Your Weekly Not Transportation Lady Video Update

Without the Transportation Lady on staff, the folks at KYTC are slower than the day is long. So they were late getting their weekly video out. (We’re being mean because it features Steve Beshear. Also, meanness makes you more likely to click things.)

Steve Beshear can’t tease his hair out or use Aquanet or whatever, which is not fun. Bring the Transportation Lady back!

This one is about the Mountain Parkway Expansion Project:

Sadly, Education In Kentucky Continues To Suffer

Elderly and low income neighbors in Jeffersonville are caught in the middle of a zoning fight that could force them out of their home. [WDRB]

Your dying local newspaper got at least a few school board endorsements right, it seems. Not endorsing people like Horne was a wise move. [C-J/AKN]

Prosecutors said they plan to ask for the death penalty in the case of a Louisville man charged with killing his neighbor while her three children were sleeping in the home. [WHAS11]

Janice Duncan, a fifth-grade teacher at Lexington’s Southern Elementary, shares the opinion of other educators who are concerned about the lack of specifics in the proposed new Kentucky Core Academic Social Studies Standards. [H-L]

Jeffersonville leaders disagree on a major project that has already hit residents in the pocketbook. [WLKY]

You can thank Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes and Mitch McConnell for the national embarrassment. [HuffPo]

Just what Louisville needs! Another downtown hotel. [WAVE3]

Global climate models have underestimated the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research. [BBC]

Louisville Metro has reached an agreement with the J.B. Swift plant in Butchertown over some administrative violations, but the plant’s issues with alleged odor violations remain unresolved. [WFPL]

Kentucky ranks 11th worst in the country in depth of cuts to school funding since the start of the recession, according to a new report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-partisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C. Kentucky has cut per-student investment in K-12 schools by 11.4 percent between 2008 and 2015 once inflation is taken into account. [KYCEP & CBPP]

The Ohio River Bridges Project is showcased in a Bloomberg report about the nation’s infrastructure. [Business First]

The Jeffersonville Sanitary Sewer Board and members of the city council were updated on the city’s ability to pay for an EPA-mandated project — and were told one of the last things they wanted to hear. [News & Tribune]

Another Robert Felner Lackey Bites The Dust

Do you remember this guy?


That’s John Deasy. A centerpiece of the Robert Felner scandal.

Here’s a bit of a refresher:


After years and years of nonsense in Los Angeles, he’s running for the hills:

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy, under fire recently for his handling of an iPad program and whose hard-charging leadership style has alienated many in the school district during his nearly four-year term, is expected to announce Thursday morning that he is stepping down, according to L.A.-area media reports.

Literally years. Folks on the LAUSD board have gone so far as to visit me on several occasions to review our Felner research file. It’s been a real effort. A real effort that’s finally paid off.

Another Felner lackey bites the dust.

If Louisville’s PubTrans Is Good, What’s Bad?

For decades, it’s been an oasis of agricultural land at the intersection of Interstate 64 and the Watterson Expressway. But the family trusts that control Oxmoor Farm appear to be reviving long-delayed plans to develop what is perhaps the most desirable acreage in Louisville. [WDRB]

Didn’t we ridicule this back before it kicked off? Over pounding music, the local reality TV show “Deadbeat” promises that “those who don’t pay up will be locked up.” [C-J/AKN]

If you don’t hate the gays, the close cases at the Southern Baptist Compound don’t want to play Barbies with you. [WHAS11]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes declined Wednesday to say whether she will pull a television ad that three left-leaning, pro-immigration reform groups condemned Tuesday as “offensive” and “hurtful.” [Sam Youngman]

This riverboat thing is apparently a big deal. So say all the teevee people. [WLKY]

People are changing Earth so much, warming and polluting it, that many scientists are turning to a new way to describe the time we live in. They’re calling it the Anthropocene — the age of humans. [HuffPo]

Grimes implies that she’s barred from saying who she voted for, and the Constitution includes no prohibition on that. [WAVE3]

Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets. [Reuters]

Louisville workers using public transit have “better than average” accessibility to their jobs compared to other large metropolitan areas, according to a researcher involved in a recent study. [WFPL]

Louisville’s disaster of a mayor spends his days lying on the radio. The man will be called on something, his claims will be debunked and then he’ll show up on the radio the next day spewing what he knows is false. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has ordered Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs to hold mediated discussions in their dispute over September racing dates for next year. [Business First]

Basically, everybody in Southern Indiana thinks they’re gonna get the Ebola. Two patients in the United States with confirmed cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever were both hundreds of miles away from the region, but health officials in Clark and Floyd counties said they’re still taking measures to prepare locally. [News & Tribune]

Greg Fischer Lied On The Joe Elliott Show

Just a bit ago Greg Fischer appeared on the Joe Elliott show. You’ll be able to listen to the archive here a bit later.

Here’s what essentially happened:

  • Fischer said he’s in the final stages of hiring a director for Louisville Metro Animal Services
  • Criticism of being without a director for more than a year is unfounded
  • Lied about the live release rate improving
  • “They’ve done a heck of a job out there”
  • The average person believes time is being wasted by Metro Council with the ad-hoc committee, says it’s just about one dog
  • If not for LMAS, sadie would have been euthanized
  • Said Sadie didn’t get surgery because of the cost involved and because “someone took her home”
  • Claimed LMAS was the biggest turnaround of any division in Metro Government


Joe didn’t really press him on anything but did set him up to lie.

As an added bonus, Fischer said there were no homeless people living in Metro Parks.

Will update if callers chime in questioning Fischer.

UPDATE: The archive of Fischer’s appearance is now available.

Don’t Worry! Possibility City Is Totally Crime-Free

A plan to transform Maupin Elementary into a school that will be based on arts and humanities in an effort to boost student achievement was approved by the Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday. [WDRB]

Two politically savvy and seasoned candidates, incumbent Republican Kevin Kramer and longtime labor leader Larry Hujo, are battling for the 11th District seat on the Louisville Metro Council. [C-J/AKN]

A former candidate for Clark County Sheriff has pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday after allegations of campaign fraud. [WHAS11]

Jon Larson campaigned in 2010 for Fayette County judge-executive saying he wanted to abolish what he saw as an unnecessary office. Once Larson, a Lexington attorney, was elected, he lobbied hard for an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution four years in a row but never got a hearing before a legislative committee. [H-L]

Looks like there was a fun stabbing just off Frankfort Avenue near Caffe Classico and a Catholic church. But don’t worry! Crime doesn’t happen outside the West End. [WLKY]

Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they’re from urban, suburban or rural areas. [HuffPo]

See? Crime isn’t a thing outside the West End. [WAVE3]

There wasn’t much new information gleaned from the eagerly awaited debate between incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes on Monday night on KET’s Kentucky Tonight program. [Ronnie Ellis]

Remember last winter, when schools around Kentucky closed because of the unusually harsh weather? [WFPL]

Death is often an uncomfortable conversation but it is one that Morehead State University instructor Steven Middleton and MSU alumnus Mike Clark have had many times. [The Morehead News & Video]

The Old Forester Distillery and Bourbon Experience announced by Brown-Forman Corp. last month isn’t the only project on Whiskey Row in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

As more students come into schools without knowing how to speak English, Greater Clark County Schools will pilot a program to help prepare them and their parents before they enter kindergarten. [News & Tribune]

Care What Family Court Candidates Think?

Then show up to this forum!

The Center for Women & Families, ElderServe and The Mary Byron Foundation are sponsoring a forum for Jefferson County Family Court candidates. Six of the ten Family Court seats in the county are up this year and that’s sure to shake things up.

Candace Mosley of the National District Attorneys Association, a nationally known domestic violence/judicial system expert, is set to moderate the event. All 12 candidates running plan to be there.

Here are the details:

  • Wednesday — October 15
  • 6:30 P.M.
  • Bellarmine — Horrigan Hall