in a police report filed by local businessman Randy Smith last month. [News & Tribune]
Trish Lee’s small yellow house is a block away from Bells Lane, where many of the Rubbertown factories are concentrated. From her backyard, she can’t see the chemical plants, rail yards and oil refineries that have stood down the street for decades — but she can smell them just about anywhere. [WFPL]
Former University of Louisville Dean and local historian, J. Blaine Hudson, has died at 63. [WDRB]
The new eastern bridge is getting a new look. With Indiana’s approval, the companies in charge of designing and building the span rejected the style that a committee of elected and community leaders selected more than six years ago. [C-J/AKN]
If expanded gambling is approved in Kentucky, Churchill Downs says it’s important they own and operate any casino in Louisville. No one disagrees. But no one in their right mind believes Churchill Downs (or any company) should be CONSTITUTIONALLY GUARANTEED ownership of a casino. [WHAS11]
The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration’s discussions. [WaPo]
The New Albany City Council will elect officers for 2013 during its first meeting of the year Monday. Chief among the selections will be the choice for council president — a role currently held by two-term Councilwoman Diane McCartin-Benedetti. [News & Tribune]
Questions concerning whether or not a 12-year-old who died from a self inflicted gun wound are being answered. [WAVE3]
Four eastern Kentucky coal mines are being idled, affecting 260 jobs. [H-L]
Police said they’ve solved a string of armed business robberies with the arrests of two men. [WLKY]
Although the Allstate Sugar Bowl had the lowest attendance in decades, the television rating for the game was up in 2013 from a year ago. An average of 10.1 million viewers tuned into Wednesday’s game in New Orleans between the University of Louisville and the University of Florida, according to ESPN. [Business First]
Starting this week, WFPL will begin airing a month-long series about past and present air pollution in the city’s Rubbertown neighborhood, and the health effects for those who live nearby. [WFPL]
The Clifton Center will show the controversial documentary “This Is Not a Film” as part of the Wild and Woolly Film Series on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. The documentary, much of which was secretly shot on an iPhone, was smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes Film Festival. [C-J/AKN]
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), the National Trust for Historic Preservation and River Fields, Inc. have reached a settlement agreement in the federal litigation relating to the Ohio River Bridges Project. The lawsuit was filed in 2009 by the National Trust and River Fields.
All four parties have agreed to dismiss the pending lawsuit initiated by the National Trust and River Fields, in exchange for additional commitments to historic preservation and public involvement.
The settlement agreement recognizes that INDOT and KYTC have now entered into contracts that provide for essentially simultaneous construction of the downtown and east end portions of the Project. The settlement agreement includes a range of commitments by INDOT and KYTC regarding the protection of historic properties, public involvement and communications during construction of the Project, and issues related to drainage and water runoff.
The settlement calls for both states to create a Historic Preservation and Enhancement Fund, to be established with $1.7 million in state funds provided equally by INDOT and KYTC. The State Historic Preservation Officers for Indiana and Kentucky will use the Fund to administer grants to local governments and non-profit organizations for rehabilitating, preserving and enhancing historic properties and districts within the areas affected by the bridges project. The agreement lists projects that are eligible for grants from the Fund. Eligible projects include, among others, grants for the protection and interpretation of notable African-American sites in eastern Jefferson County, Ky., including the historic Jefferson Jacobs School, a Rosenwald School, in Louisville.
The agreement also includes commitments by INDOT and KYTC to carry out actions that go above and beyond the states’ existing historic preservation commitments. These additional actions include efforts to protect and relocate historic homes in Jeffersonville, Ind., one of the nation’s oldest cities west of the Alleghenies; to develop and submit nominations for properties to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places; to nominate a section of Upper River Road as a National Scenic Byway; and to install historical markers.
In addition, the agreement includes commitments regarding public meetings and communications during the construction phase of the project; development of blasting and vibration monitoring plans for historic properties; and public availability of information regarding permitting for the stormwater management features of the East End Crossing.
Based on these commitments by INDOT, KYTC, the National Trust and River Fields have agreed to dismiss all of their claims in the current lawsuit and waived the right to challenge permits and approvals issued prior to execution of the settlement agreement. All the parties will bear their own attorneys’ fees and other costs of the litigation.
We told you in February that Mark Zoeller was leaving the Zoo to take a job in Public Works. He’s the guy TedPullen hired to replace Betty Younis. You know him – he’s the guy from the train debacle at the Zoo. Side note: He’s now hired Sean Woods from the Zoo. Woods is apparently running preventive maintenance programs for Facilities and worked under Zoeller at the Zoo. He was allegedly responsible for preventive maintenance on the train.
We’ve also told you all about Pullen’s fun harassment cases and all the suits involving Metro Government over the past year.
So it will come as no surprise that one of the women suing Metro, Becky Thibodeaux, is alleged to be facing extreme pressure at work. Her colleagues tell us that over the past few months, she has slowly been reduced to entering work orders and answering telephones. You’ll remember her as the woman Pullen tried to move to a cubicle just outside his office door. We wrote about it and Metro put the you-know-what on that mess.
Today we hear her parking spot was given away – without notice – to Susan Bagshaw, Pullen’s former assistant. Forcing Becky to park several blocks away. In a further attempt to put pressure on her for speaking up.
No one will go on-the-record about it because they don’t want to lose their jobs. But it’s too ridiculous not to bring up.
It’s yet another flag on the Greg Fischer/Metro Government/attack the whistleblower or victim flag pole.
We hear through the rumor mill that Angels Rock Bar along with Mosaic Nightclub & Lounge are closing/have closed.
Calls to their published numbers have gone unreturned.
Which, well… Possibility City!
Another hot topic: Cordish is still trying to get in on the casino gambling deal in Kentucky… which we’ve been telling you about for years. That’ll be fun if Beshear’s latest effort gets anywhere. Meshes well with Fischer’s latest commentary.
Despite efforts by a judge and his lawyer to keep him quiet, the man accused of gunning down two people inside a Louisville church fought to speak in court Thursday morning. [WDRB]
The relocation of Christmas in the City activities to Fourth Street produced enough positives to justify keeping it there at least another year, city officials said Thursday. [C-J/AKN]
When will they do the same for Democrats? Protesters gathered in Louisville on Thursday to discuss a new report that details Senator Mitch McConnell’s campaign finance contributions. [WHAS11]
Dr. Latchin Hatemi is an intriguing character. He finished at The University of Kentucky School of Medicine, and was a top student during his time there. But during his years of study, Dr. Hatemi noticed a couple of disturbing trends. You UK folks will want to pay attention to this. The issue is not going away any time soon. [Click the Clicky]
The Metropolitan Sewer District said the water from those two breaks mixed with raw sewage. They estimate more than 74,000 gallons of the mixture spilled into Beargrass Creek and cleanup is not possible. [WAVE3]
Time Warner Cable pulled the plug on Current TV just hours after news of the cable channel’s sale to Al Jazeera became official. [HuffPo]
Oh, wait… Time Warner Cable left the door open Thursday to the possibility of carrying Al Jazeera’s new U.S.-based network, which is set to replace Current TV following Wednesday’s acquisition. [HuffPo]
Wondering what bad parents look like? Get a load of these meth heads who had their kid in the room. [WLKY]
A 92-year-old man thought to be having a war flashback briefly held a nursing assistant at knifepoint Thursday morning at a Harrodsburg hospital before police disarmed him. [H-L]
Twelve paws and all, three canines began serving as the front line of defense against bed bugs for New Albany Public Housing Thursday. [News & Tribune]
More and more Kentucky businesses are moving across the river to Indiana. Harrison County leaders expect to learn this month whether an unidentified Kentucky company will accept a $5 million offer to locate a new business near Interstate 64 at Lanesville. [C-J/AKN]
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