Metro Council Court Releases Witnesses & Such

Metro Council Court just released its order regarding witnesses, exhibits and such.

Let’s dig in…

Subpoenas for the following were denied:

  • Edwin Ernest
  • Vanessa Haden
  • Elizabeth Hoffman
  • Nyla Meeks
  • Rubin Pulliam
  • Norma Maddox
  • Felicia Smith
  • Maurice Guenn
  • Ingram Quick

Subpoenas for the following were granted:

  • Diana Walker
  • Roosevelt Lightsy
  • Linda Haywood
  • Kathy Herron
  • Rev. Wayne Steele
  • Bill O’Brien
  • Jonathan Ricketts
  • Enid T. Haynes

And on the following three people, the Court reserved ruling for subpoenas until it is satisfied that they’re necessary:

  • Greg Fischer
  • Kelly Downard
  • Robin Engel

Several other motions are also part of the order. Click here (Warning: PDF Link) to review it for yourself.

Can You Believe JCPS Pays For The JCTA Head?

The Jefferson County Board of Education approved the new five-year contract with the Jefferson County Teachers Association. [WDRB]

Of course Kentucky Retirement Systems caved, revealing that no one had been exonerated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. [Page One]

Even though the work is already begun, the final lawsuit that could have stopped work on the Ohio River Bridges Project has been dismissed. [WHAS11]

With this final, formal step in a long debate, Queen Elizabeth II has given her blessing to same-sex marriages, which will begin next year in the United Kingdom. [The Advocate]

A public school teacher is among those arrested for sexual encounters in local parks. Indiana Department of Natural Resources officers made the arrests July 9 & 12 at Falls of the Ohio State Park and Clark State Forest. [WAVE3]

It takes a lot of brass to obstruct a deal, get left out of it, vote against it, yet bask in shared credit for it. [C-J/AKN]

Supporters of Trayvon Martin gathered in Waterfront Park in Louisville on Wednesday evening. The community outreach group Connected Voices held a black balloon release ceremony at Waterfront Park. [WLKY]

Police in Northern Kentucky said a group of teenagers fishing in a creek in Ludlow found a body but initially thought the remains were a mannequin. [H-L]

If this is not illegal, it absolutely should be. The school district made good progress over the three weeks of negotiations, says District 3 board member Debbie Wesslund, but the agreement includes paying part of the Jefferson County Teachers Association president’s salary and this is not only inappropriate, but could potentially be illegal, she says. [WFPL]

Earlier this month, KFC Corp. put up a fight against Hitler. Now, the company is taking down the Colonel. [Business First]

Here’s a more in-depth story about the CART/Ohio River Bridges Debacle dismissal. Although construction has already begun, the final blockade for the Ohio River Bridges Project was removed Wednesday. [News & Tribune]

The Shanklin Ethics Mess Gets Even Messier

Heated and bitter exchanges almost derailed a council court hearing that was initially scheduled as “house keeping” for next week’s ethics trial against Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin. [WDRB]

A contractor that is somewhat unfamiliar to Jeffersonville officials was awarded the bid to construct the city’s Big Four Station on Monday, and work is expected to soon begin. [News & Tribune]

The battle over whether a proposed 17 story condominium in the Highlands will be built continues. Can you believe this mess is still going on? Many people are at the point where they’re ready to just bulldoze everything and turn it into a trailer park. [WHAS11]

Don’t forget that Kentucky Retirement Systems whistleblower Chris Tobe has a book coming out on July 23. [Page One]

Weeks ago, dozens of break-ins started upsetting neighbors in Oldham County. Goshen’s Mayor warned people to lock up homes and cars, but now he says he is concerned about possible confrontations by neighbors promising to take matters into their own hands. [WAVE3]

John Rosemond has been dispensing parenting advice in his newspaper column since 1976, making him one of the longest-running syndicated columnists in the country. And now he’s filed suit in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Two men were shot in West Louisville on Tuesday evening. It happened around 8:15 in the 600 block of South 44th Street. [WLKY]

For ten years, Tracey Damron shared her life with former lawmaker Steve Nunn. Now she’s released a tell-all book, profiting from the craziness of Steve Nunn and the death of Amanda Ross. [WKYT]

Participants in the Thoroughbred marketplace by and large consider themselves an optimistic bunch, a necessity to play in a volatile industry. [H-L]

Eileen Pickett, who has been with Greater Louisville Inc. for 14 years, plans to leave the metro chamber of commerce Aug. 30. Pickett, who is senior vice president of community and economic development, plans to start a consulting practice. [Business First]

Greg Fischer is among a number of city officials being called to testify in the removal trial of Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, which is scheduled to begin next week. [WFPL]

KRS Whistleblower’s Book Releasing This Month

Former Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees member Chris Tobe, now a Securities and Exchange Commission whistleblower, has a book coming out later this month.

It’s called Kentucky Fried Pensions – A Culture of Coverup and Corruption, debuting July 23.

Here’s what Tobe says about the book in a release:

Kentucky Fried Pensions is one of the most important books to come out on Kentucky Politics and Government in years. It attaches shame and blame to over a 1000 names in a 230 page volume covering both the investment and underfunding scandals related to the Kentucky pension crisis. It not only highlights KERS for State Workers the worst funded state plan in the country, but makes dire predictions for the Kentucky Teacher plan and County Plan as well. The author makes recommendations on how to restructure the plans to increase the odds of solvency.

While unfortunately not one of the “most important” books to come out (because we already know about the corruption), it is a big deal. It should be interesting to see Tobe name names again. Most of the KRS crew and the Beshear Administration are sweating bullets as we speak.

Here’s hoping everyone buys a copy at independent shops like Carmichael’s or on Tobe’s website once it’s released. Tobe stood up against corruption, waste, fraud and abuse when everyone else in Frankfort turned a blind eye.

Yarmuth Could Hurt Grimes Outside Louisville

Alison Lundergan Grimes has kept a low public profile since she announced that she wants Mitch McConnell’s U.S. Senate seat, and McConnell is using that to his advantage. [WDRB]

Frankfort city commissioners said they anticipate eventual passage of a fairness ordinance, but they spent two hours Monday discussing and tweaking a draft. [H-L]

The Louisville Metro Council court will meet on Tuesday, July 16, for a pre-hearing to talk about removing Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin from office. [WHAS11]

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, promoted a congressional candidate using her official Twitter account, which is in violation of the city’s code of ethics. [WFPL]

Another day, another senseless murder in Louisville. Such a common occurrence that no one is surprised these days. [WLKY]

The former admissions director for University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law — who in 2012 promised incoming students about $2.4 million more in scholarships than the school had allotted — has been indicted in the case, on a charge of unlawfully accessing a university computer. [C-J/AKN]

Food trucks have a loyal fan following here in Louisville. They’re a quick, trendy way to eat and they have a diverse menu. But are these rolling restaurants, really all that clean? [WAVE3]

Nationally syndicated advice columnist John Rosemond said he will file a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Kentucky agency that licenses psychologists after it attempted to block publication of his column in the state. Rosemond and his attorneys claim the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology and Attorney General Jack Conway’s office are violating his right to free speech by unlawfully attempting to censor his column, which offers parenting advice. [H-L]

As expected, the KFC Yum! Center experienced a loss in May, but management officials there still are forecasting a profit for fiscal 2013. [Business First]

Kentucky’s only Democratic congressman is predicting Alison Lundergan Grimes will run the most aggressive campaign that Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell has seen from a challenger. [WKYT]

A long-desired plan, and one of Mayor Mike Moore’s projects highlighted to use tax-increment financing dollars, needs another look, according to the Jeffersonville City Council. [News & Tribune]