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Drama At JCPS Is About To Get A Lot Crazier

April 23rd, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

General Electric is hoping to bring some excitement to the chore of doing laundry with a line of high-efficiency, front-loading washers and dryers. The new line means about 200 new jobs in Louisville. [WLKY]

Why the hell is government constantly creating charities? The Louisville Water Co. has created a charitable affiliate, the Louisville Water Foundation, aimed at improving public health through water-related assistance and education. [C-J/AKN]

Remains have been found near Bloomington, Indiana and the finding leaves the mother of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer with mixed emotions. [WDRB]

Board members don’t have to ask Adam Edelen to audit Jefferson County Public Schools. According to those we know at the Auditor’s office, that’s already going to happen. Has nothing to do with board requests. This is a push to make it look like it was the board’s idea. The district’s massive number of high-paid executives is the original reason for Edelen’s interest. Allegedly. *cough* [WFPL]

Residents in Waddy, Kentucky are on alert after another report of a livestock attack on Ditto Rd. This comes months after several other attacks initially were reported in December. [WHAS11]

If the U.S. government can prove that Richie Farmer misused property and more than $450,000 in funds during his tenure as Kentucky agriculture commissioner, then one of our state’s all-time basketball icons is worthy of no sympathy. [H-L]

It’s a big and sometimes dangerous problem that’s costing you. The Metropolitan Sewer District said more thieves are stealing storm grates for scrap metal. [WAVE3]

Louisville needs to be pulling in major gets like this. River Ridge Commerce Center is hoping to draw a major manufacturer to a minimum of 1,500 acres in the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant off of Ind. 62. [News & Tribune]

Asked for evidence that Jefferson County’s teachers union is holding up progress at more than a dozen low-performing schools, Kentucky’s education chief has bitingly obliged — unloading an eight-page letter that documents more than a dozen instances he says proves the point. [C-J/AKN]

The Harshaw Trane headquarters building in Blankenbaker Station Business Park was recognized Monday for being green-friendly, a milestone marked on Earth Day by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. [Business First]

Boston bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev told investigators in writing Monday that neither he nor his older brother were in touch with any overseas terror groups, according to NBC’s Pete Williams. [HuffPo]

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President Obama’s Weekly Video Address

April 22nd, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

This week President Barack Obama focused on standing with the city of Boston:




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Louisville Enters Two Weeks Of Perma-Drunkeness

April 22nd, 2013 by admin · 1 Comment

Who knew the story of the Progress Kentucky-Mitch McConnell scandal would end up involving guns, drugs, murder, gay escorting and full-on mental illness? It’s a story so crazy no one would believe it without documentation to back it up. [Page One]

A southern Indiana man is behind bars in connection to a deadly golf cart crash overnight. [WDRB]

In state legislatures around the country, lawmakers are debating important subjects — education reform, election laws, gun control and abortion. But in Florida, one of the hottest issues to come before the Legislature this term involves cats. [NPR]

It’s the official kick-off to the Kentucky Derby Festival and the biggest fireworks show in North America – Thunder Over Louisville. [WHAS11]

The owners of nine Louisville child care centers have filed suit against the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The action comes as the state agency seeks to revoke the licenses of 18 centers in the city citing allegations of fraud after a yearlong investigation. [H-L]

In Louisville, as in locations all over the country and the world, people were following the movements of police after a bombing during the Boston Marathon in practically real time, aided by Twitter and online scanners. It brings up an issue that journalists watch closely in times of breaking news: the public’s right to know information and know it quickly versus the risk it can cause. [WAVE3]

This story will make you bang your head on your desk. Apparently, people really are nearly brain dead or have zero ability to think. [C-J/AKN]

A Louisville woman is telling her story of how she tried to save a young man’s life on Thursday. Quintin Moss was shot near her west Louisville home and died at the hospital a short time later. [WLKY]

Two Illinois workers injured in a fire during the October clean-up of a derailed Paducah & Louisville Railway train in southwestern Louisville have filed suit against the railroad and its contractors. [WFPL]

When the federal sequestration cuts led U.S. military branches to cancel participation in air shows, including Thunder Over Louisville, Kentucky Derby Festival Inc. staff started scrambling. [Business First]

Another round of verbal sparring broke out between Jeffersonville’s mayor and City Council as a revised Redevelopment Commission project list was presented earlier this week. [News & Tribune]

With one suspect dead and the other captured and lying grievously wounded in a hospital, the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings turned on Saturday to questions about the men’s motives, and to the significance of an overseas trip one of them took last year. [NY Times]

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It’s Progress Kentucky Scandal Round-Up Time

April 19th, 2013 by jake · Comments Off

Who knew the story of the Progress Kentucky-Mitch McConnell scandal would end up involving guns, drugs, murder, gay escorting and full-on mental illness?

It’s a story so crazy no one would believe it without documentation to back it up.

Here’s a round-up of our coverage for those who still haven’t dipped their toe into the water:

  • Part One: Speaking Of Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly And Other Problems…
  • Part Two: Shawn Reilly, Of Kentucky Progress, Involved In False Voter Purge Allegations & More
  • Part Three: Backgrounder On Guy Fingering Progress Kentucky
  • Part Four: Clearing Up Some Reilly-Progress Kentucky Facts
  • Part Five: Progress Kentucky Founder Shawn Reilly’s Stories Often Change, Casting Doubt; Had His Own Troubled Past
  • Part Six: Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly Has Strong Ties To The Democratic Party, Pattern Of Behavior Emerges
  • Part Seven: Update: Shawn Reilly’s Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Report Information
  • Part Eight: Could Progress Kentucky Leader’s Past Arrests Shed Light On McConnell Audio Scandal?
  • Part Nine: Did Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly Have His Drugs & Gun Criminal History Expunged

The craziest part of the story? It’s not over yet.

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Your Weekly Transportation Lady Video Update

April 19th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

This week the Transportation Lady says safety and cost savings “fit hand in glove.” She says that 2012 was a banner year for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet employee safety:




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Hopefully Thunder Will Lift Everybody’s Mood

April 19th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly, the figure at the center of the Mitch McConnell audio recording controversy, appears to have a criminal past beyond what was previously known, that 1) involves drugs and firearms, and 2) appears to have been covered up. You’ll want to read the latest on this scandal. [Page One]

It could be a family member, a friend, or even yourself who may be in a violent relationship. Police are just hoping you take action and simply get help. [WDRB]

While other viewings have focused on numbers and specifics, residents got to see how the east-end bridge and its approaches will actually look on Wednesday. [News & Tribune]

It’s nice to see everyday people win the lottery. This story is a good read if you need to kill some time this morning. [WHAS11]

Another day, another school bus accident for Jefferson County Public Schools. These accidents are so frequent that the media just rolls its collective eyes at this point. [C-J/AKN]

A young man is dead following a shooting in west Louisville. The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. Thursday near 30th and West Main streets. [WLKY]

A violent crime spree across Greater Boston that took the lives of a campus police officer and one of the suspects in the Marathon bombings morphed into a desperate door-to-door search for a man believed to be the second bomber in Monday’s dual blasts. [HuffPo]

A Louisville man was taken into custody after an alleged attack involving a golf club. [WAVE3]

The Council on Postsecondary Education has capped tuition increases at public colleges and universities at 3 percent. [WFPL]

On Saturday morning between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., Debbie Harbsmeier, executive producer for WHAS-TV’s coverage of Thunder Over Louisville, will arrive at the station to tie up any loose ends ahead of the station’s nine-and-a-half hour broadcast of the annual air show and fireworks extravaganza. [Business First]

Maybe gambling isn’t going so well in Indiana. While a gaming bill is still in play in the General Assembly, state budget forecasters are predicting the payoff to the state from legalized gambling will be even lower they thought. [News & Tribune]

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Did Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly Have His Drugs & Gun Criminal History Expunged?

April 18th, 2013 by jake · Comments Off

Click Here for Part One: Speaking Of Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly And Other Problems…

Click Here for Part Two: Shawn Reilly, Of Kentucky Progress, Involved In False Voter Purge Allegations & More

Click Here for Part Three: Backgrounder On Guy Fingering Progress Kentucky

Click Here for Part Four: Clearing Up Some Reilly-Progress Kentucky Facts

Click Here for Part Five: Progress Kentucky Founder Shawn Reilly’s Stories Often Change, Casting Doubt; Had His Own Troubled Past

Click Here for Part Six: Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly Has Strong Ties To The Democratic Party, Pattern Of Behavior Emerges

Click Here for Part Seven: Update: Shawn Reilly’s Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Report Information

Click here for Part Eight: Could Progress Kentucky Leader’s Past Arrests Shed Light On McConnell Audio Scandal?

By James Higdon and Jacob Payne

Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly, the figure at the center of the Mitch McConnell audio recording controversy, appears to have a criminal past beyond what was previously known, that 1) involves drugs and firearms, and 2) appears to have been covered up.

We first noticed a mention in an October 2003 story from WAVE3, when Zachary Scarpellini, Reilly’s roommate and best friend since eighth grade, was shot and killed in the Highlands neighborhood in Louisville.

Murder Victim Had Troubled Past

Even Scarpenelli’s closest friends tell WAVE 3 news that he good Samaritan description seems out of character. “No matter what was told, Zach’s not stupid enough to act like a dumb person and try and save the world,” said one of his closest friends, Marianne Sharp.

Court records indicate the victim and his roommate had a history of confrontations and drug trafficking. “Back in February he was arrested along with a co-defendant for possession of Valium, and they also had a firearm,” said AssistanValiumty Attorney Ingrid Geiser.

Scarpellini’s co-defendent in that case is his roomate, Shawn Reilly.

Metro narcotics officers say the 3,000 Valium tablets were imported from Romania.

Geiser says that, “back in June of this year, he (Scarpellini) pled guilty to posession of a controlled substance in the third degree.”

Scarpenelli was also supposed to face a judge Tuesday morning in connection with an alleged assault last summer.

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“He just came up and he grabbed me and threw me and grabbed my arm and threw me up against my car and made a dent on my shoulder,” said Jenks. “He kind of threw me on the ground and the whole time he was just like screaming, and threatening to kill me.”

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In August of 2001, Shawn Reilly took out two criminal complaints on two men, who allegedly tried to assault Scarpellini. Police say that investigation is wide open.

This seemed like a simple enough fact to re-report. If Reilly and Scarpellini had been arrested with drugs and a firearm, obviously there would be a record of it. However, when we checked the clerks’ offices at district and circuit courts in the Jefferson County Courthouse, we found nothing; federal court clerk, also nothing; Louisville Metro Police Department, Louisville Metro Corrections, the archives in the old jail, the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort? Zip, zero, zilch, nada; which we found to be curious.

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

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Could Progress Kentucky Leader’s Past Arrests Shed Light On McConnell Audio Scandal?

April 18th, 2013 by jake · Comments Off

Click Here for Part One: Speaking Of Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly And Other Problems…

Click Here for Part Two: Shawn Reilly, Of Kentucky Progress, Involved In False Voter Purge Allegations & More

Click Here for Part Three: Backgrounder On Guy Fingering Progress Kentucky

Click Here for Part Four: Clearing Up Some Reilly-Progress Kentucky Facts

Click Here for Part Five: Progress Kentucky Founder Shawn Reilly’s Stories Often Change, Casting Doubt; Had His Own Troubled Past

Click Here for Part Six: Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly Has Strong Ties To The Democratic Party, Pattern Of Behavior Emerges

Click Here for Part Seven: Update: Shawn Reilly’s Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Report Information

Normally, underage drinking in Kentucky is commonplace and in our opinion no big deal. It’s typically part of youthful behavior on par with most modern European countries.

But Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly and his admitted involvement in the McConnell audio recording scandal is anything but normal or commonplace.

Which is why we were surprised to discover not one but two charges of underage drinking during our in-depth investigation into the background of McConnellGate’s key players.

On September 8, 2001 at 1:20 A.M. Reilly was cited by the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for drinking beer in a public place in Lexington.


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

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Rep. John Yarmuth Supports Background Checks

April 18th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

Congressman John Yarmuth supports background checks for guns but that sends mouth-breathers into a frothing rage:




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Tom Owen’s Family Makes A Mountain Of Cash

April 18th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

Recent rainfall in Louisville Metro may cause sewers to overflow into drainage ditches and nearby streams, according to city officials. [WDRB]

The family of Louisville Metro Councilman Tom Owen has sold a large plot of land on Fourth Street near the University of Louisville Belknap Campus for $5.65 million to a North Carolina firm that plans to build student apartments on the site. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another senseless shooting in Louisville. This time in the West End. [WHAS11]

Senators say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them. [NY Times/Gabrielle Giffords]

What the hell is wrong with people these days? A strange phone call led to two arrests in connection with a south Louisville home invasion. [WLKY]

An attorney for former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said Wednesday that a federal grand jury in Lexington has subpoenaed former employees of the department to appear before it on Friday. [H-L]

Really, what the hell is wrong with people? Two people who were allegedly selling balloons filled with nitrous oxide were arrested by Louisville Metro police. [WAVE3]

It’s been three months since Jefferson County’s newly elected school board members took their seats to serve the district. [WFPL]

The manager of LG&E’s Cane Run power plant accused the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District on Wednesday of selectively enforcing its dust-control rules and holding it to an unachievable standard. [C-J/AKN]

In what could be more good news for the housing market, Louisville developer R.J. Thieneman and other investors recently purchased an undeveloped subdivision in Oldham County, the Woods of Glen Oaks, and already have agreed to sell a majority of the lots. [Business First]

Several approvals were granted at the Jeffersonville Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday related to ongoing bridge work. A contract was approved with Walsh Design Build Team — the contractor completing the downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project — to allow them access to Jeffersonville’s waterfront and the Ohio River Greenway in order to begin construction. [News & Tribune]

Interesting Kentucky Retirement System ties to for-profit college mess. Jack Conway won’t like this one. [Page One]

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