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Your Weekly Transportation Lady Video Update

May 24th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

This week the Transportation Lady focuses on seatbelt use:

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Indiana Scandals Calm Compared To Metro Council

May 24th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

Awww, lookit, Al Mohler is really upset that the Boy Scouts have decided to stop hating on gay kids. He’s the Rush Limbaugh of the church world. But even Rush Limbaugh isn’t that uptight. [WDRB]

The Louisville Metro Council on Monday approved a resolution urging Norfolk Southern Railroad to allow cyclists and pedestrians on the K&I Bridge, which connects the city’s Portland neighborhood with New Albany, Ind. [C-J/AKN]

A Louisville man is facing multiple charges after police said he was found walking on Eastern Parkway carrying 10 stolen signs. Ron Liebermann is really mad about Willow Grande, maybe. Or maybe he needs help. Because, hoo boy, arrested at YMCA, protesting Ramsi’s after getting fired, getting arrested outside the federal courthouse…. [WHAS11]

If you thought other agencies weren’t getting in on the Kentucky Retirement Systems fun? Let’s just say you were living in a dream world. [Page One]

The Kentucky State Fair Board is waiting to hear from the state’s Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction on how safe or unsafe Cardinal Stadium may be. [WAVE3]

A former Louisville police officer who was shot in the line of duty in 1972 will be remembered Friday. Bobby Branham, 76, died May 14 after surgery for scar tissue growing where he was shot 41 years ago, said his wife, Mary Carroll Burnett. [C-J/AKN]

Judge Mitch Perry has reversed his decision, and will accept the commonwealth’s request to allow Joseph Banis to testify against Jeffrey Mundt. [WLKY]

The relationship between the Kentucky State Fair Board and the KFC Yum Center has moved closer to conclusion with the fair board’s approval of a compensation plan for its costs from running the arena. [WFPL]

It started with a magazine ad. “I saw a beer-making kit advertised in ‘Field & Stream’ magazine,’ ” said Jerry Gnagy, brewmaster and part-owner of Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse, located at Louisville Slugger Field. [Business First]

Wondering who in Frankfort causes the entire country to laugh at the Commonwealth of Kentucky? Start with Mike Wilson and his mind-blowing… click the clicky, you’ll see. [More Page One]

A potential conflict of interest regarding the Midtown Neighborhood Stabilization Project and involving New Albany City Councilwoman Diane McCartin-Benedetti will be the topic of a special meeting Tuesday morning. [News & Tribune]

An eight-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police has been recognized as Trooper of the Year. Trooper Charles J. Senters was singled out for the award Thursday. [H-L]

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County Jobless Rates Released For 4/2012-4/2013

May 23rd, 2013 by jake · Comments Off

According to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Office of Employment and Training, unemployment rates dropped in 49 counties from April 2012 to April 2013. 63 counties had increases and 8 remained the same.

From a release:

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.4 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 5.6 percent; Fayette County, 5.9 percent; Ohio and Shelby counties, 6 percent each; Daviess and Scott counties, 6.1 percent each; Franklin and Hancock counties, 6.2 percent each; and Boone, Henderson, Madison and Spencer counties, 6.3 percent.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.9 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 15.8 percent; Fulton County, 15.6 percent; Harlan County, 15.5 percent; Letcher County, 15.3 percent; Bell County, 14.2 percent; Knott County, 14.1 percent; Jackson County, 13.3 percent; Menifee County, 13.1 percent; and McCreary and Perry counties, 12.7 percent each.

In Louisville (Jefferson County), which is part of KIPDA, that means: the labor force is 370,593, employment is at 342,886, 27,707 people are unemployed. In April 2012 8.1% were unemployed, in March 2013 8.4% were unemployed, in April 2013 7.5% were unemployed.

The entire KIPDA region: labor force of 481,298, 446,423 employed, 34,875 unemployed. In April 2012, 7.9% were unemployed, in March 2013 8.2%, in April 2013 7.2%.

If you have some free time, you should consider digging through the statistics (Warning: External PDF Link) to take a look at each county’s data.

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Yarmuth Echos Tucker Call For Sequestration End

May 23rd, 2013 by admin · 1 Comment

Here’s John Yarmuth calling for the repeal of sequestration:

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The Shanklin Ethics Mess Is Never Going To End

May 23rd, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

A 14-year metro police officer resigns before the police chief could fire him in a misconduct case that stretched more than a year. Chief Steve Conrad told WDRB News that 4th division Ofc. David Graham quit Wednesday afternoon. [WDRB]

Comcast and Time Warner Cable may be two of the largest cable and Internet providers in the country, but they’re also the two worst, according to the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index. [Consumerist]

A Louisville woman is talking for the first time about the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of a Metro Police Officer. [WHAS11]

Hells yes you’re praying for her to run for office. Because the hilarity of it all would be amazing. [Page One]

The lead investigator in the case took the stand on day six of the Jeffrey Mundt murder trial. Mundt and his then-boyfriend were accused of killing James Carroll in December 2009 after they all engaged in a night of sex and drugs together. [WLKY]

Maine’s Gambling Control Board has ruled that the Oxford Casino won’t be asked to apply for a new operator’s license if a sale to the company that owns the home of the Kentucky Derby is approved. [H-L]

When Kentucky state government accused social worker Shannon Bower of claiming overtime she did not work, she then got paid not to work for more than four months, collecting more than $10,000. [WAVE3]

The chairman of an ethics watchdog group is questioning if Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, should serve as a juror on fellow council member Barbara Shanklin’s removal trial. [WFPL]

Ford Motor Co. plans to ramp up production to meet growing demand. The Dearborn, Mich.-based auto giant plans to idle its plants for one week this summer, as opposed to the usual two weeks, so it can produce an additional 40,000 units, according to a news release from the company. [Business First]

Indiana is spending about $2 million in federal money to move five houses in a Jeffersonville historic district out of the way of the Ohio River Bridges Project’s downtown span — but some residents question whether the structures are worth saving. [C-J/AKN]

There are countless personal and societal factors that can contribute to stress, and financial stressors are some of the most discussed. Two of the most-stressed states are West Virginia and Kentucky, where around 19 percent of people live in poverty. [HuffPo]

The Jeffersonville Police Department is hopeful that it will add an officer to its ranks after the city council authorized Police Chief Chris Grimm to pursue a federal grant. [News & Tribune]

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Plenty For Art, Little For Major Existing Problems

May 22nd, 2013 by admin · 4 Comments

More than two dozen buildings in both Louisville and southern Indiana still have to be demolished or moved to make way for the new downtown bridge. [WDRB]

An alternative census estimate shows that more of America’s seniors than originally thought are living in poverty — and that means the poverty rate could spike under certain Medicare reforms, a new analysis finds. [Politico]

Louisville just graduated a dozen new paramedics. Here’s hoping their boss doesn’t leave them hanging out to dry like he’s done with the rest of the agency. [WHAS11]

Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District officials are borrowing as much as $370 million over the next five years to help complete a court-mandated sewer system overhaul — using deficit spending to hold down rate increases. That’s only partly true – thanks to the corrupt swap every MSD is paying for. [C-J/AKN]

A jail cell confession is at question in a love triangle murder case. Jeffrey Mundt is on trial for allegedly killing a man after a night of sex and drugs, then burying his body in the basement of a home in Old Louisville. [WLKY]

This is probably the most slanted, one-sided, biased story about “welfare” in Kentucky that we’ve ever seen. Kristen Kennedy would be fired if she worked for a television outfit in any other city. Unbelievable. It’s like suggesting that everyone receiving government benefits drives a BMW. [WKYT]

There’s tons of money for this but very little for cleaning up shop at Metro Animal Services. Mayor Greg Fischer has included funds for a new public art administrator in his proposed city budget. The budget, which Mayor Fischer proposed to Metro Council on Monday, adds an additional $30,000 to hire a public art administrator to the $500,000 allocated to the city’s arts fund, which provides funding to external agencies. [WFPL]

An elderly couple was forced down on the floor at gunpoint in their own east Louisville home. Louisville Metro police are looking for two gunman who stole the couple’s car after the violent home invasion that took place on Shenandoah Drive off Chamberlain Lane Tuesday. [WAVE3]

Ted Smith, director of economic growth and innovation for Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government, asked a group of young professionals Monday evening whether gigabit Internet service such as Google Fiber should be a priority for the city. [Business First]

Al Mohler just might be a psycho lunatic masquerading as a man of jaaaaaayzus. His latest remarks about the Oklahoma tornado disaster take the cake. [C-J/AKN]

The search for Sarah Green’s replacement is over. Charles Heavrin, who serves as the shelter manager for the Kentucky Humane Society, was announced as the new director of the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter in Jeffersonville, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the office of Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore. [News & Tribune]

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Metro Councilcritters On Fischer’s New Budget

May 21st, 2013 by jake · Comments Off

Wondering where your Metro Councilmember stands on Greg Fischer’s proposed budget?

Here’s where some of the Republicans stand (the rest can’t be bothered to offer thoughts because they apparently don’t have them):

  • “As Vice-Chairman of the Metro Council’s Budget Committee, I look forward to reviewing all aspects of the Mayor’s Budget. The Mayor’s process of developing a budget worked with members of the Metro Council reflects much of our shared vision for the community. I support the increased spending on paving throughout Louisville Metro, and look forward to hearing the details from representatives from Public Works as we hear their plan for addressing our communities transportation Needs.” – Kelly Downard, District 16, Louisville Metro Budget Committee Vice-Chair
  • “I support the inclusion of funding for projects like the construction of the Urton Lane Corridor, investment in the East Government Center and the priority given to increasing funding for community ministries. I look forward to discussing the administration’s plans for adding bike-paths, but will focus my attention to ensure that our paving needs for motorists are met in the priority set by Public Works.” – Jerry Miller, District 19, Member of the Budget Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Minority Caucus.
  • “This budget seems to have made progress on addressing our continued concerns related to overtime costs but makes little progress in making our city more economically competitive.” – Ken Fleming, District 7, Member of the Budget Committee and Minority Caucus Chair,
  • “The release of the Mayor’s Budget starts one of the most important parts of the council calendar. I am glad to see the expansion of the pilot program for recycling that several of us on the council supported in previous year’s budget has gained the support of the Mayor and that they are making another investment in expanding the recycling options for our citizens.” – Kevin Kramer, District 11, Member of the Metro Council Budget Committee.

And the Democrats:

  • ‘At the beginning of the year as President, I said the Metro Council has three key priorities: reopening Kentucky Kingdom, paving of our city’s streets and eliminating abandoned property. Kentucky Kingdom is in the process of reopening with the help of Metro Government. The Mayor has heard the Metro Council’s call for a top priority to be paving. The Council continues to search for ways to solve the problem of abandoned and vacant property. We welcome the Mayor’s partnership in this effort.” – President Jim King, District 10
  • “I applaud the Mayor’s plan for rebuilding our infrastructure. The proposed plan for connecting bicycle paths through Old Louisville from downtown to the University will go along to help our environment while providing alternative travel that will cut down on wear and tear of our roads. – David James, District 6 Majority Leader of Democratic Caucus
  • “I am so pleased to see paving funds since our major roads like Mud Lane, as well as subdivision roads, are in very poor shape now. Also the Louisville Loop connector to the forest by matching funds is a great component to this budget. And finally improving the Northern Overlook at Iroquois Park is very meaningful to many of our constituents.” – Vicki Aubrey Welch, District 13 Vice Chair of Democratic Caucus

See the rest after the jump…

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There’s No Time Like The Present To Give Back

May 21st, 2013 by jake · Comments Off

Every person reading this has $10 or knows someone who can afford to give $10.

Give to the Red Cross.

Support tornado relief efforts.

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Just What Kentucky Needs: An MSD Expansion

May 21st, 2013 by admin · 3 Comments

Louisville Metro Police say they’ve arrested a woman after she allegedly beat and choked her 12-year-old nephew. [WDRB]

It will take a little digging and watering, but the Floyd County Nutrition Coalition provided residents with a way to eat healthier without having to visit the grocery store. [News & Tribune]

Thousands of bones are on display at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts as part of a project to draw awareness to genocide. [WHAS11]

Officials in Louisville and some surrounding counties have begun a campaign for a regional sewer commission and a new, large treatment plant, perhaps on the Salt River south of Louisville near the Ohio River. Meanwhile, corruption is rampant and your rates continue to skyrocket to pay for mind-blowing swaps that other states have jumped on but Kentucky ignores. [C-J/AKN]

A big twist took place in the trial of Jeffrey Mundt on Monday as the prosecution’s star witness refused to testify. Joseph Banis, the ex-boyfriend and co-defendant of Mundt, refused to testify after he was denied a new trial. [WAVE3]

For Kentuckians hammered with distressing reports on the state’s poor health conditions, there was a scattering of good news this past week that followed Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to expand the Medicaid program to provide coverage to 300,000 more citizens without insurance. [Al Smith]

A Louisville family continues to wait for justice seven years after their loved one was killed. There are no suspects in the killing of Jesus “David” Corona-Paredes. His family said that may be the hardest part of this anniversary. [WLKY]

Churchill Downs Inc. has amended its revolving credit line, extending its available credit from $375 million to $500 million. Is it looking for a new property? [Business First]

Greg Fischer has made the hiring of an urban forester a budget priority, along with allocating $50,000 for a tree canopy study and another $100,000 for tree planting. [C-J/AKN]

The hearing date has been scheduled for the removal trial of embattled Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, but not without her attorney Aubrey Williams’ claiming the process by which Shanklin is being tried is illegal. [WFPL]

Poverty is soaring in the suburbs. According to a new book from the Brookings Institution, the suburban poverty rate in America has climbed by 64 percent over the past decade, more than twice as fast as the poverty rate in urban areas. [HuffPo]

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John Yarmuth Appears On KET’s One to One

May 20th, 2013 by jake · Comments Off

Here is John Yarmuth talking about why things aren’t getting done in Washington:

The interview is part of One to One which airs tonight on KET at 6:30 P.M. Eastern.

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