House Bill 52 – the elder abuse bill created and pushed by Representative Joni Jenkins – was enacted yesterday. Thanks go to Governor Steve Beshear for signing it into law. [SoS]
Ruh ro. Metro Gubmint’s internal auditor is set to retire on May 1. [WFPL]
Here’s a photograph of Greg Fischer filling that pothole. Please put down your beverages before clicking the link. You have been warned. [WLKY]
Nuts n Stuff – our most favorite place on earth – is moving from Preston Highway to 1000 Barret Ave the week of March 21. SO EXCITING. [Press Release]
The Ethics Commission decided to expand the Judy Green complaint. Hearing will take place on the 31st. You ready? [WFPL]
Soon-to-be-former superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools, Sheldon Berman, is opening up about his regrets. He’s still more than delusional. I think Louisville dodged a bullet. [FOX41]
We’re all still blown away that Morehead beat UofL yesterday. You still bitter about it? [WKYT]
Hal Heiner, former Louisville Metro Councilman and former mayoral candidate, is hosting a fundraiser for Bill Johnson. [Interesting Times]
Kentucky’s Medicaid drug advisory panel voted to kill people yesterday by restricting oral cancer treatments on the approved list. [WHAS11]
The University of Louisville is launching a new website sometime this weekend. Check out this preview of its new features. [UofL]
Really, Metro Council? You’re too afraid to swear out a complaint against Judy Green? You can call me 24/7 to complain about her but you’re afraid to actually do what needs to be done? You’re gonna let her get away with everything, aren’t you? [WAVE3]
Yeah, the flooding is disgusting and smells like a thing we can’t say in polite company.
But this fancy article about it breaks it down into easily digestible science nerd/history nerd bits:
Following the Great Flood, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designed and installed a series of concrete and earthen levees that would, over the span of several decades, ensnare 29 miles of the county within a flood-proof sheath. Work was also begun on a series of aforementioned pumping stations that now number 15, and include the Beargrass Creek pumping station, whose 2.5 million-gallon capacity makes it the second largest of its kind in the world.
Since then, that system has been tested multiple times, most recently in 1997 when a 10.48-inch deluge soaked Kentuckiana over the course of several days and resulted in approximately $200 million in property damage.
Different was the Aug. 4, 2009, flash flood, which dumped 7.2 inches of rain into the city’s sewers in less than two hours. Whereas the ’09 and (to a lesser extent) ’97 floods taxed Louisville’s drainage infrastructure and called into question the flood-promoting urban policy of non-absorbent vacant lots riddling the city’s West End, the Ohio River’s current flooding addresses another potential infrastructure inadequacy — that of the 15 pumping stations, nine of which Schardein says are more than 50 years old and need to be replaced sooner rather than later.
Remember that time a lady on Metro Council did a thing a whole bunch of times with a whole bunch of money?
Her constituents aren’t too happy with her:
In the Chickasaw neighborhood, resident Vanessa Lackey says the investigations into Green’s spending have disappointed and upset people in District 1, who are worried that a review of allocations could result in cuts to discretionary spending.
“This is tax dollars money and that’s what it’s supposed to be. And a lot of people are upset, well if they’re taking the a taxes out of our money and have us paying taxes once a year for these neighborhood grants why isn’t it being used for the neighborhood?”
Click here to read the rest from WFPL’s Phillip Bailey.
Gannett pulled out of Tulsa and took some 400 jobs with it when incentives ran out. But hauled rear end to collect $105,000 to “keep jobs downtown” in Fort Myers.
What was that, again, about corporate welfare?
Remember when newspaper workers in Detroit went on strike in 1995? And the Gannett paper bought the local police a million bucks worth of riot gear?
And where’s the journalistic outrage over alleged censorship over the Manual sexytime scandal involving a “Christian” teacher, some beer and a 17-year-old student? The principal allegedly told the paper it could cover the mess but only if he got to approve it.