Another Day, Another Death Near Churchill Downs

Richard Beliles, who made an ethics complaint against Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin last month, on Friday rebutted her attempt to throw out the complaint, challenging Shanklin’s contention that he must have “personal knowledge” of the alleged violations. [C-J/AKN]

Read this story about a Louisville Slugger lawsuit and tell us you don’t think it’s rather extreme. [WLKY]

Kentucky’s child-protection agency has overhauled in recent months the way it conducts internal reviews of cases involving children who died of abuse or neglect, a move that follows intense scrutiny from the state’s two largest newspapers. [H-L]

Four people are now charged in connection with the death of an Oldham County teen. [WAVE3]

It seems absolutely silly to close Third Street for an added handful of square feet at the convention center. [Business First]

A woman is now behind bars in connection to a burglary, where an elderly man was beaten in his own home. [FOX41/WDRB/Whatever]

Way to go, America, on your latest mass shooting. Idiocy will never cease to amaze us in the U.S. and A. [HuffPo]

Interest on decades of underpaid pensions for a group of more than 100 retired firefighters will cost Louisville taxpayers $7 million as of July 31 — and is accruing at $2,300 per day, according to calculations made by the firefighters’ attorney, Ann Oldfather. [C-J/AKN]

Teevee folks are getting a new perspective on day of violence in West Louisville that sparked a call for change in the community. [WHAS11]

Bobby Ruffin Jr. was only 14 when a recruiter from Ashford University called. The Birmingham, Michigan, boy thought he’d clicked on a link promising help finding money for college. It was actually just a lead generator for the for-profit, online school’s sales staff. [Village Voice]

Way to go, Louisville, with yet another murder taking place near Churchill Downs. [84WHAS]

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Landmarks Cat Fight Is Getting Snipey And Bizarre

Remember how David Yates and Marty Meyer were super-confident that Greg Fischer wouldn’t veto the landmarks bill? HAHA, yeah, about that. He vetoed it. [C-J/AKN]

For decades, the U.S. government has stashed gold five stories beneath Manhattan in a vault under the Federal Reserve’s fortress near Wall Street. Or has it? Written by a local guy. [LA Times]

Police find two juveniles dead inside an apartment that was the focus of a SWAT standoff. Police responded to a report of shots fired near South Jackson Street and East Saint Catherine Street just before midnight. More gunshots were heard inside the Jackson Wood apartment, after officers arrived. [FOX41/WDRB/Whatever]

Kentucky fails to make the coal industry pay enough to clean up the environmental wreckage it leaves behind, according to the U.S. Office of Surface Mining. It’s interesting that Keith Hall, of all people, would bring legality into any discussion. [H-L]

The Louisville mother who police said murdered her two year old son by leaving him in a hot car once again got emotional during her trial. [WAVE3]

Will Greg Fischer’s cat fight over preservation get even more crazy today? Here’s that letter he sent. [C-J/AKN]

The KFC Yum! Center does not need an NBA team to thrive, the arena’s new general manager said on Thursday, dismissing concerns that the facility’s calendar has too many empty dates and making it clear that the University of Louisville as primary tenant will decide whether an NBA team is appropriate for the venue. [WHAS11]

The U.S. Department of Education will continue funding Advanced Placement tests for Kentucky’s low-income students this school year, but public schools in Jefferson County with the highest passing AP rates also have the lowest number of low-income students. [WFPL]

The nation’s employment picture likely improved only slightly in July, strengthening expectations of additional monetary stimulus from the Federal Reserve. [Business First]

Police in southern Indiana are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing mother and daughter. [WLKY]

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We Get Good Bridges Debacle Tolling Comments

Like this one:

Nova China // Aug 2, 2012 at 7:31 am

Surprise! The Tolling Agreement requires any tolling money left over from maintenance on the bridges to be spent on any other federal project going on at the time. Of course, to properly maintain the bridges will require intensive studies and steering committees to meet for figuring out the best way to keep increasing the tolls and a King to be crowned to head the newly cash rich transportation department, not to mention all the deputy Kings it will take to count the moolah and/or keep the King warm at night. Well, if you can’t tax the super rich, you can always bleed the bankrupt subjects.

Possibility City!

Greg Fischer’s Latest Photo Op Funny Business

Greg Fischer publicized a photo of himself “Helping fill a vehicle with cleaner burning Compressed Natural Gas at the new Waste Management filling station.”


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We can’t help but wonder why Perry Clark is allowed to be near compressed natural gas. Wouldn’t the lit joint he apparently carries around (according the mainstream) be a serious hazard?

Rubbertown? Nothing To See, Just Move Along

Get the popcorn ready, ladies and meemaws! Louisville Metro Councilman David Yates, D-25, is raising ethics concerns about allegations that fellow Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, made an offer to buy the historic Colonial Gardens property in the midst of a city funded feasibility study. [WFPL]

The Jefferson County Constable charged with shooting a woman in a Walmart parking lot is still deciding if he wants to take a plea deal. [FOX41/WDRB/Whatever]

Have you read about the University of Kentucky’s top medical guy, FrankenGangster? UK knew what it was getting when it hired him and did it anyway. [Page One]

Thousands of hot rods are in town for the annual Street Rod Nationals at the Kentucky Exposition Center. This marks the 15th consecutive year the city has hosted the event. [WAVE3]

Just in case you’re wondering how stupid people can get when it comes to ending animal abuse. Yep, those are the people running your country. [Wonkette]

An LMPD officer is credited with saving a shooting victim’s life. [WHAS11]

University Hospital is closing its sleep center, halting open-heart surgeries and limiting nonemergency outpatient services for uninsured patients to save about $2.5 million a year. The move comes amid financial struggles for the safety-net hospital, where almost a quarter of patients are uninsured people who can’t pay their bills. [C-J/AKN]

People in Lexington – and in Louisville – were super-excited to team up to express their hatred and willful ignorance for some deep fried chicken. [H-L]

When a Rubbertown plant was evacuated Wednesday morning, only a fraction of the surrounding area knew about the potentially dangerous reaction. [WLKY]

Here’s a somewhat interesting look at the way Greg Fischer has completely changed his personal story. He still claims to have been an entrepreneur (with daddy’s money) but now says he co-invented the ice machine. [Business First]

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Ohio River Bridges Debacle Gets Federal Approval

Looks like the Ohio River Bridges Debacle has gained federal approval on financing, management and tolling.

Let’s take a look at a release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Chuck Wolfe:

The approval from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) paves the way for the project’s official start on Aug. 30. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and a host of federal, state and local officials will break ground on the first construction element of the long-awaited project – a 3,000-foot road extension in Indiana that will ultimately connect the River Ridge Commerce Center to State Road 265 and the future East End Bridge.

With the federal sign-off, each state plans to move forward this week with its final Request for Proposals, which will ask the competing bridge- and road-building teams to provide their plans and bids for constructing the project. The states will select those teams before year’s end.

The Bridges Project will include construction of new bridges across the Ohio River between downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind., and between Prospect, Ky., and Utica, Ind. In addition, the project will dramatically improve the Kennedy Interchange, where Interstates 64, 65 and 71 meet in downtown Louisville, and the existing Kennedy Bridge, which carries I-65 traffic.

The Bridges Project will improve cross-river mobility and increase safety in one of the nation’s most congested and important highway corridors. In the process, it will create thousands of jobs, both in short-term construction and in long-term economic development.

Last month, the FHWA approved the cost-savings version of the Bridges Project originally put forward by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. The approach reduces costs 40 percent by streamlining the basic design, cutting construction time in half and encouraging private-sector innovation in the delivery process.

Documents outline responsibilities, plans

The documents that transportation officials approved include:

  • A Project Management Plan, which FHWA requires for “major projects” such as the Bridges Project. This plan defines the structure and processes that will ensure control of the scope, budget, schedule and quality of the project. It also outlines approaches to contract management, reporting, quality assurance, safety, traffic management, communications and other essential project elements.
  • An Initial Financial Plan—also required under FHWA “major projects” guidance—which outlines expected project costs, funding sources and financing mechanisms and describes the financial responsibilities of the two states in delivering the project.
  • A Tolling Agreement among the FHWA and the states’ transportation agencies and financing agencies, which authorizes tolling and outlines certain requirements that Kentucky and Indiana will need to meet in using tolls to help pay for the new and improved river crossings.

Click here to go read the three documents.

WFPL Changed Grammar In Quote On Website

This is a tiny, little thing and really just a peeve.

Here’s what WFPL says Norris Shelton had to say:

“I think he ought to put his issues on the table,” he says. “It doesn’t matter to me if it gets negative. I have been out here awhile and I can take it. The question is whether or not he’s done anything that he can demonstrate is meaningful or achievable that is important to constituents.”

Shelton’s comments were playing this morning and it seems grammar was changed. He said, “he’s did.” Not, “he’s done.”

Surely it was just a typo.

UK Medical Center’s Problems Bubbling To The Top

There’s a lot of drama surrounding the University of Kentucky lately. Specifically, Michael Karpf is the hot dog on the bun.

So let’s flash back to late 2003:

Head of UCLA Medical Center Is Leaving Post

The highly regarded system of hospitals and clinics has struggled financially during the tenure of Dr. Michael Karpf.

After struggling for months with wobbly finances and internal dissension, the director of UCLA Medical Center announced Tuesday that he will leave his job to take a top post at the University of Kentucky’s medical center.

Enough to raise an eyebrow or two, right? Especially in light of the nightmare financial situation UK’s medical center has been in, eh?

HAHA, boy, are you ever wrong. This just scratches the surface and isn’t the only reason he fled UCLA. We’ve been following him since early 2010. So let’s dig right in….

You’ll absolutely want to CLICK HERE to read the rest…